Alibaba’s Ma cautions against U.S.-China trade war

Stakeholders in the air cargo industry have been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric since before he took office in 2017. Yesterday, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma added to the chorus of disapproval as he discouraged pursuit of a trade war between China and the United States, while embracing “American-led globalization.” Ma’s commentary on […]

E-commerce drives US$180 million investment in UPS Arizona facility

The UPS response to the e-commerce revolution seems to be pouring money into the U.S. logistics sector, this time with a new package processing hub in Goodyear, Ariz. UPS is already offering Saturday ground delivery and pickup service, which began last month in Mesa, Ariz., and plans to expand the service to Phoenix on June […]

UPS: American businesses forgoing billions in cross-border e-commerce

Cross-border trade is still where the smart money is in the e-commerce market, but American businesses are largely missing out on this growth opportunity. Tandem reports released by UPS suggest that trade policies and attitudes in the United States are costing domestic businesses billions of dollars in lost revenues from cross-border e-commerce and trade. If […]

IATA: New Trade Facilitation Agreement a shot in the arm for global trade

A trade agreement promoting faster, cheaper and easier trade that entered into force this week is “great news for airlines, which deliver about a third of the goods traded across borders by value,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which passed Wednesday, follows the ratification of the […]

Q4 upswing fails to offset AA Cargo’s revenue drop as Torno set to retire

A slight, 1.3 percent uptick in fourth quarter revenues was insufficient to offset a dismal 2016 at American Airlines Cargo, which announced a full-year decrease of 7.9 percent in revenues, to US$700 million. Soon after, American also announced that Art Torno, senior vice president for international and cargo, will retire this April, after 38 years […]

New pilot contract trims Delta’s 2016 earnings

Delta Air Lines announced it made US$923 million in adjusted pre-tax fourth-quarter income, which was down $524 million, year-over-year, a decline the carrier attributed to it’s new pilot agreement, which entailed a substantial retroactive pay hike. The Atlanta-based carrier’s Q4 net income fell 37 percent to $622 million. Fourth-quarter cargo revenues also slid 9.8 percent, […]

Southwest Airlines cargo to go international in 2017

For a carrier that flies only 737 narrowbody passenger aircraft, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines carries a substantial amount of freight throughout its domestic network – some 98,400 tonnes in 2015. Despite various interline agreements with international carriers, Southwest still lacks the ability to carry cargo to any of the international destinations in its network. Next year […]

AirBridgeCargo granted U.S. routes as foreign airlines file for access

A ruling by the Unites States Department of Transportation (DOT) granted AirBridgeCargo Airlines the rights to operate “scheduled foreign air transportation of property and mail” between the Russian Federation and the American cities of Seattle, Columbus, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. AirBridgeCargo already operates flights to the U.S., including weekly freighter service departing Houston […]

Silk Way West wins U.S. foreign carrier permit

After a two-year bureaucratic battle with a rival carrier, Silk Way West Airlines has been granted a foreign carrier air permit by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), allowing the carrier to offer both scheduled and chartered cargo flights between Baku and New York’s JFK Airport. The Azerbaijani carrier’s 2014 application was initially opposed by National […]

Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot extended another year in U.S.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agency announced late last month that its Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program will be given yet another one-year extension. The program will be extended through July 26, 2017, giving various supply chain stakeholders another 12 months to prepare for the mandatory advanced filing of information about […]

Viaduct provides direct access to MIA cargo area

A US$63 million viaduct opened yesterday on Monday allowing approximately 5,000 cargo trucks per day to travel directly to and from Miami International Airport’s (MIA) West Cargo Area to avoid local traffic congestion. The new viaduct provides a continuous link for cargo traffic traveling to and from MIA above street lights and local traffic on […]