The Week in brief
Etihad Crystal Cargo experienced a 16-percent, year-over-year, tonnage increase in the third quarter of 2011. The carrier’s revenue rose during the quarter from $131 million to $168 million. Finally, Etihad saw a 10-percent, year-over-year, increase in average yields.
Kerry Logistics has broken ground on a 34,500-square-meter facility in Singapore. Completion is slated for the fourth quarter of next year. According to a company press release, “construction of the environmentally-friendly facility will incorporate green features including an estimated 30 percent to 35 percent energy savings through design that maximizes natural light and reduces the need for artificial light.”
TNT Express has launched its international Asia Road Network, connecting China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The new network, which facilitates day-definite shipments in China and Southeast Asia, has undergone extensive testing for the past year, TNT officials said. “With the integration of TNT’s two major road networks in Asia, we will strengthen our position in this market, while providing our customers with a cost-effective delivery solution complementary to airfreight delivery,” TNT Express CEO Marie-Christine Lombard said in a statement.
Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its 100th plane. A Boeing 777-200 long-range aircraft, the plane arrived with much fanfare, as Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and Boeing CEO Jim Albaugh celebrated its arrival at a delivery ceremony in Seattle.
Emirates SkyCargo has made company history with the recent transportation of a 36-tonne rudderstock from Seoul to Dubai. Carried on a Boeing 747F, the 30-foot-long, 3.4-foot-wide apparatus is the heaviest single item ever shipped by the UAE-based freight carrier.
China Southern Airlines has joined the International Air Transport Association’s Cargo 2000 initiative, making it the first Mainland Chinese carrier to commit to its goal of implementing a quality management system for the global airfreight industry. The addition of China Southern Airlines brings the total number of international carriers dedicated to the Cargo 2000 initiative to 30.
UPS leaders have applauded the Obama administration’s presentation of free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to Congress. “I am encouraged that both the president and congressional leaders have reached a compromise,” UPS CEO Scott Davis said in a statement. “By giving American businesses greater access to the 95 percent of consumers who live outside the United States, these agreements will increase exports and create jobs at home.” Davis is also optimistic that the passage of these FTAs will help double the U.S’ exportation rate by 2015.
Globe Air Cargo has inked a deal to serve as SAS Cargo’s exclusive freight sales agency in Germany. Globe, which performs similar duties for SAS in Switzerland and Spain under the ECS Group, projects that it will generate up to 6,500 tonnes of freight a year from Germany.
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