Lithium battery shipments deemed too risky

Lithium batteries are everywhere – in your cell phone, laptop or iPod. They are lightweight, cheap to make and can hold much more energy than standard batteries. But they can also burst into flames occasionally, and that is the impetus for the call by aircraft manufacturers to ban bulk lithium battery shipments on cargo and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 11, 2015

UAE economy minister says provide proof

The economy minister for the United Arab Emirates’ fired back at the three U.S. legacy airlines, Delta, United and American, which have accused the Gulf carriers of benefiting from government subsidies. The three have accused Etihad, Emirates and Qatar airlines of having an unfair advantage by receiving $40 billion in government subsidies from their home […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 9, 2015

FedEx, Boeing join fray over open skies

As the rhetoric heats up between the top three American and Persian Gulf-based carriers over competition and alleged abuses of government subsidies, FedEx and Boeing have stepped into the war of words to defend the use of open skies agreements between the carriers. Earlier this month, representatives from legacy carriers American, Delta and United met […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 26, 2015

United latest carrier to restrict lithium batteries

Citing recent troubling fire safety reports from the FAA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), United Continental Holdings, Inc., has placed tighter restrictions on the transportation of lithium-ion batteries in the cargo holds of its passenger aircraft, joining other carriers that have already imposed restrictions. Under the new policy, the company, operator of Chicago-based […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 9, 2014

News Briefs: TNT adds service to Hanover; Cargojet revenues grow; and more

Express parcel operator TNT added a five-times-a-week flight to Hanover, Germany, using a 737-400 freighter. The service connects Hanover to TNT’s main international hub in Liege, Belgium, as well as to Billund, Denmark, and Oslo, Norway. Hanover’s Langenhagen Airport, pictured at right, is a convenient gateway for delivery to other northern German cities such as […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 12, 2014

The week in brief

Emirates marked its inaugural flight to Brussels, Belgium. The new daily service using a Boeing 777-200LR will offer up to 17 tonnes of cargo capacity per day. Key export commodities include pharmaceuticals, automotive spare parts, chocolates, machinery and equipment and electronics. AIT Worldwide Logistics marked its 35th anniversary as a company. From beginnings as a […]
  • September 11, 2014

United Cargo head calls for collaboration

United Cargo’s new president says collaboration is the key to surmounting air cargo’s troubles. “The set of challenges our industry is facing now – modal shift, on-shoring and overcapacity among them – is very different from the conditions that existed during the last period of growth,” Jan Krems says. “I believe we can overcome the […]
  • August 27, 2014

A fuel-saving angle for cargo

Though usually touted for fuel savings, winglets give cargo carriers other opportunities – including opening new markets. Winglets have been widely used by airlines since the 1990s and 2000s. They help blend the air that runs on the top and bottom of the wing tip. Under the wing, the pressure is high, and above it, […]
  • August 25, 2014

The week in brief

Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany continued to grow slightly. Between January and June, 442,109 tonnes were handled, a growth rate of 0.9 percent year over year. The number of aircraft movements rose by 5.5 percent to 30,552 during the first half of the year. LAN Airlines and its affiliates announced that beginning in […]
  • July 17, 2014

Summer of change

The summer of 2014 is shaping up to be one of change for air cargo, with a spate of leadership moves and a major cargo shakeup at Delta. Glyn Hughes, IATA’s new head of global cargo, seems to be a great pick to succeed Des Vertannes. Hughes, a 23-year IATA veteran, assumed his new post […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 24, 2014

Jan Krems to head United Cargo

Jan Krems, an industry veteran with nearly 30 years in air cargo, confirmed Wednesday that he will serve as United Cargo’s next president. Krems is now vice president Americas for Air France/KLM/Martinair Cargo. He has worked at KLM Cargo for two decades. Krems tells Air Cargo World that he does not know what date he […]
  • June 18, 2014

Delta, United make major cargo changes

(Editor’s note: this article was edited to remove references to United’s change in cargo handlers.) The top cargo executives at United Airlines and Delta Air Lines are leaving. Robbie Anderson, president of United Cargo since 2010, is leaving the company while Tony Charaf, senior vice president and chief cargo officer at Delta, is retiring effective […]
  • June 11, 2014

Compton: Carriers are well positioned to invest in cargo

Jim Compton, vice chairman of United Airlines, told attendees Monday at the CNS Partnership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, that despite air cargo’s myriad challenges, he is more optimistic than at any time during his nearly 30 years in aviation. Compton, who also holds the title of United’s chief revenue officer, said that as airlines […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 6, 2014

Cargo execs reflect on industry

One of the air cargo sector’s strengths is its breadth of astute management. As the industry heads optimistically into the uncertainty of 2014, it will rely heavily on the guidance of its top executives. Air Cargo World has selected six of the industry’s best to highlight in our annual Air Cargo Leaders feature. United Cargo […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 26, 2013
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