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 […]

China Cargo commences service to St. Louis

With the commencement of China Cargo’s services on September 23, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport made progress in establishing what airport officials refer to as the Aerotropolis airfreight hub. The flights, which will be performed on Boeing 777 and 747 freighters, represent the first phase of the Midwest‐China Hub Commission’s economic development program.
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  • September 27, 2011

Taking the guesswork out of theft prevention

Cargo theft has impacted nearly every industry, from paper products to electronics. Experts estimate that cargo and equipment theft costs stakeholders $30 billion to $50 billion annually worldwide, although there are no records of these thefts, so this number is just an estimate. Security is a necessity today. With the nation on heightened alert, the […]
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  • September 27, 2011

Lambert-St. Louis officials gamble on cargo

A China Eastern Boeing-777 from Shanghai is scheduled, as of this writing, to touch down at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on September 23.
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  • September 27, 2011

A challenging time for air cargo

I feel like I write this almost every issue — or at least think about writing it — but last month was a crazy month for the air cargo industry.
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  • September 27, 2011

The battle over clean European skies

In early July, attorneys representing the interests of three U.S. carriers and the U.S. Air Transport Association flew to England to appear before the European Court of Justice. This wasn’t a house call; the attorneys were there to tell the judges that the EU’s emissions trading scheme — a cap-and-trade policy originally introduced in 2001 […]
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  • September 27, 2011

Boeing hands over first Dreamliner to ANA

After more than three years of delays, Boeing delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Japan’s All Nippon Airways on Monday. It was a delivery met with much fanfare, as a crowd of thousands celebrated the long-awaited launch at Boeing’s Everett, Wash.-based facilities.
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  • September 26, 2011

Asia-Pacific cargo remains sluggish

Despite heightened passenger traffic, August cargo volumes fell considerably for Asia-Pacific carriers, with tonnage dropping 5.8 percent, year-over-year. These losses, combined with reduced cargo capacity, paint a dismal picture for Asia-Pacific freight operations, according to officials from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.
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  • September 26, 2011

UIA Cargo expands international reach

Ukraine International Airlines’ cargo division is addressing the region’s notable economic growth with the launch of three new routes. Commencing in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Ukrainian flag carrier will fly to India, Turkmenistan and Iran from its Kiev hub on Boeing 737 aircraft.
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  • September 26, 2011

Shannon Airport to house global airfreight hub

The Dublin Airport Authority has inked a deal with U.S.-based Lynxs Group to establish a major airfreight hub at Ireland’s Shannon Airport. Outlined in the agreement are plans to construct a temperature-controlled cargo logistics center that will “radically reposition” Shannon’s freight operations, airport officials said.
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  • September 23, 2011

Etihad CEO calls ETS ‘revenue-generating tax’

Etihad CEO James Hogan added to the din of criticism against the European Union’s emissions trading scheme and its application to the aviation industry Thursday, saying the project is simply a way to squeeze money from foreign airlines routing into Europe. At a meeting of the Wings Club in New York City, Hogan said the […]
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  • September 23, 2011

Changi Airport reports August cargo decline

August freight volumes dropped slightly for Singapore Changi Airport, with the airport handling 153,000 tonnes of cargo. A 0.9-percent, year-over-year, decline, Changi officials attribute this loss to a marked decrease in import and export traffic.
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  • September 22, 2011

Atlas Air rescinds first three 747-8F orders

Atlas Air has canceled the first three of 12 747-8Fs it ordered from Boeing in September 2006. Citing production delays and concerns about the aircraft’s performance, Atlas Air exercised its termination rights for the three early-model freighters, which were scheduled for delivery this year.
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  • September 22, 2011

Airbus anticipates exponential demand for freighters

The global aviation industry will create a demand for 900 new freighters by 2030, Airbus officials estimate in their latest Global Market Forecast. This projection, combined with the expected demand for 26,900 new passenger planes, signals good news for a sector that has been affected by the recent economic downturn.
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  • September 21, 2011