The Week in brief
- Mas Air, LAN Cargo's Mexican affiliate, has added new routes to Brazil, Argentina, Los Angeles and Miami originating in Mexico City and Guadalajara. The new services will start this month using Boeing 767-300F aircraft.
- Southwest Airlines Cargo has added services to two South Carolina airports: Greenville/Spartanburg and Charleston.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has given officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport the all clear to begin passenger flights to and from Cuba this summer or early fall. These charter flights are restricted to "purposeful" travel. "Passengers must have close relatives in Cuba or must be involved in the medical or agricultural business sectors. Travel for education and religious activities is also permitted," according to an airport statement. The Customs agency also announced Tampa International Airport will serve as another entry point to Cuba. LAX, JFK and MIA are the only other airports that offer flights to Cuba.
- Tatyana Arslanova, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, has signed an agreement to implement TRAXON's Cargo Data Management Portal at the carrier. According to a press release, the program "evaluates performance data collected along the airfreight transport chain as specified by the IATA Cargo 2000 initiative. The performance data are visualized in easily understandable graphics, and all data are made available to all authorized partners along the transport chain in real time."
- American Airlines Cargo has launched a website that, according to a company press release, provides "information on global, regional and industry market opportunities based on the latest shipping and trade data." Business Insights, located at http://www.aircargoinsights.com, will feature market and data analysis, articles written by American Airlines Cargo officials and columns by industry insiders.
- RWI Transportation has opened a terminal in Dallas/Fort Worth, a location that will allow the company to improve its regional reach. "It also gives us better access to resources to and from the West Coast, and gives us the ability to better source and manage equipment for more options and better service to our customers," said Richard Bauer, executive vice president and general manager of RWI Transportation, in a statement. The company also has adjusted its brand identity to reflect the company's expanded offerings in air, ground and logistics services in the U.S. The company also has a new website, http://www.rwitrans.com.