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Oman Air to start direct daily Salalah-Kozhikode flights 21 March 2017

The airline said that Oman's national carrier will start a new daily direct flight between Salalah, a southern Omani city and Kozhikode in Kerala from next week.

This will be in addition to Oman Air's flight service between Muscat and Kozhikode which is the latest destination in the airline's fleet and network expansion programme.

The new direct service will start from March 27 and the three-and-a-half hour flight will depart Salalah at 01.10 hrs and arrive in Kozhikode at 06.20 hrs.

The airline said in a statement, the return flight will leave Kozhikode at 07.00 hrs and arrive in Salalah at 09.15 hrs (local time).

Oman Air is gro...

Amazon sets sights on launching air cargo services in China 20 March 2017

Amazon Logistics is targeting China-based sellers, who offer products through Amazon or other businesses, as potential customers for its international air freight offering.

"We currently are developing (air freight) service, and plan to quickly introduce it to a large number of our sellers," Amazon Logistics' website said.

The company already offers one-stop ocean freight services. Amazon Logistics offers operational support to companies of all sizes in China, an Amazon spokeswoman said.

Amazon leased 40 Boeing 767 freighter jets from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. and Air Transport Services Group Inc.

By the time the first o...

Cathay Pacific combined airfreight volume soars 17.4% in February 18 March 2017

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 136,674 tonnes of cargo and mail in February, an increase of 17.4% compared to the same month last year.

The cargo and mail load factor rose by 6.2 percentage points to 64.2%, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, increased by 1.2%.

Cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTK) increased by 12%. In the first two months of 2017, the tonnage rose by 9.0% against a 0.9% increase in capacity and a 5.9% increase in RTK.

"As expected, the first half of February saw volumes significantly affected by the Chinese New Year holiday. However, trade in the region was quick to rebound f...

Latam sees cargo revenues down in fourth quarter and across 2016 17 March 2017

Latam, has released its results for the fourth quarter of 2016 and details of its full-year performance.

Cargo revenues fell by 7.7% in the fourth quarter compared to the same period of 2015.

The carrier attributed the decline to a 3.1% decline in cargo traffic and a 4.8% decline in cargo yields in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2015. Exports to North America were hit by a downturn in the salmon industry, as well as a fall in exports of perishable exports such as flowers and asparagus.

Those declines were partially offset, however, by an improvement in import revenues from North America and from Europe to Brazil, partly as a result of the appreciat...

Cathay Pacific posts USD 74 million loss in 2016 16 March 2017

Cathay Pacific swung to USD 74-million loss in 2016, the firm said today, citing intense competition from rival carriers.

Low-cost carriers from mainland China ate into Cathay’s market share and demand from business passengers fell as the firm prepares a wholesale review of its operations, said Chairman John Slosar, who added that 2017 would be similarly “challenging”.


Etihad Cargo receives 10th freight aircraft 15 March 2017

Etihad Cargo has taken possession of its 10th freight aircraft, an Airbus A330F.

The group which launched 10 new freight routes in the past 12 months, during which it carried 602,000 tonnes of cargo now fields five Airbuses and five Boeing 777 freight aircraft.

Etihad Aviation Group President and CEO James Hogan, speaking at the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, said, “Etihad Cargo is a USD1 billion business, which makes it one of the world’s most successful air cargo operations.”

Etihad Cargo was well positioned to maximise opportunities in 2017 thanks largely to the company’s investment i...

Global airfreight traffic increases by 6.9% YoY in January 10 March 2017

Global air freight volumes rose by 6.9% year on year in January, data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows, with Asia Pacific airlines recording a volume rise of 6%.

"The increase in demand is captured in the positive outlook from business surveys in the region," IATA said. "China's Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose to a 21-month high, Japan's PMI to a 36-month high, while Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam also reported increases in new export orders."

European airlines carried 8.7% more cargo in January, on the back of an increase in new export orders, especially in Germany over the last few months, and also due to ...

American Airlines Cargo sets new daily Heathrow record 08 March 2017

American Airlines Cargo has announced that its team at London Heathrow moved 489,849 kilogrammes of freight into and out of the airport, setting a new record for a single day's throughput.

The carrier transported 276,672 kg of cargo from the UK to the US, while imports into Heathrow weighed in at 214,991 kg.

During the record-breaking day, shipments included temperature-sensitive commodities like fresh salmon, vegetables and pharmaceuticals, as well as some heavy metal industrial forgings. Coming into LHR, the team handled various shipments from the US and other far-off locations, including lettuce and asparagus, and oil and gas equipment destined for Aberdeen...

Asia-Europe rate drops 4.9% to USD 876 TEU, off 9.3% to USWC 06 March 2017

Spot rates for shipping containers from Asia to northern Europe dropped 4.9% to USD 876 per Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) in the week ending Friday, according to the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI).

Asia-Mediterranean trade slipped 3.2% to USD 854 per TEU, American Shipper reported. Asia to the US west coast declined 9.3% week-over-week to USD 1,496 per Forty Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) while those to the east coast off 3.3% to USD 2,955 per FEU.


Cathay Pacific to start Hong Kong-Auckland service from December 02 March 2017

Cathay Pacific has announced plans to launch a new seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch, New Zealand that will operate from December 1 2017 and February 28 2018, subject to regulatory approval.

It marks the first direct connection between the two cities.

The non-stop Christchurch service will operate three times per week, departing Hong Kong on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using Airbus A350 aircraft.

A statement from the Hong Kong-based carrier said, the new service will complement Cathay Pacific's current seasonal double daily flights to Auckland as well as strategic partner Air New Zealand's daily service between Hong Kong an...

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