March 2016

air

Brazil gives green light to FedEx-TNT merger

Brazil's competition watchdog, CADE (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica) has rejected an appeal against FedEx's acquisition of rival express operator TNT brought by UPS. It was one of the last remaining obstacles to the merger of the express giants, although the two companies still need to obtain regulatory clearance in China. [+]
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Operators act to avert Belgian toll chaos

One week before a new toll system is due to be introduced in Belgium, only a small number of the satellite on-board units have been delivered to operators, says fuel and service card supplier Union Tank Eckstein (UTA). The Viapass satellite-based toll system electronic is due to replace the Eurovignette ... [+]
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Europa launches Salzburg service

Europa Road has launched a new route to Salzburg, Austria from its hub in Dartford. The new service runs five times per week to the city which is located at the junction of two of Europe´s international E-road network routes, the north/south E55, which runs between Helsingborg in Sweden and ... [+]
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Batman’s wheels ready to fly

Hidden inside the anonymous container are the wheel's of a superhero. Turkish Cargo transported the Batmobile from the US to London on an intercontinental cargo flight following the launch of the latest film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Neither Metropolis nor Gotham City was on the itinerary; more prosaically, the ... [+]
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Brussels airport to reopen to passengers

Brussels airport will reopen to passenger flights tomorrow (Thursday 31 March) but it will have limited capacity and could take several months to get back to normal, said director, Arnaud Feist. According to press reports, priority will be given to flights inside the EU’s Schengen passport-free zone and flights ... [+]
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From the horse’s mouth…

IAG Cargo has published the first in a series of ‘talking head’ videos, discussing key sectors within the cargo industry - a Q&A from Alan Dorling, global head of pharmaceuticals and life Sciences. He discussed drug transportation in the air cargo industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abuVP3qth2A [+]
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Virgin recruits US sales head

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has appointed John Giannitelli as regional sales manager USA. He joins Virgin Atlantic from Aer Lingus, where he ran the airline’s sales and reservations operation for the US. Virgin Atlantic says it has been one of the most consistent providers of transatlantic cargo capacity and in 2016, ... [+]
logistics

Clean, green FedEx

FedEx Express says it has surpassed its goal to boost vehicle fuel efficiency by 30% five years early in its its 2016 Global Citizenship Report (GCR) published at the end of March, Its 'Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize' strategy had reduced overall mileage by optimising routes, replaced vehicles with more efficient ... [+]
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Green light for France/UK piggyback service – updated

A new intermodal rail service from the south of France to the UK has carried its first trailers. The VIIA Britanica service, operated by the logistics arm of the French Railways (SNCF) carried its first unaccompanied units from the port of Calais at 2am on the morning of Wednesday 30 ... [+]
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Atlas lifts Stones to Cuba

All-cargo carrier Atlas Air provided the essential lift for The Rolling Stones' historic concert in Havana, Cuba on 25 March. An Atlas Boeing 747-400 freighter carried 97 tons of staging and equipment from Mexico City to Havana, via Miami, on 19 March. It was also the first commercial charter ... [+]

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