Summary: As noted in China Money Network, SF Express has opened service centers in Vietnam and Thailand as the express delivery firm continues to expand in Asia. SF Express currently offers express services between Vietnam, Thailand and Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Mongolia. The company also offers export services from Vietnam, Thailand to Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Canada and Australia.
According to the company, “Vietnam and Thailand are the firm’s two most vital markets in the ASEAN region as well as two important trade partners targeted by China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, the Chinese government’s program to enhance economic ties with the countries of Eurasia.”
LogisticsTI Take: SF Express is also a major logistics partner of Alibaba and as Alibaba looks to expand services via cross-border, so to SF Express and other Chinese express providers. In addition, as SF Express expands international capabilities, international express providers, DHL, FedEx and UPS could feel the impact as competition intensifies.
Summary: Atlas Air announced that it would place two Boeing 747-8 freighters into ACMI service for Cathay Pacific. Both freighters will be operated by Atlas Air and will fly on behalf of Cathay Pacific Cargo through aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance agreements. Scheduled to begin May 2017, service will be deployed to supplement capacity on Cathay Pacific Cargo’s existing network.
LogisticsTI Take: APAC airlines are enjoying an increase in demand. According to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, first quarter 2017 demand increased 9.6%. Indeed, this latest win for Atlas Air is the second one from an Asian carrier. In January, it placed into service one Boeing 747-400 for Nippon Cargo Airlines for routes connecting Asia and the US. Atlas Air is benefiting from not only these new customers but also Amazon which it signed an agreement with in 2016. However, Atlas will need to work on expense controls after reporting a 19.8% increase in operating income but a $752 million loss in net income.
Summary: Delta Cargo introduced DASH Critical & Medical which is a GPS enabled, same day product. The new service provides real time tracking and monitoring of eligible shipments and it allows customers to ship items up until 45 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure. The service is available from ten US locations including Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, Rochester and Seattle with service to 89 mainland US destinations and Hawaii.
DASH Critical & Medical shipments have clearly visible, unique pink packaging and includes GPS tracking that is proactively monitored by a dedicated team throughout the journey. The service is good for such time sensitive items as medical commodities, legal documents, essential machinery parts and aircraft on the ground components.
LogisticsTI Take: A growing number of airlines, forwarders and other logistics providers are offering time-definite services primarily due to the growth of e-commerce and demand from just in time businesses.
Summary: Starting April 2017, American Airlines will begin daily, nonstop widebody service between San Juan Luis Murhoz Marin Airport and Philadelphia International Airport, home of American Airlines Cargo’s dedicated 25,000 square foot pharmaceutical facility. The service will be in addition to the two daily narrow-body flights today.
The daily service will provide added capacity for shippers transporting goods to and from San Juan, including pharmaceuticals, cell phones, medical instruments and aircraft parts. According to the Puerto Rico Report, the island accounted for 24% of all pharmaceutical and medicine exports from the US.
According to the Senior Manager for American Airlines Cargo Sales -Eastern Division, “It will hugely benefit us in our ongoing efforts to enhance and evolve our already world class cold chain program.”
LogisticsTI Take: American Airlines is among several cargo providers offering specialized cold chain solutions and in particular extended and enhancing network between the US and Puerto Rico. A bonus for American Airlines is its strategically-placed cold-chain facility in Philadelphia that not only provides specialized solutions but also is able to reach a large number of customers in a reduced amount of time.
Summary: Qatar’s latest cargo destinations include Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Quito and Miami. The new freighter services aim to meet the growing demand for import and export trade in the region and will supplement the belly-hold cargo capacity on Qatar Airways daily flights to Sao Paulo and Miami.
The four new destinations bring Qatar Airways Cargo Americas’ network to twelve while offering belly-hold services to 13 cities. Major commodities out of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Quito are fresh flowers, perishables and pharmaceuticals while imports into South America include medicines, automotive, chemical products, high tech commodities and equipment of r the oil and gas industry. Miami will serve as the distribution hub of this region.
LogisticsTI Take: Qatar looks to expand its cargo services and in particular its temperature-sensitive solutions. In recent years it has introduced such products as QR Pharma, QR Fresh, QR Live and QR Express. It’s Doha hub at the Hamad International Airport meets pharmaceutical industry standards and is compliant with ‘Good Distribution Practice’. Qatar Airways Cargo is also the only global airline to offer reefer truck transportation on the ramp at its Doha hub.