January 2010

A rise in yield or a loss of market share

REBUILDING load factor and yield is the focus at Air France-KLM Cargo, as the carrier lags behind its Asian rivals…

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Cargolux recapitalises to cover losses

THE need to meet the requirements of bank finance agreements following substantial losses in the fiscal year 2008-9, was behind…

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Amazing aid effort

THE air cargo industry has responded with lightning speed, great ingenuity and huge generosity following the devastating earthquake that struck…

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Swiss, Thai open skies plan signed

SWITZERLAND and Thailand have agreed to an open skies policy that will allow unlimited cargo services between the two countries.Thailand’s…

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Cargolux signs over ULD fleet to Unitpool

CARGOLUX has signed a five-year agreement with ULD supply and management provider, Unitpool.The five-year contract, which will start mid-January 2010,…

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DHL donates Wilmington air park

DHL Express has donated Ohio’s Wilmington Air Park to the local Clinton County Port Authority. The airport and its 1,500…

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Cathay Pacific December figures

CATHAY Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for December 2009 show a sharp growth in cargo and mail tonnage compared to…

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Air China gets cash for buy out

AIR China is to receive a US$220 million government subsidy to buy out Air China Cargo. However, Air China’s company…

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WestJet makes Exp-Air GSSA

CANADA’S WestJet has appointed Exp-Air Cargo its GSSA for customers throughout Canada, the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.“We are excited…

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Japan Airlines files for bankruptcy

JAPAN Airlines (JAL) has filed for bankruptcy protection following months of financial uncertainty. The government-sponsored Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation (ETIC)…

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Lufthansa holds its breath for pilot ballot results

LUFTHANSA pilots have been balloted by the union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) as to whether they should strike over a disputed…

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Midex buys two more 747Fs

MIDEX Airlines has bought two used 747-200 freighters. The Abu Dhabi all-cargo airline said that a recent increase in demand…

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PanAir cargo appoints ECS as GSA

PANAIR Cargo has appointed European Cargo Services (ECS) as its cargo general sales agent in 20 countries throughout Europe, Scandinavia…

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Busy December gives Frankfurt hope

FRANKFURT Airport (FRA) saw airfreight traffic continue its upward trend in December 2009. “Nearly 174,000 metric tons of airfreight represent…

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Blue Wings grounded

GERMANY’S Blue Wings has ceased operations following a financial dispute with shareholder Alexander Lebedev (near right).The Düsseldorf-based company stopped flying…

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Zen and the art of airline maintenance

JAPAN’S prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has appointed Zen monk and business guru, Kazuo Inamori as the head of troubled Japan…

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AeroLogic expands network

AEROLOGIC, the joint venture cargo airline of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, is expanding its network, following delivery of two…

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Martinair expands in South America

MARTINAIR is to start offering scheduled services from Viracopus (Brazil) to Quito and Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Bogota (Colombia) on its…

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Astar lays off two-thirds of pilots

ASTAR Air Cargo will lay off over two-thirds – 303 – of its pilots between 6 March and 1 July….

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Vietnam Airlines positive despite drop in profits

VIETNAM Airlines (VNA) handled 131,220 tonnes of cargo in 2009, an increase of 2.3 per cent from 2008. Of this,…

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