Thelma's Blog...

Apps or collapse?

Why air cargo should look to apps to get out of its analogue doldrums

Cartel airlines in €800m fix again

Cargolux finds itself among the cargo airlines fined a collective almost €800m by the European Commission for the second time for alleged ‘price-fixing’

When cargo is bribed through Customs

CUSTOMS departments and other government agencies are often the most corrupt, abused and fraudulent parts of the entire air cargo and logistics supply chain, hard-hitting reports reveal. Paper-based Customs operations, along with other government agencies located at...

Tired Cargolux pilots on the edge

CARGOLUX is hovering dangerously close to compromising the health, wellbeing and safety of its pilots and its air operations, insiders have exclusively revealed to aircargoeye.com. It is claimed that flight-deck staff regularly work in an extremely tired condition...

Why airlines can no longer afford to insult their pilots

HAS Lufthansa made a fundamental error in its treatment of its pilots? Does that question mark apply to the entire airline industry? Flight-deck employees of the leading German airline, including its cargo arm, have gone on strike for the 14th time since 2014, after...

The allergy time-bombs ticking in our midst

APART from my irrational loathing – bordering on terror – for Brussels sprouts, anchovies, poached eggs and tapioca pudding, the food on my dinner plate usually plays a very satisfying and fulfilling role in my life. Even though I have a seemingly incurable sweet...

Trump or Clinton? Either may be bad news for air trade

THE 45th president of the United States is due to be elected on 8 November, but what will this decision mean for the future of global business dealings and for air trade in particular? Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump...

How corrupt is your air cargo business?

BRIBERY and corrupt practices are thriving within the global air cargo and logistics industries whose managers continue to shy away from even acknowledging its existence. Across the world, airfreight contracts and agreements are being sealed with ‘sweeteners’ and...

The handful of standard bearers for pharma shipping

FRAGMENTATION of quality – and conflicting, confusing standards across the air cargo industry – will prohibit it from enjoying the rich pickings that pharmaceuticals and life-sciences shipments have to offer. Polarisation among the ‘those-that-can’ and...

Can air cargo ever be sustainably green?

NEXT month, a coterie of business minds will descend on New York to attend the 2016 United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit. For those who may not be aware, UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative aimed at encouraging...

The nations poised to commit air transport suicide

IT IS hard to comprehend how a country which boasts the highest volume of proven oil reserves in the world has spiralled into such internal chaos that it is on the brink of killing off its own air transport sector, writes Thelma Etim. But Venezuela’s government is in...

ACE – Is Cargolux China facing commercial ruin?

NO PERSON or business has ever made significant progress without taking a few calculated risks. Some argue the greater the risk, the greater the reward. But this simple definition has no sympathy for scale, history or reputation and is leaving a string of influential...

ACE – Why air cargo technophobes will fall off the map

IT’S time the air cargo industry exorcised its deep-rooted fear of technology and woke up to its benefits: cost reduction, increased efficiency, enhanced productivity, higher quality – and the potential for sustainable product innovation. For anybody interested in...