The Freight 50: Sharpest climbs and falls among carriers

As noted in this year's Freight 50 feature, DHL reported the strongest y-o-y growth during 2018. The second-fastest grower on the list, Vietnam Airlines, made its first appearance on the Freight 50 list at the No. 46 spot thanks to year-over-year growth of 170.2% during 2018. Although many Chinese carriers have struggled to maintain growth […]

ACS, Saudia Cargo ink new deal at Air Cargo Africa

This week, business partners Saudia Cargo and Air Charter Service (ACS) inked a new deal at the Air Cargo Africa conference in Johannesburg. The agreement addresses the transportation of rubber fenders for ship docks from Al Makotum International Airport (DWC) to Bangladesh. Omar Hariri, chief executive officer for Jeddah-based Saudia Cargo, was present at the […]

Saudia Cargo ramps up specialty shipments during peak season

As part of Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” initiative, which, in part, calls for the hosting of more entertainment events across the kingdom in the next decade, Saudia Cargo has boosted its participation in the air transport of equipment for several large gatherings in the region, including a heritage festival, a circus, a motor sports race […]

Saudia Airlines Cargo launches route to India

Saudia Airlines Cargo said it is “aiming to meet the significant increase of demand for cargo services” to India with new passenger services to Calicut International Airport (CCJ), on the Malabar southwestern coast of India. The carrier offers 60 tonnes of capacity per week in the bellies of its A330 aircraft: four flights from King […]

Saudia Cargo launches priority express service to Europe

Saudia Cargo yesterday became the latest cargo carrier to launched a high-priority shipper service, called “Fly Express,” which offers delivery of urgent international shipments of up to 300 kilograms from Saudi Arabia to various airports across Europe. The high-priority service is able to accept shipments as late as three hours prior to the scheduled time […]

Saudia Cargo chooses ATC Aviation as GSSA for South Africa

A few weeks after appointing Omar Hariri as its new CEO, Jeddah-based Saudia Cargo has today chosen ATC Aviation Services as the new general sales and service agent (GSSA) for the carrier’s cargo operations in South Africa. The service is set to begin on May 1. Frankfurt-based ATC Aviation Services now has a worldwide portfolio […]

AirBridgeCargo granted U.S. routes as foreign airlines file for access

A ruling by the Unites States Department of Transportation (DOT) granted AirBridgeCargo Airlines the rights to operate “scheduled foreign air transportation of property and mail” between the Russian Federation and the American cities of Seattle, Columbus, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. AirBridgeCargo already operates flights to the U.S., including weekly freighter service departing Houston […]

The 2016 Freight 50: Analysis of top cargo carriers

For most of the top 10 carriers on the Freight 50 list, growth was relatively static. Cathay Pacific, for example, managed a 5.4 percent increase in overall traffic to reach 10.59 billion FTKs, thanks to its ability to capitalize on “very strong” trans-Pacific demand in early 2015, said Mark Sutch, general manager, cargo sales and […]

ACP Worldwide is new GSA for Saudia Cargo

ACP Worldwide has been appointed cargo GSA across South Africa for Saudia Cargo. The Jeddah-based carrier currently operates three weekly B747 freighter flights from Johannesburg to Jeddah and Amsterdam, which are shared frequencies with Nairobi. In addition to this freighter capacity, ACP will also be able to sell belly space on the Saudia’s three weekly […]

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 […]

Saudia expands service in India

In addition to its service to Mumbai, Saudia Cargo launched a bi-weekly 747F frequency from New Delhi to Riyadh and Jeddah earlier this month. The initial full load of cargo included pharmaceuticals, garments, fabric and other exports from India, destined for the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Keku Gazder, Saudia’s regional director, cargo, Indian subcontinent, […]

Kenyan floriculture good for Saudia

Although the tulips are blooming in the Netherlands, roses must be imported from Kenya, a lead exporter of cut roses. This month, Saudia Cargo will get a 25 percent boost on the Nairobi-to-Amsterdam route, operating at least six extra 747Fs to accommodate Europe’s springtime demand for Kenyan flowers. This increase in frequency is in addition […]

Scholten leaving Saudia Cargo

Peter Scholten, vice president commercial for Saudia Cargo for the past four years, is stepping down effective Jan. 15 to pursue other interests, according to a statement from the Jeddah-based carrier. “His [Scholten’s] contribution has been instrumental to the growth and positioning of Saudia Cargo in the global air cargo business,” said Nabil Khojah, Saudia […]
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