Air Freight

Thai Airways exits freighter market

Loss-making carrier’s last two B747-400Fs to cease operating on 29 March

Cathay cargo revenues rise 7.3%

Full-year yields fall by 5.6%, despite improved second-half demand, while fuel price benefits tempered by hedging losses

Third runway approved for Hong Kong

World's largest cargo airport welcomes decision, with construction due to start next year

Lufthansa Cargo profits 'will grow again this year'

Solid market growth plus cost and capacity management will build on last year's €100m operating result, carrier predicts

Yangtze River Express quits Hahn for Munich

Chinese cargo airline says move reflects change in global demand and customer specific requirements

Pactl expands cool capability

New facility to relieve pressure on Shanghai handler’s temperature-controlled space

Forwarders expecting good road and air freight growth

European agents anticipating further improvements in tonnages in March and April, according to Danske Bank survey

EXCLUSIVE: Shipper representative seeks end to ‘negative chapter’ for air cargo

Attention should turn from lawsuits and litigation to promoting better co-operation between customers, forwarders and airlines, says ESC

IAG Cargo leads European carriers on e-freight

Group tops regional list with 34% e-AWB penetration, fifth globally in volume terms

Swissport International promotes Knudsen to EVP Global Cargo Services

Executive "instrumental in taking the Cargo Division forward to become a global leader"

Air freight mounts defence against shipper criticisms

Executives say suboptimal performance most likely represents failure by cargo owners to adequately engage with forwarding suppliers

MASkargo to go all-in on rates on ex-Europe routes

Malaysian carrier has already introduced system for ex-Asia cargo

Lufthansa Cargo raises operating profit to €100 million despite traffic decline

Improved performance due to efficient capacity management and modernized freighter fleet

TNT launches scheduled air service between Liège and Tel Aviv

Move part of group strategy to combine European road network with stronger international air links

Turkish Airlines orders four additional A330-200 freighters

Carrier needs more aircraft to meet growing cargo market demand

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

DHL Global Forwarding names new Singapore MD

Stephen Ly was previously Philippines MD and headed customs brokerage in Asia Pacific and Africa

Geodis Wilson names new EMEA VP

Matthias Hansen has been interim regional VP for the last few months and now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis

DGF appoints New Zealand country manager

Michael Dhu takes on new role for DHL Global Forwarding

Geodis India appoints new national sales manager

Martijn Tasma takes responsibility for sales and market development of group’s freight forwarding and logistics business in the country

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Have Your Say

Ten tips for reducing your haulage spend

Often unsuspecting shippers have requirements they don’t realise add costs to carriers, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

The sales performance gap

Smaller freight forwarders will continue to be outgunned by their larger competitors until they learn how to think and act differently, claims Paul Kelly

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

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, says Andy Cliff, managing director of Straightforward Consultancy Ltd

Can the cloud solve your freight forwarding challenges?

Gerry Daalhuisen, from transport software specialist Kewill, outlines some of the issues and potential benefits