DHL Express has purchased 13 Airbus A300-600 planes for its European network. The craft, which were built between 1991 and 1994, will be converted to freighters by Dresden, Germany-based EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke. The planes were previously used as passenger craft by a Japanese carrier.
Cargolux does not see foresee major route changes if Qatar Airways acquires a 33 percent stake in the carrier in the next few weeks.
Connecting the East and West, Panalpina has added a second direct freight flight between Huntsville, Ala., and Hong Kong. The weekly route, which is conducted on Atlas Air Boeing 747-400Fs, commenced on May 12.
In a speech to the 2011 China Civil Aviation Development Forum in Beijing, a Boeing executive charged the Chinese aviation industry with advancing air-traffic management technology. Bringing together airline executives, manufacturers, regulators and suppliers from around the globe, the forum addressed new approaches and technologies to revolutionize the civil aviation sector.
As part of its second “Fly Your Ideas” (FYI) contest, Airbus has named five student finalist teams. Representing Chile, China, India, Malaysia and Sweden, the finalists beat out more than 300 other teams from 75 nations.
The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body has ruled that certain subsidies, or launch aid, provided to Airbus by European governments violate trade laws and endanger U.S. interests. Still, the WTO rejected a number of claims, including Boeing's previous assertion that it lost market share in Brazil, Mexico, Chinese Taipei and Singapore due to the aid. The expected results of the case have been known for months, but have only just now been made official.
Lufthansa Consulting has signed a contract with Russian design firm IngStroyExpert to begin the construction of a cargo terminal at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO). The new terminal is expected to be operational by the end of next year.
Oman Air Cargo has introduced its Pan-GCC custom-bonded trucking services, which link Muscat to Salalah and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations. The service officially commences on June 1.
In 2010, U.S.-based 3PLs experienced a 18.9 percent year-over-year gross revenue increase from 2009, ending 2010 with $127.3 billion in revenue. According to Armstrong & Associates, which conducted the study, the revenue numbers are slightly more than the total experienced in 2008.