Digital bookings on the rise, but are sales stuck in analog?

Digitalization of the cargo sales and booking process was a popular discussion topic at this year’s Cargo Facts EMEA earlier this month in Frankfurt. While interfacing with online booking platforms like and Freightos’ WebCargo is a practice gaining traction among carriers, human sales agents are still central to the process. “We have a high […]

WFS receives CEIV Pharma cert at Paris airport

Cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) recently received IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) at its new Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) pharma center. The center opened last year and is expected to handle more than 8,000 tonnes of cargo in 2020. According to WFS, about 30 airlines […]

CSafe expands South Korean service center

CSafe Global, an active temperature-controlled container manufacturer, has expanded its service center at Incheon Airport (ICN) to accommodate the growing demand for its specialized air cargo containers for pharmaceutical and other temperature-sensitive products in South Korea and the Asia Pacific region, the company said. “With the expanded warehouse space and increased repair service throughput, not […]

FedEx opens expanded pharma center in Tokyo

The renovation of the TNT Life Science Center in Tokyo has been completed, FedEx said in a statement on Monday. The newly expanded center will provide better logistics services for pharma products used in clinical trials. The larger, more technologically advanced center will allow for shipments by overseas pharmaceutical customers of investigational medication product in […]

Cargo Insights: Behind the narrative, forwarders are already tech-forward

In this age of heightened political rhetoric, separating facts from biased claims is a challenge for even the most well-seasoned audience. The media may work to present only the facts, but reporters can disagree about what the actual facts are. We have seen this play out recently in our own industry though a stream of […]

Zahra highlights Drone Delivery Canada’s operations at Edmonton Airport

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) made headlines in 2019 with the news it would be the first cargo drone operator with a hub at a major airport. While drones at airports have mostly been a disruption to operations so far, the Canadian drone developer announced in October it would establish a hub at Edmonton International Airport […]

The 2019 Air Cargo Executive of the Year is DSV Panalpina’s Jens Bjorn Andersen

Early in 2019, speculation ran rampant over the future of Panalpina. The Swiss forwarder had faced several difficult quarters, with declines in profit exacerbated by overall market weakness and demand declines in some of the forwarder’s higher-yield verticals. Enter DSV. Unsolicited, Panalpina’s Danish logistics rival submitted a takeover offer to Panalpina’s board, valuing Panalpina at […]

IATA Cargo Day: Big trading nations not geared for e-freight

As more countries sign up to the Montreal Convention, the number of trade lanes open to electronic Customs filings will increase. But in an IATA media briefing this week, Des Vertannes, the association’s global head of cargo, warned that overnight change is not a given. Some governments that are demanding advance electronic data as part […]

Volga-Dnepr delivers supplies for Mars mission

Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines hauled key parts of the launch vehicle utilized for NASA’s historic, multibillion-dollar mission to Mars. The carrier, which has worked with NASA in the past, employed an AN-124-100 “Ruslan” freighter to execute the task.

IATA Cargo Day: 2012 forecast downgraded

The International Air Transport Association has downgraded its 2012 forecast for airline profits from $4.9 billion to $3.5 billion. The biggest reason for the downgrade appears to be the economic unease permeating the eurozone.

Dec/Jan 2012: People

AIRLINES Saudi Airlines Cargo has appointed Bart Jan Haasbeek as country sales manager for the Netherlands. Haasbeek, who is based at Schiphol Airport, comes to Saudi Airlines from OAG Cargo, where he most recently served as vice president of strategic cargo sales. The airfreight veteran also co-founded Inforwarding. Meahl Deutsche Post DHL has created the […]

FAA chief resigns after DUI arrest

Randy Babbitt has resigned as chief of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration halfway through his five-year term after being placed on administrative leave following his December 3 arrest for drunken-driving. Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta replaces him.

Cargo 2000 will soon be available for non-members

Early next year, non-members of IATA’s Cargo 2000 program will be able to access the initiative’s master operating plan. This open access will expand the range of Cargo 2000’s processes; at the same time, the International Air Transport Association will unveil what it calls a modernized version of the MOP, which was initially created in […]

GACAG touts cargo screening pilot programs

Executives from the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group recently met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin and senior Transportation Security Administration officials to endorse the development of advanced cargo screening pilot programs. Collaboration with leading airfreight authorities is essential, GACAG officials maintained, as is determining whether advance data supports a risk-based approach […]

UTi reports growth amid ‘weakened’ airfreight volumes

The third quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended October 31, was rather profitable for UTi Worldwide Inc., despite weakening airfreight volumes. Revenues for the global freight forwarder surged 5.5 percent, year-over-year, and net income rose $2.1 million from the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Airbus: North America needs 400 new freighters by 2031

As the demand for cargo in North America increases over the next 20 years, executives at Airbus see the need for around 400 new freighters. But this all-cargo bump is almost nothing compared to the expected demand of 6,315 passenger-plane deliveries laid out in the company’s global market forecast. The combined price tag for these […]