On Tuesday March 21st German Air Cargo Club (ACD) members received a first-hand look at the operations and future plans of the Baku, Azerbaijan-based Silkway Group which consists not only of airlines.
Wolfgang Meier, the Silkway Group’s Senior Vice President, gave an interesting and eye-opening insight to ACD members, in what was the company’s first official presentation outside of Azerbaijan. Read more>

Hong Kong Airlines operates fleet of 5 A330-200Fs
Hong Kong Airlines operates fleet of 5 A330-200Fs

To support its increasing need for ground and cargo handling services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), Hong Kong Airlines has agreed to acquire 51% of the shares of SATS HK Limited (“SATS HK”) and 35% shares of Asia Airfreight Terminal Company Limited (“AAT”) respectively. Read more>

Toyota Industries Corp (TICO), the parts and assembly affiliate of Japan's largest carmaker, said it has acquired Dutch baggage and parcel handling equipment manufacturer Vanderlande Industries Holding BV for €1.16 billion (US$1.25 billion) to expand its product-line beyond forklifts. Read more>

IN BRIEF, THE LATEST AIRLINE INDUSTRY NEWS. Read more>

Pictured (l > r): Joerg Bodenroeder Senior-Director of Handling Specials Products / Soeren Stark, Board Member Operations / Karin Krestan, Head of Process & Operations Team / Mohammad Ali Seiraffi, Vice President of LHC Handling Frankfurt - courtesy LHC

At Lufthansa Cargo's home base Rhine-Main, groundwork has begun to enlarge the carrier's facility for storing and handling temperature sensitive products. The new facility will comprise 3,500 square meters, complementing the existing facility of 4,500 m2. Read more>

There was much talking and maybe less action at the recent IATA World Cargo Symposium in Abu Dhabi this month.
Plenty of good intentions, but some say, a lack of dedicated action.
One of IATA’s many messages to the industry was a call for Air Cargo Modernisation. Read more>

A report recently issued by Transport Intelligence (Ti), the UK-based so called think-tank, claims that supply chain management is undergoing a radical transformation which will lead to a strong shift in dominating the service sector.
If this continues as the prognosis shows, then air freight supply chains will also have to change just as fast. Read more>

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba this week launched a trading and logistics hub in Malaysia as part of its efforts to establish an electronic world trade platform that it hopes will help create a modern version of the ancient Silk Road trade route. Read more>

The German chief executive officer of Pakistan’s national airline, Bernd Hildenbrand, has been barred from leaving the country while authorities investigate alleged corruption related to the lease of aircraft for the loss-making carrier, various media reported. Read more>

Fuselage, wings, engines, fin or rudder – those and some others are the visible parts of an aircraft when seen from the outside. What’s behind the hull remains concealed from the human eye. This ought to be changed, said Tim S. Leung to himself, a graduate of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University and Senior Technical Service Engineer at Cathay Pacific. So he started drawing airplanes with utmost meticulousness turning their insides out. Read more>