I saw a film today, oh boy: A day in the life of Finnish pharma [VIDEO]

We all know what cargo looks like being processed in an airfreight facility, but have you stopped and thought what it must be like for the cargo itself? Now this burning philosophical question has been answered, thanks to Finnair. The Finland-based carrier’s 360-degree video showing its internal airport operations is the psychedelic air cargo eye-candy you […]

LH Cargo has no plans to ground planes … yet

Lufthansa is gearing up for a challenging 2012, with board member Dr. Andreas Otto suggesting in reported comments that the carrier could ground up to 25 percent of Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11 capacity. But an email from a Lufthansa Cargo spokesman to Air Cargo World clarified that, so far, no grounding is planned.
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  • November 23, 2011

Emirates SkyCargo launches African freight route

To bolster trade links between the United Arab Emirates and West Africa, Emirates SkyCargo has commenced weekly service to Ghana. The Dubai-based carrier will fly a Boeing 747-400F capable of carrying 117 tonnes to Kotoka International Airport every Friday.
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  • November 23, 2011

Near-shoring: Trouble for air cargo?

Historically, inexpensive fuel, lenient trade agreements and cheap labor drove globalization and allowed companies to seek cost-effective production throughout the world. But with fuel costs expected to remain high indefinitely and labor costs in third-world countries increasing, companies are now recalculating the benefits of global outsourcing.
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  • November 23, 2011

Air France-KLM transports 1,400 tonnes of wine

Every third Thursday of November, people around the world celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day, marking the release of the purple-pink wine cultivated in France’s Beaujolais region. Seeing who can get the bottles to market the fastest is another popular tradition, one that Air France-KLM helped execute this year.
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  • November 22, 2011

Air Cargo Excellence Awards

Kuala Lumpur: Air Cargo World’s annual ACE Survey culminates in an awards evening that recognizes and honors the air carriers and airports that achieved the highest customer ratings in key performance measurements, such as customer service and technology, in 2011.  The gala event includes a full-bar cocktail reception and an eight-course dinner; it will be […]
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  • November 22, 2011

Changi Airport welcomes new carriers

The past few months have been lucrative for Singapore Changi Airport’s freight sector. The airport, which handled 154,400 tonnes of cargo in September — a 2.2 percent, year-over-year, increase — has also seen a surge in the number of scheduled freighter flights, Changi’s Ng Koon Ling told Air Cargo World.
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  • November 22, 2011

JAL releases first-half results

Depressed markets resulting from the March tsunami and earthquake have cut into Japan Airlines’ profit. Reported revenue-tonne kilometers, which dropped 52.2 percent, year-over year, in the first half of fiscal-year 2011, wasn’t the only area of loss for the airline.
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  • November 22, 2011

IATA addresses African flight sector

African carriers have long been criticized for their high accident rate, despite significant progress. Key to changing this perception, International Air Transport Association Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said, is continued partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organization and local authorities.
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  • November 21, 2011

Sharjah airport unveils perishables facility

Supreme Group has established a perishables facility at the Freight Center at Sharjah International Airport. The 3,428-square-meter center enables goods en route to Afghanistan from the United Arab Emirates to be stored in a temperature-controlled space, instead of dry ice.
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  • November 21, 2011

Sneak Peek: Air cargo leaders

The December/January 2012 issue of Air Cargo World will include interviews with the top air cargo executives of 2011. Des Vertannnes, IATA’s cargo head, is profiled, along with five other industry insiders. The following is a preview of our chat with him. Look for the full version in the next issue of Air Cargo World.
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  • November 18, 2011

MASkargo flight highlights worldwide need

Earlier this week, MASkargo flew 40 tonnes of food to the UN’s Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai using an Airbus A330-200F. The delivery corresponded with the carrier’s arrival at the Dubai Air Show.
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  • November 18, 2011

Shipping organization passes new security requirements

The Transported Asset Protection Association has updated its Trucking Security Requirements in an effort to curb the estimated $10 billion in worldwide cargo theft. By developing a worldwide safety standard, officials have said they can help stop some of this theft. The new standards will go into effect on January 1.
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  • November 18, 2011