Pegasus supports airfreight conference

Pegasus Cargo has joined forces with Yeditepe University in organising the International Air Cargo Logistics Conference.

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ACI: airfreight achieves five positive months

Airports Council International (ACI) has released positive figures for the airfreight industry in 2014, showing that the cargo figures have stayed positive for the fifth month in a row.

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ANA to base fleet at Liege in May

ANA Airline Management will base its cargo fleet at Liège Airport from 29 May.

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ACI: Italy's airports needs a single regulator

Italy's airports need a single regulator, according to Olivier Jankovec, director general of Airports Council International(ACI) Europe.

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Airlines for America calls for US ATC reform

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organisation for US airlines, has highlighted the need to reform the US air traffic control system.

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Cargo drones to compete in Kenya in November

Thirty three teams from Africa, Australia, Europe, India and North America are to demonstrate cargo drones in Kenya from 8 to 16 November 2014 under a Swiss funded competition called Flying Donkey Challenge (FDC).

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Boeing 737-800 conversion programme launched

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has launched passenger to freighter and passenger to combi conversion programmes for the Boeing 737-800.

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Manston Airport rescue bid withdrawn

An un-named consortium which had expressed interest in acquiring Manston Airport has pulled out.

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$200 million cargo hub opened at Cologne

UPS has opened its expanded European Air Hub at Cologne Bonn Airport. 

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Flight MH370: Cargo included lithium batteries

Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya has confirmed that missing flight MH370's Boeing 777-200 was carrying cargo, including lithium-ion batteries.

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Air China tweaks cargo strategy for 2014

A sluggish cargo market has forced Air China to rethink its plans for 2014.

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Taxed too high A4A tells Senate

Airlines for America (A4A) president and chief executive officer, Nicholas Calio, is urging the US government to level the playing field and enable the country's carriers to compete globally.

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FTA comes out fighting with Heathrow

The UK's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has thrown its weight behind Heathrow Airport as a site for a new runway in its report Sky-high value – The importance of air freight to the UK economy, published on 20 March.

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Manston Airport to close down

Manston Airport in the UK is set to close because it is not profitable and is losing about £10,000 ($16,300) a day.

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Flight MH370: No hazardous cargo onboard says Malaysia Airlines CEO

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March, did not have any hazardous cargo onboard, according to the carrier's chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

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Freight drones for all

Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are about to be deployed in the Dominican Republic for cargo with preparations underway for a trial in Canada.

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FedEx founder: Golden age is gone forever

FedEx's founder Fred Smith  told delegates at the 8th International Air Transport Association World Cargo Symposium on 11 March in Los Angeles that the industry's best days were behind it.

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Industry needs game changers

The stark message given at the International Air Transport Associaton's 8th World Cargo Symposium, held in Los Angeles, was that  "game changers" were needed because of the commercial pressures airfreight faced.

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Pegasus Cargo expands sales agent coverage to Germany

Germany is now part of Pegasus Cargo's new sales structure for Europe with the appointment of ABDA Cargo Services as the Turkish carrier's general sales agent (GSA) there.

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Orlando dips as perishables go off

Orlando International Airport saw a modest decline in overall cargo operations in 2013, with a larger fall in international traffic from the sunshine state gateway than its US domestic cargo volumes.

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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."