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Volume 13, March 2014 | Contents

Air time bookmark
ALCM annual industry survey 2014
Belly trouble? Depressed yields? Too many freighters? Association confusion? Whatever the worry, our readers have shared it all in Airline Cargo Management’s third annual survey – which reveals that the industry is expecting a better year in 2014
Arabian heights bookmark
Saudia Cargo is aggressive, growing and centrally placed – albeit in a competitive region. And while its home country has some challenges, Peter Scholten, vice president commercial, is optimistic that its strong economy and growing ties to Asia and Africa will help the carrier achieve double-digit growth this year. Alexandra Lennane reports
Atlas takes the weight bookmark
The news that IAG Cargo will end its contract for three Boeing 747-8 freighters at the end of April took the industry by surprise. While it had long been thought that the British Airways arm of IAG Cargo had wanted to renegotiate terms with Atlas subsidiary Global Supply Systems (GSS), a complete cancellation with two years to run on the agreement was a blow to the ACMI operator
Editor's note – March 2014 bookmark
2014 – a year of change?
It’s been a busy quarter in the world of air freight. First, happily, November’s traffic figures looked stronger and healthier than they have in a while, albeit that it was simply due to a pre-holiday peak.
Flicking the switch bookmark
Slowly but surely, both forwarders and airlines are embracing e-freight, although not at the pace IATA had wanted. But in the countries that allow it the process is becoming easier and the benefits more obvious, freight forwarders tell Martin Roebuck
Follow my leader? bookmark
A new report warns that unless the industry invests in training and education, it will suffer a ‘brain drain’, explains TIACA
Freight cuts bookmark
Longhaul freighter capacity has been reduced, while regional demand is growing. However delays over Brazil’s football World Cup preparations may require a need for speed as the date gets nearer, reports Ian Putzger
From film to freight bookmark
Hollywood may have a point, says Niall van de Wouw, managing director of technology company Clive. He argues that ‘artificial agents’ are the future, even for air cargo, and are something that will help boost carriers’ bottom lines
Hanging on retail bookmark
A bitterly cold winter in North America deterred consumers from shopping, while too much inventory in the third quarter also saw volumes fall. But, discovers Ian Putzger, the apparel sector still favours air freight and there are opportunities to take as e-tail increases its spread
In the family way bookmark
Hellmann is revisiting its airline procurement strategy and introducing e-freight as fast as possible. New air freight director Henrik Lund explains to Alexandra Lennane why he’s enjoyed his first few months at the customer-centred organisation
March 2014