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 […]

First phase of Abu Dhabi airport perishable center finished

Officials at Abu Dhabi International Airport have completed the 6,000-square-meter first phase of a new perishable cargo terminal. Features of the completed terminal will include dedicated storage for food, a separate room for palletized goods, a Customs area and a room dedicated to food inspection.
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  • September 13, 2011

New cool-chain offering exceeds forecast, AA Cargo says

On September 1, American Airlines Cargo rolled out a new ambient temperature controlled cold-chain service targeted at pharmaceutical companies. This extension of AA Cargo’s temperature-controlled service, dubbed ExpediteTC Passive, will be used in conjunction with the firm’s ExpediteTC Active program. The new offering allows companies to package goods in their own material instead of using […]
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  • September 13, 2011

Atlanta airport’s cargo operations spike

Airfreight operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have grown tremendously in the past year, with the number of weekly cargo flights surging 40 percent since 2010. Atlanta airport’s Al Snedeker sat down with Air Cargo World to discuss the factors contributing to this growth and how Hartsfield-Jackson plans to evolve in the future.
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  • September 9, 2011

CAM buys B767-300 for conversion

Cargo Aircraft Management Inc., a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, will buy a B767-300ER for freighter conversion from Qantas. CAM will take delivery of the craft during the fourth quarter, and the conversion is expected to begin by the middle of next year.
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  • September 9, 2011

BAX’s exit from North America a boost for Atlas

BAX Global’s end-of-the-year exit from North America will increase Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ business with DHL, according to a BB&T Capital Markets company update written by Kevin Sterling. The two companies recently agreed to a deal in which Atlas will operate five B767 freighters for DHL, with the first being delivered during the first quarter […]
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  • September 9, 2011

Boeing projects China will need 400 freighters by 2030

China’s airfreight market will only grow in the coming decades, Boeing officials recently predicted. Although the Asian nation already leads the world in cargo growth, China will demand 400 new freighters by 2030, representatives for the aircraft manufacturer projected.
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  • September 8, 2011

DHL to grow fleet with Boeing 777s

DHL Express and Southern Air Holdings have inked a multi-year deal enabling Southern Air to operate three Boeing 777s on behalf of DHL. The freighters, which are lauded for their fuel-efficiency, will be utilized on DHL’s U.S., Asian and Middle Eastern routes.
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  • September 8, 2011

IAG reveals challenging August for cargo

August brought mixed results for International Airlines Group, the company born from the recent merger of British Airways and Iberia. With capacity up 2.3 percent from August 2010, IAG experienced a combined year-over-year cargo loss of 2 percent, a testament to the challenging economic conditions worldwide.
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  • September 7, 2011

Air France-KLM reports fairly stable cargo levels

Despite widespread losses across the industry, Air France-KLM only posted a modest cargo drop in August, with revenue decreasing 0.2 percent year-over-year. One factor contributing to this small loss was the carrier’s increased capacity, which was up 2.8 percent from August 2010.
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  • September 7, 2011

U.S. Postal Service faces insolvency without Congressional action

In testimony before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Tuesday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe pleaded with Congress to aid the ailing U.S. Postal Service before it becomes insolvent at the end of the month. Without government action, Donahue asserted, the Postal Service will be unable to pay a $5.5 billion retiree health benefits […]
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  • September 7, 2011

JAL cargo drop highlights regional trend

International airfreight operations were down considerably for Japan Airlines in July, dropping 56.5 percent year over year. Global cargo volumes for the Asia-Pacific carrier weren’t only low in July; total tonnage for the final year ending March 31 also hit rock bottom, plunging 58.4 percent from 2010.
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  • September 6, 2011

FAA seeks retribution in MIT lithium battery fire

More than two years after the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration has spoken out about the August 2009 fire resulting from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s shipment of lithium batteries. Proposing a $175,000 fine, FAA officials said that MIT directly breached the Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Materials Regulations.
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  • September 6, 2011

Cargolux gets first of 13 B747-8 freighters on Sept. 19

Boeing will hand over its first 747-8 freighter to launch customer Cargolux on September 19. Accommodating the 250-foot-long, wide-body aircraft is no small task, which is why the Federal Aviation Administration is certifying airports to house the freighter prior to its arrival.
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  • September 2, 2011