The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) have joined forces to launch the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Programme (IFACP), which benefits both freight forwarders and airlines.

The IFACP will provide a framework to ensure that industry standards are up-to-date and pragmatic. It will also cover the endorsement of freight forwarders as well as ensure safe and efficient transportation of air cargo shipments.

Beginning in early-2017, the programme will be launched in phases, with Canada as the pilot country and a global launch scheduled by the end of 2018.

UK-based air navigation services provider NATS has signed a letter of intent (LoI) for bi-lateral cooperation with the Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS) to manage air traffic in Japan during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

"The IFACP will provide a framework to ensure that industry standards are up-to-date and pragmatic."

The agreement will allow NATS to support JANS and the games' organisers during their extensive preparations for the event.

Emirates has announced a code-share agreement with Panama-based air service provider, Copa Airlines.

The airline will place its code on Copa's flights from 1 August 2016.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) has signed a code-share agreement with Russia-based Ural Airlines JSC to operate joint flights on the Gabala-Moscow route.

The agreement will be effective from 31 July 2016.

Image: AZAL and Ural Airlines will start joint flight operation on Gabala-Moscow-Gabala route. Photo: courtesy of Azerbaijan Airlines.