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 […]

DOT awards Chicago Rockford $9m for cargo infrastructure expansion

Yesterday, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s intent to award Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) $9 million in grants. The grants will support RFD’s expansion of its cargo operations and aims to become a Midwest regional cargo hub.  The $9 million will be used to fund the airport’s construction of its […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 16, 2019

Descartes strengthens tracking capabilities with CORE acquisition

Descartes Systems Group has strengthened its cargo-tracking capabilities by acquiring CORE Transport Technologies, a New Zealand based company which provides airlines and ground handlers with electronic applications to help track cargo, mail and unit load devices (ULDs). According to Descartes, it acquired CORE for an upfront cash payment of US$21.0 million, plus potential performance-based consideration. […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 16, 2019

Cathay Pacific obtains CEIV-Fresh certification

Cathay Pacific today has become the world’s first airline to obtain the CEIV-Fresh certification, which was unveiled at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 13th World Cargo Symposium in Singapore earlier this year. IATA piloted the CEIV-Fresh certification with Airport Authority Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, and terminal operators Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and Hong […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 15, 2019

Pilot food transport study reveals greater need for cool-chain transparency

A recent pilot study tracking the quality of temperature-sensitive food on a long-haul flight found that 40% of food transported around the world — via air, ocean and land — requires refrigeration and 20% of food loss is caused by a breakdown in the cool chain, according to officials for food waste tracking app Too Good To Go, which identifies users who can buy leftover food from retailers.  The […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 15, 2019

SF Airlines applied to launch trans-Pacific 747 ops

In a filing to the US Department of Transportation dated 13 May, Shenzhen-based SF Airlines requested permission to operate scheduled cargo service three times per week between Hangzhou (HGH) and New York (JFK), for at least one year. The service would begin in September 2019, using SF’s 747 freighter capacity.  SF Airlines took delivery of its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 15, 2019

Amazon breaks ground on massive new cargo hub at CVG [VIDEO]

Following much anticipation over the past week, Amazon broke ground today on its new Amazon Air cargo hub at Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The giant e-tailer also released a video mock-up of the massive new facility, as seen below. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 15, 2019

WFS, Avinor abruptly cancel plans for Oslo Airport seafood center

Last summer, ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) had agreed with Avinor AS, Norway’s state-owned operator of Oslo Airport (OSL), that it would create a new cool chain seafood cargo center at OSL that would handle up to 250,000 tonnes of seafood per year. Yesterday, however, WFS and Avinor said the plans for the new facility have been canceled.  “Avinor AS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 14, 2019

UPS adds international destinations to Saturday pick-ups

In a move to support shippers wanting to fulfill online orders over the weekend, UPS has expanded its Saturday pick-up service for U.S. customers with the addition of 122 export destinations around the world.  The UPS Worldwide Express product is now available to a total of 179 destinations, including 28 new markets in the Americas, 20 in […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 14, 2019

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.  
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 14, 2019

Agility posts growth in Q1 revenue, airfreight tonnage

Kuwait-based Agility’s airfreight business grew across several trade lanes and sales channels in the first three months of 2019, resulting in a tonnage growth of 5.2% in the first quarter. As a whole, Agility posted a net profit of $66.8 million, 7.3% higher than in the first quarter of 2018. Earnings before interest taxes, depreciation […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 13, 2019

IAG Cargo revenues dip in Q1, despite rise in traffic

Like many carriers this year, U.K.-based IAG Cargo said its first-quarter 2019 revenues declined year-over-year, falling to €275 million during the period March 31 for a 2.5% loss, compared to Q1 of 2018, at a constant exchange rate. However, its cargo traffic increased by 2.6% to 1.39 billion cargo tonne kilometers (CTK), thanks to a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 13, 2019

Airports support peak flower season with special projects and infrastructure

In honor of Mother’s Day yesterday and the surge in airfreight demand that ensured mom would get her flowers on time, we at Cargo Airport News have identified three airport projects around the globe designed to meet peak season flower demand. These projects include:   
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 13, 2019

Operating profits rise for DP-DHL Group’s Q1, but airfreight volumes drop

While Deutsche Post-DHL Group (DP-DHL) saw revenues and operating profits rise in the first quarter of 2019, compared with Q1 the year prior, the Global Forwarding, Freight (GFF), division reported airfreight volumes down by 3.9% for the period ending March 31, the fifth-straight quarter that saw volume reduction in the division. For the quarter, DP-DHL […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 10, 2019
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