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 […]

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. While some carriers are there simply to help out on a case-by-case humanitarian basis, a few airlines — like Maximus Air Cargo — are attuned to the economic improvements occurring […]
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  • August 17, 2011

Wings Club full of history, but looking toward the future

Nearly 60 years ago, a few Air Force pilots got together at the Yale Club in New York City to swap war stories. Their world was an aviation industry in its infancy, and New York, a pilot-filled city that would soon be home to three airline powers, was the center of it all. What their […]
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  • August 16, 2011

Several carriers settle airfreight cartel lawsuits

Cargolux, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Qantas and Singapore Airlines have settled class-action lawsuits in the Canadian court system regarding the price-fixing cartel that took place from 2000 to 2006. This news comes on the heels of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ $14 million settlement for similar charges.
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  • August 16, 2011

Qantas to grow fleet with A320s

Qantas and subsidiary Jetstar Airways have announced plans to increase their fleets with Airbus A320 aircraft. As part of a new business strategy, both carriers plan to utilize the A320s on their Australian and Asian routes.
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  • August 16, 2011

Asian cargo gives MIA a boost

Miami International Airport (MIA) hasn’t been immune to the general worldwide cargo malaise. For the first six months of the year, total cargo tonnage at the airport totaled just more than 1 million tonnes, a 1.96-percent, year-over-year decrease. Movements out of Asia have helped stop the bleeding, however, as cargo from the country represented a […]
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  • August 12, 2011

Conversion program for A330s in the works

Airbus is poised to launch a conversion program for A330 freighters, although it is not clear yet if the new offerings will include both the -200 and -300 variants of the aircraft.
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  • August 12, 2011

Virgin Atlantic Cargo numbers soar

The 2010-2011 fiscal year signaled good news for Virgin Atlantic Cargo, with revenues increasing 39 percent to £224.4 million. Representatives for the carrier — jointly owned by Virgin Group and Singapore Airlines — attribute much of this growth to significant gains in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); the Americas; and the Asia-Pacific region.
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  • August 11, 2011

Cathay Pacific to modernize fleet

As part of a fleet modernization program, Cathay Pacific has agreed to purchase four 777-300ER aircraft and eight 777-200 freighters from Boeing. The planes carry a list price of HK$25.6 billion.
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  • August 11, 2011

Maximus Air Cargo acquires first of three conversions

United Arab Emirates all-freight carrier Maximus Air Cargo has acquired its first of three Airbus A300-600RP2F converted wide-body freighters. Increasing Maximus’ fleet of A300-600RP2s to five, company officials said this procurement is an integral part of their AED350 million expansion program.
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  • August 11, 2011

DHL commences Southeast Asia road service

DHL Global Forwarding has consolidated its road freight services linking Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. With the launch of DHL AsiaConnect, DHL AsiaLine and DHL AsiaNet, the global logistics company will address the less-than-truckload (LTL), full-truckload (FTL) and bespoke markets in Southeast Asia.
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  • August 11, 2011

Airfreight bright spot in Air T’s fiscal Q1

Despite a challenging first quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended on June 30, Air T reported double-digit increases in its overnight airfreight segment. Up 21 percent from the first quarter of fiscal 2011, Air T attributes the growth of this sector to higher administrative fees and profits resulting from maintenance labor.
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  • August 10, 2011

Delta, Aeromexico to form exclusive alliance

Delta and Aeromexico have announced plans for a long-term partnership, enabling both airlines to code-share and leverage each other’s strengths. Delta also will invest $65 million in the Mexican airline as part of the carriers’ MoU.
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  • August 10, 2011

Known Crewmember program launches at Chicago O’Hare

To expedite the crew-member screening process, the Air Line Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association of America have been championing the Known Crewmember initiative since 2007. Their efforts were rewarded on August 9 when Chicago O’Hare International Airport became the first test site for the security-screening program.
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  • August 9, 2011
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