The Week in brief
Volga-Dnepr Airlines announced that it will open a Japanese sales office in October to accommodate the nation’s demand for outsize and heavyweight cargo. Japan, which holds between 10 percent and 18 percent of Volga-Dnepr’s market share, is a key region for the company, according to Dennis Gliznoutsa, group commercial director for the airline. “As part of the development of our ‘cargo supermarket’ marketing concept — which incorporates scheduled Boeing 747F services to and from Japan by our sister airline, AirBridgeCargo — we are always looking at new opportunities and niche markets, particularly in regions where we have experienced strong growth,” he said in a statement.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has signed a multiyear ACMI contract with Panalpina for the operation of two Boeing 747-8 freighters. The new aircraft, which will be delivered in the first half of 2012, will enter Panalpina’s service immediately upon acquisition.
UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis has spoken out about the U.S. economy, telling the members of National Defense Transportation Association that more exports are needed to lower the nation’s unemployment rate and promote economic growth. “Thanks to the professionalism and expertise of our armed forces, the U.S. is still a military superpower,” he began. “But when it comes to trade, we are letting other countries move to the forefront.” To rectify this problem and create jobs, Davis called for the passage of free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and the modernization of export controls. “We have the means to compete with any country in the world and win,” Davis told members of the NDTA. “Let’s clear away the barriers to exports, let global commerce shift into high gear, and create much-needed jobs here at home.”
Cargoitalia has hired aviation specialists Molocon Logistics Consulting to assess its sales and customer relations functions. Part of a system-wide review, Cargoitalia is looking to better position itself to withstand the challenging market conditions. This review comes on the heels of Molocon senior partner Marc Oedekoven’s appointment as director of sales and customer relations for Cargoitalia.
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