Jan 22, 2007
TSA against plan to check all cargo, may cut no-fly list by half. In his first public comments on a bill approved by the House Jan. 9, TSA chief Kip Hawley said, "If you spend all your resources opening boxes and not applying your resources more generally, that opens up another vulnerability." Hawley also said the no-fly list may be cut by half after it is checked for accuracy. Jan 18, 2007
US House approves bill mandating cargo inspection. The House on Tuesday approved a measure to require airlines to inspect all cargo placed on passenger jetliners. Critics say the bill would create excessive costs and that it may be impossible for airlines to inspect 100% of air cargo. The White House has opposed several aspects of the bill and says it will not support it as currently drafted. The Senate has not yet taken up the measure. Jan 10, 2007
Air India, Singapore Airport Services
Air India JV To Invest In Cargo Hub. State-run carrier Air India said on Friday a joint venture with Singapore Airport Terminal Services will invest INR800 million rupees (USD$18.1 million) to set up a cargo handling facility in Bangalore. The facility, to be constructed by January 2008, will have the capacity to handle 150,000 tonnes of cargo, an Air India statement said. It would also handle perishable and specialized cargo including courier and mail. Air cargo is gaining importance in India with the entry of large retailers and rising demand for fresh food and vegetables. Jan 19, 2007
AirBridge Cargo last week became the 22nd member of the Cargo 2000 alliance. It is the first Russian carrier to join the group. AirBridge serves both Moscow airports, Krasnoyarsk, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Nagoya. Parent Volga-Dnepr Group VP Stan Wraight said ABC will add three new 747-400ER freighters in 2007 and 2008 and launch service to Toronto and Houston later this year. Jan 8, 2007
This July, Airbus plans to deliver the last of its only freighter model, the 35-year-old A300/A310, while the company has announced plans build a freight version of the A330-200. Jan 19, 2007
Airbus could announce it will await better times for it to produce a cargo version, UPS rival FedEx canceled an order for 10 A380 freighters citing delays which have put the project two years behind schedule. It bought Boeing's 777 freighter instead. Two other firms -- Emirates and aircraft lessor International Lease Finance -- have...