Altitude Angel to become strategic data partner for new Dronecloud [VIDEO]

While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are still awaiting the regulations that will unleash their full potential, one aviation tech firm in the United Kingdom is building the massive cloud-based data services that will be needed to control the complexity of future drone activities. The company, Altitude Angel, said today that it will become the geodata […]

CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]

CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]

Automation, capacity, economic woes top supply chain trends report

With the continuing rise of e-commerce demand despite lackluster economic growth, supply chain professionals are most concerned about lack of capacity and rising costs in e-commerce, according to research firm EyeForTransport (EFT), which released its “Supply Chain Hot Trends 2019” report this week. Based on a global survey of 765 supply chain professionals, including retailers, […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo doubles service to India with new Mumbai route

After a four-year hiatus, Virgin Atlantic Cargo said it will resume daily service to the fast-growing cargo market of Mumbai from London Heathrow (LHR) in October of this year, following the temporary suspension of India’s Jet Airways operations. With a first flight scheduled for Oct. 27, the U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic said the 787-9 aircraft will […]

Development efforts pay off as Xi’an welcomes first fifth-freedom flights by Korean Air 

On May 12, Xi’an International Airport (XIY) welcomed its first fifth-freedom right air traffic route, operated by Korean Air via Seoul (ICN)-Xi’an (XIY)-Hanoi (HAN) using a 777 freighter. The route launch supports various facets of Chinese regional and national aims to develop aviation hubs in line with international network expansion to meet evolving demand in China.  

Return to Sender: Is Europe’s cross-border e-commerce boom about to fizzle?

The engines of an ASL Airlines Belgium 747 freighter are cooling down on the tarmac at Liege Airport (LGG), where the aircraft is resting after an 11-hour flight from Ürümqi Diwopu Airport (URC) in China’s far-western Xinjiang province. A crew of neon-vested ground handlers quickly whisk a mix of pallets and containers off the massive […]

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]

Break Out: How cross-border e-commerce could evolve as Cainiao goes global

“Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” This grandiose statement was made by Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate at the helm of the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, Alibaba, in June 2015. He was speaking at the Economic Club of New York and had just defined a new […]

DHL’s ‘smart glasses’ tool to be expanded to express division

After nearly five years of pilot testing, DHL Supply Chain said it is expanding the deployment of its “smart glasses” vision picking tool across a wider range of warehouses operated by Deutsche Post DHL Group, including the hubs that serve DHL Express. With its head-up display of digital packaging information that can be seen instantly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 21, 2019

Japan Customs integrated into CHAMP platform

Luxembourg-based CHAMP Cargosystems added Japan Customs to its Traxon Global Customs platform, which will enable carriers to submit advance cargo information (ACI) directly to the customs authority. Through the platform, airlines and ground handlers can interface directly with Japan Customs and share data from a number of documents, including Master Air Waybills, House Manifests and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 21, 2019

Amazon’s $100 million investment in Lakeland Airport is approved

Today, Lakeland, Florida, local government approved a proposal between Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) and Amazon submitted last Friday, for a $100 million investment from Amazon.com Services, Inc., that will go towards the construction of a 225,000 square foot air cargo facility and a seven jet cargo hangar at the Florida airport. The new deal further expands Amazon’s already robust operations […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 21, 2019

DHL’s Bahrain lease extension supports BAH’s bid for regional hub status

On Saturday, DHL Express signed an agreement to extend its lease at Bahrain International Airport (BAH) for another 10 years with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the company that manages BAH. The lease extension will support Bahrain’s goal to develop into a regional hub for logistics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as part […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 21, 2019

AirBridgeCargo unveils ‘abc XL’ livery for 747F, citing growth of oversize shipments

While there have been some rumors about the coming sunset of the four-engined Boeing 747 freighter, Russian carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) said it has seen oversized cargo shipment demand for its nose-loading jumbo jets rise by 3%, year-over-year, during the first four months of 2019, to more than 11,000 tonnes. Because of this interest in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 20, 2019

Panalpina opens Prague warehouse for auto parts

After agreeing to be purchased by Danish logistics firm DSV earlier this year, Swiss forwarder Panalpina has not slowed down its own growth, in terms of warehouse space or merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity. Last week, Panalpina participated in an opening ceremony for its new 21,000-square-meter, 28-bay warehouse in Prague. Two-thirds of the warehouse capacity […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 20, 2019

Atran launches weekly China-Europe flights for Cainaio

Russia-based Atran launched weekly scheduled flights between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flights will utilize a 23-tonne capacity 737-800BCF and depart Hangzhou every Thursday. Although the new route will contribute to higher asset utilization for Atran’s -800BCF, independent of other business, the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 20, 2019

DOT awards Rickenbacker $15 million for cargo development

Last week, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s intent to award Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) $15 million in grants. The grants will support LCK’s infrastructure improvement as it aims to position itself as a regional hub for cargo. Rickenbacker airport authorities said that the funding will support LCK’s projected […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 20, 2019

Alaska Airlines brings annual Copper River salmon to ‘lower 48’ [VIDEO]

It’s a rite of passage between the icy waters of Alaska and the tarmac of Seattle’s SeaTac Airport (SEA). Every year, the adult king and sockeye salmon return to the pristine waters of Alaska’s Copper River in late spring, and Alaska Airlines prepares to fly the first load of this fresh, highly prized seafood delicacy […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 17, 2019

SF’s A.R. tool boxes up cargo in the blink of an eye [VIDEO]

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could look at an object that needed to be shipped overnight and could see the dimensions instantly in front of you before you boxed it up? Last week, a video was posted on the website of China’s SF Express, showing how SF Technology’s Vision Team has made that dream […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 17, 2019

Amazon proposal could introduce cargo ops to Lakeland Airport

Amazon and Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) are requesting local government approval for a proposed $100 million investment from Amazon.com Services, Inc., that would go towards the construction of a 225,000 square foot air cargo facility, and a seven-jet cargo hangar at the Florida airport. The new deal would further expand Amazon’s already-robust operations in Florida and would thrust LAL into the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 17, 2019

DHL Express, EHang launch smart drone in Guangzhou

Cargo drones may not yet be regulated enough to be unleashed into the skies of major airfreight hubs, but major integrators, such as DHL Express, have be partnering with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers to create increasingly intelligent, reliable and customizable drone systems when the time comes. The latest demonstration took place today in Guangzhou, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 16, 2019

Asia-Pacific airlines grow cargo revenue, yields in 2018

Despite slower growth in air cargo demand, airlines in the Asia-Pacific region generated US$21.2 billion in cargo revenue in 2018, 11.5% higher than 2017, and increased their yields by 8.9%, year-over-year, to US$0.27 per freight tonne kilometer (FTK), according to preliminary financial performance figures released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). The association’s […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 16, 2019

CFA: Air cargo trade lanes can adapt to a trade war [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from Agility and China Southern Airlines discussed the impact of the United States-China trade war on the Asia-Pacific air cargo market. According to panelists, while trade flows have shifted in the region as a result of […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 16, 2019
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