Aircargopedia Newsblast: January 2019!
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13th January 2019  

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According to Boeing's freighter forecast, cargo volumes are set to double over the next 20 years and air cargo operators will need more than 2,600 new or converted freighters to keep up with increasing global demand.

New freighter routes launched at Budapest complements direct and indirect Freighter and Belly Cargo with China.
  DJ Ghosh
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Scanpartners goes digitial with e-CARGOWARE Platform.

Copenhagen, Denmark 10 Jan 2019 /Press Release/

Scanpartners a leading independent GSSA in the Nordics with offices in Helsinki – Finland, Oslo -Norway, Stockholm -Sweden and Copenhagen – Denmark has announced that it has successfully went live with e-CARGOWARE Cargo Management Platform on 2nd January.

e-CARGOWARES’s cloud based Cargo Management Platform is flexible, robust, easy to use, eliminates paper and conforms to IATA e-AWB specification. The platform is used by several GSSAs and Cargo Handlers worldwide to actively market and service leading airlines including the likes of Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar, Etihad to name a few.

Scanpartners offer a full program of cargo management services including price negotiation, reporting, market analysis, sales, cargo mix optimisation, space management, relationship management, airside access, AWB verification and customer surveys.

Scan Partners

“We are excited to announce our association with e-Cargoware Ltd” said Steen Keller, CEO of Scanpartners Ltd. “e-CARGOWARE team are flexible, easy to work with and have provided a modern digital platform that automates our Account Management, Quotes, Reservations and Revenue Accounting functions. Soon we will be going live with their KPI Dashboards that will help us monitor our Revenue and Tonnages targets Realtime on any devices”

Des Vertannes, Chairman of e-CARGOWARE said “I am delighted that Scanpartners have chosen e-CARGOWARE to digitise their cargo operations. Arun, Ramesh and team have developed an innovative platform that is gaining wider interest and adoption in our industry and i’m pleased to be involved with them on this journey.”

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Emirates SkyCargo announces freighter services to Bogota, Colombia

Dubai, U.A.E., 10 January 2019

Emirates SkyCargo has announced that it will be opening a new trade lane to South America with the start of freighter services to Bogota, Colombia. The Colombian capital will be served by a once weekly freighter service starting 16 January 2019.

Emirates SkyCargo will be operating its Boeing 777 freighter aircraft to Bogota. The aircraft has an overall cargo capacity of over 100 tonnes and has wide main deck doors allowing for the transportation of large and outsized cargo.

Bogota will become Emirates SkyCargo’s sixth cargo destination in South America and its third dedicated cargo destination in the continent. Flight EK 9930 will arrive in Bogota at 22.00 hours local time on Wednesday and will depart from the city at 00.05 hours local time on Thursday morning.


Partnership with Avianca

Emirates SkyCargo will be working jointly with Avianca for the freighter service out of Bogota. The Latin American carrier will commercialize the capacity of the Boeing 777 freighter on its return leg from Bogota to Maastricht to move cargo booked by its customers. Emirates SkyCargo and Avianca are working on developing a deeper partnership where Emirates SkyCargo will assist Avianca for transporting cargo from Latin America across its well-developed network in the Middle East, Africa and Asia region while Avianca will help Emirates SkyCargo strengthen its reach in the South American market.

“We welcome Bogota to our global network of over 40 scheduled weekly freighter destinations. South America is one of our main focus regions and we believe that there is a lot of potential for further growth in demand for air cargo capacity in this region,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning & Freighters. “We are also delighted to be working with Avianca for this freighter service and we look forward to strengthening our partnership to facilitate more trade between customers in South America and the rest of the world,” he added.

Emirates SkyCargo in South America

In South America Emirates SkyCargo currently transports cargo on its passenger and freighter services to and from Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Viracopos and Quito. With the addition of Bogota, the air cargo carrier will be able to offer a weekly cargo capacity of close to 500 tonnes to South American customers.

Emirates SkyCargo offers a combination of main deck and belly hold cargo capacity on its fleet of over 274 all widebody aircraft which includes 14 freighter aircraft- 13 Boeing 777Fs and one Boeing 747F. The air cargo carrier also operates a dedicated terminal, Emirates SkyCentral DWC, for cargo moving on its freighter aircraft. The state of the art facility has over 15,000 square metres of dedicated storage space for temperature-sensitive goods and dedicated aircraft parking bays in close proximity to the terminal allowing for quick transfer of goods to and from the aircraft leading to faster deliveries and more efficient connections for cargo.

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dnata continues to be recognized for achieving highest safety standards

Philippine operations awarded IATA’s ISAGO Registration and Station Accreditation at three airports

Dubai/Manila, 9 January 2019

dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, continues to be recognized for achieving the highest safety standards. The company has renewed its IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Registration by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the Philippines, and obtained ISAGO Station Accreditations at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), Cebu Mactan International Airport (CEB) and Clark Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (CRK) following successful completion of ISAGO Audits at these airports.

dnata’s operations in Manila have already been ISAGO registered since 2010. The renewal of the ISAGO Registration in the Philippine capital demonstrates the company’s ability to meet the highest safety and security standards.

dnata cargo

Margaret L. Yu, Chief Executive Officer, dnata Philippines, said: “Safety and security are fundamental aspects of our operations. We always aim to achieve the highest possible safety standards for our customers, their passengers as well as our employees and facilities, and our efforts are clearly reflected in our corporate culture, trainings and processes.”

“The achievement of the prestigious ISAGO certification at all of our Philippine airports is an important milestone, which once again underscores our uncompromised focus on safety and service excellence.”

“We continue to enhance our operations and safety culture by consistently improving our work practices and developing our team.”

ISAGO is an industry global standard for the oversight and audit of ground service providers. It is complementary to the internationally recognized and accepted IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an air operator. The implementation of the ISAGO aims to address the safety risks and incident costs of ground operations.

ISAGO is conducted in a standardized and consistent manner using internationally recognized standards and requires conformance with the applicable ISAGO Standards and Recommended Practices at both the corporate and station levels.

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Liege Airport beats another record !

Liege Airport, the leading cargo airport in Belgium, has seen a major development. Following 2017, already a record year with 717,000 tonnes of goods, 2018 has closed with a total of 870,644 tonnes transported, a 21.5% increase!

In spite of the commercial tensions between the USA and China, increasing oil prices and the predicted consequences of Brexit, world freight activity has seen a 4.5% increase in 2018. Similarly, Liege Airport’s figures are exceptional.

“This is a new record, because since Liege Airport was established in 1990, we have never achieved such a level of tonnage. This confirms we are on the right track with our strategy to go with full cargo companies”, declares Luc Partoune, Liege Airport CEO, and adds: “The arrival of new companies and the performance and exceptional growth achieved by all our operators have contributed to positioning us among the best cargo airports worldwide. I congratulate the entire cargo community (road hauliers, charter operators, etc.)”.

Liege Airport

Exciting prospects ahead

To sustain the growth of companies and handling agents, Liege Airport has accelerated its investment programme: “In 2019 and 2020, more than 30,000 sq. m. of warehousing will be made available to air cargo handlers. In the next few months, AirBridge Cargo will start using its first warehouse. The contract about to be signed with Cainiao (Alibaba group) is going to provide a medium-term boost for our activities and several hundred jobs will be necessary to sustain the growth in companies established at Liege Airport”, explains Luc Partoune.

The real estate sector – under the subsidiary Liege Airport Business Park - has also seen great success with a 98% occupancy rate of offices and 100% of warehouses. The call for proposals held in 2018 led the Board of Directors to select the “Valentiny” consortium for its vision of the office development in front of the passenger terminal esplanade. The construction of an initial office building of approximately 7,000 sq. m. has been allocated to the 2019 budget at a total cost of €14.6 million.

Let us also mention that 170,961 passengers were carried in 2018 and there were 38,814 flights to and from the airport. The expected net result should exceed €4 million.

Over 30 countries attending Global Investment in Aviation Summit in Dubai

5 January 2019 Dubai, UAE

The Global Investment in Aviation Summit, an initiative of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, will be held on 27-29 January 2019 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City with the participation of at least 30 countries.

Participating countries include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Ukraine, Albania, Brazil, Malaysia, Nigeria, and many others.

Under the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through Attractive Aviation Investment Opportunities”, the event will have a number of panel discussions for professionals, investors, and business leaders to share their knowledge and expertise, extrapolate current economic conditions and opportunities in the aviation and air transport sector.

The official speakers include senior officials and economic figures including H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Civil Aviation Authority in the UAE, HE Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosani, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Airports, Engr. Alaa Samman, Head of Privatization & Investments of General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia, Lorenzo Di Loreto, VP Sales and Marketing of Munich Airport, and Pierre-Hugues Schmit, Chief Commercial Officer at Vinci Airports.

Day one agenda includes a special session for ministers and heads of transport agencies entitled “The Vision of Global Aviation Leaders in the Field of Aviation Investment and Sustainability”. The summit will also have panel discussions on “Investment in Airports: Models of Investment and Incentive to Strengthen the Global Airport Infrastructure”, “UAE Vision and Platform to Invest in the Aviation Sector”, “Next and Innovative Steps to Invest in New Aviation Sectors”, and “Global Aviation Finance”.

H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said, “Over the past years, United Arab Emirates has been able to achieve a distinguished economic and investment position. It has become a major engine of growth and an important economic benchmark not only locally, but also in the region as a whole. The UAE, through its efforts to promote it in various international forums, has become a major destination for business and investment from around the world.”

Al Suwaidi added, “UAE has unique qualifications that complement and harmonize via its 7 emirates, making it an ideal venue to showcase the most important investment opportunities offered by the aviation and air transport industry. UAE is one of the leading countries in this area as it is not only a leader in organizing major economic events, but also has strong and distinctive economic positions with investors and companies being recognized for the business opportunities in the sector that meet their growing aspirations for growth and expansion.”

It is worth mentioning that the General Civil Aviation Authority is the federal authority that manages and regulates the UAE airspace and the aviation sector in order to serve the public in a dynamic and thriving aviation environment.


Budapest Airport maps out new China growth strategy and plans additional Asia routes in 2019

Budapest, Hungary, Monday, 17th December 2018

Budapest Airport (BUD) has unveiled an ambitious new growth strategy for Asia that is to launch in the new year, and includes additional direct freighter and belly cargo routes to China as well as enhanced e-commerce capabilities at the Hungarian hub.

The plans align with the airport’s ongoing BUD20:20 expansion programme, which includes the EUR32.6 Cargo City development scheduled to open next year, and come after BUD recently added new freighter operations from both AirBridgeCargo and Silk Way West Airlines.

To drive the vision forwards, a delegation from BUD recently attended the 15th China Air Cargo Summit in Shanghai where they, along with support from the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, met with Chinese e-commerce companies, and China-based and international carriers.

“China plays a major part in our BUD:2020 growth programme, and we are working together with some of the country’s largest logistics and transport companies to meet rising demand for imports from China,” said René Droese, Executive Director Property and Cargo, Budapest Airport.

“The new freighter routes launched this year complement our existing direct and indirect scheduled freighter and belly cargo connections with China operated by Air China, Cargolux, Emirates, Qatar Airways Cargo, and Turkish Cargo.

“The forwarder community in our region is seeking new ways to reach the Asia market; in addition to this we are witnessing an increasing demand from Chinese e-commerce companies for new, efficient distribution hubs in Eastern Europe, which amounts to a unique opportunity for us.”

He added e-commerce is a “major driver of growth in the air cargo market, particularly in Hungary where we are seeing more than 25 per cent growth rate per year, which is one of the reasons Budapest is one of the fastest growing cargo airports in Europe”.

“Eastern Europe represented a significant EUR73 billion of the e-commerce market in 2017, all of which represents a growing opportunity for BUD,” said Droese.

“The electronics and automotive business is booming in our region, and more Chinese investment was announced recently regarding these sectors.

“Our new Cargo City project under construction with total investment value of about EUR50 million will provide fast and highly efficient logistic solutions for all business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and consumer-to-consumer markets.”

The new, additional China routes from BUD are expected to take off next summer and some of the e-commerce companies the airport is currently in discussion with include Alibaba Group, SF, ZTO, and STO Express.

”We are witnessing historic moments in China; it was precisely 40 years ago that the Chinese Central Government, led by Deng Xiaoping, introduced the policy of opening the economy to foreign direct investment,” said Szilárd Bolla, the Consul General of Hungary in Shanghai.

“Now, the government of Xi Jinping would like to call the attention of global players to the dynamically growing Chinese internal market.

“The quality of current diplomatic relations between the two countries and this momentum create an excellent opportunity for Hungarian businesses to enter the market.”

Budapest Airport plans to become Central Eastern Europe’s largest cargo hub with the support of EUR160 million investment and development programme, BUD:2020.

As part of the programme, construction of a new dedicated freight centre, Cargo City began this September, and will centralise cargo operations, expanding the airport’s handling capacity.

BUD’s strategic location places it within a three to eight-hour drive from Central and East European capitals.

BUD has seen year on year growth in air cargo traffic, with annual records consistently being broken.

In the period between October 2017 and 2018 the volume of trucked and flown freight increased by 22.9 per cent compared to the previous year.

From 2015 to 2018, the cargo volumes of the airport increased by more than 60 per cent.

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