Insiders have constantly claimed that the Air France-KLM marriage was a mistake. Both carriers should have picked other partners to achieve critical mass needed to survive in the ‘shark pool’ of commercial aviation. Read more>

The German Special Speed Logistics company, time:matters, which is based next to Frankfurt Airport, has announced another extension of their inner Europe spare parts logistics delivery programme.
Founded in 2002 as a 100% Lufthansa Cargo daughter, time:matters has evolved into being Europe’s number one transport solution for the carriage of time critical shipments by air, rail and road. A new service has been introduced from the south German Baden-Baden (Airpark) Airport to Birmingham UK and Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. Flights operate on weekdays and complement the present daily operation which has been in effect since 2011 from Frankfurt and Maastricht airports. Read more>

Their acronyms are RAP or RKN – cool containers provided by different producers tailored to the demanding transport needs of the pharmaceutical industry. One of the major equipment providers in this rapidly growing pharma and temperature critical business segment is Frankfurt-based DoKaSch Temperature Solutions GmbH whose fleet of 450 battery driven cool boxes named “Opticoolers” are in constant operation. Soon, their number could go up. Read more>

Air Cargo Global pulled out of Brussels to avoid being fined under the noise regulations - company courtesy
Air Cargo Global pulled out of Brussels to avoid being fined under the noise regulations - company courtesy

Cargo traffic at Brussels Airport keeps on growing and the 16.4% rise over the first six months is there to prove it. Yet, the unsolved problem of the Brussels region’s noise regulations has led to a drop of 1.9% during the month of June. Read more>

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has signed a strategic MOU with Japan-based logistics company Yamato Group to simplify cross-border logistics for Japanese brands selling to Chinese consumers.

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It’s an impressive list of clients displayed in a Trinity presentation, showing that the fashion logistics specialist is serving all major retailers doing business in the U.S. The brands mentioned there belong to three clusters: fashion, footwear and retail. Soon however, the agent intends to introduce new products, enlarging its service portfolio, as Trinity executives exclusively informed CargoForwarder Global.

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Documentation, e-freight, e-AWB, Processes.

In this series of articles disruption is the keyword, and we look at various areas in which the traditional airfreight industry needs to be streamlined and simplified, so as not to be swept away by something completely new and innovative, as is happening in other areas, where new mobile internet technology is making traditional business models obsolete.
Last Monday, our author Mark Grinsted focused on the annoying issue of overbookings and offloads. In this essay he asks if the cargo industry has really made any substantial progress in paperless airfreight documentation during the last 40 years. His gloomy conclusion: the cargo industry has merely reached an “Airfreight 2.0” level – if at all. Enjoy reading! Read more>

Yesterday (16 July) the aid agency “Wings of Help” has sent 20 tons of children’s food together with medical equipment to Mosul in Iraq. The aid supplies were flown on board a Silkway Boeing 747-8 freighter from Hahn Airport in Germany to the Azeri capital of Baku, where the goods were transshipped and flown onward to Erbil in northern Iraq. Read more>

The sobering period of cutting costs, downsizing the carrier’s freight activities, leading to a contraction of its cargo business belong to the past. “Our restructuring job is widely done, now we have started investing again,” exclaimed CEO Pieter Elbers at a press meeting held today (13 July) in Amsterdam.

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Dubai based Emirates SkyCargo, the air freight daughter company of Emirates Airlines, has decided to change their cargo handler at Frankfurt Airport by chosing LUG aircargo handling as their new partner.  A move which comes as a surprise to many in the FRA cargo scene. Read more>

Air India is facing an uncertain future
Air India is facing an uncertain future

The Indian government of prime minister Narendra Modi has decided to sell the country's indebted and loss-making carrier, Air India. Read more>