T3 at Delhi's current Indira Gandhi International Airport is nearing saturation - company courtesy
T3 at Delhi's current Indira Gandhi International Airport is nearing saturation - company courtesy

The Indian government has approved the construction of a second international airport at Jewar in Greater Noida near its capital city in the next four to five years, costing an estimated 200 billion rupees (US$3.1 billion), to meet strong growth in passenger and cargo volumes. Read more>

Fast expanding long haul passenger fleets as well as short and medium haul freighter conversions and new orders are a good sign for the airfreight industry.
Much of this expansion is geared towards being in a position to tackle the ever growing e-commerce business across the globe.
But - who is going to fly all the new machines? Read more>

U.S. e-tailer Amazon has unveiled plans for what it calls, a drone fulfillment centre, structured in the form of a beehive.
According to a patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and published last week, the retail giant aims to construct multi-level fulfillment centres around the world designed to handle the landing and take-off of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles). Read more>

In a series of articles our author Mark Grinsted, a true industry veteran, will critically assess the state of the cargo industry. Following this introductory piece, Mark focuses on the bewildering rate structure in a subsequent report, published in this CFG issue. In the coming weeks, Mark will contribute more pieces on controversial airfreight topics, such as the weird world of the surcharge schemes or what reliability promises given by carriers and forwarding agents are worth in daily practice. In a further item, Mark will put documentation processes in airfreight under his magnifying glass.
So far this appetizer, more topics are to follow.
Users are invited to send their inputs and post comments or make suggestions for additional cargo themes worth evaluating to share with our worldwide readership.
Enjoy reading!

Mustard-colored Boeing 707 freighter of former German Cargo
Mustard-colored Boeing 707 freighter of former German Cargo

In this part of his series, Mark takes a critical look at the rate structure. A seemingly simple issue but in daily cargo practice a rather obscure jungle. It’s about time for tidying-up the confusing rate architecture, Mark advocates. Read more>

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

Image of future DHL Brussels hub - credit: DP-DHL
Image of future DHL Brussels hub - credit: DP-DHL

The integrator will soon occupy a newly built 31,500 sqm facility comprising a sorting center at Brussels Airport. Rising volumes require this step. The transition to the new building will start at the end of June and the facility will begin full operations from July onwards. Read more>

ACD meets Hahn. Standing (l > r): Christoph Papke, Mathias Jakobi, ACD Board members. Hahn exects Markus Bunk and Roger Scheifele - pictures: Hahn
ACD meets Hahn. Standing (l > r): Christoph Papke, Mathias Jakobi, ACD Board members. Hahn exects Markus Bunk and Roger Scheifele - pictures: Hahn

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport seems to be getting back on their feet after a longer phase of negative developments. To gain direct and unfiltered impressions, the renowned German Air Cargo Club (ACD) paid Hahn a visit, holding their June meeting on site. Read more>

Cargolux’s helmsman Richard Forson has unveiled details of the Henan Cargo Airlines (HCA) project, his carrier will hold 25 percent of the shares. The contract for setting the newcomer on track was signed on 11 June in Beijing by its future stakeholders, much applauded by the attending Chinese and Luxembourgian politicians. Read more>

DHL A300F taxiing in front of Etihad Hangar - courtesy DHL
DHL A300F taxiing in front of Etihad Hangar - courtesy DHL

DHL Supply Chain seems to have caught a big fish: The signing of a Letter of Intent with Etihad Airways Engineering aimed to enhance the Arabian carrier’s MRO business is a significant step, opening up new opportunities. Read more>