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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 11, 2015

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: unitedgroundexpress.com. United Ground Express will provide airport ground-handling services – […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 11, 2015

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 20, 2015

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 11, 2015

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 26, 2015

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 15, 2015

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 13, 2015

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 5, 2015

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 30, 2015

Cargolux joins other carriers in lithium battery ban

All-cargo airline Cargolux has decided to temporarily impose a ban on the transport of lithium-ion battery bulk shipments beginning May 1. The decision came after the carrier reviewed new information released by the FAA, Boeing and International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) regarding the effectiveness of on-board fire extinguishing systems. The FAA tests showed that an […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 28, 2015

Cathay Pacific issues latest ban on lithium batteries

Another lithium domino falls. Cathay Pacific joined Qantas, Delta, United and Virgin Australia in banning the shipment of lithium-ion batteries on either freighters or in the bellies of passenger aircraft. The rule only applies to batteries being shipped in bulk, not those that are being used in laptop computers, mobile phones or similar devices. JOC.com […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 15, 2015

ANA, United clear antitrust hurdle

Following All Nippon Airways’ joint venture with Lufthansa Cargo last year, ANA was granted antitrust immunity for a proposed trans-Pacific cargo joint venture with United Airlines by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). ANA applied for immunity in November 2014, to enable ANA and UA to create a comprehensive trans-Pacific air cargo […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 13, 2015

Outlook stormy as U.S. open skies debate rages

FROM THE PRINT EDITION: What began as a slow-simmering disagreement over the use of government subsidies – one that has lasted for years – has recently mushroomed into a thunderhead of angry rhetoric, threats of lawsuits and proposed legislative action to roll back open skies agreements. The major U.S.-based carriers continue to accuse Middle Eastern […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 1, 2015

Etihad’s Hogan warns against ‘protectionist’ tactics

With several North American and European carriers continuing to pressure governments and international regulators to modify open skies agreements in response to what they consider unfair tactics by Persian Gulf carriers, James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, responded with a strong warning about how a recent rise of protectionism in the aviation industry […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 30, 2015
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