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  • China arrests 12 over Tianjin port tragedy
    FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites 27/08/2015

    With the death toll from this month’s Tianjin port disaster having risen to 145, with 28 people still unaccounted for, and insurers facing a $1.6bn bill, China’s President Xi Jinping has vowed that those responsible “will learn lessons paid for with blood”.

    The state prosecutor said it had found officials to have been “irresponsible, negligent and lax”, and so far it has detained 12 people, including port executives, for dereliction of duty and abuse of power.


  • SpiceJet ponders ‘cargo on seats’ services to boost air freight revenue
    FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites 27/08/2015

    Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet plans to deploy some of its Bombardier Q400 turboprop fleet on cargo flights between during downtime at night.

    Head of freight operations Manjiv Singh told business newspaper The Financial Express that SpiceJet was considering launching a “cargo on seat” service between Bangalore and Delhi in the next three to six months.

    The carrier flies 14 Q400s on domestic routes as well as 18 B737s and two A319s. It operates 264 daily flights from its main hubs in Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad to 34 Indian and seven international destinations including Dubai and Colombo, offering cargo capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes of cargo on the larger aircraft.

    Spicejet hopes to build its cargo revenue to Rs300 million ($4.55m) per month by October.
Mr Singh said service improvements and success in targeting new customers such as e-commerce companies could take freight revenues up to 10% of the carrier’s revenues by the end of this financial year, from its current 3-4% share.

    Separately, Spicejet is reported to have chosen SmartKargo’s new cloud-based air cargo management solution to replace legacy booking and information tools.

  • Saudia Cargo resumes freighter operations to JFK
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    Saudi Airlines Cargo will start operating freighter flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport starting on September 4 in response to the size of the growing demand for shipping operations. The scheduled weekly freighter flight will run from Jeddah to New York City.