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BRU AT THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION

5% OF GLOBAL COVID-19 VACCINES TRANSITED DUBAI ON EMIRATES

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overnments and health authorities around the world are ramping up their efforts to protect communities from COVID-19 through large scale vaccine roll-out. It has been estimated that more than one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally. One out of every 20 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered around the world has transited through Dubai and has flown on an Emirates aircraft. Emirates SkyCargo has moved around 59 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 50 destinations around the world. Emirates SkyCargo has also transported six different types of COVID-19 vaccines on its flights.

INSIDE MASIL COMMENCES OPS AT BAGHDAD

MENZIES Aviation has announced that MASIL, its joint venture with Iraqi Airways, has commenced cargo operations at Baghdad International ... PAGE 2

ALINDA SNAPS UP ACL AIRSHOP

ACL Airshop has announced the closing of the acquisition of ACL Airshop by Alinda Capital Partners, an infrastructure fund manager. The ... PAGE 4 SMITHS DETECTION: LITHIUM BATTERIES

SMITHS Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, has launched a new lithium batteries ...

WHO WILL WALK AWAY WITH A WACA AWARD? IN a time like no other, we are holding an ACW World Air Cargo Awards (WACA) like no other. This year’s event will be held virtually in conjunction with Messe Munchen’s trans-

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port logistic Online (air cargo Europe) from May 4 - 6; a notto-be-missed high-quality and broad online conference programme being held over three consecutive days.

The Awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Tuesday May 4 2021 at 17.30 (CET) and promises to be an exciting climax to months of online voting! Who will be crowned Airline

of the Year? GSA of the Year? Freight Forwarder of the Year? Find out on the night. Attendance is FREE to all registrants of transport logistic Online….. and all are welcome!

ACW’s quick & handy guide for when to watch WACA online 08:30 PST

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DHL: RACE TITLE PARTNER

OFFICIAL founding and logistics partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, DHL, became Race Title Partner for the DHL ... PAGE 5

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PAYCARGO TEAMS UP WITH AIR CARGO NETHERLANDS PAYCARGO has teamed up with Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN) to help simplify the payment and collection of the association’s membership and delegate transactions. The Dutch trade association has signed up to use PayCargo’s encrypted online payment platform to process payments from members and delegates at its events. PayCargo, which last year processed $4 billiion in transactions for logistics firms, has tailored its platform to support ACN’s needs. “ACN has done a huge amount in re-

cent years for the progression of the air cargo industry in the Netherlands by promoting digital solutions and the benefits of adopting a versatile digital payment system,” said Adriaan Reinders, chief executive officer, PayCargo Europe. “They are not just preaching about the benefits of digital solutions, they are leading by example.” ACN is the only air freight industry association in the Netherlands, with more than 300 members, and aims to develop the Dutch air cargo industry through educational projects, digital innovation, and increased transparency and con-

nection between global supply chain members. “We want to make adopting this new solution as easy as possible for ACN members to prepare for the future while underscoring the importance of digitisation across the air cargo value chain,” said Maarten van As, managing director, ACN. “To practice what we preach as an industry organisation, our members can now pay their membership fee through PayCargo to become familiar with new digital solutions that will drive efficiency in the cargo chain.”

WFS and Air Canada join forces to support Canada’s vaccine campaign WORLDWIDE Flight Services (WFS) and Air Canada are working closely with the Ottawa government to move phial caps for doses of COVID-19 vaccine to support Canada’s immunisation programme. Since December 2020, thousands of innovative plastic RayDyLyo phial caps weighing over 20 tonnes in total have been transported by WFS from Lyon Airport to its €10 million Pharma Centre at Paris CDG. To ensure these vaccine components are maintained at the correct temperature, they travel between Lyon and Paris using WFS’ temperature-controlled, GDP-certified (Good Distribution Practice) pharma trucks. In Paris, WFS’ team of pharma specialists then use temperature-controlled pallets, containers, dollies and trailers to carefully prepare the shipments and load them onboard Air Canada flights to Montreal. Once in Canada, the all-plastic push-fit caps are retrieved by the Public Health Agency of Canada, based in Ot-

MASIL COMMENCES OPS AT BAGHDAD AIRPORT MENZIES Aviation has announced that MASIL, its joint venture with Iraqi Airways, has commenced cargo operations at Baghdad International Airport, with the launch of its ‘Cargo Go Live’ initiative and manifesto for creating a world-class cargo terminal at the airport. Under the Cargo Go Live initiative, and in line with MASIL joint venture partners’ plans to enhance customer experience and safety standards at the airport, employees will be undertaking a range of Menzies Aviation cargo training modules. Charles Wyley, EVP Middle East, Asia and Africa at Menzies Aviation, comments: “We are delighted that our cargo operations have now gone live at Baghdad International Airport, following a lot of hard work and dedication from the MASIL team. “

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tawa, where they are being used in the manufacture and capping of vaccines for the local population. “WFS is proud to be working with Air Canada to support the Canadian government’s vaccination campaign. Our specialist teams in Lyon and Paris understand the importance of these shipments for the Canadian population, and the need to adhere to the highest standards of compliance to safeguard

product integrity,” said Benjamin Bonte, acting manager pharma at the WFS Centre in Paris. “Our fleet of temperature-controlled pharma trucks and IATA CEIV and GDP-certified Pharma Centre mean WFS is fully equipped to support the temperature-controlled service requirements of clients such as Air Canada, safely moving shipments from the French provinces to Paris CDG Airport to be transported internationally.” “It is absolutely vital for an airline to establish a strong partnership with its handler. Trust, professionalism and appropriate facilities are the key words of this relationship,” said Loïc Marie, cargo operations manager France, Spain and Portugal, Air Canada. “Air Canada and WFS in France have combined their respective expertise in the transportation of pharmaceutical products on behalf of the Canadian government. We win as one.”

Kuehne+Nagel reports strong start to 2021

KUEHNE + Nagel’s start to the 2021 business year was marked by a strong demand in transport services, especially for pharma and e-Commerce fulfilment. Kuehne+Nagel achieved a net turnover of over CHF 6.0 billion, EBIT of CHF 431 million and earnings for the period of CHF 318 million were all significantly higher year-on-year. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, says: “Exactly one year ago, when we were still at the beginning of the pandemic, we decided to commit to our proven strategy.”

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Art for art’s sake at ABC AIRBRIDGECARGO Airlines (ABC) has delivered more than two hundred art objects on scheduled flights from Moscow to Hong Kong aboard a Boeing 747-8F. Together with ART-Courier, ABC specialists organised the transportation of museum valuables from the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums for the exhibition “All Russia Autocrat. Holiness and Greatness of Power,” which will be held in Hong Kong from May to August. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to immerse themselves in the era of the reign of Ivan the Terrible and his followers, as well as see more than 170 art objects of the 16th and 18th centuries. Nikolai Petrovich Glushnev, general director of AirBridgeCargo, said: “We are proud to be a part of international ex-

hibition projects, especially now that we are returning to normal life, and cultural projects that have been frozen are gradually starting to be implemented. “The accumulated experience and expertise, knowledge of the peculiarities of transportation of art objects, built relationships with high-quality and reliable partners, such as ART-Courier, help us safely transport valuable goods – from paintings to exquisite jewellery.” The successful delivery of art objects directly depends on the correct packaging. For the long flight from Moscow to Hong Kong, wooden climatic boxes were chosen, which meet the museum’s safety requirements and are made of acid-free and non-toxic material that does not have a negative effect.

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Alinda snaps up ACL Airshop ACL Airshop has announced the closing of the acquisition of ACL Airshop by Alinda Capital Partners, an infrastructure fund manager. The transaction successfully concluded in April 2021. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Alinda is a global independent investment firm focused on mid-market infrastructure assets that provide essential services. Alinda has holdings in infrastructure businesses in all 50 US states, as well as in Canada, United Kingdom and Europe. Alinda-owned businesses serve over 100 million customers annually. “Alinda is among the world’s most successful investors in infrastructure, including transportation and logistics,” said Steve Townes, president and chief executive officer of ACL Airshop. “Alinda also has a successful track record of

Steve Townes investment in pooled and leased equipment, and is experienced in backing growth-oriented companies. They are committed to ACL Airshop’s strategy of growing with its customers and share our vision for continued expansion in the coming years.”

“ACL Airshop is a uniquely positioned business and is led by an exceptional management team,” said Alinda chairman, Chris Beale. “We look forward to supporting their growth strategies.” Townes noted that ACL Airshop’s current management and operations team will continue to lead the organisation under its new ownership. He added that the acquisition will benefit ACL Airshop’s employees, suppliers,

partners, and customers through access to Alinda’s resources and their proven strategies of helping essential infrastructure businesses grow profitably in their market. According to Townes, this experience will be of value to ACL Airshop and its customers as the South Carolina-based company continues to expand its ULD fleet and network of airport locations globally, while also deploying innovative new technologies.

Millions of vaccines pass through Abu Dhabi’s Rafed Distribution Centre

RAFED, Abu Dhabi’s group purchasing organisation (GPO) for healthcare supplies and equipment, has celebrated a new operational milestone after successfully overseeing the storage and supply of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses via its dedicated Rafed Distribution Center in the UAE capital. The dedicated pharmaceutical facility, which measures 19,000 sq m and incorporates eight state-of-the-art cold chambers with the capacity to store up to 120 million vaccine phials, caters to all temperature bands ranging from 2-8ºC for PPE and medical equipment, to -80ºC deep freezer capabilities for storage. Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi, chief executive officer of Rafed, said: “What the Rafed team has been able to achieve over the past seven months is incredible and our facilities continue to play a critical role in enabling the UAE’s immunisation initiatives. We are still a

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relatively young company and the ability to process over three million vaccine doses each month is proof that Rafed is providing a key link in the nation’s logistics chain and enabling centralised procurement services across the Emirates.” In addition to essential cold storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccines, the Rafed Distribution Center also houses cutting-edge radio frequency scanning for dispatch and inventory control systems. “This is a critical milestone for Rafed and the entire healthcare supply chain,” added Al Qubaisi. “While our priority has been the rapid supply of COVID-19 vaccines, our aim is to build on the facility’s success in the coming months and expand our ability to reduce operational costs for healthcare providers while ensuring effective and timely delivery of essential medical supplies across the region.”

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SMITHS DETECTION PROVIDES AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF LITHIUM BATTERIES WITH ALGORITHM FOR HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is SMITHS Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, has launched a new lithium batteries algorithm for the HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is, its dual-view air cargo and checked-baggage screening system. The algorithm will provide automatic detection of lithium batteries in all freight and baggage screened for explosives by the HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is, reducing the burden on image analysts with very low false alarm rates. Consumer demand for lithium batteries is growing exponentially, as these batteries are the primary power source for personal and portable electronic devices. Classified as dangerous goods because of the potential for these batteries to ignite, they pose a significant safety threat. Since January 2006, a total of 310 incidents of smoke, heat, fire or explosion involving lithium batteries in air cargo or hold baggage have been recorded. The lithium battery algorithm is part of Smiths Detection’s family of AI-algorithms, iCMORE, which provides powerful automatic detection of dangerous goods and weapons across its

conventional x-ray and EDS technologies using deep learning and classical material discrimination, increasing the safety of passengers, staff, goods and aircrafts in a quick and efficient way. The iCMORE algorithms are complementary solutions to existing screening technology. “We are continually striving to develop new technologies to ensure the safety of people globally” said Richard Thompson, global director aviation for Smiths Detection. “Harnessing the power of deep learning is crucial in further developing object recognition algorithms. This new technology has been developed by working with our customers to capture thousands of X-ray images to then be analysed by the new algorithm so it can learn to detect lithium batteries based on shape. This algorithm will provide the powerful detection of lithium batteries while increasing efficiency and speed for users.” In July 2020, Smiths Detection launched iCMORE detection algorithms for lithium batteries and dangerous goods for use by its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanner.

DHL becomes Race Title Partner for 2021 DHL Valencia E-Prix

OFFICIAL founding and logistics partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, DHL, became Race Title Partner for the DHL Valencia E-Prix. This move builds on the long-standing relationship between DHL and Formula E that stretches back to Season 1. The racing partnership saw DHL turn one of the circuit’s grandstands green - by covering the stand with

400 olive trees, native to the region that will in the long-term contribute to absorbing CO2 emissions from the atmosphere - to highlight its GoGreen worldwide environmental protection programme. Arjan Sissing, head of Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group said: “Formula E is a sustainable racing series with a combination of innovation and future viability.”

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ACW: Wallenborn has been in business for 100 years. What’s the key to success in this industry? Frantz Wallenborn: That’s a good question; there are many factors that contribute to our success and I believe the key is customer satisfaction. We have managed this by fostering excellent relations with our key accounts, anticipating their needs, developing innovative products and delivering as promised. In addition to the fundamentals required for all businesses to flourish such as organisation, communication and cost management, the longevity of Wallenborn is due to our sharp focus on consistency, creativity and customers. ACW: The effects of the pandemic hit the aviation sector hard. How has this had a knock-on effect to Wallenborn? Wallenborn: Our first priority has been to ensure all our people are safe, have access to safe working environments and the ability to immediately report any concerns. In the absence of face-to-face contact, clear and frequent communication with our customers and partners has become essential. We’re fortunate to have very creative people across our organisation who are well known for their adaptability. Their skills, connections and expertise have been in 6

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Frantz Wallenborn, third generation owner and CEO of trucking giant, Wallenborn Group spoke to ACW about the keys to success and how to weather a storm.

high demand as customer requirements have frequently changed and it’s also been important to ensure that processes and protocols were sufficiently flexible and simultaneously robust. The extra workload has accelerated our drive for closer integration and I’m starting to see the positive results of collaborative decision making and data sharing that will streamline workflows and improve perceptions of the air cargo industry. ACW: How have operations been since the opening of the Brussels facility last year? Will we see more expansion in the coming months? Wallenborn: Recent years have been good for air cargo in Belgium. We were the first to establish a RFS base at LGG in 2017, and it’s become a top 5 hub for Wallenborn. The Liege Airport management team were ahead of the curve in their dedication to cargo, development of specialised infrastructure and facilitation of e-Commerce and intermodal ecosystems. Brussels is also enjoying a renaissance and this is a testament to its strong community and it’s representative body Air Cargo Belgium, coupled with the determination and vision of the Brussels Airport cargo team. We’ve received a warm welcome from established and new customers and our first six months at BRU have exceeded expectations. Our next focus is to develop our

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healthcare activities at BRU based on our highly regarded GDP-validated services. I expect most expansion in the coming months to be at the major air cargo hubs (AMS, BRU, FRA, LGG and LUX) where air cargo is likely to remain concentrated until long-haul passenger flights resume on a large scale. Wallenborn has extensive networks at all these hubs and has played a leading role to ensure markets such as France, Italy, Scandinavia and the UK remained connected to global supply chains despite the removal of most belly capacity. ACW: From a leadership perspective, what have you learned from the challenges of the past year? Wallenborn: Our experiences have validated our core values especially customer focus, dedication and flexibility. Our strategy of creating Europe’s best RFS network of local experts has also paid off as our customers needed tailored solutions for specific markets. We’ve always acted with integrity and resisted the temptation to take advantage of situations. The immense efforts of our teams across Europe, their collaborative approach and learning agility has given them more confidence and more ability to influence. They’ve always faced challenges head-on and we all now realise after a year of exceptional circumstances that radical change is achievable.

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Brussels Airport at the forefront of innovation Geert Aerts,

Brussels Airport’s new cargo director

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Brussels Airport’s new chief business development officer

ACW spoke to Geert Aerts, Brussels Airport’s new cargo director and Piet Demunter, the Airport’s chief business development officer.

ACW: This past year has been a strong year for cargo at Brussels Airport. What has been the key to success? Geert Aerts: At Brussels Airport, we have four main pillars. These are pharma, perishables, e-Commerce, and animal care. We are focusing on these aspects and investing our energy in them, whilst building relationships and infrastructure to support them. The way that we have achieved these things is through a strong focus on digitalisation. We are able to supply businesses and partners with the data they need to become more efficient. Adding to this, we will continue to put a lot of emphasis on doing this sustainably. Sustainable growth, decent work, but also with the future in mind that makes doing business sustainable as a whole. ACW: How has this specialisation strategy helped Brussels Airport adapt to the boom in e-Commerce? Piet Demunter: We have had a lot of e-Commerce shipments, especially from DHL, which has a substantial operation in Brussels. What we need to do is make quick decisions on giving them space or even parking for trucks that are bringing the goods in and out. We have been able to be flexible and cope with the demands from the different players. There has been pressure on the infrastructure and although we are able to make quick short-term decisions, we are also thinking ahead with what to do in the long term. Certainly for DHL and other members in the community, we need to extend our infrastructure and build more

warehouses and provide additional space airside for their equipment. In terms of importance, pharma has been what people have been focussing on but in terms of volume it has been e-Commerce that has been booming.

ACW: Speaking of infrastructure, you recently inaugurated Brucargo West. Can you tell me a bit about this? Aerts: Brucargo West is an energy-efficient and fit for purpose facility for our handlers, forwarders and partners. We inaugurated the building there for WFS, Kuehne+Nagel and Expeditors. Here we have been able to establish strong infrastructure with a footprint for an efficient lane for cold chain.

ACW: What sort of time scale is there on infrastructure growth? Demunter: We can cater some of the short-term demands with spaces that have been freed up by existing players because they’ve moved into new infrastructure, which we’ve built. The development is on-going, and this is apart from the redevelopments. A lot is going on! At this moment we can say we’re really looking for every free square metre of warehouse to cater to demand. It is more than likely we will deliver a new 5,000 sq m warehouse by the end of next year and the year after an 18,000 sq m one and the year after we’re talking about a 35,000 sq m one.

ACW: There is certainly a lot going on at the moment. How is the drive to digitalise processes tying into all this? Aerts: This is something we want to facilitate but it’s coming from the community and from Air Cargo Belgium as well. As an airport, we have been very much investing in the Bru Cloud

application and the eco system that has been built around that. What we are now focussing on in the shorter term is taking a focus on landside management process and to run these fully digitally by next year. That’s something that is multidisciplinary across various partners within that community. To fully deploy these applications and support running these processes more efficiently and paperless, we need to provide the insights needed from all players for the end-to-end process. Demunter: We’ve taken a lead in developing the data-sharing platform to promote openness in the community. A lot of good work has been done and now we are seeing how we can develop this further, giving more data and more insights back to the Air Cargo Belgium community to track patterns and learn how to improve efficiency. When we talk about air cargo it’s all about speed and efficiency in taking the goods to the end destination and if we can even speed up a few minutes for every shipment, that’s a huge increase in productivity for the sector. Aerts: It’s definitely our role, and certainly my ambition in this new role, to remain at the forefront of innovation and to take that next step with what you can do with data and future technologies that are out there.

ACW: Geert, how has it been starting the new position? Aerts: It’s been a blast. I’ve had the pleasure to meet the team, albeit mostly virtually. This has been a challenge, as I’d love to be out there meeting the customers and partners faceto-face as soon as possible. I had the pleasure of inaugurating two of the new buildings and I have also been able to see new pax freighters starting from Brussels Airport again, so it has been a very good and broad experience already. I see an exciting future ahead of us!

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