Kalitta Air faces $400,000 penalty for FAA violation

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a civil penalty of $400,000 against cargo airline Kalitta Air for allegedly operating flights in a prohibited region when certain aircraft have a faulty multimode receiver.

The agency announced Friday that Kalitta Air, based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, used prohibited procedures on 44 flights between late December 2022 and Jan. 26, 2023. The Boeing 777 freighter did not have the required software needed to correct a fault in the navigation equipment....


Emirates’ 777 order underscores Airbus’ outlook for large freighters

The cargo branch of Dubai-based Emirates, the world’s fourth-largest airline by freight traffic, committed Tuesday to purchase an additional five 777 freighters from Boeing for $1 billion, adding needed supply of widebody freighters as demand for air shipping grows.

The announcement comes a day after Airbus upgraded by 3.3% its demand forecast for widebody freighters through 2043 but trimmed its overall outlook for freighter aircraft.  

The Emirates order builds on one in 2022 for five 777 cargo...


DHL Express outsources 777 operations to Chinese airline

DHL Express will hand Central Airlines a pair of Boeing 777 freighter aircraft to operate on its behalf on routes from China. This will be the first time the global logistics integrator has partnered with a domestic Chinese airline to support its air cargo network. 

DHL’s deployment of cargo jets to Central Airlines provides extra capacity for Chinese companies to reach global markets, especially e-commerce platforms that are heavily booking commercial aircraft to fulfill cross-border consumer...


Maersk Air Cargo receives first 777 freighter aircraft

The cargo airline owned by Danish shipping powerhouse A.P. Moller-Maersk will soon deploy its first Boeing 777 freighter on an existing route between Europe and China, injecting a dose of capacity as businesses face limited access to dedicated freighter service in a tight market. 

Maersk Air Cargo accepted its first 777 freighter from Boeing following a handover ceremony in Seattle, the company announced Friday. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at its home base in Billund, Denmark, on...


FreightTech Friday: p44 offers eBOLs for all LTL shipments

Visibility provider project44 announced it has implemented automatic electronic bills of lading for all of its less-than-truckload pickup requests as the LTL industry looks to expedite industry adoption of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s (NMFTA’s) eBOL standards.

“We are proud to contribute and continue to lead LTL API innovation, which includes eBOL,” Jett McCandless, founder and chief executive officer, told FreightWaves in an email. “We are thankful for the many carriers,...


Avianca Cargo, AeroUnion launch fleet upgrade with A330 freighter

Avianca Cargo recently received its first Airbus A330 converted freighter and placed it with Mexican affiliate AeroUnion to cover routes in Colombia, Mexico and the United States as part of a fleet modernization plan.

The cargo division of Colombian flag carrier Avianca operates six factory-built A330-200 cargo jets and agreed in May 2022 to lease two A330-200 and two A330-300 from CDB Aviation, the Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank. The first passenger-to-freighter conversion is an...


Western Global pilots seek federal mediation in contract talks

Cargo pilots at Western Global Airlines, which restructured last year under bankruptcy protection, this week asked the National Mediation Board to umpire contracts talks that have been stalled for two years, the Air Line Pilots Association announced. 

Western Global Airlines has 110 active pilots, according to union figures, who are seeking their first contract since selecting ALPA as their bargaining representative in 2021. The roster reached a high of 204 pilots that year before the downturn...


Air cargo surge could be at expense of peak season growth

A disconnect is arising between actual demand for cross-border air cargo service through the first half of 2024 and forecasts for the full year, raising questions about whether the current surge will strengthen during the traditional busy season starting in mid-September or lose energy.

Although the e-commerce fervor powering the air cargo market shows no signs of cooling down, that doesn’t mean other market drivers won’t. Many shippers are pulling forward fall orders to minimize the chance of...


Extreme weather blocks vessel traffic around South Africa

Severe storm conditions off the coast of South Africa have temporarily halted vessel movements. The rough seas are exacerbating supply chain delays caused by diversions around the Red Sea to avoid Houthi rebel attacks on commercial shipping, according to logistics companies and commodity analysts.

Denmark-based Scan Global Logistics alerted customers on Wednesday that extreme weather conditions around the Cape of Good Hope have forced container lines to seek shelter from high winds and waves...


German startup grabs pre-seed funding for container logistics platform

Global shipping solutions provider Northbound announced Wednesday it has closed on $1.4 million (€1.3 million) in pre-seeding funding led by Apex Black with participation from id4 ventures, IBB Ventures, Schenker Ventures, MVP Factory and other angel investors.

The Berlin-based company plans to use the funds to continue building out its container logistics platform, first with a focus on address detention and demurrage (D&D) problems for its customers.

Northbound addresses these charges by...


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