Lithium batteries to be banned from passenger aircraft bellies?

The Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last week proposed that the carriage of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft be prohibited, effective 1 January 2015. Cargo Facts believes the ban will likely be adopted, but it is currently only in the proposal stage. The Dangerous Goods Panel’s parent […]

What next for Global Supply Systems?

UK-based Global Supply Systems (GSS), in which Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is a 49% stakeholder,  was formed in 2002 in order that British Airways World Cargo could continue to ACMI lease freighters from Atlas, while staying compliant with UK law. GSS dry-leased three 747-400Fs from Atlas, and operated them on an ACMI basis for BA […]

End of the line for World Airways

US-based carrier World Airways operated its last flight on 27 March. The carrier, which was in its 65th year, operated both passenger and freighter aircraft. Although it had conducted both ACMI and commercial charter operations, it main business was flying on behalf of the US Military. With the US winding down its military involvement in […]

A new CEO for Cargolux… and more

The Board of Directors of Cargolux today announced several appointments and promotions, including the hiring of Dirk Reich as President and CEO. We’ll get to the rest of the announcements shortly, but first, some background… In 2013, Luxembourg-based Cargolux outperformed the industry by a huge margin, and is expected to report a 19% increase in […]

Decision time for the EU on emissions tax

Two years ago, when the EU attempted to impose an emissions tax on the full length of flights to and from Europe, it met with massive outrage from other countries, to the point that China froze the purchase of almost thirty aircraft ordered from Airbus. In late 2012, bowing to pressure from the aerospace industry, […]

Musical chairs for all-cargo execs

When Robert van de Weg and Peter van de Pas resigned from their senior positions at Cargolux over disagreement with the Board’s decision to sell a 35% stake in the carrier to China-based HNCA, the air freight world was immediately awash in speculation about their respective futures. These were two of the most knowledgeable and […]

Grim prospects for widebody freighters?

As we have reported many times, the combination of high fuel costs and low inventory carrying costs for shippers in the current interest rate environment, has made surface transport much more attractive. While this has negative implications for the air freight industry as a whole, the mood at the ISTAT Americas conference this week regarding […]

Cargo leads AA integration

LOS ANGELES — American Airlines has designated its cargo unit to lead its brand and operational integration with US Airways. “We expect to be on a single air waybill well before the FAA approves our Single Operating Certificate,” said Robert D. Isom Jr., COO of American Airlines, at the IATA World Cargo Symposium this week. […]
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