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In Dublin’s fair city: The WCS 2021 event

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hominet has been with ECS Group for more than 25 years, becoming its COO in 2011 and then CEO in 2017. Over the past four years, ECS Group has seen enormous development, both in network and client base growth, as well as in innovation and technology. “I am honoured to have been appointed executive chairman,” Adrien Thominet, ECS Group executive chairman, states. Given the disruption and challenges the aviation industry has recently faced with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an acute need for flexible, resource-efficient, expert business management solutions.

Adrien Thominet appointed executive chairman of the ECS Group

Indusry at crossroads This is precisely the kind of support that ECS Group strives to provide, Adrien Thominet underlines in his new function as executive chairman: “Today, more than ever, the air cargo industry is at a crossroads, and our ambition as the leading worldwide GSSA, is to provide the optimum support to our customers in this changing environment. “We are therefore committed to continuously improving and developing innovative, sustainable, high

value-added solutions and services to best serve them.” ECS Group’s intense digital, commercial, administrative, and organisational transformations over the past few years have culminated

in a revised and enhanced product offering, along with an increased focus on sustainability going forward. “We will soon be publishing the results of our revised commercial direction with the launch of our Aug-

mented GSA concept in the coming weeks,” he discloses. The world’s largest integrated GSSA which is driven by its credo to be “more than a GSSA”, has worked to disrupt and reinvent the traditional GSA concept, and to future-proof the ECS Group service portfolio. In this regard, it offers airline customers a Total Cargo Management (TCM) concept, alongside a wide range of “à la carte” services and abilities. By investing heavily in digitalisation, successfully introducing and adapting a range of in-house business intelligence and training platform tools, ECS Group ensures complete alignment with the evolving needs of its airline customers. It has proven to be a valuable air cargo logistics partner not simply in its operational expertise but also as a forward-thinking industry consultant. Today, it represents over 150 quality airlines of all sizes across the globe, and provides capacity support to around 10,000 freight forwarders. The group has seen exponential development on all continents, and now numbers more than 1,200 employees across 167 subsidiaries in 50 countries within APAC, Europe, North America and Latin America. In 2020, it transported a record 1.1 million tonnes of cargo.

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SRILANKAN AIRLINES LHR

SRILANKAN Airlines has become the first new customer at Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) CenterPoint cargo handling terminal ... PAGE 2

GERRY’S DNATA WINS GULF AIR

GERRY’S dnata, Pakistan’s leading ground services provider, has been awarded a multiyear contract by Gulf Air, the national carrier of the ... PAGE 4 VIC’S THE MAN

VIC Karjian, Amerijet International, Inc.’s executive chairman, has become the Interim chief executive officer of Amerijet effective September 18 ... PAGE 6

WINGCOPTER DRONES FLY BLOOD SAMPLES

SIXTEEN miles between Greifswald and Wolgast – that is the distance over which Wingcopter drones recently transported blood ... PAGE 8

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Air Cargo Americas/ Supply Chain Americas postponed

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Kenya Airways partners with Congo Airways

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enya’s national carrier, Kenya a model for co-operation between two export destinations, given the COVIDAirways (KQ), has signed an air- African Airlines, which will contribute to 19 induced disruption, which has highlighted the need for deeper inter-recraft lease agreement and begun Africa’s socio-economic development. “KQ is a key player in the aviation gional trade. operating a cargo codeshare Strengthened bilateral between the space in Africa, and with over 40 years of partnership with Congo Airways. The agreement will see Kenya Airways experience, this is an important step in two countries will boost the national lease two Embraer E190 jets to Congo enhancing co-operation to increase air carrier and Congo Airways passenger Airways, boosting domestic operations connectivity and offer greater passen- and cargo transport businesses between and flight frequencies in the Democratic ger and cargo options between the two the two markets and the international network. Republic of Congo (DRC). In addition, countries. KQ currently operates an Embraer “The timing of this agreement is corKenya Airways has commenced direct cargo flights from Johannesburg to rect, considering the severe impact of maintenance service centre – through the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation its Technical Department – having flown Lubumbashi. The partnership strengthens collabo- industry, as it will increase the utilisation the Embraer jets since 2008. Its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul ration and bolsters aviation ties between of our aircraft.” Speaking about the newly launched (MRO) has two state-of-the-art hangars, Kenya and the DRC, putting into effect the Memorandum of Understanding cargo direct flights between Johannes- mechanical and avionics workshops, (MoU) between Kenya Airways and burg and Lubumbashi, he added: “Cargo and extensive warehousing capable of BECAUSE of existing travel restrictions and the currently unclear Congo Airways signed in April 2021 in has provided new opportunities in the handling line and base maintenance of COVID-19 situation, the World Trade Center Miami (WTCM) is to Kinshasa and witnessed by Kenya’s Presi- face of the pandemic, and we are keen several aircraft models, including B737s postpone Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas by a few dent Uhuru Kenyatta and DRC’s President to continue building our operations and E-Jets, and B787. months to March 8-10, 2022. The International Air Transport Assoleveraging partnerships. Felix Tshisekedi. One of the main grounds for this decision is the large share “The enhanced network is built around ciations (IATA) estimates that African of international exhibitors and visitors that form an important KQ’s southern Africa operations in Johan- airlines saw a combined loss of $2 billion First of many steps part of the show are currently limited, restricted, or unable to nesburg and is expected to provide due to reduced passenger travel in 2020. travel. Kenya Airways Group managing direc- further connections to additional points Kenya Airways continues to diversify its The WTCM is working out details of postponing the planned services and operations in response to tor and CEO Allan Kilavuka hailed the within the DRC and Africa.” show and conference in consultation with its executive comKenya is seeking to leverage the the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the partnership as the first of many steps mittee and the steering committee of the show and conference. in assisting Pan Africanism by creating lucrative DRC market by diversifying its aviation sector. A clear majority of present sponsors and partners also support the date change. “The WTCM prides itself in organising a successful Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas Show and Conference. We riLankan Airlines has become the first new customer at place greater value in the health, safety and well-being of our Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) CenterPoint cargo hanguests and look forward to celebrating in Miami in March 2022 dling terminal at London Heathrow. with our industry partners,” said Ivan Barrios, president and CEO The airline has awarded WFS a 32-month contract, comof the WTCM. mencing in September, to provide cargo handling and airside “We support the postponement to March 2022 and are transport for its Airbus A330-300 flights connecting London already looking forward being able to meet again in person,” and Colombo. said Chris Mangos, director of marketing for Miami InterSriLankan currently operates a weekly flight on the route national Airport (MIA) and chairman of the 2021 Air Cargo but is expected to increase frequencies as the airline industry Americas/Supply Chain Americas Show and Conference. Miami recovers from the disruption to schedules caused by COVID. International Airport is also host of the Air Cargo Americas/SupPrior to the pandemic, SriLankan Airlines carried some 9,500 ply Chain Americas Show and Conference. extending its existing cargo handling agreement with Vietnam tonnes of cargo annually between the two countries. “We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and indusPaul Carmody, WFS’ managing director, UK Cargo, com- Airlines. try partners and their commitment in support of our decision Chamara Ranasinghe, head of cargo at SriLankan Airlines, mented: “This is a very important new contract for our UK to postpone the Show and Conference,” said Christine Richard, operation and justifies WFS’ decision to invest further in our stated: “As London Heathrow represents a key cargo hub and senior director of marketing for Amerijet International Airlines Heathrow operation with the opening of CenterPoint. The gateway for the SriLankan Airlines’ cargo network, we are and co-chair of the 2021 Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain facility has been extensively refurbished to meet our require- encouraged of the future successes and benefits for SriLankan Americas Show and Conference. ments and will ensure our team at Heathrow can provide the Cargo customers through the partnership with WFS for manfirst class standards of service SriLankan Airlines demands for aging cargo handling operations, primarily in the handling of the varied commodities uplifted on the route. Such strong partits customers.” WFS now operates over 35,000 sq m of cargo facilities at nerships add value and consistency to customers during these Heathrow, handling hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cargo tumultuous times and this is an ideal venture supporting the per annum. In the last 12 months, the UK operation has also intended expansion of SriLankan Airlines’ operations into Lonbeen successful in winning a new contract with Gulf Air and don Heathrow in the near future.”

WFS wins SriLankan Airlines LHR contract

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GEODIS offers customers SAF for transport ALREADY utilised in its road freight operations, GEODIS is now offering customers the opportunity to benefit from alternative fuel solutions in the air and at sea, all around the world. The objective: to contribute to the reduction of the CO2 emissions of their shipments. “The development of biofuel is one of the strategic paths being pursued by GEODIS to meet the challenge of carbon neutrality. With these new solutions for air and sea freight, we offer our customers an additional way to decarbonise their entire supply chain,” says Marie-Christine Lombard, GEODIS CEO. Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), derived from non-fossil sources, are produced using food and agricultural waste, mainly cooking oil. Their use allows for a massive reduction in CO2 emissions over the cycle from production to fuel consumption; at least 80% for air and 90% for sea transport, along with a reduction in other pollutants.

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Emirates resumes more routes

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mirates has announced that it will be restarting services to St Petersburg from October 8 2021. The resumption of these services follow resumed services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From October 8, flights between Dubai and St Petersburg will operate four times a week, and the airline will increase its services to daily flights from October 21. All flights will operate on the Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates flight EK 173 and 174 will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while EK 175 and 176 will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays. EK 173 departs Dubai at 09:10, arriving at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport at 14:15. EK 174 leaves St Petersburg at 16:45, arriving back in Dubai at 23:45 local time. EK 175 takes off from Dubai at 15:45, arriving in St Petersburg at 20:50 and EK176 leaves Pulkovo Airport at 23:15, landing in Dubai at 06:15 the next day.

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EODIS has upgraded its AirDirect services between Europe, the United States and Asia with its own leased A330-300 full freighter aircraft. Operating between Amsterdam, London, Chicago and Hong Kong, and flying under the GEODIS brand, the aircraft will also serve the China – Europe route for the peak season. The first flight will take off in September. Marie-Christine Lombard, GEODIS’ CEO, commented, “With the continued strain on airfreight capacity, we wish to ensure a more sustainable supply of air cargo space for our clients and are therefore investing in this, our own, first dedicated freighter. Our aim is to constantly find dependable solutions to secure our clients’ supply chains, which are critical to their business growth.” The freighter, which GEODIS is leasing for several years, will be integrated into the GEODIS AirDirect global schedule. Initially, it will fly three times per week between Amsterdam/

London and Chicago (AMS/STN–ORD) and will additionally be deployed on weekly rotations connecting Amsterdam and Hong Kong. GEODIS is offering the entire range of its airfreight products – GEODIS AirFast, AirSave and AirFlex – on the AirDirect flights. The freighter will also provide the opportunity and flexibility to operate dedicated full capacity flights for its customers when required. “Our AirDirect service has operated more than 650 air charter flights so far across Asia, Europe, North and Latin America in order to secure capacity for our customer shipments worldwide. The experience gained from these operations has led to the decision to charter our own GEODIS freighter. This will provide our clients with a reliable schedule of flights, under our operational control, helping them overcome the significant logistical constraints that the market is currently enduring,” says Eric Martin-Neuville, executive vice president freight forwarding of GEODIS.

Gerry’s dnata wins Gulf Air contract

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erry’s dnata, Pakistan’s leading ground services provider, has been awarded a multiyear contract by Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The partnership will see Gerry’s dnata provide quality and safe ground, passenger and cargo handling services to the airline at six airports in Pakistan, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan and Faisalabad. Syed Haris Raza, CEO of Gerry’s dnata, said: “We are proud to be the ground handler of choice for Gulf Air in Pakistan. We consistently invest in infrastructure, cutting-edge technologies and training to deliver the best possible ser-

vices for our customers. Our new contract is a vote of confidence in our quality offering, and a testament to our team’s hard work and commitment to safety and service excellence. We look forward to a long-standing partnership with the airline.” In recent years Gerry’s dnata has significantly invested in facilities, equipment, training and technology, while continually expanding its operations in Pakistan. Gerry’s dnata’s investments include a state-of-the-art import cargo centre at Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in Karachi. The 7,200 sq m facility is equipped with the latest technologies ensuring safe

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and efficient handling and storage of all types of cargo. Offering uncompromised temperature -controlled handling and storage solutions to airline customers, the GDP-certified facility has played a key role in the safe handling of COVID-19 vaccines, rapid test kits and other essential goods. Gerry’s dnata also expanded its operations at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore (LHE) and opened a new export cargo terminal. The expansion nearly tripled the company’s cargo handling capacity in Lahore, supporting customers and their customers in increasing fruit export from the region.

Tritax EuroBox: logistics property in Oberhausen

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a prime location in the RhineRuhr region of Germany, for €29.9 million via a forward funding agreement. The development will be undertaken by Verdion, which

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SkyCell expands reach with ANA partnership

specialises in European industrial and logistics real estate. This is London-listed Tritax EuroBox’s eighth German asset, continuing its growth in this key market..

kyCell, manufacturer of hybrid pharmaceutical containers, has partnered with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, to help support pharmaceutical customers shipping in and out of Japan in a safe, secure, and sustainable way. The partnership with SkyCell will also see the airline reach more of its sustainability goals. ANA expects there to be stronger demand for sustainability in the future, and can offer its customers more sustainable shipping options through SkyCell. SkyCell currently has one service centre in Japan that will support the Japanese

market with container availability in the country. SkyCell will be supporting ANA with its dedicated pharmaceutical containers across different temperature ranges to cover customers’ various needs. SkyCell containers maintain internal temperature stability in external conditions from as low as -30°C to as high as +70°C. The complete temperature range includes the deep-frozen container that is able to maintain internal temperatures between -80°C and -60°C for extended periods of time. Thanks to the innovative technology of SkyCell, ANA will be able to utilise full aircraft capacity, mitigating

the traditional capacity limitations caused by the use of dry ice by making energy transfer more efficient. The high-quality hybrid containers can maintain stable temperatures without the need for external charging for long periods of time, meaning special infrastructure is not needed to keep the containers at optimal temperatures. By using lightweight, environmentally-friendly material, the technology enables efficiency and reusability; the packing solution is also shock-absorbent to mitigate any breakage during transport, and has a double-door system to protect the packing in high-humidity countries.

IAG CARGO JOINS CARGOAI PLATFORM

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AG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) will join the CargoAi platform. CargoAi is an artificial intelligence-enabled airfreight platform that connects freight forwarders and airlines. With thousands of flights per week across the globe, IAG Cargo’s addition to CargoAi means a significantly broadened offer for forwarders using the platform. IAG Cargo’s listing on www. CargoAi.co also means forwarders will be able to easily book cargo capacity to hundreds of destinations across the world in the IAG Cargo network accessing the freight capacity on IAG Cargo’s sister airlines in the IAG group: British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling, and LEVEL. “IAG Cargo’s ‘always moving’ spirit promises to get the

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goods of customers to where they need to be. I like this ambitious philosophy that is focused on action and customer satisfaction. Likewise, at CargoAi, we are committed to ensuring that our users find the air transport solutions that suit their needs and can very easily book the required capacities at the best price. The integration of the cargo capacities of IAG’s five airlines is undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity for our users,” says Matthieu Petot, CEO of CargoAi.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with CargoAi, offering our customers a solution to book freight online with IAG Cargo. In today’s digital world, there’s no such thing as business hours with customers increasingly wanting the option of booking online, any time, from anywhere, to any destination on our network. We’re always looking for fresh and innovative products to support customers such as CargoAi,” explains John Cheetham, chief commercial officer of IAG Cargo.

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Vic’s the man for the moment at Amerijet

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ic Karjian, Amerijet International Inc.’s executive chairman, has become the interim chief executive officer of Amerijet effective September 18, 2021. Karjian is succeeding Tim Strauss and will be in the role while the company conducts a search for a new CEO. Prior to Strauss joining Amerijet in August 2020, Karjian was Amerijet’s CEO and oversaw a period of robust growth for the Company, including its receipt of ETOPS certification in March 2020 and significant expansion into ACMI and CMI charter operations. Strauss will serve as an advisor to the company through the balance of this year. “We are very pleased that Vic has agreed to step in as Interim CEO. Having led the Company since 2016, he is extremely familiar with the company’s customers and operations and will provide for continuity in the business during this interim period,” said Bob Horne, Amerijet board member. “The company appreciates Tim’s many contributions over this past year, and we wish him well in his next chapter. The board looks forward to working with Vic to continue Amerijet’s profitable growth while we search for our next CEO.” Amerijet International Airlines is a leading global air‐cargo airline based in Miami, Florida and operates its own dedicated freighter fleet of B767 aircraft throughout the United States,

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BAJ FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS OPENS NEW TEMA OFFICE

Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, and Western Europe. The company will soon be adding several B757 aircraft to its fleet to provide additional route flexibility and service options to its customer base. The company provides its scheduled service region with approximately 7,000 freighter flights annually. In addition, Amerijet also offers extensive worldwide long‐ and short‐ term ACMI, CMI and full‐service charters to leading shippers and logistics partners, and it provides regular air cargo services to the US Department of Defense.

PROJECT Cargo Network members in Ghana, BAJ Freight and Logistics have announced a new office complex as well as successfully achieving ISO certification. Founded in 2009, the management of BAJ embarked on a journey of building a world class logistics services company. After 12 years of successful operations, the company has constructed their own three-storey head office complex with complete office space and warehous-

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es in Community 3, Tema, Ghana. The company has also successfully migrated its Occupational Health and Safety Management System from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001:2018 and added ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS). A photo exhibition showcasing the achievements of the company was held on the rooftop of the new head

office complex. Opening the photo exhibition, shareholder and founding director, Fred Bart Simpson said: “BAJ Freight and Logistics has transitioned over time to become one of Ghana’s key logistics companies and a key contributor to the country’s growth – providing jobs and economic mobility for key industries as well as supporting local communities and the youth. Our doors are open to corporate Ghana and the general public.”

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Emirates SkyCargo upgrades customers to a seamless freight booking process

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kyCargo is launching a new technical solution for its customers that will enhance user experience and the efficiency of the booking process for cargo shipments. Working with WiseTech Global, a leading provider of software solutions to the logistics industry, Emirates SkyCargo will be providing direct access to its flights and inventory for cargo customers through the CargoWise platform. Customers will now be able to make cargo bookings direct on the platform for a majority of their cargo requirements after completing a short registration process. “At Emirates SkyCargo, we are always looking at ways to make every stage of the transportation process more efficient – from the time of booking the shipment to the delivery of the cargo to the consignee. We are delighted to work with WiseTech to connect the CargoWise platform to our own Emirates SkyChain system, allowing customers enhanced direct

access to search for flights and make bookings directly with Emirates SkyCargo without requiring any other touchpoints. This will save time and effort for our customers and for our

global teams and at the same time help avoid any unnecessary confusion and inefficiencies in the booking process,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo.

Scott McCorquodale, chief automation officer, air cargo at WiseTech, said: “As the platform of choice for many of Emirates SkyCargo’s major customers, this connection is a testament to CargoWise’s penetration in the market. Adding to our growing number of airline-direct ebooking connections on the CargoWise platform, over time, all CargoWise users will have access to Emirates SkyCargo’s flight schedules, rates, availability and realtime eBooking functions. Working together, this connection provides ease of access to timely data at the user’s fingertips, translating to increased efficiencies and productivity, and importantly, informed decision making.” Emirates SkyCargo has commenced roll out of customer access to the CargoWise platform in a phased manner from September 1 2021. By the end of September, the majority of Emirates SkyCargo’s global customers using CargoWise will be able to make bookings on Emirates SkyCargo through the platform.

WINGCOPTER DRONES FLY BLOOD SAMPLES K+N to organise

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ixteen miles between Greifswald and Wolgast – that is the distance over which Wingcopter drones recently transported blood samples in the Northeast German federal state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. The flights were carried out by Greifswald University Medical Centre in co-operation with DRF Luftrettung and Wingcopter as part of the MV|LIFE|DRONE Challenge project of the hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalisation of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and intends to improve structures of regional emergency care by integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the rescue chain and emergency medical transports. The flights beyond the pilots’ visual line of sight (BVLOS) carried a pneumatic tube including 250 grams of blood samples. The Wingcopter completed the 26 kilometre route in an average of 18 minutes, nearly twice as fast as ground-based transport. The use of Wingcopter drones could thus significantly speed up emergency medical care in rural areas and help save lives. In the event of a blood transfusion being necessary at short notice, for example, blood samples from Wolgast District Hospital must be transported to Greifswald University Hospital for analysis in order to determine the appropriate donor blood.

K Ansgar Kadura, co-founder and CSO of Wingcopter, comments: “With this project, we have demonstrated that we can also improve medical care and quality of life in rural areas in Germany. With our new unmanned aerial vehicle, the Wingcopter 198, this can be carried out even more efficiently in the future. “We look forward to continued collaboration with the project team at the Department of Anesthesiology as part of the MV|LIFE|DRONE Challenge and beyond.” The goal of Greifswald University Medical Centre is to establish permanent flight connections between the medical centre in Greifswald and hospitals in the surrounding area as soon as possible. Drones are also to be used to support first

responders on site, for example by quickly transporting medications, transfusions, or emergency medical equipment such as defibrillators to the scene of an accident or incident. “We are continuing to work towards the goal of shortening long distances in the region for the benefit of our population. “Key to this is the integration of new technologies into existing rescue and care systems as part of comprehensive care concepts,” emphasises Dr Mina Baumgarten, project manager of the MV|LIFE|DRONE-Challenge project, adding: “The next step on the way to realising this must be to transfer tests into longer-term use under real-world circumstances; the conditions in the region are ideal for this.” EMIRATES, the world’s largest international airline, will introduce the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Istanbul, Turkey from October 1. Emirates will operate the A380 on its daily EK123/124 service. Flight EK123 will depart Dubai at 10:45 and arrive in Istanbul at 14:25. The return flight EK124 will depart Istanbul at 16:25 and arrive in Dubai at 21:50. All times are local.

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uehne+Nagel is to organise the offshore project logistics for the power-to-methanol part of the pilot phase of the Haru Oni project in Chile for Siemens Energy. The project is a collaboration between Siemens Energy (Germany), Porsche (Germany) and Highly Innovate Fuels or HIF (Chile). It will be the world’s first integrated commercial plant for producing climate-neutral fuel from wind and water with the purpose of decarbonising the transport sector. During the pilot phase, the Haru Oni project aims to produce 130,000 litres of e-fuels by 2022. In two proceeding phases, the capacity is planned to be increased to around 55 million litres of e-fuels per year by 2024 and to around 550 million litres of e-fuels by 2026. The project was launched on September 10, 2021 with a ground breaking ceremony joined by the Chilean Energy Minister. By the end of this year, the main wind turbine components – a nacelle, blades and tower sections – are to be transported from multiple ports in China and delivered in one lot as part charter to Punta Arenas, Chile. In addition, there will be various container and flat-rack transports from Europe. The longest components are the three blades just over 65m in the length and the heaviest part is the nacelle at nearly 77 tonnes. Torsten Dubsky, project director for Haru Oni at Siemens Energy, states: “Renewable energy will no longer be produced only where it is needed, but where natural resources like wind and sun are available on a massive scale. So new supply chains are going to arise all over the world to carry renewable energy from one region to another. We are excited that Kuehne+Nagel is partnering with us for the Haru Oni Pilot Project.” Mustafa Sener, global head of project logistics at Kuehne+Nagel, says: “As an industry leader, we are committed to reducing our contribution to global CO2 emissions through our Net Zero Carbon programme. We also want to actively reduce CO2 emissions in transport.”

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PHARMA.AERO PUBLISHES WHITE PAPER ON THE USE OF UAV IN THE PHARMA AND HUMANITARIAN AIR CARGO SECTORS Specialists across the pharma air cargo supply chain examine the use of UAVs and drones for last-mile delivery of pharma products.

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he pharma industry today is struggling with last mile transportation to patients and healthcare facilities in remote areas. A project group between Pharma. Aero and Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) was formed earlier this year with the objective to develop a strategic implementation roadmap that enables effective transportation of pharma and humanitarian medical goods to remote areas using UAV and drone technology. An exclusive webinar was organised for the members of both organisations on June 15, 2021, followed by a survey. The results of the survey and insights gathered amongst the presenters, the attendees and the project group were outlined in a White Paper, marking the completion of the project’s first phase. The White Paper examined the competitive positioning of UAV against other transportation modes, the regulatory framework for drone operations and applications of UAV in the Pharma and Humanitarian Air Cargo sector. The survey findings indicated that UAV would become a preferred and efficient transportation solution, as compared to traditional modes for last-mile delivery, into remote and hardto-access areas with certain concentration of of health facilities (hospitals, health centres, clinics etcetera. In order for UAV to be considered as an integral part of air cargo, there are still areas to be addressed by the industry and regulatory bodies. Countries across the globe need to align on standards, regulations and guidelines to ensure safety of UAV for final mile deliveries. With this, there could be higher understanding and acceptance from the pharma and air cargo industry to increase the use of UAVs as a form of freight transportation in the pharma supply chain.

to help develop the national regulatory frameworks required to ensure effective use of UAVs. The HLA is keen to help generate and share knowledge in the endeavor and is pleased to be collaborating with Pharma.Aero on this project.” Pharma.Aero, a non-profit organisation with its head-

quarters in Brussels, Belgium, aims to achieve excellence in reliable end-to-end air transportation for Life Science and Medtech shippers, by fostering collaboration between CEIV-certified airport communities and those in air transporttion of pharmaceuticals

Second phase The second phase of the project will involve a UAV flight in Germany capturing different steps of the supply chain journey. The demonstration flight will be filmed and showcased in an interactive and immersive 360° learning video giving our members and other interested parties the opportunity to explore the features and capabilities of drones and UAVs. Trevor Caswell, manager (Demand & Product Development), Edmonton International Airport and vice chairman, Pharma. Aero said, “With the advancements in drone technology coming so far in the recent years, the future of UAV is here. Drones being used for last mile delivery is here to stay, and projects like this will provide insights to our members and industry on how drone technology could become more integrated in the pharmaceutical supply chains, delivering life-saving products directly to the end user. It is very exciting for Pharma.Aero to be working with our partners on such a groundbreaking project, where we can incorporate both humanitarian logistical needs and advanced technology to ensure low-cost, reliable and justin-time delivery of essential goods to where they are needed.”

Larger capacity drones George Fenton, chief executive, Humanitarian Logistics Association said, “UAVs play a vital role in disaster preparedness and response, from surveying potential transport bottlenecks, to helping to quickly assess damage after an event. While drones are being used successfully for last mile delivery of small medical packages in countries like Rwanda and Ghana, larger capacity drones are needed to better support humanitarian operations in remote locations. More support is needed

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In Dublin’s fair city: The WCS 2021 event has moved to the Irish capital

THE World Cargo Symposium (WCS) is the industry’s largest and most prestigious annual event. Every year the Symposium prides itself on moving the industry from talk to action. This year’s event was originally planned to be held in Istanbul, but as it has done so many times before, the virus had other ideas. Due to complications with COVID restrictions the event will now be held in the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin.

Dublin to the world Dublin Airport has provided a lifeline for the country throughout the pandemic, with scheduled freighter services and many charter flights connecting the city to the rest of the world. Important consignments, including medical supplies, PPE and vaccines have passed through the Airport. According to a report published by the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI), which represents the country’s logistics sector, air cargo via Dublin Airport will be key in supporting Ireland’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

Airfreight at night Dublin Airport is Ireland’s busiest cargo airport, handling 90% of the country’s air freight and 35% of all Ireland’s trade by value, according to the FTAI report. Air freight flown at night accounts for 38% of this volume, equivalent to €19 billion in imports and exports. With the value of a tonne of air freight estimated at 53 times more valuable than a tonne travelling via another mode of transport, the report inter-

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estingly found that night flights are essential to ensure Ireland remains competitive and connected to global trade.

The Convention Centre, Dublin Delegates to this year’s Symposium, held at the Convention Centre, Dublin, can also enjoy the city’s historic and cultural hotspots. Whether it is soaking up 800 years of history in Dublin Castle, soaking up some literature at Trinity College Library or soaking up a Guinness in Temple Bar, the cobbled city has plenty to offer outside of the event. The Symposium itself will feature plenary sessions, specialized tracks, workshops and executive summits, tackling aspects related to Technology & Innovation, Security & Customs, Cargo Operations and Sustainability. Organisers say “raise a Guinness to World Cargo Symposium 2021!”

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Embracing Opportunities & Challenges Monday 11

Tuesday 12

Exhibition hall

Opening plenary 9:00-10:30

Wednesday 13

Exhibition hall

Networking break 10:30-11:15 (Press Conference) Industry Meetings TBC Fedagsa Meeting (14:00-17:30) Products & CEIV Workshop (9:00 - 17:30)

Exhibition hall

Opening plenary 11:15 - 12:30

Networking break 16:00-16:45

Afternoon Plenary Session 14:00-16:00

Stream 2: Sustainability

Exhibition hall

Networking break 10:30-11:15

Exhibition hall

Networking lunch 12:30-14:00

Exhibition hall

Stream 1 : Digitalization

Thursday 14

Stream 1: Digitalization

Stream 3: Safety & Security

Stream 1 : Digitalization

Industry Meetings TBC

Networking break 10:30-11:15

Stream 2: Sustainability

Exhibition hall

Networking lunch 12:30-14:00

Exhibition hall

Stream 3: Safety & Security

Friday 15

Stream 3: Safety & Security

Stream 1: Digitalization

Networking lunch 12:30-14:00

Stream 2: Sustainability Exhibition hall Closing plenary 14:00-16:00

Networking break 15:30-16:15

Exhibition hall

Stream 3: Safety & Security

Stream 2: Sustainability

Industry Meetings TBC

Closing Press Conference

Exhibition hall

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