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AIRLINK CARGO SA AND ASTRAL

AIRLINK Cargo South Africa and Astral Aviation have signed a broad interline agreement connecting the networks of the two companies. This ... PAGE 2

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ATLAS Air Worldwide Holdings wholly-owned subsidiary Atlas Air has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to enter into a joint venture ... PAGE 4 GEBRÜDER WEISS BUYS SPEDITION LODE

WITH effect from October 1, the transport and logistics provider Gebrüder Weiss will acquire Spedition Lode – based in Waldkraiburg, Bavaria ... PAGE 4

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ntonov Airlines’ AN-225, the world’s largest and heaviest aircraft, was pulled 4.3 m in 73 seconds by eight Ukrainian strongmen two days after headlining Ukraine’s 30th Independence Day air show celebrations. The weight of the AN-225 ‘Mriya’ aircraft including fuel was 328 tonnes on the day of the record. The AN-225, the only one of its kind, was pulled by a group of eight Ukrainian

strongman athletes to set a national record. “The record was set at our Kyiv-Antonov home airfield by eight of the strongest athletes in Ukraine and was certified as a record-breaking move by representatives of the National Register of Records of the country,” said Andriy Blagovisniy, commercial director, Antonov Airlines. “Even after more than 30 years of service, Mriya – which means dream

– is still keeping her spot in setting both national and world records.” In the same week the AN-225 Mriya joined a fly-pass over the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as part of Independence Day celebrations.

Impressive demonstration “The AN-225 flight over the centre of the capital was one of the highlights of this event because Mriya is the pride of Ukraine and the largest

plane in the world; she impressed everyone watching her demonstration flight,” said Dmytro Antonov, Antonov Airlines’ chief pilot and captain, who flew the AN-255 on the day. Ukrainian aircraft designed by the ANTONOV Company also took part in the fly-by, including the STOL transport AN-70. Mriya was recently put back into commercial service to help with capacity shortages in the wake of pandemic needs.

DOKASCH OPENS NEW INDIAN STATION

DoKaSch Temperature Solutions has opened a new service station in India. It is located at GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo terminal. Strategically, ... PAGE 5

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Airlink Cargo South Africa and Astral Aviation ink interline

EMIRATES will receive three more A380 aircraft from Airbus this year with its last unit on order scheduled to join its fleet in November, bringing forward the original delivery timeline from June 2022. These deliveries will bring Emirates’ total fleet of A380s to 118 units in November. Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline said: “We’ve come irlink Cargo South Africa and to an agreement with Airbus to bring forward the delivery of Astral Aviation have signed a remaining A380 orders and have secured financing for them.” broad interline agreement conBy October, Emirates will have reinstated A380 operations on necting the networks of the over a dozen popular routes. two companies. This new commercial partnership is bound to boost airfreight cargo logistics in Africa, providing more options and access to the Sub-Saharan market through the two airlines’ hubs in Johannesburg and Nairobi. Thanks to the interline agreement, effective from August 1 2021, Airlink Cargo is widening its network with Astral Aviation to include Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, Astral Aviation will also have access to many services operated

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by Airlink Cargo beyond Johannesburg - Beira, Tete, Pemba and Maputo, Mozambique; Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban; Lubumbashi, Congo DRC; Gaborone, Botswana; Victoria Falls and Harare; Ndola and Livingstone, Zambia; Maseru, Lesotho; Antananarivo and Nosy Be, Madagascar; Walvis Bay and Windhoek, Namibia. According to the chief executive officer of Astral Aviation, Sanjeev Gadhia: “The interline agreement will offer new opportunities and connectivity into Airlink’s network, which comprises various points in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Madagascar and Namibia.”

E2open acquires BluJay Solutions

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2open Parent Holdings, a network-based cloud-based, mission-critical, end-to-end supply chain management platform, will complete its acquisition of BluJay Solutions, a leading cloud-based, logistics execution platform. “The acquisition of BluJay is a continuation of our strategy to offer the broadest and most data-rich SaaS supply chain platform,” said Michael Farlekas, chief executive officer at E2open. “The largest and most iconic global brands are re-imagining their supply chains to be more agile, more resilient, and reduce their environmental impact. E2open now offers more extensive capabilities, timely data, and continued innovation to help

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them accomplish their strategic objectives. We are excited to share our combined capabilities with our customers and welcome BluJay’s talented team to E2open.” “We’re delighted to embark upon this strategic opportunity together, at a time when customers need the powerful combination of supply chain data, networks, and applications from planning through execution more than ever,” said Andrew Kirkwood, chief executive officer at BluJay Solutions. “E2open is uniquely positioned to increase global reach and broaden its offerings for customers, who will benefit from this commanding platform for the future.”

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tlas Air Worldwide Holdings wholly-owned subsidiary Atlas Air has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) to enter into a joint venture with Sharp Technics K to develop a dedicated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at Incheon International Airport (ICN) in South Korea. The maintenance facility is expected to open in 2025. Sharp Technics K president Soon-Suk Paik said his company is “honoured” to partner with Atlas Air on this custom freighter aircraft maintenance facility. “This facility at Incheon Airport will be able to accommodate multiple wide-body aircraft at the same time, enabling the facility to contribute to the growth of airfreight and e-commerce on a global scale as ICN expands its role in the MRO aviation industry,” Paik said. John Dietrich, president and chief executive

officer of Atlas Air Worldwide, said he welcomes Sharp Technics K’s approach to finding the right solution for Atlas Air’s growing widebody maintenance needs in the Asia-Pacific region. “Incheon International Airport is a key airport for us in our global network as we serve customers around the world,” Dietrich said. “Our partnership with Sharp Technics K will enable us to further streamline maintenance planning with their integrated approach to servicing our fleet.” Kyung-Wook Kim, president of Incheon International Airport Corporation said: “We look forward to supporting Atlas Air’s MRO needs with this new facility as ICN focuses on cultivating the air cargo industry. This development will serve as a cornerstone for new growth as we strengthen Korea’s competitive position in serving the worldwide aviation MRO industry.”

Network expansion as Gebrüder Weiss acquires Spedition Lode

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ith effect from October 1, the transport and logistics provider Gebrüder Weiss will acquire Spedition Lode – based in Waldkraiburg, Bavaria. Following the 100% takeover of the family-owned specialists in land transport and warehouse logistics, its 60 employees will be joining the ranks of Gebrüder Weiss. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. “Lode’s service portfolio is the perfect fit for our land transport network in southern Germany. Aided by the company’s employees, we will continue to tap the site’s potential to consolidate our

general cargo network,” says Wolfram Senger-Weiss, chair of the Gebrüder Weiss Management Board. With this latest acquisition, Gebrüder Weiss is posting another landmark in its southern German growth strategy. Its tightly-meshed network of land transport hubs helps trade and industry senders to serve their markets in Germany, Austria and Central and Southeastern Europe. Located 70 kilometres east of Munich, the Waldkraiburg site will connect with Gebrüder Weiss’ southern German land transport branches in Aldingen, Esslingen, Lindau, Memmingen, Nuremberg and Passau.

Lode’s operations focus on land transport, distribution and warehouse logistics, and special services. As a shareholder of 24plus logistics network, the company is already integrated into an extensive general cargo system. Under the guidance of its previous co-owner Rüdiger Lode, the new subsidiary will initially trade under the name GW Lode. “Growth opportunities are opening up for Spedition Lode within the Gebrüder Weiss group. Our customers will benefit from a significantly broader range of services and we can offer our employees new career opportunities,” notes Lode.

4D Supply Chain Consulting appoints Skellingsted

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ffective September 1, 2021, Thomas Skellingsted has been appointed vice president and global head of 4D Supply Chain Consulting, a deugro group enterprise. In his role, Skellingsted is responsible for the global management and development of the client portfolio and service offering of supply

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chain and logistics activities for the 4D Supply Chain Consulting organisation. By building on his highly successful career in value-driven logistics and supply chain disciplines, Skellingsted will ensure that 4D continues to successfully deliver end-toend solutions to new and existing clients across multiple industry verticals.

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DOKASCH TEMPERATURE SOLUTIONS OPENS NEW INDIAN SERVICE STATION

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oKaSch Temperature Solutions has opened a new service station in India located at GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo terminal. Strategically, the Hyderabad Airport location is a very important network station for the global supply of lifesaving medicines given Hyderabad’s status as a major pharma production and export hub. With the new location in India, DoKaSch strengthens its network in the region and globally. In turn, the solution provider contributes to a reliable cool chain for highly sensitive pharmaceutical products, especially during the pandemic. Hyderabad was chosen because of its outstanding importance for the global pharmaceutical industry. The city’s Genome Valley business district is a hub for research and development as well as manufacturing for pharma and lifesaving medicines. Furthermore, a vast amount of generic medicine and bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) are also produced on-site. The upcoming Pharma City, an extensive industrial park for pharmaceuticals, will further increase the city’s importance. Furthermore, Hyderabad’s airport is an international hub with global connections. The new station is part of the GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo Terminal complex, located within the airport premises, which is highly beneficial for forwarders and airlines. With its dedicated pharma export terminal named ‘Pharma Zone’, the GMR facility at Hyderabad is well established as the preferred hub for pharma exports in South Central India and positioning containers at the Hyderabad network station gives the local pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwarders and airlines easy access to solutions for the global transport of high-value lifesaving medications.

is a highly relevant location for pharmaceuticals, biosimilars and biotech and especially Hyderabad is of outstanding importance. In turn, we decided to open our new service station to complement our extensive network and contribute to a capable cool chain for these products. Not only is the station located at a globally relevant industry hub, but the airport is

also used by many of our partner airlines and is well connected to destinations worldwide. We are certain that our new location will play an important role for the global supply with lifesaving pharmaceutical products like vaccines, especially during the ongoing pandemic.” Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport commented: “Hyderabad Air Cargo terminal is the preferred gateway for pharmaceuticals and vaccine movements in the South Asia region and we are very pleased to partner with DoKaSch Temperature Solutions to establish a service station at our Cargo Terminal. “The new facility will make the world-class DoKaSch Opticooler containers readily and easily accessible to our shared customers who will be assured of ready availability and fast turnaround with our new on-airport container station. With the addition of this facility, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo will be the biggest hub for temperature-controlled air cargo containers in the region.” India is a key location for the global pharmaceutical supply. In turn, a capable and reliable cool chain infrastructure is highly relevant for the research and manufacturing locations in the country.

Station capacity The staff at the station make sure the required capacities are available and prepare the necessary number of containers for each flight. The station in Hyderabad has a capacity to equip up to 100 containers and can easily accommodate requests of up to 20 containers per day. Andreas Seitz, managing director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, stresses the importance of the new station: “India

AIRBRIDGECARGO EXTENDS GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH WFS

AIRBRIDGECARGO Airlines (ABC) has awarded a 10-year cargo handling contract to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in Liege, further extending the all-cargo airline’s global strategic partnership with WFS, the world’s largest air cargo handler. Under the terms of the new contract, as well as handling import and export cargo on AirBridgeCargo’s 15 Boeing 747 freighter flights a week, connecting Liege with prime markets in North America and Asia Pacific, WFS has subleased half of ABC’s new cargo terminal at the Belgian airport to support its other handling clients. The 12,500 sq m Building 24 cargo terminal in Liege has the capacity to handle some 150,000 tonnes of airfreight a year. WFS will also provide handling for other Volga-Dnepr Group airlines when required to do so. In Liege, WFS provides both cargo and ramp handing, supported by the facility’s location next to the airport’s freighter parking area. The building provides a dedicated pharma zone for temperature-controlled products and will also enable the highly-trained WFS team to meet the special handling requirements of ABC for shipments such as high value and perishable cargoes. “We are extremely proud that AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Group are making this long-term commitment to working with WFS. This 10-year contract in Liege follows our announcement in June of a three-year handling agreement with ABC at our new cargo terminal in Atlanta,” said Barry Nassberg, WFS’ group chief commercial officer. “These types of contracts provide stability for both partners, are great news for our employees, and enable us to support AirBridgeCargo’s long-term growth strategy which requires us to deliver high quality, reliable and innovative cargo handling services for its global customers. We thank ABC for giving us this great opportunity, which supports our own long-term plans in Belgium.” As well as Liege and Atlanta, WFS also hold contracts to provide handling services for AirBridgeCargo Airlines in Frankfurt, Madrid and Paris as well as in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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ir Malta and Network Airline Services (NAS) have extended their Total Cargo Management (TCM) Agreement for a further two years to run

to 2023. Whilst NAS has provided a TCM solution to Air Malta over the last few years, it has assisted the airline to vastly expand its cargo business as well as establishing itself in the global airfreight marketplace, whilst increasing distribution channels. This has allowed the partnership to build a strong platform for future growth of its cargo business as an important revenue contributor. Since the TCM agreement began, NAS has secured income for Air Malta month on month, year on year, whilst allowing a better synergy between NAS and Air Malta including important functions such as sales, marketing, pricing and revenue management, cargo reservations, revenue accounting, back-office administration, IT systems, cargo handling and

interline contracts. The TCM solution is becoming increasingly popular to global airlines as it represents opportunities to generate additional cargo revenues from the maximisation of aircraft cargo hold capacities. Network Airline Services has proved this solution generates new business opportunities from various sources, whilst Air Malta concentrates on its core business of being a passenger airline.

John Vella, Air Malta’s head of cargo sales and marketing explained, “We are proud to extend our agreement with NAS, as our preferred global cargo General Sales Agent. With over 35 years of air cargo management experience, NAS are strategically positioned, globally, to assist Air Malta with its ever-expanding cargo operation.” Air Malta’s vision is to strategically strengthen its position as well as retain a global cargo footprint and presence through NAS’ network. Locally, Air Malta has grown their market share and is a leading carrier of choice for cargo in Malta.

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inata has become the first global air and travel services provider to sign up to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 25by2025 initiative that aims to advance gender diversity in the aviation industry. Joining 62 airlines, dnata has committed to increasing the number of women in senior industry positions and under-represented roles with a target to reach a minimum representation of 25% or increase current levels by a minimum of 25% by 2025 across all divisions. The company will report annually on key diversity metrics. In addition, dnata will be working jointly with IATA and other signatories to increase the representation and nomination of women to IATA governance roles. Steve Allen, executive vice

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John Gilfeather, sales director of Network Airline Services added: “We are very proud to be extending the TCM agreement with Air Malta. We are all looking forward to continuing working with the Air Malta staff, suppliers and customers to further our relationship with them. “Air Malta provides excellent customer service to companies and individuals, sending goods to and from Malta. “NAS has a proven track record of growing airlines cargo revenues through its global network of offices and IT teams to build a carrier’s cargo brand as well as target new revenue streams on their behalf. NAS looks forward to diversifying Air Malta’s product range and global coverage even further, the extension of this TCM agreement allows us to do so. We will continue to develop further relationships with other carriers and listen to our customers to gauge how we can further tailor our service around their individual needs.”

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president of dnata, said: “Diversity has always been a core value at the heart of our organisation, with our people coming from more than 160 nationalities. Over recent years, we have taken several initiatives to empower women across our operations to progress their careers and help them achieve their full potential. We are thrilled to join IATA’s initiative to step up to the next level and play our part in improving gender diversity across the aviation industry. “We will continue to engage our colleagues at all levels of the organisation to continuously improve while monitoring our performance to achieve our goals. With our dedicated, diverse team we stay focussed on delivering excellence in everything we do to help travellers safely reconnect and discover the world.” Anton Grove, vice president people performance & development of IATA, said: “I welcome dnata’s commitment to 25by2025. Joining the 25by2025 pledge signals the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion to all our aviation partners. By working together with a common goal we will drive real change.”

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edEx Express has launched FedEx International Connect Plus (FICP), a new FedEx Express International, day-definite, e-Commerce shipping service that combines competitive speed with attractive prices, in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region. The launch of FICP enhances FedEx e-Commerce capabilities as businesses are looking for diversified, cost-effective solutions to meet consumers’ ever-changing needs. This service comes with the reliability of FedEx international, day-definite delivery service, coupled with its customs clearance expertise. It is further supported with capabilities including tracking, sending out notifications to receivers and flexibility to change delivery options via FedEx Delivery Manager, which gives e-tailers’ customers more visibility, control, and convenience over their online orders. “Building a robust e-Commerce eco-system is a top priority for us at FedEx. With FICP, we have an ideal solution for businesses to meet heightened expectations of consumers economical delivery services,” said Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express.

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DURING a webinar hosted by CSafe, the cold chain shipping solutions specialists, Jonathan Neeld, director of engineering CSafe and Scott Seybold, director of global quality and continuous improvement CSafe, discussed how active containers can dramatically mitigate risk for pharmaceutical shipments. During the biggest vaccine rollout programme the world has ever seen, much rests on the supply chain to ensure the integrity of pharmaceutical shipments. Knowing which active container to use can be the difference between populations receiving their vaccinations and not. There are many risks involved in shipping through the cold chain. Problems can arise with the inputting of manual processes; with a lack of visibility, creating uncertainty around the shipment’s conditions; with communication breakdowns between stakeholders; with transport risks like flight delays; and with other unpredictable events like extreme weather or theft.

Which container? The question of how to know which container to use was put the panel. Neeld explained that operational performance and temperature-management performance are two of the most important factors to consider when choosing a container suitable for the specific product being shipped. “This is key to having a successful shipment,” he said. “Factors to consider when selecting a container are directly linked to the shipment’s contents and route. For example, what time of year is the shipment being moved? Will it pass through Dubai in the summertime? “This will obviously be a big risk to the contents. You also need to consider the total shipment duration to ensure the container will maintain the temperature for the full duration of transit. Another consideration is payload configuration. How is the payload going to be packed in the container, will there be adequate airflow around the product? “You also need to consider the stability data. What are the requirements for the payload and what are the temperature set points that you have to maintain?”

Lack of industry standards There are currently no industry standards that cover active temperature controlled containers from an operational qualification perspective. “There are standards that the industry uses for passive shipments but there isn’t anything at the moment for active temperature containers. Instead, this is done on an individual basis based around the shipper’s requirements. If an industry standard could be developed and adopted then it would be very beneficial and would give a baseline for customers to review data against. “It also has significant cost savings and time savings when qualifying a new product. “Typically the shipper will create the ‘worst case’ conditions based on the facts of the shipment and then choose a container that can cater to this. We can simulate these conditions to create a test plan to ensure the products integrity. “We can also recreate, for example, a door opening from customs to ensure it is in fact the product stated inside the container. We then take note on how this affects shipment.”

Standard Operating Procedures Understanding and adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) ensures the shipment makes it to the end and the containers operate as they should. “Training is also important,” adds Seybold. “CSafe offers training to make sure everyone understands the SOPs.” What happens when the SOPs aren’t followed or understood? “That does occasionally happen and we do offer 24 hour support for this,” said Seybold. “We recently had a call that the container was not charging properly and we found out that the customer had used an extension lead/power strip and had plugged multiple containers into one outlet, so the power wasn’t enough to charge the con-

tainer. Another issue if the SOPs are not read is that someone may not put the container in ‘shipment mode,’ in which case there will be no data at the end of the trip that you can fall back on and show that the container was temperature compliant.”

Founders Good Distribution Practice (GDP) describes the minimum standards that a wholesale distributor must meet to ensure that the quality and integrity of medicines is maintained

throughout the length of the supply chain. “Adherence to GDP is critical to shipments and our containers utilise traceability and preventative maintenance programmes to ensue this. GDP is something that is in the DNA of this company,” said Seybold. “Our founders were father and son missionaries in Southeast Asia. They were administering vaccines but by the time they got the vaccines they were spoiled. So when they came back to the US they wanted to find a solution to this problem and this is something we are still building on today.”

Two minutes with Tom Weir, CSafe COO

ACW: With the mass roll out of vaccines, what has demand been like for temperature controlled ULDs in Q1/2? Weir: Obviously, some demand is coming from COVID-19 vaccine distribution, however, many of our customers continue to ship other necessary pharmaceuticals and are constantly developing new therapies to bring to the world. These customers account for the vast majority of container demand. ACW: What new products/ developments is CSafe working on? Weir: CSafe is constantly innovating on behalf of our clients and for the pharmaceutical industry as a whole to fill existing and future needs to safely transport pharmaceuticals. We invest heavily to ensure everything we bring to the market is the best in the industry and we will happily share those innovations and advancements when they are ready. ACW: Can you explain how CSafe’s real time visibility platform works? Weir: It begins with the integrated tracking device that we continue to retrofit into our existing fleet every new container we manufacture has the tracking device built in. While this device will not transmit data during flight, it does immediate-

ly download all data monitored during flight once the plane is on the ground. During land transit the device continuously delivers location and condition data to the cloud-based visibility platform, which provides real-time alerts and monitoring to ensure end-to-end visibility. Customers can see route deviations, ambient and internal temperature data, when container doors are opened, shock and tilt events and more. This year we are expanding this offering into both our parcel and cell and gene product lines. ACW: How is the company adapting existing products to be compatible with this system? Weir: Our entire active fleet is being retrofitted with the integrated tracking device to ensure compatibility with the cloud-based system.

ACW: Why is real-time visibility so important to customers? Weir: Real-time visibility is something pharmaceutical customers have wanted for quite some time. Given the average volume of vaccines and other pharmaceuticals lost to spoilage during transit each year, real-time visibility not only allows for intervention to preserve a payload, but also relevant data to help determine the cause of any spoilage so it can be prevented in the future.

ACW: How will this tracking platform evolve? Weir: As with any software platform, basic feature upgrades and enhancements are delivered regularly. Once the platform is available across our entire portfolio of products later this year, we will begin working to deliver on our roadmap of strategic upgrades and offerings through the visibility platform. ACW: Are there plans to further expand CSafe hubs? What are the potential locations and why? Weir: We continue to expand our hub network geographically as needed to support client demand. These are very strategic decisions based on current needs and growth potential with clients in a particular area.

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SAMAD STARTS TO CERTIFY ELECTRIC CARGO AIRCRAFT

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AMAD Aerospace, the green technology start-up based in the UK, has announced that it has started the certification process of its Starling Cargo aircraft.

With a cruising speed of 95mph (82.5 knots), flight ceiling of 10,000 feet and a range of up to 135 miles, the electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft will enable flexible point to point air cargo of up to 50 kg payload. The Starling Cargo aircraft will be remotely piloted with auto pilot capability. Dr Seyed Mohseni, CEO of SAMAD Aerospace, commented: “Our fully electric VTOL Starling Cargo aircraft will change the future of transportation reducing emissions and carbon footprint of air cargo.” The SAMAD Aerospace team have seen interest in its Starling Cargo aircraft from a number of industry sectors that need

to transit high value cargo. These include oil and gas corporations, gemstone mining companies, medical logistics and emergency response companies and organisations that require such transport. The Starling Cargo aircraft can be utilised for delivering humanitarian critical cargo of desperately needed food, medicine and equipment to often remote regions of the world with underdeveloped or damaged local infrastructure. Available to pre-order now for delivery in Q4 2022, the Starling Cargo will offer “an air cargo option faster than conventional travel” by utilising locations much closer to the customer’s required point of departure and destination, including remote locations. With the Starling Cargo aircraft, SAMAD Aerospace will revolutionise the way goods fly around the world, making air cargo faster, greener and more sustainable.

Skyport swoops in to help

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zech ground handling specialist Skyport has handled 30 live falcons from Prague, Czech Republic to Kuwait City, Kuwait which will be used at airports to keep them clear of other bird species to combat bird strike incidents. The birds of prey, bred in the Czech Republic, were transported in secure, carpeted boxes, and were provided with falcon hoods to help reduce stress and keep them safe. Skyport specialises in quick turnaround for live animal consignments, and has recently handled rhinoceroses, Komodo dragons and a polar bear. “At Skyport, we ensure live animal cargos receive the best care, best welfare, and as little stress as possible, so we move the animals at the very last moment in order to make their stay at our facility and overall travel time as short as possible,” said David Adámek, CEO, Skyport.

The 30 birds of prey travelled in secure, carpeted boxes and were on board their flight in under an hour from pick up

“If there is a shipper request regarding any special considerations such as temperature, storage, or feeding instructions, we plan the

project accordingly to make sure these needs can be followed and maintained.” Skyport operates the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s Live Animal Transportation regulations, Skyport’s in-house cargo handling manual, and the airline cargo handling manual for live animals, as well as receiving supervision by the shipper, border station veterinary staff, and the airline loadmaster. “Skyport collects live animal cargoes one hour before departure followed by 30-40 minutes of animal checks and pre-flight preparations to ensure safety, comfort, and minimal stress,” said Antonin Kovács, sales director, Skyport. “The animals are then delivered to the aircraft approximately 10 minutes before departure where further checks take place to ensure secure stowage and that a suitable amount of food and water is available.”

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