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 […]

Middle East and Latin America immune to cargo slump

Despite weak cargo numbers all around, July freight volumes grew significantly for Middle East and Latin American carriers, International Air Transport Association data revealed. Rising a respective 8.4 percent and 8.2 percent, these numbers deviate greatly from the 0.4-percent freight decrease reported throughout the industry.
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  • September 1, 2011

Changi Airport’s cargo numbers up

July was a good month for Changi Airport. In addition to celebrating its 30th birthday, the Singapore-based airport transported 160,000 tonnes of cargo, a 1.2-percent increase from July 2010.
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  • September 1, 2011

Kuehne + Nagel expands in India

Kuehne + Nagel has opened an automotive logistics facility in Pune, India, while also entering into a three-year deal with the French men’s clothing company Celio Future Fashion regarding warehousing and distribution in India.
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  • August 31, 2011

ATA implores FAA to accelerate air traffic modernization

Air Transport Association of America officials have urged the Federal Aviation Administration to speed up its implementation of modern air traffic management systems. In a speech to members of the aviation profession, ATA President and CEO Nicholas Calio shared his proposed timetable and more.
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  • August 31, 2011

Boeing rolls out 737 MAX, books nearly 500 commitments

Boeing’s introduction of a new fuel-efficient engine family for its 737 aircraft — dubbed the 737 MAX — has resulted in 496 commitments from five undisclosed carriers. Deliveries of the new planes are set for 2017.
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  • August 31, 2011

Vancouver-Shanghai route highlights $22 billion initiative

Canadian officials are lauding China Southern Airlines’ new freight service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport as a launching point for a $22 billion initiative to develop Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway. They’re also eyeing growth for the region’s prolific seafood and heavy-equipment markets.
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  • August 30, 2011

Transaero Airlines reports mid-year cargo jump

Freight volumes for Transaero Airlines improved dramatically in the first seven months of 2011. The Russian carrier transported 25,732 tonnes of cargo from January to July, a 35-percent jump from 2010.
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  • August 30, 2011

Asian cargo drop stunts Amsterdam Airport’s growth

The first half of 2011 brought mixed results for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s cargo business. Although freight volumes rose 5.2 percent, year over year, tonnage dropped steadily throughout the six-month period, leading to a 1.6-percent decline in June.
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  • August 29, 2011

World Routes embraces cargo

This year, World Routes will take place in Berlin October 2 to 4, and the show is taking on more of a cargo emphasis than ever before. Globally, the cargo aviation industry as a whole has had its profits squeezed due to demand dips brought about by the Japanese disaster and trouble in the Middle […]
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  • August 29, 2011

Airports reopen amid weakened Hurricane Irene

Despite expectations for mass destruction last weekend, Hurricane Irene — the tempest that pounded the Caribbean before touching down on the U.S. East Coast — was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm before it hit New York City. For the aviation industry, this weakened weather meant fewer flight closures and a […]
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  • August 29, 2011

Maximus trains focus on Africa

The humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa has brought a wealth of dedicated air cargo carriers to a continent that’s usually overlooked in airfreight circles.
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  • August 29, 2011

FAA temporarily regains authorities after shutdown

In August, Congress passed a bill extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s authorities through September 16, putting an end to a 13-day FAA shutdown that resulted when the original extension wasn’t passed on time. Bill advocates call this latest agreement a victory for the U.S. economy and furloughed aviation employees alike.
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  • August 29, 2011

Carriers make push to China’s interior cities

UPS is charging into China’s interior. At the end of July, it began flying daily with MD-11 freighter aircraft from its European hub via Warsaw to Chengdu in Sichuan province and on to Shanghai, its main Asian hub since July 26.
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  • August 29, 2011