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THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS FOR EMIRATES

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INSIDE QATAR INCREASE SÃO PAULO

QATAR Airways has increased São Paulo services to 10 weekly flights and expanded codeshare co-operation with LATAM Airlines Brazil ... PAGE 2

EMBRAER READY FOR COVID-19 VACCINES

Miriam Hoekstra - van der Deen

Patricia Vitalis

SCHIPHOL RESHAPES ITS CARGO DIVISION AMSTERDAM Airport Schiphol is restructuring its Cargo Division, bringing it into its new Aviation Business Development Division under the umbrella of business unit Airport Operations and Aviation Partnerships, from March 1 2021. From this date, Miriam Hoekstra-van der Deen will step down as director airport operations and will be succeeded by Patricia Vitalis, senior manager process, development and capacity management. The move will put all airline and cargo

commercial and operational business into a single division under the leadership of Anne Marie van Hemert, senior manager aviation business development, reporting to Patricia Vitalis as new head of the Airport Operations and Aviation Partnerships Business Unit. Cargo information platform Cargonaut will also be part of the new Aviation Business Development Division. “Cargo is, and remains, important to Schiphol,” said Hoekstra-van der Deen. The new division will continue to support ongoing cargo initiatives by the

community including Vaccines Gateway Netherlands, Pharma Gateway Amsterdam, the Holland Flower Alliance and the Smart Cargo Mainport Programme (SCMP) and will continue to fight for a dedicated cargo slot pool. “The SCMP remains an important pillar of our cargo strategy,” said Vitalis. On the first of January we reached an important milestone, with all export goods delivered to Schiphol now completely digital. “It is a good example of what you can do when you work together as a

sector.” Bart Pouwels, head of cargo, and Ferry van der Ent, director of business development will both leave Schiphol in March. “We would like to thank Bart and Ferry for their inspirational leadership over the years at Schiphol Cargo and wish them the best for the future,” said Hoekstra-van der Deen. A manager for the new Airline and Cargo Partnerships team will be appointed over the coming weeks, says the airport.

AIRCRAFT manufacturer Embraer has released technical guidance to assist its customers to properly define the transportation ... PAGE 3 EVERY DARK CLOUD HAD A SILVER LINING

WHILE the aviation sector worldwide was experiencing a “nightmarish” 2020, Liege Airport was one of the few airports in Europe ... PAGE 4

CORONA TESTING BY FRA HANDLERS

IN the first week of the New Year, large-scale Coronavirus testing was conducted at Frankfurt Airport by the three major air cargo handling ... PAGE 7

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BBAM RECEIVES A321 P2F

ST Engineering, Airbus and their joint venture Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) have redelivered an A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) aircraft to BBAM, a leading aircraft lease management company with over $29b of assets under management. This is the first A321P2F redelivery made to BBAM, with several

units to come as contracted with EFW. This first BBAM A321-P2F converted freighter will be leased to British charter airline Titan Airways. “We are delighted to take delivery of our first A321-P2F from BBAM and EFW,” said Alastair Willson, managing director of Titan Airways.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Black likely for Air Charter Services in 2021 LEADING aircraft charter specialist Air Charter Service has already seen an increase in air charter enquiries for orchestras since October, including a number of bookings for 2021. This rise in bookings and enquiries in recent months signifies hope for the revival of live music concerts, as booking enquiries from this industry had previously dropped to zero between March – October 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Partly spurred on by the news of a vaccine rollout, private air charter is also currently the only certain mode of transport between some countries. With many airlines reducing flight schedules on more ‘niche’ routes, particularly between smaller cities across Europe and the US, ACS has suggested that aircraft charter will be increasingly required to ensure that tours are not disrupted for this industry in 2021. Additionally, beyond the transportation of instruments and stage equipment, this expected increase can be linked to the passenger hygiene implications of private aviation. Musicians are able to travel within their own ‘bubble’ and can avoid busy airports with this more hygienic and secure way of getting from A to B by air charter.

Matthew Purton, group commercial jets director at Air Charter Service, comments: “At ACS, we have extensive experience and a long tradition of working with orchestras. We are proud to help facilitate flights for the music industry by providing seamless, reliable transport with unlimited baggage for musicians. From kettledrums to grand pianos, we understand and oversee the complex loading process for fragile instruments of all sizes as well as stage equipment.”

Qatar increase São Paulo services QATAR Airways has increased its São Paulo services to 10 weekly flights and expanded codeshare co-operation with LATAM Airlines Brazil. The codeshare agreement has opened up efficient routes between Asia, the Middle East and South America, as well as further strengthened the two airlines’ strategic partnership, initiated in 2016 and expanded in June 2019. Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, commented: “South America is a strategically important market for Qatar Airways. We are proud to demonstrate our strong commitment by providing even more flexible options.

Mandatory testing for UK arrivals

WITH England in another national lockdown, airports are once again taking the brunt of closures. The UK government has announced the mandatory testing of all UK arrivals at airports. Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport has made the following the statement: “Public health remains of paramount importance and, while necessary, the airport will remain open to facilitate flights for essential travel and cargo supplies.

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Volga-Dnepr brings its first An-124-100 back into the skies

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olga-Dnepr Airlines, the expert in super heavy and outsized air cargo transportation, has re-started An-124-100 commercial operations. The first aircraft has taken off after the completion of technical checks and execution of service directives to a full extent. Konstantin Vekshin, chief commercial director of Volga-Dnepr Group,

highlights: “It appears that we have been able to re-start our An-124-100 operations before the end of this year. We are in the process of diligent execution of the service directives; the technical checks are on the right track. “As expected, our first An-124-100 is back in the air again. The ultimate return will be incremental and we will still take our time to follow the

guidelines reflected in the service directives”. Volga-Dnepr has taken a thorough approach towards re-launch of An-124 commercial operations to secure the utmost flight safety in line with existing industry and internal standards.

IAG Cargo celebrates 1,000th charter flight

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AG Cargo ended 2020 with the departure of its 1,000th charter flight since March that year. The new charter flights were introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic and utilise aircraft from the Group that would, in normal times, not be available. This offering continues to be managed by a dedicated, specialist team and in 2021 will continue to play an essential role in keeping vital supplies moving around the world. The 1,000th flight from London Heathrow

to Los Angeles Airport was on a B777-200 and included a large shipment of e-Commerce goods, reflecting the acceleration in growth of online retail, which continues into 2021. Three quarters of IAG Cargo’s 1,000 charter services in 2020 were used to transport thousands of tonnes of medical supplies including PPE, hospital equipment and COVID-19 testing kits. Other notable charters during the year included fresh, perishable items like large scale shipments of cherries from Chile

to London, and industrial supplies such as mining equipment from Finland to the USA. John Cheetham, chief commercial officer at IAG Cargo, commented: “I’m extremely proud of the role IAG Cargo has played in transporting vital supplies to help the fight against COVID-19 and to keep the world’s cargo moving. We were committed to quickly providing solutions for our customers during these unprecedented circumstances. Charters have proved to be a popular solution and we have

seen increasing demand from customers and shippers for this tailored service.” The most popular non-PPE route for IAG Cargo’s charter flights in 2020 was between Hong Kong and São Paulo – Guarulhos; an important route for electronics and e-Commerce. IAG Cargo’s charter offering is available upon request to hundreds of destinations worldwide, with all flights able to provide constant climate services.

EMBRAER READY FOR COVID-19 VACCINES AIRCRAFT manufacturer Embraer has released technical guidance to assist its customers to properly define the transportation characteristics and payload requirements for the COVID19 vaccines, utilising commercial aircraft. Due to the pandemic, operators are looking at the possibility of using Embraer aircraft to transport vaccines, says the company. The document includes guidance for the EMB120 Brasilia, the ERJ 145, the E-Jets, and the E-Jets E2 families of commercial aircraft. The main goal is to support airlines with proper guidance as they prepare to transport vaccines around the world. Currently, there are more than 100 customers flying a fleet of almost 2,500 Embraer commercial aircraft in more than 80 countries.

The transport of COVID-19 vaccines requires temperatures as low as -70ºC, which are maintained using dry ice. An Embraer aircraft can transport over one hundred thousand vaccines, depending on the aircraft configuration and containers used. The guidance includes technical information, such as how operators can load and unload each aircraft.

Technical disposition “Since the pandemic began, Embraer’s main concern has always been the health of its employees and partners, as well as contributing to society to overcome the impacts of the crisis. “This technical disposition allows us to guide our customers, supporting each airline using Embraer’s prod-

ucts to transport the vaccines that will benefit the entire world in the fight against the virus,” commented Francisco Gomes Neto, Embraer’s president and CEO. Regarding Embraer’s products, the company has released a Service Bulletin that allows ERJ 145 operators to install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which are standard on all versions of the Embraer E-Jets and E-Jets E2 families of commercial aircraft. HEPA filters are extremely efficient, capturing 99.97% of airborne particles and other biological contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. This technology is also available on Embraer executive jets, with the HEPA filter standard on both the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600, which have been used for ad hoc cargo operations.

JAS Brazil acquires Sonave Logistica JAS Worldwide subsidiary JAS Brazil has acquired 100% of the shares of Sonave Logistica. Sonave has been JAS Brazil’s agent in Belo Horizonte and Curitiba for the past 10 years, providing freight and logistics services. The two companies have expanded their global business during the ensuing years. Sonave Logistica, founded in 1983, has been owned and managed by Leonardo Abreu and Ricardo Nunes, both of whom will remain with the company in executive functions.

“Joining JAS Worldwide is the logical outcome of a successful relationship, opening new opportunities for our employees and customers”, commented Leonardo Abreu, president of Sonave Logistica. “The integration into JAS Worldwide, especially as we take advantage of JAS’ strong suite of global IT solutions, will bring better visibility and reporting capabilities for our clients and increase our competitiveness in the market”, commented Ricardo Nunes, president of Sonave Logistica.

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CEVA Logistics rebrands AMI Worldwide and MANICA

CEVA Logistics has completed the rebranding of the African acquisitions it made in the summer of 2020. With effect from January 2021, AMI and MANICA will be fully branded as CEVA Logistics, except for MANICA in Zimbabwe, Malawi and the borders, which will be branded MANICA a company of CEVA Logistics through until January 1 2022. As a part of CEVA Logistics strategic plan to become a leading, continent-wide market player, the company made an important acquisition in June 2020 by taking a majority stake in AMI Worldwide and its brands AMI and MANICA. Since then, teams in all locations have worked together to focus on rebranding facilities, equipment, IT and business development materials. That task is now complete and effective from January 1 2021. All locations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia will progressively be

Emirates adds A380 to London route EMIRATES will deploy its latest flagship A380 to London Heathrow. Starting from January 4, operating as EK003/004, the aircraft is scheduled to depart Dubai daily at 14:30, arriving at 18:20 in London Heathrow. The return flight departs London at 20:20 and arrives in Dubai the next day at 07:20. All timings local. Emirates currently serves London Heathrow with five daily flights of which four are operated with an A380. The airline also operates to Manchester and has daily flights to Birmingham and Glasgow.

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branded as CEVA Logistics. In Zimbabwe and Malawi the rebranding will take an additional year for completion from January 1 2021. “MANICA a company of CEVA Logistics” will be used in the two countries.

CEVA branding Other facilities are also now branded CEVA Logistics: three CCIS facilities which joined the CEVA Logistics network in Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast will also be branded CEVA Logistics; four new CEVA Logistics operations have been established in Mauritania, Senegal, Benin and Cameroon under the company’s own identity. CEVA Logistics’ network consists of 42 countries in Africa and is now branded in 21 countries. All 1,300 employees of the acquisitions have joined the CEVA Logistics global network with the objective of offering cus-

tomers a seamless network, facilitating cargo movement within Africa and strengthening trade ties with the rest of the world. The expanded African network maintains its close relationship with CEVA’s parent company, the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, which enjoys a historically strong continental presence in the continent of Africa. “Customers will see a seamless transition as the locations become fully part of the CEVA Logistics network in Africa. From the start of the New Year we will be further facilitating cargo movement within Africa and strengthening trade ties with the rest of the world, all under the CEVA Logistics brand. Our customers will recognise our strong global network alongside our best-in-class services and unmatched expertise,” commented CEVA Logistics’ Bruno Plantaz, managing director India, Middle East and Africa.

Qatar Airways launches flights to Seattle QATAR Airways will bring forward the launch of its four weekly flights to Seattle from March 15 to January 29 2021. The airline will operate a four-times weekly service operated by its state-of-the-art Boeing 777. Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker commented: “Qatar Airways is committed to enhancing its connectivity with the US market. “Bringing forward the launch of flights to Seattle, our second new US destination since the onset of the pandemic, epitomises this commitment.”

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Why every dark cloud had a silver lining in Liege WHILE the aviation sector worldwide was experiencing a “nightmarish” 2020, Liege Airport was one of the few airports in Europe and throughout the world to perform well, say airport managers. “Our specialisation in the transport of goods made us a leading player, an essential link in the fight against the pandemic. We saw a 24% increase in the tonnage passing through the airport compared to 2019, going from 902,480 to 1.12 million tonnes,” says the airport. “[Last year] was the worst year for the global airline industry,” said Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport. “COVID-19 had a significant impact on passenger transport. Alternatives to the transport of goods in the holds of passenger planes had to be found. There was a lot of pressure on full cargo planes, which are our speciality. “We also transported large quantities of medical equipment to fight against the pandemic - masks, respirators, protection kits etcetera. So much so that we became the hub for the World Food Programme. The lockdown also had a direct effect on consumption patterns, which is reflected by a boom in the e-commerce sector, a sector which has become much more important to us as we have handled over 500 million packages this year, compared to just over 320 million in 2019.”

Passenger traffic falls Passenger traffic, as in all airports, decreased sharply, with 44,487 travellers in 2020 compared to 170,737 in 2020, a 74% drop. The total number of aircraft movements remained stable with 40,300 flights (landings and take-offs) in 2020, compared to 39,886 flights in 2019. The growth of cargo activities was in fact offset by the decrease in passenger flights, training flights and business aviation. The total number of cargo flights increased by 10.7% (34,264 flights in 2020 compared to 30,934 in 2019). This growth is reflected in an increase in daytime flights. Finally, the increase in tonnage entailed an increase in the number of Jumbo jets.

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DHL Express plays vital role in European COVID-19 vaccine logistics SINCE Christmas, DHL Express has operated more than 50 flights transporting numerous shipments of COVID-19 vaccines within Europe. Destinations included are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania and Sweden who received first batches of the vaccine for the provision of their citizens. Several of these countries already received additional batches via DHL Express such as Italy, Lithuania, Norway and Romania. With its hub and gateway network, spanning 60 countries and territories in Europe and operating more than 100 aircraft, DHL Express is perfectly equipped and prepared for the regular supply of further countries with COVID-19 vaccines in Europe and beyond. “Our Express network has already proven its strong resilience during the first weeks of the pandemic. While almost all nations went into lockdowns, none of our operations had stopped,” said Alberto Nobis, CEO DHL Express Europe. “It is in our DNA to deliver, even in times of global crisis. Thanks to our people and infrastructure we keep trade lanes open and enable our customers to continue their businesses. With international Express deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines we are supporting numerous governments in their fight against the pandemic. In Europe our strong presence allows us to move medical goods from country to country within up to 24 hours.”

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irbus’ remote controlled Maveric aircraft may be a glimmer of green hope for aviation. The unusually shaped Maveric aircraft is only 3m wide but Airbus have noted the size has the potential to be scaled

to the size of a passenger jet. The blended-wing design give the whole airframe lift, meaning Maveric can be lighter and smaller than current aircraft, but can potentially carry the same payload.

“There is a really big challenge there. And there is a big expectation from society which we think it is our duty to find answers to,” Sandra Bour-Schaeffer, the chief executive of Airbus UpNext, told the BBC.

Point of care Besides Europe, DHL Express has also served vaccine batches to Bahrain, Chile, Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico, Oman and Singapore. More than 9,000 specialists work across DHL’s dedicated global network so that pharmaceutical, medical devices, clinical trials and research organisations, wholesalers and distributors, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers are connected across the value chain and through digitalisation, from clinical trials to point of care, and every step in between. DHL’s portfolio for the healthcare industry includes 150+ pharmacists, 20+ clinical trials depots, 100+ certified stations, 160+ GDP-qualified warehouses, 15+ GMP-certified sites and 135+ medical express sites.

Global scale On a global scale logistics providers are challenged to establish medical supply chain rapidly to deliver vaccines of unprecedented amount of more than 10 billion doses worldwide – also in regions with less developed logistics infrastructures, where ~3 billion people live. To provide global coverage of the next two years, up to 200,000 pallet shippers and 15m cooling boxes as well as 15,000 flights will be required across the various supply chain setups. With vaccines historically developed over a timeline of 5-20 years, the accelerated process of COVID-19 within one year is unprecedented. Stringent temperature requirements (up to -80°C) are likely to be imposed for certain vaccines to ensure the effectiveness of the vaccines during transportation and warehousing.

Qatar Airways resumes flights to Riyadh QATAR Airways has resumed flights to Riyadh with a daily service: QR1164 from Hamad International Airport to King Khalid International Airport at 13:45 local time and arrival at at 15:10. The flight was operated by an Airbus A350-1000. Qatar Airways will resume flights to Jeddah QR1188 departing DOH at 18:50 and to Dammam, QR 1150 departing Doha at 17:10. The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 110 destinations with plans to increase to over 125 by the end of March 2021.

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CW spoke to Jimmy Nares, section chief of aviation marketing in the Miami-Dade aviation department and board member of Pharma.Aero about how the perishables market is looking across the pond. Last year was a year for changes and challenges across the globe. As much of the world came to a standstill, the airfreight sector stepped up and proved more important than ever.

“While MIA’s passenger operations have been adversely affected by the pandemic along with most airports around the world, MIA actually experienced growth in its cargo operations in 2020,” explained Nares. Last year, MIA had 59,002 cargo-only flights, 7,914 more flights, 15.5% higher, than in 2019. “We are also expecting this year to be stronger than the last in terms of cargo volumes,” Nares adds.

“Through October 2020, MIA recorded a total of 1.9 million tonnes of cargo. Following record-setting months in September and October of more than 200,000 tonnes of freight per month, we are expecting equally strong results to for November and December.” Impressively, MIA is therefore on pace to surpass its all-time annual record of 2.3 million tonnes. The airport is the largest entry point for US Perishables Air imports, with 61% of perishables entering the USA there in 2019. “As passenger aircraft were grounded, available cargo capacity shifted from passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft early in the pandemic,” Nares explains. “MIA was in a unique position to weather this shift because it had a large number of freighter airlines serving the airport. And, since our extensive air route network with major perishables producing markets in Central and South America remained largely intact, we had a very strong year for perishables.” According to the latest available US Census Data (capturing origin and destination trade), perishable cargo in 2020 grew by 3.7% year over year, which even outperformed overall cargo growth of 1.2% during the same timeframe.

Lessons learned in 2020 will be put to the test in 2021 as the markets change and Nares expects “airlines to adapt to prevailing market conditions.” “Passenger airlines that gave up their cargo operations in the past have been re-evaluating this area and are now considering or have re-installed dedicated freighter operations. We expect this trend to continue as airlines do not generate revenue from their grounded aircraft.” In regard to perishable cargo specifically, Nares explains the market has had to adapt to some adjustments in the timing of traditional peak seasons. “For example, we saw the flower season rush for Mother’s Day last year begin earlier than normal because growers in Colombia limited the number of workers due to COVID-19. We expect adjustments to continue, but we still expect a strong year for perishables in 2021.” MIA has ensured it has been proactive in dealing with the impending increased demand of vaccine distribution. “As early as September 2020, MIA launched its MIAVAC19 task force to plan and prepare locally for the large-scale distribution of the COVID vaccines,” Nares explains.

WITH air cargo capacity down for much of 2020 and with much of the available capacity being used for medical supplies and pharma, perishable transportation has had to adapt. “There has been a major impact on the capacity which could be uplifted,” explains Jason Radford, general manager of Tigers International, Perth. Australia has maintained strict flight restrictions since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Australian government, international scheduled passenger traffic in October 2020 was 69,030 compared to 3.587 million in October 2019, a decrease of 98.1%. Although cargo flights are still running, belly capacity has therefore been slashed. “Since the beginning of COVID-19 flights to/ from Perth, Western Australia have reduced by approximately 75% compared to the previous 12 months, therefore there has been a major impact on the capacity which could be uplifted,” Radford noted.

“Whilst the higher value products such as meat and lobsters continued to be moved some of the lower valued perishable cargo would move by seafreight or be sold on the domestic market.” Tigers, Perth has adapted to the changing circumstances and has been working on LCL (less than container load) for perishable cargo from Fremantle, Perth to Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. The pandemic isn’t the only factor adding to the uncertainty of 2021. “The Australian market has not only been affected by the reduced flights, there are also concerns over Australia-China trade, which we believe will have a larger impact on the West Australian Exporter than COVID-19,” explains Radford. Australia’s lockdown is set to continue for some time, therefore meaning it is highly unlikely belly capacity will increase. Until then, it is up to the cargo sector to keep the perishables markets moving.

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Changing food habits drive cold chain growth A new report “Cold Chain Monitoring - Global Market Outlook (2019-2027)” has found that the Global Cold Chain Monitoring market accounted for $4 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $11.94 billion by 2027 growing at a compound annual growth rate of 14.6% during the forecast period. With the vaccine race well underway, it is no surprise that the global demand for temperature sensitive drugs is propelling the growth. However, surging demand for better quality food and an intensifying need to reduce food wastage is also responsible for the increasing figures.

High cost The report does note that the high cost of implementation is likely to hamper the market. The cold chain monitoring is the logistic solution for observing and recording the data, which enables operators to follow the strict instructions and guidelines for the validated solutions.

The systems are introduced to maintain the effectiveness of vaccines and freshness of food under the required temperature, whilst also preventing spoilage. These systems play an important role in the warehouses, which are utilised for cold storage applications. It widely finds its application in industries such as food and beverage, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and others. In logistics, the storage segment is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. Growing consumer inclination toward packaged food, changing lifestyles and dietary patterns are the factors that are favouring the deployment of storage solutions at production sites, distribution centres and at final delivery points. A well-structured cold storage monitoring setup reduces wastage and facilitates better resource utilisation, thereby reducing the cost of operations.

Qatar Airways Cargo and DHL partner for pharma QATAR Airways Cargo and DHL Global Forwarding have flown 246 containers of active pharma shipments from Milan, Italy to Chicago, USA between October through December 2020. From Chicago, the containers were transported by temperature-controlled trucks to Indianapolis. These pharma shipments are being moved using RAP active containers leased from both DokaSch and Envirotainer. Qatar Airways’ chief officer cargo Guillaume Halleux said: “We are glad to support DHL Global Forwarding with this large movement of injectable prescription medicines that will benefit adults with type 2 diabetes. Logistics around pharmaceutical transportation is complex and being at the forefront of time and temperature-sensitive transportationwe understand the intricacies of a seamless cool chain.

Bensheim-based Chemlab conducted the tests on-site to ensure even better protection of the workforce against infection in the company. Because of the pandemic, the personnel involved in cargo handling is experiencing a major challenge. Despite the cancellation of the biggest part of passenger flights, Frankfurt Airport recently handled far more cargo than in the previous year. The Perishable Center

Frankfurt, Europe’s largest air cargo hub for perishable goods, also participated. “The staff of operational logistics has no opportunity to take advantage of home office protection. “This presence at the workplace is unavoidable and we need to protect our employees as best we can. The quick testing campaign also gives families a bit of security,” says Rainer Wittenfeld, managing director of PCF.

Chemlab managing director Harald Störk is satisfied with the move. He sasys: “Conducting the tests during ongoing shift operations was a logistical challenge that we were able to successfully overcome in a joint action with the freight handlers. “Thanks to the good and flexible interaction of all the companies involved, we were able to test everyone quickly and efficiently.”

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DEMAND for exotic fruit and vegetables has been increasing steadily over the years and as a result the amount of perishable air cargo has also increased. Just last month, IAG Cargo reported they had transported record numbers of Argentinean and Chilean cherries. “Our cherry loads are blossoming, and we’ve already quadrupled our 2019 tonnage,” Rodrigo Casal, regional commercial manager for Latin America at IAG Cargo said of the event. This season Chilean sweet cherry exports by airfreight are 3.3% higher than 2019/20 season, reaching a total of 241,292 tonnes in week 53. The total accumulated so far this season has already exceeded the total shipments of cherries from Chile for the record 2019/20 season. Chile has seen a rapid expansion of its cherry industry in recent years, as the country has a unique range of climates for farmers to grow cherries throughout the season. According to USDA data, Chile’s 2020/21 cherry crop year, is projected to increase by 12.1% to 286,000 tonnes. Similarly, Argentina’s cherry industry has been growing, with IAG Cargo shipping cherries grown in Patagonia. According to the Chilean Fruit Exporters’ Association, before the pandemic, 95% of Chile’s cherry crop was flown to China, with China being the number one export customer for Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. Red cherries especially are particularly popular in January and February for Chinese New Year, when the crop is out of season in China. This season it has been reported that 80.4% of crop has been flown to China up until week 53. Popularity for other Chilean and Argentinean perishables has

also grown, and this year IAG Cargo has helped its exporters to transport over 6,300 tonnes of Chilean and Argentinian perishables across the world, which include salmon, hake, blueberries, corn seeds and stone fruits. It was also reported that for the first time on November 30, to cater to demand from Chile’s fruit harvest season, LATAM operated flights from Chile to Qatar. The carrier then operated a second flight to Doha on December 7 carrying more than 95 tonnes of fresh fruit. Some of the fruits were then transported to Shanghai by LATAM’s interline partner Qatar Airways Cargo. However, although demand is high, decreased capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic has altered the environment of the cargo market. As a result, IAG supported their commercial flights with special charters from Santiago de Chile to London Heathrow, whilst LATAM utilised ‘preighters’ to cater to the demand. “LATAM Cargo maintained its strategy of using passenger aircraft as all-cargo transport during the pandemic, which proved very helpful to mitigate the belly capacity reduction caused by the global border closure,” LATAM commented. Cargo capacity is not likely to free up any time soon, with vaccine shipments naturally taking priority. “Almost all the available cargo planes in the world will likely be needed to distribute the vaccines worldwide,” explained Bryan Douglas of Hellman Worldwide Logistics to Fresh Plaza. As capacity increases again, the growth in this sector is set to continue, hinting a higher demand in the coming years

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That was the year that was 10 pivotal moments in 2020 for Emirates SkyCargo

THROUGHOUT the year, Emirates SkyCargo continued to deliver essential commodities and connect vital trade lanes across continents by being agile and responding innovatively to unprecedented and rapidly changing market conditions. Here are 10 pivotal moments for Emirates SkyCargo in the unprecedented year that was.

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100 destinations in 100 days: When Emirates’ worldwide passenger operations were suspended in late March 2020 in the face of the pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo lost a significant proportion of its global cargo capacity and for a brief period had access only to the network and operations of its fleet of 11 Boeing 777 freighters. However, the cargo carrier acted quickly to rebuild its global operations and within 100 days from 25 March 2020, had managed to reconnect 100 global destinations across six continents with scheduled cargo flights on a weekly basis.

2

Passenger Freighters: In an unprecedented move to face an extraordinary situation, in late March 2020, Emirates SkyCargo started using Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for cargo-only flights with around 40-50 tonnes of cargo loaded in the bellyhold of the aircraft. The flights were used to deliver PPE, test kits and other essential cargo.

3

Seat and overhead bin loading: In yet another historic moment in April 2020, Emirates SkyCargo started loading PPE and other select commodities on the seats in Economy Class and in the overhead bins inside the aircraft cabin to make even more room for essential cargo.

4

Modification of Economy Class for floor loading of cargo: Faced with a surge in demand for the movement of PPE, medical supplies, food and other essential commodities, Emirates modified 10 Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft at the Emirates Engineering Centre in Dubai to remove passenger seats from Economy Class entirely to facilitate additional cargo volume of up to 132 cubic metres in the aircraft. These aircraft have played a key role in providing connectivity between production and consumer markets. Since June 2020, Emirates has worked on converting additional Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to meet the global demand for air cargo capacity.

5

A380 aircraft for cargo operations: In October, Emirates SkyCargo started operating its Airbus A380 aircraft for select cargo charter flights to meet customer demand for additional cargo capacity. The first A380 cargo charter transported medical supplies from Seoul to Amsterdam via Dubai.

6

COVID-19 vaccines dedicated hub: Recognising the scale of the logistics effort required to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to people around the world, Emirates SkyCargo began planning in August 2020 to make ready the infrastructure, the capabilities and the expertise to optimally transport vaccines around the world. In October 2020, Emirates SkyCargo announced that it was setting up the world’s largest dedicated airside hub for COVID-19 vaccines at its cargo terminal at Dubai South and that it was establishing a rapid response team to handle and expedite any requests for transportation of vaccines. Together with Emirates’ dedicated pharma facility at Dubai International Airport, Emirates SkyCargo has over 15,000 sq m of storage and

handling space dedicated for pharmaceuticals and vaccines in Dubai.

7

Arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for COVID19: Emirates SkyCargo crossed a historical milestone when it flew in the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines destined to the UAE for the Dubai Health Authority on December 22 from Zurich on flight EK 182.

8

Commitment to humanitarian causes: Emirates SkyCargo continued to showcase its commitment to the wellbeing of communities impacted by humanitarian crises. In August 2020, Emirates SkyCargo participated in the initiative to create an airbridge between Dubai and Lebanon by dedicating air cargo capacity for relief material to be transported to Beirut. Emirates SkyCargo followed this up by also signing an MoU with the International Humanitarian City, the world’s largest hub for humanitarian aid based in Dubai, to work together to develop innovative logistics solutions for crisis relief efforts.

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Hola Guadalajara: In September 2020, Emirates SkyCargo launched twice weekly freighter flights to Guadalajara, Mexico, adding a new destination that had previously not been serviced by the carrier and creating more opportunities for trade and commerce.

10

First Anniversary of Emirates Delivers: Emirates Delivers, the e-commerce delivery platform developed by Emirates SkyCargo and available for UAE residents to shop from US websites has successfully completed its first year of operations, delivering many a smile and cheer to its customers shopping online in the UAE.

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ACW Digital 18th January  

ACW Digital 18th January