Digital freight forwarder Zencargo raises US$4 million

London-based digital freight forwarder Zencargo today announced the completion of its “seed plus” round of funding, led by LocalGlobe, with participation from Samos Investments and Picus Capital, bringing total funds raised to more than US$4 million for the startup. Zencargo said the money will go toward accelerating its product development process and expand its presence […]

Purolator joins industry blockchain association, BiTA

Today, Canada-based express courier Purolator joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a group of logistics industry leaders that include giants like FedEx, UPS and JD Logistics that aims to create standards for the use of blockchain technology within the airfreight business. In a statement from Purolator, the company indicated its role in the organization […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 27, 2018

German companies purchase property to build aerospace MRO facility

Yesterday, aircraft service provider Lufthansa Technik and engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines – both German companies – acquired the property for their joint venture, an aerospace maintenance facility they are calling Engine Maintenance Europe (EME) Aero. The site is located near the Rzeszów Airport in a cluster of aviation and aerospace-related facilities known as “aviation […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 27, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Top Airports chart

  AIRPORT SURVEY CRITERIA Airports are rated by freight forwarders, cargo agents and third-party logistics providers on the following criteria: Performance: Quality of customer service; handling of exceptions Value: Competitiveness of rates and charges; customs clearance efficiency Facilities: Airside capacity; apron capacity and aircraft parking; warehousing; operational restrictions; ground connectivity In addition to highlighting winners, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Customization is their specialty

These days it’s not enough to just handle general cargo efficiently and be recognized for customer service and performance. One must be able to specialize as well, for goods such as perishables, dangerous goods, pharma, animals and oversized goods. For the second consecutive year, Air Cargo World asked ACE survey respondents about the top performers […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Top airports, carriers chosen for Air Cargo Excellence

CARRIERS The top vote-getter in the Large Carrier category (1 million tonnes of cargo handled and up) came as little surprise: Cathay Pacific Airways, which was a Platinum Award winner last year, won the Diamond Award this year. A spokesperson from Cathay Pacific Cargo said 2017 was the strongest year for growth in airfreight demand […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Top Carriers chart

  CARRIER SURVEY CRITERIA Air carriers were rated by freight forwarders on the following criteria: Customer Service: Quality of customer service; tracking and tracing of shipments; electronic air waybill (e-AWB) capabilities Performance: Timeliness of delivery; space availability; availability of main-deck capacity Value: Competitiveness of rates; availability and quality of special services; route network In addition […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2018

Virgin Atlantic Cargo introduces weekly service from Belfast to Orlando

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is now offering a weekly flight from Belfast to Orlando – departing from Northern Ireland every Monday – and will add another flight on Friday beginning in June. This new service, using a 747 aircraft, adds to the growing list of services the carrier currently offers, which consists of 17 flights a […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 26, 2018

AAPA reports traffic growth in February

In one of the first signs that suggest the Chinese New Year has had little effect on air cargo demand this year, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said 2017’s airfreight growth has carried well into the new year, reporting a 7.3 percent increase in air cargo volume in February among its Asia-Pacific member […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 26, 2018

New German pallet cuts weight by 80 percent

German steel manufacturing company Trilatec today unveiled a new lightweight air cargo pallet made from recycled cardboard, called the “squAIR-timber system.” Trilatiec said its goal is to replace conventional pallets, which it says are 80 percent heavier than the squAIR product, which can carry more than twice the weight. One meter of squAIR, the manufacturer […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 26, 2018

Turkish Cargo moves 1.5 million live fish

This week Turkish Cargo successfully transported 1.5 million live fish on a 777 freighter from Turkey to Oman. The farm-raised sea bream were carried in water tanks in accordance with IATA’s Live Animals Regulations (LAR) standards. An aquaculture engineer monitored the pH-balance of the water, oxygen levels and water temperature through the 24-hour transit operation. The […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 23, 2018

Grounded aircraft gets new engine in two days in Okinawa AOG shipment

Freight forwarders AGX and Knot Global Japan teamed up in handling an aircraft on the ground (AOG) logistics shipment that sent a passenger plane back into the air within two days of an engine malfunction. On Feb. 27, a commercial passenger aircraft carrying 379 passengers made an emergency landing at Naha Airport (OKA) in Okinawa […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 23, 2018

U.K. airfreight groups again call for action on London Heathrow expansion

Pressure is being turned up again this week on Parliament in the U.K. to move forward on the planned third-runway expansion of London Heathrow Airport (LHR), as two airfreight groups called for action as soon as possible to relieve congestion caused by limited capacity. Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 23, 2018

Transitional period of Brexit fallout set at 20 months

This week, the European Union (E.U.) and the U.K. government made another small step toward tackling the implications of Brexit for companies operating throughout the supply chain by agreeing on a specific amount of time to have a “transitional period” so all parties can get used to the new rules. The previously proposed transitional period […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 22, 2018

DHL breaks ground on distribution center for Eaton

Today DHL Supply Chain, a division of Deutsche Post DHL, broke ground on the construction of a distribution center and storage facility in Rheinbach, Germany, that it has been contracted to design and build for Eaton, a Dublin-based power management company. The 35,000-square-meter storage facility will connect to nearby DHL freight and parcel hubs that […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 22, 2018
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