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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 1 comment

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

2017 is off to a great start, but now is not the time for complacency

2017 is off to a great start, but now is not the time for complacency

March 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm 0 comments

One month ago, we cautioned that, while the January results from some of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports looked good, it wouldn’t be until the combined January/February results were available – eliminating the impact of the timing of the Chinese New Year holiday – that we would beRead 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

Air cargo continues its move from “Me” to “Us”

Air cargo continues its move from “Me” to “Us”

March 15, 2017 at 10:28 am 0 comments

At the World Cargo Symposium in Abu Dhabi today, host IATA announced the launch of the IATA Cargo Handling Manual, “to help airlines and cargo handlers work together more effectively while improving safety and efficiency in air cargo operations.” IATA sees the manual as part of “the air cargo industry’sRead More

CEIV – Stakeholders must be honest about their limitations

CEIV – Stakeholders must be honest about their limitations

March 14, 2017 at 9:46 am 0 comments

IATA’s CEIV Pharma program has succeeded in making air freight a less risky proposition for pharma shippers, but, as delegates to the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Abu Dhabi learned yesterday, about 25% of vaccines still reach their destination in “degraded condition.” And Andrea Gruber, IATA’s Senior Manager Special CargoRead More

Cargo growth stalls in the UAE

Cargo growth stalls in the UAE

March 14, 2017 at 2:10 am 0 comments

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways reported 2016 cargo volume unchanged from 2015 at 593,000 tonnes. This is in stark contrast to the incredible growth Etihad has reported in previous years, but right in line with what is happening in neighboring Dubai, where Emirates is reporting a similar halt to growth. InRead More

Record fourth-quarter earnings cap a great year for DP-DHL

Record fourth-quarter earnings cap a great year for DP-DHL

March 10, 2017 at 10:18 am 0 comments

Capitalizing on strong e-commerce growth and on a return to financial health by its forwarding arm, Deutsche Post-DHL reported net profit up more than 25% to €841 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The big jump came despite revenue remaining almost flat (up just 0.5%) at €15.41 billion. OperatingRead More