First US military jet carrying baby formula from Europe to arrive Sunday

A large, gray military jet touches down on runway on a sunny day, as smoke comes off the tires.

A U.S. military aircraft on Sunday will deliver the first batch of baby formula from Europe to Indianapolis under Operation Fly Formula as the Biden administration accelerates efforts to alleviate a domestic shortage.

The White House announced Saturday that a U.S. Air Force cargo jet will transport 132 pallets of Nestle’s Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to the Indianapolis airport. From there the shipment will be trucked to a Nestle Health Science...

Return of United Airlines’ 777s provides ‘material’ upside for cargo

A white plane, with blue tail and United painted on side takes off.

United Airlines is adding a significant amount of cargo capacity to its fleet with the return of 52 Boeing 777-200 large passenger jets out of service for more than a year, while at the same time trimming second-quarter flight schedules because of labor and other constraints amid rising travel demand.

The developments underscore that the airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic isn’t a straight-line path.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday greenlighted the reintroduction of United...

US military to expedite 1st batch of infant formula from Switzerland

Ground personnel use a tug to position a cargo pallet next to a plane.

The first emergency flights of infant formula under the U.S. government’s new Operation Fly Formula will transport formula made by Nestle S.A. from Zurich to Plainfield, Indiana, the White House said Thursday.

The Defense Department is combing through its list of approved commercial airline contractors to identify the best aircraft to fulfill the transport request from the Department of Agriculture.

A series of Operation Fly Formula flights will transport the equivalent of up to 1.5 million...

Nestle expedites baby formula resupply with air cargo

A Customs officer monitors pallets of import cargo unloaded from an aircraft on the tarmac.

Airfreight logistics is playing an increasingly important role in rushing desperately needed infant formula from overseas production facilities as the U.S. copes with shortages caused by the shutdown of a major domestic plant and supply chain bottlenecks.

A spokesperson for Nestle Health Science confirmed Thursday that the company has ramped up air shipments of its Gerber Good Start and Extensive HA brands from the Netherlands and Afamino, Switzerland.

The White House on Wednesday took action...

Biden launches emergency airlift to pick up overseas baby formula

Cargo on a pallet waiting to be loaded onto a plane labeled Western Global, cargo door open on sunny day.

President Joe Biden late Wednesday mobilized an airlift of infant formula from foreign countries to the U.S. and ordered suppliers to prioritize formula manufacturers to address a severe domestic shortage that has panicked parents nationwide.

The White House said it has launched Operation Fly Formula to speed the import of baby formula and get it to stores as soon as possible. 

Biden directed the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to use Defense Department commercial...

Air France-KLM forms cargo alliance with French shipping giant CMA CGM

A white CMA CGM Air Cargo jet comes in for landing with wheels down, view from below.

Air France-KLM Group and ocean shipping giant CMA CGM announced Wednesday the formation of a 10-year alliance between their air cargo divisions under which the companies will jointly market capacity in their respective cargo networks to increase their scale and competitiveness. 

The long-term, aircraft-sharing agreement will enable CMA CGM Air Cargo access to Air France, KLM and Martinair freighters as well as the belly space of passenger aircraft, including more than 160 large long-haul jets....

How to win the trade game: NY/NJ port directors explain their success

Container ship in New York City.

The East Coast ports have become a big winner in the trade game as more logistics managers diversify away from the West Coast. The Port of New York and New Jersey is just one of the ports reaping the benefits of this container migration. 

American Shipper recently spoke with outgoing Port Director Sam Ruda and successor Bethann Rooney on their assessment of these historic times and how Rooney will continue to bring all stakeholders together.

Port Master Plan impact

AMERICAN SHIPPER: Both of you...

EgyptAir orders cargo conversion for 737-800 passenger jet

A white jet with EgyptAir Cargo painted on side with a blue tail lifts off runway.

EgyptAir plans to add the first standard-size cargo jet to its fleet early next year after signing an agreement with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. to reconfigure a used 737-800 passenger plane for dedicated cargo service.

Miami-based AEI said Monday that modification work will begin in October at authorized conversion center Commercial Jet, also in Miami. EgyptAir will own the plane and send it to Miami for installation of a wide cargo door, reinforced flooring and a cargo handling system, and...

Long Beach sets record but East, Gulf Coast ports’ gains bigger

“Cargo continues to move at a record-setting pace and may not slow down anytime soon,” according to Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. 

The port on California’s San Pedro Bay recorded its busiest April ever. Its neighbor, the Port of Los Angeles, had the second-busiest April in its history even though it posted a year-over-year cargo volume decrease. But the strongest performances in April took place at ports on the Gulf and East coasts.

The Port of Long Beach last month...

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