Recent Exclusive Stories

Frankfurt Airport Night Flight Ban Causes Uproar
 ExclusiveReaction has been fast and furious as an October 30th deadline looms and countdown begins for yesterday’s stunning news out of Germany: Europe’s most important air cargo gateway is facing total annihilation as the result of a local judge’s ruling, demanding all night flights be terminated at Frankfurt International Airport.
  The word came down just barely two weeks before the opening of the gateway’s new runway.

Keeping His Essence
  Claudio Silva, the well respected, all cargo pro has been steady at the helm of LAN Cargo the Americas for almost as long as anybody can remember.
  An inspirational strategist and Latin American industry icon, Claudio has soldiered on through 27 years, delivering LAN Cargo to new heights as his fame and esteem spread almost everywhere.
  One would think Claudio has conquered all the things rightfully expected in his 27 years at LAN.

India Agents Voice Congestion Woes
Fed up with the congestion problems in Mumbai airport—and of late, the situation has gone from bad to worst—freight forwarders and air cargo stakeholders can look forward to air cargo services at the Ojhar airport in Nasik in Maharashtra. The airport initially expects about 20-25 percent of the 40,000-ton monthly cargo handled at the Mumbai airport to come to it.
  The ACAAI and the Bombay Custom House Agents Association meeting in progress. ACAAI President Bharat Thakkar is seen addressing the members of the two trade bodies.

IULDUG Meet In Florida—Independence Day For Asset Management
 This is the 24th annual general meeting (AGM) of what was once known as the IULDUG, formerly an IATA interest group, and its first AGM as a private, independent group, sans IATA. This declaration of independence is such that IATA couldn’t even be bothered to send a representative to the inaugural meeting, despite the fact that the ULDUG vice chairman, Air Canada’s Urs Wiesendanger, is the chairman of the IATA ULD Panel! The mysterious workings of this association . . .
  The meeting was very well attended, with 113 delegates consisting of 47 airlines, 59 suppliers, a combination of various manufacturers, pooling companies, leasing companies and 7 industry guests, including FlyingTypers as exclusive media, and more importantly the FAA and the UK CAA.

Sea Air Slips As Air Rates Dip
   Low air freight rates are reducing the cost advantage that has typically seen forwarders and shippers use sea-air options on Asia-Europe trade lanes.
  Last year Europe embarked on the major process of restocking following a recession volumes spike, but this year they have subsided in alignment with volumes and air freight rates, although operators are hopeful of a third quarter improvement in flows.

Singapore Has E-Freight Issues
 Even in the perfectly conceived concept that is the state of Singapore, not all of the people buy into the idea of ‘progress’ all of the time.
  At least, that is, where e-freight is concerned.
  That was the message from Steven J.K. Lee, the presiding Chairman of the Singapore Air Cargo Agents Association (SAAA) (Also see report with Mr. Lee on the state of air cargo business in Singapore, datelined September 12).

Flossie Arend Air Cargo 911-91111
I remember waking up on the morning of 9/11 and wishing I could go back to sleep. I was a junior in college and had chosen to have early morning classes on Tuesdays - a big mistake for me as I naturally kept night owl hours. My dorm apartment was relatively quiet when I got out of bed, but I could hear the television on in the living room; this was a normal occurrence as my actor student roommates were always up early and put the television on while they had breakfast and got ready for the day.