Volga-Dnepr Group misses targets, begins restructuring process

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group will be executing a restructuring plan after the group’s three carriers – AirBridgeCargo (ABC), ATRAN and Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) – saw their collective traffic drop by 6% in the first half of 2019, to 2.6 million FTKs, missing targets by 20%. While an immediate change involves the appointment of a new general […]

Temperature-controlled products heat up air cargo demand

With news of July being the hottest on record, it seemed fitting that we take a look at temperature-controlled air cargo. Indeed, a number of freight forwarders noted in recent earnings reports that temperature-controlled volumes were a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing first half of the year for air cargo. However, while temperature-controlled products […]

CSafe opens cool-container service center near Amsterdam 

Today, U.S.-based CSafe Global expanded its footprint in Europe with the announcement it had opened a new service center in Hoofddorp, Netherlands.   The new facility is located 9 minutes by road from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and is designed to service inbound and outbound traffic of the company’s active temperature-controlled container models, CSafe RKN and CSafe RAP, used by carriers at the airport.   CSafe’s RAP […]

United Cargo expands TempControl network and services

Today, United Cargo announced that it would be expanding its TempControl services for shipping pharmaceutical, helathcare material and other temperature-sensitive cargo to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) through an interline agreement with AeroUnion.  Under the agreement, United Cargo will transport TempControl shipments to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which will then be transferred to AeroUnion’s daily widebody service to MEX. TempControl shipments going to MEX can depart from any certified handling location in the […]

Cargo Insights: How to regulate the ‘Wild West’ of e-commerce?

Anyone who watched the television show “Gunsmoke” knows that the American “Wild West” could be a dangerous place where notorious outlaws preyed on small towns to enrich themselves at the expense of others. Law enforcement was present but, in many cases, spread thin so the local sheriff would usually form a group of willing and […]

The Freight 50: Sharpest climbs and falls among carriers

As noted in this year's Freight 50 feature, DHL reported the strongest y-o-y growth during 2018. The second-fastest grower on the list, Vietnam Airlines, made its first appearance on the Freight 50 list at the No. 46 spot thanks to year-over-year growth of 170.2% during 2018. Although many Chinese carriers have struggled to maintain growth […]

The Freight 50: 2018’s top carriers standing strong in the face of headwinds

Signs of a slowdown in global trade and airfreight demand had already begun to surface last year, and in 2019 have materialized into a challenging global economic environment. This year’s headwinds, however, did not come as a major surprise to the industry, where leaders had warned of the eventual consequences of erecting trade barriers and […]

DOT denies Transcarga’s request for US-Venezuela flights

On Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation denied Venezuelan carrier Transcarga’s request for an exemption to engage in charter cargo transportation between the United States and Venezuela. The DOT cited the Department of Homeland Security’s concerns over security in Venezuela as the reason for the denial. Transcarga requested an exemption from the DOT to […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 6, 2019

Cargolux signs labor agreements with unions LCGB, OGBL

Today, after a year of negotiations, Cargolux signed two new collective work agreements (CWAs) with unions LCGB and OGBL that will cover more than 1,300 employees at the airline.  One agreement extends from Dec. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019. The second will begin with the new year and extend through the end of 2022.   New terms dictate a 6% salary increase for ground staff […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • August 5, 2019

XPO Logistics sees strong margins in Q2, despite challenges

Connecticut-based XPO Logistics reported strong margins during its second quarter this year, despite a decline in revenue and tough market conditions. The company’s stronger performance in North American less-than-truckload (LTL) operations helped to offset market weakness, and will inform XPO’s operational strategy going forward, company Chairman and CEO Bradley Jacobs said in a statement. “We’re […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 5, 2019

Hong Kong flight disruptions increase: Airport strike update

Disruptions to flights in and out of Hong Kong worsened on Monday after protesters coordinated strikes to bring the city to a standstill. After dozens of morning cancellations, airport authorities said they would reschedule flights starting from 12 p.m. local time and reduce the volume of arrivals and departures. Pilot and flight-crew unions for Hong […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • August 5, 2019

India’s SpiceXpress launches domestic freighter routes

Yesterday marked the launch of new narrowbody domestic freighter service for SpiceXpress, the cargo division of Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet. According to an announcement from the company, the daily service will operate between Chennai Airport (MAA), Hyderabad (HYD), Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM) and Bangalore (BLR). SpiceXpress operates two 737-700 converted freighters and has plans to […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 2, 2019

Asia Pacific consumers prefer low costs and flexible shipping, UPS study says

Yesterday, UPS released a study on the habits of online shoppers in the Asia Pacific. Some of the key findings guiding habits, the study found, were delivery cost, flexibility and service quality.  The study finds that high delivery costs are the number one reason that consumers may abandon their online shopping cart. 39% of consumers surveyed opt not to […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • August 2, 2019

Hactl’s logistics arm expands road feeder service

Today, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced that its logistics arm, Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited (Hacis), has extended its SuperLink China Direct (SLCD) scheduled road feeder service to Zhuhai and the western Pearl River Delta (PRD). The expansion of the SLCD service follows the signing of an agreement between Hacis and Civet (Zhu Hai) […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 2, 2019

British Airways locked in negotiations to avert strike by pilots

British Airways is locked in talks with its pilot union in a last-ditch attempt to diffuse a dispute over pay and avoid a walkout by crew in the critical summer travel season. Management from the airline and representatives of the British Airlines Pilots Association, or Balpa, are meeting in London Friday at the U.K.’s state-backed […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • August 2, 2019

Japan Airlines, Kalitta Air enter freighter codeshare agreement 

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced the beginning of a freighter codeshare agreement with Kalitta Air. Under the agreement, Kalitta Air will operate three codeshare flights per week between Narita Airport (NRT) and Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) using 747-400F aircraft beginning today.   While JAL has chartered freighter flights based on seasonal demand in recent years, this new codeshare agreement with Kalitta Air establishes scheduled freighter service between Asia and […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 1, 2019

Trade war bites into Atlas’ 2019 income

During its earnings call today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings CEO William Flynn revealed that “revenue and earnings in the second quarter were below our expectations, as air cargo volumes and yields were affected in the near term by the widely reported impact of tariffs and trade tensions.” The situation is unlikely to improve in the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 1, 2019

WorldACD, Drewry June figures snap dismal picture of 1H2019  

Following the challenging political and economic conditions experienced over the first half of 2019, WorldACD released its report indicating a decrease of 9% in international airfreight volumes year-over-year for the month of June. Meanwhile, Drewry said airfreight prices are continuing to rise.  According to WorldACD, airlines suffered a y-o-y decrease of almost 15% in revenue, combined with a […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 1, 2019

United Cargo expands TempControl network and services

Today, United Cargo announced that it would be expanding its TempControl services for shipping pharmaceutical, helathcare material and other temperature-sensitive cargo to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) through an interline agreement with AeroUnion.  Under the agreement, United Cargo will transport TempControl shipments to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which will then be transferred to AeroUnion’s daily widebody service to MEX. TempControl shipments going to MEX can depart from any certified handling location in the […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • August 1, 2019

Cathay Pacific develops solution for lithium-ion batteries on freighters

Standalone lithium-ion batteries can once again be carried by Cathay Pacific Cargo on its freighter aircraft, after the carrier developed and introduced a fire-containment bag. Shipments of standalone lithium-ion batteries are a significant driver of freighter traffic, especially given the growth of e-commerce and personal electronic devices. Under a provision adopted by the ICAO Council in February 2016, lithium-ion […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 1, 2019

DSV grows profit, airfreight volumes during 1H19

Danish forwarder DSV posted revenue and profit growth over the second quarter and first half of 2019, the company said in its interim financial report today. The forwarder also managed to grow its airfreight volumes during the first half, despite challenging global market conditions. DSV’s revenue increased by 3.0% during the second quarter and 5.8% […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 31, 2019
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