The International Air Transport Association has announced that Qatar Airways will host the next World Cargo Symposium, which will take place in Doha, Qatar, from March 12-14, 2013. Des Vertannes, IATA’s global head of cargo, said the decision to host the event in the Middle East centered on the region’s vast cargo growth. In fact, he said, the region now accounts for more than 11 percent of the global airfreight market. “All eyes are on the Middle East,” Vertannes said in a statement. “Holding the event in Qatar will shine a spotlight on the economic benefits that flow from an enlightened government supporting growth with low taxes, efficient regulation and infrastructure to accommodate growth.” Two of the key issues that will be explored at the 2013 WCS include increased efficiency and security, according to IATA.
Delta Air Lines transported 205,619 tonnes of cargo in June, a 4.8 percent, year-over-year, increase. The American carrier is down slightly from a six-month perspective, however, carrying 1,173,461 tonnes from January to June. Last year, Delta had transported 1,179,470 tonnes during that period.
LUG aircargo handling has inked a deal with South African Airways Cargo to serve as its freight-handling agent in Munich. LUG, which already manages the carrier’s freight at Frankfurt Airport, expects to handle 10,500 tonnes a year for SAA Cargo in Munich. Car parts and leather goods are likely to comprise a majority of SAA Cargo’s loads, according to a press release.
A C-130 military cargo jet crashed on June 30 during a firefighting mission in South Dakota’s Black Hills, killing several of the six crew members on-board. Reports out of South Dakota indicate that the plane crashed after dropping fire retardant. In response to this tragedy, the U.S. Air Force has grounded all firefighting-equipped C-130s until further notice.
GE Capital Aviation Services has delivered a leased Boeing 737-300 freighter to Anchorage, Alaska-based Northern Air Cargo. This aircraft marks the second Boeing 737-300 freighter in the carrier’s fleet.
Lebanese flag carrier Middle East Airlines – Air Liban has joined the SkyTeam Alliance as its 17th member. In addition to this designation, MEA is the alliance’s second Middle Eastern member airline.