ABC Boeing 747-8F at Frankfurt Rhine-Main airport  -  picture: Fraport
ABC Boeing 747-8F at Frankfurt Rhine-Main airport - picture: Fraport

Who would have thought just over ten years ago that AirBridgeCargo, the Volga-Dnepr scheduled air cargo daughter, would advance to being the major cargo player at Frankfurt and Amsterdam airports? Maybe only a handful of experts, if any.
The carrier has been growing steadily during the past years, adding new B74-8Fs to its fleet, introducing new destinations and air cargo products. Read more>

GLP's large-scale warehouse in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
GLP's large-scale warehouse in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Singapore-headquartered warehouse operator Global Logistic Properties (GLP) is the target of what, local media reports claim, could become Asia’s biggest buyout deal. Read more>

CEO Carsten Spohr aims at class, not mass  -  photos: hs
CEO Carsten Spohr aims at class, not mass - photos: hs

Digitalization is the buzzword voiced by leading members of the Lufthansa Group in a mantra-like manner on all internal and external occasions. At a recently held, extremely well attended forum at Frankfurt Airport, the LH airline group presented their latest technical innovations, illustrating which service improvements and benefits passengers as well as cargo clients can expect from databased product enhancements. In their eyes, the carrier is taking off to new horizons.   

 

LH Group’s Chief Carsten Spohr eyes shone when illustrating his airline’s digital journey to about 60 journalist who had come to FRA from nearly every corner of the world. “Air transport from A to B,” said Carsten, “is a replaceable product,” thus old style. The future of carriers belonging to the premium segment, where LH sees itself, consists of customized and individualized services, he emphasized. This creates a new travel quality resulting in high passenger satisfaction or content freight customers who are offered innovative service solutions driven by databased shipping and handling processes. Read more>

Jonas Drewsen, ECS Group’s CEO Middle East and Far East  -  courtesy ECS
Jonas Drewsen, ECS Group’s CEO Middle East and Far East - courtesy ECS

The Paris based GSSA has won Finnair as a new partner for managing the Nordic airline’s air freight business in six Asian cargo markets: Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Cambodia including an extension to the existing Singapore contract. The agreement catapults ECS further up front in Far East.

 

The new year couldn’t have started better for sales agent European Cargo Service Group by winning Finnish flag carrier Finnair (code: AY) as a client. In their announcement, the ECS management emphasizes that they will market, promote and sell air freight products on behalf of Finnair on the airline’s passenger flights from several Southeast Asian destinations into Europe and North America.

 

AY offers a strong Asian network
Currently, Finnair operates two daily flights from Bangkok, daily flights from Hong Kong and five flights a week from Singapore into their home base Helsinki Vantaa Airport, deploying Airbus A350s or A330s. The aircraft are capable of uplifting between 15 to 20 tons of freight per departure, depending on passenger baggage loads. Read more>

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Ethiopian Cargo belongs to the major clients of LGG, seen here is a Boeing 777F  -  photos: hs
Ethiopian Cargo belongs to the major clients of LGG, seen here is a Boeing 777F - photos: hs

At the Walloon airport, 660,000 tons of cargo were handled last year. This represents a 1.7 percent increase y-o-y, cementing LGG’s position as 8th largest air freight hub in Europe. And the steady upswing is likely to continue, the LGG managers estimate. Read more>

WCA chairman David Yokeum (left) signs pact with Steve Su, director of Alibaba Logistics
WCA chairman David Yokeum (left) signs pact with Steve Su, director of Alibaba Logistics

Global freight forwarder network WCA has signed a partnership agreement with China's e-commerce giant Alibaba, which will allow sellers on the Alibaba site access to logistics services from approved WCA members.

 

WCA is a global network of small regional forwarders which collectively operate more than 6,000 offices in 189 countries. The network has been set up to assist members compete with larger multinational forwarders. Read more>

Schiphol’s Cargo Chief Jonas van Stekelenburg  -  courtesy: AMS
Schiphol’s Cargo Chief Jonas van Stekelenburg - courtesy: AMS

Air cargo really seems to be making a comeback during the past twelve months.
Many airports and airlines have been reporting bumper figures for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2016 despite a slower growth during last year’s first six months.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is no exception to this development.

 

Good volumes reached during 2016
That’s the message that the airport management gave to the press and during last Friday’s Board of Airline Representatives (BARIN) annual get together at the airport. Read more>

Phnom Penh International Airport  -  company courtesy
Phnom Penh International Airport - company courtesy

We briefly reported in our January 9th edition of Short Shots that start up Cambodian carrier Phnom Penh Air Cargo had applied for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and with a reported US$30 million in backing hopes to start cargo services with a small B737F fleet.
It seems that the idea has caught on in Cambodia. Read more>

Winfried Hartmann  -  photo: hs
Winfried Hartmann - photo: hs

Winfried Hartmann President of the renowned German Air Cargo Club (ACD) has vacated his post with immediate effect. Successor until the bi-annual election date in early 2018 will be his deputy Mathias Jakobi, who’s been in this position for many years. This was the dominant theme at yesterday's (Tuesday) ACD gathering. Topics such as the expected development of the German air freight industry in 2017 were for a while placed in the background.

 

Winfried’s resignation announcement came as large surprise to the ACD members who had gathered in good spirit in Frankfurt to attend the club’s first meet in 2017. However, the upbeat mood soon yielded to mounting bewilderedness when hearing about Hartmann’s decision. This all the more because for most members his step was totally unexpected, since only the executive board members had been informed of his intention prior to the gathering, CargoForwarder Global was told by participants.  
Elected for two years, Mr Hartmann’s term as ACD boss would have officially ended in January 2018, if he hadn’t decided to run again for presidency then, provided the members would have given him their okay for another two years. Read more>