U.S. DOT advances Puerto Rico’s transshipment hub bid

The United States Department of Transportation on Feb. 19 issued a first notice in favor of granting Puerto Rico a waiver for expanded cargo and passenger flexibility at its international airports to promote their use as international hubs for air cargo. If approved, the waiver would be in effect for two years, allowing foreign air […]

WFS receives CEIV Pharma cert at Paris airport

Cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) recently received IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) at its new Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) pharma center. The center opened last year and is expected to handle more than 8,000 tonnes of cargo in 2020. According to WFS, about 30 airlines […]

CSafe expands South Korean service center

CSafe Global, an active temperature-controlled container manufacturer, has expanded its service center at Incheon Airport (ICN) to accommodate the growing demand for its specialized air cargo containers for pharmaceutical and other temperature-sensitive products in South Korea and the Asia Pacific region, the company said. “With the expanded warehouse space and increased repair service throughput, not […]

FedEx opens expanded pharma center in Tokyo

The renovation of the TNT Life Science Center in Tokyo has been completed, FedEx said in a statement on Monday. The newly expanded center will provide better logistics services for pharma products used in clinical trials. The larger, more technologically advanced center will allow for shipments by overseas pharmaceutical customers of investigational medication product in […]

Cargo Insights: Behind the narrative, forwarders are already tech-forward

In this age of heightened political rhetoric, separating facts from biased claims is a challenge for even the most well-seasoned audience. The media may work to present only the facts, but reporters can disagree about what the actual facts are. We have seen this play out recently in our own industry though a stream of […]

Zahra highlights Drone Delivery Canada’s operations at Edmonton Airport

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) made headlines in 2019 with the news it would be the first cargo drone operator with a hub at a major airport. While drones at airports have mostly been a disruption to operations so far, the Canadian drone developer announced in October it would establish a hub at Edmonton International Airport […]

The 2019 Air Cargo Executive of the Year is DSV Panalpina’s Jens Bjorn Andersen

Early in 2019, speculation ran rampant over the future of Panalpina. The Swiss forwarder had faced several difficult quarters, with declines in profit exacerbated by overall market weakness and demand declines in some of the forwarder’s higher-yield verticals. Enter DSV. Unsolicited, Panalpina’s Danish logistics rival submitted a takeover offer to Panalpina’s board, valuing Panalpina at […]

Lodige building Swissport facility at FRA

Germany-based logistics systems supplier Lodige Industries announced today it is constructing a new cargo handling facility for Swissport’s new cargo terminal in the Frankfurt Airport (FRA) Frankfurt Cargo City Sud. Lodige’s cargo handling system in Swissport’s new facility is intended to help the ground handler meet its speed, reliability and efficiency targets in the coming […]

Airlink mobilizes for coronavirus response

As regular readers know, Cargo Facts has for several years supported Airlink, the rapid-response humanitarian relief organization uniting commercial and charter airlines within its network with pre-qualified nonprofits. As confirmed cases of the new coronavirus increase — to 17,391 as of the World Health Organization’s most recent report Feb. 3 — Airlink announced the activation […]

House infrastructure package pushes aviation sustainability

House Democratic leaders last week called for encouraging the development of sustainable aviation fuels and aircraft technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the outlines of their proposed $760 billion, five-year infrastructure package.   The bill calls for investments in alternative fuel infrastructure and incentivizing the development of alternative fuels and carbon reduction projects. Additionally, […]

Delta, Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic launch trans-Atlantic JV

Major American and European combination carriers Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic have launched their expanded trans-Atlantic joint venture for air cargo, a partnership that accounts for 23% of total trans-Atlantic cargo capacity and more than 600,000 tonnes per year. The JV received regulatory approval Nov. 21, at which time Air France-KLM had […]

Over 25,000 China flights axed as virus panic creates disruption

(Bloomberg) — More than 25,000 flights to, from and within China will be canceled this week as more than two dozen airlines suspend services to the country because of the coronavirus outbreak, leading to an unprecedented shakeup in the world’s second-largest aviation market. International capacity will fall by 4.4 million seats a week, with Lion […]

U-Freight opens e-commerce center in South Korea

Hong Kong-based U-Freight Group opened a new e-commerce fulfillment center (EFC) in Incheon, South Korea, as it works to roll out its e+ Solutions product to support small businesses across its network. U-Freight’s Incheon operations were previously based in its existing multipurpose warehouse in Incheon Airport’s (ICN) free trade zone, which the logistics company said, […]

Lufthansa adjusts China freighter schedules due to coronavirus

Like many carriers adjusting schedules in reaction to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, Lufthansa Cargo announced today that its freighter aircraft will operate according to a special schedule to and from the Chinese mainland next week. Lufthansa Cargo will fly several frequencies connecting Frankfurt (FRA) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) via Novosibirsk (OVB) onboard its […]

AirBridgeCargo Airlines trial loads GE9X jet engine

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has completed the transportation validation of the world’s largest jet engine, the GE9X, onboard a 747-8F. The GE9X is GE Aviation’s newly developed engine for the 777X aircraft that first flew in early 2020. The propulsor core of the engine weighs 11,545 kg. ABC worked closely with GE representatives to load the […]

Kalitta requests permission for new 777F route in Asia

U.S.-based carrier Kalitta Air has requested four weekly allocations for Singapore (SIN) to Hong Kong (HKG) cargo flights using 777-200 freighters on behalf of “a major freight forwarder.” Though the carrier has not yet returned a request for comment, the most likely customer for the service is DHL. DHL declined to confirm whether it is […]

WorldACD sees little cheer in December report

WorldACD found that the impact of 2019’s challenging political economic conditions persisted through to the end of the year with the release of its December report this week, which indicated a 1.7% year-over-year decrease in cargo volumes worldwide for December. This YoY decrease in volumes was the smallest since January 2019, but they were not […]

EIA revises jet fuel consumption outlook down

Jet fuel consumption through 2050 is set to grow at a faster rate than any other transportation fuel, except electricity, yet expectations for air travel demand have fallen year over year. The Energy Information Administration’s most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) expects less passenger travel demand than in its 2019 forecast, indicating a more moderate […]

DHL, UPS make major investments in US facilities

Both DHL and UPS have announced major investments in their U.S. facilities, with plans to spend $3.8M and $1.4B, respectively.  DHL announced its decision yesterday to invest $3.8M to expand its Cleveland facility in response to a further anticipated surge in demand for international shipping and e-commerce, and to support  the region’s manufacturing industries.   The expanded DHL facility will be located near the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and be 20,000 square […]

Brussels Airport: Designing around digitalization

Digitalization can dramatically improve airport efficiency if pursued correctly, said Brussels Airport’s (BRU) head of cargo and logistics, Steven Polmans, during a discussion on efficiency at airport cargo terminals at AirCargo 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Unfortunately, many operators fail to avoid a major pitfall of digitalization, he said. “You should design your processes around digital […]
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