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Volume 13, September 2014 | Contents

Agents for change bookmark
Accountants have taken over the airline business and are putting their relationships with GSAs under closer scrutiny. But agents with big networks argue that they can offer good economies of scale. Martin Roebuck reports
Editor's note – September 2014 bookmark
A dark year in aviation’s history
It’s been a truly shocking year so far for the airline industry. The tragic Malaysia Airlines flights, swiftly followed by crashes at TransAsia Airways and Air Algérie, plunged aviation into one of its worst years in regards to safety
Exploring new roads bookmark
Whether it’s due to stronger yields at a given airport, forwarder-driven demand or carrier network expansion, trucking services are seeing significant developments all over the world. However, despite ongoing innovation, hauliers are still facing low margins, reports Ian Putzger
Eye of the tiger bookmark
Carriers and forwarders are reporting strong intra-Asia growth as manufacturing shifts out of China and e-commerce booms. But, warns Ian Putzger, some of the volumes are looking to land transport instead
Forward thinking bookmark
A weekly air freight rate index, TAC, will soon be launched. Based on raw data from multinational forwarders, it will also be used to set in motion forward freight agreements, allowing all parties in the supply chain to hedge against spot market rate changes. But, discovers Alexandra Lennane, it has not been welcomed in all quarters
Going, going… gone? bookmark
The future of Martinair hangs in the balance as Air France-KLM considers its options to stem cargo losses, reports Alexandra Lennane
Leading lights – September 2014 bookmark
Jan Krems
President, United Cargo
Muscle from Brussels bookmark
With load factors above 90%, an enviable foothold in Africa and a shipper-focused service, Brussels Airlines Cargo is in a strong position to face up to larger, cheaper competitors. Martin Roebuck talks to head of cargo, Herman Hoornaert
Parcel promise bookmark
Mail has switched from letters to parcels as e-commerce growth has soared. With both postal services and the integrators looking for capacity, airlines have been profiting from the changes, as Ian Putzger discovers
Rising star – Nina Hampel bookmark
Nina Hampel, 32, was nominated by LUG aircargo handling
September 2014