Charles Kauffman

Charles Kauffman

Senior Editor

Charles Kauffman is the Senior Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts and weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. He holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, and an MA in International Relations from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Charles speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

China’s HNA Group nearing acquisition of Hahn Airport

Last year, when the Rhineland-Palatinate government put its stake in the ailing Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN) up for sale, China-based HNA Group surfaced as a potential buyer. Then, out of nowhere, HNA was outbid by a largely unknown Chinese conglomerate, Shanghai Yiqian Trading Company. However, that deal fell through when it was discovered that Yiqian […]

DHL enters online load-matching marketplace

This month, DHL entered the online load-matching marketplace with the launch of its recently-acquired platform, CILLOX, a service that connects shippers with available FTL and LTL truck capacity across Europe in real-time. Shippers can specify shipment parameters, such as speed and handling requirements, and receive a quotation instantly from multiple service providers. Once booked, shippers […]

WCA, Alibaba tie-up opens China to SME forwarders

Freight forwarding network WCA is set to collaborate with China’s on cross-border e-commerce shipments in a tie-up that expands Alibaba’s international reach through an additional 6,300 logistics offices on the global roster of  WCA’s small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) members. In return, WCA forwarders gain access to the Alibaba logistics platform for cross-border e-commerce […]

Amazon to abandon Wilmington hub for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Yesterday, Seattle-based Amazon announced that it will shutter operations at Wilmington Air Park (ILN) in Ohio, and construct a new US$1.49 billion “centralized air hub” to support its Prime Air operations at nearby Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in Hebron, Kentucky – just 110 km to the southwest. In parallel, CVG Airport’s board recently inked a fifty-year […]

Prime Air fleet update – January 2017

Amazon’s Prime Air fleet continued to grow throughout January 2017. Both Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) added freighters to the Amazon Prime fleet during the month. Air Transport Services Group took redelivery of a 767-300BDSF (24036, ex-American) following conversion by Bedek. Cargo Aircraft Management (ATSG’s leasing arm) leased the […]

E-commerce and express traffic drive growth at Seattle’s airport in 2016

Last year, Seattle-based Amazon launched a dedicated air freight network, “Prime Air” and began carrying cargo between major distribution centers in the United States with a fleet of 767 freighters operated operated by Atlas Air and ATSG. With initial plans that call for a fleet of forty aircraft by 2020, at last count, eighteen aircraft have already […]

Freighter Aircraft Transactions in January 2017

Today we present a summary of the Freighter Aircraft Transactions (FATs) Cargo Facts tracked over the course of January 2017. Remember, each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT)  contains a unique FAT code linked to our FAT database. This database is available to subscribers as an interactive tool on our website at   myCargo […]

Where will your operating margins be in 2020?

Although no CEO (that we are aware of) possesses a crystal ball capable of offering-up a precise number, most companies have at least a general target for where they would like profitability to be at a certain point in the future. Swiss forwarder Panalpina is one company, with such a target.  In an interview given […]
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