Air Charter Service promotes US West Coast operations manager

Aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service (ACS), has promoted Thomas Howe to president of its US West coast operation.

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Flights at Lagos Airport are suspended due to congestion

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) announced on 19 December that all Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport cargo flights have been temporarily suspended due to congestion.

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Cathay Pacific Cargo signs up to DoKaSch Opticooler containers

Cathay Pacific Cargo is to rent RKN and RAP Opticooler containers from DoKaSch Temperature Solutions.

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Weak LatAm hits LATAM

LATAM AIRLINES has seen year-on-year cargo volumes decline in November by 2.5 per cent to 394 million revenue tonne kilometres (RTK), because of weak cargo volumes into Latin America.

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IATA: US and Asia Pacific lead revival of 5.4%

Freight tonne kilometres (FTK) in October have seen a year-on-year rise of 5.4 per cent because of improving economic conditions in the US and strong trade in Asia Pacific, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines financial monitor.

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IATA: Airfreight trends are troubling

Air cargo is cheaper than in 2010, carriers could benefit from falling oil prices, but there are long term trends that are troubling, the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) chief economist states at its cargo media day, held on 9 December.

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines does Boeing Shanghai deal for Boeing 737-400 conversion

Volga Dnepr Group's AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is to have a Boeing 737-400 converted by conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) following an agreement with Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services.

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Hong Kong International sees year high in November

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 421,000 tonnes of cargo in November, its highest monthly volume this year, with most of the growth coming from North America and South East Asia.

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Lufthansa-ANA Joint venture begins with 2 December Haneda-Heathrow flight

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have operated their first flights as part of the airlines "joint sales of shipments" on 2 December.

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WFS signs Singapore Airlines and ATA Italia agreements

Cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has consolidated its UK operations after winning a three-year contract to provide handling services for Singapore Airlines Cargo at Heathrow Airport and UK regional airports. 

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IATA: Oil to aid profit, weak margins to remain

Airlines are expected to make a net profit globally of $25 billion in 2015, helped by declining oil prices, but profit margins remain weak, according to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Economic Performance of the Air Transport Industry report.

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Pilots accept France-only Transavia expansion

Air France-KLM's plan to develop low-cost affiliate Transavia's domestic operation has cleared its last major hurdle after the flag carrier's largest pilots' union approved the proposal.

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Evans departs Swiss to promote change

Swiss International Air Lines' chief cargo officer, Oliver Evans, is to step down at the end of September 2015, after 13 years, to offer to the industry his services and advice about people development and other future challenges.

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World Air Cargo Awards 2015 arrive in May

Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards will be taking place at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel on the evening of 6 May at a Gala Dinner.

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Losses continue to haunt Malaysia Airlines in third quarter

Malaysia Airlines has made a third quarter loss of 575.6 million ringgits ($167.5 million), bringing its total losses for the year to 1.3 billion ringgits.

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Conflict warning progress

Cetralised coordinated information sharing on the risk to civil aviation from conflicts is set to be put forward to the 191 member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Volumes return to healthier 2010 levels

Airfreight is now at levels not seen since the 2010 post-recession bounce-back, but is facing strong competition from other types of freight, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) market analysis for October.

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FRAMAK project promises savings

Savings for carriers of 1.5 million nautical miles (2.7 million kilometres), 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 9,000 tonnes of fuel have been claimed by the European Free route airspace Maastricht and Karlsruhe (FRAMAK) project.

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Europe is rising slowly

Freight volumes continue to improve at European airports, but the rate of improvement has slowed, according to data from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

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Carriers face $3.3bn legal action

German logistics firm Deutsche Bahn (DB) Schenker is to seek $3.3 billion in damages from air cargo carriers found guilty by the US government's Department of Justice and the European Commission of operating a global price fixing cartel, according to its owner, German railway company, Deutsche Bahn.

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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."