Air Freight News

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Cargo plane bomb found in Britain was primed to blow up over US

Scotland Yard has revealed that the device taken from a plane in Britain was timed to explode in mid-air over the eastern United States.   The bomb was found by police on board a cargo plane at East Midlands airport last month after detailed information was passed through intelligence channels to the UK and US from Saudi Arabia. An alarm clock on a mobile phone attached to the printer bomb was set to go off at 10.30am BST. Another device was found at Dubai airport.

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British Airways fined €104m for role in air cargo cartel

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Qantas A380 landing: Airlines were warned in August over engine safety

Two airlines  - Qantas and Singapore Airways - grounded their fleets of Airbus A380 superjumbos following an emergency landing by a Qantas plane after one of its engines blew apart in mid-air.  It showered debris on the ground below. In August Europe's air safety watchdog (EASA)  issued an alert about abnormal wear on splines used to secure the turbines inside the British-made Rolls Royce engines used on the A380, but  experts said it was too early to tell if the two were connected.

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Airlines will work with government over new freight security measures

Airlines have pledged to work with the UK Government to accommodate new security measures announced by Theresa May following the Yemeni plane terror plot. From today for a monoth the carrying of toner cartridges larger than 500g in passengers’ hand luggage on flights leaving the UK will be banned. Also the carriage of these cartridges by air cargo is banned into, via or from the UK unless they originate from a known shipper with DFT approval.

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Bombs reveal major flaws in screening of international freight

The bomb at East Midlands airport was missed initially. Security experts have said  the Yemeni bombing plot had taken advantage of known weaknesses in the way international cargo is screened. Not all cargo is screened. In 2008 only 3 - 4% of cargo on passenger planes was being screened worldwide.  Britain and other countries remain vulnerable to terrorists switching their focus to cargo planes.   Just a small amount of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, better know as PETN, could badly damage a plane.

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IATA: global air freight still growing September, but only just

Global air freight traffic recorded a 14.8% year-on-year increase,  which is significantly weaker than the 19.0% rise recorded in August. Freight capacity increased by 11.9%.   European freight demand recorded an 11.1% increase. Seasonally adjusted figures show that, compared to August, global freight markets contracted by - 2.1%. September’s decline was larger than anticipated. Freight activity has fallen 6% since May’s post-crisis peak.

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Two UPS pilots killed as freighter crashes near Dubai

Crew reported radio problems and smoke in the cockpit of the B747-400 freighter shortly before the crash. The cause was not known at the time, but is now known to be a fire caused by lithium batteries. The 2 US pilots had reported problems and were attempting to return to Dubai’s main airport shortly after taking off. The aircraft crashed in an unpopulated area 50 minutes from departure. Non-rechargeable and rechargeable lithium batteries are flammable. (IFW)

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Dubai plans for 48% rise in air cargo traffic – already almost 2 million tonnes per year

Freight volumes at Dubai and the new Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum airports could rise by 48% over the next 5 years, it has been claimed. In its latest traffic forecast, Dubai Airports said cargo tonnage, which totalled 1.9 million in 2009, would exceed 3 million tonnes by the end of 2015. By comparison, Heathrow handled 1,277,650 tonnes of cargo in 2009, East Midlands airport 255,121 tonnes and all UK airports together handled 2,047,861 tonnes. (IFW)

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French government moves towards privatising regional airports

The French government is poised to begin opening-up the capital of the companies operating 4 of the country’s biggest regional airports – Lyon, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux – in which the state holds a 60% controlling stake. The other shareholders in these airports are local authorities (around 15%) and the public sector-controlled Chambers of Commerce (25%). It highlights a more pragmatic outlook on the part of the French authorities. (IFW)

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Airports Council International say global air freight grew for 7th month in a row

Airports Council International, representing the world's airports, said global freight volumes have grown by over 20% for the 7th month in a row. June results show that Shanghai, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Miami, Incheon and Dubai grew by more than 25% compared to June 2009. ACI said total freight tonnage in the first 6 months of 2010 was higher than in the first 6 months of 2008, before the global recession. Domestic freight is still down, so the increase is international.

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