Digital freight forwarder Zencargo raises US$4 million

London-based digital freight forwarder Zencargo today announced the completion of its “seed plus” round of funding, led by LocalGlobe, with participation from Samos Investments and Picus Capital, bringing total funds raised to more than US$4 million for the startup. Zencargo said the money will go toward accelerating its product development process and expand its presence […]

LATAM reports improving cargo business, but still suffers Q2 net loss

Cargo operations continued to be a bright spot for the LATAM Airlines Group, which reported second-quarter cargo-related revenues of just under US$300 million, due to a 3.6 percent increase in cargo revenues and a 6.7 percent rise in yields. However, it was not enough to counteract to the 86.6 percent, year-over-year, decline in Q2 operating […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 22, 2018

Panalpina warns of potential ground-handling gridlock during peak

While most of the focus in previous peak air cargo seasons was based on finding enough capacity before the busy end-of-year shopping spree, Panalpina said there is another threat lurking this fall at overcrowded cargo-hub airports. After reporting the handling of just under 1 million tonnes of airfreight in 2017, a new record for the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 21, 2018

United Technologies buys analytics firm Predikto

Many companies in the airfreight world are trying to figure out a way to incorporate predictive software into their operations. While most of these plans are only in their early conceptual stages, there may be some movement soon in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market with the purchase of startup Predikto buy United Technologies […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 21, 2018

ABC transports its 500th aircraft engine in 2018 [VIDEO]

In only the eighth month of the year, Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has transported its 500th aircraft engine in 2018. The milestone, which has been reached earlier in the year than ever before at ABC, represents a 50 percent, year-over-year, increase in the carrier’s jet-engine transport traffic. Vasily Zhukov, global director of heavy and outsized […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 21, 2018

NCA outlines improvement plan for resuming operations

On 17 August, Nippon Cargo Airlines submitted an improvement plan to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) that centers around “revising the flight scale to match the size of the staff” and according to a statement released by the carrier’s parent NYK Group, will include consolidating the fleet and maintenance operations to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 20, 2018

Yusen Logistics launches express import service in Guangzhou

Japan-based Yusen Logistics launched an express service for airfreight arriving in Guangzhou, China. Upon arrival at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), cargo will be collected from the airport terminal within six hours as a minimum lead-time, rather than the typical minimum of a full day to collect consolidated cargo at CAN. As part of its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 20, 2018

UPS grows alternate delivery location offerings with Taiwan ‘e-lockers’

UPS is expanding delivery options for e-commerce shipments in Taiwan with the addition of more than 850 “e-lockers” as alternate delivery locations (ALDs). UPS is working with Palmbox and Chunghwa Post, via its iBox lockers, for e-commerce deliveries in Taiwan. Once Taiwanese customers receive deliveries from international retailers at an e-locker, UPS will notify the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 20, 2018

Vuzix smart glasses now support live tech-support software

New York-based Vuzix, a developer of “smart glasses” hardware and accompanying apps, has partnered with augmented reality (AR) SaaS company TechSight to offer an AR tech-support service for warehouse technicians. The hands-free AR service, which is beginning to be used in some e-commerce warehouses and distribution centers, enables tech teams to view exactly what warehouse […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 17, 2018

Hermes Logistics chosen by Chilean ground handler for cargo management services

Chile-based ground handling agent UASL has acquired the services of U.K.-based SaaS logistics company Hermes Logistics Technologies to maximize air cargo handling and documentation processes at Santiago Airport. The company released news this week of the coming update of its cloud-based cargo management platform. The most recent version, Hermes 5 (H5), which launched last April at […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 17, 2018

July cargo traffic reports give hope for second half of 2018

Last month, when the tariff disputes were headline news and talk of “trade wars” dominated discussions about international logistics, there was a wave of nervousness that swept through the air cargo world about a dip in carrier performance for the month of June. Today, the concern is still present, but the numbers released about July’s air cargo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 17, 2018

Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa to begin cargo space agreement Sept. 1

This week, Brussels Airlines and its parent carrier, Lufthansa announced a start date for a cargo sharing agreement announced earlier this year that will allow Lufthansa to market bellyhold capacity on the Belgian subsidiary carrier, while offering Brussels Airlines access to Lufthansa’s portfolio of international destinations. For Lufthansa, the deal is a shortcut to capitalizing […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 16, 2018

Hawaiian Airlines commenced scheduled turboprop freighter flights

This week, Hawaiian Airlines’ subsidiary Ohana commenced its long-anticipated scheduled inter-island freighter services with the launch of flights between Honolulu Airport (HNL), Līhu‘e (LIH) and Hilo (ITO),  operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. The two freighter-converted ATR 72-200 aircraft underwent conversion to freighter configuration by Switzerland-based IPR Conversions at Empire Airlines’ MRO facility in Idaho, and can […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 16, 2018

Emirates SkyCargo launches pet transportation program

Today, Emirates SkyCargo has launched a dedicated pet transportation arm to its cargo services called “Emirates Pets,” building on its existing animal transportation operation, which the carrier said saw the safe transport of 11,000 pets over the last two years. The carrier is employing the services of a leading Dubai-based pet relocation service provider, called […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 16, 2018

Emirates flies record volumes of vaccine to Brazil amid health crisis

Early yesterday morning, an Emirates SkyCargo 777F arrived at Belo Horizonte Airport (BHZ) in Brazil with more than 25 tonnes – or 1.8 million doses – of vaccines flown in from Milan. The occasion marks both the largest shipment of vaccines the carrier has ever moved in a single flight and the largest reception of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 15, 2018
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