Aircargopedia Newsblast: August 2019!
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22nd August 2019  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

Air cargo volume is expected to double in the next fifteen years with a high demand of e-commerce and special commodities such as Pharmaceuticals, Dangerous goods and Perishable commodities.

Technology enhanced cargo facilities and warehouses will enhance productivity and efficiency.

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United Air Cargo Expands TempControl Network with WideBody Service to Mexico City

Kevin Pflug, August 20, 2019

United Cargo announced earlier this month an interline agreement with AeroUnion to expand its specialized service for pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive products to include service to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Through the service pharmaceutical shipments destined for Mexico City may be tendered in any approved container or packaging at a certified handling location in United Cargo’s TempControl network. United Cargo will transport the shipments to Los Angeles, then transfer them for carriage on AeroUnion’s daily widebody service from LAX to MEX.

According to Jan Krems, President of United Cargo, “We provide TempControl service in MEX via several daily narrowbody flights to and from five of United’s U.S. hubs, but many TempControl customers advised us of their need for widebody connectivity to MEX.”

Mr. Krems added that, “This new interline service provides customers shipping widebody freight to MEX with the same relentless focus on control and integrity and the same level of excellence they rely on throughout our global TempControl network.”

United also announced the addition of five five European and two U.S. locations to its TempControl network, increasing the number of stations worldwide to 75.

In Europe, the new TempControl network locations are Athens, Greece (ATH), Naples, Italy (NAP), Venice, Italy (VCE), Prague, Czech Republic (PRG), and a second location in Milan, Italy. In the United States, Portland, Oregon (PDX) and Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) are now part of the TempControl network.

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Tigers South Africa opens dedicated e-commerce centre as demand soars

Tigers South Africa has invested in IT infrastructure to develop the new e-commerce centre, with plans to further grow services for the online retail market

Hong Kong, Monday 19th August 2019

Tigers South Africa has officially opened a dedicated e-commerce centre at its Johannesburg, South Africa, warehouse facility, as the online retail market continues to grow globally.

The centre is equipped with the Tigers-developed ScanPak App that allows staff to conduct scan checks while packing shipments and create waybills for packages to ensure efficient handling of goods.

“The new e-commerce facility will take Tigers South Africa to the next level, as the online retail market continues to be a key focus for us,” said Paul Lawrence, Managing Director, Tigers South Africa.

“With the ongoing e-commerce revolution and digital technology transforming the way consumers shop, we find ourselves in a very good strategic position to further enhance and grow this vertical for Tigers.

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“As with most Tigers solutions, ScanPak is replicable, and we will roll out the same solution in Cape Town by the end of August.”

The e-commerce centre is the first of its kind for Tigers in South Africa, and the move coincides with the recent announcement about freight rate quote engine Doozee being rolled-out across Tigers’ global internal network.

“E-commerce is a key market for Tigers, particularly as digital technology and online retail continues to drive innovation in the logistics and supply chain sector,” said Andrew Jillings, Chief Executive Officer, Tigers.

“The new dedicated e-commerce centre in South Africa is an important investment for the future direction of Tigers and is a testament to the hard work of the team in South Africa in developing the new facility.”

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Emirates SkyCargo wins special recognition in Malaysia

Award from MAB Kargo for highest air cargo tonnage at Kuala Lumpur Air cargo carrier sees 17% growth in cargo transported in one year Operated multiple cargo charters including a special flight for solar panels to Zambia

Dubai/ Kuala Lumpur, 19 August 2019

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, was presented with the award for ‘Best Customer Airline 2018’ by the ground handling division of MAB Kargo for having transported the largest volume of air cargo from Kuala Lumpur International Airport among MAB Kargo’s customer airlines. Emirates SkyCargo has engaged MAB Kargo as its ground handling agent in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Emirates SkyCargo is an important facilitator of trade between Malaysia and the rest of world. It transports cargo to and from Kuala Lumpur in the belly hold of its widebody Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. The air cargo carrier has been flying to Malaysia since 1996 and currently operates three daily services from the Malaysian capital allowing exporters and importers in the region access to close to 700 tonnes of cargo capacity every week.

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“During the Financial Year 2018/19, Emirates SkyCargo transported close to 23,000 tonnes of export and import cargo from Malaysia which translated into a growth of more than 17% from the previous year. The reason we were able to achieve this growth despite challenging market conditions at the moment is because our customers see the value in our offerings- our modern wide-body fleet, our global network through Dubai, our high frequency of flights allowing cargo to connect and arrive faster at their destination and of course our specialised products and expertise in cargo verticals,” said Bobby Chang, Emirates Cargo Manager for Malaysia. “The award from MAB Kargo is an important recognition of our achievements and our growth in the Malaysia market,” he added.

Popular exports from Malaysia include electronic products and components including semiconductors, laptops, other consumer products, spare parts for other industries including aviation, oil and gas as well as renewable energy solar panels. Frequently imported commodities include pharmaceuticals, fashion goods, perishable goods including food items and fresh flowers.

In addition to its scheduled cargo services on its passenger aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo also operates dedicated cargo charters on its freighter aircraft. Earlier this year, the carrier operated a charter to fly over 65,000 kilograms of solar panels manufactured in Malaysia to support the infrastructure for supply of electricity to remote areas in Zambia. Emirates SkyCargo has also operated charter freighters dedicated for transporting e-commerce shipments from Kuala Lumpur to other destinations on its network. Charters have also been operated to carry sensitive and valuable cargo and other time-sensitive materials including relief shipments for humanitarian aid.

Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity on a modern fleet of 269 all wide-body aircraft including 12 freighters. The air cargo carrier operates two state of the art cargo terminals in Dubai and has developed a number of specialised transportation products for industry verticals.


Antonov Airlines transports satellite for Kübler Project Spedition GmbH on behalf of OHB System AG

London, UK, Monday, 5th August 2019

Antonov Airlines has flown a satellite in partnership with Kübler Spedition GmbH, from Munich Airport (MUC), Germany, to Cayenne Félix Eboué Airport (CAY), on behalf of German satellite manufacturer OHB System AG.

An AN-124-100 variant from the airline’s fleet was used to transport the satellite and related equipment, with a total payload of 70 tonnes.

In addition to the satellite inside its own climate-controlled transport container, ground support equipment for preparing the satellite for launch, and Antonov Airlines’ specialised loading equipment were also transported.

“Transporting this kind of sensitive aerospace equipment has a range of challenging and specialised requirements, and our engineers worked in partnership with Kübler Spedition and OHB to provide a seamless transition of cargo from the test facilities near Munich, to aircraft, to launch site,” said Martin Banns, Commercial Manager, Antonov Airlines, UK office.

“Having met with our customer during the planning stages of this transport, we developed a full understanding of their requirements and provided solutions that suited their specific needs.”

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During the flight, Antonov data logger sensors were used to monitor pressure, temperature and humidity in the satellite container.

An Antonov technician downloaded this data immediately on arrival at both intermediate and final destination stops, to provide real time data back to Kübler and OHB.

“As soon as we had any questions, we immediately got answers from Antonov Airlines,” said Thomas Hoffmann, Business Development and Worldwide Logistics Coordinator, Kübler Spedition.

“The flight crew and loadmaster were all very helpful and they knew exactly what to do to get the job done in excellent time, and I look forward to working with Antonov Airlines on future projects.”

The satellite, called EDRS-C, is set for launch into geostationary orbit on 6th August 2019, and will receive observation data from low Earth orbiting satellites in the European Space Agency (ESA)’s network, and relay it to ground stations.

EDRS-C, will become the second node of the Space Data Highway (EDRS) that is being realised in a public-private partnership between Airbus Defence and Space and ESA.

Earlier this year Antonov Airlines transported the second in a series of three satellites for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and a third is scheduled later in 2019.

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Qatar Airways Renews Partnership with Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club

08 August 2019 DOHA, Qatar

Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) for a further three years. This partnership will enable Qatar Airways to continue its sponsorship of three prestigious horse racing events, HH The Amir Sword Festival in Qatar, Qatar Goodwood Festival in the United Kingdom and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France.

The HH The Amir Sword Festival is the pinnacle of horseracing in Qatar and the region with a wide range of runners from Qatar and overseas competing every year. The three-day mega event is is renowned as an integrated racing festival, involving both pure Arabians and thoroughbreds. The Qatar Goodwood Festival and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are two of the highlights of the flat-racing season.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is proud to renew its Partnership with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club for a further three years. This partnership will enable Qatar Airways to continue to support some of the most significant global events on the horse racing calendar.

“Qatar Airways Cargo has a long history of providing world-class service when transporting horses around the world through our state-of-the-art live animal cargo terminal at Hamad International Airport. Through this partnership we are excited to continue showcasing our award winning products in both passenger and cargo services.”

QREC Chairman, His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, said: “We are pleased to renew this partnership with a leader in air transport such as Qatar Airways. Our partnership with Qatar Airways was key to QREC’s sponsorship of the Qatar Goodwood Festival in the United Kingdom, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France and the Salon du Cheval in Morocco last year. In addition, Qatar Airways will be playing a prominent role in the HH The Amir Sword Festival, transporting horses from around the world to Doha, to compete in the prestigious races run at the QREC Al-Rayyan Park every year.”

Under the recently signed agreement, Qatar Airways will be the Official Airline Partner of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 renewals of the QREC-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The 2019 edition of the Qatar Goodwood Festival was held at Goodwood racecourse, UK, between 30 July and 3 August. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be staged at its home the Paris Longchamp racecourse and its events will culminate with the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Qatar Arabian World Cup races on Sunday, 6 October.

Qatar Airways will also maintain its role as the Official Airline Partner of the HH The Amir Sword Festival in 2020 and 2021.

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