New members join the Air Cargo Community at Frankfurt Airport

Jun 13, 2016

Three new members from the field of freight forwarders have joined the Frankfurt Airport Air Cargo Community. As of now the Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association Hessen/Rhineland-Palatinate (SLV), Kühne + Nagel, as well as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics are now members of the air cargo hub at Frankfurt Airport. This fledgling air cargo community is growing rapidly and now has 41 members from all sectors of the air logistics chain.

Joachim von Winning, Executive Director of Frankfurt Airport Air Cargo Community: “More and more forwarding agents are using the diverse design opportunities available to them through the Community and opt for a membership. We are very pleased about this, especially since we have two real global players joining us with Kühne + Nagel and Hellmann Worldwide. They will make valuable contributions to our Competence Team and the SLV as well. With its hundreds of member companies it now represents an enormous range with us across small, medium-sized and large companies in the region.“

Frankfurt Airport Air Cargo Community

Kühne + Nagel is one of the major global leading logistics companies. Today the corporate network includes 67,000+ employees at more than 1,200 locations in over 100 countries. In addition to Air Cargo, Ocean/Sea Freight, Contract Logistics and Overland Business embody essential priorities.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is also a global logistics service provider. The network has 19,300 employees in 443 offices operating in 157 countries. Besides Air, Ocean/Sea, Road & Rail Hellmann also provides Contract Logistics and many special industry solutions.

The Forwarding and Logistics Association Hessen/Rhineland-Palatinate represents the interests of around 400 regional freight forwarding and logistics companies, which together employ more than 30,000 people. The association offers its members comprehensive consulting services and support.

Read More

MASkargo to begin air cargo flights to Zhengzhou in China

May 12, 2016

MASkargo will be flying its Airbus A330-200F to Zhengzhou, China, from its base in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia – with a new schedule which begins on the 18th May.

MASkargo Expansion

The A330-200F offers a 60-tonne freight capacity and will fly on Wednesdays and Sundays with additional scheduled trucking network services to selected destinations from Zhengzhou.


The morning flights will depart at 08.05 on both days, with an expected arrival time in China, at Zhengzhou at 13.40 local time.

Read More

AirBridgeCargo Airlines Add Two 747-8 Freighter Aircraft To Fleet

Nov 23, 2015

Two Boeing 747-8 Freighter aircraft have been put to work after being delivered to .AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, and one of the leading international scheduled air cargo carriers.

These cargo aircraft are the first to be delivered as part a memorandum of understanding, signed between Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group at the Paris Air Show in June 2015. The deal calls for more 747-8 Freighters to continue to help ABC provide some of the best air cargo carrying service in the world. The agreement also adds the Antonov-124-100 aircraft to the long-term logistics support for Boeing and its partners.

747-8 Freighter Aircraft

“For Volga Dnepr Group, adding more new generation 747-8 Freighters will allow to secure further development of the Group’s scheduled business, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, and keep the airline’s high growth rates,” said Denis Ilin, executive president for AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-8F

“This is a celebration of successful partnership with Boeing, which will enable the airline to continue providing its customers with the exceptional air cargo services they are used to.”

“We appreciate ABC’s confidence in our products and look forward to our successful cooperation in the future. We are honored to see that one of the two new 747-8 Freighters delivered, is the 100th 747-8 for Boeing,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president, Middle East,Russia and Central Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines Boeing 747-8 Freighter Aircraft

“Our enduring partnership with Volga-Dnepr has shown the value that this iconic airplane brings to the air-cargo industry.”

With this delivery ABC’s fleet now consists of eight 747-8 Freighters, five 747-400 Extended Range Freighters, and two 747-400 Freighters. These additional two air cargo planes will be deployed on the expanding network between Asia and the United States. during the winter.

The 747-8 Freighter provides air cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter aircraft while providing enhanced environmental performance. It offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400, while keeping its iconic nose door.

Read More

Qatar Airways Air Cargo fleet grows with first Boeing B747 freighter

Aug 12, 2015

Qatar Airways Cargo’s first Boeing B747 freighter has joined the carrier’s expanding fleet having completed its first flight from Doha to Hong Kong.

Qatar Airways Cargo operates Boeing B777 and Airbus A330 freighters in its air cargo fleet. The addition of the popular Boeing B747-400BCF heavy cargo aircraft, and its 112.5 tonne capacity, will enable Qatar Airways Cargo to satisfy growing demand for outsized freight transportation from customers investing in significant infrastructure projects in the Middle East and throughout the world.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann said: “A dedicated charter aircraft will enable Qatar Airways Cargo to satisfy growing demand from our customers for capacity in the ad-hoc charter market. The addition of the B747 freighter will enable further flexibility by supplementing our existing scheduled services as and when required. Qatar Airways Cargo continues to grow: we have achieved our status as the world’s fifth largest cargo carrier by adopting a market-responsive strategy that is strengthened by our global network and expanding fleet. ”

Flexibility in loading is a key feature of the Boeing B747 freighter. With a large side cargo door the aircraft can be loaded quickly and easily, whether the cargo is made up of standard containers and pallets or nonstandard, outsized objects.

B747 freighter

The airline will welcome a Boeing B747-400F with a nose-loading door to its fleet in October 2015, replacing the existing Boeing B747BCF to provide even more flexibility to satisfy customers’ oversized cargo transportation demands. Qatar Airways Cargo confirmed an order for an additional four Boeing B777Fs at the Paris Air Show in June, increasing its outstanding fleet order to eight Boeing B777F aircraft and two Airbus A330F freighters.

The carrier’s QR Charter service offers quality, reliable and cost effective global charter solutions to any part of the world, including full, split and combination charter services. The carrier’s dedicated Charter team delivers a high level of customer service and communication with proven experience across an increasing portfolio of charter services satisfying customer requirements.

One of the largest palletised cargo aircraft available in the market, the Boeing B747F will provide belly freight capacity and main cargo deck capacity with 39 ULD positions. The pressurised cargo cabin means that the aircraft is suitable to transport freight of all kinds and can provide a temperature control range from 4° to 30° degrees Celsius. Livestock and horses, perishables, heavy machinery, oversized equipment, oil and gas equipment and humanitarian and relief aid can all be transported worldwide on this aircraft, which is suitable for long haul cargo flights of up to 10 hours.

Qatar Airways Air Cargo fleet now includes B747 Freighter.

The cargo airline operates from Hamad International Airport, Doha, where its cargo terminal is one of the largest in the world. Operating an advanced air cargo handling system, the cargo complex has a capacity to process 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per year and can accommodate 11 wide-body freighters with 42 airside loading docks to facilitate the swift and efficient transfer of cargo in to and out of Qatar.

Read More

China Airlines moves its regional cargo hub to Dubai World Central

Apr 16, 2015

China Airlines, the Taiwan-based carrier, will relocate its regional base to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) with effect from today.

The first flight, which arrived at 10am from Taipei, was welcomed by a traditional water salute by executives from the airline and Dubai Airports.

China Airlines 747 Arrives at Dubai World Central

China Airlines at Dubai World Central

The Taiwanese carrier uses the UAE as an intermediate stopover on its cargo flights between Taiwan and Europe. It will operate flights from Taipei to Dubai and onwards to Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Frankfurt using its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome China Airlines to DWC. They join an increasing number of airlines which are recognising DWC as an important cargo hub with its world class facilities, flexible schedules, proximity to Jebel Ali Port and the fact that is it an ideal transit point between east and west,” said Majed Al Joker, SVP Operations DWC at Dubai Airports.

China Airlines joins more than 25 scheduled and charter airlines – which includes home carrier Emirates SkyCargo – that operate from the airport to more than 60 destinations around the globe. The airport is fast emerging as a major regional and global cargo hub with freight volumes surging 262 per cent to 758,371 tonnes for the full year 2014, up from 209,209 tonnes in 2013.

Read More

Turkish Airlines orders four additional Airbus A330 Freighter

Mar 12, 2015

Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order to purchase four A330-200F freighter aircraft from Airbus. Operated by Turkish Cargo, a brand of Turkish Airlines, the additional aircraft will help to further boost the company’s expansion in the air cargo market.

A330 freighter

Turkish Airlines already operates five A330-200F, and the additional order will enable them to quickly meet the growing cargo market demand.

“The A330-200F freighter aircraft have demonstrated outstanding operational reliability and performance for our cargo transport operations. It is with this in mind that we chose to expand our freighter fleet with more A330-200F,” said Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines.

A330 Freighter - Turkish Airlines orders four additional Airbus A330-200 Freighters

Turkish Airlines orders four additional Airbus A330-200 Freighters

“A prestigious customer like Turkish Airlines ordering the A330-200F for the third time shows a real vote of confidence in this aircraft to help further develop their cargo business,“ said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.


The A330-200F is capable of carrying a payload of 65 to 70 tonnes, with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. With unit costs similar to larger freighters, it is the ideal aircraft for opening new routes and developing networks with minimum risk. The technologically advanced design and continuous improvements since the programme launch make this A330 Freighter today’s most modern and efficient mid-size freighter.

“The A330 Family is the most versatile family of aircraft on the market and the A330-200F is no exception, being the most flexible, reliable and cost-efficient freighter”

Without the A330 Freighter order Turkish Airlines already operate a large Airbus fleet with a total of 139 Airbus aircraft in service. These include 91 single aisle aircraft, two A310 freighters, 17 A330-200, 18 A330-300, five A330-200F and six A340 aircraft.

Airbus aircraft, including the A330 Freighter, share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.

Read More

Cargolux Celebrate 30th Direct Delivery of a Boeing 747 Freighter

Mar 9, 2015

Boeing and Cargolux Airlines have celebrated the 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter to the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier. To mark the special occasion, their latest 747-8F Freighter carries a special decal of the “Father of the Boeing 747,” Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the aircraft.

“We have built our business around the iconic 747 and therefore we wanted to celebrate our 30th direct delivery from Boeing by honoring the man behind this magnificent machine — Joe Sutter,” said Dirk Reich, President and CEO.

The latest Cargolux 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal The Father of the Boeing 747 Joe Sutter

The latest Cargolux 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal The Father of the Boeing 747 Joe Sutter

“The 747-8 Freighter has been a tremendous addition to our fleet, providing us with increased capacity and improved economics that has enabled us to expand our operations across the globe.”

This latest delivery was the 12th 747-8 Freighter to join air cargo company’s fleet, with the Luxembourg carrier becoming the world’s first operator of the aircraft type in October 2011. Prior to the introduction of the 747-8 Freighter, the company took delivery of the first of two 747-200 Freighters in 1979 and in 1993 also became the world’s first operator of the 747-400 Freighter, taking a total of 16 747-400 Freighters.


In January 2015, Cargolux began operations to Manaus Airport in Brazil with a 747-8 Freighter carrying a full load of machinery spare parts and telecommunications equipment. In the process, Manaus Airport became the 100th commercial airport that the company serves with the 747-8 Freighter, underlining the airplane’s incredible versatility in the world cargo market.

“The 30th 747 delivery is an important milestone in our shared history with this all-Boeing operator that spans some four decades,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Boeing and Cargolux Airlines Celebrate 30th Direct Delivery of a 747 Freighter 747-8F

Boeing and Cargolux Airlines Celebrate 30th Direct Delivery of a 747 Freighter 747-8F

“I can’t think of a better way to mark this special occasion than with this tribute to Joe Sutter and in recognizing that today the 747-8 Freighter provides Cargolux with unrivalled operating costs and economics compared to any large freighter airplane on the market.”

The 747-8 Freighter is optimised to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door.

Cargolux currently has two unfilled orders for 747-8 Freighters, with the all-Boeing carrier operating a fleet composed entirely of 747-400 Freighters and 747-8 Freighters.

Read More

Korean Air Orders Five Boeing 777 Freighters

Feb 13, 2015

Korean Air has finalised an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at current list prices, will increase efficiency and reliability to its all-Boeing freighter fleet.

Korean Air Cargo

As one of the world’s largest cargo airlines, Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26 aircraft that includes 17 747-400 Freighters, five 747-8 Freighters and four 777 Freighters.

“We truly value our enduring partnership and we are pleased that they have selected the 777 Freighter to bolster their all-Boeing Freighter fleet,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of NE Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Korean Air Cargo Announce Order for Five Boeing 777 Freighters

Korean Air Cargo Announce Order for Five Boeing 777 Freighters

“This order further demonstrates the commitment to excellence and will help the airline maintain its position as a leading global airline.”

Korea’s flag carrier currently operates 86 Boeing passenger airliners and has unfilled orders for nearly 40 additional aircraft, including 12 777-300ER, 10 747-8 Intercontinentals, 10 787-9 Dreamliners, two 747-8 Freighters and six 777 Freighters.


The 777 Freighter is currently the world’s longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities. The aircraft’s range capability translates into significant savings for air cargo operators: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.

According to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast, global air freight traffic is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent, doubling the cargo traffic for airlines such as Korean Air over the next 20 years.

Read More

Air Freight Traffic Growth At Dubai World Central Continues

Nov 4, 2014

The surge in freight volumes at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) has continued in the third quarter of 2014 with triple-digit growth, according to traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

Air Cargo Grows at Dubai

Dubai World Central recorded 243,284 tonnes of freight in the third quarter, a sharp increase of 462.5 per cent from 43,252 tonnes recorded during the corresponding period in 2013. The spike, fuelled mainly by the completion of the shift of all pure cargo flights, including Emirates SkyCargo, from Dubai International to Al Maktoum International (DWC) in May this year. The year to date cargo in September reached 519,851 tonnes, up 255.6 per cent from 146,181 tonnes recorded during the first nine months of 2013.

Air Cargo Traffic Growth At Dubai World Central (DWC) Continues

Air Cargo Traffic Growth At Dubai World Central (DWC) Continues

Passenger numbers totaled 155,997 in the third quarter* as a result of temporary flights operated by some passenger airlines during the runway upgrade project at Dubai International between the 1st May and  20th July. The year to date passenger traffic (Jan-Sept) totalled 734,126.

Commenting on the results, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said, “The permanent relocation of pure cargo operators to DWC as well as the influx of cargo charter flights will continue to drive the growth in freight volumes at DWC and we are working to expand our facilities to accommodate the anticipated growth. We expect passenger traffic to return to Q1 levels in the fourth quarter as all temporary operations – which contributed substantially to passenger numbers this quarter – have already returned to Dubai International.”

Aircraft movements in the third quarter totaled 10,784 compared to 6,686 movements during the same period last year, an increase of 61.3 per cent. Increase in both the passenger and freight operations in recent months, year to date (Jan-Sept) aircraft movements also climbed sharply to 35,968 movements, up 112.5 per cent from 16,923 movements recorded in the first nine months of 2013.


Read More


Lost your password?