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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Logistics M&A activity makes big splash in Q2

A rash of “mega-deals” during the second quarter of 2015 have made transportation and logistics one of the hottest mergers and acquisitions sectors, boosting the average deal value to US$564 million, according to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. There were nine M&A deals made during the quarter with a combined value of $23.6 billion, which […]

United enters ground-handling business

In the latest shake-up within the fragmented ground-handling sector, United Airlines launched its new ground-handling service, called United Ground Express, on Aug. 10. The new unit is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Airlines, but it will remain a separate company, with its own website: United Ground Express will provide airport ground-handling services – […]

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 […]

Al Baker says Qatar may exit oneworld alliance

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said he sees no point in remaining in the oneworld airline alliance if the airline that invited him in is going to block his business. Al Baker, speaking at the IATA annual meeting in Miami last week, said fellow member American Airlines Group is “impeding our growth.” The feud […]

Report refutes claims of Gulf carrier interference

Research and a subsequent report by Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Edgeworth Economics, commissioned on behalf of Etihad Airways, claimed the Gulf carrier’s services to the United States have actually increased traffic numbers for the U.S.-based carriers. The study claimed that passenger numbers for Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines have increased by 18 percent, or […]

IAG, Cargo Airlines Association speak out on open skies

The Cargo Airlines Association, representing the all-cargo carrier industry, issued a statement Thursday urging the U.S. government to maintain its open skies agreements it negotiated with 115 countries worldwide, which promote world trade. The association maintains that cargo carriers employ more than 760,000 people, and that those jobs would be in jeopardy if any action […]

Emirates may use Europe hubs to expand in U.S.

Tim Clark, the CEO of Emirates Airlines, can’t seem to help stirring up the pot over the open skies debate with U.S. carriers. According to Reuters, Emirates is considering opening new routes to the U.S. from Dubai, in addition to flying new routes from Europe under its fifth-freedom rights with the United States, in defiance […]

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 […]

SWAPA joins open skies group – Congress sends letter

The debate involving the U.S. legacy carriers, American, United and Delta Air Lines v. the big three Gulf-based carriers, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar, refuses to go away. Last week, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) joined the Partnership for Fair and Open Skies, a coalition of U.S. airlines and airline industry labor unions, which has […]
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