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EMMA IS FINDING HER NICHE IN CARGO

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INSIDE TIACA BIDS FAREWELL TO ZUBKOV

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olga-Dnepr Airlines has suspended its An-124-100 (-150) operations as of November 25 until the completion of its investigation and identification of the causes of the An-124 incident at Tolmachevo airport in Novosibirsk, Russia. On November 13 soon after take

off the aircraft suffered an uncontained engine fan disk failure of series D-18T which resulted in engine failure and the loss of control systems. None of the crew were reported as being seriously injured in the incident last month. Carrying 84 tonnes of cargo with

full fuel tanks, suffering engine failure and loss of control elements, the crew managed to avert the disaster, make a 180-degree turn, land and keep the plane on the runway, skidding off the runway. Following the incident, the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport quickly moved to establish a commission, which

included Volga-Dnepr specialists, to identify the causes of the incident. Volga-Dnepr Airlines acknowledges “understanding from its customers and partners and takes all the actions to fulfil contractual obligations and resume safe commercial operations onboard An-124-100 (-150).”

CATHAY PACIFIC WELCOMES HK HUB

CATHAY Pacific has welcomed the Hong Kong SAR Government’s commitment to strengthening Hong Kong’s long-term ... PAGE 4 DRONAMICS DELIVERS

DRONE developer DRONAMICS has unveiled the first five airports in its European network of cargo droneports. The DRONAMICS ... PAGE 7

GEODIS aims for 25% of its leadership positions to be held by women by 2023

ON December 1 GEODIS held its annual GEODIS Women’s Network (GWN) summit. “We want to continue the action we have already initiated and give women the means to access key positions. Our goal is to increase the number of women in managerial positions,” says Mario Ceccon,

executive vice president human resources for GEODIS group. “From 13% in 2017, women now hold 18% of leadership positions. We are aiming for 25% by 2023.” Over the next three years the GWN will concentrate its actions on the following objectives: studying and harmonising possible wage dis-

parities; establishing a programme aimed at placing more women in leadership positions; increasing the recruitment of women and women’s representation in the transport and logistics industry as a whole. The network’s other objective is to re-align the sector’s image to encourage a growing number of

women to make a career choice to join a logistics and transport organisation. “We encourage women to access positions offered in the transport and logistics industry. Our programme will help to change an outdated, male-dominated image of our sector,“ concludes Ceccon.

CARGO’S GROWING AT RAM

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Air Canada’s new cargo chief flies in from Alaska AIR Canada has appointed Jason Berry as vice president, cargo effective January 1, 2021. He will be based at Air Canada’s Montreal headquarters, and will report directly to Lucie Guillemette, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Jason’s entrepreneurial approach combined with his solid air cargo background is well-suited to operationalise these commercial opportunities and lead the strategic direction of our cargo business to optimise the growth of e-commerce while leveraging Air Canada’s fleet and global reach,” said Guillemette. Berry comes to Air Canada from Alaska Airlines’ wholly-owned subsidiary McGee Air Services, where he was president with oversight for all aspects of aviation services ground handling, aircraft grooming, airport mobility services, check-in and gate services. From 2012 until June 2019 he led Alaska Airlines’ cargo business, with direct responsibility for all aspects of cargo operations and compliance including revenue growth. He holds an MBA from

the University of Washington’s Michael G Foster School of Business.

Business update Air Canada has also provided an update on its cargo business and the next steps in its strategic plan as the airline continues to adapt rapidly to evolving market opportunities. To date, Air Canada has operated more than 3,500 all-cargo flights globally, and the airline is now finalising plans to convert several of its owned Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to freighters to fully participate in global cargo opportunities. The carrier has successfully concluded

collective agreement amendment with its pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA), for contractual changes to enable Air Canada to competitively operate dedicated cargo aircraft in the cargo marketplace, which have now been ratified by the Air Canada pilots. “Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo have pivoted quickly to new and unique commercial opportunities in response to evolving market conditions over the past 11 months, and Air Canada was the first airline globally to transform aircraft and double freight capacity by removing seats to enable cargo transport in the passenger cabin,” said Guillemette.

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IACA (The International Air Cargo Association) has bid farewell to Vladimir Zubkov, secretary general of TIACA from January 2017 to August 2020 and special advisor to the board on industry affairs since September 2020. Thanks to his 40 years’ experience in the air transport industry, Zubkov has been instrumental in building and nurturing TIACA’s relationships with the regulators and key international organisations, especially ICAO, IATA, the World Customs Organisa-

Messe Muenchen SA team members earn CEM qualifications THREE key team members of Messe Muenchen South Africa are among the Class of 2020 to graduate from the first Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) programme in Africa. AAXO, in conjunction with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), hosted the internationally recognised CEM programme in Africa for the first time this year. The CEM qualification is a globally-recognised designation that demonstrates the highest professional standard throughout the exhibitions and events management arena. Messe Muenchen South Africa nominated three team members to participate this year. All three, Betty Sichivula – project director, Dain Richardson – senior exhibition manager, and Wessel vd Linde – director of finance and operations, graduated. Congratulating the team, Suzette Scheepers, CEO of Messe Muenchen South Africa, commented: “Despite the fact that our team members have decades of exhibition experience under their belts, we believe it is important to stay abreast of changing trends and continually refresh our knowledge through ongoing training and development. Achieving the CEM qualification shows that our team members are up to date and aligned with international best practice.”

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tion (WCO), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), freight forwarder organisations, Airports Council International (ACI) and all other partners to ensure greater recognition of the importance of air cargo industry and that the new regulations are implemented in a uniform way across the industry. “Vladimir has put his stamp on the development of TIACA’s relationships with other international organisations,

especially ICAO,” commented board chair Steven Polmans. Zubkov did not comment further on his next career development or future role following his impending exit from TIACA. “It was great to have this wonderful opportunity to serve the air cargo industry for more than 10 years being TIACA board member and secretary general. I value highly the work of an excellent team and the forthright leadership from the board,” said Zubkov.

IBS Software and CargoAi ink digital partnership IBS Software is offering its iCargo customers the opportunity to increase their reach to the market and thereby scale their cargo revenues through a new partnership with Singapore-based digital platform CargoAi. By partnering with CargoAi, IBS’ customers can extend their presence in new and existing markets by leveraging on digital sales and distribution services. “Through this partnership, CargoAi and IBS Software have invested in creating platform-level integration to give our customers more choices on channels to digitally connect with their clients, faster

time-to-market for such capabilities, and to do so with very little effort,” says Ashok Rajan, SVP and head of cargo and logistics, IBS Software.

Possibilities “The integration currently covers real-time e-booking and e-quoting, flight availability searches and shipment tracking. Lots of other possibilities exist but this partnership is already showing just how essential synergies are in order to make digitalisation accessible to all stakeholders in our industry, a goal that we share with IBS,” says Matthieu Petot, CEO of CargoAi.

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Keeping securely in touch with the client SCAN-X Security is not a company that forgets the customer once the deal is made. That is why sales director Guramen Basra paid a visit to the LHR location of air cargo specialist freight forwarder Morgan Cargo after they purchased a NUCTECH CX180180DH X-ray inspection system. Basra invited ACW along to the client visit to inspect the X-ray machine that has revolutionised the transit of perishable items for the forwarder. NUCTECH’s new generation product, the dual-view X-ray inspection machine for inspection of large parcels as well as pallet cargo, means a boost for throughput for the forwarder, which is the largest of its market in South Africa. This means dangerous objects and contrabands hidden beneath overlapping areas are more likely to be found and located. It stands out with more modern and ergonomic design for efficient and professional X-ray screening. With the tunnel dimensions of 1,843 mm width and 1,820 mm height, it is perfectly suitable for inspections of large pallet cargo and the machine will last a decade in normal service, explains Basra. “This machine offers 70mm of steel penetration. Other advantages are its three-tonne capacity and the fact that little space is required between pallets to speed up throughput,” he said. Morgan Cargo placed its new acquisition in the warehouse location where the previous machine had stood and on the date of our visit the company was training further staff on the machine, partly to replace those who had been isolating at home because of the pandemic. Basra was keen to share more details about the machine described as “state-of-the-art technology” for superior image quality with wire resolution of 34 AWG and steel penetration up to 70mm. The machine’s superior image quality aids efficient detection of explosives. There are continuous and local zoom functions to enlarge and inspect the cargo a flexible and quick manner. Images can be stored locally on the machine and are transferrable in BMP, JPG and PNG format to USB storage devices. Fellow air cargo trainer at the airport TSA is another SCAN-X client, noted Basra. Cargo security X-ray machines are designed for cargo scanning and SCAN-X Security are industry experts in cargo scanner supply, installation, repair and maintenance. Machines are available in 60 40 D, 100 D, 150 180 D, 180 180 D (160kv, 200kv and 320kv). SCAN-X and NUCTECH are experts in CT, cargo, body screening and conventional X-ray and their cargo screening solutions are appropriate for airport cargo operations.

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CATHAY PACIFIC WELCOMES HONG KONG AVIATION HUB

CATHAY Pacific has welcomed the Hong Kong SAR government’s commitment to strengthening Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness as a leading global aviation hub and interna-

tional logistics centre, as outlined in the 2020 Policy Address from the chief executive of the Hong Kong SAR government Carrie Lam. “We are grateful to the Hong Kong, Guang-

dong and central governments for their commitment to the continued development of the Hong Kong aviation hub,” commented Augustus Tang, Cathay Pacific CEO. “We share their confidence that Hong Kong will continue to prosper as the city has an

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unrivalled position as part of the Greater Bay Area, a region that presents wonderful opportunity for Hong Kong, and will be the growth engine for the world economy over the coming decades. “We welcome the deepening co-operation between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Zhuhai Airport to establish a globally competitive world-class airport cluster, leveraging their complementary strengths. We also look forward to the commissioning of the entire Three-Runway System in 2024, the completion of the premium logistics centre and the SKYCITY development projects. “We are greatly encouraged by the focus placed on enhancing the overall transportation network and capacity, connecting HKIA and the various transport links and infrastructure of the airport island. “For more than 70 years, Cathay Pacific has been privileged to be the home carrier of Hong Kong. We are proud to have played a significant role in the development of our home city into a leading international aviation hub and our commitment remains,” he added.

IAG CARGO RESTARTS LONDON TO SOUTH KOREA IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), has announced a return of its direct service from the United Kingdom to South Korea, a route that was paused due to the pandemic. South Korea is a high growth market for UK exports and is one of the largest exporters in the world, with its top exports being electronics and automotive parts. The London Heathrow – Seoul-Incheon route is also significant for the export of pharmaceutical goods across the world which can be moved seamlessly using IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate service. The London Heathrow

– Seoul-Incheon service, will run year-round, three times per week on 787s and marks another important development in IAG Cargo’s work to support key trade routes for its customers. Alec Rayner, area commercial manager for Japan and Korea, IAG Cargo, said: “South Korea is an important part of our network and we are delighted to be re-opening London Heathrow-Seoul for our customers. “Last year the UK-Korea Free Trade Agreement was signed allowing businesses between South Korea and the UK to guarantee a continued free flow of goods, supporting the

movement of South Korean pharmaceutical, automotive and e-commerce goods to reach hundreds of destinations and British goods to reach South Korea.” The return of this route is the latest in a series of restarts for IAG Cargo, such as its London Heathrow service into Japan restarting last month. Additionally its customers can book charter flights for their bespoke needs. Eligible customers seeking to use IAG Cargo’s services into South Korea will be also able to benefit from IAG Cargo’s current loyalty programmes: FORWARD.REWARDS and FORWARD.PLATINUM.

CHC Airport goes green CHRISTCHURCH Airport (CHC) in New Zealand has become the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world to reach Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This achievement follows ACI’s recent announcement of the introduction of two further levels of accreditation in its global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme (Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition) to mark the industry’s ongoing commitment to ‘Build Back Better’. To attain this accreditation, Christchurch Airport has also addressed broader emissions in its carbon footprint

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that include all the significant operational sources on- and off-site. Furthermore, the airport has demonstrated evidence of actively engaging and leading its stakeholders towards delivering emissions reductions. “Achieving Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation is a giant leap for our airport community,” commented Malcolm Johns, CEO of Christchurch Airport. “We are proud to be the first airport in NZ and in the world to reach this accreditation. As a regional airport, we set a good example for our regional peers and for the airport industry.”

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Panther Logistics acquired by AIT Worldwide Logistics PANTHER Logistics has been acquired by US-based AIT Worldwide Logistics, a global transportation management company. The acquisition follows a year in which Panther has seen an exponential increase in online shopping leading to an expanded team as well as several new partnerships with customers wishing to take advantage of the company’s offering. It is one of the most exciting developments in Panther’s continuing success story since it introduced its next day two-man delivery service nearly 10 years ago revolutionising the white glove premium home delivery marketplace. AIT Worldwide Logistics already has a significant presence in the US in the white glove home delivery and e-fulfilment sectors with the two businesses sharing a number of synergies.

The acquisition will see AIT supporting Panther’s continued growth, further reinforcing its position as the UK’s market leader in specialist two-man delivery, while extending AIT’s presence in the UK market – generating exciting opportunities for staff and customers alike. For Panther it will be business as usual with the current management team remaining in place. At the helm commercial director Gary

McKelvey will become managing director. He will be supported in his new role by Colin McCarthy. “With the growth in online shopping con-

tinuing to escalate at unprecedented levels, the quality of delivery has become a key differentiator for many retailers and a major driver for consumers. Customer experience is therefore vital. We aim to make delivery as easy and convenient as possible. “Our commitment to service excellence has always been paramount and will continue to form the bedrock of our operation as we enter this latest chapter in the Panther success story.” “I am thrilled to add Panther’s renowned two-man delivery professionals to our growing organisation and wish them all a warm welcome to the team,” said AIT president and CEO, Vaughn Moore. “I’m looking forward to the results of blending subject matter experts between our two companies and building off each other’s best practices, particularly in the booming e-Commerce space.”

ABF BLOCKCHAIN TRIAL WITH SINGAPORE THE Australian Border Force (ABF) is developing solutions to make cross-border trade simpler and paperless for Australian businesses in line with the bilateral Australia-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement. A trial was launched on November 23 with Singapore customs and Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to test digital verification systems: the first to be developed using Blockchain technology by experts from Australia and Singapore at the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) for inter-government document exchange. ABF commissioner Michael

Outram said the ABF looks forward to close collaboration with international partner agencies on mutual border modernisation programmes. He said: “The ABF welcomes the opportunity to collaborate further with Singapore to improve cross-border trade between our countries. “In addition to our efforts internationally, this initiative will incorporate paperless trading and secure, digital exchange of trade information as part of the future architecture and design of an Australian Trade Single Window.” The trial will test digital verification platforms across both the ABF-developed Intergovernmental Ledger (IGL) and

IMDA’s TradeTrust for electronic trade documents. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group, as well as financial institutions in Singapore, including ANZ, will take part in the blocktrain trial. The trial supports the Government’s Simplified Trade Agenda to reform trade compliance processes. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is also collaborating on complimentery digital initiatives with Singapore regulators to progress paperless trading for phytosanitary and sanitary certificates for food and agricultural trade.

Etihad to commence Beijing - UAE ETIHAD Airways will commence another service from China with flights from Beijing to Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, from December 7. The service will operate with a weekly flight using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Etihad resumed services between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai in late July this year. With the second weekly flight added to Etihad’s global network, the airline becomes the only carrier in the MENA region

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operating non-stop passenger flights departing from both Shanghai and Beijing. Martin Drew, senior vice president sales and cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “China continues to be a strategically important market for Etihad and resuming a route connecting China with Abu Dhabi is a welcome development. “Etihad is tremendously grateful for the support of the authorities, its customers and partners and its employees.”

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DRONAMICS delivers world’s first cargo droneport Network DRONE developer DRONAMICS has unveiled the first five airports in its European network of cargo droneports. The DRONAMICS European Droneport Network is the world’s first cargo droneport network and includes private airports and airport groups operating more than 35 airports in 11 European countries, connecting 300 million people with a low-cost same-day cargo service. DRONAMICS will operate same-day flights within the network using its proprietary DRONAMICS Black Swan large cargo drones, each with a capacity of 350 kgs and range of up to 2,500 km. The first five airports are in Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Italy, and Sweden. They include regional leaders in air cargo such as Liège Airport, which serves as Alibaba’s European Hub, and Brescia Airport, Italy, the national hub for the Italian postal system, as well as a select number of airports at strategic locations throughout the continent that are on a path to becoming regional air cargo hubs through ambitious investment programmes, like: Skövde, Sweden; Seinäjoki, Finland; and Osijek, Croatia. “The power of logistics to unlock economic value and opportunity is second to none. This is why especially in a post2020 world it is increasingly important to ensure same-day shipping is available not just in big cities, but in every community, no matter how small or remote. Now more than ever before, it’s vital for countries to ensure uninterrupted trade and supply lines with their neighbours no matter what, and our international droneport network will allow just that. We are starting with Europe not just because our 2,500 km range allows us to cover the whole continent in one flight but also because the EU and EASA have shown remarkable regulatory leadership in the field of air mobility and we are happy to find such great airport partners who will work with us to pioneer this emerging technology,” says Svilen Rangelov, co-founder and CEO of DRONAMICS. “We believe that unmanned airfreight will be an important

part of the future of the logistics industry. With the capabilities of Black Swan, DRONAMICS taps into the growing segment of on-demand same-day delivery in e-Commerce, pharma and time-critical cargo. Innovation is key in our industry to meet the current and future challenges and developing LGG as a drone hub is part of our strategic plan. “At the first We Cargo Innovation forum we were happy to present the technology of the future. Now we take the next step with DRONAMICS and have the support of Skeyes, the Belgian Air Traffic Control organisation which is playing a leading role in regulation for drones,” says Steven Verhasselt, VP commercial at Liège Airport. “The partnership with DRONAMICS is key for us in this critical time of high demand for airfreight. Earlier this year the whole world saw the effects that border closings and strict quarantine measures had on global supply chains, as the

world was and still is combating the COVID-19 pandemic. But when you have a way to move cargo without travelling with it, supply chains become lockdown-proof,” says Massimo Roccasecca, Group Cargo Director at SAVE Group, the operator of Brescia Airport. “Joining the strategic positioning of Brescia as an airport that can service international unmanned cargo and serve as a gateway for Italy within this emerging market is a truly exciting opportunity.” As part of the roll-out, DRONAMICS will base its standardised droneport equipment at each location and will provide same-day domestic and international coverage to the local communities, hiring and training local staff to operate and handle the DRONAMICS flights. The launch of the network happens at a pivotal moment for the drone delivery industry in Europe with the EU’s first unified drone regulations set to kick-in on January 1, 2021. DRONAMICS is already preparing for the necessary certification under the new rules, aiming to obtain operational authorisation by the end of 2021 with the first commercial flights of the sameday drone cargo services expected to begin in early 2022. Rangelov adds: “This is a remarkable milestone for us. Sameday shipping should be a human right and we are looking forward to further expanding our network of distribution centres both in Europe and worldwide, in order to serve the increasing demands of customers for fast, reliable and cost-efficient air deliveries.”

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ogiPharma 2020 left its usual home of Nice, France last month and like many other events was hosted online due to the pandemic. However the event still provided informative seminars, virtual stands and plenty of opportunities to network. A common theme ran through the week’s webinars - COVID-19 vaccines. ACW tuned in to see how the logistics industry is preparing for the vaccine race. Emilio Frattaruolo, vice president of innovation and passive systems at CSafe Global, discussed how to ensure vaccine viability from manufacturing facility to the patient. He outlined the potential logistic challenges and warned the industry must be prepared for every eventuality. Although the vaccines will be temperature- and time-sensitive cargo, it is important to ensure efficiency throughout all modes of the supply chain. This is especially true as airfreight is an already strained logistics sector with global air capacity down 70-90% and with the industry seeing a slower recovery than forecasted. It is estimated that five billion phials will be needed for first dose of the vaccine and the same again for the booster, totalling 10 billion doses. IATA states there will need to be a huge boost of charters to fulfil this demand for 100,00 of pallets of shipments in first deployment of a vaccine. “Active systems are key,” explains

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mid an anticipated surge in vaccine logistics demand, Abu Dhabi is poised to cement its position as the global logistics hub to facilitate global COVID-19 vaccine distribution after the launch of the Hope Consortium. The Hope Consortium represents a complete supply chain solution to address vaccine transport, demand planning, sourcing, training and digital technology infrastructure. The news follows Hope Consortium member Etihad Cargo and the consortium transporting five million vaccines in November on behalf of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi. The consortium also includes Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Rafed, the healthcare purchasing arm of Abu Dhabi-based ADQ and Switzerland’s award-winning SkyCell, which develops next-generation, temperature-controlled logistics containers for the pharmaceutical industry. As part of the Hope Consortium, SkyCell will establish a regional service and manufacturing centre in Abu Dhabi. The Hope Consortium has pooled its expertise for a multi-faceted capability to provide logistics services to handle over six billion doses from the vaccines being developed and manufactured around the world in cold and ultra-cold conditions in 2021, rising to over three times more doses by the end of next year. “While assuring vaccine supply to the domestic market, the Hope Consortium will offer international governments, non-governmental organisations, and vaccine suppliers a cohesive solution across every supply chain step – from airfreight, regional storage and temperature monitoring, to inventory management, cold and ultra-cold container solution, regulatory clearance and healthcare and pharma quality assurance,” explains Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the department of health, Abu Dhabi. “Consortium partners have extensive expertise in the global delivery of millions of COVID-19-related items, such as PPE, diagnostics consumables, vaccines and pharmaceuticals.”

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Distribution of the vaccines, to be stored at Abu Dhabi Ports Company facilities, will be carried out by Etihad Cargo, the first Middle Eastern carrier to gain IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceutical logistics. “With two thirds of the world’s human footprint within a four-hour flight of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital’s investment in technological expertise and world-class infrastructure facilities means we can serve as a global logistical hub to, and for, the world,” explained Tony Douglas, group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group. “Etihad Cargo’s role in the consortium will leverage our outstanding pharmaceutical logistics expertise and specialised pharma and healthcare service, PharmaLife, the IATA CEIV Pharma certified product capable of facilitating temperature-sensitive cargo between +25⁰C and -80⁰C. “We are already managing all anticipated shipment elements through our dedicated COVID-19 vaccines workforce,” Douglas added. “A dedicated pharmaceutical handling facility to accommodate increased capacity at our Abu Dhabi hub is also currently under review, as well as additional thermal covers and enhanced capabilities at origin stations based on established pharma trade lanes and specific requests.” The Hope Consortium intends to transport the vaccines using SkyCell’s hybrid containers. The storage and transportation containers are secured through an IoT monitoring service which tracks temperature conditions to ensure sensitive vaccines are protected even under extreme conditions. The containers maintain steady temperatures for an average of 202 hours (8.4 days) and self-recharge automatically in a cooling chamber or reefer truck. “Our hybrid containers will safeguard the full efficacy of vaccines that are vital to defeat the pandemic, all while reducing long-term business and environmental costs,” explained Richard Ettl, chief executive officer of SkyCell.


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Frattaruolo. Logistics on such a scale have never been tested before, so the whole sector, road, rail, sea and air will have to be mobilised for success. With logistics on such a huge scale, there are not just challenges in regard to getting the vaccine from A to B but also environmental challenges arising from the scale of operation. Frank Cascante, head of Americas at Emball’iso discussed how to implement a ‘reuse’ strategy to overcome supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19. Cascante stressed it is ‘critical overall’ that carbon footprint doesn’t increase as a result of vaccine transportation operations, therefore packaging must be reusable. Emball’iso has designed and produced a new high-performance pallet shipper, ISTA 7D (from 144 to 189 hours), which provides temperature protection in general cargo as well as TC transit and is available for shipment between 2⁰C/8⁰C, 15⁰C/25⁰C and below 0⁰C (without dry ice). Emball’iso also work on a ‘reverse logistics’ model in order to reuse their isothermal packaging. So far over 7,500 pallet shippers have been collected to

be reused, saving them from landfill and reducing supply chain costs. Cascante concluded by warning that “in these precarious circumstances, pharma companies as well as freight forwarders need to re-evaluate their supply chain conditions and requirements for the efficient supply of their temperature sensitive products.” As the vaccine developments are gaining momentum, the air cargo industry has made it known the sector is ready for transportation. In recent weeks, Swissport, AirAsia’s Teleport, Delta Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair have all announced they are ready for vaccine transportation. This is as well as Abu Dhabi’s announcement of their launching the Hope Consortium, which represents a complete supply chain solution to address vaccine transport, demand planning, sourcing, training, and digital technology infrastructure, and facilitate vaccine availability across the world. With such advancements, a glimpse of post-COVID normality is on the horizon.

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“Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our APAC and global healthcare team the first transportation went smoothly and we are ready to leverage the stable flows.” Yulia Celetaria, healthcare director of Volga-Dnepr Group, comments: “We would like to thank our customer, UPS, who has been masterminding the transportation with us, going step by step to guarantee that the vaccine efficacy is 100% maintained. “We hope for further co-operation through our joint shipments, workshops and follow-up online meetings.” Together with other carriers within Volga-Dnepr Group ABC, which has successfully reconfirmed its CEIV IATA certification last year, has been strengthening its capabilities in the healthcare sector and vaccine transportations, including through regular shipments of other vaccines, as well as vaccine-related shipments (equipment, phials, injections, etetera) which are essential for vaccine production. The company has also aligned regular communications with all the stakeholders to exchange experience and best practice, learn from peers and guarantee safe and efficient transportation of vaccines.

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LEVERAGING AirAsia’s largest network in Southeast Asia covering 125 cities, Teleport, the logistics venture of AirAsia Digital, is ready and committed to focusing its operations to support the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the region. Since the start of the pandemic earlier this year, Teleport was among the first to charter cargo-only flights to deliver medical aid and protective equipment to hospitals and frontliners in major cities even when international borders were closed and AirAsia’s flights went into hibernation. “Distributing vaccines is a global imperative that can bring back a global economic recovery as well as the revival of demand in the aviation and travel industry,” commented Teleport CEO, Pete Chareonwongsak. “That’s why we’re focused on putting together our collective resources, technology and infrastructure for regional supply chains and essential services. We will work closely with the governments and our partners to ensure that the vaccines reach our healthcare frontliners who are braving the pandemic.” As a technology logistics company Teleport has also developed robust technology (API) integration, digital issuance of AWBs, integrated technologies with cargo terminals at its partner’s Ground Team Red (GTR), a joint venture between AirAsia and SATS hubs in major markets and first mile and last mile technology applications. Teleport is able to fulfill 24 hours door-to-door delivery services which include air freight, customs declaration, and first and last-mile delivery in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region. Teleport has accomplished this consistently and this is a continuation of its emphasis on supporting essential healthcare services.

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ROYAL Air Maroc (RAM) has been giving more importance to its cargo activity since 2016, with the mobilisation of increased human resources for its cargo division, the launch of a number of strategic cargo-related projects and the acquisition of a 45 tonnes B767-300F in 2018. Airfreight contributes approximately 4% to 6% of the airline’s total revenue. In 2020, cargo has become more important than ever given the vital support the airline has been providing in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, using its full-freighter and operating ghost flights through the temporary conversion of its wide-body aircrafts. In 2021, air cargo is likely to gain further significance, with the expected transport of vaccines, particularly to Africa. Royal Air Maroc flies all types of cargo, including perishables, dangerous goods, valuable cargo, live animals and oversize shipments. Dedicated products have been developed to cater specifically to each type of cargo. The RAM cargo division employs more than 200 staff members. All RAM passenger destinations have cargo-dedicated handlers. There are very few exceptions related to the type of aircraft operated on those particular destinations, such as stations served by ATR-type aircraft. Their very small cargo capacity does not justify the implementation of a full-on cargo infrastructure on-site. Fortunately, the use of these aircraft is largely limited to a few national destinations, which RAM can serve via its trucking network. While it had leased the now-replaced B737-F in the past, leasing is not part of the carrier’s current strategy. The B767-300F is fully utilised, and the airline does not pursue leasing opportunities actively but this might change in the future. While most of cargo is transported onboard the carrier’s aircrafts, it does collaborate with other airlines to deliver cargo to destinations its network does not serve. RAM currently relies on 55 active agreements with major international airlines on every continent. It has trucking partnerships which prove particularly useful to connect some of the major European capitals to its regional cargo hubs. RAM works with GSAs in foreign markets. In Europe for instance it works with ECS Group, ATC Aviation and Air Logistics Group, each managing a particular cluster of European countries. This sales network is strengthened by in-house representatives for each region who work closely with GSAs and act as communication mediums between GSAs and Royal Air Maroc. RAM definitely experienced a significant growth in traffic in 2019. Overall, annual tonnage had increased by 13.5 % year-to-year. It has been particularly active playing a vital role in the fight against COVID-19. At the height of the pandemic, its full-freighter and fleet of nine B787 Dreamliners was fully mobilised for the transportation of PPE and other urgent medical supplies, particu-

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larly to Africa. This traffic has been steady since and continues up to now with frequent charter operations. The airline’s cargo revenue has increased by 13.4% in 2020 so far. It is waiting for the African vaccine orders to materialise and has been preparing for months given the vital importance of this cargo for the world and for the survival of the industry as a whole. Royal Air Maroc is expecting significant demand to West Africa from Europe, the latter representing the main supplier of vaccines to this region of the continent, with an estimated traffic representing 30% of the overall traffic from Europe. Its current cargo schedule has taken this anticipated demand into consideration and has planned three days a week to cater to expected charter demands. RAM has also embraced the ghost flight trend, utilising its four B787-900s for cargo to meet to the forecasted demand from Asia to Africa. Each B787-900 provides a total cargo capacity of 30 tonnes. The airline is expected to achieve IATA CEIV PHARMA certification in 2021. The implementation of the certification’s infrastructural and procedural prerequisites should be finalised early next year.

Royal Air Maroc is close to becoming Cargo iQ certified. Most pre-requisites have been fulfilled. The certification audit is planned for January 2021. This certification will allow the airline to use the milestones established by Cargo iQ, as well as access member-generated data to ensure our processes and reporting are at the highest possible industry standard. It is on the verge of finalising its acquisition of the Descartes Velocity Mail (vMail) solution. This will allow the airline to automate its entire airmail logistics chain; provide increased transparency through live tracking of postal consignments; manage air mail flows more efficiently, and improve billing and revenue accounting operations. The solution will be deployed during the first quarter of 2021.

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cross the African continent, the lack of medical resources and personnel continues to be a major challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted businesses as governments grapple with handling the health crisis. Prior to the outbreak of the virus, Africa was already confronting one of its biggest challenges: the disease burden. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 92% of global malaria cases are in Africa and UNAIDS reports that in 2020, women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 59% of all new HIV infections. For Africa to chart a path to sustained response to the virus and address its disease burden, a multi-stakeholder approach based on collaboration and partnership will be required. While strides have been made, there is more to be done to ensure we are able to meet our health needs. The pandemic has highlighted the lack of funding in the health sector. Healthcare should be on everybody’s mind and its part of the reason why Kenya Airways’ recently unveiled a pharma facility located at KQ Cargo Centre at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. The facility, which began construction prior to the pandemic, has the capacity to handle both loose and built-up units up to 300 tonnes. In addition to this, it has a cold room with three different temperature levels. It is also fitted with a temperature monitoring. The airline is currently working to attain GDP (Good Distribution Practice) and IATA CEIV in pharmaceuticals. While resources are incredibly crucial, the inefficient distribution of drugs across the medical supply chain is another key challenge that is faced as a continent that must be addressed. There are options such as Kenya Airways, able to leverage on its fleet and network within Africa, that can collaborate with border agencies to facilitate priority clearance and access a wide range of regions, which is particularly relevant during health emergencies.

Established infrastructure However, lack of established infrastructure on the continent presents logistical challenges, which means it is often difficult to access the most remote locations. In order to solve this and ensure the entire medical supply chain works efficiently and effectively, relevant stakeholders on the continent will need to form partnerships with government, tech companies and health organisations to fill infrastructure gaps. This has already been piloted in Rwanda, where doctors in rural areas are able to access blood and medical supplies through the use of mobile technology and drones. Kenya Airways recognises the urgency of this need and is looking to be a key partner across the entire medical delivery eco-system. As such, the airline is in the process of investing in unmanned aircraft systems and is investigating partnerships with government to map out areas that are difficult to access. If there is anything that has been reinforced during these turbulent times, it is the need to be agile innovative and build resilience. Kenya Airways has thus converted two passenger flights, with the fleet flying to over 40 destinations in the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and the US. Kenya Airways has also recently started direct cargo flights from Mombasa to destinations across the world. These flights are essential to the economic recovery of the region and will ensure that while we attempt to solve our health challenges, communities are able to sustain their businesses and hence, themselves. As we look into 2021 and beyond, Kenya Airways will continue to play its role in reducing the disease burden in Africa. In addition to the physical resource and freight capabilities, KQ’s collaboration with partners such as WHO, the Government of Kenya, the Ministry of Health and big pharma will help the continent adopt a sustainable impactful approach to reducing the disease burden.


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Emma is finding her niche in cargo

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ur industry is a wealth of the most diverse personalities and those I meet have one thing in common: a passion for air freight. They are both men and women. They come from all walks of life, some are natural-born airfreighters, some arrive by sheer chance; but in the end, they are here and they want to leave their mark while they can. At the heart of this common ambition is a source of strength for the entire industry. These talented people believe in it. They are optimistic and capable of incredible resilience. They are our guides and above all they must be our inspiration. Alongside all the men and women who make up this wonderful community of ours, they put all their resourcefulness at the service of progress. This week, destination the African continent. Kenya. Nairobi. There I met a talent who is completely devoted to her passion: airfreight. Emma Dayo has put this passion at the service of an airline: Kenya Airways. Emma is a 33-year-old young woman with an unconventional career path. “I am a Kenyan living in Nairobi. Before joining the aviation industry, I worked as a French language teacher, having studied the language at university, undergraduate level.” She is also a graduate in airline management and already has a real background in this industry. “I joined Kenya Airways in 2011 in passenger services. In March 2017 I joined the cargo department as a sales and customer service executive. “I currently work as a sales and customer service executive - cargo and I’m incredibly passionate about this role.” And for good reason this young woman is completely devoted to her mission. “My role entails selling cargo capacity on flights - both freighters and passenger flights, with a focus on revenue maximisation. I am also responsible for managing key customer accounts within the Kenyan network, while ensuring that Kenya Airways becomes the airline of choice for all our customers.” Emma loved the enthusiasm she found in the freight department: “The air cargo business is a community and at the heart of this community are people; people who are passionate about air cargo and providing good service to their customers. I share this passion and this is the reason why I chose to bring quality and dedication to the air cargo industry.” For this young woman air cargo is an attractive industry that sits at the heart of timely distribution of high value products around the world, by air. And Emma is not disheartened by the crisis we are all going through. “There is no doubt that times are extremely challenging for the global airline industry, but cargo offers one key area of resilience, now and in the future.” Resilience. That indispensable quality in these insecure times. Emma has understood it well. And she is pursuing her mission with the same fervour. When asked what she is most proud of since the beginning of this pandemic, the young woman is delighted “to be able to win a one-year B787 charter contract with one of our major cargo customers for uplift of perishables to London.” However, the young woman remains very cautious when we mention the effects of the crisis on our industry. ‘It’s too early to say what long-term effects will be seen from the impact of restrictions associated with combating the coronavirus outbreak.” Emma feels very concerned for good reason. Kenya, which had managed to contain the first wave well, is experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. Airspace, both national and international, remains open

but the country could introduce stricter measures to contain this second wave, just like it did last March. And this is not without impact. But Kenya Airways was able to adapt quickly to the overall effects of the crisis.

“The COVID-19 crisis has seen a growth in air cargo prices. There has also been a switch to all-cargo chartered flights to meet the growing demand of cargo within the KQ network. The airline has seen the need to maximise revenue by leveraging all available space within the aircraft. This includes removing passenger seating from the upper deck cabin to accommodate additional cargo freight space and loading loose cargo on the seats. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how the community has remained resilient, value-generating and quickly adopting to a fast-moving situation. With this global crisis, it is evident that the air cargo world is changing rapidly and we need to prepare for that change by leading it. Emma has clearly found her niche.

“The air cargo business is a community and at the heart of this community are people” Lemon Queen is a Paris-based PR agency

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