Aircargopedia Newsblast: June 2019!
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27th June 2019  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

The largest Air Cargo Europe exhibition was held in Munich this month as part of the Transport Logistics fair 2019. Artificial Intelligence for logistics and supply chain, trade relationship between USA and China, were major topics

ACL Airshop celebrated grand opening of their manufacturing facility in Greenville , South Carolina.

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Emirates SkyCargo Opens Dedicated Pharmaceutical Facility in Chicago

Kevin Pflug, 26th June 2019

Earlier this month, Emirates SkyCargo announced the opening of a new, dedicated pharmaceutical facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Occupying over 1,000 square meters of space, the facility provides comprehensive protection for pharma cargo through temperature controlled zones for acceptance and delivery, pharma cargo build-up and break-down, storage, and direct ramp access.

This new facility can handle 15,000 tons of pharma shipments per year and was developed in partnership with ground handling company Maestro. Because of the facility’s strategic location near the airport’s ramp, pharma cargo will spend less time in transit to and from the terminal to the aircraft.

The pharma facility in Chicago is part of Emirates SkyCargo’s expansion efforts to enhance protection for temperature sensitive pharma shipments, not just at its hub in Dubai but from origin to destination.

With over 8,000 square meters of dedicated pharma storage and handling space, Emirates SkyCargo operates the world’s largest multi-airport EU GDP (Good Distribution Practices) certified hubs. During the financial year of 2018/19, Emirates SkyCargo transported more than 75,000 tons of pharmaceuticals through its network. Since January 2018, Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its initial network of twelve pharma stations to twenty.

Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President of Emirates SkyCargo stated, “Emirates SkyCargo is committed to the safe and secure transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. Having a dedicated facility for pharma at one of our busiest stations for pharma in our network is a big boost to our pharma handling credentials and capability. This was also a unique model wherein we worked closely with the ground handler and were involved in the planning for the facility from the very beginning. Using our learnings from transporting pharma across six continents, we were able to collaborate to make the new pharma facility fit for purpose.”

Henrik Ambak, Emirates Senior Vice President of Cargo Operations Worldwide also noted that, “Pharmaceutical cargo being transported by air are growing in their sophistication and complexity in terms of the strict regulations for handling and temperature control. We introduced the pharma corridors initiative because we wanted to expand the required high standard of handling for pharma shipments further into our network and serve markets better from origin to destination. We have been successfully working with our ground handling partners at our major pharma points and the model has met with quite a lot of success and positive feedback from our customers. This has motivated us to replicate the model at more pharma facilities, thus growing our pharma corridors network to more than twenty stations. We will continue to look at how pharma flows through our network and add more stations in the future.”

Separately, Emirates SkyCargo pharma operations in Dubai, including the 24/7 trucking operations between its terminals at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central, have been recertified this year as compliant with GDP guidelines. Emirates SkyCargo first received GDP certification in 2016. Earlier this year, the air cargo carrier underwent a rigorous audit by Bureau Veritas and is pharma handlings facilities and process were completely reevaluated from the ground up.

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With BE-GATE, Liege Cargo Agency cossets its customers!

Liege Cargo Agency (LCA) is the first Walloon company to obtain BE-GATE authorisation. Active in the air freight sector, LCA now simplifies administrative procedures related to e-commerce thanks to the new digital system developed by the FPS Finance, Customs and Excise.

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For Eric Bruckmann, CEO of Liege Cargo Agency, this new recognition confirms the quality of services offered to airport customers: “We are very proud to be the first Walloon SME to receive this authorisation issued by the Belgian customs. This is an asset for our customers active in e-commerce which generates more and more volumes at Liege Airport.”

In concrete terms, Be-Gate covers:
• a secure electronic connection between the e-commerce operator and customs, specifically adapted to processing large amounts of data;
• allowing effective customs controls based on risk analysis;
• improved communication for maximum transaction speed;
• anticipating upcoming legislative changes.

This certification is therefore very important in the context of the development of LCA but also for activities in general at Liege Airport. For Eric Bruckmann, the digitalisation of formalities positions LCA as ‘Best in class’: “The Customs and Excise services at Liege Airport are ‘customers’ oriented and this is a major asset in the context of constantly developing activities. Thanks to a modern, efficient administration, private companies can boost their business.”

The number of LCA employees has grown from 7 to 34 in just over a year. This new certification will further increase the customs clearance capacity for faster and more voluminous e-commerce transfers at Liege airport.

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Unilode roll out the world's first digitised main deck containers

6th June 2019

AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Unilode Aviation Solutions have deepened their long-standing Unit Load Device (ULD) management partnership with the rollout of the world's first digitised main deck containers, which are co-branded dedicated AMA/AMD fire-resistant containers (FRC) equipped with a Transmitting Portable Electronic Device (TPED).

The containers, which are manufactured by Nordisk Aviation Products, have been designed with the usage of the latest technology in fire barriers for aviation and are equipped with TPEDs based on Unilode's award-winning Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 5.0) technology. The containers enable to track the location of the ULD and the cargo being carried in the container, and transmit status updates on various parameters such as temperature, humidity, shock and light. The first half of the new digitised AMA/AMD fire-resistant container fleet will be delivered by Unilode by the end of June and the rest in September to give AirBridgeCargo Airlines time to test and introduce them gradually into its operations.

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"The deployment of co-branded digitised containers not only broadens our cooperation with Unilode Aviation Solutions but also introduces one of the most revolutionary phases of cargo digitalisation. We are delighted to be on this path with our valued and trusted partner which is the expert in ULD management and has adopted a forward-thinking approach towards the introduction of IoT into the air cargo industry. TPED is the kind of technology that tightly aligns with our customers' expectations, especially when it comes to transportation of special cargoes - pharmaceutical products, perishable goods, valuables, and others," - highlighted Sergey Lazarev, General Director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

"At the end of 2018 AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Unilode announced their collaboration for the extensive usage of TPEDs for pallets and containers. The introduction of the digitised AMA/AMD fire-resistant main deck containers is another stage of both companies' joint efforts to bring enhanced IoT solutions into the air cargo industry with the purpose to simplify the data-sharing process and make it more transparent and reliable for all stakeholders in the aviation value chain. The rollout of Unilode's reader infrastructure in our repair network and our customers' key hubs is progressing according to our plans and all the benefits of Unilode's digital transformation project will soon be enjoyed by both Unilode and its customers," - said Benoît Dumont, CEO of Unilode Aviation Solutions.


ACL Airshop Accelerates in Air Cargo Sector with New “ULD” Fleet Management App: FindMyULD

June 4, 2019 – Munich Germany

ACL Airshop, a steadily growing leader in products and services for the global air cargo and airlines industry, announces another innovative technology, an industry first: a new mobile app called FindMyULD. The trademarked FindMyULD app is specifically designed to enhance every data requirement end-to-end in air cargo transactions, across the entire worldwide ecosystem of the air cargo industry. From location and status accuracy to barcoding and Bluetooth scanning and tracking, FindMyULD pulls together all of ACL Airshop’s ULD management services in one seamless tool. This major reveal was made today at the huge Air Cargo Europe trade show in Munich, along with a Press briefing and live real-time demonstrations.

Jos Jacobsen, the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director-Europe & Global Leasing, said: “We want to keep enhancing the customer experience, these innovations are made for our customers. Streamlining and accelerating the traditional ULD management experience is our goal. This technology-driven approach lets us advance our leasing model beyond the cumbersome pooling model, for example, and offer outright better value through efficiency across our global network for our 200-plus airlines customers. This tailored and uncomplicated approach lets the airline keep its own assets, not clumped into a giant amorphous pile of ULDs scattered around. Our real-time ULD Control reporting capability is augmented with Bluetooth tracking, and our three global Operations Centers serving all time zones from Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and New York form the digital nervous system for our offerings. FindMyULD now even further redefines the meaning of fast, accurate customer service. We measure our responsiveness to customers in minutes or hours, not the more-typical days or weeks that bulkier, sluggish business models present. Plus, we have a huge inventory of ULDs strategically placed around our large network of world hubs, and indeed we are growing that network every year.”

For several years, ACL Airshop has been investing in new technologies aimed at answering airlines clients’ needs for more transparency, speed, and efficiency in handling cargo and ULDs themselves. Airlines, cargo centers, ground handlers, freight forwarders, airport storage facilities, equipment manufacturers, and other players in the ULD transport chain are calling for faster digitalization in the air cargo sector. ACL Airshop was first-to-market in its niche with Bluetooth real-time tracking and tracing, and is already assisting several large airlines clients with actual implementation on 3 continents. FindMyULD is the logical next step forward.

By combining its proprietary ULD Control logistics management programs with Bluetooth and barcoding, ACL Airshop has found a game-changing tipping point. Namely, the ability to tie ULD serial numbers to tagging device serial numbers, with linkage to the airway bill itself.

Wes Tucker, Executive Vice President of ACL Airshop said “That was our ‘Ah-Ha Moment.’ Suddenly, as we keep rolling out ULD tags and readers in an ever-growing Internet of Things, we can help airlines achieve the speed, service, and accuracy that their shippers and other end- customers expect in the high-speed world of E-Commerce. Or as we now call it, M-Commerce. The M stands for Mobile.”

ACL Airshop estimates that over a 3 to 5-year period, these technology tools can save a typical airline 6% to 10% on the overall Life Cycle Cost of its ULD fleet. For example, if an airline has 5,000 ULDs in its fleet, ACL Airshop forecasts that its array of technology efficiencies can yield the same cargo capability with 4,500 ULDs, especially when coupled to ACL Airshop’s growing international network at so many major hubs. Jacobsen said “The bigger we get, and the more we invest in technology, the more efficient we are for our customers.” Tucker added “And we are happy to share some of those savings with our airlines clients. It makes us more competitive, and the airline more profitable—win/win for both.”

Unit Load Devices (ULDs) such as pallets and containers are the basic apparatus enabling air cargo shipments. ACL Airshop owns, leases, and deploys over 50,000 ULDs, more than most major airlines. ACL Airshop has manufacturing resources and industry partners for various cargo control products in the US, Germany, China, and Taiwan, including an ultramodern new manufacturing center in South Carolina USA (grand opening announced recently). ACL Airshop also has growing array of company-owned and partnered Repair Stations for the overhaul of serviceable ULDs.

Although ACL Airshop competes for and wins large, multi-year, full ULD fleet management contracts with major carriers, the company’s legacy strength is in Short Term Leasing of ULD’s, especially when customers need some extras at times of peak or unexpected demand.

ACL Airshop has more than doubled in the past three years, with twice the number of airport locations, over twice the number of ULDs, and significant expansion of its global supply chain. Its new state of the art factory in the US is a vivid example of the company’s continuous improvement programs on six continents. Steve Townes, CEO of ACL Airshop and founder of Ranger Aerospace, said: “We heard the voice of the customer, and it was clear we needed to expand the network, improve our logistics efficiencies, and invest in fresh technologies, all the while taking very good care of our people.” ACL Airshop recently won the 2019 “Top Workplaces” award as a strong employer.

ACL Airshop continues expanding geographically to keep pace with rising industry trends, and investing for growth in each of its lines of business. The company is developing scale and efficiency as its worldwide services system expands. Over the past 36 years, ACL Airshop has become a leading worldwide one-stop shop for leasing, sales, repairs, logistics control of Unit Load Devices, and cargo control components manufacturing.

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Budapest, Düsseldorf and Hamburg airports cooperating again at “Air Cargo Europe 2019”

Austin, 7 May 2019

“Sister airports” offer alternative to cargo hubs / Airports present their modern airfreight infrastructures

“Connect differently” is the motto for the joint presence of the Budapest, Düsseldorf and Hamburg airports at this year’s Air Cargo Europe trade fair, being held as part of Transport Logistic in Munich from 4 to 7 June, 2019. These three “sister airports”, all holdings of AviAlliance, are presenting their common features and the characteristics of their logistics sites and infrastructure at the fair as alternatives to the classic cargo hubs. The joint trade fair presence is at booth no. 441 in Hall B1.

The joint presentation of the three airports is built on positive and successful cooperation in the past few years. The aim is to present the benefits of the three airports to the specialist public as a bundled package. The Budapest, Düsseldorf and Hamburg airports cooperated for the first time in 2017 with a joint booth at Air Cargo Europe in Munich. Due to the positive feedback from partners and trade fair visitors, the three airports shared a collaborative presence again in 2018 at Air Cargo China in Shanghai and TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto.

As an alternative to classic cargo hubs, the three airports complement one another, each bringing its own specialisations to the scale. Goods flows can thus be concentrated in terms of handling, facilitating streamlined processes. This saves time when goods are being handled without using hubs. There are also possibilities for bundling the flow of goods within the three airports (triangular trade flows). The three airports benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure to cover all expectations and requirements in the area of cargo/air freight.

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“I am thrilled to continue this successful collaboration with Budapest and Duesseldorf airports, presenting our cargo facilities together at a trade fair for the fourth time,” says Alexander Mueller, Head of Cargo at Hamburg Airport. “Air cargo does not have to be processed at major hubs. Non-hub airports also have benefits to offer, and this is what we aim to show our partners, customers and the many trade fair visitors. Air cargo continued to grow in 2018 at our Hamburg Airport Cargo Center, too, with a 4 percent increase in volume. In cooperation with Düsseldorf and Budapest airports, our position is optimal. I look forward to many shared conversations at the trade fair in Munich.”

“The cargo flow always finds its best and most efficient way. Budapest Airport believes, we can be this ‘best’ distribution point in Central and Eastern Europe, and together with our sister airports DUS and HAM, we can offer new attractive combined solutions for the cargo operators,” says René Droese, Chief Property and Cargo Officer Budapest Airport. “The air cargo relevant industrial output is booming in our region, including export and import cargo for the automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical industries and the very important e-commerce market. Our cargo traffic increased by 60% in three years at BUD, our plan is to attract more freighter and belly cargo routes to our airport, and to hand-over the brand new BUD Cargo City by the end of 2019 to provide an ideal environment for further cargo growth.”

As the third largest airport in Germany,“ says Gerton Hulsman, Managing Director of Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH, „we offer our customers 365 days per year, 24/7 tailor-made logistic solutions. Due to Düsseldorf’s geographic location in one of the strongest economic regions in Europe we have 18 million inhabitants as well as numerous pharmaceutical companies within a radius of 100 kilometres. Therefore, it was clear that Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH officially became Germany’s first CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) certified company in order to guarantee a flawless cool chain for pharmaceutical products. This certification has been renewed in April 2019. Together with Budapest and Hamburg Airport we are looking forward to expand our networks, to arrange new cooperations and to present our CEIV certificate at the Air Cargo Europe in Munich.”

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