Twin fuselage design wins Volga-Dnepr future cargo aircraft competition

Twin fuselages won the Volga-Dnepr Group advanced transport aircraft of the 21st Century competition. 

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NTSB ejects IPA, UPS from flight 1354 crash case

United Parcel Service (UPS) Airlines and the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) are no longer involved with the crash investigation of UPS flight 1354 because the US government's National Transportation Safety Board says they breached an agreement.

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Investors push for Manston buyout

Manston Airport could be subject to a compulsory purchase order by its local government, Thanet District Council, if it decides it is a viable option with a partner company. 

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E-commerce to drive Indian airfreight

Growth in e-commerce in India could lead the way for air cargo expansion, according to a report by Knowledge Chamber of India, an Indian industry body, and PwC India.

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DB Schenker sues airlines for alleged price fuel fixing

DB Schenker is suing a number of air cargo carriers, including Air France-KLM and SAS Cargo Group, claiming they fixed airfreight fuel charges.

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Russia plans new airline for Crimea

Aeroflot has declined to comment on an announcement made by the Russian deputy prime minster, Dmitry Rogozin, about a new airline for Crimea.

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Antonov says president stays

Antonov is denying that its president Dmytro Kiva is no longer in his position. 

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Russia plans ACC3 response

Security regulations that are a Russian version of the European Union's (EU) Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport regulation, also known as ACC3, will be drawn up in response to the EU's actions, the Russian federal air transport agency, Rosaviation, announced on 14 August. 

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Changing fortunes for American Airlines

American Airlines flew 199.4 million cargo ton miles (320.9 million kilometres) in July, continuing the up and down trend seen throughout the year.

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Frankfurt holds steady as freight and mail is up 1.1%

Airport operator Fraport has revealed that freight and mail traffic through Frankfurt Main Airport held steady in July, increasing by just 1.1 per cent, year-on-year, to reach 181,459 tonnes.

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Alitalia relaunching cargo service

Etihad Airways' investment of 560 million euros ($748.5 million) in Alitalia is going to see the relaunch of the troubled Italian airline's cargo operations. 

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Airlines avoid Baghdad after FAA NOTAM

The US government's Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) posted a notice to airman (NOTAM) on 8 August restricting US operators from flying in the airspace above Iraq because of the ongoing conflict and non-US airlines have also announced they are avoiding the country.

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Cathay up because of Hong Kong and China

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair have seen cargo and mail rise to 146,745 tonnes in July, thanks to strong demand from Hong Kong. This is up from the slump it had from April to June, but still down on the yearly high of March.

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Pegasus Airlines’ double-digit growth

Pegasus Airlines' financial results for the first half of 2014 show its sales income rose by 33 per cent, compared to 2013, achieving a gross profit of 86.4 million Turkish Liras ($39.9 million).

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Tobacco plant to power biofuel

Hybrid tobacco plants could provide fuel, according to Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and biofuel supplier, SkyNRG.

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ACI: Europe is improving very slowly

Airfreight markets across Europe maintained a steady rather than spectacular growth in the first six months of 2014, according to data from Airport Councils International (ACI) Europe.

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AAT pharmaceutical good practice award

The Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) company has been awarded the good distribution practices (GDP) for pharmaceutical products' by SGS Hong Kong Limited (SGS). 

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Fraport revenue stable despite volatility

Airport operator Fraport's revenue figures have remained stable at $1.1 billion for the first half of 2014, with Frankfurt Airport handling one million tonnes of cargo despite volatile freight volumes.

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Precision 757 winglet conversion approved

Precision Aircraft Solutions started to convert its first Boeing 757-200 with winglets in June and has now received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for converting the type to freighter and combi configurations.

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Vertical take-off cargo drone to fly on 26 September

A prototype scale-model of the unmanned cargo aircraft called the Versatile Vehicle (VV)-Plane, designed to compete with road transport, is to fly on 26 September at London Ashford Airport, also known as Lydd Airport. 

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Published: 20/08/12
Another aid flight reaches Bamako

UPS has delivered 71 tonnes of relief supplies to Bamako, Mali, in a bid to halt an outbreak of cholera.

The shipment included water purification units for 25,000 people; emergency medical aid for a further 25,000; rehydration salt for two million; high energy biscuits for 39,000 children and 497 tents that can accommodate up to 10 people each.

Currently more than 18.7 million people lack access to sufficient food and more than one million children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition in the Sahel region.

The aid agencies involved in the UPS flight included CARE, Americares, UNICEF, Shelterbox and Interaction.

"When a humanitarian crisis occurs, logistics immediately becomes key to saving lives. This is the third movement of critical relief supplies to the Sahel region of Africa that UPS has been involved in since April as there's a lot of need," said Dan Brutto, president of UPS International. "UPS's role has been to utilize our capabilities to efficiently deliver our NGO partners' supplies by consolidating them and we're honoured to be able to help provide our expertise."

Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE's president and CEO added: "The food crisis in the Sahel is dire, and made more so because there hasn't been the outpouring of support we've seen in the past to address the critical needs of millions. With this commitment from UPS, we can help thousands in need of basic nutrition."

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that as of August 14, there were 140 reported cases of cholera in Mali and 11 deaths.

"Malnutrition weakens immune systems and makes children and adults more susceptible to disease, and unclean water increases the risk of contracting deadly diarrheal diseases," noted AmeriCares medical director Dr. Frank Bia. "Our medicines and supplies will potentially save thousands of lives."