Air Cargo

China Southern Airlines reported a stunning first half with cargo volume rising 10 percent overall and belly hold freight growing 27.6 percent compared to the first half of last year.

Strong passenger demand among airlines is working against air cargo as it drives up capacity that cargo divisions are unable to fill in a weak air freight environment and creates strong downward pressure on rates.

Weak Asian demand pulled down cargo traffic at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the first six months of the year, another sign of how China’s slowing economy is curbing shipments of high-value products such as electronics and auto parts.

The International Air Transport Association director general and CEO Tony Tyler will retire in June next year after serving five years in the position.

Air cargo demand among Asian carriers weakened in July as demand for exports fell along with global trade, according to the latest data from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

Air China Cargo turned around its financial fortunes in the first half of the year with a 23.5 percent increase in freight carried on the airline’s network taking the mainland’s flag carrier to a $17 million net profit.

Nippon Express Co., Japan’s largest international freight forwarder, is investing heavily in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, to position itself favorably ahead of the inauguration of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of the year.

Shura Bary, principal at The Bary Group, a public relations firm that represented some of the largest airfreight companies in the industry, died Aug. 6 in his San Francisco home from complications of Type 1 diabetes. He was 85.

FedEx Trade Networks, the growing freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of the global shipping giant, has named Udo Lange its executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Nippon Express Co., Japan’s largest international freight forwarder, has reached a key milestone in its Asia strategy with the launch of a time-saving truck service between Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province in southern China, and Bangkok, Thailand’s capital.