Growing trade in perishables drives new cargo connections to Africa

Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines today announced it would soon begin serving two new destinations in Africa, with flights to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo launching on 15 September, and service to Douala in Cameroon following soon after, on 3 October. Although the carrier expects to ferry a mix of commodities to-and-from Lubumbashi and Douala, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 28, 2017

If Pactl is any indication, May will be a great month

Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co Ltd (Pactl, the biggest handler at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport) reported a 13.0% y-o-y increase in its May cargo handle to 154,000 tonnes, its best monthly result this year. Pactl started the year strongly, with a 12.3% y-o-y increase for the combined January/February period, and stayed in double digits […]
  • David Harris
  • June 8, 2017

New frontiers for China Cargo Airlines

On 29 November, China Eastern Airlines reached an agreement to sell its main-deck cargo business, including China Cargo Airlines, to CEA Holding for US$353 million. As things stand before the sale (which is awaiting approval), China Eastern Airlines is the sole owner of Eastern Logistics, which in turn, owns 83% of China Cargo Airlines (as […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 5, 2016

DFW’s new cargo strategy paying off

Smack in the heart of Shanghai’s former French Concession, at the crossroads of Wulumuqi Road and Wuyuan Road, lies an unassuming store fronting a large sign that reads, “Avocado Lady.” Curious visitors to Shanghai are often intrigued by the shop’s name, and venture inside to see if there is indeed a lady offering avocados for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 29, 2016

A long-distance blueberry

After a holiday season spent over-eating, doesn’t the idea of replacing high-calorie desserts with some simple, healthful, fresh fruit sound good? Of course it does. But the real question isn’t whether you would like some fresh blueberries or cherries this evening, but how far are you willing to go to get them. Or, rather, how […]
  • David Harris
  • December 28, 2015

Canadian lobsters help EU freighter operation fly

The companies behind a new freighter service between Toronto and Brussels have revealed they are ahead of their targets a month after the launch. At the end of May, KF Aerospace (formerly Kelowna Flightcraft) launched the four-times-per-week service between Toronto Pearson and Brussels, with a stop in Greater Moncton. It hopes to extend the service […]
  • Alex Lenanne
  • July 21, 2015

The next chapter in the modal shift story?

A new innovation in perishables storage has been billed as something that could help end world hunger. How much of an impact it will have on hunger remains to be seen, but it may also have a significant impact on the air freight industry. According to a report in The Times of Israel, a company […]
  • David Harris
  • October 31, 2014

Cherry Season

It’s early summer and for the Pacific Northwest that means it’s the height of Cherry season, so no points for guessing what this China Cargo Airlines 777F is carrying as it departs SeaTac for Shanghai Pudong. As in previous summers, the export of Washington Cherries brings atypical visitors to Seattle to transport the fruits by […]
  • David Harris
  • July 8, 2014