US couple found guilty of fraud against National Air Cargo
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by Rebecca Jeffrey
6h ago
Two people have been found guilty of defrauding US logistics company National Air Cargo of $5m in a wire fraud scheme that lasted two years. The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado found married couple Michael Aaron Tew and Kimberly Ann Tew guilty of fraud following a guilty verdict by a federal jury in Denver on February 15. Sentencing will be held at a later date.  The Department of Justice said that according to the facts established at trial, beginning in 2018, the couple conspired to defraud National Air Cargo through the submission of dozens of false invoices for servi ..read more
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Durban airfreight terminal sees volumes spike due to port congestion
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by Damian Brett
7h ago
Dube Cargo Terminal at King Shaka International Airport has seen air cargo volumes spike in recent months as a result of congestion at South Africa’s sea ports. The terminal company said that in the last four months of 2023, its air cargo volumes were up 57% quarter on quarter due to modal shift. The trend had continued in January this year, the company said. “This significant increase in airfreight has been observed across various industries, from perishables to automotive, the latter traditionally being reliant on ocean freight,” said Ricardo Isaac, Dube Cargo Terminal senior manager, cargo ..read more
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Airbus advances development of A350F
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by Dominic Perry, FlightGlobal
7h ago
Airbus is ramping up development activity on its A350 freighter as the airframer works towards final assembly and first flight milestones in 2025. “We are really in that industrialisation process now,” says Crawford Hamilton, Airbus head of freighter marketing. “We have got parts heading towards sections and we are ready to start final assembly next year [with] first flight in 2025.” Parts currently produced include the lower fuselage skin and wing-box feet, he told reporters at the Singapore air show on 20 February. In addition, around 30 “large test rigs” have been commissioned to assess ind ..read more
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Challenge Handling expects volumes to double in 2024
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by Damian Brett
7h ago
The Challenge Group is expecting its air cargo handling volumes at Liege Airport to rapidly increase this year following a series of new contract wins. Last year, Challenge Handling saw its volumes at the Belgian cargo hub decline by 2.2% year on year to 152,348 tonnes. “This shift can be attributed to disruptions and geopolitical tensions throughout the year. Considering the context, these figures indicate a noteworthy stability in operations,” said David Alexis, general manager of Challenge Handling. Looking ahead, the company expects volumes to more than double to 320,000 tonnes this year ..read more
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WFS wins Air China Cargo contract in LA
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by Rebecca Jeffrey
7h ago
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) will handle over 20,000 tonnes of cargo a year for Air China Cargo in Los Angeles under a new three-year contract. The ground handler and air cargo logistics specialist will provide ramp and warehouse handling services for the airline’s Boeing 777 and Boeing 747-400 freighter flights at the US west coast airport as well as cargo handling for shipments carried onboard Air China’s passenger services to and from Los Angeles. Air China Cargo currently operates seven freighter flights a week on a Shenzhen-Mexico (NLU)- Los Angeles -Shenzhen, Sheny ..read more
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Airfreight rates slide in line with Lunar New Year holiday demand decline
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by Damian Brett
12h ago
Airfreight rates began their Lunar New Year holiday decline last week after rising in the first six weeks of the year. The latest figures from TAC Index show that last week overall airfreight rates slipped by 8.2% compared with the week before and are down 21.2% from a year ago. “Despite ongoing disruption to ocean shipping in the Red Sea and congestion leading to the suspension of business in certain locations such as Dubai and Bangkok, the overall decline last week was not surprising as air cargo volumes out of China fell sharply during the Lunar New Year holidays,” TAC Index said in a weekl ..read more
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Envirotainer commits to supply chain emissions targets
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by Rebecca Jeffrey
1d ago
Pharma ULD firm Envirotainer has set targets to cut its supply chain emissions and submitted these to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for validation. The specialist in temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments aims to reduce emissions from both direct operations and its entire supply chain. David Simonsson, chief executive of Envirotainer, said: “Sustainability is woven into everything we do. We understand that real change comes from taking full responsibility for our environmental impact, which is why we’re the first amongst our competitors to commit to such a substantial red ..read more
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Lufthansa cargo operations set to be hit by latest strike action
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by Damian Brett
1d ago
Lufthansa’s cargo operations are set to face disruption this week as ground staff are set to launch another round of strike action. As many as 25,000 members of the Ver.di union working for Deutsche Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo in Germany will launch industrial action. The action will take place between 8pm today and 7:10am on Wednesday, with staff from different areas of the business on strike at different times. Lufthansa said that due to the strike it estimates that only around 10% to 20% of its flight programme will be operated, particularly on February 20. “Due to the ..read more
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Alaska Air Group acquisition of Hawaiian gets go ahead
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by Rebecca Jeffrey
1d ago
Alaska Airlines has been given the green light to acquire Hawaiian Airlines after the latter’s stockholders approved the deal that is set to boost cargo within the combined business. Seattle-based Alaska Air Group and Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Holdings entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition in December last year. Both brands will remain separate. A majority of stockholders voted in favour of the deal, said Hawaiian. “Stockholder approval of our transaction with Alaska is an important milestone toward combining our airlines,” said Hawaiian Airlines president and chief exe ..read more
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JAT Tehnika completes second 767-300 freighter conversion
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by Rebecca Jeffrey
1d ago
Avia Prime Group-owned MRO JAT Tehnika has completed its second Boeing 767-300 passenger to freighter conversion. The 767-300ER conversion was carried out independently by Belgrade-headquartered JAT Tehnika and follows the company’s first-ever passenger-to-cargo aircraft conversion of a 767-300 performed last year in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for Challenge Group. Milan Marcic, the 767P2F conversion project manager at JAT Tehnika, said the experience gained from the first European-converted Boeing 767-300 has allowed the team to improve the conversion process. “As the ..read more
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