Digital freight forwarder Zencargo raises US$4 million

London-based digital freight forwarder Zencargo today announced the completion of its “seed plus” round of funding, led by LocalGlobe, with participation from Samos Investments and Picus Capital, bringing total funds raised to more than US$4 million for the startup. Zencargo said the money will go toward accelerating its product development process and expand its presence […]

Air Belgium launches Belgium to Hong Kong Service, employs Hactl

Air Belgium, the two-year-old combination carrier based in Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL), has signed on with Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited’s (Hactl’s) ground-handling services for its new A340-300 service between Brussels and Hong Kong. The carrier launched the route yesterday, with Hactl providing its terminal handling and documentation services for the carrier at […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 5, 2018

Hitting the wall: Tariffs may bring a premature end to the cargo boom

Air cargo volumes over the past year achieved levels not seen in more than a decade as surging global economies fueled demand and reinvigorated the need for speed. Retailers and manufacturers seem to have been the prime users as increased business brought about by the e-commerce megatrend created the need for fast product delivery. Now, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 5, 2018

The Power 25: On the rise with the world’s top forwarders

It’s amazing what a little extra business can do. About 18 months ago, there was a lot of hand-wringing about the sorry state of the freight forwarding industry. They were far behind on the technology adoption curve; Amazon was coming along to disintermediate everyone in the logistics business and overcapacity was slowly bleeding the carriers […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 4, 2018

American Airlines launches cargo services to Cuba

We are finally witnessing air cargo operations launch between Cuba and the United States, after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines slots at José Martí International Airport (HAV) after a year of eerie silence surrounding what was initially a hot topic in the air freight world. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 4, 2018

DHL to open logistics ‘innovation center’ near Chicago

DHL is deepening its foray in logistics innovation with a new presence in the United States, today releasing plans to open an innovation-focused facility in Rosemont, Ill. The new location, located just outside the Chicago area, will offer partners and clients a look into what DHL predicts its transport infrastructure to look like in 2050, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 4, 2018

Alaska Airlines to boost cargo capacity by 40 percent following Virgin America integration

Seattle-based combination carrier Alaska Air Cargo is preparing to increase capacity by 40 percent by utilizing its seventy A320 and A321 aircraft for cargo transportation, which Alaska gained in its acquisition of Virgin America in 2016. Alaska Air Cargo – internationally recognized as one of the only low-cost carriers that operates freighters – is taking […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 1, 2018

WorldACD reports ‘serious’ growth in air cargo business, yield

While air cargo growth seemed to cool off a bit in March after its torrid pace through much of 2017, the latest April and first-quarter figures from WorldACD suggest that April saw a more robust year-over-year growth rate for air cargo volume and even more so for air cargo yield. Taking into account the distorted […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 1, 2018

DHL Parcel adds POST Luxembourg partner to delivery network

Regional postal service provider, POST Luxembourg, will be DHL Parcel’s newest partner in the logistic giant’s “Parcel Connect” service, which aims to capitalize on inter-European trade, especially of e-commerce cargo. The services will initially be limited to imports from Europe to Luxembourg, but “in a second phase,” will begin offering exports from Luxembourg to various […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 1, 2018

Drone-maker Natilus completes prototype taxi tests, releases images

Natilus, the cargo drone startup, has completed the latest phase of taxi tests on water for a 30-foot-long prototype of its planned, large-scale unmanned cargo aircraft. Aleksey Matyushev, CEO of Natilus, told Air Cargo World the prototype has been undergoing taxi testing since February. “The prototype has successfully completed medium-speed taxi testing in remote operation […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 31, 2018

Cainiao chooses Liège Airport as European hub for global service

Alibaba’s logistics group, Cainiao, has chosen Liège Airport (LGG) as one of its key European hubs, as it moves forward with the international expansion of its “delivery in 5 days” service. Alibaba took control of the China-based logistics network in 2017, when its increased its stake from 47 to 51 percent in a deal that […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 31, 2018

Air France-KLM invests in CSafe’s new cool-chain containers

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has acquired the services of cool-chain container manufacturer CSafe Global to utilize its CSafe RAP active-temperature-controlled containers, specially designed for pharmaceutical transportation. The RAP container – equipped with a compressor-driven cooling and heating system – was approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in January. Designed to keep shipments […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 31, 2018

Demonstrations in Brazil, Canada, Italy could mean logistics delays

Concurrent labor actions and protests from various logistics sectors’ unions could potentially send ripples through the supply chain in coming weeks, as the trucking strike continues in Brazil, and Canadian Pacific Railways and FedEx experience their own protests from employees. While Brazil’s economy has shown signs of picking up in the first quarter of 2018, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 30, 2018

Demand growth strengthens in April

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released April figures on growth in demand for air freight that are sunnier than anticipated. With 2017’s numbers setting a high bar, April of 2018 has continued the positive trend, even by comparison to last year’s figures. Follow the link to our sister publication Cargo Facts’ story to read […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 30, 2018

DHL extends same-day delivery service to Vietnam

DHL’s Parcel and eCommerce division is extending its same-day parcel delivery service to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam – allowing domestic retailers to offer customers same-day delivery, real-time tracking and scheduling management via DHL’s digital platform. The company’s domestic delivery service is supported by a fleet of vans, bike couriers, and “regular air and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 30, 2018
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