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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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
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