Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Antonov Airlines’ AN−124 Ruslan makes round-the-world trip

An Antonov Airlines’ AN-124−100 Ruslan aircraft has flown one and a half times around the globe performing a series of commercial flights. The aircraft flew from Mary International Airport, Turkmenistan to Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday 18 September 2017, where it took on board commercial cargo consisting of industrial heat exchangers, weighing 54 tonnes. The following […]

Ethiopian and Azul Brazilian Airlines enter codeshare agreement

Ethiopian Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines have entered a codeshare agreement, which became effective from 1 October this year. Through the partnership Ethiopian Airlines will add its flight code in Azul’s operations. Reciprocally, Azul will market Ethiopian’s vast network throughout Africa and beyond. Vice president of corporate strategy and alliance, Girma Shiferaw says it will give […]

Unilode expands its global ULD repair network 

Unilode Aviation Solutions has further expanded its global repair network by opening a new FAA Part 145 certified repair centre at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport. This new facility will primarily support and expand the ULD firm’s partnership with DHL, specifically for ULD repairs and assembly, in addition to supporting Unilode’s existing ULD management and repair customers. […]

Sharks flown from the US to Brazil by American Airlines

American Airlines Cargo recently moved two sand tiger sharks and three bonnethead sharks for transport from the US to South America. The sand tiger sharks were flown from New York JFK Airport while the bonnethead sharks flew from Miami International Airport, all moving to Rio de Janeiro. All five sharks were headed to their new […]

Qatar Airways to deepen its South American presence further

Qatar Airways will expand its presence further into South America by launching belly flights to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and Santiago in Chile early next year. The carrier will operate an Airbus A350-900 four flights a week between from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Rio de Janeiro, which will then go to Santiago. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, […]

Fraport signs concession to develop airports in Brazil

Fraport has signed concession agreements to manage and develop Fortaleza and Porto Alegre airports following a government public auction in Brazil. A new company, Fraport Brasil will take over operations by the beginning of 2018, and it will be required to develop the infrastructure at the airports via a ‘Mandatory Construction Program’ that includes expanding […]

American sees room for more growth at its key US hub

Miami International Airport (MIA) represents a key hub for American Airlines Cargo due to its extensive links into the Americas and perishables unsurprisingly make up much of the cargo volumes. The carrier runs about 340 flights out of MIA on a daily basis to 132 destinations and it is the airline’s largest international gateway. American […]

HNA Infrastructure takes 60% stake in Rio Galeao airport

HNA Infrastructure has made its first move into Latin America by taking a 60 per cent stake in the operator of Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim Galeao International Airport. The HNA Group subsidiary will acquire the equity stake from Rio de Janeiro Aeroportos (RJA) from Odebrecht for 60.1 million reals ($18.8 million) and also […]

Qatar Airways flies oil and gas equipment to Brazil on charter flight

Qatar Airways Cargo transported over 80 tonnes of oil and energy equipment to Brazil on board its Boeing 777 Freighter for DHL Global Forwarding. The cargo was flown from Zhengzhou in China to Cabo Frio in Brazil, with technical stops at the airline’s hub in Doha, and Accra in Ghana. The collaboration was Qatar Airways’ […]

Modern Logistics starts B737F operations in Brazil

Brazilian logistics firm Modern Logistics has started freighter operations after receiving permission to operate commercial flights. The company has signed a concession contract for regular scheduled air transport services with Brazilian civil aviation regular ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency), which awarded it an AOC on 4 April. Modern Logistics is operating a Boeing 737-400 Freighter and has state-of-the-art […]

Turkish Cargo says olá to Sao Paulo

Turkish Cargo is expanding its network with scheduled cargo flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil from 25 June. Sao Paulo is one of the largest industrial and trade centres in South America, and Turkish Cargo will operate one Airbus A330 Freighter flight a week on an Istanbul – Dakar – Sao Paulo – Dakar – Istanbul […]

Premium focus at Viracopos as volumes recover after 2016

After a challenging year in 2016 due to economic problems in Brazil, cargo at Viracopos International Airport has picked up in the first four months, director of operations Marcelo Mota tells Air Cargo Week. Viracopos near Sao Paulo (pictured) handled 124,561 tonnes of imported cargo in 2015, which fell 17 per cent in 2016 to […]

ECS Group grows its global footprint with Americas moves

French-headquartered general sales and service agent (GSSA) the ECS Group continues to grow its network with the latest expansion being in the Americas. ECS Group chief operating officer, Adrien Thominet (pictured) explains it has been focusing heavily on South America and indeed the Americas in general. “We already had Brazil, and Mexico and have opened […]

DHL strengthens LATAM life science and healthcare capabilities

DHL Supply Chain – part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group – is to acquire control of the Brazilian road carrier Polar Transportes. The transport service provider for the life sciences and healthcare industry is a specialist in temperature-controlled transportation and has been working as a service provider for DHL for over 15 years and runs […]

Emerging markets drive biggest cargo growth in 5 years at Heathrow

Long-haul emerging markets drove the nearly 13 per cent growth in March at Heathrow Airport – the biggest monthly surge in more than five years. Heathrow handled 148,269 tonnes in March, a 12.6 per cent rise on the same month in 2016. In the first three months of the year it has handled 399,481 tonnes, […]

Avianca Brasil launches Miami-Sao Paulo route

Avianca Brasil will launch a daily bellyhold service between Miami International Airport and Sao Paulo on 23 June, 2017. The flights will be served by Airbus A330-200 aircraft and Miami will be the first US destination and only the second outside of Brazil for the airline, which has operated freighter service at MIA since 2015. Miami-Dade […]

Airbus: LATAM fleet to more than double during the next 20 years

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says the Latin America (LATAM) region’s aircraft fleet will double in the next 20 years. In its Airbus Global Market Forecast it sees demand for 2,500 new aircraft from 2016-2035, including 2,570 new passenger and freighter aircraft (2,030 single-aisle and 540 widebody aircraft) worth an estimated $350 billion. Speaking at the International Brazil Show, […]

Rio on the recovery path after 12 months of turbulence

RIOgaleão Cargo is expecting a slight recovery of airfreight imports in 2017 driven by returning consumer confidence and a recovery of the O&G market in the second half of 2017, Air Cargo Week editor, Justin Burns writes. The cargo operator at Rio’s Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG) had a challenging 2016, due to the unprecedented […]

LATAM returns to profit despite cargo continuing to struggle

LATAM Airlines

LATAM Airlines Group has returned to profit in 2016 despite cargo revenue and volumes continuing to struggle. It made a net profit of $69.2 million in 2016, its first profit since 2011, compared to a loss of $219.2 million in 2015, despite revenue falling by 5.9 per cent to $9.7 billion. Cargo revenue was down […]

CEVA expands partnership with Mercedes-Benz in Brazil

CEVA Logistics is consolidating its partnership with Mercedes-Benz in Brazil by renewing its existing business partnership and the awarding of additional contracts. CEVA’s services to Mercedes-Benz are in the southeast region of Brazil. Under the renewed contract, in-house logistics services at the customer’s plant in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, will be […]

Rio the first hub in Latin America to gain CEIV

RIOgaleão Cargo has been awarded the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA)  Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certificate. The freight arm of Rio de Janeiro International Airport becomes the first hub in Latin America to gain CEIV and it says it confirms it as one of the leading gateways for pharmaceutical products in the region. CEIV Pharma certification confirms […]

SAA Cargo transports vehicles to South America for Dakar Rally

South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) has partnered with Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Team to transport vehicles and spare parts to South America for the Dakar Rally. The vehicles flew to Sao Paulo in Brazil, and the race starts in Asuncion, Paraguay; proceeding to La Paz in Bolivia before finishing in Buenos Aires, Argentina […]

Qatar Airways adds four new freighter routes in the Americas

Qatar Airways Cargo has launched freighter operations to four new destinations in the Americas starting from 2 February 2017. The Boeing 777 Freighter will fly twice a week to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Quito (subject to government approval) and Miami in the US. The twice weekly freighters will depart from Doha via Luxembourg, the cargo carrier’s […]

Tough business environment in Brazil as weak economy takes its toll

Cargolux Airlines International

2016 has been a challenging year for RIOgaleao Cargo as it has been for most Brazilian airports, which it says is due to the “unprecedented economic and political crisis” that has impacted all sectors of the Brazilian economy. The gateway says as a result, imports and exports volumes have dropped quite significantly versus the previous […]

Emerging markets fuel 4.4% growth in November at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport handled 138,050 tonnes in November – a 4.4 per cent year-on-year (YOY) rise on the same month last year. In the first 11 months of 2016 it has handled 1,407,561 tonnes – a YOY increase of 2.8 per cent on the same period in 2015. On a rolling 12-month basis it has processed […]

Challenges for Viracopos Airport as it looks to attract routes

Aeroportos Brazil Viracopos making a push to expand its air cargo operations and tonnage as it looks to recover business. In 2016 the Sao Paulo hub has seen a fall in tonnage on the import and export sides. Overall the gateway has seen volumes decrease roughly 20 per cent, but it still handles around 38 […]

American Airlines Cargo to benefit from B787-9 switch

American Airlines Cargo is benefitting from the switch to this month’s switch to a Boeing 787-9 bellyhold service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Madrid Barajas Airpor (MAD)t in Spain. This is offering cargo customers up to 36 LD3 positions, or 12 pallets, depending on the market – while it is also more efficient […]

Christmas looking rosier with yield uptick

Christmas is looking a little bit rosier for the air cargo industry as some indicators, including yields show an uptick, sources have told Air Cargo Week (ACW). One of the clearest and broadest signs comes from ATC Aviation’s (chief executive officer) CEO Ingo Zimmer (pictured above). “We have increased our tonnages tremendously. In the first […]

ACS and Antonov deliver heaviest piece of cargo in the Americas

Air Charter Service (ACS) arranged the charter of the Antonov AN-225 to transport a 182 tonne transformer, the heaviest single piece of cargo flown in the Americas. The Brazil and Florida offices worked together to charter the giant aircraft to fly from Sao Paulo to Santiago de Chile, where it is a direct replacement for […]

DHL Express to continue investing in the Americas

DHL Express says its continuing its investment plan for the US and the Americas as growth in the region is meeting its expectations. The integrator has $185 million earmarked for 2016 and 2017, which it says is focused on infrastructure, technology, and people – to continue to provide the “highest quality service and superior customer […]