News

Articles filed under "Air Cargo"

Air General adds Southwest and Norwegian Contracts This Fall

Published August 16, 2017    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, International, New Customer

WN NOR

Air General is pleased to announce the awarding of two contracts for cargo handling to start in the fall of 2017.

The first is to announce that Southwest Airlines has awarded Air General a new cargo handling location at Washington-Dulles international Airport, joining our 2nd IAD facility that currently handles British Airways, Aer Lingus and Royal Air Maroc!

Our second contract is with Norwegian Airlines to be handled in Denver, CO at Denver-International Airport! The Norwegian schedule into DEN will begin in September and they will have two weekly flights between Denver and London Gatwick Airport on Tuesdays and Saturdays, operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Moving West With Air General’s Newest Station - SLC

Published February 1, 2017    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, Alaska Air, American Airlines, United Airlines, New Customer, New Facility, Startup

SLC 2017 Startup With Team

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Air General is pushing further west into new territory with the award of cargo handling contracts for Alaska Air, United Cargo and American Cargo in Salt Lake City, Utah!

We will be subleasing the same warehouse space that these three carriers are currently handled in at SLC. The current supplier TAC Air is exiting the cargo handling business but retaining their ramp handling and FBO operations in SLC.

The acquisition of this new city to our network came about, as often happens, because the carriers contacted Air General with a call for help as their current provider could not meet their expectations. In each case, these suppliers contacted Air General because of our record of achievement with them in other airports. This is a great testament to our ladies and gentlemen in the field who work so hard to provide a superior service to our customers.

This will be the 13th city we serve for Alaska Cargo (we recently opened DFW for them!), the 14th for United Cargo since we recently added IND for them and the 17th for American Cargo!

While it seemed at first that it might be a “turnkey” operation with a warehouse already configured and in decent working order and a staff from the former supplier already in place, we know from our experience to always “expect the unexpected!”

Terry Hennessey, Properties and Implementation Manager began immediately to negotiate a sublease from the prior service provider, TAC Air. As often happens, difficulties in obtaining proper information about the lease, equipment availability, and tonnage data caused delays. Gabe Rodriguez, Regional Director began to organize his Transition Team but faced similar concerns with confidentiality issues, TAC Air people leaving before we could ask them to join our team and serious ID badging restrictions.

Despite the obstacles that would create havoc for any Project Manager, Gabe has pulled together a full station opening in minimal time on Saturday night into Sunday with the assistance of Terry, Chris Kubasko, Steve McCombs and Ali Alawi.

Kelly Feeney from United Cargo has been a fabulous support and was instrumental in arranging travel for three new hires to train for two weeks with Mike Hall and Rana Hudgins on UA UC360 at our BNA facility.

New hires are very excited about starting their jobs with Air General. They worked long hours on Saturday to help clean and organize the office and warehouse.

Others on station on Day One to support the startup include Doug Colvin, Brandi Gebhardt and Greg Jones from United, JohnCarlo Martinez from American and Tony Dimeglio from Alaska Air Cargo.

The newest station in our network is projected to handle 600,000 pounds monthly plus another 59,000 pounds of passthrough mail from American Cargo.

Major Moraccan Milestones

Published January 27, 2017    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, Royal Air Maroc, New Customer, Startup

RAM
Royal Air Maroc’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners now flying to Washington

On January 27th, 2017, Morocco celebrated their reintegration to the African Union as an opportunity for greater trade with other African countries. This trade however represents a small percentage of Morocco’s overall foreign trade.

Much of this foreign trade takes place with the USA, and on Friday Air General began handling cargo for Royal Air Maroc into WashingtonDulles.

Their 787 aircraft which will operate to IAD three times weekly has the potential to draw traffic to our warehouse in IAD which used to be trucked to ATL. This is good news for Air General because this is the first African carrier we can count among our current airline clients.

The additional of Royal Air Maroc brings the number of airlines we service to 22.

Thanks to IAD’s management team of Danny and Hicham and Regional Director Gabe Rodriguez for all their efforts to help the only Royal Air Maroc Manager in the USA, who is based in JFK, to get the airline set up for an air cargo operation. They basically set it up for him!!

Air General Welcomes IND!

Published December 5, 2016    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, United Airlines, New Customer, New Facility, Startup

IND 1

Air General is pleased to announce the opening of IND and would like to thank everyone for their support as we have officially started cargo handling for United Airlines in Indianapolis, IN IND!

Many thanks to the transition teams: Ernie Ramierez/MCO, Eric Joseph/MSY, Dottie Flannery/STL and Frank Meier/SDF are also here tthis week in IND to assist the new staff and new Station Manager Randy Fancher make this a successful start up. Mike Hall/BNA and Kimi Aiello/MCO will be in IND next week to continue the support.

Please join us in wishing IND Station Manager Matt Holden and all the IND staff the best of luck in their new operation!

IND 1

Aer Lingus Joins BA in IAD

Published September 1, 2016    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, Aer Lingus, IAG Cargo, New Customer, Startup

IAB EI
Pictured Above From Left To Right:
James Maloney, Project Manager, Air General; Jason Maloney, Videographer; Hicham Inezli, Station Manager, Air General IAB

Congratulations to the IAB team who began handling Aer Lingus in Washington Dulles International Airport yesterday, August 29, 2016.

Erick Lynch, Area Customer Service Manager for IAG Cargo was thrilled to have Air General as their new cargo handling partner in IAD. Erick said, “Air General’s professionalism and consistency in meeting the customer’s needs, is a perfect matchup with Aer Lingus”.

We’d like to thank all of the supporting staff who helped make this startup a success, especially MCO’s Daniel Watson and Brian Williams who trained our staff & John Dovalis, who allowed them to come to IAD, and of course IAB’s Station Manager, Hicham Inezli, IAB’s Operations Manager, Dany Ghattas for their dedication to meeting the customer’s needs

New Facility Opens For DAL Ocean Freight

Published June 10, 2016    Tagged: New Customer, New Facility, Ocean Cargo

DAL
Dallas Ocean Team Finds a New Home!

Air General is pleased to congratulate Brad Bryson and his wonderful team of ocean freight experts as they complete their move into a brand new warehouse in Dallas.

The 58,000 square feet, 24 dock doors facility opened this past spring. Manager Brad Bryson and his team managed the relocation while maintaining the business and adding new accounts at the same time with very little outside assistance. When asked what he liked best about their new surroundings, he said “what I am more proud of than the move itself is that all of my employees pitched in to make this happen.”

Air New Zealand Joins Air General in Houston, TX (IAH)

Published November 30, 2015    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, Air New Zealand, New Customer, Startup

ANZ
In August of this year, Air General was awarded it’s first cargo handling contract for Air New Zealand Cargo. The operation will take place in Air General’s IAH facility later this fall.

Air General is also pleased to announce that former AUB Station Manager Justin Muckelroy will head back to Houston to manage the new Air New Zealand account!

The Boeing 777-200 operates five days weekly from Houston to Auckland.

Air General Adds Lufthansa Cargo Operation To Tampa, FL (TPA) Location

Published September 27, 2015    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, Lufthansa, New Customer, Startup

LH
Air General continues to grow in TPA and with Lufthansa. TPA joins CLT, DFW, and DEN in adding Lufthansa Cargo operations for Air General.

On September 25th, Air General had an extremely successful start up of our new Lufthansa Cargo handling operation in Tampa, FL (TPA). Thanks in large part to the countless hours of preparation that have been undertaken by Regional Field Director-South, Ken Coleman, TPA General Manager Rick McGiveney, as well as various Lufthansa experts from our CLT, DFW and DEN stations.

The A340 300 first flight arrived on time, and was welcomed into Tampa by the traditional water cannon greeting all new flights are privileged to experience.

The first outbound flight departed with a respectable cargo load of four pallets, capably built by the new Tampa team with plenty of support from our seasoned Tampa crew, some new staff, and several Lufthansa personnel for on site support.

Lufthansa will operate five flights a week into Tampa, but they do have a longer term goal to operate daily as they expand in the very popular Florida market.

Lufthansa is a key account with Air General, and we know that TPA can handle the challenge of adding an 11th airline to it’s roster!

WestJet Chooses Air General in ORD

Published April 28, 2014    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, Westjet, New Customer, Startup

WestJet and Air General partner to open WestJet’s newest US destination, Chicago O’Hare. This is the first cargo handling partnership between Air General and WestJet. We are happy to welcome them to the Windy City! WestJet is the second airline to move to Air General in ORD following Aer Lingus earlier this month.

True Blue in Detroit

Published April 10, 2014    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, Jetblue, New Customer, Startup

Air General opened a sixth location for JetBlue in DTW on March 10th.  In addition to JetBlue, we handle Delta, United, US Airways, AA small packages and US Post Office mail all while coping with record snowfalls this winter!

British Airways Chooses Air General to Handle Cargo in Austin

Published March 3, 2014    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, British Airways, IAG Cargo, New Customer, New Facility, Startup

BA-AUS-787-first-flight-March-3-2014

On the Ides of March (March 3rd) British Airways opened their first new airport operation in the USA in several years, when their Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down five minutes early in Austin, TX.

Air General was selected as the cargo handling agent for this new BA station and on the first day we accepted 14,821 kilos of freight plus three animals for the departure.
Our new cargo facility in AUS is our second in this airport. We currently handle United Airlines Cargo, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines cargo in our first facility.

US Airways Joins Air General in FLL

Published February 4, 2014    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, US Airways, New Customer, Startup

FLL-US-2014
On February 1 Air General began handling cargo and mail for US Airways in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  FLL becomes the 15th city in which we provide cargo services for the US Airways.  We opened our operation in FLL in October of 2012 when we were awarded the contract to handle United Airlines. Soon after we added Air Canada and now US.

Air General Adds Alaska Airlines in Austin

Published January 28, 2014    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, Alaska Air, New Customer, Startup

On Monday, January 27, Air General commenced a new cargo handling operation for Alaska Airlines in Austin, Texas.  This brings the number of airports in which we currently handle Alaska Airlines to four. Air General inaugurated our Austin operation in June of 2013 with United Airlines as our first customer, followed closely hereafter by JetBlue.  In March of 2014 we will handle cargo for the inaugural British Airways service to Austin as well.

Minneapolis, Minnesota will become our fifth Alaska Airlines location when we start service for them on March 31, 2014.

Copa Airlines brings Air General “south of the border”

Published December 20, 2013    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, Copa, New Customer, Startup

On December 16th COPA Airlines started service between Tampa, FL and Panama City and chose Air General to handle their air cargo requirements. A member of the Star Alliance, Copa Airlines is based in Panama City and serves as the flagship carrier for Panama. It is one of the fastest growing companies in Panama, and Air General is pleased to welcome COPA to the Air General family.

Lufthansa and Air General Grow Partnership in DFW

Published November 13, 2013    Tagged: Air Cargo, Air Cargo Security, International, Lufthansa, New Customer

On December 1, 2013 Air General will take responsibility for the entire warehouse operation including the property lease for Lufthansa Cargo.  Included in this arrangement will be back office and security screening, as well as cargo flight security for LH and their customer Qantas.

Air General has managed the British Airways Cargo operation in DFW for the past 30 years.  On December 1st both the BA and Avianca operations will move over to the present LH facility where Air General will handle all four airlines.

Air General Opens Three New Cargo Locations for AA

Published November 11, 2013    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, American Airlines, New Customer, New Facility, Startup

American Airlines Cargo awarded Air General three new cities for cargo handling.  The first of “The Three Ms” opened in Orlando, FL in October.  Minneapolis, MN opens on December 2nd and New Orleans, LA will open on December 9th.

With the addition of these new cities we will now be servicing eight cargo stations for AA.  Last year AA announced a new re-branding and marketing campaign dubbed “A New American”. The staff at Air General are proud to be a part of “the new AA.”

Air General Brings Quality and Experience to Cargo Handling in Kansas City effective April 1, 2013

Published April 1, 2013    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, Alaska Air, Frontier, Sun Country, United Airlines, US Airways, New Customer, New Facility, Startup

Air General is pleased to announce they now provide cargo handling services at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) effective April 1, 2013 for United Cargo, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, US Airways and Delta Airlines.

Since 1961, Air General’s family-owned organization has provided consistently high-quality cargo handling delivered by dedicated people focused on customer service excellence. They look forward to a long and productive partnership in MCI, providing fast, secure and reliable cargo handling service to all their customers.

AGI Open for Business in MSP with United, US Airways & Frontier; later adds Icelandair & Sun Country

Published January 22, 2013    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, Frontier, Sun Country, United Airlines, US Airways, International, Icelandair, New Customer, New Facility

United Cargo, US Airways and Frontier Airlines transitioned to Air General cargo handling in MSP on January 22nd 2013. Air General is providing cargo services from the former United warehouse as well as providing mail handling services out of the US Postal Service airport facility.  We also handle AA company mail. In June we added our first contracts with Icelandair and Sun Country.  The main commodity imported from Icelandair is fresh fish, which is then transported via Sun Country to other areas of the country.

Southwest Airlines Chooses Air General for Cargo Handling in Manchester, NH

Published January 15, 2013    Tagged: Air Cargo, Domestic, Southwest, New Customer, New Facility

Air General is pleased to announce they have been awarded their first contract with Southwest Airlines to handle cargo in Manchester, New Hampshire. The MHT cargo operation was inaugurated on January 15th and becomes the 21st location in the Air General network, and the first location in their new home state of New Hampshire.
Air General began as a cargo and ramp handling company in BOS and was therefore headquartered in Massachusetts for nearly 50 years before making the move to Portsmouth New Hampshire in 2011.

Qatar Airways Adds Two Freighters into Houston

Published November 2, 2011    Tagged: Air Cargo, Freighter, International, Qatar, New Customer, New Facility

Qatar Airways, the industry renowned 5 star carrier and the fastest expanding airline in the world, added two weekly Boeing 777 freighters into IAH. While capacity is shared with Atlanta, there is plenty of new opportunity for freight forwarders on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the European and Orient markets. There’s no shortage of freight that can be uplifted out of Houston. Qatar Airways parks right behind Air General’s warehouse for a very convenient handling. Houston’s monthly throughput will now exceed 3 million kilos per month.

Air General immediately increased warehouse space, and has agreed to provide segregated office and operations accommodations for Qatar Airways Air General and staff.

Air France starts cargo handling service with Air General in Orlando, FL

Published June 7, 2011    Tagged: Air Cargo, International, Air France, New Customer

Air France has chosen Air General as their air cargo handler in Orlando Florida. Service is set to begin in June 2011. Our team of air cargo professionals in Orlando are some of our most experienced in our system and are excited for the new service to begin. Air General and Air France have worked together in the past and look forward to this new partnership.

Categories

Photos

Archives