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MAKING GENDER BALANCE THE NEXT PRIORITY

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INSIDE IAG CARGO MOVES 2.5M C-19 VACS

IAG Cargo continues its efforts to transport COVID-19 vaccines across the world. The business has now delivered 2.5 million doses into ... PAGE 2

GEODIS INVESTS IN SOUTH KOREA

RESPONDING to the recent surge in demand for supply chain services in South Korea brought about by dynamic changes in ...

Poste Air Cargo expands network as it takes off for Tel Aviv

POSTE Air Cargo spread its wings from April 10, with the launch of a new weekly cargo flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. The new route for the Poste Italiane Group’s cargo airline, which already boasts a widespread network throughout Italy, serving the country’s south and islands, forms part of plans to expand the airline’s international footprint to key foreign markets.

The aim is to strengthen the airline’s presence in the Mediterranean air cargo market. Flights to the Israeli city will be weekly, leaving Fiumicino’s Leonardo da Vinci airport every Saturday. Tel Aviv is Poste Air Cargo’s first scheduled international destination, offering a logistics solution for importers and exporters needing to ship goods between Italy and Israel. The flights will provide

a direct connection for both highvalue products - pharmaceuticals, aerospace equipment and perishables - and other types of air freight. The air link to Tel Aviv offers both markets direct main-deck capacity solely for cargo use. Poste Air Cargo provides annual main-deck capacity of 825,000 kg/500 pallets/7,500 cubic meters. Poste Air Cargo, with forty years of experience in the air transport sec-

tor, operates a domestic network of overnight flights for Poste Italiane, connecting seven Italian airports with the hub at Brescia Montichiari. Poste Air Cargo also operates in the international air cargo charter market, primarily providing support for automotive logistics. Poste Air Cargo’s fleet has been renewed with the addition of two B737-400Fs, increasing the number of aircraft in the fleet to seven.

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OPED: Celine Hourcade, managing director of Change Horizon, former head of cargo transformation at IATA and transition director ... PAGE 4

SAUDIA CARGO MOVES FORWARD

WITH an extensive network spanning four continents, 225 international destinations and 26 domestic destinations, Saudia Cargo is in a strong ... PAGE 5

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NEWS NAS and Sri Lankan Airlines transport fish maws to HK

NETWORK Airline Services office in Uganda has successfully operated three flights with Sri Lankan Airlines out of Entebbe loaded with fish maws, which are considered to be one of the top four delicacies of the sea in Asian culture, bound for Hong Kong (HKG). Sri Lankan Airlines operated various ad-hoc charters into Entebbe, a destination they do not usually fly to. but within 24 hours Sarah Wangui, managing director of NAS Nairobi and the wider Entebbe team took advantage of this opportunity and generated a load consisting of fish maws across 135 pieces. John Gilfeather, sales director of NAS said: “This is great work from the team in Uganda, where they reacted so quickly in such a short space of time to secure cargo ready for these flights.” The charter flights operated with an Airbus A333 passenger aircraft out of EBB, with the first flight departing on February 23 2021.

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IAG Cargo transports 2.5m doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Latam and Caribbean IAG Cargo continues its efforts to transport COVID-19 vaccines across the world. The business has now delivered 2.5 million doses into Latin America and the Caribbean since January. The shipments were transported using IAG Cargo’s specialist Constant Climate service via its airside hubs at London Heathrow and Madrid Barajas, two of its three specialist pharmaceutical GDP certified hubs, to the approved Constant Climate stations in the region. Daniel Byrne, regional commercial manager – UK and Ireland at IAG Cargo said: “We are delighted to be able to support Latin America and the Caribbean with their vaccine rollout – a region that is a key part of our network. “With our sister airlines, British Airways and Iberia, we’ve already transported vaccines into El Salvador, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and we partnered with Crown Agents to support the delivery efforts into several British Overseas Territories including Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos.

“With our world-class cool chain facilities supported by highly trained teams and a seamless service, we are committed to supporting the logistics to deliver COVID-19 vaccines in the Latin American and Caribbean region, and worldwide.”

Crown Agents’ CEO, Fergus Drake, said: “In the global race to secure doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, we strike to ensure no country gets left behind. We’re proud to be working with IAG Cargo to ensure even the most remote regions of the globe get their fair share of the vaccine.” IAG Cargo started transporting COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, and to date has delivered shipments to Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ireland, Austria, the Americas and also to Melilla, a Spanish autonomous city located on the northwest coast of Africa. Many shipments are being transported via its charter service, introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In February it was announced that IAG Cargo has been appointed as one of the airlines to support UNICEF’s humanitarian airfreight initiative to support the COVAX facility.

BIFA: further government support for apprentice recruitment welcomed THE British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association that represents UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, says that it welcomes the news that the government is increasing incentive payments to companies that hire a new apprentice. Employers will now receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from April 1 2021 to September 30 2021. Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s executive director, who has management responsibility for BIFA’s training and development services, said: “The latest increase in funding support is a further reason for

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our members to consider the apprenticeship pathway as a means of adding fresh talent to the industry.” BIFA director general, Robert Keen said: “Whilst our members are currently rightly focused on significant business continuity issues, we welcome the additional funding. “As one of the largest providers of freight forwarding and Customs-related training courses, we are ready to help any of our members that are seeking to take advantage of the additional funding being made available to recruit apprentices. There is also a dedicated area of the BIFA website.”

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GEODIS invests in new multi-user facility in Incheon, South Korea

RESPONDING to the recent surge in demand for supply chain services in South Korea brought about by dynamic changes in consumer buying habits through e-Ccommerce channels, the new facility will provide additional warehousing and value-added contract logistics resources. Located just 25 kilometres from central Seoul and a 90-minute drive from both Incheon International Airport and Port of Incheon, the new multi-user warehousing facility is strategically located in Incheon. Completed in March 2021, the new premises provide a variable ambient environment with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 34°C. It will maintain a maximum humidity of 87% with ventilation system support and is compliant with the Korea Fire Safety Standards. This additional location brings GEODIS logistics footprint in South Korea to 65,000 sq m. Sub-regional managing director, North Asia, Chris Cahill said, “In line with our vision of being the growth partner of our customers, this investment in additional warehousing resource is just another step in GEODIS’ commitment to support our Korean customers’ development ambitions and our own expansion into strategic markets. From inventory management of raw materials to finished goods, valued added services and end to end solutions, our across the board provision logistics platforms facilitates faster speed to market for our customers’ products by being perfectly located to serve their target markets.” Managing director for GEODIS in South Korea, Benoit Brule comments, “Our Incheon amenity is built to state-of-the-art specifications of a Grade A standard at a strategic location. The warehouse is open to all new business offering customers an all-in-one service, increased efficiency, full visibility and total control. Above all, we have a truly professional team of supply chain experts ready to support our clients in all their contract logistics requirements.”

DHL powers up its offering for electric vehicle logistics RESPONDING to the increasing business and public demand for information about electric vehicles, Deutsche Post DHL Group launched its DHL EV TV initiative. The series will comprise of 12 main programmes supported by webinars and podcasts and underlines the group’s significant expertise in battery logistics, not least demonstrated by the development of the StreetScooter. The material will be made available on a newly established DHL EV TV hub as well as a range of social media channels. By sharing insights and research, the experts of DHL Team EV help prepare for the quantum change in production and transportation that new technology will bring. The initiative is part of DHL’s commitment to strength-

en its portfolio dedicated to EV logistics and in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s increased pace to decarbonize the company. The group is investing €7 billion over the next ten years in measures to reduce its CO2 emissions, including expansion of its zero-emission e-vehicle fleet. “The auto-mobility industry is currently undergoing drastic changes. With increasing demand for electric vehicles, as well as the convergence between engineering and modern technology, logistics companies must also adapt their offerings. With our EV TV programme, we are able to give our customers a better understanding of the industry and our solutions,” says Fathi Tlatli, president global auto-mobility, DHL Customer Solutions andInnovation.

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Changing the face of aviation Making gender balance the next priority BACK in 2013, together with a colleague of mine at IATA, we designed and launched the FACE programme. FACE stands for “Future Air Cargo Executives” and this programme was a response to a lack of youngsters in the air cargo industry, or rather, the visible lack of young people attending and speaking at industry events. It started with a simple idea and a relatively small action: organising an annual FACE Summit at the IATA World Cargo Symposium for promising talents under 35 and offering them a platform for growth, while encouraging them to attend (or their boss to send them to) air cargo conferences. It turned out to be very successful and I think we can proudly say the FACE programme contributed to making the younger generation more visible at events, in the media and within their companies and air cargo more attractive to them. The value for the industry and for corporates is massive: they bring new ideas, drive transformation, launch innovative start-ups and contribute to make air cargo more digital, sustainable, attractive. I have no doubt that diversity enriches businesses: having the opportunity to hear different voices and combine different perspectives and strengths reduces blind spots,

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OpEd: Celine Hourcade, managing director of Change Horizon, former head of cargo transformation at IATA and transition director of TIACA

encourages creativity, and helps innovative ideas to blossom. Regrettably, the lack of gender diversity in our industry is very visible, both in the audience and on stage. The webinars that have replaced onsite events the past 12 months are no different, even the ones focusing on the future, innovation, and disruption – this is alarming if the new generation of leaders perpetuates the “Boys Club”! I must admit I got really frustrated with it… but I also know how difficult it can be to find female experts when we organise events

or have board seats available. There are two options for that: either there are no female experts, or we don’t know them. Surely, we can do something to make the “hidden gems” visible, known and heard. What about a free database of female experts in aviation and logistics that event organisers and any company looking to improve their gender balance in working groups and boardrooms could use? Having known Emma Murray - founder, and CEO of London-based PR agency Meantime Communications - for a long time and know-

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ing she is as passionate as I am about diversity, gender balance and the logistics industry, it was a no-brainer for me to reach out to her. And a no brainer for her to support, embrace and enrich the idea. We took the opportunity of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme, #ChooseToChallenge, to join forces and launch the Women in Aviation & Logistics initiative. Our objective is to mobilise the industry and drive a concerted and measurable action towards gender equality. We both committed ourselves and our teams to specific actions: Change Horizon’s team is volunteering to build a searchable and free database of female experts in aviation and logistics sectors to help event organsers to organise more diverse panels and companies to identify board candidates; Meantime Communications commits to being part of the push to make it happen with communication and awareness raising activities. It includes the Open Challenge to event organisers we just launched calling for public commitment and concrete actions to increase the female ratio at the next events. With FACE, we improved age balance. With Women in Aviation & Logistics, we hope to improve gender balance!

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Saudia Cargo moves forward Non-stop developments and enhancements will achieve “remarkable results”

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ith an extensive network spanning four continents, 225 international destinations and 26 domestic destinations, Saudia Cargo is in a strong position to utilise its resources and networks to aid with global vaccine distribution and has done just that. “We see our role today as Saudia Cargo to be a vital one in supporting the global efforts in securing the supply chains and ensuring the cold ones, wherever our assets, expertise, and resourcefulness could add value,” explained Teddy Zebitz, chief air cargo officer, Saudia Cargo. “The pandemic took the entire world by surprise, reshuffling operational structures across industries, and requiring a different forward-thinking mindset in approaching challenges that weren’t present yesterday, and other challenges that are still not seen today, yet might be affecting us tomorrow.” Saudia Cargo started by securing Saudi Arabia with vaccines, which at the time of speaking to Zebitz, was 4.7 million, a number he noted is “increasing day by day.” “Our next step was to ensure that our agility, location, and capabilities are being utilised to support the global efforts in rolling out the vaccines distribution to help end the acute phase of the pandemic and support countries throughout the world to rebuild their economies.

of the virus and Saudia Cargo has taken advantage of this by utilising passenger flights to support its operational capacity and ship more medical supplies into the kingdom,” said Zebitz.

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Through partnerships “Through partnerships and commitment to this mission, Saudia Cargo has been one of the first air cargo companies to take part in the epic worldwide rescue mission initiated by UNICEF to support the fair delivery of vaccines to each part of the globe. It’s a role we are proud to play, and more than ready to deliver on.” Ensuring all countries receive the vaccine will play a key role in passenger flights returning to pre-pandemic volumes which, as IATA reported, fell to their lowest ever in 2020. “One of the measures taken by the government was to cancel all passenger flights temporarily in order to prevent the spread

great success considering the current global situation, without compromising the international standards this race has always been held upon. “As a result, Saudia Cargo was proud to be an active Platinum partner to the race and has carried 77 of the finest and most valuable international horses from 13 worldwide destinations. This process required close monitoring and weeks of planning to provide the needed animal care standard in every stage of the transportation process. “These mesmerising animals were transported under the impeccable Saudia Cargo’s Live Animal air transportation standards so they would arrive in the best shape possible for the maximum performance everyone was anticipating.”

Though national and regional lockdowns have limited people flying, the same is not to be said for animals. The Saudi Cup, which was held in February in Riyadh, is the world’s most valuable horse race. “This competition has a strong relation to our culture and heritage and our mission was to ensure this event remains a

“This pandemic has been a threat to world’s stability and flow of life which has stifled global trade and economic value. While it was a relief to witness the supply chains holding intact against this global threat to humanity, resilience and forward thinking have proven to be not just important or differentiating factors, but essential pillars to the industry and mankind,” said Zebtiz. “2020 was an extraordinary time and this year is different to any other, in which we will take on more challenges to surpass last year’s performance. “We are anticipating more regional and global partnerships and agreements this year, which allow us to further expand our operations and create more value. “We are also looking at a new holistic work frame and contingency plans that incorporate more strict and precautious measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety our community, our personnel and everyone involved in our operations. “We are focusing to set this year as a new benchmark of excellence and we believe with our non-stop developments and enhancements we will achieve remarkable results,” he said.

DHL - Tradition is out. Digital is in. Curtis & Lees in

DHL Express has released a new Whitepaper titled “The Ultimate B2B e-Commerce Guide: Tradition is out. Digital is in.” The study predicts strong growth for the B2B e-Commerce market in the coming years: by 2025, 80% of all B2B sales interactions between suppliers and professional buyers will take place in digital channels. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pace of digitalisation and the purchasing behaviour of technology-savvy millennials, who are now of an age to be the professional B2B decision-makers, are the main drivers of this global e-Commerce growth.

B2B future What is predicted for the future of the B2B sector, has already been visible in the significant B2C e-Commerce rise over the last years, where DHL Express experienced high growth rates particularly during the holiday peak seasons, such as Easter, Christmas and mega shopping days, such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In total the B2C e-Commerce volumes within the DHL Express network increased in 2020 by approximately 40%, compared to 2019. This positive business development is also reflected in the FY2020 financial results of DHL. With a total revenue of €19.1 billion (+11.9% year-on-year) and EBIT of €2.7 billion (+34.9%) the Express division of Deutsche Post DHL Group closed 2020

Ireland fully AEO accredited

with the best result in its more than 50 years history. “Even in times of worldwide shutdowns, globalisation has shown its resilience, fuelled by digitalisation and the power of global trade,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “These trends have led to an ever growing number of consumers to shift their shopping activities online. “The pandemic has accelerated this development like never before, with a sharp rise in businesses selling their goods in the global marketplace. e-Commerce and global logistics thus provided the key to unlock local shutdowns, keep economies running and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 for many of our customers.” In 2020 DHL Express delivered 484 million shipments in total for its customers (B2C and B2B) around the globe, around 9% more per day than in 2019.

FREIGHT forwarders, Curtis & Lees, have reported they are fully accredited as an AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) with the required internationally recognised standards. “Curtis & Lees Ltd have been providing freight forwarding solutions and transport services to the Irish industry for almost 100 years. In that time, we have developed and maintained the highest quality of services by simply providing a professional, competitive and completely reliable product which we have tailored to meet the needs of our customers. This has been achieved with the help of strongly motivated, loyal and dedicated staff with a highly experienced management team,” said the company.

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Harnessing the momentum In my opinion: John Cheetham, chief commercial officer, IAG AT the start of 2020, we could never have predicted the sudden impact of the COVID19 pandemic on the air cargo sector or how our business would have responded to the extraordinary changes it brought about. And yet, as we look back a year on, I’m incredibly proud of the team at IAG Cargo. Their hard

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work and dedication has kept us delivering for our customers, no matter the circumstances. In 2020, IAG Cargo delivered exceptional results, with commercial revenues of €1,306 million, an increase of 18.5% on 2019 at constant currency. This fantastic achievement was a result of adapting quickly and innovatively

to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on we set up an extensive cargo-only network, developed a Charter service managed by a newly formed specialist team, gained clearance to use the cabins for freight as well as creating extra cargo capacity, and continued to respond to customer demand by both reopening and creating new routes throughout the year or increasing cargo-only rotations. Throughout the pandemic, air cargo connected businesses with customers worldwide as lockdowns impacted economies. Our charter flights have flown large volumes of e-Commerce, perishables We are also celebrating our 10th anniversary and industrial supplies during 2020 and have continued to do so in tailored to customers’ needs, such as opening 2021. new stations or working with our Interline cusAt the end of 2020 we flew record volumes tomers to ensure we can get their cargo where of cherries from Latin America to Spain, the UK it needs to be. and China, connecting Chilean and ArgentinSince the end of December 2020, IAG Cargo ian farmers with international markets. 2020 has been supporting the COVID-19 vaccine showed more than ever the importance of air rollout to all parts of the world. Here, we hit cargo for facilitating global trade and being a the ground running, transporting over a milsafe, reliable, and timely method for transport- lion doses of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide by ing essential supplies worldwide. January 2021. After an extraordinary 2020, IAG Cargo is Equally, we were delighted to commit our off to a flying start in 2021 - building on the support to the UNICEF Humanitarian Airmomentum and successes of 2020. We’re tak- freight Initiative, which will deliver vaccines ing forward everything we learnt from the to vulnerable and remote populations. We are year. proud to be taking part in this initiative and it will be an important part of our work in 2021. We are also celebrating our 10th anniversary Popular solution as a business, a truly major milestone for IAG Charters have proved to be a popular solu- Cargo. 2020 was a challenging year but we’ve tion, and we have seen increasing demand from customers and shippers for this tailored shown how resilient and innovative our business can be. service. For 2021, our priority remains supporting Within the first two months of 2021 we had already flown 8,000 tonnes of automotive our customers in key sectors of the global parts via our charter flights. We continue to economy to continue in their recovery, and to support the industry with a cargo-only sched- keep on transporting essential supplies in the uled network and provide a bespoke service fight against COVID-19.

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May 4 - 6, 2021 ALMOST a year ago, in the run up to the first ever transport logistic event held online, air cargo China 2020, passenger fleets were grounded and the air cargo industry was scrambling to co-ordinate resources to provide the service the world needed. Since air cargo China 2020 unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is all the more important to plan your participation in air cargo Europe early on and to resume business and especially personal contacts that could not be made due to the pandemic. The disruption to the industry was un-

Preview precedented but since then, all players have come together to go above and beyond to keep supply chains moving around the world. The airfreight industry has continued to work throughout the difficult times, many breaking records with cargo moved, untaken the ‘mission of the century’ and even coined a new word, ‘preighters’. As air cargo Europe is fast approaching, it is important to look back and see how far the industry has come and coped with the unknown and the unexpected.

air cargo Europe (all times CET) May 4, 2021 13:00 Airfreight capacity constraints and rate volatility – how serious are they and when do we see an end to them?

14:30 Is the digital twin the new beauty of the skies? How digitisation can be beneficial for the air cargo industry.

16:00 Air cargo of tomorrow: Shaping the future of the industry

17:30 Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards The Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards will be held online this year. The event will be broadcast virtually during air cargo Europe and live streamed on Facebook. Register at aircargoeurope.com ACW 19 APRIL 2021

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