Consultant Insight: November Memphis and Louisville data tell FedEx and UPS stories

FedEx and UPS touted their capabilities and preparedness for one of the shortest holiday seasons in recent years. Despite the confidence, there were some last-mile delivery hiccups along the way, including delays from higher than expected volumes during the Thanksgiving weekend through Cyber Monday, as well as weather-related delays. In addition, all eyes were on […]

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 […]

Dachser newly CEIV Pharma certified in North America

Dachser has received the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) for its Atlanta branch in the United States – its first certification in North America. According to a press release issued by the company, following Frankfurt (FRA), Mumbai (BOM) and Hyderabad (HYD), […]

Freight forwarder group launches GDP compliance training program

Freight forwarder network WCA launched a new compliance training program for Good Distribution Practice (GDP), aimed at freight forwarders involved in pharmaceutical logistics. The program was hosted by WCA Pharma, the specialty logistics group under WCA, whose members are required to be GDP compliant to retain their membership. The first training took place in Amsterdam […]

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 […]

Standing out from the crowd: three executives to watch in 2020

In a year marked by declines from the heights of growth that characterized 2018, a few industry executives caught the attention of air cargo editors and readers for their forward-thinking and strategic decisions. After polling our readers and considering the major milestones for air cargo logistics in 2019, Air Cargo World has created a shortlist […]

Cargo Insights: Do you have an appointment?

The dentist’s office just called to confirm my appointment for a semiannual checkup next week. The reminder is always welcome, since missing the appointed time puts me back in the queue, delaying treatment and disrupting schedules on both sides. Appointments are essential because if everyone just showed up unexpectedly at the dentist’s office, there would […]

Jet fuel demand and cost in 2019 down from last year, says EIA

While U.S. oil demand growth returned to positive territory in September, jet fuel and kerosene saw a 0.5% drop in demand that month, to 1.695 million barrels per day, compared to the same time last year, according to the latest monthly data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This drop is partially attributable, according to […]

PayCargo makes additional filings against CargoSprint in ongoing lawsuits

Two lawsuits, filed by logistics payment platform PayCargo against competitor CargoSprint, are still pending after PayCargo filed an amended complaint in Georgia earlier this month. The recently amended lawsuit was filed originally in the Northern District of Georgia in July and is related to CargoSprint’s requirement that its customers using SprintPass software also use its […]

Peak season sees improved traffic for Asia-Pacific carriers

Many of the major Asia-Pacific airlines have now reported their results for November 2019 cargo traffic, demonstrating mixed results for the month. Most of these carriers continued to see lackluster performance compared to the same period in 2018 as a result of U.S.-China trade tensions over the past few months. However, stakeholders have told Air […]

Bombardier makes good on its commitment to deliver SAF loaded aircraft

Bombardier has delivered its first aircraft filled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, executive jet management and aircraft sales and acquisitions company. Latitude 33 typically manages 30-35 aircraft, the majority of which are available for private charter.    “Their trust as the first customer to fly away from […]

Amazon is its own biggest mailman, shipping 3.5 billion parcels

(Bloomberg)–As Amazon.com Inc. works to speed orders to customer doorsteps before Christmas, the e-commerce giant is touting an accomplishment that would have seemed absurd just a few years ago: Amazon is now its own biggest carrier. In the U.S., delivery contractors and on-demand workers now account for a majority of deliveries to customers, an Amazon […]

Delta to launch BOM-JFK 777 service beginning Dec. 22

Delta Air Lines is set to relaunch direct service between the United States and India with a Mumbai (BOM) to New York (JFK) route beginning Sunday, Dec. 22, using a 777-200LR. The new daily service is expected to benefit Delta’s cargo business thanks to significant interest for imports into and exports from India. Key exports […]

American carriers find slight reprieve in November traffic

Americas-based carriers Delta Air Lines and LATAM Cargo reported mixed results for November traffic. Traffic for both carriers was weak, though unsurprising given the lackluster year for cargo. For November 2019, Delta saw a year-over-year decline in traffic, as measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), while LATAM saw a slight increase compared to the same […]

Consultant Insight: FedEx falls hard in its latest earnings report

FedEx reported a surprising fiscal second-quarter decline in revenue and operating income during Tuesday’s earnings call in which CEO Fred Smith described the quarter (period ending November 30) as an anomaly. Smith reminded those on the call of the shorter holiday season that required planning and expenses to handle volumes that would fall during the […]

European carriers see bleak November traffic

As if ending the year with a sigh, European carriers’ mixed preliminary traffic results for November reflect the general market weakness seen over the course of 2019 due to global trade uncertainty. Air France-KLM, Lufthansa Group and International Airlines Group reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic. Only Turkish Cargo reported volume growth for the month. […]

Amazon adds third carrier in Sun Country Air, fleet could near 100 by 2021

Minneapolis-based low-cost carrier Sun Country Air has agreed to operate ten 737-800BCFs on a CMI-basis for Amazon for a period of six years. The carrier will become Amazon’s third ACMI operator in the United States after Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Amazon will lease all ten 737-800BCFs from GECAS, and transfer […]

FedEx Ground nixed as shipping option for Amazon’s Prime sellers

Effective Wednesday at 2 PM EST, third-party sellers fulfilling Amazon Prime orders will no longer be able to ship Prime orders through FedEx Ground or FedEx Home, according to a copy of the seller communications from Amazon reviewed by Air Cargo World. Earlier this year, FedEx severed ties with Amazon from both its Express unit […]
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