Swiss WorldCargo signs deal with forwarder network WCA.

Swiss WorldCargo, the freight division of Swiss International Air Lines, has entered into a new partnership agreement with freight forwarder network, WCA.

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NTSB: pilot error, fatigue kills

The fatal crash of UPS flight 1354 on 14 August last year which killed the two pilots was the result of an unstabilised approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham (US).

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Dubai World Central plans 16 million tonne capacity

An eight square kilometre cargo facility  able to handle 16 million tonnes a year is to be built at Dubai World Central (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport, as part of a 120 billion dirham ($32 billion) expansion plan approved by the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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Slow August sees a dip for Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM (AF-KLM) has seen its revenue tonne kilometres (RTK) dip to 833 million in August, down from July, continuing the volatile trend seen throughout 2014.

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Ljubljana Airport to join Fraport

Fraport will pay 177.1 million euros ($229.3 million) to acquire a 75.5 per cent stake in Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport, with the intention of a full takeover bid at a later date.

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Hybrid airship developer seeks partners

Cargo airship manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is seeking partners for freight services for transporting mining equipment and high value mineral ore in austere environments from 2019.

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Airbridge International Agencies selected as GSA for Leisure Cargo in Austria

Airbridge International Agencies (AIA) has been selected as the general sales agent for Leisure Cargo in Austria and will take responsibility for Austrian airline NIKI.

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Debate rages over UK capacity

Increasing UK airport capacity is a growing debate in the country and with 10 months still to go before the next general election, the arguments will run and run about whether Heathrow Airport, another South East of England airfield or regional airports should be developed to accommodate the future traffic demand.

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IATA: July sees possible sea change in freight demand

The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) July cargo traffic figures suggest an upsurge in demand for freight services.

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Airbus and South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre research fuel cell aicraft

Airbus and South Africa's National Aerospace Centre are to co-fund fuel cell research by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems for three years. 

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A third of freight forwarders foresee cargo drones by 2029

More than a third of freight forwarders believe drones will be used for the future distribution of cargo and 42 per cent of logistics carriers believe their business will use such robot aircraft in future.

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Airport campaign warning of £45bn cost to UK economy

No more runway capacity could cost the UK up to £45 billion ($74.4 billion) between 2021 and 2080, the Let Britain Fly, pro-airport campaign group and its industry supporters have warned. 

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Air France-KLM-Martinair accelerate freighter retirement

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo (AF-KL-MP) is to speed up the withdrawal of its Boeing MD-11 Freighters because of the moribund airfreight market, restructuring its operations for more bellyhold freight.

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Transportation security administration head to address TIACA forum

Transportation security administration (TSA) administrator John Pistole will address delegates at The International Air Cargo Association's Air Cargo Forum (ACF) in Seoul on 8 October.

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Asia Pacific gets stronger

Rising freight tonne kilometres (FTK) for the Asia Pacific airlines in July could be indicating a return to stronger growth for the region which has seen a slow down in the first six months due to China.

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ICAO: NOTAM could be key to conflict zone avoidance

Notice to airmen (NOTAM) could act as the alert system for conflict zone avoidance in cooperation with an information sharing system. 

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Changi’s rollercoaster goes on

Changi Airport handled 155,000 tonnes of cargo in July, up from June, but down 2.4 per cent from a year ago, continuing this year's up and down trend.

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Profits plunge 80% for Air China

Air China has seen its profits drop to 190.3 million renminbi ($30.8 million) in the first half of 2014, despite cargo revenue rising by six per cent to 3.9 billion renminbi.

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Qantas Freight EBIT falls 30%

Qantas Freight reported a fall in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to 24 million Australian dollars ($22.3 million), because of challenging market conditions and the sale of Star Track Express. 

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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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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."