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 […]

UPS expands time-critical shipments with guaranteed midday delivery

UPS said it is expanding its time-critical delivery service, offering guaranteed delivery by either 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. from all 71 origin countries to 35 key destination countries. The new service, called UPS Worldwide Express Freight Midday, guarantees time-definite delivery for urgent, international, palletized shipments weighing more than 68 kilograms (150 pounds). “We have […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 8, 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch dazzles, but overshoots target orbit [VIDEO]

In the airfreight business, there is “specialty cargo,” and then there is “Elon Musk cargo” – a separate category all by itself. In an audacious launch on Tuesday that was half technology showcase, half marketing stunt, the aerospace entrepreneur’s SpaceX company sent its unmanned “Falcon Heavy” lift vehicle – the most powerful rocket currently in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2018

Emirates SkyCargo launches Maastricht freighters as Schiphol congestion continues

Emirates SkyCargo launched its second scheduled freighter service to the Netherlands, this time to Maastricht, where the Dubai-based carrier will operate two 777F flights a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting at the end of March, Emirates SkyCargo plans to increase its freighter frequency into Maastricht to seven weekly flights, totaling 1,400 tonnes of additional […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 7, 2018

United Cargo, ANA westbound launch completes trans-Pacific joint venture

United Airlines Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have added westbound trans-Pacific routes to a cargo joint venture that the two carriers launched in 2016. The expanded terms now cover a multidirectional trans-Pacific cargo network. Under the now-completed JV, customers with shipments originating in the United States or Canada, bound for Japan, enjoy the same […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 7, 2018

Singapore Air Show: Drone tech is ready, but are we?

SINGAPORE—Alongside announcements of new freighter conversion orders and rumors of aircraft orders, the Singapore Air Show’s approach to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in airfreight service focused on the long-term promise of technology that may take time to pay off, but has the potential to remake the industry once it does – if the industry can […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 7, 2018

WFS’ John Batten on ‘future-proofing’ cargo terminals to meet e-commerce needs

For decades, ground handlers operated in the shadows. However, with the growing importance of pharmaceuticals-handling standards and demands for greater visibility, that’s changing. With a whole new breed of shippers using air cargo for cross-border e-commerce, there’s something different about this latest rise in demand. With airfreight scrambling to establish itself as a crucial part […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2018

Agility signs on to Maersk-IBM blockchain project

Kuwaiti 3PL Agility Logistics has signed on as the first freight forwarder to collaborate with Maersk and IBM on a project that uses blockchain to manage and track container shipments. As the forwarding partner in the project, Agility said it will “identify events associated with individual shipments and to share and receive information about them […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2018

GECAS to offer Telair’s e-commerce-friendly loading system on 737-800 freighter conversions

Aviation lessor GECAS said that it will offer Telair’s recently approved Flexible Loading System (FLS) to GECAS’ 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion customers on aircraft entering service this year. The system allows 737 operators to carry containerized cargo (baggage, mail and parcel freight) in the lower hold of the aircraft, along with bulk-loaded bags. That sort of […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2018

Westward Ho: How a new Chinese cargo carrier can revive an ancient Silk Road outpost

For centuries, the fabled Silk Road that wended its way between China and Europe brought together fragmented caravans of traveling merchants, facilitating the exchange of goods from geographically disparate regions of the world – much like a modern express carrier does today. Brilliantly colored Parthian tapestries and other luxury goods were transported across the relentless […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 5, 2018

UPS launches longest-ever scheduled flight from Louisville to Dubai, using 747-8F [VIDEO]

At approximately 12,400 kilometers, UPS’ new Louisville-Dubai route is the longest regularly-scheduled flight UPS has ever operated, thanks to its fleet of new long-range 747-8 freighters. The daily nonstop flight, from UPS’ global air hub in Louisville, U.S., to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will cut time-in-transit from North and South America to […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

Time is running out for shippers as Chinese New Year looms

With less than two weeks left until the Chinese New Year shuts down logistics operations across the world’s largest cargo market, online freight platform Freightos is warning shippers to move quickly or risk costly delays. “International freight movements out of China will be disrupted for a good 3-4 days each side of February 16,” Freightos […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

ATSG reaches tentative agreement with pilots

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) announced late last week that its subsidiary, Air Transport International, Inc. (ATI), has reached a tentative agreement to amend the collective bargaining agreement with its more than 220 pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Terms of the tentative amended agreement were not disclosed, but […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

Southwest Cargo Suite to launch in March

The airfreight sector, long known for lagging other industries in implementing advancements, is finally making moves to catch up with the technological times, carrier by carrier. One recent example is Southwest Cargo, which announced its planned implementation of a new point-of-sale system, called Southwest Cargo Suite (SCS), schedule to launch on March 25. The biggest […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 2, 2018

American Airlines Cargo announces multi-year iCargo implementation

American Airlines Cargo announced its biggest investment to date, a multi-year rollout of iCargo, a next-generation cargo management system that the carrier says will, “transform the company’s technology across the entire American Airlines Cargo footprint.” iCargo’s software appears to be compatible with all the latest airfreight technology developments, gaining customers, such as Lufthansa Cargo, Turkish […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 2, 2018
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