Cargolux launches second weekly Luxembourg-Jakarta service

Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines launched a second weekly 747 freighter service between Luxembourg (LUX) and Jakarta (CGK), beginning Thursday. The new service departs LUX on Thursdays and arrives in Jakarta on Fridays. The second weekly flight adds to the carrier’s original LUX-CGK service, launched in June of this year, which departs LUX on Sundays and arrives […]

Rio de Janeiro Airport recertified under CEIV Pharma

Brazil’s RIOgaleão Airport (GIG) completed its successful recertification under IATA’s CEIV Pharma program. The airport received its initial certification in 2016 and completed staff training to recertify, the airport said in a Monday statement. An IATA Validator conducted workshops on “Temperature Controlled Cargo Operations” and “Audit, Quality and Risk Management for Temperature Control Cargo” as […]

dnata obtains CEIV Pharma certification at DWC

dnata has received the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its pharma-handling processes at its Dubai World Central (DWC) facility. The UAE-based company’s facility at Dubai International (DXB) is already CEIV Pharma-certified. According to dnata, it has significantly invested over the […]

UPS enhances healthcare ops with US facility upgrades, EU GDP certification 

UPS made several major investments to its global healthcare-related operations and infrastructure, including upgrades to its healthcare-dedicated warehouse and distribution network in the United States and attainment of the EU Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification for its healthcare-related ops in France and Germany. These enhancements are intended to support direct-to-customer shipping, storage, distribution and temperature controls […]

Top 40 Cargo Airports: Still growing, but slowing, in 2018

This year has certainly been a difficult one for air cargo, with carriers and industry associations reporting steady year-over-year declines throughout 2019. Looking back to 2018, however, the writing was already on the wall that mounting international trade tensions would have major impacts on air cargo traffic across the world, as can be seen in […]

Puerto Rico plays the game: How regional hubs can – and should – be built

When playing a map-based development board game, it becomes increasingly apparent that each player approaches the game with their own strategy. Your sister likes to begin construction of a town on coastal cities, whereas your 13-year-old nephew may instead prefer to create a tentacle network of train tracks out from a central point. Your brother […]

Cargo Insights: Forwarders prove flexibility can overcome disruption

Like many travelers, I have become a rideshare convert from traditional taxicab transportation. The reasons for the switch range from increased ease and reliability for booking early rides, more competitive pricing, and my kids teaching me how to master the app on my mobile phone. But despite these benefits and my newfound preference, I still […]

Hactl breaks own single-day handling record

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) handled 104 freighter aircraft on Nov. 3, breaking its former record of 102 aircraft set last November. The peak time of activity took place between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. local time, when Hactl handled 13 freighters simultaneously.   Recent upgrades to Hactl’s IT system, including a new airside management app, helped the company increase its ramp time efficiency […]

Alibaba seals $38 billion Singles’ Day sales record

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. logged more than 268 billion yuan ($38.3 billion) of purchases during its Singles’ Day bonanza, exceeding last year’s record haul after a 24-hour shopping marathon.An estimated half-billion shoppers from China to Russia and Argentina swarmed the e-commerce giant’s sites to scoop up everything from Apple Inc. and Xiaomi Corp. gadgets to […]

Alibaba ups majority stake in Cainiao ahead of 11.11

Alibaba increased its majority stake in its logistics affiliate Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to 63% from 51% with an investment of US$3.3 billion today. The news comes just before China’s major “11.11” shopping holiday on Nov. 11, and on the heels of other moves the e-commerce giant recently made to expand its global presence, including shipping freight via train to Liège and […]

Changi Airport cargo community to pursue CEIV Fresh certification

Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) today announced that a working group had been formed among the airport’s cargo community to pursue the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification.   The airport, together with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, dnata Singapore and Singapore Airlines will shoulder certification-related costs with the aim to improve […]

Liège Airport reports record October cargo throughput  

Liège Airport (LGG) today reported record volumes for the month of October with a cargo throughput of 84,000 tonnes.   51% of these volumes were comprised of imports, according to the airport. Year-to-date cargo at LGG increased 3% y-o-y to 730,000 tonnes, despite challenging market environments.   Steven Verhasselt, vice president of commercial at LGG, this week joined the Cargo Airport Growth Summit […]

Revenue and cargo down, net profit up in Emirates’ half-year earnings report

Emirates Group saw mixed results for the period running Apr. 1 to Sept 30, 2019, with declines in revenue but increases in net profits across its overall Group, airline and dnata arms. Emirates Airlines saw an 8% decrease in volumes to 1.2 million tonnes of cargo, while overall capacity for the first six months of the financial year also declined by 7% […]

Could airports be the next hubs for disruptive 3D printing? 

Is manufacturing really slowing down or is it undergoing a transformation that can not yet be measured by traditional means? Robotics, drones, augmented reality and other technologies are transforming manufacturing in such a way not seen since the Industrial Revolution. But, in my opinion, one of the most disruptive forces is 3D printing. Not only could it disrupt the actual manufacturing process, but […]

Lufthansa Cargo accelerates fleet renewal, to add more 777Fs

German carrier Lufthansa Cargo has committed to buying two more 777Fs from Boeing and will go ahead with its plan for an accelerated withdrawal of its MD-11Fs [FATs 005226-005227]. The two new aircraft will be delivered next year and will be based at the Frankfurt (FRA) hub, while the remaining ten MD-11Fs will all be retired by the end […]

CargoLogic Germany operates maiden commercial flight to CGN

Leipzig (LEJ)-based CargoLogic Germany (CLG) has commenced commercial operations with a revenue flight between Paderborn (PAD) and Cologne (CGN) that took place on Saturday, Nov. 2. The flight utilized one of two freighter-converted 737-400Fs in the carrier’s fleet. "We  are indeed now operating revenue flights on behalf of a customer out of Cologne," the carrier […]

dnata obtains CEIV Pharma certification at DWC

dnata has received the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its pharma-handling processes at its Dubai World Central (DWC) facility. The UAE-based company’s facility at Dubai International (DXB) is already CEIV Pharma-certified. According to dnata, it has significantly invested over the […]

In a bad sign for airfreight, automotive logistics, charter volumes decline

Today, Road Runner Transportation Systems, a key player in the on-demand charter market, reported significant declines in financial performance, a symptom of the woes currently facing the automotive industry.  Road Runner (NYSE: RRTS) revenue dropped 14% and 13% year-to-date. Road Runner’s Active On-Demand segment revenues were down 26%. One third of this reduction — or about $13.4 million — was attributable to the General Motors strike, while the remainder was the result of declines in market […]

IATA reports weak September traffic, sees possibility for improvement in 2020  

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released preliminary data indicating that total industry wide cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.5% year-over-year in September. The continued contraction of the market reflects the general disappointment for air cargo toward the start of its traditional peak season.   However, IATA noted in its September Air Freight Market Analysis that most of the decline in […]

Nippon Cargo Airlines signs on as first Asian carrier to cargo.one 

Japanese carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has joined digital airfreight booking platform cargo.one. According to cargo.one, NCA is the first Asian carrier to join the platform.  Freight forwarders will soon be able to book NCA’s maindeck capacities on the cargo.one platform 24/7 with instant confirmation. The current platform includes the newly developed “one.connect” technology layer, which will allow NCA to […]

Etihad Cargo opens 24/7 Control Center

Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Cargo has inaugurated its Cargo Control Center, a new facility which enables the company to actively monitor all shipments in real time across both flights and road feeder services on a 24/7 basis. This represents the next step in Etihad’s digitalization program. According to Etihad, the new center’s technology platform is […]
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