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The week in brief

By Staff Reports on June 19, 2014
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd (PACTL) gained certification according to the Freight Security Requirements of the Transported Asset Protection Association. It is valid for three years. The audit process included an assessment of the perimeter fencing and an inspection of the security systems.
  • The Inter-American Development Bank approved a US$106 million (78 million euro) loan for Bolivia to support transportation sector reform. Bolivia has a need to develop its transportation infrastructure conditions, which have hindered business within its own borders and trade with other countries.
  • Etihad Cargo and the Worldwide Information Network (WIN) are working together to increase e-air waybill adoption with independent freight forwarders. Etihad Cargo’s first U.S. export e-AWB shipment took place in May on a flight from Chicago to Abu Dhabi. Worldwide Logistic Partners, who sent the shipment, used the WIN platform to submit its AWB information to Etihad Cargo electronically.
  • Cargolux Airlines International launched services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou. Cargolux will initially operate two weekly services to Zhengzhou. Beginning July, the airline plans to operate four weekly services, and an additional two weekly frequencies will be added in September.
  • Norbert Dentressangle launched a four times weekly airfreight service from Hong Kong to Paris to meet demand from French importers. French imports from Hong Kong increased by 11.6 percent in 2012, consisting mostly of jewelry, timepieces, toys and communication devices, according to figures from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
  • CSafe Global’s RKN was granted U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval for use on the upper deck of aircraft. No modifications or changes were required for the CSafe RKN design, allowing the fleet to fly while active on either deck.
  • FPS Sri Lanka – a member of the FPS Group of independent forwarders and consolidators – opened a new office in Galle, south of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.
  • China Eastern Airlines has committed to purchase 80 B737s, including Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes. When finalized, the order will become China’s largest-ever purchase by an airline for single-aisle airplanes.
  • A charter of 100 tonnes of telecomm cables was exported from Athens International Airport destined for electronics conglomerate Siemens in Maputo, Mozambique. The 43 pallets were prepared by Swissport Hellas Cargo and then loaded onto a Kalitta B747 freighter by Goldair Handling. The shipment was from a major plastic company, Nexans Hellas.
  • Boeing and Turkish Airlines finalized an order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s. The order follows the announcement in May 2013 when the carrier placed the largest Boeing order in the airline's history for 50 737 MAXs and 20 Next-Generation 737s.
  • The WACO System, a network of independent freight management companies, welcomed WorldNet Logistics (Mozambique) Lda and WorldNet Logistics (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd as new members.
  • Cathay Pacific Services Limited was appointed as handling agent for AirAsia’s cargo operations and documentation at the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal.
  • China Eastern is doubling its Melbourne-Shanghai services to twice daily over the December 2014-March 2015 period. The A330-200 service will start on Nov. 30.
  • Southwest Airlines achieved record revenues of US$17.7 billion (13 billion euros) in 2013, according to the airline’s annual One Report.
  • Aer Lingus Cargo was awarded the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport Scheme for Supply Chain Service Providers to the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Diagnostics Manufacturing Sectors.