China developing Xinjiang airport as ‘Belt and Road’ air cargo node

Today, China’s state planner approved a US$6.1-billion airport expansion project in Urumqi, capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang province, which will help develop the city into a key air cargo hub in President Xi Jinping’s sprawling “Belt and Road” initiative. Construction of the Urumqi Airport (URC) will run through 2030, when the expanded airport is expected […]

British forwarders see demand increase during usually slow time of year

The United Kingdom-based logistics community is experiencing the first subtle waves of the disruptions to the supply chain sure to come with Brexit, according to one regional forwarder Davies Turner. The company said it is experiencing an unseasonal bloat in demand for warehousing capacity for early 2019 – which is normally a slow period following […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 6, 2018

DHL Express launches daily route between CVG, YVR

Last week, DHL Express launched a new daily route between Vancouver, Canada (YVR) and its North American hub in Cincinnati (CVG), citing demand for services between Canada and the United States, The carrier said inbound and outbound volumes to Vancouver increased by 38 and 10 percent respectively since last year due to increased demand for […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 6, 2018

Working Overtime: How air cargo is adapting to ACAS, ELD rules

It’s the second day of the two-to-three business days your customer was told to expect to wait for the critical machine parts delivery. You’d promised the factory owner that the parts that would keep the production line running would arrive by Monday, and now you’re starting to sweat a little. You’re based in Germany and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 5, 2018

IATA reports demand increased only 2 percent in September

September traffic data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows a sluggish 2 percent year-over-year growth in demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) – less than half of the five-year average growth rate of 5.1 percent. The report is essentially on par with the WorldACD’s September analysis, which reported an even slimmer growth […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 5, 2018

First canine security company certified for air cargo screening [VIDEO]

After much anticipation, the use of canines to detect security threats in air cargo is now officially in effect, with the recent program launch of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s Certified Cargo Security Program on Thursday, Nov. 1. Under the program, organizations can certify a private-sector Explosive Detection Canine Team to screen air cargo for […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 5, 2018

Turkish Cargo launches freighter service from Europe to Ho Chi Minh

Turkish Cargo announced that it is adding freighter routes from Europe to Ho Chi Minh Airport (SGN) in Vietnam to its flight network. The new routes will be flown by the airline’s 777 freighters. Turkish has acquired three of the freighters since December 2017, and has at least two more on order with Boeing. Turkish […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 5, 2018

ATSG reports improved income in Q3, looks to add more freighters

During an earnings call to discuss its third quarter financial results today, Ohio-based Air Transport Services Group reported that unexpected delays in deploying three 767 freighters through its leasing arm led to lower-than-expected revenue during the quarter. However, those aircraft are on track for deployment by the end of this year, and ATSG is on […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 2, 2018

Amid political chaos, some hope from above for cargo security

Despite the political discord in Washington, D.C., aviation stakeholders need only look up to the sky for some bipartisan relief as the U.S. Congress passed legislation for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years. Every few years, Congress is required to enact legislation that sets the FAA’s funding levels and policy […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 2, 2018

Virgin Atlantic adds frequency to South Africa for automotive, perishable goods

Citing a rise in demand for automotive and perishable goods in South Africa, Virgin Atlantic Cargo has added a second daily 787-9 widebody service connecting London and Johannesburg. According to Virgin, cargo volumes between the United States and South Africa, via London Heathrow (LHR), have seen an 8 percent rise through the first eight months […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 2, 2018

Atlas reports strong Q3, expects more for peak season

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) reported third-quarter net income of US$71.1 million, up from a net loss of $24.2 million for Q3 of 2017, and expects a strong performance for the fourth quarter on expectations of a record peak season. Operating income was up by 3.3 percent, year-over-year, during Q3, to $54.5 million, while total operating […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 1, 2018

Don’t Fence Me In: Efficiency advice from one of the world’s largest ground handlers

If a more-efficient cargo facility is the goal, then airport operators, carriers and forwarders should speak with Barry Nassberg, group chief commercial officer for Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), one of the largest cargo ground handlers in the world. In an interview at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto, Nassberg told Air Cargo World that, “There […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 1, 2018

Don’t Fence Me In: Could a second-tier U.S. airport be the answer?

The United States’ major urban air hubs are infamous for congestion issues due to capacity constraints, which were further aggravated last year during the most notable spike in demand for airfreight in recent history. Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and New York’s JFK are some of the most notorious examples. With major international carries […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 1, 2018

Don’t Fence Me In: The European model – smarter, not larger

Keeping up with growing air cargo volumes moving to and from European airports required airports to make significant infrastructure investments during 2017 and into 2018. Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) told Air Cargo World that the airport “invested in additional ramp handling equipment [and] upgraded its airside infrastructure” during 2017. Similarly, the Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) said […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 1, 2018

Don’t Fence Me In: Asia’s airports keep expanding, as regional competition intensifies

Three of the world’s top-five airports, measured by annual cargo throughput, are in Asia – and unlike airports in Europe and North America, chronic capacity shortages are unlikely to be an issue in the near future. Though there will eventually come a point at which Asia’s busiest cargo hubs, Hong Kong (HKG), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 1, 2018
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