Air Freight

Leading air freight forwarders lose market share

Top 20 and top 100 agents outgrown by their SME rivals last year, with those outside the top 100 achieving average increases of 3.8%, WorldACD data indicates

TNT agrees to sell airline operations to ASL Aviation

Deal is a key condition of its acquisition by FedEx and includes a multi-year service agreement to operate flights for the intended FedEx-TNT combination

Air freight growth slowed to 2.2% in 2015

IATA predicts that total cargo revenues in 2016 will not exceed US$51 billion, well below the $67 billion peak in 2011

New ‘British’ cargo airline launches

CargoLogicAir receives UK Air Operator Certificate, expects to operate a fleet of five B747Fs by 2018

Europe records 6% air freight growth in Q4

Region finishes strongly in what was a mixed year, latest WorldACD figures indicate

Report questions Amazon’s need for own air network

Investment analyst Barclays believes further expansion of e-retail giant’s local fulfilment network would be better value for money

Cargolux successfully renews GDP pharma certification

Carrier passes Surveillance Audit for the EU’s Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use

Atlas Air to acquire Southern Air

Deal will expand world’s largest B747 freighter leasing group’s activities into B777 and B737 aircraft operations

John Good launches air freight division

UK shipping and logistics specialist reinforces presence across all main transport modes with dedicated unit

Cargolux to invest $77m in ‘Cargolux China’ airline

Zhengzhou-based subsidiary expected to start operations in 2017 focusing on transpacific and intra-Asian routes, with five B747 freighters within the first three years

Cathay reports strong 2015 cargo volumes but disappointing peak-season yields

Airline expects overcapacity and pressure on prices to continue into 2016

World’s largest air freight hub sets new record

Hong Kong International Airport reports slight rise last year to 4.38m tonnes

Putin crony wins fight to handle cargo for Aeroflot

Moscow Arbitration Court rejects plea by state-owned airline’s former handler Sheremetyevo-Cargo that the tender lacked legitimacy

WFS to buy US’s largest independent cargo handler CAS

Acquisition expected to make Worldwide Flight Services the clear ‘number one’ in North America as well as globally

Amazon prolongs European flights into 2016

Continuation of e-retail giant’s air freight activities beyond pre-Christmas peak fuels speculation it intends to operate a year-round air express network

Advice & Insight

Understanding Customs requirements

David Poole, managing director UK sales, FedEx Europe, discusses unlocking success in the aerospace market

Clock is ticking on air freight messaging change

Freight forwarders and cargo handlers have been slow to switch to Cargo-XML despite the opportunity to streamline processes and cut costs, writes Kewill’s Andreas Giger

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

Freight People

Nadia Ribeiro returns to head CEVA Logistics in South America

Richard Vieites moves to the company’s North American operations to become EVP of Contract Logistics

SEKO Logistics appoints chief sales officer

Carol Kijac spent 17 years with Expeditors, ultimately as VP sales and marketing for the Americas

CEVA Logistics appoints senior VP for global healthcare operations

Kamaljit Hunjan joins from General Electric Healthcare where he was responsible for logistics strategy

Crane Worldwide Logistics adds to its Latin American team

Brazil-based Paul Higgins to lead its project operations in the region

Ken Lee wins AP role at DHL

Replaces retiring Jerry Hsu as CEO of group’s Asia Pacific express operations

Have Your Say

Seven reasons why investing in training is essential

Andy Dennis, founder and principal of Advisory Services, discusses the importance of developing understanding as well as necessary knowledge among staff within the international freight and logistics sector

Container weight verification rules – a key issue in 2016

Shippers, packers, forwarders, carriers, terminals, and regulators must all prepare thoroughly for 1 July, says TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox

Cross-Channel pricing review - Quarter 4

Despite lower fuel prices and less Christmas price pressure than usual, UK import prices reached record levels in the fourth quarter, driven probably by concerns on cross-channel delays and low export volumes, reports Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Big Data in the Supply Chain

Priority Freight’s Ed Bembridge says logistics managers are now able to monitor every stage of operations and manage assets more effectively

The situation in Calais can no longer be tolerated

There is an urgent need for a safer, lasting, and more humane solution