Shipping / Aviation

Boeing’s 777X jetliner successfully completes maiden flight

Views - 13 Monday, 27 January 2020 00:22

SEATTLE (Reuters): Boeing Co. successfully staged the first flight of the world’s largest twin-engined jetliner on Saturday in a respite from the crisis over its smallest model, the grounded 737 MAX. The 777X, a larger version of the 777 mini-jumbo


Alitalia: In 2019 passenger revenues increased by 1.7%, long-haul travellers by 4.7%

Views - 17 Monday, 27 January 2020 00:21

Rome: Alitalia closed the year 2019 with an increase both in passenger revenues (+1.7%) and in number of long-haul travellers (+4.7%). The year was also marked by the excellent on-time performance recorded by the Italian airline which has ranked seco


Polish carrier LOT acquires German airline Condor

Views - 18 Monday, 27 January 2020 00:17

BERLIN, REUTERS: Polish carrier LOT is acquiring Thomas Cook’s German airline Condor, creating a leading aviation group in Europe carrying more than 20 million passengers a year, the companies said on Friday. Condor operates a fleet of more than 50


Dubai launches Logistics Passport to boost South-South Trade

Views - 23 Monday, 27 January 2020 00:12

Dubai has brought together Government leaders and heads of major corporations from Asia, Latin America and Africa in Davos, Switzerland, for the launch of the World Logistics Passport, a major initiative to boost South-South trade. The World Logistic


End-to-end logistics of taking Sri Lanka’s first electric supercar all the way to Geneva Motor Show

Views - 922 Monday, 27 January 2020 00:12

A.P. Moller – Maersk, the integrated container logistics company, has embarked on a journey that covers the end-to-end logistics of first-ever Sri Lankan made electric supercar Vega EVX that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 later this


EFL 3PL sets industry benchmark by acquiring GOTS and BSCI Certifications

Views - 142 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:50

EFL 3PL, a member of the leading conglomerate Expolanka PLC, was recently bestowed with the two prestigious international certifications, which reflect the company’s unmatched commitment towards compliance. EFL 3PL received the Global Organic Text


Johnston calls for speeding up services, online mechanism at Merchant Shipping Secretariat

Views - 978 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:48

Minister of Roads and Highways, Ports and Shipping Johnston Fernando advised higher level officials of the Merchant Shipping Secretariat to innovate an online mechanism soon to execute transactions to ensure an efficient service for customers and oth


Logicare selects Highjump Warehouse Management, ITX360 as SL Logistics digitisation partners

Views - 119 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:47

Digital technologies and innovations continue to fuel escalating customer expectations for service that is better and faster, creating relentless pressure for supply chains to perform flawlessly, efficiently and transparently. According to a survey


Seychelles Maritime Academy renews agreement with Sri Lankan nautical college

Views - 44 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:44

(Seychelles News Agency) The Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC) will continue to manage Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA) following the renewal of an agreement last week. The third three-year agreement was signed by the Mi


Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others

Views - 49 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:32

KUWAIT (Reuters): Qatar Airways, Emirates and several other Gulf airlines still fly in Iraqi and Iranian airspace and to cities in both countries, even as other international carriers have rerouted planes since the US and Iran traded military strikes


2020 – What will the decade ahead hold for aviation?

Views - 321 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:16

Crystal balls are murky things, and predicting what is ahead for the next decade is fraught with pitfalls. This is especially true in the aerospace industry as there is so little history to go on. As readers of this column are aware, the airline indu


Iran aims to examine downed plane’s black boxes, no plan yet to send them abroad

Views - 13 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:13

DUBAI (Reuters): Iran said on Sunday it was trying to analyse the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that its military shot down this month, denying a report that a decision had been taken to send the voice and flight data recorders to Ukraine. Cana


New Chairman at Civil Aviation Authority

Views - 65 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:13

Travel industry specialist Upul Dharmadasa has assumed duties as the seventh Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL). Dharmadasa is an ex-employee of Air Ceylon who moved to Los Angeles after the closure of Air Ceylon and set a


Ethiopian Airlines to build $ 5 b international airport

Views - 23 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:12

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian Airlines, the national flag carrier, has set out to build a new massive airport this year with an outlay of $ 5 billion in its quest to become Africa’s gateway into the world, its chief executive officer was quoted as saying


Passengers at Hamad International Airport hit record 38.7 m in 2019

Views - 13 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:12

Hamad International Airport (HIA) served a record 38,786,422 passengers in 2019, up 12.44% compared to passenger numbers in 2018, and is the most number of passengers the airport has served since the start of operations in 2014. Eight new passenger d


Ceyline delivers new train to Sri Lanka Railways

Views - 50 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:04

Ceyline on behalf of Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC), successfully delivered six locomotives and 24 train carriages to Sri Lanka Railways yesterday. These Diesel Multiple-Units (DMUs) were loaded in Qingdao China and safely discharged at BQ4 berth


Abd Radzak Abd Malek appointed International President of CILT

Views - 31 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:02

Dato’ Ts Abd Radzak Abd Malek became International President of CILT on 1 January as Sir Peter Hendy stepped down from the position, beginning a two year tenure that will run until the end of 2022. A long-serving member of CILT Malaysia and a veter


Workshop on understanding DOC’s international certificates of origin

Views - 73 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:01

The Shippers’ Academy Colombo – SAC has organised a training workshop for exporters and service providers for exporters to understand the latest developments in Certificates of Origins (CO) issued by the Department of Commerce (DOC), which is sch


CNCI seminar on ‘Modernised Customs Procedure and Imports/Exports Documentation’

Views - 19 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:01

The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), the pioneer industry chamber in Sri Lanka, has organised a comprehensive full day Seminar on ‘Modernised Customs Procedure and Imports/Exports Documentation’ on Tuesday, 28 January, from 8.30 a.m


Weeraman assumes duties as Vice Chairman of SLPA

Views - 45 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:01

Wineendra Sudhammika Weeraman was appointed the new Vice Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). He assumed duties on 17 January at the SLPA Vice Chairman’s office with the blessings of the Triple Gem. Weeraman is also the Chairman of


Aviraté inks contract with EFL 3PL

Views - 66 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:41

Premier luxury fashion retailer, Aviraté, has announced that it is partnering with global supply chain service provider, EFL to avail its wide portfolio of 3PL services in order to ensure a seamless brand experience for its consumers. With nearly a


Airbus net orders rise but lag behind deliveries in 2019

Views - 18 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:38

PARIS (REUTERS): Airbus posted higher airplane orders for 2019 but failed to keep pace with deliveries for the second year in a row after axing its A380 superjumbo program and clearing its books of some defunct deals left over from a faltering indust


Global air freight demand down 1.1% in Nov. APAC down 3.7%

Views - 19 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:36

IATA’s November 2019 data for global air freight markets shows that demand, measured in freight ton kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% when compared to the same month in 2018.


Govt. looks to restart international flights to MRIA

Views - 40 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:34

Tourism and Aviation Services Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has called for the speedy resumption of international flights from Mattala Airport and instructed officials to restart SriLankan Airlines flights to the facility that was suspended by the prev


Ukrainian 737 shoot down – just the latest in long history of such tragedies

Views - 217 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:26

The Iranian authorities have, three days later, admitted that the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737 was destroyed by a missile strike. The aircraft departed Tehran’s Khomeini airport on Wednesday, 8 January 2020.


Iran says its military shot down Ukrainian passenger plane in error

Views - 7 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:25

DUBAI (REUTERS): Iran said on Saturday its military had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane killing all 176 aboard, saying air defences were fired in error while on high alert in the tense aftermath of Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq


CASA on challenges faced by Sri Lankan maritime industry in 2020

Views - 917 Monday, 13 January 2020 07:02

The Port of Colombo is ranked the world’s number one container growth port among the top 30 container ports in container handling for the year 2018. It has also recorded a 13.5% growth for the year 2018, over the same period compared to the previou


Lanka Shipping and Logistics gearing to celebrate 10th anniversary on 1 Sept.

Views - 796 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

At the very inception, Lanka Shipping and Logistics (LSL) started off with working on ship’s agency, freight forwarding and project logistics functions as the three key working elements of this organisation. Having industry stalwart Saliya Senanay


Interglobe Freight Solutions completes successful first year in operation

Views - 46 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Interglobe Freight Solutions Ltd. completed a successful first year in operation on 1 January at its corporate office located on 281 RA De Mel Mawatha Colombo 3. Speaking at the gathering Interglobe Freight Solutions Managing Director Kanchana Ekanay


CMPort expands global footprint in terminal operations

Views - 21 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and French Container Shipping Company, CMA CGM, entered into the Master Agreement which will see their jointly-owned business, Terminal Link, acquire an interest in 10 terminals owned by CMA CGM for $ 955 millio


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