New IATA diversity campaign aims to add women airline employees

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is aiming to improve gender diversity among its member airlines with a new campaign, “25by2025,” the organization announced on Sept. 26. The campaign sets several goals for its member airlines, the most important among them being: Increasing the number of women in senior positions at member airlines by either […]

The Freight 50: 2018’s top carriers standing strong in the face of headwinds

Signs of a slowdown in global trade and airfreight demand had already begun to surface last year, and in 2019 have materialized into a challenging global economic environment. This year’s headwinds, however, did not come as a major surprise to the industry, where leaders had warned of the eventual consequences of erecting trade barriers and […]

Qatar Airways adds first route to Portugal

Qatar Airways, in its latest expansion effort, touched down its first passenger flight at Lisbon Airport (LIS) in Portugal today.  The new daily direct flight between Doha (DOH) and LIS, operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, is offering 70 tonnes of cargo capacity to and from Portugal per week and includes direct connections to Europe, […]

Iran airspace restrictions set to impact major cargo carriers

The current Iran-U.S. military confrontation, which today led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S.-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, is set to have major cargo implications for European and Asian carriers. Following the FAA notification, the European Organization for the Safety […]

More freighters, new destinations for Qatar Airways Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo signaled its intent to continue expanding an already sizable freighter fleet with a commitment to order five more 777 freighters from Boeing. Separate from the commitment, announced today at the Paris Airshow, Qatar Airways outlined three new freighter routes that will launch in the coming months. This year, Qatar Airways will boost […]

Qatar Airways investments equal nearly 10 percent of Cathay Pacific ownership

Expanding its reach into the Asia-Pacific region, Qatar Airways agreed to purchase shares amounting to about 9.6 percent ownership in Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways. Cathay Pacific, like Qatar Airways, belongs to the oneworld global airline alliance. According to Reuters, Qatar Airways bought roughly 378 million of Cathay Pacific’s shares from Hong Kong’s Kingboard Chemical […]

TACA Peru launches MIA freighter flights

Freighter traffic is picking up at Miami International Airport (MIA), where Avianca Holdings subsidiary Trans American Airlines (TACA Peru) will operate four A330-2F flights per week between MIA and five South American cities, the airport announced. TACA’s South American widebody freighter service from MIA will transport airfreight to Lima, Santiago, Bogota, Medellin and Buenos Aires, […]

Freighter flights, pharma traffic boost MIA freight tonnage

After posting only a narrow increase of under 1 percent growth in 2016, compared to the previous year, cargo freight tonnage at Miami International Airport (MIA) rose by a more robust 4.8 percent, year-over-year, during the first six months of 2017. The airport attributed much of this year’s first-half growth to new freighter flights serving […]

Qatar Airways to expand Latin America with cargo-friendly flights

While it still struggles with a Saudi-led boycott of trade with several Middle East nations, Qatar Airways is looking elsewhere and following through on its planned expansion of operations in Latin America. The Doha-based carrier announced plans to offer passenger flights on cargo-friendly A350-900 widebodies from Doha to Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, beginning next […]

WFS adds Singapore Airlines to its cargo client list in Stockholm

Just weeks after taking on a cargo-handling contract with Qatar Airways in Stockholm, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has taken on a new cargo client, Singapore Airlines, which recently began flying to the Swedish capital. Since late May, Singapore Airlines has operated five-times-per-week A350-900 service connecting Singapore, Moscow and Stockholm. This week, WFS said it will […]

WFS scores three-year Stockholm ground handling deal with Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways chose Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) for a three-year contract to provide cargo handling in Stockholm, where the airline flies 13 times per week from its hub in Doha. Under the deal, WFS will handle some 12,000 tonnes of cargo per year for Qatar Airways at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. WFS already provides cargo-handling services […]
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