Once open, Western Sydney Airport to expand cargo options for carriers

Sydney’s in-development second airport, Western Sydney Airport, this month signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qantas Group and Virgin Australia, Australia’s two largest carriers. It is not immediately clear how the carriers’ cargo operations will adjust to the new airport. Virgin Australia is based at Brisbane International Airport (BNE), while Qantas Airlines and its […]

Virgin Australia daily Melbourne-Hong Kong route meets demand for cargo capacity

Virgin Australia will launch a daily Melbourne-to-Hong Kong service on Nov. 12 that the carrier says will accommodate growing demand for cargo capacity between Australia and China, driven by a combination of the peak season for perishables season, the growth of e-commerce and rising express freight business from Hong Kong. Virgin Atlantic’s regional sales manager, […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo, Virgin Australia to launch Melbourne-Hong Kong route

With no end in sight for the growing Asia-Pacific e-commerce business, Virgin Atlantic Cargo said it will launch a new Melbourne-Hong Kong route on July 5, in partnership with Virgin Australia, bringing total capacity up to five A330-200 flights per week on the route. Each flight will offer 14 tonnes of cargo capacity. The carrier […]

dnata opens new airside cargo facility in Australia

Cargo handler dnata, owned by the Emirates Group, has opened a new airside cargo facility at Adelaide Airport, increasing the airport’s role for cargo the South Australian market. The 1,500-square-meter facility has the capacity to handle up to 80 tonnes of cargo per day, a significant upgrade from dnata’s old 400-square-meter off-airport facility. Adelaide is […]

No Lufthansa buyout, but Etihad bearish on code shares

Like a celebrity mismatch, the rumored Lufthansa-Etihad merger flooding news feeds was bound to disappoint, and now Reuters reports that “a financial stake is out of the question at the moment,” citing a source close to the plans. But given the move towards code sharing, and the Gulf-carrier’s proclivity towards investing in other European carriers, […]

Virgin Australia renews cargo deal with Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo will continue to provide international long-haul cargo sales and management for Virgin Australia through a new, long-term agreement that was renewed between the two airlines. Despite their similar names, the two carriers are distinct airlines. Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin brand, is no longer among the top 20 shareholders in the […]

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 […]

Virgin Australia loses Toll contract, forms cargo division

After losing its exclusive belly-hold cargo deal with Toll Group at the end of this month, Virgin Australia said it will bring its cargo operation back in-house and form a new Virgin Australia Cargo division as of July 1. Merren McArthur, group executive for Virgin Australia Cargo, said that “Virgin Australia will now actively compete […]

Dnata to handle Virgin Australia cargo

Dnata will handle cargo carried by Virgin Australia on its daily flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles and back, and its three frequencies per week connecting Sydney and Abu Dhabi. Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s team in Australia will relocate to dnata’s cargo terminal in Sydney as part of the deal. Virgin Atlantic is contracted […]

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 […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo sees mostly flat first half

Virgin Atlantic Cargo said overcapacity is hurting the air cargo market. “In terms of revenue, we are slightly ahead of our target for the year, but the level of capacity some airlines are bringing onto the main markets is driving yields down to a level that will be unsustainable for many operators,” John Lloyd, director […]
  • August 28, 2014