Aircargopedia Newsblast: February 2018!
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13th February 2018  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

Most airline entrepreneurs are known for launching one successful airline, and then resting on their laurels.

DAVID NEELEMAN is a Brazilian-American entrepreneur who has founded four commercial airlines, Morris Air, Westjet, Jet Blue Airways and Azul Brazilian airlines ,and is also a co-owner of another commercial airline in Europe, TAP Air Portugal. His first launch, Morris Air which he originally founded with June Morris was sold to Southwest Airlines for $130 million in 1993.

Though David Neeleman founded Jet Blue he sadly had to leave the company. He is very philosophical about his departure stating " It is not what happens to you in life, but how you deal with it". And this is how a true entrepreneur dealt with his adversity.
  DJ Ghosh

On March 27, 2008 Neeleman officially announced plans to launch a new airline, Azul, a domestic carrier in Brazil. In June 2015, when the Portuguese Government decided to sell the TAP Air Portugal Group, owner of TAP Air Portugal, the Gateway consortium with David Neeleman in partnership with Humberto Pedrosa took control of 61% of the Portuguese carrier.

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David Neeleman (on the left), AZUL AIRLINES CEO

Mr. Neeleman describes Brazil as a country of great disparities. While there is a very rich upper class, and a growing middle class, over 100 million are in the 'C' class. When he came on the scene, a lot of the cities had no air service, and inter-city bus fares were high. In 2006, Brazil had only 46 million passengers, while Mexico and Chile had twice that number. Azul was launched with a business model to stimulate demand by providing frequent and affordable service to under-served markets all over Brazil, using Brazil's own Embraer 195 and Embraer 190 aircraft. As it continued to grow, in early 2015 it was announced that Azul had signed a purchase agreement for 35 of Airbus A320neo aircraft followed by a deal for 30 Embraer E-195-E2 aircraft. Today Azul is Number 1 in 86% of the markets it serves, Number 1 in profitability with 124 aircraft in three fleet types; ATR's, Embraers and the A320neo. It employs 12,000 employees in Brazil and serves 25 million passengers.

Looking back over the last decade, America's loss was Brazil's gain..

EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY: In January, I also had a chance to meet and chat with Dr. P. Barry Butler, the newly appointed president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, ( ) the largest accredited private university specializing in aviation and aerospace, with campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, Prescott, Arizona and other locations all over the world. Embry Riddle serves more than 22,000 students online and at 30 campuses, more than 90 of them on military bases. Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus was established in 1970 and has become a network of more than 130 learning locations. U.S. News & World Report ranked Embry-Riddle #1 Best out of almost 300 Bachelor's Programs in 2016. My head buzzed with the potential opportunity of leveraging this global online network to preach the gospel of the newly emerging dedicated science of air cargo, through special air cargo courses. I mentioned this to Dr. Butler and I hope he will consider my request.

AIRCARGOPEDIA is off to India to attend the grand AIR CARGO INDIA event in Mumbai. We hope to see you there.

Best wishes

D.J. Ghosh
President & Publisher
”The Complete Encyclopedia for the Air Cargo Professional & Investor”


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Delta Cargo Expands Pharma 4 Offering to Eight Locations Worldwide

ATLANTA, Feb. 9, 2018:

Delta Cargo customers with temperature-sensitive shipments can now use the airline’s Pharma 4 program to reach eight additional destinations across the airline’s broad network, including Bogota, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, Sao Paolo, Frankfurt and Seoul.

With this expansion, Delta now has 49 Pharma stations around the globe, in addition to nine approved facilities across Europe that the airline operates in conjunction with its partners.

One of four temperature-sensitive shipping options that Delta offers, Pharma 4 is the ideal solution for products that need to be shipped at room temperature, such as prescription drugs and some biotechnology products.

Delta’s ground handling partner in Hong Kong, in addition to being CEIV certified, is providing another layer of quality and service control to customers as it is has attained a GDP certification commending the Hong Kong facility.

In July 2017, Delta became the first U.S. global passenger carrier to receive the International Air Transport Association’s CEIV Pharma logistics certification, which was awarded to the company at the headquarters level and additionally at Delta’s largest Cargo operation, located in Atlanta. Delta continues to make significant investments in Pharma facilities to ensure compliance with the highest industry standards and to meet customer needs.

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The Union Budget 2018: Where will Indian Logistics be heading?

Mumbai, Feb 05, 2018:

The logistics sector gets the required impetus from the Union Budget 2018

The Indian Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, presented the fifth straight budget on 1st February 2018. While the focus was mainly on agriculture, the budget did address the rural sectors, new health insurance schemes and provided some income tax relief for the salaried class and senior citizens. The Logistics industry also received attention with several targeted incentives.

Citing infrastructure as an important growth driver of any economy, an amount of INR 1.48 lakh crore was allocated for Railways. In a statement targeting the development of rail networks across the country, the FM cited that capacity expansion shall be the priority. With a proposed target of doubling 18,000 km of lines and said gauge conversion underway to eliminate capacity constraints, measures will also be employed to enhance the capacity of rail networks. New world-class trains and dedicated freight corridors were being developed. The minister also pointed out that 600 stations have been earmarked for modernisation by the railways. Rail ministry is also working on an ambitious scheme to allow private operators to set up their own rail lines and run trains.

NextGen Airports for Bharat to boost airport capacity were underway. The latest budget supported impetus to aviation by encompassing airport capacity expansion by 5 times to handle 1 billion trips a year. The proposed improvement in the aviation sector is expected to affect the air cargo domain by providing the much needed infrastructure and space to cater to rising air cargo volumes.

The country’s exports are expected to grow by 15% during the current fiscal. Industry experts predict that 5% increase in exports is quite possible as buoyancy in commodities and crude will push value wise exports. In fact, in the mid-term review of the foreign trade policy in December 2017, the government doled out incentives worth INR 8,450 crore to boost exports and employment in labour intensive sectors that were hit by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) roll out.

Ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojana has been approved for providing seamless connectivity of interior and backward areas and borders of the country, to develop about 35000 kilometres in Phase-I, at an estimated cost of INR 5,35,000 crore. Department of Commerce will be developing a National Logistics Portal as a single window online market place to link all stakeholders. It proposes to link all the seven Ministries, including Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Railways and Civil Aviation, to significantly benefit the logistics industry.

Allocation to Digital India scheme doubled to INR 3073 cr. 5 lakh Wi-Fi Hotspots have been proposed to provide Broadband access to 5 crore rural citizens, at the cost of INR 10,000 cr, thus encouraging digital connectivity across the country.

Speaking on the Union Budget for Logistics sector, Mr. Vipul Jain, Chairman, Kale Logistics Solutions said, “Since the last decade, logistics industry in India has been on a growth path, especially due to the mega push given to infrastructure spending to kick-start the economy. As per the ICRA report, the Indian logistics industry is bound to grow at the rate of 9-10% per annum. Union Budget 2018 has given clear indication for continued focus on new growth and development of businesses in India. This budget not only puts thrust on ease of doing business, but also gives the required boost to infrastructure with focus on technology”.

Kale Logistics Solutions is a trusted IT Logistics partner for Fortune 500 companies, offering a comprehensive suite of IT solutions for the logistics domain.

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Hermes readies for new H5 release with appointment of Chief Technology Officer

Alexis Labonne takes the helm as the cargo management systems provider prepares to roll out its innovative Hermes 5 version

London, UK, Thursday, 8th February 2018

Hermes Logistics Technologies (HTL), a leading provider of cargo management systems for the airfreight industry, has appointed Alexis Labonne as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) as it prepares to roll out its latest version, called Hermes 5 (H5).

The United Kingdom-headquartered tech leader, which has been pioneering digital solutions for airlines and air cargo handlers since 2002, will roll out H5 this year, with a leading European handling agent amongst its first customers to deploy the innovative new version.

Alexis Labonne has over 20 years’ experience in technology, most recently with Hitachi Consulting working on Security and Customs, Education and Government projects, as Architect and CTO.

“Hermes has invested considerably to advance our technological infrastructure, as well as the Hermes functionality,” said Yuval Baruch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hermes Logistics Technologies.

“Our H5 version is proof of our innovation-focused approach to the industry, aimed at ensuring that our customers keep benefitting from the best Cargo Management System (CMS) and Hub Management System (HMS) in the world.

“Alexis brings with him extensive experience to support Hermes to further strengthen our technical capabilities.”

Alexis Labonne, who takes over from Oded Lavee, comes from a software development and architecture background, and has worked as Chief Architect/CTO and as Enterprise Architect for a number of companies, including Hitachi Consulting, BT, GSK, UK Council, Pfizer and KPMG.

“I am keen on dynamic engineering patterns and practices to foster innovation and reduce productivity drag,” said Alexis Labonne.

“My technical experience allows me to be both responsive to market demands, as well as changing technology trends.”

Alexis Labonne will head the HLT team of air cargo technical experts, who are now following a digital roadmap to use the power of Cloud services, IoT, AI and blockchain technologies.

“I’d like to take this opportunity and thank Oded for his contribution to improving the Hermes system, internal processes and the recent major version that will be the base for our future,” added Yuval Baruch.

H5 is the latest version of a suite of applications, which includes HERMES CMS, Hermes HMS and HBI (HERMES Business Intelligence).

HERMES CMS manages all import, export, messaging, service monitoring and accounting processes for traditional cargo ground handling agents. HERMES HMS steers all inbound, outbound, messaging, SLA and accounting processes for airline hubs or transit shed operators. HBI is a comprehensive Big Data analytical tool, enabling informed management and operational decisions.

Shortly after its release, H5 will be rolled out globally.

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ATSG to Webcast Presentation at the Stifel 2018 Transportation & Logistics Conference

WILMINGTON, OH – February 7, 2018

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATSG) today announced that it will make a webcast presentation at the Stifel 2018 Transportation & Logistics Conference at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Florida on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Joe Hete, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Quint Turner, Chief Financial Officer, will discuss ATSG’s business model and its strategy as the leading independent provider of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft, with a full range of complementary services. They will also review the company’s results for the first three quarters of 2017 and discuss the company’s outlook.

ATSG will offer a live audio webcast of the presentation, with associated slides, via a link on its website, The presentation will be available via the same site for 30 days.

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Michael White appointed President of Cargo Network Services Corp.

1 February 2018 (Miami)

Cargo Network Services Corp. (CNS), an IATA company, announced that Michael White was appointed President. In this role, White will be responsible for all CNS operations, including financial settlement systems, commercial operations and advocacy for its member airlines and forwarding customers.

White most recently served as CNS Vice President of Government and Industry Relations. In that role he supported US industry efforts for the development of standards for the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) program, the adoption of the electronic consignment security declaration (eCSD) by the US Transportation Security Administration, and other air cargo initiatives. An industry veteran with nearly four decades of experience in the air transport industry, White joined CNS in 2008.

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Michael White, President, CNS

“Mike has taken a leadership role in working with industry and government stakeholders to make air cargo more secure and more efficient. I am confident that CNS will be in good hands as we continue to modernize the business while ensuring the highest standards of safety and security,” said CNS Chairman Doug Lavin

White succeeds Lionel van der Walt, who left CNS earlier this year to become Executive Vice President and CEO of RCI, Inc.

Prior to joining CNS White held operational management positions with Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and Cargo Service Center and the Air Transport Assn. of America (now Airlines for America). He was COO of SkyLink USA which managed the commercial operations at the Baghdad International Airport for USAID, peacekeeping operations in Darfur for the United Nations and support operations for NATO in Afghanistan.

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Sistership Agreement between Airports of Thailand and Liege Airport

Liege Airport, 31st January 2018

Today 30th of January, Airports of Thailand and Liege Airport signed a Sistership Agreement between Liege Airport and Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi airport.

This Sistership Agreement between both airports, major cargo players in Asia and Europe, is a pledge to exchange expertise and knowhow, with focus on cargo development.

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The signing ceremony took place at Asia Air Cargo Summit, where the international cargo community is gathering.

The Sistership Agreement is a first step towards a close cooperation between all the airports to develop cargo flows. A special focus is given to the development of perishable facilities and processes, to seamlessly connect the Asean and the European market in both directions.

For the development of an e-commerce gateway, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport and Liege Airport aim to create an international network of gateways. A lot of ideas are analysed to find the most efficient and strategic ones.

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