CARGO BRIEFS: News from around the world

CARGO BRIEFS: News from around the world
Cathay Pacific loads up with shipments to Hong Kong.

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) continues to expand by picking up several new cargo handling contracts by passenger and freighter airlines in France. Vietnam Airlines has renewed its handling contract with WFS; CAL Cargo Airlines has appointed WFS to provide receiving points for cargo; WFS has also won contracts for the whole of France from the Moldovan airline FlyONE for onboard freight; Air France has also chosen WFS as its cargo handling partner at three gateways in France; Additional business with Italian carrier, Meridiana.

Swissport Cargo Services Frankfurt – a subsidiary of Swissport International – has been awarded IATA CEIV Pharma certification at Frankfurt Airport. As part of the Frankfurt Cargo community efforts, Swissport Cargo Services Frankfurt has developed a dedicated product line for the handling of life science healthcare shipments.Swissport Cargo Services Frankfurt station manager, Philip Roodenburg says: “…the IATA CEIV Pharma certification is a great reward for our efforts and makes the whole team very proud.

Jet Airways eyes cargo network expansion and capacity as it carries more cargo from the growing Indian market. CEO Vinay Dube spoke of freight importance to the airline’s performance. He commented, “I see air cargo as an integral part of the business. We have got an air cargo market, which is growing between India and the UK and have a base of cargo domestically that is growing in India and to the Far East, Middle East – where ever you look at it. 2017 has been a good year for cargo and we have seen good growth in many sectors.

Cathay Pacific Airways grew its cargo tonnage and freight in October compared to the same month in 2016.Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried 180,706 tons of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 4.8 per cent compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 1.2 percentage points to 69.3 per cent as seen partially by the growth of e-pack and mail to JFK Airport.

Bollore, the international and logistics company, says it created an enhanced means for multichannel retailers to do business with customer companies, simplify and speed up order preparation, handling and delivery procedures by teaming up with Oro Inc. in a global venture offering clients a one-stop B2B e-commerce sales and processing service.

Ground handler Dnata in collaboration with the Emirates Innovation Lab, FlyDubai Cargo and IBM has introduced blockchain technology into its cargo operations. Kevin Ennis, vice president commercial and business development for dnata’s UAE cargo operations, said: “dnata has always been at the forefront of innovation, and the success of our study to use blockchain technology in our operations means greater security, efficiency and cost savings to our customers”.

Boeing dominates as it closed a 300 plane deal with during the recent trade mission trip to China with President Trump. The agreement includes orders and commitments for 300 Boeing single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft. The aircraft are valued at more than $37 billion at list prices. Said CEO Kevin McAllister says: “China is a valued customer and key partner, and we’re proud that Boeing airplanes will be a part of its fleet growth for years to come.This transaction follows a big win by Boeing over Airbus for a recent Singapore Airlines purchase.

Miami Cargo Flight Tracker was launched at Miami International Airport. It is the first real-time online cargo flight information display system in the U.S. unveiled at the Air Cargo Americas conference and exhibition in Miami. The tracker allows shippers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and logistics providers to easily view real-time cargo flight information on their mobile devices while on the go.

Air Canada Ends Cargo Partnership with Carego jet After 18 months stating it would put its efforts into the passenger side of its business. The US service was out of Dallas St Worth.

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