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Etihad Cargo, a division of United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airways, posted record monthly revenues for November of $65.8 million, up 21.2 percent over the same period last year (US$ 54.3 million). The carrier lifted 32,633 tonnes of freight in the period, an 18.2 percent increase over November 2011 (27,628 tonnes). Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer, said: “2012 has been a great year for us. The latest impressive revenue and tonnage figures have been driven largely by strong sales out of Southern China and solid growth out of Europe and South East Asia.
The Swiss Competition Commission has fined four international freight forwarders for price fixing as part of a cartel a total of CHF 6.2 million (US$6.7 million). The four are: Deutsche Bahn, Kuehne and Nagle, Panalpina Welttransort and Agility Logistics International. The Commission said an amicable settlement had been reached with the companies. The inquiry was launched by the Competition Commission in October 2007 and established that the four forwarders fixed certain international air cargo shipping fees and surcharges between 2003 and 2007.
Lufthansa is the world’s best cargo carrier, according to The Global Traveler magazine, which presented the prize recently in Los Angeles. The award was based on a survey of the magazine’s readers.
Oracle is also handing out awards. Menlo Worldwide Logistics, Southwest Airlines and The Emirates Group were named winners of Oracle’s Travel and Transportation Industry Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize successful transformation and leadership.
The Airbus Corporate Foundation has appointed Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, as its new chairman of the board, succeeding Tom Enders, CEO of EADS, who headed the foundation since its creation in 2008 and who has been appointed honorary chairman of the foundation.
Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo and Bolloré Logistics are observing a milestone of more than 20 years of close and successful cooperation in several different fields. The companies say they have succeeded in creating a value-added partnership, both for their joint customers and themselves. Bolloré Logistics, made up of SDV, SAGA, BLP, Sogetra, Nord-Sud and Transisud, has become an international global player in 92 countries (excluding Africa) in logistics and freight. It is now leader in France, in the top 5 in Europe and the top 20 global companies in its field. Air France says a critical size was reached when the group formed in 2005.
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