UAVs to become an integral part of SF Express’ nationwide delivery network by 2022

Drones are finally becoming an accepted part of last-mile deliveries in the U.S., thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration stepping up and establishing guidelines and requirements. Earlier this year, UPS, in partnership with Matternet and WakeMed with oversight by the FAA and North Carolina Department of Transportation, began utilizing drone transport as an option for […]

AirBridgeCargo recertified for CEIV Pharma

Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines was recertified under the International Air Transport Association’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma). The two-day audit took place at ABC’s cargo hub at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) and covered all internal processes of ABC’s pharma handling. AirBridgeCargo was the first Russian airline certified […]

FAA green-lights DoKaSch pharma-cooling container 

On Friday, Germany-based loading equipment supplier DoKaSch Temperature Solutions announced that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the company’s Opticooler RAP temperature-controlled air cargo container. In anticipation of the approval, the company said it also founded a California-based DoKaSch Americas subsidiary last year. With the green light and U.S. subsidiary, DoKaSch can now pursue U.S. customers.  DoKaSch’s Opticooler RAP container is designed […]

AeroMexico Cargo seeks CEIV Pharma, Fresh certifications

AeroMéxico Cargo plans to pursue IATA’s CEIV Pharma and Fresh certifications for pharmaceutical and perishable shipments, Getulio Centanaro, VP Americas, AeroMéxico Cargo, said. Although Centanaro did not provide a timeline for the certifications, he said that heightened customer requirements have led the carrier to “to improve and want to create a different experience where we […]

Puerto Rico plays the game: How regional hubs can – and should – be built

When playing a map-based development board game, it becomes increasingly apparent that each player approaches the game with their own strategy. Your sister likes to begin construction of a town on coastal cities, whereas your 13-year-old nephew may instead prefer to create a tentacle network of train tracks out from a central point. Your brother […]

Cargo Insights: Forwarders prove flexibility can overcome disruption

Like many travelers, I have become a rideshare convert from traditional taxicab transportation. The reasons for the switch range from increased ease and reliability for booking early rides, more competitive pricing, and my kids teaching me how to master the app on my mobile phone. But despite these benefits and my newfound preference, I still […]

The China-Russia connection: E-commerce demand supports a booming trade lane

Chinese express carriers have been making waves in the air cargo business for some time now, rapidly building up their freighter operations and innovating domestic express operations. Still, despite being the base for two of the world’s largest e-commerce companies –, which is often compared to Amazon for the high degree of control it […]

American Airlines, Delta announce June cargo numbers

Delta is riding a 10 percent year-to-date increase in cargo tonne miles when compared to the first sixth months of 2010. The carrier has flown 1.17 million miles so far in 2011. Delta’s results outpace the year-to-date totals from American Airlines, which show a 3 percent decrease in year-over-year tonne miles.

Avient and Air Liaison America join forces

Air Liaison America and Avient have inked a deal enabling the freighter operator to grow its presence in the U.S. Under the new contract, Avient will scatter sales staff throughout the U.S. to provide representation for customers nationwide.

Canadian SMEs encouraged to look beyond U.S.

The U.S.’ rising national debt has some owners and stakeholders of Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) so concerned that they’re looking to take their exports elsewhere. And the problem doesn’t seem to be improving, according to recent study commissioned by UPS Canada.

Cargoitalia launches African freight route

Africa West Cargo has given Italian all-freight flag carrier Cargoitalia the green light to begin service to its Lomé, Togo, hub via a weekly AMCI agreement. Effective immediately, the new contact will open up new markets for both cargo carriers.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.
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