Category: COVID-19

Business class airline asks WFS to debut its belly cargo

Damien Paries, vice-president of ground operations at La Compagnie-Dreamjet, admits: “As a global leader in air cargo handling, WFS is the perfect partner to support the launch of our first-ever freight services. We are confident they will provide the same quality experience for our cargo customers as our passengers enjoy when they choose La Compagnie.”

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TAC Index extends its airfreight price tracking capability

John Peyton Burnett, managing director of TAC Index, insists: “Our newly launched routes have become important trade lanes for air cargo in recent years, and we are very happy to have hit thresholds to begin publishing indices from these markets. These are also some of our first country-to-country pairings, more of which we will be publishing in future.”

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Cathay Pacific’s slow recovery is led by increasing demand for cargo

Ronald Lam, chief customer and commercial officer of the Cathay Pacific Group, optimistic about the airline group’s airfreight business for the rest of this year. “Regarding cargo, we are cautiously optimistic that overall demand will be strong for the remainder of this year,” he states. “The gradual resumption of more passenger services will also provide us with greater belly capacity, and should coincide with the usual cargo peak season.”

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B747F operator Magma appoints ex-Cargolux director as deputy CEO

Ross Wilson, chief executive of Magma Aviation, stresses: “We are delighted and excited to welcome Conor to the team at Magma Aviation. His experience and industry knowledge will be paramount in moving us to the next level. The cargo industry is a ‘tight-knit’ community and Conor is already known to us and our colleagues across the wider group, making for an even smoother transition into the business. I have every confidence that he will be a great success in the new role.”

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American Cargo helps US step up its vaccine contributions

Commenting on the latest vital humanitarian shipment, Robert Isom, president of American Airlines, enthuses: “We commend president Biden and the White House for their commitment to distribute life-saving vaccines to people around the world to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our team is proud to have a hand in the effort and deliver [these] vaccines to Guatemala.

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Why freighter demand is now suddenly front of stage

Data collated by aviation watchdog consultancy IBA shows that more than 70 p2f conversions have already been carried out in the first six months of 2021, more than last year’s overall yearly total. “The 30 Boeing 737NG conversions thus far in 2021 are double the number for all of 2019, with [demand for] A320ceo and A330ceo freighter conversions also growing,” the company reveals.

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Cargo demand surge continued in May, reports IATA

“As economies unlock, we can expect a shift in consumption from goods to services,” says Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general. “This could slow growth for cargo in general, but improved competitiveness compared to sea shipping should continue to make air cargo a bright spot for airlines while passenger demand struggles with continued border closures and travel restrictions,” he adds.

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Emirates SkyCargo’s vaccines total reaches 150 million doses

Emirates SkyCargo intends to further expand its automated cool-room capability up to 94 pallet positions at its pharmaceuticals hub facility. It will then be able to store up to 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines at any one time and will provide an additional 2,600-sq m temperature-controlled environment offering temperature ranges from two to 25 degrees Celsius for the storage and handling of vaccines and other pharma shipments, a statement points out.

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