Air Cargo

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.

London Heathrow’s cargo traffic decreased by 5.4 percent in July from a year ago but the airport urged the government to approve an expansion of the airport to keep pace with growing trade with emerging markets.

Nippon Express Co., Japan’s largest international freight forwarder, said that it has bought the remaining 5 percent of Nippon Express (China) still held by a Chinese partner to speed up the decision-making process. Those decisions center on adjusting to China's rapidly changing logistics business environment, wherein manufacturers are shifting their operations further inland, necessitating greater inland penetration by international logistics firms.

Perishables and pharmaceuticals — among the most lucrative segments of the air cargo because of the time-sensitive nature of their delivery — are at the forefront of air carrier plans to bolster revenue.

Frankfurt airport, Europe’s largest air freight hub, posted another monthly decline in traffic in June, tracking slowing growth at its largest customer, Lufthansa Cargo.