Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for Asia-related trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in October and November.
International Airlines Group reported cargo traffic of 467 million metric-ton kilometers in September, down 7.2 percent from 503 million metric-ton kilometers of cargo in September 2012.
Last month, global freight demand rose 3.6 percent compared to the same period in 2012, according to the International Air Transport Association.
National Shipping of America, which in May started a fortnightly service between Houston and Puerto Rico, said it will add a southbound call in Port Everglades, enabling it to offer both fast transit from the mainland to Puerto Rico and a "marine highway" service from Houston to South Florida.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, took delivery of its fourth new Boeing 747-8 freighter. The aircraft will make its first commercial flight on the airline’s Chicago–Amsterdam– Moscow route, and will then be used on ABC’s existing route network linking Europe, Asia and the U.S. via AirBridgeCargo’s hub in Moscow.
Etihad Airways, the national flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched a direct flight between Vietnam’s southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City and Abu Dhabi, on expectation of tapping the revenue potential for the airline’s highly successful freight division, Etihad Cargo, reported Vietnam News Briefs.
China Southern Airlines has launched a new freighter route to Los Angeles. The flight takes off from Guangzhou every Saturday and stops over at Hangzhou before flying to Los Angeles.
SAILING cancellations, rather than service withdrawals, are likely to be favoured by carriers as they fear of losing market share from the massive Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM P3 alliance when it enters the Asia-Europe route in the first half of next year, says Drewry's Maritime Research.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) said that its international cargo volume rose for the sixth straight month in August on a year-on-year basis, jumping 9.5 percent to 47,598 tons.
American Worldwide Agencies will represent a new Austral Asia Line (AAL) service to the West Coast that will cater to the needs of the breakbulk, heavy-lift, dry bulk and project cargo shippers.