Articles by: Charles Kauffman

China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

March 29, 2017 at 10:38 am 0 comments

Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plansRead More

This freighter-converted ATR72 (463) will soon fly for DHL in Solenta Aviation's fleet.

Solenta Aviation to fly newly-converted ATR-72F for DHL

March 28, 2017 at 10:48 am 0 comments

Yesterday, South Africa-based Solenta Aviation took redelivery of an ATR72-200F, converted to large-door freighter configuration by Switzerland-based IPR Conversions Ltd., at its ASI-Maintenance facility in Toulouse, France. IPR holds the STCs to perform both bulk-load and large-door modifications on the ATR72-200 and -500 series turboprobs. The first STC is forRead More

Alibaba and Australia Post to spearhead block chain applications in logistics?

Alibaba and Australia Post to spearhead block chain applications in logistics?

March 28, 2017 at 10:31 am 0 comments

After a 2008 scandal involving melamine-tainted milk powder, Chinese consumers have been flocking to various e-commerce channels for imported alternatives. But without an easy way to validate the authenticity and quality of the product that arrives at the doorstep, counterfeiting has emerged as another major problem. Although track-and-trace visibility is noRead More

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HNA Group affiliates gobble up Hong Kong-based assets

March 27, 2017 at 10:28 am 0 comments

Hong Kong Airlines recently acquired a 51% stake in SATS HK, the Hong Kong affiliate of Singapore-based airport services provider, SATS. In parallel, Hong Kong Airlines’ investment arm, Holistic Capital Investment, acquired a 35% stake in Asia Air Freight Terminal (AAT) (a stake that was owned by forwarder and logisticsRead More

Pictured: The Alexa-capable Echo. CHAMP Cargosystems is teaching Amazon’s Alexa a few lessons about air cargo.

Will the air cargo industry hire Alexa?

March 24, 2017 at 10:06 am 0 comments

With the release of a new “Cargo Trace skill” that can be taught to Amazon’s interactive app, Alexa, Luxembourg-based CHAMP Cargosystems is adding voice-controlled track-and-trace capabilities to its Traxon air cargo shipment tracking platform. Stakeholders in the air cargo supply chain will be able to track the status of airRead More

The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

March 23, 2017 at 10:54 am 0 comments

Beginning today, 23 March, an SW Italia 747-400F operated for China-based Shentong Express (STO) will touch down regularly at Brescia Montichiari Airport (VBS), just 100km east of Milan. The new thrice-weekly cargo service connects Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Brescia via Baku (GYD), reportedly carrying express parcels and ChineseRead More

EU antitrust fines resurface

EU antitrust fines resurface

March 17, 2017 at 10:56 am 0 comments

In 2015, EU Courts, “on procedural grounds” threw out fines of US$844 million against a handful of airlines for their alleged participation in a cargo cartel between 2000 – 2006. This week the case is back to haunt airlines, with the European Commission undoing its annulment, and reimposing the fines. DuringRead More

DHL targeting e-commerce, pharma

DHL targeting e-commerce, pharma

March 15, 2017 at 10:46 am 0 comments

E-commerce fulfillment, and pharma shipments are two of the fastest growing air cargo segments, and this week DP-DHL subsidiaries, DHL eCommerce and DHL Global Forwarding have announced new facilities and initiatives to support the growth of both. Looking first at e-commerce, on 12 March DHL eCommerce commenced operations at a newRead More