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The weekly newspaper for air cargo professionals No. 1,121

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Front runners: InstoneAir saddles up for Saudi Cup

La Mer Maritime giant CMA CGM steps up its strategic development in logistics with the creation of an air cargo division, with the help of the ECS Group

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he CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics and owner of freight forwarder CEVA Logistics, is stepping up its strategic development in the logistics industry by creating a specialised airfreight division: CMA CGM AIR CARGO. CMA CGM AIR CARGO is to begin operations starting March 8 with the first Airbus A330-200F cargo flight from Liege, Belgium to Chicago, United States. It will be joined on March 16 by a second Airbus A330200F that will also serve the US market, doubling the total offered capacity. CMA CGM has chosen Air Belgium and Liege airport as the strategic base for its operations CMA CGM AIR CARGO will rely on the expertise of Air Belgium to operate the aircraft in its fleet. This

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INSIDE WINDY CITY RECORD

JETTAINER is set to provide Sunclass Airlines with unit load device (ULD) management services for another five years. The global leader ... PAGE 2

PELI BIOTHERMAL: LATEST PARTNERSHIPS

PELI BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, announces additional distributor partnerships expanding ... PAGE 4

dynamic airline has a recognised airfreight transportation team. CMA CGM’s Airbus A330-200Fs will be based at Liege, one of Europe’s busiest freight hubs, strategically located in the heart of a large population centre and benefitting from a number of intermodal transportation modes.

VIENNA AIRPORT: CRISIS-PROOF

THE COVID-19 crisis is putting Vienna Airport to the test, just like the entire aviation industry. Vienna Airport is functioning as a reliable ... PAGE 4

ECS Group The CMA CGM Group has decided to rely on the expertise of two European companies to market its services and operate its aircraft. ECS Group, a leading GSA, will be in charge of marketing CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s services. The CMA CGM Group has also decided to develop a blocked space agreement on board its aircraft with its subsidiary CEVA Logistics.

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Xavier Eiglier, director of CMA CGM AIR CARGO, comments: “The launch of CMA CGM AIR CARGO represents a significant event in developing a comprehensive range of logistics services for the CMA CGM Group’s

clients. These initial destinations in the United States demonstrate our desire to offer our clients international coverage, serving the biggest freight airports in the heart of major economic areas.”

DR Robert Schönberger, the popular Messe München exhibition group director, shared with Air Cargo Week a photograph taken at a time ... PAGE 4

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CharterSync: significant growth CHARTERSYNC has reported significant growth since January 1 as UK air cargo operators have struggled to cope with the challenge of securing post-Brexit UK-EU flight permits. Charter broker CharterSync, which connects freight forwarders with cargo and executive jet operators, handled 183 flights and 750 tonnes of cargo across Europe in January 2021, a 33% increase on volumes in December 2020. Ed Gillett, co-founder and director of CharterSync, commented: “We’ve been able to help airlines manage their extra workload, both through our efficient end-to-end booking technology and by our operations teams helping with permit applications. In one 48hour period last month we booked 27 flights, which was a new record.” CharterSync has seen rising demand from

the pharmaceutical sector, with time-critical bookings for COVID-19 vaccines, syringes and PPE. The company handled bookings across 21 different aircraft types in January, from executive jets up to regional freighter aircraft. “Our growth partly reflects the breadth of aircraft joining the CharterSync platform, including some of the newest and most sought-after aircraft types,” added Gillett. “We’re already offering the new Saab 340 freighter from RVL Group and were the first company to offer ad-hoc charter on Titan Airways’ newly-delivered A321 freighter last month.” Alastair Willson, managing director of Titan Airways, stated: “We have performed a number of successful CharterSync flights using the A321F and Boeing 737-300F. These flights have come at a challenging time.”

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he Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) subsidiary, MASkargo, has flown the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine to medical authorities in Malaysia. Over 300,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine were transported using a Passenger-to-Cargo (P2C) flight utilising the Airbus 330-300 aircraft in close collaboration with government agencies, Pfizer and DHL Express. MAG chief executive officer Izham Ismail said: “We are

proud to be able to serve the country in this very important mission, as Malaysians and residents look forward to receiving their dosage under the national vaccination programme. “Being the country’s national carrier, we take this responsibility of transporting the vaccines very seriously, as the success of the vaccination programme is key in helping the country achieve economic and financial recovery. Despite being very experi-

enced in handling time and temperature-sensitive items, we still worked hard at preparing the organisation in this highly complex and demanding task to ensure seamless end-to-end execution. “Our skilled workforce and adequate infrastructure are vital points in ensuring the safe, secure and hygienic handling, transportation and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Malaysia or any part of the world,” commented Ismail.

Sunclass Airlines extends Jettainer partnership JETTAINER is set to provide Sunclass Airlines with unit load device (ULD) management services for another five years. The global leader in outsourced ULD management has already managed and maintained the Danish airline’s ULD fleet for several years. Sunclass Airlines currently operates a fleet of eight Airbus 321 and two Airbus 330 airplanes. The charter airline serves destinations in the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands, Africa and Thailand from its eight bases in Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Ad-hoc charter flights are also part of its portfolio. Jettainer successfully manages and maintains Sunclass Airlines’ entire fleet of containers and pallets. “The trust that Sunclass Airlines has placed in us is recognition of our work and motivates

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us to continue providing the best service in the future. We are confident that we can keep supporting Sunclass on its path towards growth through our efficient ULD management services and look forward to continuing our long-term relationship,” said Thorsten Riekert, Jettainer’s chief sales officer.

Partnership Bent Erlandsen, director operations at Sunclass Airlines, said: “In the current situation, it is more important than ever for us to manage all aspects of our company efficiently. “The partnership with Jettainer puts us in the best possible position when it comes to ULDs. In our eyes, this makes the ULD specialist an ideal partner that we want to grow with in the long term.”

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NEWS Vienna Airport established as a crisis-proof air cargo centre

THE COVID-19 crisis is putting Vienna Airport to the test, just like the entire aviation industry. Vienna Airport is functioning as a reliable airfreight centre for Central and Eastern Europe during the crisis thanks to years of investment into its logistic centre. “Vienna Airport offers its customers fast turnaround times and is well prepared for current and upcoming challenges due to years of investment in airport infrastructure, its excellent geographical location and its 24-hour operating license,” said Julian Jäger, member of the management board of Flughafen Wien. With the ability to handle all types of aircraft, Flughafen Wien employees proved their adaptability during the Coronavirus crisis. One example is the handling of ‘preighters’. Flexibility is also provided to airline customers by 24-hour operations of all facilities, such as Customs, border control and health authorities. With its pharma handling centre built in 2018, Vienna Airport is ideally equipped for time and temperature-critical transports of medical goods. “In the current very dynamic market environment with rapidly increasing freight volumes in Europe, Vienna International Airport is well-positioned with its existing capacities. Although there is a decline in belly cargo due to the lack of passenger aircraft, we have been recording increases of up to 30% for months, especially in unloads/ import cargo,” explained Michael Zach, vice president sales and finance, ground handling and cargo operations at Vienna Airport. Vienna Airport offers advantages as a European freight hub for road transport too: the catchment area of the dense road feeder network for airfreight extends far beyond neighbouring countries and the major European hubs to the Balkans, Ukraine and Poland.

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Sharkmed and Corena Pharmaceutical Wholesaler will both offer customers access to Peli BioThermal’s comprehensive range of products. Founded in 2000, Sharkmed specialises in supplying essential equipment to emergency medical services, particularly tactical combat casualty care, alongside providing training in personal and fire safety. Based in Hyvinkaa, southern Finland, the company is also a long established distributor of high-performing cases provided by Peli BioThermal’s corporate parent, Peli Products. Established in 1998 with its own robust service network, Corena Pharmaceutical Wholesaler supplies to 86 countries on six continents. The company is based in Turkey’s capital Ankara and specialises in the provision of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies internationally.

eli BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, announces additional distributor partnerships expanding the company’s growing global network with the announcement of commercial collaborations with Sharkmed in Finland and Corena Pharmaceutical Wholesaler located in Turkey. Paul Terry, director of sales EMEA at Peli BioThermal, said: “We are delighted to be working with our new distributors who are operating in these key European locations. These additions further enhance Peli BioThermal’s growing global footprint, providing customers greater access to our full portfolio of high-performing products, including our deep frozen product range, which was recently expanded to support the ongoing response to the global pandemic.”

Dachser USA grows dedicated Europe-US air cargo service RESPONDING to increased demand for airfreight transport options out of Europe, Dachser USA, a subsidiary of the global logistics provider Dachser, is expanding its dedicated Frankfurt-Chicago air cargo service with the addition of a second flight, scheduled for the weekday to complement the current weekend schedule. Dachser USA has been successfully operating a dedicated Frankfurt-Chicago-Frankfurt air cargo service since the end of July last year when demand for air transport began to increase due to pandemic-related supply chain disruption. “Many of our customers are shifting some of their shipments to airfreight transport because of the uncertainty surrounding ocean transport right now. As volumes increase, our recently launched dedicated Frankfurt-Chicago airfreight service continues to attract clients and is now operating at full capacity. In order to serve the growing demand for reliable and predictable service levels, we launched our new weekday service, which is already drawing new customers,” said Andy Frommenwiler, vice president, airfreight, Dachser USA. The new route will be operated by American Airlines with B777/PAX freighters and will run every Wednesday from Frankfurt to Chicago. This additional dedicated airfreight option will allow for

ECS Group, with its established presence in the Middle East region and strong partnership with the airline in over 20 countries, is supervising the management of Qatar Airway’s cargo capacity through its subsidiary Globe Air Cargo. Qatar Airways operates 14 weekly flights from Dubai and daily flights from Abu Dhabi. In preparation for this much awaited recommencement of cargo sales and bookings in the United Arab Emirates, ECS has bolstered its local teams, with a dedicated team supervising the scheduled flights seven days a week. Ehab Matta, senior manager regional cargo – Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Pakistan, said: “We are delighted to be able to count on ECS Group,

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more transit choices as Dachser’s extensive network continues to expand, innovate and deliver for its customers. Dachser USA’s expanded dedicated flight service connects its US customers to the entire European market through its comprehensive land transport network from Frankfurt. Through Dachser’s road transport network, the service connects 37 European countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. For European customers, Dachser USA’s dedicated trucking service in the US enables door-to-door deliveries within the 48 contiguous states.

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with whom we share our values of service excellence and customer-centricity. “Their perfect understanding of the airline’s processes and their excellent reputation in the region were key factors in our choice.” For ECS Group, the recommencement of cargo sales and bookings is excellent news for the region.

Fully committed “We welcome Qatar Airways’ return to the Gulf region. At ECS Group, all the teams in place are fully committed and are ready to support our partner, Qatar Airways Cargo, as they recommence cargo sales and bookings” said Adrien Thominet, CEO of ECS Group.

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Those were the days ...

DR Robert Schönberger, the popular Messe München exhibition group director, shared with Air Cargo Week a photograph taken at a time when the world was allowed to meet up at business conferences. Here Robert was flagging up his interest in logitrans Turkey in Istanbul back in 2019. Let us hope that such a photo can be taken somewhere in the world in 2021!

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Front runners: InstoneAir fly horses for Saudi Cup FOR over 40 years InstoneAir have been transporting animals across the globe. Whilst human movement has been severely restricted during the pandemic, animals are still very much on the move, Jeremy Instone, managing director, explained as he spoke to ACW. “There are still a lot of animals being flown around,” Instone added. “We’ve actually had a very busy year.” As a GSA, charter broker and consultant, InstoneAir are experts in live animal transportation. “A customer may ask to ship a certain num-

ber of horses from a to b and we find the most suitable airplane and equip it with our house stalls. “We also take bookings for bloodstock service agents around the world where we’re acting as a general freight agent,” he added. “As a GSA our roles include booking the freight, booking the grooms, making sure the horse stalls are in good condition and in the right place. Also sorting the tickets for the grooms that accompany the animals.” And, although specialising in horse transportation, InstoneAir regularly transport pigs and cattle for breeding programmes and exot-

ic animals for conservation. Instone explained that the company have recently transported elephants to Australia.

In demand Horse transportation for race meets is a large part of operations for InstoneAir and services are especially in demand around times of major horse racing events. InstoneAir has been involved in the logistics of flying polo ponies from Argentina, as well as transporting the best English and Irish horses to the USA for the Breeder’s Cup back in October. “The horse racing industry has kept going all around the world, mostly behind closed doors, ” InstoneAir said. “We have a lot of horses going to valuable and prestigious events around the world.” When we spoke, the team was in the process of moving horses for the Saudi Cup, which took place on February 19 and 20. The event is the most valuable race in the world, with $20 million to be won.

Pandemic challenges Although the pandemic has not affected the demand for animal transportation, it has affected the logistics of it, especially in regard to movement of grooms. “The hardest or biggest change is moving grooms around,” Instone explained. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, each country has imposed different regulation and

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restrictions on the movement of people and differing regulations on testing. This coupled with the fact that regulations can change overnight, has meant sourcing grooms has been more difficult. Regulations on grooms differ depending on flight duration, destination, origin and quantity of animals on board. “[Moving the grooms is] probably harder than the horses, actually!” Instone joked.

Mitigating risks Moving such precious cargo and cargo that can move, kick and jump, creates its own unique set of challenges. Ensuring the aircraft is equipped with the best stabling products mitigates associated risks. “A large part of the business is designing, manufacturing and getting the stalls certified by the relevant authority. It’s a highly regulated part of the business and we’re treated like any other airline or maintenance organisation. “This involves a lot of testing of our stalls, which are made for different wide body aircraft, mostly 747, 777s and MD11s.” InstoneAir is the only UK company designing and building fully compliant EASA-certified Airstables for horses and already includes rigid and drop top Airstables as well as wide-bodied and narrow-bodied charter stalls in its equipment fleet of more than 450 units. To meet the demand from airlines and bloodstock shipping agents, it is producing 50-100 Fully Collapsible Airstables a year at its UK manufacturing plant.


SECURITY Astrophysics revolutionises air cargo security with 3D scanning THE coronavirus pandemic may have slowed the world economy, but it hasn’t slowed global air cargo shipments. Airlines are converting passenger planes into cargo transports as the United States readies its first COVID-19 vaccines for mass air shipments. Regulators have not slowed either - TSA pushed the air cargo industry to meet international requirements for screening 100% of export freight on all-cargo aircraft. Increasing demand and new regulations mean shipments need to be screened and cleared as quickly as possible to prevent delayed flights, avoid lengthy inspections and deliver critical cargo where it is needed most. For nearly twenty years Astrophysics, Inc. has built X-ray scanners designed to meet the security needs of freight forwarders. Solutions like the XIS-1818DV TM 320kV leverage Astrophysics’ best-in-class imaging to screen bulk and palletised freight shipments quickly and thoroughly. Powerful generators deliver superior image penetration, advanced imaging features including 24-bit colour and enhanced material discrimination help personnel quickly identify cargo contents and isolate any potential threats. Astrophysics’ screening solutions also meet the leading aviation authorities’ regulation standards, including TSA, STAC and Air Canada. Astrophysics offers eight TSA-qualified dual-view scanners, including four designed with heavy-duty roller beds for easy

loading and unloading of large hold cargo. Over half the companies orders are bespoke.

3D CT cargo scanning MVCT, the world’s first 3D CT cargo scanner is a recent innovation in cargo scanning. It is designed to screen dense, complex pallets without the need to break bulk. The MVCT’s 450kV generator penetrates 100mm of steel, offering twice the penetrating power of similar scanners, allowing operators to view the contents of any pallet. Its 360° multi-view X-ray and CT imaging combine to create 3D images,

6x the resolution of conventional cargo machines, unprecedented in the security industry, said the company. Operators can rotate, zoom in and isolate specific sections on a pallet, quickly resolving any potential threats without slowing the inspection process. This results in 4x faster inspections, with the MVCT screening up to 60 pallets per hour. The air cargo industry is undergoing some of its most dramatic changes in recent memory, not only navigating a global pandemic but also adapting to the latest regulatory requirements. Rapid change is here to stay, and freight forwarders need screening solutions designed with speed and effectiveness in mind.

Rapiscan continues to develop RAPISCAN is a global provider of security inspection solutions and has more than 100,000 products installed in over 170 countries. ACW caught up with the cargo screening specialists to see how operations are changing with the market. ACW: How have operations at Rapiscan changed over the past year since the start of the pandemic? Rapiscan: Across the Rapiscan business, we have reacted quickly and effectively to the pandemic and the localised lockdown and travel restrictions across the globe. We have been able to meet logistical challenges head-on adapting as needed – installation teams in the US have been able to complete projects with oversight and guidance from installation teams in the UK and globally using technology including video calling and conferencing, which is a first for the company. ACW: How does your Eagle A25 product scan ULDs and pallets? R: The Eagle A25 air cargo pallet and container scanner supports busy cargo inspection operations by quickly and efficiently scanning cargo, unit load devices (ULD) and pallets as they move through the inspection tunnel on a conveyor system. Its 3m high scan tunnel allows it to scan larger cargo, and makes it particularly well suited for screening single commodity cargo pallets by eliminating the need to break down the pallet to scan individual items, speeding inspection time. The Eagle A25 scanner is an enclosed X-ray system with integral shielding to protect nearby personnel. It combines the operational advantages of a cabinet-type system with the inspection capabilities of a high-energy X-ray imaging system and can be operated as a standalone unit or integrated into an automated air cargo handling solution for added flexibility. ACW: How does the Eagle A25 discover threats/contraband? R: The scanner uses 2.5 MeV imaging to penetrate light- and medium-density-packed cargo. X-rays are filtered and collimated into a fan beam that is scanned across the cargo, and dense items within the cargo absorb a portion of the X-rays, while the remaining X-rays penetrate the cargo and are sensed by a segmented array of transmission detector crystals. The X-rays illuminate the scintillating material within each detector crystal. Each detector crystal represents one vertical pixel in the image. The resulting high-quality transmission X-ray images are density shadow-grams of the materials within the cargo, enabling the operator to find hidden contraband.

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Sailing into airfreight CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is stepping up its development into logistics and has launched an airfreight division. To market its offering, it turned to the ECS Group. The result: a unique partnership between CMA CGM Group and the ECS Group. ACW caught up with ECS Group CEO, Adrien Thominet.

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MA CGM has taken the incredible step of launching an airfreight arm as part of its stepping up of strategic development in the logistics industry. The world’s fourth shipping line, turned to Paris-based GSSA, the ECS Group, to serve as its third-party agent to market its airfreight offering. In turn, this has led to a promising business partnership between the two companies.

e said: “It is really amazing that CMA CGM turned to us to accompany their strategic development into air freight.”

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hile the partnership has been announced now, negotiations and dialogue between CMA CGM and ECS Group started a few months ago. “They relied on us, our experience and our network.”

size,” he quipped. nother fact is noticeable about the partnership: both companies are French. CMA CGM Group is based in Marseilles and the ECS Group is Paris-based. In fact, the nationalities of the two enterprises is more of a coincidence than a key factor in the creation of this partnership, Thominet added. greater cause of moving to a relationship is the fact than many managers and executives at CMA CGM Group had either worked at an ECS client airline or knew ECS Group through business activity. This meant that the CMA CGM Group already enjoyed knowledge of the ECS Group and how it works, considered Thominet.

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he CMA CGM Group is buying four 60-tonne-payload Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft from Qatar Airways Cargo. These aircraft came into service between 2014 and 2016. Thominet said: “These will be put into service after painting. There are a further two on order.”

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he airline will start by connecting Europe and the United States on 6x weekly flights ex Liege to Chicago.

It is unique I think for a GSA to sell capacity in both directions,” said Thominet, adding that the ECS Group will sell capacity in both directions for the CMA CGM Group. Clients for the new air services will be freight forwarders, likely e-Commerce players. CMA CGM group’s subsidiary, CEVA Logistics, will enjoy a blocked space agreement on board its aircraft.

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hile the CMA CGM Group has partnered with ECS Group, the difference in size between the leading shipping and logistics Group and the general sales agent has not gone unnoticed by Thominet. “We are not the same

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