In our first 2018 issue of CargoForwarder Global we highlighted the worries of freight agents, handlers and airports with regards to ramp and warehouse congestion and backlogs being caused by lack of qualified staff the continued air cargo boom and the increase of e-commerce shipments.
Here is the view of Bob Rogers, Senior Vice President of ULDCARE, a non-profit organisation made up of members from airlines and ULD suppliers as well as organisations whose scope encompasses aircraft ULD activity.
We view this as an interesting and important opinion from the ULD operators’ side. Read more>

Hainan Airlines fleet totals 300 aircraft
Hainan Airlines fleet totals 300 aircraft

Hainan Airlines Holding, the Shanghai-listed unit of debt-ridden HNA Group, said it is making plans that may involve a major asset restructuring, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. Shares of Hainan Airlines were suspended from trading last Wednesday, at the request of the company pending an announcement. Read more>

Decisions on stricter aviation rules will be decided in the Berlaymont Building of the European Commission in Brussels - courtesy: EC
Decisions on stricter aviation rules will be decided in the Berlaymont Building of the European Commission in Brussels - courtesy: EC

The framework introduced 2004 by the European Union to safeguard fair competition in air transport has failed, says the Commission. Its tools are too vague, fuzzy and contradictory. Now, a fundamentally revised paper is circulating in Brussels, aimed at abolishing discriminatory practices in aviation and establishing a level playing field. There are strong signals by the leading political fractions of the EU Parliament that they will approve the EC bill. If so, it could provoke conflicts with state subsidized airlines and their governments. Read more>

Japan Airlines is reportedly in talks with third-party operators over the supply of freight capacity, the carrier's executive officer for cargo and mail has revealed.
In an interview with Asia Cargo News, JAL's executive officer of cargo and mail, Hiroo Iwakoshi said that the carrier's decision in 2010 to terminate all its B747 and B767 freighter flights as part of its recovery from bankruptcy, presented the carrier with "challenges" that it still faces today. Read more>

The Singaporean investment company Temasek and Swiss logistics giant Kuehne + Nagel signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a concerted effort to invest in start-ups that are focusing on top-class technology for taking logistics processes to the next level. Read more>

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Alibaba is in advanced talks to acquire a significant minority stake in India's logistics company XpressBees through a proposed investment of up to US$100 million as the Chinese e-commerce and tech giant continues to fortify its position in the Southeast Asian e-commerce market, an Economic Times report said. Read more>

Brussels Airport’s Slot Booking App has gone live. Part of the BRUCloud platform, it is intended to substantially reduce waiting times for trucks. Seven parties act as launch companies.
“The slot booking app is the base of the ‘landside management application’, as we call it,” says Brussels Airport Company’s Head of Cargo Steven Polmans. The latter will consist of several apps, all interconnected and exchanging data between themselves. Within this system, the slot booking app will be the central axe.”
Steven is sure that all of this will eventually lead to a complete ‘green lane’ for the delivery and collection of cargo. “This will increase efficiency for all parties, for speed as well as for cost. Additional benefits are a more efficient use of the gates, a reduction of unnecessary traffic etc. The hectic situation of the last few months has convinced everybody that a community system like this can have a lot of benefits.”

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New FedEx hub at Shanghai Pudong Airport – company courtesy
New FedEx hub at Shanghai Pudong Airport – company courtesy

FedEx Express has officially opened its new FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the largest of its kind at the airport.
FedEx currently has 66 weekly flights in and out of the hub. Read more>

India’s Tata Group and Singapore Airlines have "an open mind" on acquiring a majority stake in indebted flag carrier Air India (AI), the chief executive of Vistara, Leslie Thng said. Mr Thng was responding to a question at a news conference of Vistara, which is a joint venture airline owned by Tata and SIA.

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China will drive global drone market. Pictured here is DJI’s ‘Phantom 3’ model.
China will drive global drone market. Pictured here is DJI’s ‘Phantom 3’ model.

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has published a report on the country's civilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry, which it expects to rise 40% year on year on average to 60 billion yuan (about US$9.1 billion) by 2020. By 2025, the market value would be tripled to 180 billion yuan, the report forecasted. Read more>

Air freight tonnage increased over eight percentage points at both Belgian airports last year, with Liege reporting record volumes, cementing its leading national position as freight hub. Runner-up is Brussels Zaventem that reports the highest volumes of the past ten years. Read more>

300,000 tons of cargo can be processed annually in the new freight terminal scheduled to open in Q4, 2020 – photo: WFS
300,000 tons of cargo can be processed annually in the new freight terminal scheduled to open in Q4, 2020 – photo: WFS

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has a long history of ground handling at U.S. airports. It was Olivier Bijaoui who many years ago had the foresight to place emphasis on air cargo handling in America, especially at New York’s JFK Airport. It was not an easy ride at that time, but a successful one which he initiated and which placed WFS as one of the leading car-go handlers. Read more>