English Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician Georgian German Greek Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Russian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese

Freightweek news update Week 26

CEVA ChinaTAIPEI: June 26, 2017. Evergreen Line is to provide Alibaba.com members with the option of booking sea freight services online with guaranteed space and prices. The company has also appointed Evergreen Logistics as a provider of logistics solutions for Alibaba members. Read more: EVERGREEN_LINE.pdf

SHILONG, China: June 26, 2017. CEVA Logistics has launched a new rail service linking Shilong in southern China's Guangdong province to Hamburg in Germany in conjunction with China's state railway. Read more: CEVA_rail.pdf

DUBAI: June 27, 2017. Nestlé Middle East has made a successful transition of its logistics operations to a new Mohebi facility at Dubai South. Read more: Nestle.pdf

LOMBARD, IL: June 27, 2017. The latest logistics report from the U.S. Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals says business costs have declined for the first time since 2009. Read more: logistics_costs.pdf

Delta and Korean expand partnership

ATLANTA/SEOUL: June 23, 2017: Delta Air Lines and Korean Air are to create a trans-Pacific joint venture for passenger and cargo services.

Delta and KoreanSubject to regulatory approvals the two airlines plan to share costs and revenue to increase belly cargo cooperation; expand codesharing; combine sales and marketing in Asia and the U.S.; establish a 'one roof' operation at key hubs for seamless transits; and provide customers with reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.

The agreement is the latest expansion of a partnership that began in 2000 as members of SkyTeam and will provide more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

"Delta and Korean Air are building a world-class partnership that will offer more destinations, outstanding airport facilities and an unmatched customer experience on the trans-Pacific," said Ed Bastian, Delta's CEO.

"Now is the right time for this JV. The synergies we're creating will build stronger and more sustainable companies, and this is good for travelers, our companies and our countries," added Korean Air chairman, Y.H. Cho.

Korean Air said it would introduce a third weekly flight from Seoul to Los Angeles and a second service to San Francisco this summer.

Airlines show they CARE

SINGAPORE: June 22, 2017. Lufthansa Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo, United Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo have won DHL's 'Carrier Award for Reliability and Excellence' (CARE).

Presented at the company's Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Conference, the CARE award acknowledges airlines whose services set the industry standard for the transport of temperature-sensitive life sciences products.

DHL said the winners were chosen based on several criteria including shipment quality, ground handling expertise and innovation in both technology and process.

DHL CARE awards"Today's consumers demand much faster and more flexible delivery of medications, medical devices and other life sciences products than ever before," said Scott Allison, president, Life Sciences & Healthcare, at DHL.

"With the online pharmaceutical market set to grow to US$128 billion by 2023, the pressure is on air cargo carriers to provide temperature-controlled air services with the high levels of speed, shipment quality and real-time visibility needed to cope with the sheer velocity of demand," he continued.

The award recipients all demonstrated extremely high levels of shipment performance, combined with a variety of factors including rigorous certification and bold infrastructural investments, according to DHL.

Commenting on the award Ashwin Bhat, Head of Cargo at SWISS said: "It is a great honour for us to be nominated again for the DHL CARE Award, we are very proud. We also are encouraged to be on the right track on tackling the two major challenges that determine our business nowadays: the increasing need for customization and the complexity of the regulatory framework. We will continue to improve on these core challenges and finding innovative solutions for our clients."

Martin Schmitt, Lufthansa Cargo board member and CFO added: "We are very pleased to receive this year's DHL CARE Award. Carrying sensitive pharmaceuticals fast and reliably to their destinations all over the world is a task that makes us proud. It is also a reason for us to expand our cool center, so that all our customers can benefit from increased cool capacities at our hub in Frankfurt shortly."

David Bang, Global head of DHL Temperature Management Solutions and CEO LifeConEx at DHL Global Forwarding observed: "Since the first DHL CARE Awards hosted last year, we have seen a significant trend amongst carriers towards higher levels of certification, innovative commercial agreements with packaging and data-tracking partners, and bespoke infrastructure for pharmaceutical goods."

Pictured: David Bang (left), Thomas Nieszner, Global Chemical Sponsor at DHL (middle) and Scott Allison president, Life Sciences & Healthcare at DHL (right) next to Ashwin Bhat from SWISS (red tie) and the other DHL CARE Award recipients for 2017.

A good week for Qatar Airways

DOHA: June 23, 2017. Notwithstanding a list of political demands on Qatar from some of its neighbors today, Qatar Airlines CEO Akbar Al Baker appears to have had a pretty good week.

At the Paris Air Show on June 20 his airline won the Skytrax 'World's Best Airline' award for the fourth time – ahead of Singapore Airlines that earned second place.

The ceremony was followed by a meeting between Qatar's minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti and France's Transport minister Élisabeth Borne to "reaffirm the countries' ongoing support and affiliation", that includes the start of Qatar Airways' service to Nice on July 04.

Then on June 22 the airline acknowledged it had approached American Airlines (AA) to buy up to 10 percent of the company - first revealed in an SEC filing by the U.S. carrier. AA CEO Doug Parker reacted saying "we aren't particularly excited".

Skytrax QatarQatar Airways said its initial stake would be no more than 4.75 percent which, based on AA's current stock price on the Nasdaq, would suggest an investment of around US$1 billion. AA noted Qatar Airways plans to spend US$808 million "to build a passive position" in its oneworld alliance partner "with no involvement in management, operations or governance".

In a letter to employees Parker commented: "We find it puzzling given our extremely public stance on the illegal subsidies that Qatar, Emirates and Etihad have all received over the years from their governments. We remain committed to that effort, and we will remain so even with this potential investment."

An undismayed Al Baker declared: "This week has been a significant signal of Qatar Airways' ongoing role not just as a leader in the aviation industry, but as a connector in people's day-to-day lives. At a time of judgment, prejudice and illegal actions, Qatar Airways has triumphed through a simple yet central belief in bringing people together beyond borders in the sky, whether it be work colleagues, leisure passengers, or of course family members and friends."

In addition to being best airline for 2017 Qatar picked up awards for 'Best Business Class', the 'World's Best First Class Lounge' and the 'Best Airline in the Middle East' as a result of Skytrax annual passenger surveys.

ANA, Emirates and Cathay Pacific complete the Skytrax Top Five airlines for 2017 - with Lufthansa the best European carrier at No.7 and adding awards for 'Best First Class Airline Lounge Dining' and 'Best Airline in Western Europe'.

At No.12 in the Top 100 list, Turkish Airlines won 'World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge', 'Lounge Dining' and 'Onboard Catering' awards as well as 'Best Airline in Southern Europe'.

Among the North American airlines, Air Canada won 'Best Airline' at No.29 followed by Delta at No.32, Alaska Airlines at No.36, jetBlue at No.39, Southwest at No.54, AA at No.74 and United at No.78. Alaska Airlines won awards for 'Best Regional Airline' and 'Best Airline Staff' in North America.

In its AA investment announcement, Qatar Airways noted it had long considered the airline to be a good oneworld Alliance partner and looked forward to continuing the relationship.

Ethiopian adds more B777 freighters

LE BOURGET, France: June 20, 2017. Ethiopian Airlines is adding to its fleet of six B777 freighters with the purchase of two more with a list price of US$651.4 million. The airline has also announced an order for 10 more 737 MAX 8 bringing its total to 30.

"Building one of the largest cargo terminals in the world and operating new-generation, high-performance aircraft reflects our commitment in expanding and supporting the exponentially growing imports and exports of our country in particular and the African continent in general," said airline CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. "The commitment to purchase two 777 freighters is expected to boost the Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services," he added.

Lion Air MAX 10Other new Boeing aircraft orders announced in Paris include 50 737 MAX 10 from Lion Air with a list price of US$6.24 billion. President Edward Sirait commented: "The Lion Air Group was first in the world to put the 737 MAX 8 into service and the first to order the 737 MAX 9, and we continue to lead the way again with this commitment for 50 737 MAX 10s and help launch the latest version of the 737."

Boeing has also announced the launch of AnalytX, bringing together the work of more than 800 analytics experts across the company to transform data into actionable insights and customer solutions.

"The amount of data created today is unprecedented. But it's not about the data on its own, it's what you do with it," said Ted Colbert, chief information officer and senior vice president of Information & Analytics.

As part of the launch, Boeing announced five agreements to provide customers with AnalytX solutions including AirBridgeCargo to deploy Fuel Dashboard services across its entire fleet; Airplane Health Management (AHM) predictive alerts on China Airlines' fleet of 737NG and 747 freighters; Delta Air Lines using AHM on its B717 fleet and Korean Air on its B787 and B777 fleet; and Turkish Airlines deploying Jeppesen Fatigue Risk Management and Boeing Alertness models to improve flight safety and working conditions for the airline's pilots and cabin crew members.

Project cargo gets new lift

LE BOURGET: June 22, 2017. Lockheed Martin launched its latest commercial variant of the ubiquitous Super Hercules transport – the LM-100J – at the Paris Air Show this week.

The aircraft can accommodate five 88 x 125 inch pallets in an interior space of 127 cubic meters with a maximum payload of 21.8 tonnes and a non-stop range of 2,450 nautical miles with 18 tonnes.

The LM-100J is the 17th different mission capability developed for the C-130J Super Hercules and it is an updated version of the L-100 cargo aircraft, which Lockheed Martin produced from 1964-1992.

LM100-J 3The company said the new variant "is an ideal airlift solution for delivering bulk and oversize cargo, particularly to austere locations worldwide".

First flight was on May 25 and testing continues prior to type approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. "This first flight is a source of pride for Lockheed Martin and serves as a proof-point to the ongoing versatility of the Super Hercules aircraft," said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, and Marietta, GA site general manager. "I'm continually impressed by the commitment to quality and relevance that our employees, industry partners and customers have invested into the LM-100J.

In July last year Bravo Industries, based in Arlington, Virginia announced it would buy 10 of the new aircraft with first deliveries in 2018.

Bravo is a logistics and defense group with a business focus on Brazil. The company says its Logística division, which consists of Bravo Cargas and Bravo MRO, will use the aircraft to develop cargo operations in the country including scheduled and route-specific solutions as well as outsize and hazardous projects.

"When we examined the market and regional demands for our logistics operations, there was only one aircraft that could do all the jobs we needed it to do to serve our customers: the LM-100J." said JR Pereira, president and CEO of Bravo Industries. "The LM-100J is uniquely suited to reach Brazil's underserved regions where we do business.

"These are areas that lack ground support and certain critical infrastructure required by other commercial freighters. The LM-100J was designed to meet the varying needs of the Brazilian landscape, in turn, allowing Bravo to deliver vital goods and services where they are needed most," he added.

Emirates Sky Cargo begins Luxembourg service

EK and CV at LUXDUBAI/ LUXEMBOURG: June 13, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo began its first weekly B777 freighter service to Luxembourg this week as part of its strategic partnership with Cargolux that already operates a B747 service three times a week to Dubai World Central.

"Emirates SkyCargo is delighted to start our weekly freighter operations to Luxembourg," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president Cargo.

"This is an important step in our operational partnership with Cargolux through which we will be able to offer our customers an enhanced reach across each other's networks, as well as an enriched service offering building upon our compatibility in ground handling and standard operating procedures for cargo transportation," he added.

"With the arrival of SkyCargo's first freighter here, we open a new chapter in our history and lay the foundation for a fruitful cooperation for the benefit of our customers," said Cargolux president and CEO Richard Furson. "Our supplementary capabilities allow us to develop service offerings that both of us could not provide on our own."

The new flight from Dubai arrived the day after Cargolux signed a contract to set up Henan Cargo Airlines with the Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company, the Henan Airport Group and the Xinggang Investment Group.

Cargolux will retain 25 percent of the new venture that is expected to launch in Q4 2018 with a Chinese air operator's certificate and be based in Zhenzhou.

Freightweek news update Week 25

BUCHAREST: June 22, 2017. Albalact – Romania's largest dairy company – has renewed its contract with Tibbett Logistics to provide delivery of dairy products on key routes across the country. Read more: Albalact_Romania.pdf

BRUSSELS: June 21, 2017.  Iranian airline Qeshm Air will begin a weekly A319 service from Tehran to Brussels on June 27. Read more: Qeshm_Air.pdf

Pegasus S-GISTANBUL: June 21, 2017. Turkish Cargo has begun a weekly A310 freighter service to Paris CDG. Read more: new_freighter.pdf

ABU DHABI: June 21, 2017. Pegasus Airlines has begun a three times weekly B737-800 service from Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Abu Dhabi. Read more: Abu_Dhabi.pdf

NOTTINGHAM, UK: June 21, 2017. UK transport technology and telematics company Microlise has appointed Dubai-based Emirates Logistics its distributor in the Middle East. Read more: Emirates_Logistics.pdf

ATLANTA: June 19, 2017. UPS is applying a new peak charge during selected weeks in November and December 2017 for U.S. "Residential, Large Packages and packages Over Maximum Limits". Read more: Peak_charge.pdf

DUBAI: June 19, 2017. flydubai and Mercator have extended their air cargo management contract by an additional seven years. Read more: flydubai.pdf

ROME: June 19, 2017. The ALHA Group has opened a new cargo terminal at Rome, Fiucimino airport following 12 months of construction. Read more: ALHA_Group.pdf

CMA CGM to buy Maersk’s Mercosul subsidiary

MERCOSUL 1COPENHAGEN/MARSEILLE: June 13, 2017. A.P. Møller – Mærsk has confirmed the sale of its Mercosul Line subsidiary to CMA CGM to avoid market dominance issues relating to the pending acquisition of Hamburg Süd.

The transaction, terms of which are not disclosed, is subject to Brazilian regulatory approval and CMA CGM said the earliest it expected to integrate the box line's Brazil cabotage services would be Q4 2017.

Launched in 1996 and acquired by Maersk in 2006, Mercosul Line operates four very modern 2,500 TEU ships in Brazil and South America. The company reported revenues of US$128 million in 2016.

CMA CGM said the proposed acquisition is part of a strategy to develop intra-regional box services with complementary logistics.

"The acquisition of Mercosul represents a milestone in CMA CGM's development strategy in South America," said CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saadé. "It is a well-managed company and we will leverage this platform to expand our footprint and service offerings to and from Latin America, seizing opportunities linked to the high growth prospects in this region."

Maersk Line COO Søren Toft added: "Mercosul is a highly respected and well-run company with an excellent fleet and customer value proposition. Its dedicated talents are well regarded both internally and externally. CMA CGM is a good fit for Mercosul and we are confident that they will continue to develop the company going forward."

US$500 million for hybrid airships

PARIS, June 20, 2017. Hybrid Air Freighters (HAF) has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase up to 12 Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships for US$500 million from reseller Hybrid Enterprises.

HAF airship Paris-based HAF said it has been set up to act as an owner-operator of the aircraft.

"We are keen to implement such an impressive innovation in the logistics market," said HAF CEO Hubert de Contenson. "The LMH-1 will open a new era for remote cargo delivery that is free from costly ground infrastructure and will provide a sustainable and affordable solution to remote cargo operations around the globe."

According to his LinkedIn profile, Hubert de Contenson was CFO of Bolloré Logistics between 1988 and 1993 and deputy general manager of the automotive logistics specialist CAT Groupe between 2001 and 2008.

"With a 21-ton cargo payload and the ability to land on any surface, the LMH-1 Hybrid Airship is designed to revolutionize remote cargo delivery," added Rob Binns, CEO of Hybrid Enterprises.

Lockheed Martin said Hybrid Airships require little or no fixed ground infrastructure and burn significantly less fuel compared to conventional aircraft, making them an environmentally friendly solution to remote cargo delivery.

In August 2016, remote site specialist Pacific Rim Logistics announced it had partnered with with UK-based Hybrid Airship owner and operator Straightline Aviation to operate the aircraft in support of Alaska's oil and gas industry.

Freightweek news update Week 24

PORT ELIZABETH, NJ: June 15, 2017. The Ocean Alliance has begun its first weekly U.S. East Coast Loop 3 service with a call by the 8,700 TEU capacity CMA CGM Bianca at APM Terminals' Port Elizabeth, New Jersey facility. Read more: Port_Elizabeth_NJ.pdf

FORT WORTH, TX: June 15, 2017. American Airlines Cargo has selected G Force GSA Mexico as its new general sales agent for the country. Read more: Mexico.pdf

SINGAPORE: June 15, 2017. CEVA Logistics has signed an MOU with Goodpack, which operates the world's largest fleet of Intermediate Bulk Containers, to develop a new concept for transportation in the tire industry. Read more: Goodpack.pdf

national-geographicDOVER, UK: June 13, 2017. P&O Ferrymasters and Polish logistics company Erontrans have launched an intermodal rail service linking the UK, Benelux and central Poland via Rotterdam's Europoort. Read more: Poland.pdf

MIAMI: June 13, 2017. iContainers, the online freight forwarder, has launched an instant notification system for shippers to receive status updates for their ocean shipments. Read more: ocean_updates.pdf

TINGLEV, Denmark: June 13, 2017. Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is integrating an energy meter in all new Star Cool refrigerated containers to measure energy consumption. Read more: Star_Cool.pdf

LONG BEACH, CA: June 13, 2017. Vanguard Logistics Services has acquired CHC Supply Chain Management (CHC), a leading groupage CFS operations and supply chain management group in South Africa. Read more: South_Africa.pdf

VALENCIA, Spain: June 12, 2017. COSCO Shipping is to acquire 51 percent of Noatum Ports including ocean container terminals in Valencia and Bilbao and rail terminals in Madrid and Zaragoza. Read more:  Noatum_Ports.pdf

BRUSSELS: June 12, 2017. Amerijet is to launch a twice-weekly B767 freighter service between Miami and Brussels in Q2 2018. Read more: Amerijet.pdf

SAO PAULO: June 12, 2017. National Geographic's largest environmental preservation initiative is on its way (right) to Ascension Island with help from GAC Brazil in Recife. Read more:  Ascension_.pdf

ATLANTA, GA: June 12, 2017. Delta Air Lines Cargo has appointed industry veteran Eric Wilson as managing director, Cargo Global Sales, a role previously held by Rob LeBel. Read more: Delta_Sales.pdf

ABU DHABI: June 12, 2017. Etihad Cargo has launched a weekly freighter service between Abu Dhabi and the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, to support Cambodia's garment and footwear industry. Read more: Phnom_Penh.pdf

More News

Written on 26/06/2017, 14:42
freightweek-news-update-week-26TAIPEI: June 26, 2017. Evergreen Line is to provide Alibaba.com members with the option of booking sea freight services online with guaranteed space and...
Written on 24/06/2017, 17:49
delta-and-korean-expand-partnershipATLANTA/SEOUL: June 23, 2017: Delta Air Lines and Korean Air are to create a trans-Pacific joint venture for passenger and cargo services. Subject to...
Written on 23/06/2017, 17:12
airlines-show-they-careSINGAPORE: June 22, 2017. Lufthansa Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo, United Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo have won DHL's 'Carrier Award for Reliability and...
Written on 23/06/2017, 15:27
a-good-week-for-qatar-airwaysDOHA: June 23, 2017. Notwithstanding a list of political demands on Qatar from some of its neighbors today, Qatar Airlines CEO Akbar Al Baker appears to...
Written on 22/06/2017, 21:24
project-cargo-gets-new-liftLE BOURGET: June 22, 2017. Lockheed Martin launched its latest commercial variant of the ubiquitous Super Hercules transport – the LM-100J – at the Paris...
Written on 20/06/2017, 21:31
us-500-million-for-hybrid-airshipsPARIS, June 20, 2017. Hybrid Air Freighters (HAF) has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase up to 12 Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships for US$500 million...
Written on 20/06/2017, 19:03
ethiopian-adds-more-b777-freightersLE BOURGET, France: June 20, 2017. Ethiopian Airlines is adding to its fleet of six B777 freighters with the purchase of two more with a list price of...
Written on 19/06/2017, 13:44
freightweek-news-update-week-25BUCHAREST: June 22, 2017. Albalact – Romania's largest dairy company – has renewed its contract with Tibbett Logistics to provide delivery of dairy...
Written on 13/06/2017, 22:19
emirates-sky-cargo-begins-luxembourg-serviceDUBAI/ LUXEMBOURG: June 13, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo began its first weekly B777 freighter service to Luxembourg this week as part of its strategic...
Written on 13/06/2017, 21:31
cma-cgm-to-buy-maersk-s-mercosul-subsidiaryCOPENHAGEN/MARSEILLE: June 13, 2017. A.P. Møller – Mærsk has confirmed the sale of its Mercosul Line subsidiary to CMA CGM to avoid market dominance...
Written on 12/06/2017, 13:37
freightweek-news-update-week-24PORT ELIZABETH, NJ: June 15, 2017. The Ocean Alliance has begun its first weekly U.S. East Coast Loop 3 service with a call by the 8,700 TEU capacity CMA...
Written on 09/06/2017, 21:41
antonov-makes-last-minute-andean-liftMENDOZA, Argentina: June 07, 2017. Antonov used an AN124-100 in late May to move mining equipment weighing a total of 24 tonnes from Santiago, Chile to...
Written on 08/06/2017, 22:41
turkish-cargo-gets-the-word-out-and-the-business-inISTANBUL: June 08, 2017. Turkish Airlines has reported a gross profit of US$117 million on revenue of US$1.93 billion for Q1 2017 as the contribution...
Written on 08/06/2017, 20:37
customs-and-air-cargo-belgium-to-share-visionBRUSSELS: June 07, 2017. Belgian Customs and sector representative Air Cargo Belgium have agreed to "execute a common vision concerning the optimization...
Written on 08/06/2017, 19:40
schiphol-pharma-gateway-adds-abcAMSTERDAM: June 07, 2017. AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has become the second airline and 14th member of the Pharma Gateway Amsterdam (PGA) initiative...
Written on 07/06/2017, 15:47
ups-suspends-pick-ups-for-qatar-as-embargo-continuesATLANTA: June 06, 2017 UPS has informed its customers that direct import and export to and from Qatar is not be possible, following the decision by...
Written on 06/06/2017, 19:00
maskargo-boost-to-malaysia-ecommerceKULA LUMPUR: June 06, 2017. MASkargo has begun a five times weekly A330 freighter service between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KIA), Kota Kinabalu...
Written on 06/06/2017, 15:51
delta-and-aeromexico-sign-transborder-agreementATLANTA/MEXICO CITY: June 06, 2017. Delta Cargo and Aeromexico Cargo have signed a sales, operations and marketing agreement to develop the transborder...
Written on 05/06/2017, 14:21
freightweek-news-june-05-09MARSEILLE: June 09, 2017. CMA CGM is to introduce a new box service linking the East Mediterranean, Djibouti, Gulf, Pakistan and India. Read...
Written on 31/05/2017, 21:02
big-jump-in-gross-profit-for-gefcoCOURBEVOIE, France: May 30, 2017. Gefco, the automotive logistics specialist owned by RZD Russian Railways, has reported a 1.3 percent increase in revenue...

- powered by Quickchilli.com -