The Week in brief
on November 18, 2011
According to a Reuters report, the global economic downturn has promoted the U.S. Department of Justice to be more lenient with carriers charged with coordinating fuel surcharges and security fees on U.S.-bound cargo. Some of the airlines, which have argued that lump-sum fines could push them into bankruptcy, have benefited from postponed fines and no interest charges. Reuters reported that Korean Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Cargolux are among the carriers that have enjoyed the DOJ’s leniency.
Despite sluggish freight markets worldwide, ECS Group is on track for a record year, representatives for the global cargo general sales and service agent revealed. A key reason for this, they said, is the addition of India to the ECS network and the launch of new offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.
CCC Globalcom Corp. has acquired 99-percent stake of the international air charter and airfreight brokerage firm Charter Logic. Under the deal, Jeremy Castonguay and Andrew Wyatt, the two primary shareholders of Charter Logic, will sit on the CCGC board of directors.
Alaska Air Cargo has introduced Alaska Mobile Track, a new service that enables shippers to monitor their goods via a mobile phone. According to representatives for the cargo carrier, clients will text their air waybill number to Alaska Air Cargo and then receive a response with their shipment’s tracking information.
Xiamen Airlines has joined the SkyTeam alliance. The Chinese carrier, which will enjoy the full benefits of membership by the end of 2012, plans to begin launching routes to Australia, Europe and North America in 2014. “Membership in SkyTeam will enable us to expand our intercontinental network offering, in cooperation with our partners in the alliance,” Xiamen Airlines President Che Shanglun said in a statement.