Aircargopedia Newsblast: March 2019!
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14th March 2019  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

In an era of technology and digitalisation the focus remains on specialized verticals such as pharmaceuticals and perishables.

Meanwhile, the industry awaits utilization of Cargo Drones to facilitate remote areas in East Africa. According to Sanjeev Gadhia of Astral Aviation, trials are expected upon regulatory approval.

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IATA Creates New Certification For Perishable Goods

Kevin Pflug, 13 March 2019

The International Air Transport Association (“IATA”) announced today that it has launched the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics (“CEIV Fresh”), which is intended to improve how the air cargo industry handles and transports perishable goods.

The CEIV Fresh Program follows the successful implementation of two similar certification programs - CEIV Pharma for the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products and CEIV Live Animals.

IATA designed CEIV Fresh to satisfy the stringent requirements of the Perishable Cargo Regulations, which IATA enacted based on the input and expertise of air cargo industry experts and governmental officials. In describing the development and importance of CEIV Fresh, Alexandre de Juniac, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of IATA stated, “Perishable goods is a growing market for air cargo. Ensuring that these delicate and short shelf-life products reach the customer unspoiled with minimal waste and loss is essential. Shippers will have assurance that CEIV Fresh certified companies are operating the highest quality and standards in the transport of perishable products.”

While developing the CEIV Fresh program, IATA worked Airport Authority Hong Kong (“AAHK”), which is the first airport to receive the CEIV Fresh certification. Fred Lam, the Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority of Hong Kong stated that, “We are delighted to be the first airport community worldwide recognized by IATA under the CEIV Fresh program, which is a big encouragement to and affirmation of the capability of the Hong Kong airport community in handling perishable products. HKIA is the world’s busiest cargo busiest cargo airport since 2010. With the new certification, HKIA is well-placed to capture the increasing growth opportunities in the market for fresh and perishable goods.”

IATA also noted that Cathay Pacific intends to complete the CEIV Fresh certification process next month.

As described by Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo, “We took a community approach to developing CEIV Fresh, recognizing that successful shipment requires the alignment of many stakeholders. Shippers can have peace of mind knowing that every entity handling their goods is operating to the same standards. Understanding the value of this to the success of its customers, the Airport Authority Hong Kong pioneered the world’s first CEIV Fresh certified airport community.”

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dnata enhances global management team with the appointment of Dirk Goovaerts as Regional CEO for Asia Pacific

Dubai, 13 March 2019

dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, announced the appointment of Dirk Goovaerts as the company’s Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Pacific region.

In his role, Dirk Goovaerts will oversee dnata’s catering, ground and cargo handling operations at 10 airports in three countries, including Australia, the Philippines and Singapore, managing a workforce of 6,000 employees. Dirk Goovaerts will be based in Singapore and report to Ross Marino, Senior Vice President for dnata’s International Airport Operations division.


Dirk Goovaerts joins dnata from Saudi Ground Services Company (SGS), where he held the position of Chief Operations Officer since 2016. Leading a team of over 12,000 staff through a period of liberalization in Saudi Arabia, Dirk Goovaerts was responsible for transforming SGS to become the ground handler of choice in a new competitive environment, across 26 airports in the country. Previously Dirk Goovaerts held senior leadership roles at Menzies Aviation with the most recent being Senior Vice President, Europe, managing the company’s operations at more than 50 airports.

Ross Marino, Senior Vice President, International Airport Operations, dnata, said: ”We are pleased to have Dirk join our global management team to strengthen and expand our operations in the Asia Pacific region. Dirk brings with him a strong mix of operational experience, technical breadth, leadership and passion for customer care. I’m sure dnata and our customers will benefit from Dirk’s broad experience which is well suited to our business in the region.”

Dirk Goovaerts, Regional Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific, dnata, said: “I am thrilled to be joining dnata, an industry leader which is globally renowned for its quality and safe services and customer-oriented approach. With the dedicated Asia Pacific team we will make sure dnata continues to deliver the best possible services and achieve the highest safety and security standards in the region.”

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MASkargo Partners TWC to Deliver Leading Edge with COREInsight Tracking Solutions.

Kuala Lumpur, March 11, 2019

MAB Kargo Sdn. Bhd. (MASkargo) today signed a cooperation with TW Control Sdn. Bhd. (TWC), CORE Transport Technologies (CORE) and Nordisk Aviation Products (Nordisk) for a tracking solution of its containers and pallets.

Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, its Chief Executive Officer signed for MASkargo, Ir. Kumarason Kandiah, Accountable Manager signed for TWC, Mr. Ian Craig - Managing Director signed for CORE while Nordisk was represented by Mr. Boon Yang Sim - Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Asia Pacific & People’s Republic of China.

With this development, MASkargo with TWC and CORE will incorporate COREInsight tracking solution for its containers and pallets supplied by Nordisk. TWC is the local partner appointed by CORE to implement the tag and reader tracking solution for MASkargo and also the developer of the ULD Management Software associated with the technology at hand.

Speaking at the event, Ibrahim expressed his fervour on this ULD tracking solution development. “MASkargo is happy to be part of this cooperation with leaders of the industry implementing the latest of technology in tracking our equipment. Real-time ULD tracking information will enable MASkargo to more accurately monitor and replan shipments that are delayed due to irregular operations, such as extreme weather events. This will enable customers to have end-to-end tracking of the ULDs starting in their own warehouses throughout the journey to the final destination”, he ended.

“TW Control Sdn. Bhd. is excited to be part of MASkargo’s ULD cargo transformation towards Internet of Things (IoT) by installing the ULD tracking solution from Core. This is a radical and bold transformation for a typical 145 Repair ULD workshop and we intend to use it to the fullest to assist our clients in ULD management” said Kumarason.

In efforts to providing customers with visibility across the shipment lifecycle, the integration of the CORE tracking solution allows MASkargo to increase efficiency through inventory management improvements on the ground.


“CORE is proud to have MASkargo integrate our COREInsight ULD tracking solution as this will be the first in South East Asia. MASkargo will be able to reap the benefits of the system from Day 1 as once the tags are attached to MASkargo ULDs, they can immediately track their travel journey due to the large coverage of our reader network - the largest IoT for air cargo in the worlld. We are also proud to welcome TWC as our partner in Malaysia to provide local knowledge and support to MASkargo as well”, said Ian Craig.

“With this ground breaking agreement between MASkargo and CORE, Nordisk’s customers will be able to keep track of their ULDs and more actively manage shipments across the board" said Boon Yang Sim.

MASkargo is the largest cargo ground handling agent in Malaysia and handles more than 30 customer airlines at its Advanced Cargo Centre, processing more than 800,000 air waybills per year. It is the cargo division of the Malaysian Aviation Group and operates scheduled, chartered air cargo services, ground handling services as well as airport to seaport cargo logistics via ground transportation.

CORE is proud to partner MASkargo in their pursuit to give their customers more transparency on cargo movements and performance milestones, while better managing the equipment stock levels across the globe.

CORE’s Bluetooth location services created the world's largest Bluetooth Low Energy ("BLE") network in commercial air transport, as measured by reader services and units tracked. CORE has been hailed by many to be at the forefront of technology and is also the World’s First BLE ULD tracking solution provider.

SAS Cargo and Unilode deepen collaboration to enable flying digital

11 March 2019

SAS Cargo, Scandinavia's leading carrier, and Unilode Aviation Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) management and repair solutions, will further deepen their collaboration with Unilode digitising SAS Cargo's container fleet starting Q2 2019. This agreement forms part of Unilode's digital transformation programme, which is based on BLE5 technology and a global reader infrastructure, and enables ULD tracking and the measurement of temperature, humidity, light and shock in air freight shipments, among other benefits.

This development is another major milestone in a long-standing collaboration, which started in 2011 with the conversion of SAS Cargo's ULD fleet to lightweight containers, and enables SAS Cargo to take the next step in fulfilling its digital ambitions.

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Mr. Leif Rasmussen, SAS Cargo Group President and CEO, said: "The implementation of innovative and competitive digital solutions requires that all stakeholders put the customer at the centre, ensure transparency and integrate a digital transformation strategy that offers a coherent customer experience through all channels. Unilode's digital transformation programme supports SAS Cargo's digital initiatives by providing a customer-centric approach and offering value-added services to SAS Cargo's customers. The digitisation of our ULD fleet will bring SAS Cargo to the next level of supply chain excellence and we look forward to expanding our collaboration with Unilode."

Mr. Benoît Dumont, Unilode CEO, said: "The aviation industry is embracing digitalisation in the supply chain to optimise operations, enhance visibility and give more insights to the customers. We are pleased that we can accelerate SAS Cargo's digital ambitions with the digitalisation of the ULD operations, which we have been managing for eight years. We are proud to serve SAS Cargo as a trusted and strategic partner and we continue to work hard to provide SAS Cargo and all our customers with state-of-the-art ULD solutions, which contribute to an integrated, innovative and digital supply chain in the aviation industry."


Unilode, Safran and OnAsset complete the development of a breakthrough solution for the seamless integration of digital Bluetooth tags in pallets

8 March 2019
Unilode, Safran and OnAsset complete the development of a breakthrough solution for the seamless integration of digital Bluetooth tags in pallets

Unilode Aviation Solutions, Safran and OnAsset Intelligence are proud to announce the successful completion of their joint development project that has delivered the world's best and unique form factor, corner piece and attachment method for the digital enablement of aviation pallets, which is an essential element in Unilode's digital transformation programme for ULD management solutions.

The three parties started their collaboration less than a year ago to develop a unique design for a Bluetooth 5 digital tag, which can seamlessly be fitted into a pallet to prevent mishandling and stacking problems that may occur with bolt-on solutions positioned externally. Safran's engineering team designed a complementary corner piece solution to house the antenna of the tag in the pallet corner, with the rest of OnAsset's innovative digital device being entirely integrated inside the edge rail of the pallet. Once the prototyping phase was completed, the team consisting of Unilode, Safran and OnAsset Intelligence engineering and electronics experts conducted a lengthy testing process focusing on structural integrity, regulatory compliance, operational safety and electronics performance, which was completed successfully.

Unilode's new Safran pallets will be delivered with the integrated corner piece while existing units will be retrofitted to enable the provision of data on location and shock, which is important especially for time-critical and shock-sensitive cargo. The technology is fully DO-160 compliant and approved for in-flight use, and Unilode will start rolling out its digitally enabled ULDs along with the global reader infrastructure to set its digital transformation programme in motion.

Benoît Dumont, Unilode CEO, said: "We are proud that Unilode's digital transformation programme is supported and enabled through a collaborative engineering effort with our partners Safran and OnAsset Intelligence. Our solution for the digital enablement of pallets is fully integrated and therefore safe, compliant with prevailing regulations, does not create a trip hazard for individuals or pose a target for forklifts and does not operationally impede on the use of the pallets by occupying a portion of the seat tracks. Unilode is in the process of securing its intellectual property rights in the pallet tag form factor and looks forward to rolling out its digital transformation programme, which has been recognised as a leading innovative idea through Unilode's nomination as a finalist for the 2019 IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award."

Marc Witteveen, Safran CabinEVP Trolleys, Electrical Inserts & Cargo Division, said: "Safran prides itself on bringing innovative products to the aviation industry and is pleased that its outstanding engineering qualities have led to the design and manufacture of a truly world-class solution for the digital enablement of pallets. Unilode is a key customer and a long-term partner for Safran and we are proud to be associated with the leading digital transformation programme in the ULD sector."

Adam Crossno, OnAsset Intelligence CEO, said: "This unique and collaborative effort with Unilode and Safran proves OnAsset Intelligence's capabilities as not just a supplier of off-the-shelf tracking and monitoring solutions, but a provider that can deliver tailor-made tracking solutions through a mix of cloud data, electronics design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, focusing on full compliance with industry regulations, which OnAsset Intelligence has always been known for. We are pleased to be able to contribute to further strengthen Unilode's leadership position in ULD management solutions and look forward to continuing our partnership."

DAKOSY participates at the World Cargo Symposium in Singapore

Hamburg/Singapore, 06 March 2019

DAKOSY is participating for the first time at this year's World Cargo Symposium, which is being organised for the 13th time by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In Singapore, the software service provider for transport and logistics will present INFr8, the shipping portal for air freight developed by DAKOSY in close cooperation with FRAPORT. INFr8 is a platform that is specially tailored to the air cargo supply chain and simplifies the handling of dangerous goods through digital support.

“The platform is currently in pilot operation at Frankfurt Airport. However, we are internationally oriented and not tied to specific locations. Singapore, in particular, is one of the most important logistics hubs in the Asia-Pacific region. A platform like INFr8 is of course a good support,” says Simon Linder, Sales Manager at DAKOSY.

At the World Cargo Symposium on March 13, Simon Linder will present the functions and advantages of digital processing of dangerous and regular cargo. Within the Dangerous Goods Track he will participate in the panel discussion “eDGD–What is the Value and What’s the Way Forward?”. In terms of content, it will deal with the digital approach of IATA's Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD). Philipp Billion of Lufthansa Cargo will also be speaking on the panel. The company is one of the pilot partners of INFr8.

Since July 2018, INFr8 has been in pilot operation at Frankfurt Airport and is already being used by senders, forwarders, airlines and handling agents. Anke Gießen, Chief Operations Officer of Fraport AG, was also confident about the launch of the shipping portal: “The platform integrates for the first time the shipper into the digital information chain of classic air freight. We expect this to result in shorter check-in times for dangerous goods and thus significantly accelerated handling times”.

Further information on the INFr8 shipping portal can be found at:

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