Aircargopedia Newsblast: May 2019!
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16th May 2019  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

This month CNS symposium in Miami, drew attention on e-commerce, benefits of digitization and artificial intelligence for the air cargo industry.

Airports are making expansion efforts to accommodate foreseeable growth in cargo volumes.

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Second Phase of Air Cargo Capacity Expansion Begins at JFK International Airport

Kevin Pflug, 13 May 2019

Late last month, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that John F. Kennedy International Airport would commence the second phase of its multi-tiered air cargo expansion plan.

As part of the second part of JFK’s air cargo capacity expansion, JFK Air Cargo LLC entered into a 31-year lease agreement with the Port Authority of of New York and New Jersey to develop a modern and technologically advanced air cargo handling facility at the airport.

The terms of the lease called for the development of 16.2 acres of property in the airport’s North Cargo Area and this new facility is expected to be completed in approximately two year at a cost of around $13 billion, with around $12 billion of the investment capital coming from private investors.

When the project is complete, two new terminals that will be built to help create an interconnected, unified facility, adding to a total of four million square feet to the airport’s North and South sides. The new facility is expected to generate an estimated 200,000 tons of additional air cargo capacity.

On a related note, in February of this year it was announced that American Airlines and British Airways would invest $344 million to expand Terminal 8 in connection with the airport’s modernization and transformation plan.

Looking forward, in June of this year it is expected that the widely-anticipated TWA Hotel (located just outside JetBlue’s Terminal 5) will reopen and once again restore the grandeur of the landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center.

By way of background, these investments build on Phase One of JFK’s cargo modernization effort, which commenced in 2017, with the signing of a long-term lease with Aero JFK II LLC for a 346,000 square-foot handling facility.

JFK International Airport is one of the top seven airports in the United States in terms of cargo volume. In 2018, the airport handled approximately 1.4 million tons of cargo, Throughout the New York Metropolitan region, the overall cargo business at the airport currently supports a total of nearly 78,000 jobs, $13.1 billion in sales and an estimated $6 billion in wages.

“The Port Authority strives to provide world-class facilities for our customers. On-airport cargo facilities provide a competitive advantage over off-airport locations, and this new cargo facility is vital to the redevelopment of JFK,” noted Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.

“New York’s nation-leading infrastructure investments are fundamentally transforming our economy, and the new JFK Airport will continue this unprecedented growth. This new facility will generate significant economic output for the region, support thousands of good paying jobs and cement JFK Airport’s place as a national leader in air cargo operations,” added Governor Cuomo.

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also noted that, “We are transforming our state with record investments in infrastructure, and modernizing airports across New York. This new cargo facility will spur additional private investments and position JFK Airport as a major cargo handler.”

For more news and information about the air cargo industry, please visit AIRCARGOPEDIA.COM.

Champion horses check-in to experience Emirates Equine

Dubai, UAE, 15 May 2019

Close to 100 horses heading to the Shanghai leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour between 3 and 5 May 2019 were the latest to experience Emirates Equine- Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised product for calm and comfortable transportation of horses.

91 horses boarded two Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft specially chartered for the occasion for their journey from Belgium.

The horses were first led into specially designed horse stalls which were then loaded directly into the cargo aircraft for a smooth boarding experience.


On these flights, the horses were accommodated two per horse stall, considered the equivalent of business class travel. The horse stalls were also fitted with hay nets to ensure that the equine champions didn’t lack their in-flight snacks.

Emirates SkyCargo’s equine customers also had access to constant care during the flight as the carrier’s freighter aircraft also has provision for qualified vets and grooms to travel with the horses during the flight.

The air cargo carrier worked with Peden Bloodstock, a reputed equine transportation company, to ensure that the horses were well cared for before, during and after their flights so they could hit the ground running at Shanghai.

Post the tournament, the horses once again boarded their Emirates SkyCargo flights back to Belgium.

Emirates Equine in numbers

- 39 horse charters executed by Emirates SkyCargo in 2018/19
- Over 2000 horses flown by Emirates SkyCargo in 2018/19
- 18 Emirates SkyCargo charter flights flown uniquely for one sporting event in 2018- the largest civilian air charter for horses
- 91 horses travelled from Belgium to Shanghai for the Longines Global Champions Tour
- Emirates SkyCargo has operated horse charters to six continents

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Innovative IT system FAIR@Link makes processes at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center even more efficient

6 May 2019 - Hamburg Airport is one of the first airports in Germany to introduce the FAIR@Link Air Cargo Community System from software developer DAKOSY at its air cargo center. FAIR@Link is a neutral, IT-supported air cargo community system that enables all companies involved in freight handling processes - in particular handling agents, forwarders, truckers and airlines - to optimize and accelerate their transport and freight processes for both import and export. Customs, security, dangerous goods and supply chain management processes are also supported - in many cases even automated. The pilot project is initially planned to start at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center on May 6, 2019.

"I’m pleased that we can implement the pilot project at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center together with our experienced partner DAKOSY," says Alexander Müller, Head of Cargo at Hamburg Airport. "I’m certain that the standardized early data exchange between the process participants made possible by FAIR@Link will create great added value for everyone. The pilot project will provide us with conclusive results for the processes at our air freight center."

UIrich Wrage, CEO of DAKOSY, is also convinced that FAIR@Link will make air freight processing at Hamburg Airport even more efficient: "Through intelligent process support and networking, FAIR@Link provides the ideal basis for further optimizing the physical processes between companies involved in air freight processing and for achieving significantly faster and more transparent processing.”


Optimization of processes at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center
The goal of introducing FAIR@Link is to standardize and optimize processes at Hamburg Airport Cargo Center. This will shorten handling and wait times in the air cargo center, increase transparency along the transport chain and also minimize errors and costs by avoiding duplicate entry of data. A particular advantage is that the system prepares the Customs release and can automatically transmit it electronically upon entry into the Hamburg Airport Customs area.

Another important aspect is the Door Management System: as part of the pilot project, time slots are booked for the delivery of goods to the air freight center. The delivery company as well as the handling partner of the airline can thereby plan coordinated schedules for the delivery of goods. As a result, drivers can reduce wait times on site and dispatchers can more easily plan for necessary capacities. It’s also a step towards protecting the environment: digital processes use less paper.

Pilot project as a cooperation between forwarding agents, dispatchers and Customs authorities
FAIR@Link will initially be used at Hamburg Airport in a four-month pilot project. In this phase, the project partners will concentrate on export processes. In addition to the initiator Hamburg Airport and the software provider DAKOSY, the project participants include the forwarding agents CROSS FREIGHT, Delta Stallion, a.hartrodt and Sable, the airline handling partners LUG and Swissport, the Hamburg Airport Customs Office and the Hamburg Freight Forwarders Association.


time:matters wins AKJ Automotive "elogistics tool award" with airmates

Neu-Isenburg, May 09, 2019

At the annual congress of AKJ Automotive, the international network of the automotive industry, the On Board Courier platform airmates was awarded with the “elogistics tool award” on May 08,2019 in Saarbrucken/Germany. The distinction is granted to particularly innovative projects that skillfully combine logistics processes and information processing for the global automotive industry.

Smooth production is crucial for car manufacturers and suppliers. However, a lack of material or urgently needed spare parts can lead to a production line standstill combined with high downtime costs. Accompanied transport by an onboard courier is the fastest and most reliable transport solution in this case. As a manual offer preparation can often take up to 60 minutes, time:matters airmates convinced the jury above all by the enormous time savings and simple handling: In less than a minute, the digital platform creates a complete quote which can be booked directly.

The expert jury, consisting of executives from the automotive industry and the Saarland University of Applied Sciences, judged airmates according to the following criteria:

- Innovativeness of the solution
- Originality in relation to the fields of application in logistics
- Benefits and added value from the point oof view of the main users
- Acceleration effects in the value chain oor order processing
- Development opportunities and sustainabillity

The award recognizes pioneering developments that are already being used in practice today and represent direct added value for the industry.

“We are delighted to receive this award. This is further confirmation that with airmates we offer a unique solution", says Alexander Kohnen, CEO of time:matters GmbH. "In addition to the positive feedback from our customers, the award shows us that the consistent implementation of our digitization strategy meets the needs and requirements of the industry".

The "elogistics tool award" is a further distinction for the On Board Courier platform, which has already received the "Automotive Logistics Award" in the category Inbound Global Supply Chain.

dnata and Lufthansa Group expand partnership in U.S.

Austin, 7 May 2019

dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, and Lufthansa Group continue to expand their partnership in the United States. dnata has been selected to provide ramp, secure clean and passenger handling services to Lufthansa at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and now serves the airline group, including Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air, at eight airports in the country.

In Austin, dnata will handle Lufthansa’s new Frankfurt flight, which the airline operates five times a week, using its Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The ground handler’s professionally trained staff will ensure a safe and seamless travel experience for up to 70,000 passengers a year from check-in to boarding, and from disembarkation to baggage collection.

dnata Lufthansa

Including the German carrier, dnata now provides quality and reliable air services to three airlines in the state capital of Texas with a team of 75 customer-oriented aviation professionals.

David Barker, Chief Executive Officer of dnata USA, said: “We are proud to be the ground handler of choice for a leading global airline group in the world’s largest aviation market. Our newest contract with Lufthansa is a testament to our successful partnership and the consistent high quality our teams deliver across the U.S. We stay committed to providing best-in-class services to our airline customers and their passengers, every day.”

Holger Bremes, Director Commercial Airport Infrastructure, Lufthansa Group, said: “As a premium airline, Lufthansa Airlines is excited to grow the North American relationship with the start of service in Austin with dnata. With our very positive service experience from destinations like Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK) we are looking forward to providing first class service to our customers with our handling partner at Austin Airport.”

dnata commenced ground handling and cargo operations in the United States in 2016. Since then, the company has invested more than US$45 million in facilities, equipment, training and technology, while continually expanding its operations in the country. Offering highly competitive benefit packages in the market, in the past two years dnata has hired 1,000 additional employees growing its team to over 3,500 customer-oriented aviation professionals.

The excellent quality of dnata’s services is underpinned by the constant growth of its customer base. Having won 26 new contracts in the past 12 months, dnata now serves over 60 airlines at 28 airports in the United States.

A global air services provider and the trusted partner of over 300 airline customers, dnata offers ground handling, cargo and catering services at 127 airports in 19 countries.

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