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21st November 2022  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

5 ways in which technology is shaping the smart airport - by Pat from SUNTEC.

Read more about The Bull(whip Effect) in this article by Peter Canellis, Professor of Management, Vaughn College.

In more World Air Cargo news, Amazon Air launches daily cargo service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Emirates adds 5 new Boeing 777-200LR freighters to order book
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5 ways in which technology is shaping the smart airport

While the efficiency, security, ambience and overall quality of airports varies greatly across the world, even in different airport across the same country, the aura of dread felt by millions of global passengers preparing to get to their flight may be dispelled sooner than you might think. This is because, thanks to the rapid advancement and innovative utilisation of pivotal technologies, airports are getting smarter.

From blockchain to biometrics, from automation to Artificial Intelligence, the technologies that are revolutionising every major global industry are also paving the path to the evolution of the smart airport.

1. Smarter security reduces waiting times, without compromising on safety
While passengers accept the need for stringent checks at airports to deter and prevent all manner of threats, the long waiting times to pass through security can test the patience of even the most Zen-like traveller. Fortunately, the advent of biometric technologies and continual improvement of scanning equipment means that security checks are fast becoming a breeze for smart airport customers.

Smart airport example: Edinburgh International
The beginning of 2019 saw Edinburgh upgrade the equipment of its security hall by insatlling 3 new scanners from Rohde & Schwarz. Each unit is capable of completing a full scan-and-analyse cycle of the passenger in merely 3.8 seconds, or 2.5 seconds for the enhanced version. This is a short enough time window to ensure that the scan won’t be disrupted thanks to passenger movement, helping maintain high accuracy rates as well as a very low frequency of false alarms. Already, the upgraded technology has improved passenger throughput rates, a critical factor in supporting overall customer satisfaction at any airport.

Smith’s Detection new HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX checkpoint scanner
Smiths Detection is shaping the future of aviation security with pioneering solutions. Throughout the show, the stand will feature demonstrations of the exciting new HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX checkpoint scanner. EDS CB C3 approved and TSA AT-2 certified, it eliminates the need to remove electronic devices and liquids from hand luggage. This means handling fewer trays which can significantly increase throughput - the impressive 0.2m/s belt speed and low false alarm rate also speed up the process. The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX delivers the highest levels of security demanded by the new regulations, whilst optimising checkpoint performance through improved productivity, a better passenger experience and lower operational costs.

Committed to the creation of next-generation digital solutions, Smiths Detection will also feature a selection of products using AI and machine learning to deliver operational efficiencies, effective resource planning and the highest levels of threat detection. The company’s digital portfolio includes, for example, smart and adaptable algorithms for the automatic detection of dangerous, prohibited and contraband goods and substances. Plus intelligent platforms designed to transform the way security is managed; enable fast, informed decision-making; support risk-based screening; and introduce a preventive approach to service and maintenance.

2. Improved logistical solutions offer faster processing
As annual passenger numbers continue to climb at successful travel hub airport across the world, the attendant pressure on their logistical capabilities inevitably increases as well. From dropping, storing, conveying, sorting and reclaiming baggage, to processing passengers and ensuring that all of their needs are met, the logistical might of the next generation of airports is being boosted through improved automation and increasingly sophisticated engineering.

Smart airport example: London Gatwick Airport
As part of a £187 million investment programme to improve its logistical capacity, Gatwick Airport has undergone a significant expansion of its luggage transportation systems in order to accommodate the baggage of its passengers – currently over 48 million per year. Numerous improvements in recent years have vastly improved its baggage handling capabilities, such as the installation of baggage handling system allowing for 100% traceability and advance check-in of baggage up to 18 hours before departure.

3. Artificial Intelligence will be the hallmark of truly smart airports
The incremental improvement of existing technologies utilised in most major airports represents important progress, but perhaps the most exciting innovations involve the leveraging of AI. In 2018, we saw a number of breakthrough solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence being actively deployed in some of the world’s biggest and most successful airports, and 2019 is poised to see more of the same. From smarter ways to move through immigration and security, to AI-enhanced shopping, entertainment, wellbeing and flight preparation, Artificial Intelligence is integral to the future of technologically empowered airport services.

Smart airport example: Dubai International Airport
Dubai launched a Service Corrider project – a literal corridor bristling with self-learning, AI-powered technology capable of allowing passengers to clear immigration literally in seconds. Developed by emaratech, the Smart Corridor’s 80 cameras simply capture the required biometric data of the passengers as they walk through it – no presentation of travel documents, no immigration officer’s stamp required, just a short walk and you’re through!

4. The Internet of Things aids all elements of the airport industry
What’s true for practically every major industry also applies to airports: interconnectivity and effective management of data are vital for improving operations. Managing the daily business of running the world’s airports is a vast and unceasing undertaking, of which passengers only witness a small fraction. By 2025, an estimated 34,000 planes will make up the global carrier fleet, while passenger numbers are expected to surpass 8 billion by 2037. Keeping everything moving will be an exponential challenge, but one that technology will equip airports to handle.

Providers of IoT-based solutions ensure that people, planes and cargoes keep moving at all times by utilising every tool, asset and employee the airport has at its disposal in the most effective manner possible. Fortunately, as the number of flights and passengers rises, so will the number of connected devices – up from 17 billion globally today to 22 billion by 2025. IoT will not only help airports to process passengers and their luggage more efficiently, it will also allow them to aid airlines with improved GSE (Ground Support Equipment) services for faster and less costly maintenance and repair works. Providers like ServiceMax use cutting-edge IoT solutions to increase asset uptime and technician productivity while decreasing the frequency of safety-related incidents.

5. Blockchain allows the entire aviation industry to act as one entity
While Bitcoin continues to suffer crises of confidence, the blockchain technology that powers it is being eyed by an ever-increasing range of investors and supporters across myriad industries, including aviation.
The recently released Aviation report notes that more than a third of airports worldwide are already experimenting with blockchain, with 34% planning to deliver research and development projects by 2021. According to the report, blockchain has the potential to revolutionise airport operations by eliminating siloed processes held across the many stakeholders involved. Thanks to its universality and the fact that its public ledger-based transactions are nearly impossible to tamper with, blockchain may usher in a new era of airport management where all stakeholders can act view, manage, authorise and oversee operations in a unified and cohesive manner.

Smart airport example: Changi International
As well as improving flights and passenger processing operations, blockchain is already being utilised to overhaul the often complex and dissatisfying process of utilising airline frequent flyer rewards. Changi is one of the early adopters of the trend to allow passengers to spend their air miles with retail partners at the airport, as Singapore Airlines launched a loyalty digital wallet based on blockchain in 2018. By tokenising loyalty rewards and allowing them to be spent at airports as well as online, smart airports are coming closer to realising the seamless traveller experience they wish to embody.

The Smart Airport is inbound
These changes represent only some of the most influential ways in which technology is changing the way we fly forever. While security, safety and speed of service will always be top priorities for passengers, wherever they’re headed, the introduction of new technology will allow smart airports to offer a seamless and genuinely enjoyable travelling experience. Rather than simply being something that must be endured, the airport will become a positive part of the journey.

Pat Praveen

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The Bull(whip Effect) Remains Untamed

Pandemic-induced shortages have turned to surplus

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal indicated that holiday inventories are, for the most part, sufficient to meet demand this coming season1. This is due to early arrival of inputs and final goods that were ordered earlier than usual in anticipation of late deliveries, but arrived promptly as supply chain problems continued to be successfully addressed. For example there were only 6 container ships awaiting discharge at Los Angeles a few days ago compared with 109 in January.

The spirit of recent supply chain literature seems to be leaning away from “just-in-time” to “just-in-case” inventory management. Inventory, the “Bad Guy of the Balance Sheet”, now gets some respect from our pandemic-weary world economy. Nonetheless, inventory management decisions will still get down to “how much is too much” when weighed against order fulfillment objectives.

The Global Supply Chain Pressure Index (GSCPI) reported every month by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, indicates an easing of turbulence for most global economic activity. However, a reduction this past October to approximately one standard deviation from the average value of the index, down from more than four standard deviations in December of last year indicates that the bull remains frisky.

The GSCPI is not a predictive tool but, rather, one that charts historical events. This leaves us with the problem of how to plan for maintaining supply chain resiliency during low probability / high impact events that arrive through unpredictable emergence.

We will continue, then, to ride the bull; and just try our best to stay on for eight seconds!


Supply Woes Ease, Leaving Shelves Full for Holidays, Wall St Journal, Friday, Nov 18, 2022.

Yours in Supply Chain,
Peter Canellis

Peter Canellis

Peter Canellis
Professor of Management
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Amazon Air Launches Daily Cargo Service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

Manchester, New Hampshire

Earlier this month, Amazon Air announced that it will launch daily cargo service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire. The inaugural flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) arrived on the morning of November 17th. Amazon Air will begin with one daily Boeing 767-300 flight.

"This is a significant development in the history of the Airport," said Airport Director Ted Kitchens, A.A.E. "Enhancing our air cargo facilities with the introduction of Amazon Air underscores the economic development that is occurring not only in Manchester but throughout New Hampshire and Northern New England. I am proud of the efforts of our Airport team for delivering a high-quality facility, on-time and within budget, that makes a bold and impactful statement about the economy here in New Hampshire!"

MHT is recognized as a top 50 cargo airport in the United States and has seen several years of record-breaking cargo volume. This trend of higher cargo volumes is expected to continue with the opening of this new facility.

"We're proud to expand our Amazon Air operations into New Hampshire as we continue to invest in the New England region," said Chris Preston, Director of Amazon Air Gateway Operations. "This brand-new facility at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will help us better serve our customers and ensure we deliver packages quickly and efficiently across New England."

The 65,000-square-foot multi-tenant cargo building was built through a partnership with the Airport and real estate investment company Realterm. The new facility offers three widebody aircraft parking positions managed by the Airport, with the option to expand to a fourth.

This is Amazon Air's first expansion into New Hampshire, and Amazon is the first tenant to operate from the new facility. Flights will be operated by cargo airline Atlas Air, with ground handling by Trego-Dugan Aviation and aircraft maintenance by Keenan Technical Industries.

"We are proud to be part of this historic project with MHT and Amazon," said Alexi Lachambre, Vice President of Investments for Airport Infrastructure at Realterm. "MHT's leaders have proven to be dynamic and visionary partners, able to capitalize on the surge of e-commerce and create economic opportunity for their broader community. As demand for air cargo continues to grow, exceptional infrastructure projects such as this will help to relieve pressure on the regional distribution network while also garnering the interest of major logistics players. We look forward to continuing our partnership with MHT and supporting future expansion."

The new facility will drive economic growth in the region for years to come. In addition to creating hundreds of jobs in New Hampshire, the multi-tenant facility will allow for better connectivity in the world of e-commerce, further positioning the Airport as an economic hub for the region.

"Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is already an industry-leading cargo facility, so this new partnership with Amazon Air is a welcomed addition," said Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig. "This project will provide more jobs for our residents in addition to boosting our local economy. Thank you to the entire Airport team and the project engineers, architects and contractors for your tireless commitment to making this project happen."

"This facility will enhance the connectivity of New England with the world of e-commerce," said Taylor Caswell, the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner. "According to the International Air Transport Association, 52% of consumers bought more online during the pandemic, fueling the value of e-commerce which is now expected to total $2.1 trillion in 2023 with 80% of cross-border e-commerce being transported by air. Having this facility in New Hampshire will allow the Granite State, and all of Northern New England, to tap into this growing sector of the global economy."

Kevin Pflug
Kevin Pflug

Emirates adds 5 new Boeing 777-200LR freighters to order book

Dubai, UAE, 08 November 2022

Emirates has announced a firm order for 5 new Boeing 777-200LR freighter aircraft, with 2 units to be delivered in 2024 and the remaining 3 units in 2025.

The agreement, worth over US$ 1.7 billion at list prices, takes the airline’s total order book to 200 wide-body aircraft.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: "Emirates is investing in new freighters so that we can continue to serve customer demand with the latest fuel-efficient aircraft. This order reflects Emirates’ confidence in airfreight demand and overall aviation sector growth. It lays the ground for our continued growth, which is driven by the reach of our diverse global network, the advanced handling infrastructure at our Dubai hub, and the tailored transport solutions that Emirates has developed to serve our varied customers’ needs."


Stan Deal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: "We value the trust that Emirates has repeatedly placed in its all-Boeing freighter fleet. The expansion of Emirates’ fleet with these additional fuel-efficient 777 Freighters will enable the airline to support its growing cargo market demand, transporting goods rapidly and efficiently from origin to destination in the Middle East and around the world."

At last November’s Dubai Airshow, Emirates announced a US$ 1 billion investment to expand its air cargo capacity, including 2 new 777Fs which have already joined the Emirates fleet in 2022, and plans to convert 10 Boeing 777-300ERs into freighter aircraft. The aircraft conversion work is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Emirates was the launch customer for the Boeing 777 freighter. The versatile aircraft has since become core to the airline’s operations, operating scheduled and charter missions to destinations across six continents. The 777-F’s range and payload capabilities allow Emirates to efficiently transport time and temperature sensitive shipments from origin to destination - whether it is time critical goods, fresh products, medicines, pets, cars or champion racehorses.

Emirates currently operates a fleet of 11 Boeing 777 freighters, in addition to bellyhold cargo capacity on its fleet of widebody 777 and A380 passenger aircraft. Emirates SkyCargo is one of the world’s largest air cargo carriers, offering a range of tailored solutions for its customers’ requirements. For more information on Emirates SkyCargo, visit:

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