Airlines divert flights from Iran and Iraq airspace after missile attacks

(Bloomberg)–Airlines around the world diverted flights from the airspace over Iran, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf after Tehran fired more than a dozen missiles at U.S. forces in the region. In the wake of the attack, carriers ranging from Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Qantas Airways Ltd. to Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa AG have said […]

Qantas Freight expands Australia Post agreement

The cargo branch of Australian carrier Qantas, Qantas Freight, announced the expansion of its AU$1 billion (US$675 million) domestic and international airfreight agreement with Australia Post to support growing e-commerce demand for parcel shipment. Under the seven-year agreement, Australia Post will have access to space on Qantas Freight’s freighter fleet, as well as priority access […]

Qantas selects Mackay, Queensland for second pilot academy site

Qantas Group, the parent company of Qantas Freight, announced today its plans to open a second pilot academy at Mackay Airport (MKY) in Queensland, Australia.  Qantas Group selected MKY from a shortlist of nine regional cities for its second academy site. The Australia-based carrier chose the site for its high proportion of clear weather days per year, uncongested airspace and access to infrastructure.   Qantas Group […]

Auckland Airport launches first phase of massive development program

Yesterday, Auckland Airport (AKL) announced plans to expand its airfield and develop taxiway and remote stands on the space as part as the first stage of its multibillion-dollar infrastructure development program. The infrastructure development is intended support growing operations at the airport.  Over the next three years, AKL will expand its existing airfield space by […]

WFS signs three-year handling contract with Qantas at DFW

Today, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) inked a three-year ground handling deal at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) for Australia-based carrier Qantas Airways. The agreement extends WFS’s relationship with Qantas, for which it already provides cargo handling services at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The new agreement stipulates WFS will conduct ground handling services for the carrier’s passenger operations, as well as cargo […]

American Airlines, Qantas seek regulatory approval for joint business agreement

American Airlines and Australian carrier Qantas Airways resubmitted an application yesterday to form a joint business on routes between North America, Australia and New Zealand with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Under the proposed agreement, the airlines would greatly expand codeshare flights between the United States and the Australian continent. While the proposal highlights passenger […]

Drewry: November air cargo rates at a two-year high

The Drewry November East-West Air Freight Price Index puts air cargo rates at a two-year high – US$3.35 per kilogram, to be exact – and a 6 percent rise over October’s figures. The seasonally appropriate rates are a fitting end to the lean years, which limped into the onset of 2016 and threatened to slide […]

Cargo carriers join flight ban on Samsung Note 7

After several fire incidents in recent weeks, it looks as if Samsung is going to settle the debate about air transport of lithium-ion batteries as cargo all by themselves. Cargo carriers, including Air Canada Cargo and Finnair Cargo, are now joining passenger carriers in banning Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, due to the device’s lithium-ion […]

Freight only weak division during bumper FY2016 at Qantas

Qantas’ results for fiscal year 2016 are out, and the airline’s cargo business still turned a profit – albeit less than the year before –  despite what CEO Alan Joyce called, “a tough cargo market.” Qantas Freight reported underlying EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of US$48.75 million, down 44 percent on last year. That […]

Buoyant Kiwis enjoy high yields, but can it last?

Don’t look now, but Air New Zealand (ANZ) is in expansion mode. In early March, the airline announced the resumption of flights to Osaka this coming November, ending a three-year hiatus that began when its Japan flights were consolidated in Tokyo during a weak market. The announcement came not long after the launch of new […]

Cecil killing prompts trophy cargo policy review

Call it the “Cecil Effect.” In the aftermath of the illegal killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe, airlines that carry “trophy kills” as cargo have come under pressure by organizations such as the Humane Society International. Now, Delta Air Lines, which had been a holdout, has agreed not to carry […]

Boeing issues lithium-ion battery warning

As the debate continues regarding the safety of carrying large shipments of lithium-ion batteries, Boeing issued a warning last week to its customers that flying bulk shipments of the batteries can cause fires capable of destroying large aircraft. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that, from tests the agency has conducted, “the transport of […]

Virgin Australia loses Toll contract, forms cargo division

After losing its exclusive belly-hold cargo deal with Toll Group at the end of this month, Virgin Australia said it will bring its cargo operation back in-house and form a new Virgin Australia Cargo division as of July 1. Merren McArthur, group executive for Virgin Australia Cargo, said that “Virgin Australia will now actively compete […]

Lithium battery packaging to be explored by group

The hazardous cargo committee of the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations, heard a detailed presentation last week in Montreal about the dangers presented by shipping lithium ion batteries on freighters or in the bellies of passenger aircraft. Aircraft manufacturers and members of pilot’s unions, presented findings by the U.S. Federal […]
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