Qatar Airways acquires 5 percent of China Southern Airlines shares

Today, Qatar Airways Group announced its on-market purchase of shares in China Southern Airlines Company Ltd., amounting to roughly 5 percent of the carrier’s total issued share capital. This new investment follows Qatar Airway’s fellow Oneworld member American Airlines’ own investment in China Southern in March 2017, when the U.S. carrier acquired a 2.76 percent […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 2, 2019

Citing increased bombing risk, TSA mandates additional security on Middle East airfreight

Citing the increased threat of a bomb being smuggled on board an aircraft bound for the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo, effective Monday morning. Until further notice, all cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in five countries […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 22, 2018

Qatar Cargo wraps up bumper Chilean cherry season airlift

This latest growing season in Chile has come up all cherries for Qatar Airways Cargo. Between Nov. 13 and Dec. 19, 2017, the Doha-based carrier has transported 1,400 tonnes of cherries from South America to markets in Asia, where demand for the fruit is especially high. Qatar Airways Cargo said that the lift required fourteen […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 26, 2017

Ready for Takeoff: The world’s top 50 cargo airports prepare for e-commerce

The previous year was not expected to be a particularly promising one in terms of air cargo at the world’s airports. The industry had just been through about 15 years of steady, but modest growth, in the range of 3 to 4 percent each year. With the specter of the Brexit and a rise in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 1, 2017

Two routes become four in IAG Cargo’s Middle East expansion

Citing a growing economy in the Gulf region and an expected surge in traffic to Qatar for the coming World Cup football tournament in 2022, IAG Cargo said it plans to split two of its current routes to the Middle East region into four separate services. This year, IAG Cargo said it will split its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 13, 2016

WCS 2016: Technology in air cargo: Start small

BERLIN – At last week’s World Cargo Symposium, Niall van de Wouw, managing director of CLIVE, said that the key to getting started in airfreight technology is to start small. Not a fan of what he called “big data,” he said big data was what tripped up DHL Global Forwarding’s failed attempt at rolling out […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 21, 2016

Qatar adds new freighter routes

Budapest, Prague and Ho Chi Minh City will be added to Qatar Airways Cargo’s expanding list of freighter destinations in March. With these additions, the airline will now have 14 European freighter destinations and six to the Asia-Pacific region. An A330F will fly twice a week between Doha and Ho Chi Minh on Thursdays and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 28, 2016

Liège has strong 2015, expects same this year

  Belgium’s Liège Airport is prospering despite the soft trade market in Europe. In 2015, the airport handled 650,000 tonnes of cargo, which is an increase of 10 percent over 2014. This year’s plans for the airport include an investment of €10 million, including a new business aviation center, aircraft stands in the north, energy-saving […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 19, 2016

Qatar begins daily scheduled flights to L.A.

Calling Los Angeles “one of the great centers of aviation,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker announced that the airline has started daily, nonstop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH). Al Baker pointed out that not only is the new route great for passenger service, it will also lead to […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 14, 2016

Ryukyu Air takes delivery of first Q400 combi

Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC), a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, has become the first customer to take delivery of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s Q400 turboprop combi, the first of five ordered by RAC. The cargo-passenger configuration was first revealed at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow. Takashi Irei, president of RAC, said the Q400 is well-suited to delivery cargo […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 6, 2016

Qatar calls new Dallas cargo route ‘just the beginning’ for 2016

Saying it is “just the beginning” of its expansion plans for 2016, Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways’, chief cargo officer, said that a new, dedicated cargo route between Liége and Dallas/Ft. Worth  will begin Jan. 19, 2016, making DFW the sixth freighter destination for Qatar in the Americas, and the 13th destination overall, including passenger flights. […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 23, 2015

Qatar to serve Indian pharma market

Following the success of Qatar Airway’s “QR Pharma” express Brussels-Basel-Doha service, launched last January, Qatar is now beginning pharma express routes from India to Doha. The first route, beginning today, will operate from Mumbai via Ahmedabad to Doha on Tuesdays and Fridays. The second route will begin on Nov. 11, operating from Hyderabad to Doha […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 10, 2015

Kerry Logistics to support major retailer

Debenhams, a large, British multinational retail store, has agreed to have Kerry Logistics handle its growing export market in the Middle East. Kerry Logistics will manage all airfreight from Debenham’s distribution center in Peterborough, north of London, to various destinations in the Middle East, including Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. “Other […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 18, 2015

China Southern joins IAG’s Partner Plus

With the recent addition of China Southern Airlines to IAG’s Partner Plus program, there are now seven carriers in the partnership, including Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, the Avianca group, American Airlines and Finnair. Partner Plus allows carriers to have better network interconnectivity by agreeing to interline on a commercially booked basis. Beginning this month, IAG […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 11, 2015
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