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 […]

Aviation summit highlights cargo security issues

With incidents such as the January Domodedovo airport suicide bombing and the October 2010 air cargo bomb from Yemen garnering headlines, airfreight security has never been a hotter topic. And it’s precisely this topic that will be the focus of the International Quality & Productivity Centre’s (IQPC) 3rd Annual Aviation Security 2011 conference, taking place […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 6, 2011

FedEx reports significant revenue growth

Despite an onslaught of economic challenges, FedEx reported year-on-year growth of 32 percent during its fourth quarter, which ended May 31. Overall revenue also grew significantly during this time period, increasing by 12 percent to $10.55 billion.
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  • July 6, 2011

IES and Traxon Europe develop ICS compliance network

To streamline data exchange between freight forwarders and airlines — and meet new European Union customs’ standards — IES and Traxon Europe have created an EU import control system (ICS) compliance network. Acting like a hub for ICS channels, the network simplifies the airfreight data-entry process, the companies said.
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  • July 6, 2011

IATA data reveals mixed news for airfreight

Research from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicated that airfreight volumes increased slightly in May, although numbers were significantly lower than 2010 averages. To IATA, this trend speaks volumes about the current state of the global economy.
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  • July 6, 2011

Labor disputes are in the air

Last month, after weeks upon weeks of negotiations, customer service workers at Air Canada left their jobs and picked up pickets. Employees were frustrated that a resolution to disputes over wages, pensions and benefits couldn’t be reached. The strike, which the carrier said didn’t affect services, began at 11:59 p.m. on a Monday night. It […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 1, 2011

e-freight incentives will get forwarders on board

At a recent air cargo symposium, outgoing International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Giovanni Bisignani announced the organization’s cargo agenda for 2011. The goals, he said, are to “catch up” on using technology, improve safety and security and implement quality standards.
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  • July 1, 2011

Report points to Dubai’s effective aviation model

Even if Dubai International Airport, which is run by the Dubai Airports group (DA), experienced a short downtick in cargo volumes this May, according to a report by Oxford Economics, Dubai has an effective aviation model and is in for rampant growth in the coming years.
  • Staff Reports
  • July 1, 2011

Chinese carriers look to American expansion

Boosted by stronger results and new freighters, the revamped cargo arms of the large Chinese carriers have North America in their sights. Their transpacific expansion comes on the heels of new all-cargo flights to Europe inaugurated in recent months.
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  • July 1, 2011

Geodis Wilson eyes Americas expansion

When Geodis Wilson acquired One Source Logistics in June, the global freight forwarder had one overarching goal: to expand significantly in the U.S. Although Geodis had already made a strong name for itself abroad, it wanted to have a similar effect in the states. Now Geodis is fixing its attention on even more expansion.
  • Staff Reports
  • July 1, 2011

UPS transports polar bear cub from Alaska to Kentucky

UPS crewmembers got a taste of northern exposure on June 27 when they moved a 60-pound polar bear cub from the Alaska Zoo to the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky. Utilizing a Boeing 747-400 converted freighter, the UPS team worked with various animal experts to overcome the logistical challenges of transporting the fragile cub, named Qannik.
  • Staff Reports
  • July 1, 2011

Region Focus: Southeast Asia

Operators focus on intra-regional flows The 747-400 freighter fleet of Singapore Airlines (SIA), a key plank of the carrier’s longhaul network, is showing up increasingly at airports around Asia. SIA’s shifting focus from longhaul to intra-Asian routes reflects the rise in volumes moving within the region.  The carrier’s activity mirrors that of other airlines, which […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 30, 2011

Forwarders moving ahead after sluggish 2010

While the economic downturn has, for the most part, receded into the background and business everywhere is starting to pick up, forwarders around the globe are still sorting out the effects of a lackluster few years.
  • Staff Reports
  • June 30, 2011
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