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SHELL TO SUPPLY DHL WITH SAF AT SCHIPHOL

VOLGA-DNEPR GROUP DEPLOYS FIRST B777F

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STOP PRESS Voting for the Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards 2021 has now opened! An unprecedented number of companies were nominated! The full list has been published online at aircargoweek.com.

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olga-Dnepr Group, which consists of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and ATRAN Airlines, has phased in its first Boeing 777F. The freighter, which has been certified in Russia, will be part of AirBridgeCargo’s (ABC) fleet. The Boeing 777F is to be deployed on Trans-Siberian routes to enable ABC to offer more optimised delivery options for its customers. It is the largest twin-engine freighter with up to 106 tonnes of payload which complements

ABC’s already extensive fleet of B747Fs. Tatyana Arslanova, chief executive officer of Volga-Dnepr Group, comments: “We would like to thank our personnel and specialists, partners and customers for this great milestone at the turn of 2021 when airfreight is in high demand, especially for healthcare, e-Commerce and essential cargoes.” Natalia Butrova, GE Healthcare logistics leader Russia and CIS, highlights: “Timely delivery of sophisticated medical equipment stays one of the top tasks during these difficult times. Time-wise,

airfreight is the most preferred transportation mode, which, coupled with safety and security, is very important for us. “For more than 30 years GE Healthcare has been providing sophisticated diagnostic medical equipment, including computerised tomographs and ultrasound systems. Thanks to our partnership Russian doctors and patients could access essential technologies within the shortest timeframes.” Igor Borisov, director of Domodedovo airport, says: “2020 has put air

cargo at the front. Air carriers continued delivering much-needed medical cargoes: PPE, vaccines, medicines, medical equipment and other items to combat the COVID-19 spread. We are positive that the new freighter type within AirBridgeCargo’s fleet will open opportunities for other carriers operating to and from Domodedovo airport.” The first commercial flight en-route from Seoul, South Korea to Domodedovo, Moscow was welcomed by the top management of the Volga-Dnepr Group, Boeing and GE Healthcare.

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VACCINES GATEWAY EMIRATES FLIES FIRST NETHERLANDS BATCH OF PFIZER-BIONTECH PREPARES FOR VACCINES FOR DUBAI SHIPMENTS AS part of Vaccines Gateway Netherlands (VGN), sixty companies are working together at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to ensure the safe, secure, and swift transportation of the COVID-19 vaccine from manufacturer to enduser now that the vaccines are approved by the European Medicine Agency, situated in Amsterdam. The group includes Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Air Cargo Netherlands members including manufacturers, Dutch airports, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers, trucking companies and GSAs. Business services also taking part include banks, insurance companies, educational institutes, consultancies, staffing agents and security companies.

EMIRATES SkyCargo has notched a milestone by flying in COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech to the UAE for the first time for the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The vaccines were transported from Brussels on Emirates flight EK 182 on December 22, 2020, arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 22.15 local time. “Emirates is proud to be transporting the first batch of Pfizer vaccines for COVID-19 into the UAE for the Dubai Health Authority,” commented Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Group.

president, cargo added: “At Emirates SkyCargo we are doing our part to join Dubai’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the effective management of the pandemic by Dubai’s visionary leadership, the city has retained its position as a global logistical hub for connecting vital cargo including PPE, medical supplies, vaccines, food and other essential items. Emirates SkyCargo has set up the world’s largest airside hub dedicated to distributing COVID-19 vaccines and we stand ready to support not just Dubai, but countries around the world, including markets

Safe, secure, and swift “VGN is fully committed and feels responsible to fulfil this vital task and deliver high-end quality throughout the whole airfreight supply chain,” commented Ferry van der Ent, director of business development, Schiphol Cargo. “The Corona pandemic has had a tremendous effect on all of us worldwide and this will remain the case until the virus has been eradicated, which most effectively will be achieved by a successful vaccine. “The vaccines will be produced at a set of specific sites around the globe and it will require a large distribution network and collaboration between stakeholders in the logistics supply chain to deliver and handle as quickly as possible. “Not only is the large number of shipments expected for the COVID-19 vaccines a task but we also expect to have to step up to maintain the vaccines in a good condition as required. “We are experienced with temperature sensitive goods and are aware of the harmful impact when exposed to temperature deviations.”

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Accreditation is key to reducing supply chain disruption, says Davies Turner DAVIES Turner Ireland (DTI) recently added ISO9001 accreditation as part of its wider campaign to reduce any risk of supply chain disruption following Brexit transition. As part of Davies Turner Group, the Dublin-based subsidiary has placed particular emphasis on co-operation with HM Customs and Revenue both for Anglo-Irish trade and with the wider world. Despite COVID-19, business was brisk in 2020 and DTI intends to keep it that way by maintaining a high level and quality of accredited services. At the same time as safeguarding security in the supply chain and boosting preparations for handling the increased demand for Customs services, this move brings Davies Turner Ireland into line with DT Group’s UK operations, all of which are also ISO9001: 2015 accredited. Davies Turner’s airfreight and customs manager in Dublin, Joe Mercer comments: “ISO9001 accreditation is for all our services – air, sea, road, logistics and customs clearance. And our collection and delivery partner Independent Express is also accedtitated, so we have the whole supply chain covered.”

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“Our healthcare ecosystem has played an absolutely critical role in every step of the fight against COVID-19. I would like to thank everyone who has worked unceasingly over the last year to protect the lives of those most vulnerable against the disease. In recognition of their immense contribution for the wellbeing of everyone in the UAE, it has been our honour to transport these vaccines free of charge on our flight.” Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice

with limited cool chain infrastructure with our advanced capabilities. By transporting COVID19 vaccines across our extensive network, we look forward to helping people around the world get back on their feet after the devastating impact of the pandemic.” On arrival at DXB, the containers with the vaccines were unloaded on priority from the aircraft and then taken to Emirates SkyCargo’s dedicated pharma facility Emirates SkyPharma to await clearance for delivery.

Mercer predicts that the COVID-19 crisis could increase the importance of ISO9001 certification in future. “If people are less able to have face-to-face meetings, they are more likely to ask for formal quality certifications to ensure that the companies they are selecting are operating to the standards they require.” ISO 9001 and AEO, to which DTI has already been accredited, are both seen as guarantees that the company holding them complies with internationally recognised standards, with both Brexit and the COVID-19 crisis accelerating that trend. Davies Turner Group chairman, Philip Stephenson adds: “Building resilience is key for companies in these uncertain times as they aim to minimise risk or delays in supply chains and comply with any new interventions from government and other authorities.

Cargolux and DB Schenker Kerry completes start weekly Indiana charter Kerry Express Thailand spin-off A new DB Schenker and Cargolux new full charter cargo connection between Luxembourg and Indianapolis, USA will start this month. With this new agreement both partners expand their well-established 15 year-long partnership. Cargolux’s initial service between its home base in Luxembourg and the Indiana capital was inaugurated in 2005 to support DB Schenker’s business in the region. With weekly departures on a B747 freighter DB Schenker makes Cargolux’s extensive experience in the handling of pharmaceutical and healthcare goods available for its customers in Europe and Northern America. By partnering with the leading provider of transportation services for pharmaceutical and healthcare products and the airline that was, in 2014, the first to be GDP certified, DB Schenker

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reaches a milestone in setting up its new healthcare service portfolio DB SCHENKERlife+. “Our new product portfolio DB SCHENKERlife+ offers exceptional quality, unconditional security and fully reliable logistics services,” said Veronique Dameme, head of global vertical market healthcare at DB Schenker. “The co-operation with Cargolux expands the foundation for our robust global GDP program and customised services as air track, 24/7 monitoring, packaging supplies or telemetric devices. In such volatile times DB SCHENKERlife+ thus provides urgently needed transparency and predictability. “Cargolux is pleased to launch this new weekly charter service in collaboration with DB Schenker. Both companies have enjoyed a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership on this lane.”

KERRY Logistics Network has completed the spin-off of its subsidiary, Kerry Express Thailand (KETH), which commenced trading on the Stock Exchange of Thailand last month. KETH remains a subsidiary of Kerry Logistics Network after the spin-off. The proceeds from the offering are intended to be used for KETH’s express delivery network expansion and investments in its transportation network to enhance its operational efficiency, in the development of IT systems, the repayment of existing indebtedness to banks and as working capital for business operations. “We are very proud of this successful spinoff and listing, and the enthusiastic reception from investors,” commented William Ma, group managing director of Kerry Logistics Network. “KETH is now a true Thai company that belongs to the Thai people to serve the Thai population. In 2019, KETH delivered an average of 1.1 million parcels per business day in Thailand.

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harma.Aero has published its ‘White Paper Airport to Airport Pharma Corridor 1.0 Project’ with the objective to achieve excellence in reliable endto-end air transportation for pharma shippers, by fostering collaboration between CEIV certified airport communities dedicated in developing and pioneering when it comes to handling, storage and air transportation of pharmaceuticals.

Major goal In 2019, Brussels Airport and Hong Kong International Airport successfully pioneered the protocol of airport-to-airport corridor, by connecting a CEIV Pharma certified airline, Cathay Pacific, and respective cargo handling communities. Nathan De Valck, head of cargo product and network development at Brussels Airport Company and chairman at Pharma.Aero commented: “The major goal of this project was to investigate and

deliver unique assurance in handling quality to pharmaceutical shippers. This project did not only connect CEIV certified air cargo service providers at both ends, it was also the first of its kind to invite leading pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, MSD and Johnson & Johnson to participate.” There were two major goals identified within the project. The first is to establish a standard protocol for mapping the corridor and the second is to test the mapping protocol on pharmaceutical shipments over the identified corridor. With shippers setting out stringent key performance indicators (KPI) to evaluate operational parameters, 47 live shipments were monitored and analysed in a dashboard. By achieving zero cases of temperature excursions and over 95% fulfilment for all KPIs, the trial successfully proved that BRUHKG lane consistently adheres to high

standards. “The airport-to-airport Pharma Corridor protocol provided key information to ensure quality assurance is in place to protect product integrity and prevent pharma product loss. Connecting all the dots across a supply chain has never been easy. One of the major outcomes of the corridor was to provide an unprecedented level of transparency to the entire pharmaceutical supply chain. It conferred visibility and insight to industry stakeholders in identifying areas of improvement regarding process and performance,” added Alaina Shumname, general manager, aviation logistics at Hong Kong International Airport. The initiative will be propagated to other Pharma.Aero member airports to form a network of pharma corridors. Pharma shippers will then have a network to cover their trade lanes which meet their shipping needs.

PRIORITY FREIGHT MAKES SIX FIGURE MEDICAL MASK DONATION PRIORITY Freight has donated 180,000 IIR medical face masks, costing over £100,000, to assist multiple charities and organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Representing the largest charitable donation the company has ever made, the masks are being shipped and personally delivered by employees at Priority Freight to 30 organisations and charities across Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and the UK. Neal Williams, Priority Freight’s group managing director commented: “Having fought hard to get our company back into a strong position, we wanted to give something back to people who literally spend every hour, of every working day, helping those in need. “We asked our team members at our offices across Europe for suggestions on where to donate some much-needed medical supplies and were delighted with the response. It’s been a tough year for charitable organisations

that do great work globally and in local communities, so we hope the masks will provide some relief and protection from infection,” Neal added. Manufactured to the highest European technical standards, the masks will be worn by front-line workers at charitable organisations, multiple university hospitals and medical institutions, as well as elderly and youth care homes, homeless shelters and poor refugees in Africa.

ROYAL AIR MAROC PARTNERS WITH ENVIROTAINER ROYAL Air Maroc has signed a Global Master Lease Agreement (MLA) with Envirotainer, the global market leader in secure cold chain solutions for air transport of pharmaceuticals. Through this partnership Royal Air Maroc is now able to provide its customers with on-demand leasing options for temperature-controlled containers, including the Envirotainer container RAP t2 and the Envirotainer container RAP e2. Eddy Cojulun, chief sales officer at Envirotainer, declared, “With the ongoing pandemic and the need for all stakeholders to work together to ship not only the imminent COVID-19 vaccines but also maintain shipments of all other life-saving medicines, it is great to welcome Royal Air Maroc as a partner to Envirotainer.” Salim Quouninich, vice-president of cargo

at Royal Air Maroc, added “During these challenging times, supporting the pharmaceutical community is both a duty and a responsibility. “By choosing Envirotainer as our partner for active container leasing, we are equipping our clients with all the needed tools to succeed in the delivery of the most vital cargo there is, particularly in the current circumstances, where fighting the pandemic is and should remain a priority for all.” The Global MLA comes at a time where Royal Air Maroc is endeavouring to raise the bar in terms of its pharmaceutical transportation product. The Moroccan airline is also on the verge of obtaining its CEIV certification in early 2021, which will further strengthen its ability to handle sensitive pharmaceutical cargo.

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ndustry veteran Gerry Burgin shares his thoughts on the recent changes at the head of cargo at LHR.

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have been associated with Heathrow Airport for nearly 60 years, starting in July 1961, having transferred from a shipping and forwarding office based in the City of London. I have seen the airport progress over a considerable period of time from a very basic operation into a major and well-respected world class airport . Unfortunately over the years air cargo has always been treated as “the poor relation “ and has had to follow the dictates of the passenger traffic both by airlines and airport authorities. As a result insufficient attention has been paid to the growth of air cargo traffic and the last time under the then BAA we had a cargo director - Ian Robinson - was around 20 years ago.

Ian held this position for a number of years and did his utmost to promote Heathrow as both a first class termination and transhipment airport for cargo – organising a number of overseas sales trips or road shows, accompanied by senior management from a number of companies directly involved in the business – including airlines, freight forwarders and transport companies.

I believe he raised Heathrow’s profile in this respect but then he moved on and there was no replacement for at least 15 years until the employment by Heathrow Airport of Nick Platts. Nick made some considerable progress with a plan in conjunction with a number of senior cargo representatives of all sectors involved with business addressing a number of areas that badly needed attention due to years of neglect and in-action. Then he too moved on to be replaced by Tim Mayes who only took up the position in March last year. We now learn in a cost-cutting exercise Tim Mayes is no longer employed as head of cargo.

When you consider Heathrow is the major airport in the UK for cargo and in fact in terms of value of goods moving via the airport, which is the United Kingdom’s number one port for cargo, this is a shameful situation and should not be allowed to continue. We have always been in competition with Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam and we are continuing to lose our way and position. It is fully appreciated that because of runway constraints in normal times there has never been room for cargo-only freighters due to lack of available slots but just recently Heathrow and the country as a whole has perhaps realised the importance of air cargo - let us not forget approximately 65% of air cargo is carried on passenger aircraft . There are still many areas that need to be resolved now that it seems likely the third runway will go ahead and we do need proper representation and leadership from a senior cargo management at Heathrow.

Qatar Airways Cargo receives IATA CEIV Pharma Certification QATAR Airways Cargo has been awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification in pharmaceutical logistics. The certification covers Qatar Airways Cargo’s operations, its robust Quality Management System and supplier management processes in Doha. Qatar Aviation Services Cargo, the airline’s ground handling partner also received the IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its pharma handling and ware-

house at Hamad International Airport in the State of Qatar. CEIV Pharma is an industry-wide standard, addressing the industry’s need for more safety, security, compliance and efficiency, by the creation of a globally consistent and recognised pharmaceutical product handling certification. Guillaume Halleux, chief officer cargo at Qatar Airways said: “We are glad to be awarded IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification for our capability

in handling pharmaceutical and life science shipments with reliability and efficiency, compliant with international standards. Since we launched the product in 2014, significant investment and enhancements have been made to the QR Pharma product and our world-class hub, which ultimately benefits our customers. The validation by IATA is a milestone achievement and an award for all the hard work done over the past years.”

AEI to provide fifth fifth B737-800SF conversion to Aviation Aviation Holdings AERONAUTICAL Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has entered an agreement to provide Aviation Holdings III Investments with its fifth B737800SF freighter conversion. The aircraft is scheduled to commence modification in April 2021. Modification touch labour and maintenance will be performed by the authorised AEI Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Miami, Florida. The AEI converted B737-800SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg) and incorporates eleven full height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an addi-

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tional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86” x 137” Main Cargo Door with a single vent door system. AEI’s design allows for containers to be loaded into the aircraft a full 16.5” aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient manoeuvering room which minimises potential door and aircraft strikes. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System, a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley and full lavatory.

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SHELL TO SUPPLY DHL EXPRESS WITH SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL AT SCHIPHOL AIRPORT

SHELL Aviation is to supply DHL Express with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Schiphol Airport. The deal sees DHL Express become the first customer to be supplied under Shell and Neste’s SAF supply agreement, announced in September 2020. The agreement will enable DHL Express to make regular flights using SAF, an important step forward in its ambition of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. The volume of SAF being supplied by Shell Aviation represents a full year of DHL Express’s fuel requirements from Schiphol Airport, helping to reduce its emissions from this European hub. The SAF will be used in blended form and is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. In its neat form and over the lifecycle it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuels.

Decarbonising This deal demonstrates the contribution that business can play in decarbonising aviation through the cargo sector. Alongside commer-

cial airlines, cargo operators can play an important role in driving demand signals for the increased investment in and use of SAF. This has been particularly pertinent during the COVID-19 pandemic, with commercial airlines operating at a reduced capacity and cargo operators transporting vital supplies around the world. “We’re proud to be working with DHL Express and supporting them in taking the next step in their decarbonisation journey. Today’s agreement is an excellent example of how the cargo aviation sector can help accelerate aviation’s pathway to net-zero emissions by building demand as the fuel industry seeks to increase supply of SAF,” said Anna Mascolo, president, Shell Aviation. DHL believes that sustainable fuels will play a crucial role in delivering on its climate ambitions due to their potential to reduce the climate impact of transport emissions. “We are committed, as part of our mission to achieve zero emissions by 2050, to make our services green and sustainable for our customers. To fight against climate change, we need to reduce

carbon emissions and leveraging the sustainable fuel solutions available today can play a critical role. Flying on SAF is an important step in our decarbonisation journey, both for our operations and reducing the emissions footprint of transported goods for our customers. We look forward to working with Shell Aviation more closely in the future”, said Alberto Nobis, CEO DHL Express Europe. Thorsten Lange, executive vice president for renewable aviation at Neste adds that: “The aviation industry is essential for global business, generating growth and facilitating economic recovery. “It also enables people to travel and goods to be transported rapidly across the globe. But if we are to address aviation-related emissions, we need to utilise all the available solutions. “SAF offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft with an immediate potential to reduce aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions. We are fully committed to supporting the aviation industry, its customers and corporates with their emission reduction targets.”

Burkhard Eling new Dachser CEO ON January 1, Burkhard Eling (right) became chief executive officer (CEO) and spokesperson of the executive board of logistics provider Dachser. He heads the corporate strategy, human resources, marketing executive unit, which also includes corporate key account management and the corporate governance and compliance division. Eling succeeds Bernhard Simon, who will take over as chairman of the supervisory board of the family-owned company in mid-2021.

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s we finally turn the page on 2020, the airfreight industry is flying into the New Year with a renewed sense of resilience and optimism for the future. ACW spoke to some of the industry’s key players on how to sum up 2020 and to shed some insight into what this year might bring.

In the second half of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic the transportation industry in large and the air freight sector in particular faced challenges due to the lockdown of almost everywhere in the world,” explained a representative for Ethiopian Airlines. “But due to the urgent need for PPE, the airfreight sector has benefited and compensated the lost revenue due to the weakened demand for commercial cargo.” “The supply chain actually has evolved from normal cargo to PPE due to COVID-19. As the passenger flight operation squeezed very much in number due to the lockdown and restriction of travel due to the pandemic, there was a capacity limitation for belly hold cargo uplift.

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“So managing the high demand of cargo movement with reduced flight operation and existing number of freighter flights were a challenge to the airline. “To manage the high demand of transporting PPE, we have converted 25 PAX aircraft to preighter to support countries across the globe in their fight against COVID-19 and we have implemented structural changes.

Extra miles “Ethiopian Airlines have already done extra miles in cargo infrastructure development in terms of warehouse facility - state of the art technology having one million tonnes annual capacity, fleet size/mix and cargo expertise development. “Therefore during the outbreak of COVID-19, ET has already been well equipped to properly respond to the suddenly flooding demand for medical supplies. ET has operated more than 360+ charter flights to combat COVID-19. “There is no question that this is sure to be a year of the vaccine. “As a prominent airline in Africa, and from past experience, we anticipate Ethiopian Airlines to be a major player in distributing the vaccine within Africa and globally. “We have forecasted that its cargo uplift performance will grow by 30%. Based on our prediction in 2021 the freighter market will get back to business as usual. As we know the African freight market is dominated by perishable exports and import of consumer goods, hence for the coming year we expect a better business environment assuming that the impact of COVID-19 will diminish and the world trade will be back to normal.”

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or Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) 2020 was a successful year despite the pandemic. “Both the handled cargo volumes and freighter flights reached new monthly record numbers, explains Torsten Wefers, director of cargo at CGN. “All existing cargo airline customers increased their business and we welcomed

UKWA calls for confirmation in 2021 that logistics employees are ‘essential workers’

s the United Kingdom enters 2021 under the challenges of lockdown, the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) CEO Peter Ward has called for the government to confirm ‘essential worker’ status for all those operating in the logistics sector this year. He says: “In his announcement the PM underlined the need to maintain the integrity of supply chains and logistics. Therefore, UKWA is asking the government to reaffirm its recognition of the logistics sector as ‘essential’ and confirm that logistics workers are cleared for essential travel to and from places of work as well to required delivery destinations. In addition, we are seeking confirmation that accordingly the children of logistics workers are permitted to attend school.” In a letter from the UK Department of Transport at the beginning of the pandemic

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many new freighter airlines using CGN as better and full flexible alternative to the traditional EU cargo hubs. “For 2021 we expect the continuation of these positive developments and forecast again increasing cargo traffic numbers as especially e-commerce volumes will further grow. “Additionally to this CGN will, based on its unrestricted 24/7 operation, further strengthen its market position as leading airport for (ad-hoc) cargo charters. “The newly-launched “freighterfriendly” initiative which includes a dedicated development programme for the further growth of daytime cargo traffic, the step-by-step increase of the CGN cargo handling capacities and the continuous strengthening of the airport’s cargo sales and operations team are further supporting this very positive development in CGN. “Overall I see an enduring trend that especially cargo airlines are more and more focussing on cargo friendly and dedicated airports like CGN moving their flights and related business away from historical hubs. “As belly capacities will only slowly come back to the market, demand for freighter capacities will remain on a very high level this trend will even further reinforce. “Finally yet importantly, the digitalisation of our industry will further accelerate as the pandemic year impressively showed the importance of this topic but also the possible speed of transformation.”


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harterSync have gone from strength to strength since the company launched back in 2019 and despite the challenges of 2020 the go-now cargo charter platform has continued to provide charter solutions for all cargo demands. “We couldn’t have hoped for a stronger first full year of trading for CharterSync,” commented Simon Watson, co founder of CharterSync. “Despite challenging times this year we strategically targeted a number of different markets and grew our customer base, allowing us to test our technology and platform under different applications. From a commercial perspective we finished the year in a profitable position.” This growth has not gone unnoticed. The Sunday Times Fast Track shortlisted CharterSync in their Tech Track Top Ten “Ones to watch” category. Impressively, the young company also won the logistics UK Award for most innovative product of the year. “At the start of the first wave of coronavirus earlier this year all of our team switched to remote working. “This change actually gave us an opportunity and edge over our competition that may use more traditional, inefficient methods of working. Our cloud based platform centralises the workflow for the whole company, allowing us to process forwarders requests and offer options in a matter of minutes,” Watson told ACW. It was during these early months of the pandemic that the charter sector was proved essential as commercial cargo capacity fell considerably. “The last quarter of this year represented a very busy period for the automotive industry as it tried to catch up for the downtime earlier in the year,” explained Watson. “CharterSync supported a high number of key automotive forwarding customers to keep the production lines running. We recorded well over 500 automotive charters in the last quarter of 2020, proving that our platform really has the capacity for scale.”

say: “Optimising the right work/life balance, and ensuring enough time to celebrate the successes no matter how big or small.”

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a busy start to 2021! A lot of work has been done to add additional operator capacity to our platform, and we certainly feel CharterSync is the obvious choice for forwarders looking to secure the best air cargo charter solutions.” After all that happened in 2020, what advice would CharterSync co-founders give to their January 2020 selves? The men

CharterSync, launched at air cargo Europe Munich, in its first week of trading successfully completed 16 time-critical air charters. The London-based start-up synchronises time-critical air charters for freight forwarders, generating charter options in under three minutes from request to quote for its customers. “CharterSync accelerates the booking of time-critical air charter bookings for freight forwarders. Our platform adds transparency to cost whilst providing a gateway to the most suitable aircraft in real time. “Our first week has exceeded expectations with the performance of the platform, and delivering ease of operation, time-saving, accuracy and cost reduction for our customers. Our industry expertise has made this possible,” Watson commented at the time.

The stage set The stage set for 2021 is already in a complicated state, with vaccine transportation and medical supplies and now effects of Brexit affecting the normal cargo flow. “We have already witnessed the surge of activity before the post-Brexit transition period expired, and we are now prepared for the new formalities that leaving the EU single market will bring,” assured Ed Gillet, co-founder of CharterSync. “COVID-19 border restrictions will continue to add to the Port congestion into/out of the UK, and we are planning for

Air Charter Service appoints Chris Fisher to New York LEADING global aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has announced the appointment of Chris Fisher as business development director in the US. Fisher brings with him 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and will be working primarily with the ACS team based in New York. He began his career in aviation logistics in the US Navy before moving into an operations management role at a large freight forwarder and later to another charter company. Justin Bowman, Air Charter Service’s CEO, comments: “We are thrilled to have Chris on board to add his diverse experience working with the government, as well as within the private sector, to our team. He brings highly valuable international experience in freight forwarding that will be a great asset to our business. Chris has a great track record within the industry and we are always looking to bring individuals with new experiences into our company so that we can better service our customers.” Fisher adds: “I am delighted to be joining Air Charter Service, having admired the company for many years. The challenge of excelling their business is highly exciting at this particularly interesting time for aviation. I look forward to working with the team and sharing my experience.”

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Will you be a WACA winner in 2021?

IN 2020, DB Schenker, Swissport, Air Charter Service, Brussels Airport, Air Logistics Group, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Air Cargo Belgium, Webcargo, IATA and AFKLMP were all winners. Will this be the year you win? Voting will close on Friday March 26 2021. The Awards will take place on Wednesday May 5 2021.

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