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E-commerce, express traffic continue to outpace general cargo growth in Q1

With first-quarter volume figures coming in for many airports around the world, we noticed two, in particular, stood out from the crowd: Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ) in Eastern Germany, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in the United States. Both of these mid-sized airports reported volumes up – way up – in Q1, reaching 12.3 percent and

Panalpina reports increased airfreight volume, continued slump in ocean freight sector

Switzerland-based forwarder Panalpina released its financial results for the first quarter of the year, reporting increases in overall profitability, with earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) up in its Air Freight and Contract Logistics divisions, but down in its weakening Ocean Freight division. Overall EBIT came in at US$25 million, a

Boeing delivers first 737-800 freighter conversion

 The new Boeing 737-800BCF freighter conversion features 12 pallet positions on the main deck. (Image: Boeing)   Sweden-based West Atlantic Group will operate the plane, which it expects will “improve reliability, lower aircraft operating costs and provide a better environmental footprint.” Boeing delivered its first 737-800 passenger plane converted to freighter service this

Etihad Airlines invests in German temperature-control Cargo containers

The Opticooler, a German-made, electric airconditioned container This week, Etihad Cargo has retained the cool-chain services of Frankfurt-based DoKaSch Temperature Solutions - a provider of climate-controlled solutions for air cargo,  to provide air-conditioned “Opticooler” ULD containers. The two organizations signed a master agreement that will allow Etihad Cargo to expand its TempCheck cool

Thunderstorms cause delays at FedEx Memphis facilities

On Saturday, FedEx Express notified clients and shareholders of “substantial flight and sort disruptions” due to severe thunderstorms in Memphis, which could potentially delay delivery times of freight moving through the express carrier’s hub location. The water level of the Mississippi River, which is in close proximity to some of the

Air cargo soars but trade war threat looms large

Air freight volumes at the 20 busiest airports worldwide grew 6.8 percent last year, but the “specter of uncertainty regarding trade policy among major economies” could dampen growth in 2018, according to ACI Director General Angela Gittens.   Air cargo volumes at the 20 busiest airports in the world soared 6.8 percent

Smugglers used aerial drones to sneak $80 million in iPhones into China

A drone that was confiscated after authorities arrested suspects who used drones to smuggle smartphones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, is pictured in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China March 29, 2018. Liu Youzhi/Southern Metropolis Daily via REUTERS   Chinese authorities have arrested 26 people who were part of an iPhone smuggling operation between