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 […]

Brighter days ahead: 2012 cargo forecast

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said that “talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” Well, the stormy billows of the airline industry will certainly test the character of air cargo executives in the next few months; as the current storm passes, every talent will […]

TSA axes Dec. 31 screening deadline

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has decided to push back its December 31 deadline for 100-percent screening on cargo bound for the U.S. The news comes from a press release issued by The International Air Cargo Association, which was also verified by Brandon Fried, executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association. He called the TSA’s […]

Qatar Airways continues push into North American cities

Qatar Airways will launch dedicated freight routes to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Toronto Pearson International Airport from its Doha hub via Luxembourg this month. Twice-weekly freight flights to Atlanta and Houston are slated to begin on November 2, while Toronto will enjoy weekly service beginning November 7.

German court nixes Frankfurt night flights

The Hesse Administrative High Court in Germany put an end to scheduled nighttime flights at Frankfurt Airport. The total ban will stay in effect until the German Federal Administrative High Court in Leipzig can weigh in on the decision.

Korea faces setbacks amid capacity increases

Twelve months ago, Korea’s export machine was firing on all cylinders. Flat-screen TVs, cell phones, semiconductors and other IT products, as well as automotive traffic, were going strong, creating a robust competition for lift to overseas export markets. As a result, the country’s international carriers boosted capacity, and international operators flocked to Seoul.

Five questions with … Jim McKeon

Southwest Airlines has certainly undergone a lot of change in the past year. The carrier completed its acquisition of AirTran Airways in May, with officials expecting a single operating certificate by early 2012. Southwest’s airfreight operations have also evolved, highlighted by the recent appointment of Jim McKeon as strategic advisor of the Southwest Airlines Cargo […]

Improving the Asian express market

As 2011 draws to a close, the express delivery services industry can look back on another year of growth in the Asia-Pacific region. The market’s yearbook is impressive. Trade flows within the region, as well as those to other regions, increased; large investments were made in improving infrastructure; and network connectivity and e-commerce took off.

Routes conference brings focus to cargo

After a frank keynote address about where the cargo industry stands in the closing months of 2011 and what industry players must do to ensure profitability moving forward, Des Vertannes, the International Air Transport Association’s global head of cargo, surrendered the floor to moderator Michael Webber of Webber Cargo.

Is ‘surcharge’ really a dirty word?

The word “surcharge” has become a filthy term that, when used among supply-chain partners throughout the world, is evocative of shady dealings and a lack of transparency. Whether the term has gained this connotation with good reason or not, industry insiders view carriers that tack these charges onto seemingly cheap base rates with intense suspicion.

The industry needs an integrated climate policy

Fighting climate change has been a top priority for the European Union over the years. The group of countries has been working hard to cut emissions, while encouraging other countries to do the same. As of January 2012, aviation will become part of the union’s emissions trading system; world airlines traveling to and from the […]

Surcharges: Fair or foul?

Joost van Doesburg, airfreight policy manager at the Dutch Shippers’ Council (EVO), is on a mission to squash surcharges. Well, he doesn’t really want to do away with them altogether; his quest is to simply have carriers add these extra fees into their base rates.

November 2011: People

AIRLINES Fed Ex has elected R. Brad Martin and Joshua Cooper Ramo to its board of directors, each for a one-year term. Martin, who is currently employed as chairman of the investment firm RBM Venture Co., serves on the board’s nominating and governance committee while Ramo, vice chairman of the strategic advisory firm Kissinger Associates, […]

TIACA chairman slams night-flight bans

Michael Steen, chairman of The International Air Cargo Association, has spoken out about the Hesse Administrative High Court’s ban of scheduled nighttime flights at Frankfurt Airport, which began on October 30. Not only does the ban impair global supply chains, Steen warned, it also penalizes business and consumers alike, he maintained.