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 […]

Air Charter Service increases cargo flights in first half of 2018

United Kingdom-based charter broker Air Charter Service (ACS) has released its 2018 interim results, which show a 21 percent increase in scheduled cargo flights compared to the first six months of 2017. Also, revenue over the same period increased by 23 percent to US$312 million. “Compare this to IATA’s half year figures, which show that […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 15, 2018

Ethiopian Airlines shows cargo volume growth in Q2

Ethiopian Airlines has released its results for the period ended on June 30, which shows an 18 percent increase in cargo volume to 400,339 tonnes and a 26 percent increase in net profit to about US$ 245.6 million compared to the same period last year. The airline has added eight new destinations to its network […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 15, 2018

Oslo Airport chooses WFS to operate new seafood facility

Norwegian hub Oslo Airport (OSL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) for the operation of a new onsite seafood center. WFS said Oslo Airport was the fastest growing airport in cargo traffic last year, increasing its volume by 36 percent from the year before to about 185,000 tonnes. Much of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

Pelican BioThermal opens Frankfurt facility

Minnesota-based, temperature-controlled packing company Pelican BioThermal has opened a new facility in Frankfurt, expanding the service network of its “Crēdo on Demand” program, which offers its reusable parcel shipping containers to shippers on a rental basis. The new location will be in close proximity to Frankfurt Airport (FRA), making the company’s line of temperature-controlled packaging […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

UPS, Teamsters agree on tentative contract for mechanics

The Teamsters Local Union No. 2727 has come to a tentative contract agreement with UPS that will make 1,300 UPS aircraft mechanics the “highest paid aviation mechanics” in the United States, a statement from the Teamsters said. Upon ratification, employees will receive an immediate 16 percent pay increase as well as retroactive pay for all […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

IAG Cargo carries vaccine to Venezuela in wake of diphtheria outbreak

As the economic chaos in Venezuela slowly morphs into a humanitarian crisis, the air cargo industry is stepping in to help bring aid to a new healthcare threat in the troubled South American country. U.K.-based IAG Cargo, in partnership with Indian biopharmaceutical company, Biological E. Limited, said it has shipped more than 5 tonnes of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 13, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Redefining fast – the evolution of express

For most of the early decades of Air Transportation magazine, the venerable periodical that eventually became Air Cargo World, the articles were about ever-larger, ever-faster aircraft that were capable of hauling enormous loads across the planet. While speed was always a selling point, much of the industry was trying to prove that it could compete […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 13, 2018

Southern Air pilots’ union ratifies agreement

The agreement between Atlas Air Worldwide and the union representing the pilots that fly for its subsidiary – Southern Air, the all-cargo carrier for DHL – has been ratified after a long push that dates back to 2012 from pilots to increase pay rates to the same wage scales as their counterparts at parent company […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 13, 2018

Pilot Freight expects 30 percent growth in 2018 ‘heavy-and-hard-to-handle’ e-commerce

Pilot Freight Services released its Q2 2018 results in which it projects its “heavy and hard-to-handle” (H3D) e-commerce business will grow 30 percent by year-end. In terms of traffic, the company has moved about 24,000 tonnes of freight so far this year, which it said is a “12 percent increase over last quarter.” John Hill, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 10, 2018

Is your website ready for automated shipping portals?

Many of us started our careers in freight forwarding learning how to use the Telex machine to send alerts to destination cities, requiring the typing of shipment information into an awkward device that produced a yellow tape that ultimately transmitted the data. The process was tedious by today’s standards, but when it was combined with […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 10, 2018

Air Canada Cargo first to obtain CEIV-Live Animal cert

Yesterday, Air Canada Cargo became the first to obtain IATA’s CEIV-Live Animal certification – the newest denomination within IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) portfolio of cargo-handling frameworks, a project that the airline “played a key role in helping to pilot.” IATA’s CEIV certifications provide standardization for the movement of sensitive cargo – […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 10, 2018

Volga-Dnepr, Henan Province partner on ‘trans-Siberian air bridge’

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group signed an agreement with Henan Airport Group and Zhongyuan Asset Management to form a “trans-Siberian air bridge” as part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative launched in 2013. “The potential advantages of Zhengzhou were obvious to us right from the beginning, notably its advantageous geographical location and the existence of the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 9, 2018

American Airlines has record-breaking Q2, but proceeds with caution

The cargo arm of the traditionally passenger-focused American Airlines increased its second quarter freight volume by 10 percent to 158,757 tonnes compared to the same period last year, according to its recent quarterly statement. The airline said this marks its best June performance in more than 10 years, standing out among many carriers that saw […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 9, 2018

Cargo Chat: Azul’s Frota on Brazilian carrier’s ‘box-retail’ strategy

As the demand for north-south e-commerce in the Americas heats up with the recent recovery of the Brazilian economy, Azul Cargo Express, the cargo division of carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, has begun utilizing the belly capacity on Azul’s 800 daily flights to 103 airports in the Americas to deliver small parcels. In May, the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 9, 2018
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