Schiphol rides out slot shortage to handle 1.75 million tonnes in 2017

Freighter slot space has been infamously tight at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Cargo in recent months, but the handling facility still reported an increase of 5.4 percent in 2017 airfreight volumes. The airport said that strong demand in the Far East for European goods boosted total cargo figures to 1.75 million tonnes. While annual imports from Asia […]

Winter storm in U.S. causes widespread freight disruption at FedEx’s Memphis hub

A cold front moving east across the American Midwest region caused extensive flight disruption at FedEx’s Memphis International Airport (MEM). The airport is FedEx Express’ global hub, and the “substantial flight and sort disruptions” experienced will have widespread implications on express logistics. FedEx said that, “potential delays are possible for package deliveries across the U.S., […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2018

Alibaba fires back after receiving ‘Notorious Markets’ designation from U.S. Gov.

After finding itself once again on The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2017 “Notorious Markets” list for alleged violations of intellectual property (IP) rights, China’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba, fired back today, countering that it was “doing more to protect brands and rights holders than any e-commerce company in the world.” Responding […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2018

BRUcloud Slot Booking App to launch next week

In the air cargo field, ground handling and technology adoption rates are recurring targets for criticism. With the launch of its new BRUcloud slot-booking service, the Brussels Airport (BRU) cargo community is set to kill two birds with one app. The “Slot Booking App” (one of several applications on the BRUcloud data-sharing platform) is set […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 12, 2018

Crane Worldwide expands Middle East presence with Saudi office

Houston-based Crane Worldwide Logistics is opening another office, this one located in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, as part of the customs brokerage and logistics company’s strategy to establish offices in what it sees as up-and-coming logistics hubs. Gerard Ryan, regional vice president of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa for Crane Worldwide, said that, “With economic […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 12, 2018

Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market [VIDEO]

A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 2018

IATA confirms healthy airfreight growth for November

The results are in for November and, as expected, IATA reported that growth in the airfreight industry picked up substantially with the move into peak season, with freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) increasing by 8.8 percent, year-over-year, for the month. While growth remains healthy, and November significantly outperformed October’s still-impressive 5.9 percent, y-o-y, growth, November figures […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 11, 2018

Online sales drive record holiday volumes at GEODIS

GEODIS is the latest logistics company to announce record volumes following last year’s e-commerce fueled global shopping spree. The company’s U.S. division said that it handled 2.3 million orders between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a 14 percent increase over 2016’s orders. Paris-based GEODIS said that that the four-day Thanksgiving shopping holiday in the United […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 2018

U.S. Marine Corps officially opens Japanese airfreight facility

The air transportation division of the U.S. Marine Corps held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new airfreight facility in Iwakuni, Japan, on Jan. 8., marking the site’s full launch after a partial opening in October 2017. The roughly 50,000-square-foot airfreight facility will support the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Iwakuni. “Before the new addition, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 11, 2018

UPS counters mechanics’ letter to McConnell, promising 14,000 additional Teamster jobs

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, promised that last month’s sweeping tax breaks for corporations would translate into wage increases and more jobs for American workers. The union representing aircraft mechanics who work for UPS Airlines are now holding the Senator from Kentucky accountable via a letter written to McConnell, asking him […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 2018

Precision redelivered 3 757 conversions in December

December was a busy month for freighter deliveries, as Precision Aircraft Solutions redelivered three 757 passenger-to-freighter conversions – not just in time for peak-season demand, which swelled in November, but in plenty of time to help move current peak-season traffic that is expected to remain strong until the Chinese New year, which occurs in mid-February. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 10, 2018

Turkish Airlines orders 3 more 777 freighters from Boeing

Turkish Airlines ordered three additional 777 freighters from Boeing, only weeks after the carrier took delivery of its first two 777Fs last month – suggesting that chief cargo officer Turhan Ozen is serious about expanding the carrier’s cargo business and ranking among the top five cargo players globally by 2023. “These freighter orders will surely […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 10, 2018

Ethiopian Airlines to lease first 2 AEI 737-800 P2F freighters from GECAS

Ethiopian Cargo, the cargo division of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, will lease the first two 737-800 freighters converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), from aviation leasing and financing company GECAS. The first delivery is set for June 2018, followed by a second in January 2019. The initial two passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions were originally slated to […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 9, 2018

Liège cargo strategy pays off with record volumes in 2017

While other European airports were giving cargo the cold shoulder (or at least forcing them to compete for limited slots), Belgium’s Liège Airport did just the opposite, perusing cargo carriers through a strategy of unlimited slots and landing times, and massive investments into cargo facilities. Now, the airport is announcing all-time record volumes of 717,000 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 9, 2018

Brussels Airport’s 2017 cargo handle up 8.3 percent from 2016

For most airports, 2017 was a very good year for cargo. But at Brussels Airport (BRU), which reported its total 2017 cargo handle at 535,634 tonnes, for an increase of 8.3 percent, year-over-year, 2017 represented the biggest surge in volume in the last decade. All cargo segments at the airport experienced growth during the year, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 9, 2018
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