Aircargopedia Newsblast: September 2019!
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22nd September 2019  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

It is interesting to note that the geopolitical tensions and the recent trade concerns between the two largest markets of the world, US and China has affected the Air Freight industry. All regions, except Africa, saw a decrease in trade by air as reported by IATA.

Boeing B787 and B777 wide body aircraft production and delivery may be affected due to disruption of trade between US and China, according to Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman and CEO of Boeing.
  DJ Ghosh
The value of International trade shipped by Air next year will be $6.7 trillion as reported in Airline Industry Economic Performance Data.

On another note, Unilode & new partner Nexxiot are developing digital solutions for the first time to introduce transparency with handling ULDs in the air cargo industry worldwide as presented by Helmut Kaspers, CEO Nexxiot.

D.J. Ghosh
President & Publisher
”The Complete Encyclopedia for the Air Cargo Professional & Investor”


IATA Cargo Events 2019

The North America Air Cargo Market - the future is here!

The North America air cargo market accounted for US$ 21.01 Billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.5% over the forecast period 2019-2030, to account for US$ 26 Billion in 2028.

The positive impact of the growing e-commerce sector is the key driver that is propelling the growth of the air cargo market. The focus on design and implementation of various software solutions across the region is expected to boost the air cargo market growth in the forecast period. The e-commerce industry gathered pace in the early part of this decade with advancements in the internet infrastructures & speed, as well as increasing smartphones and internet penetration among the users.

E-commerce sparked an upheaval in the consumers buying behavior and also changed how businesses interact with each other. As the global e-commerce market is heating up, changing buying patterns and trends, have been observed in different countries of the region with regards to the product category preferred for online purchase. Air cargo is a significant component of the e-commerce ecosystem to manage the transportation of goods globally.

In contrast with the retail store, the e-commerce business is accountable for ensuring timely delivery, and if the goods or products are returned, then the company has to manage all the operations in reverse logistics. In the e-commerce business, air cargo service providers deliver flexibility & scalability, upgraded technology, and efficiency & specialization. Moreover, the services provided by air cargo firms to e-commerce business are data management, real-time tracking, safe transportation, reduced time, and others. The air cargo market players are focusing on various initiatives to enhance its reach to rural areas and boost its position in the market.

The air cargo market is fragmented with the presence of several industries, and the competitive dynamics in the market is expected to change during the upcoming years. In addition to this, various initiatives are undertaken by the governmental bodies to accelerate the air cargo market further.

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


Emirates SkyCargo works with Dubai start-up for efficient and transparent sourcing of seafood

Dubai, UAE, 18 September 2019

Early on Friday, 6 September, a batch of salmon arrived in Dubai in the cargo hold of Emirates flight EK 28 from Glasgow. The shipment of Scottish salmon, destined for restaurants and consumers in the UAE, was the first that was being transported for Seafood Souq, a Dubai based start-up working on transparent and efficient sourcing of seafood, by Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates. The shipment marked the culmination of a round of discussions and the start of a fruitful partnership between the two companies.

Seafood Souq has created an online B2B marketplace application that helps seafood buyers procure products from all over the world. In addition to streamlining the traditional model of sourcing seafood, the application also allows for improved quality and traceability of the produce being transported. Better information sharing facilitated by the platform means that there are likely to be fewer instances of mis-labelling and expiry of seafood.

Seafood Souq have entered into a partnership with Emirates SkyCargo for transporting their seafood shipments rapidly from source markets to customers. Although the initial focus is on delivering fresh seafood from markets such as Norway, Cyprus, Chile, USA and Scotland to customers in the UAE and the Middle East, the start-up has plans to harness the potential of Emirates SkyCargo's global network to reach a global clientele.

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"The core aim of Seafood Souq is to provide access to fresh products in the quickest possible time by connecting customers to suppliers and allowing produce to be dispatched on the day that the order is received. Working with Emirates SkyCargo was the naturally obvious choice for us because of the network and frequency of flights offered by them," said Sean Dennis, CEO and Co-founder of Seafood Souq. "Not only does Emirates SkyCargo have a good frequency of flights into all the key global origin and destination markets for seafood but they also have the cool chain infrastructure and capabilities that allows seafood to retain its freshness during the journey," he added.

"We are excited to be working with Seafood Souq and to be supporting an innovative Dubai-based start-up having the potential to transform the supply chain for the seafood industry," remarked Dennis Lister, Emirates VP Cargo Commercial Development. "Our Emirates Fresh product is designed for the rapid and efficient transport of seafood and other perishables. With our modern aircraft and other equipment including dedicated Emirates Fresh Cool Dollies, Emirates White Covers and a state of the art hub in Dubai with extensive cool chain facilities, we are well positioned to support Seafood Souq as they continue to grow."

Emirates SkyCargo transported over 400,000 tonnes of perishables across the world in 2018 out of which more than 70,000 tonnes was seafood. Some of the major origin markets for seafood on Emirates SkyCargo in 2018 included Norway, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the UK.

Emirates SkyCargo currently uses cargo hold capacity in Emirates' fleet of more than 265 aircraft, including 12 freighters– and provides air cargo services to over 155 destinations across six continents.

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General Civil Aviation Authority launches 2nd edition of Global Investment in Aviation Summit to be held on 27-29 January 2020

Dubai, September 15 2019

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the launch of the second edition of Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS) under the theme ‘Enabling global aviation growth through fundraising and key partnership’ today. The upcoming summit at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on 27- 29 January 2020 aims at exchanging expertise and knowledge between officials and aviation industry experts and forging partnerships that support the aviation investment sector globally.

The organising committee of GIAS 2020 announced the details of the upcoming GIAS 2020 in the presence of His Excellency Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA, and Nadia Al Maazmi GIAS Platform Director, at a heavily attended press conference held at Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa on Sunday.


Reiterating UAE’s commitment to strengthen the aviation industry across the globe, Al Suwaidi, the Director-General of the GCAA, said, “The Authority has achieved remarkable progress by adopting the latest initiatives and through the completion of many innovative projects, including the modernisation of Air Traffic Control Centre, to serve the commendable growth of the aviation sector in the country."

Al Suwaidi added: “By organising this summit, GCAA becomes a global platform for more than 1,200 international participants, including 200 aviation investors to exchange their views and discuss market trends that can develop mechanisms to channel more investments into the aviation sector and support the global economy and support its growth and sustainability.”

Quoting a report of International Civil Aviation Organisation, he said that global passenger traffic is expected to grow 4.3 per cent annually from 2015 to 2035, a 0.3 percentage points lower than the previous forecast, which accounted for 4.6 per cent annually from 2012 to 2032. The difference is mainly due to the economic growth predicted for China and the Middle East (overriding higher growth in Europe). All route groups involving Central Southwest Asia are among the Top 10 fastest growing ones, and Central South West Asia – North Asia is estimated to have the highest growth rate at 7.2 per cent annually up to 2035.

Lastly, Al Suwaidi highlighted the roles of strategic partners like Ministry of Economy, Fujairah Aviation Academy as well as sponsors like Vimana, Indra and Egis, which plays a crucial role in making GIAS a unique global aviation event.

Meanwhile, Nadia Al Maazmi GIAS Platform Director, said, “The agenda of the summit also includes a range of workshops, where participants can showcase their projects before potential investors and project managers. The aim is to provide participants with valuable insights they will need to establish their best investment decisions.”

Al Maazmi highlighted other features of GIAS 2020 such as the panel discussions at the upcoming summit, two at the ministerial level, and another involving heads of transport authorities. Aviation Optimisation Vision and Strategies and Best Government Achievements in Aviation Partnerships and Investments, Future Airport Investments: Challenges and Good Practices are among the topic of discussions at the summit.

GIAS 2020 will continue to showcase its business incubator Intelak that was launched in the previous edition to help startups to become a part of the global aviation industry. The training programmes and workshops at Intelak provide participants with the opportunity to rub shoulders with experts and gain relevant knowledge in the aviation sector on the sidelines of the event, and build long-term relations with key stakeholders.

Al Maazmi gave an overview of the previous edition that saw presentation of investment projects exceeding $200 billion, $50 million estimated project funding, and allocation of more than $ 150 million in indirect investments. As many as 828 participants, including 80 speakers, 8 ministers of state, 120 investors, 35 startups, 387 international organisations were present at GIAS 2019.


Jettainer successfully supports ULD Care Code of Conduct

Frankfurt / Montreal, 19 September 2019

Every year, the improper handling of ULDs causes avoidable additional costs of millions. Jettainer sent a special ULD Care Code of Conduct branded container on its journey to raise awareness for the value and importance of Unit Load Devices (ULDs). One year later, the “Lucky ULD” has successfully completed 86 flights passing 18 countries and six continents without damage.

Last year, “Lucky” was presented on the ULD Care Conference. On its tour around different global destinations, it was supposed to bring to mind the idea of handling ULDs more consciously. Previously, Jettainer had been one of the first businesses to sign the ULD Care of Conduct. During the whole journey, the ULD was cordially received at all destinations, served as a photo motif and therefore drew a lot of attention to the ten golden rules of handling ULDs.

“Putting huge emphasis on the proper handling of ULDs as well as training and qualifying the staff adequately is the key influencing factor to prevent damages from happening. In this way, it is possible to save repair costs and keep the assets in service,” explains Frank Mühlenkamp, Director Global Operations at Jettainer and ULD Care board member.

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“We are very pleased to see that this test run with Jettainer turned out so positively. It becomes evident that our rules actually have a very positive impact on the handling of ULDs and consequently on the reduction of repair costs,” says Bob Rogers, Vice-Present at ULD Care.

For some time, Jettainer has already been making a special effort to train staff to become so-called “ULD-X-Perts”. The main focus of this particular JettCare training for ground staff lies in the proper handling and storage of ULDs.

As a further step to ensure proper handling of ULDs, Jettainer has entered into a cooperation with Airport College International. As agreed now at ULD Care, training courses for airline employees, ground handling agents and freight forwarders on how to use ULDs correct will help to reduce damage through proper handling.

“We believe that this cooperation provides us a unique possibility to work closely with Jettainer to promote and sell our online Unit Load Device Operations training courses,” says Airport College International CEO Pertti Mero.

“Jettainer is delighted to enter into this agreement with Airport College International,” adds Frank Mühlenkamp. “Training is important vehicle when raising awareness of safe handling of ULDs and reducing damages and costly repairs.”

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time:matters offers fastest possible transport of dangerous goods

Neu-Isenburg, September 12, 2019

time:matters, the expert for global Special Speed Logistics, is now offering urgent transports of dangerous goods for the first time, with customers benefiting from the combination of speed and maximum reliability. Urgent transports of time-critical goods in hazard classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 can now be facilitated.

With this new offering, the company is meeting the demands of industries that absolutely require both fast and reliable transport of dangerous goods. These include the automotive, aviation and aerospace, and machinery and components industries as well as companies in the life and health sector.

Dangerous goods can now be transported worldwide on passenger and cargo aircrafts operated by Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines from a total of ten markets. In addition to Germany, these also include the US, India, China, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Japan, Thailand, Hungary, France and Portugal. Further markets are expected to follow.

“We are setting new standards in the industry with our fast and secure transport of dangerous goods”, commented Alexander Kohnen, CEO of time:matters. “We are delighted to be able to offer this service in ten markets now and intend to considerably add to these in the near term.”

time:matters offers uniquely fast handling processes and transit times for dangerous goods consignments at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. In Frankfurt, the company impresses with its especially fast import times of 90 minutes and export times of four-and-a-half hours. The shortest transit times of just two-and-a-half hours in both Frankfurt and Munich also set completely new standards. In addition to Frankfurt and Munich, hubs in Vienna and Brussels are also available for transit shipments. Loading on the apron at all four hubs is physically supervised. Furthermore, active monitoring is ensured at every stage of the transport process, guaranteeing maximum reliability.

In Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna, time:matters is in a position to facilitate what is known as tail-to-tail loading for especially time-critical dangerous goods shipments. This involves shipments being reloaded from an incoming jet to a departing aircraft directly on the apron – without detouring through a warehouse or courier terminal. Thanks to the exceptionally fast transit times, the company can get dangerous goods from their starting point to their destination within 24 hours on many routes.

“Maximum speed and maximum security are not mutually exclusive”, said time:matters COO Lars Krosch. “Customers benefit from our incredible speed while still enjoying the highest standards thanks to our specially trained and certified employees, who ensure a completely smooth transport process at each location.”

Other service components include physical reviews of all shipments and accompanying documentation in accordance with IATA guidelines, optimal planning certainty thanks to precisely defined availability times, advice from logistics experts with corresponding dangerous goods training, and optional pick-up and delivery. Last but not least, time:matters can handle customs clearance and guarantee customers access to available capacity upon request.

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