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 […]

Human element needed for intelligent security

Those attending the International Quality and Productivity Centre’s third-annual Aviation Summit held in Dubai September 18 to 21 were left in no doubt about the scale of problems and the escalating sophistication of both criminal and terrorist groups. But the main theme running through the conference was one of humanity — in order to stop […]
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  • September 21, 2011

GACAG forms airfreight task forces

The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group has formed four task forces to spirit change throughout the worldwide aviation sector: e-commerce, Customs and trade facilitation, security, and sustainability in the global air cargo industry. By establishing these task forces, GACAG members hope to address some of the key issues affecting the industry’s future.
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  • September 21, 2011

IATA slashes airfreight growth projection

This year’s cargo market has been hit harder than International Air Transport Association executives originally projected, with weak airfreight volumes out of the Asia-Pacific cutting into the industry’s profitability. It’s been so bad, in fact, that IATA officials have lowered their growth projection for 2011 from 5.5 percent to 1.4 percent.
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  • September 21, 2011

MASkargo takes delivery of A330-200F

MASkargo officials have taken delivery of the first of four A330-200 freighters from Airbus at a ceremony in Toulouse, France. Airbus will deliver one more freighter to MASkargo this year; the rest are scheduled for delivery in January and April.
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  • September 20, 2011

Cargolux “rejects” scheduled 747-8F deliveries

After months of preparations and two years of delays, Boeing 747-8F launch customer Cargolux renounced delivery of the first two freighters three days before the carrier was set to procure them. The September 16 announcement, which sent shockwaves throughout the airfreight industry, came amid plans for a three-day ceremony commemorating the launch at Boeing’s Everett, […]
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  • September 19, 2011

Qatar Airways expands European presence

Qatari flag carrier Qatar Airways has launched service to Sofia, Bulgaria. Operating the route four times a week, Qatar Airways has increased its European presence tremendously in the past nine months, also launching service to Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, Stuttgart and Venice.
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  • September 16, 2011

Air France-KLM buys Boeing, Airbus

In its first joint long-haul order, Air France-KLM will purchase 25 Airbus A350s, with an option for 35 additional planes, and 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with an option to buy 25 more.
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  • September 16, 2011

UPS expands Cologne/Bonn Airport hub

UPS is expanding its air hub at Germany’s Cologne/Bonn Airport, deploying new technologies and increasing the size of its current facilities. The $200 million project, which will enable UPS to process larger shipments, is slated for completion by the end of 2013.
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  • September 15, 2011

FRA experiences August cargo slump

The Fraport Group, which operates Germany’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and holds majority stake in Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport, Turkey’s Antalya Airport and Bulgaria’s Bourgas International Airport, has announced its traffic figures for August. But of these four airports, it’s FRA’s cargo slump that has really caught the attention of industry insiders.
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  • September 15, 2011

Successful iFlex flight advances route selection

A Delta flight between Johannesburg and Atlanta marked the successful culmination of the International Air Transport Association’s first iFlex trial. iFlex, which seeks to improve the route-selection process on long-haul flights, could boost airline operations tremendously, industry insiders state.
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  • September 14, 2011

Sources skeptical of Ruslan retool

Last month, Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Group announced it will modernize one of its AN-124-100 “Ruslan” freighters to an AN-124-111VD. Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov Company will perform the renovation and is planning to use the modernized AN-124 as the prototype for the eventual launch of its AN-124-300 freighter product line.
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  • September 14, 2011

747-8F to fly at same distances as predecessor

The International Civil Aviation Organization has ruled that Boeing’s new 250-foot-long 747-8 freighter will be able to fly at the same distances as the 747-400. It wasn’t a decision ICAO made lightly; the ruling came after numerous wake vortex experts pored over flight test and simulation data.
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  • September 14, 2011

TIACA strongly opposes EU ETS

Officials from The International Air Cargo Association have spoken out about the European Union’s contentious Emissions Trading Scheme, imploring the EU to drop the legislation in favor of a carbon emissions agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization.
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  • September 13, 2011