NewsWeek United faces mixed fortunes
UNITED Cargo made US$264 million in operating revenue from freight opera- tions in the first quarter of this year, down by 6.7 percent on the same period of last year. The decline in cargo rev-
enue was not reflective of an upward movement in overall revenue for the parent carrier, however, whose total revenue of $8.6 billion was an improvement of 4.9 percent year-on-year. Jeff Smisek, United’s presi-
dent and CEO, noted: “This was a difficult quarter, but we made significant progress with our integration (with Conti- nental Airlines) and we’re now able to serve our customers as a single airline.” The end of lastmonth – 30
April – saw United add a new daily service between its Wash- ington Dulles hub and Qatar’s Doha International airport.
Routeing via Dubai, the
extension of this previous ser- vice to the emirate is flown by B777 equipment. The Qatari capital adds to
Dubai, Kuwait City and Bahrain as United destinations in the Middle East served from Dulles. United claims to serve more cities in the Gulf and Middle East than any other US carrier. On 1 May, United inaugu-
DSV sees ‘satisfactory results’
DENMARK-based transport and logistics solutions provider DSV has reported “satisfactory results” for the first three months of this year. Earnings rose by nearly 3
percent over the same three months of 2011 to reach 555 million Danish krone (US$99 million) on slightly increased revenue of 10.8 billion Danish krone ($1.93 billion). The company’s Air & Sea
forwarding division was revealed to have maintained its level of earnings in line with the same period of 2011, although revenue fell year-on- year as both cargo volumes and rates declined. DSV confirmed that one
focus of its management strat- egy at the moment concerns reversing the falling volumes being handled by its Air & Sea wing.
rated another new link, non- stop between Dulles and Manchester in the UK, while on 7 June it expects to intro- duce a connection between Dulles and Dublin.
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) is to launch its new Tokyo - Seattle service earlier than planned – on 25 July. The route will be flown daily, initially by B777-300ER equipment but with a move to the B787 ‘Dreamliner’ expected later this year.
AIR FRANCE-KLM CARGO and Martinair Cargo have made available a service for shipment tracking accessible via iPhones and iPads.
ATRAN AIR CARGO, an airline in the Volga-Dnepr Group, is to operate the first B737-400 Special Freighter to fly for a Russian freight carrier. The aircraft will undergo a passenger-to- freighter modification at Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) in Miami before joining the carrier.
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