Air Freight

Asia-Europe air freight revenues fall by up to 47% in H1

Global underlying freight rates stable in June compared with May, but fuel price drops add to first-half east-west yield declines

IAG Cargo reports 8.8% commercial revenue increase in Q2

Growth achieved during period of network expansion and amid 'challenging' market conditions

Spanish 'ghost' airport to be revived as cargo hub for Chinese goods

Consortium set pay €10,000 for 'white elephant' which cost more than €1 billion to build

TNT launches flight to Tunisia

Service to operate from Liège five times weekly via Marseille with B737-400 aircraft

IAG Cargo and Finnair link networks in innovative freighter sharing deal

A300-600F to operate twice-weekly between London Luton and Helsinki

Air France KLM’s Q2 cargo losses increase by almost 30%

Group continues to restructure business against backdrop of 'weak global trade » and industry 'overcapacity'

Panalpina confident it can close 'volume gap' in air freight - CEO

Objective is to grow on a par with the market

Cargolux flights reduced by industrial action

Carrier dismisses safety concerns and angrily attacks ‘illegal’ move by LCGB, which grounded a quarter of services yesterday

Energy downturn hits Panalpina’s air freight business

But forwarder achieves ‘stable’ first-half profits in ‘slow market environment’, thanks to growth in ocean freight volumes and earnings

FedEx orders 50 more B767-300 freighters

Express giant’s fleet modernisation continues apace, with 106 of the aircraft type to be delivered by 2023

Boeing warns airlines over lithium battery cargo risks

Aircraft manufacturer urges passenger carriers not to carry them as cargo in the hold ‘until safer methods of packaging and transport are established’

China’s HNA Group in talks to buy Swissport

Negotiations over purchase of world’s largest air cargo handler said to have gone on for several months

AA Cargo expands Atlanta operations

Second expansion since 2013 promises to reduce loading and processing times for customers

‘Dreamliner’ to boost IAG Cargo capacity from October

New-generation B787-9 aircraft has around 17% more bellyhold space than B747 aircraft it replaces

Forwarders hit by air freight ‘price wars’

Margins said to be under pressure, with Chinese airlines reportedly offering aggressive rates

Advice & Insight

Worldwide Flight Services secures largest letting at Heathrow Cargo Centre

Worldwide Flight Services has secured its largest-ever letting at London Heathrow Cargo Centre - the major airside cargo transit facility at the London airport.

Fuel surcharges – a level playing field?

The price of jet fuel and crude are closely linked, and jet fuel costs have also dropped sharply, falling by 45% between Jul-14 and Jan-15, however fuel surcharges have hardly moved, reports Andy Cliff, managing director, Straightforward Consultancy Ltd

A serious air freight player

As TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum kicks off in Seoul, secretary general Doug Brittin outlines the association’s priorities for the year ahead

Reasons to be cheerful

Panalpina’s corporate head of air freight product management, Raoul Wintjes, tells Lloyd’s Loading of significant signs of market improvements although rates are still below pre-crisis levels

Heathrow Airport outlines plans to double cargo capacity

Proposals welcomed as ‘Good news for freight’ by UK’s Freight Transport Association

Freight People

AMI promotes French to VP Africa

Manager has spent over 30 years in the freight industry, holding a variety of senior posts for leading forwarders

Thewes to take the helm at DB Schenker Logistics

Appointee currently heads company's activities in Asia/Pacific region

Maersk names new Country Manager for Australia, Papua New Guinea

Predecessor to take up a position in Singapore

Davies Turner names new senior management

Family connection continues, with Edward and Emily Stephenson promoted to director roles

AA Cargo appoints sales manager for SAMEA region

Richard Hartmann takes newly created position for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, with remit to extend airline’s reach to more forwarders

Have Your Say

Finding an alternative to ‘Operation Stack’ won't solve this crisis

Priority Freight’s operations manager, Ed Bembridge, says the ultimate responsibility rests with Europe’s leaders to find a compassionate solution to a very human problem

Cross-Channel pricing review: Quarter 2

Freightex CEO Tim Phillips expects UK international road freight prices to rise in the coming months, due to the impact of the migrant crisis and seasonal demand increases

Russia: Clear understanding of freight insurance is vital

Panditrans’ Alexander Petrenko outlines the crucial differences between liability and cargo cover in this sometimes-confusing market

Nepal: Back on the road

After flying to Nepal several weeks ago to cover the immediate aftermath of the 25 April earthquake, Lloyd’s Loading journalist Mike King returned to the struggling Himalayan country again this month

An open letter from the World Food Programme

Agency seeks to encourage others to continue their efforts to support humanitarian actions as part of their daily work