Atlas Air to operate 747F for SF Express on trans-Pacific routes

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary Atlas Air recently inked a new ACMI lease agreement with SF Express to operate a 747-400F on trans-Pacific routes for the express carrier. The deal, which will commence in October, will expand the Shenzen-based SF Express network into the trans-Pacific market. SF Express has traditionally operated a fleet of narrowbody […]

Qatar Airways expands North American cargo service

Qatar Airways will launch dedicated freight routes to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport from its Doha hub via Luxembourg next month. Twice-weekly freight flights to Atlanta and Houston will commence on November 2 while Toronto will enjoy weekly service beginning November 7.
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  • October 10, 2011

Ethiopian Airlines to grow fleet with 777Fs

Ethiopian Airlines has ordered four Boeing 777Fs at list price of $1.1 billion, making it the first African carrier to procure the aircraft. Officials for the airline said that Ethiopian will replace older freighters with these planes to address Africa’s rising cargo demand.
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  • October 6, 2011

TSA to move cargo screening deadline

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has decided to push back its December 31 deadline for 100-percent screening on cargo bound for the U.S. The news comes from a press release issued by The International Air Cargo Association, which was also verified by Brandon Fried, executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association. He called the TSA’s […]
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  • October 6, 2011

EU court backs ETS amid controversy

This summer, the U.S. Air Transport Association initiated a court challenge to test the legality of the European Union’s emission trading scheme when applied to the aviation industry. In a recently released preliminary court opinion, Germany’s advocate general asserted that the ETS doesn’t violate international law. Leading aviation authorities blatantly disagree.
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  • October 6, 2011

Lufthansa announces major fleet upgrade

The Lufthansa Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of four Airbus A320s, two A380s and one A330-300, along with five Embraer195 aircraft. The total order, valued at €1 billion, signals a major fleet overhaul for the German carrier. Aircraft deliveries are slated to begin in 2012.
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  • October 5, 2011

Arik Air to commence service to Abu Dhabi

Nigerian carrier Arik Air announced that it will launch thrice-weekly service to Abu Dhabi International Airport. Commencing November 29, Arik Air will fly from the UAE capital to Lagos every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday on Airbus A340-500 aircraft.
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  • October 5, 2011

United Cargo, Forward Air ink trucking deal

United Cargo and Forward Air have signed a multi-year agreement citing Forward Air as the carrier’s primary ground logistics provider in the U.S. It’s a deal that will boost cargo operations for both United Cargo and subsidiary Continental Cargo tremendously, a company spokesman said.
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  • October 4, 2011

TIACA endorses liberalized airfreight sector

In an address to attendees of the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation USA 2011 conference, The International Air Cargo Association Secretary General Daniel Fernandez advocated the importance of a less-restrictive airfreight sector. Liberalization, Fernandez asserted, will establish new “highways in the sky” and foster economic growth around the globe.
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  • October 4, 2011

MASKargo adds service to Kazakhstan

MASKargo will commence weekly A330 freighter services to Karagandy International Airport in Kazakhstan starting Oct. 30, securing a solid bridge into the Russian market. When the carrier receives its second A330 freighter in November, Shahari Sulaiman, managing director of MASKargo, left open the possibility of increasing the route to twice or three times a week.
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  • October 4, 2011

IATA data signals bad news for cargo

Freight volumes fell considerably in August, according to International Air Transport Association data. Although several regions experienced year-over-year declines, the losses were most marked in North America and the Asia-Pacific, with these regions posting respective decreases of 7 percent and 5.4 percent.
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  • October 3, 2011

Amsterdam Airport welcomes Chongqing freight route

China Southern Airlines has launched twice-weekly B777F service from Amsterdam to Chongqing. It’s a freight route that has numerous implications for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, as the airport seeks to expand its Asian presence and address the region’s vast economic growth.
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  • October 3, 2011

Project to renovate Russian airports underway

Lufthansa Consulting officials, in conjunction with representatives from Khabarovsk Novy Airport (KHV) and Sheremetyevo International Airport, have finalized their strategy to establish aviation hubs at KHV and Vladivostok International Airport (VVO), two airports located in the Russian Far East. The execution of the new strategy is expected to increase the airports’ cargo volumes to a […]
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  • September 30, 2011