Logistics nonprofits provide timely U.S. Virgin Island response to Irma [VIDEO]

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – As Hurricane Irma completed its rampage across Florida over the weekend, additional emergency response teams started recovery efforts in the hard-hit U.S. Virgin Islands, with logistics nonprofit Airlink and United Airlines airlifting vital K-9 search and rescue dogs and other equipment here at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), the […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 11, 2017

Heathrow reports all-time high for August cargo volumes

Trade with Latin America and North America helped push cargo volumes at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) to a record high for August, the airport reported. Heathrow saw a 13 percent, year-over-year, increase in cargo volumes for August, reaching 139,023 tonnes. Cargo volumes at LHR have been higher, y-o-y, every month so far in 2017. According […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 11, 2017

Airlink response to Harvey already under way

It has been four days since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm – the largest to make landfall in Texas since 1961. As rain continues to fall on the Houston metro area through southern Louisiana today, rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization Airlink is already working with the aviation community […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 30, 2017

Double-digit revenue growth at United Cargo confirms strong market

Surging volumes at United Cargo pushed cargo revenues up 22.1 percent, year-over-year, to US$254 million in the second quarter of 2017, pushing the year-to-date growth rate and revenue numbers up to 17.9 percent, y-o-y, and $474 million, respectively. Comprising of less than 3 percent of United’s total half-year revenues, cargo remains a small percentage of […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 19, 2017

When pigs (and horses) fly: Demand rises for live animal transport

On April 20 of this year, a special passenger arrived on a United flight from London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare. He was in good health and spirits the last time someone had checked on him a few hours before wheels up. But when it came time for him to change planes on the second leg […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 6, 2017

United, Lufthansa Cargo JV to share freight capacity, booking, handling

Finally, some good news regarding United – United Cargo, that is. After two years of negotiations, United Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo entered into a joint venture this week, covering a wide-range of cargo cooperation on routes between the United States and Europe. The trans-Atlantic deal, first proposed in 2015, covers cooperation on available capacity and […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 20, 2017

Alaska, Delta, United Q3 reports point to uncertain growth trajectory in US cargo

Of the three major American carriers to publish third-quarter results so far, only Alaska Airlines Cargo saw its cargo revenues increase, up 3 percent, year-over-year, to US$31 million – a fraction of its growing passenger revenue. Meanwhile, United registered a 4.7 percent decline in revenues, y-o-y, to $224 million and, as previously reported, Delta continued […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 21, 2016

Cargo at Delta continues losing streak into Q3

Cargo revenues at Delta fell 15 percent year-on-year (y-o-y), or US$29 million in the third quarter, to $167 million, pushing revenue for the first nine months of 2016 down 20 percent, or $126 million, to $494 million. These low numbers don’t factor extensively into Delta’s overall results however, with cargo constituting only 1.6 percent of […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 17, 2016

DHL Global Forwarding, United angle for more Puerto Rico pharma

DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) and United Airlines are the latest companies to expand their Puerto Rico operations, as air cargo carriers and handlers angle for a piece of the unincorporated U.S. territory’s pharmaceutical export market. With 49 pharmaceutical plants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, plus 12 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 16, 2016

Airlink begins response to Ecuador earthquake

This week, Airlink, the humanitarian organization that connects nonprofit groups with partner airlines for emergency relief services, has initiated response operations following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on Saturday evening. The death toll, as of today, has surpassed 400 people, with more than 2,500 injured, according to official estimates. Airlink […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 19, 2016

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 […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • April 6, 2016

Forwarders call for U.S.-Cuba cargo routes to take priority

Now that eight major U.S.-based carriers have submitted applications to begin scheduled service to the previously forbidden Cuba, forwarders are calling for the Department of Transportation to give precedence to passenger routes that carry bellyhold cargo during the approval process. According to the U.S. Airforwarders Association (AfA), only five of the carriers that have applied […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 4, 2016

U.S., Cuba sign historic deal restoring scheduled air access

For the first time in more than 50 years, the skies over Cuba are opening up to scheduled service from the United States. The two countries signed a deal today, officially allowing flights between their borders. Federal officials said they will allow more than 100 daily round-trip flights between the U.S. and 10 Cuban international […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 16, 2016

United Airlines CEO steps down amid probe

United Airlines chief Jeff Smisek and two other top officials have resigned from the airline in the midst of a federal corruption investigation. At issue is a controversial and money-losing flight from Newark, N.J., to Columbia, S.C., which was reinstated for the benefit of the influential then-chairman of the Port Authority of New York and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 9, 2015
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