Aircargopedia Newsblast: January 2018!
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22th January 2018  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

A Happy New Year to you!

AIR CARGO HUBS: While the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has been flirting around a historic 26,000 mark and the U.S. corporate earnings are on a tear, air cargo tabloids around the world are ablaze with the announcement by Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) that their freight volumes have topped the 5 million mark for 2017. All of this while the airport refines its cargo strategy and invests heavily into developing both the expertise and the infrastructure in handling premium air cargo products like pharma, as well as time sensitive e-commerce shipments. Our hats off to HKIA.
  DJ Ghosh

Hong Kong is the undisputed leader in the cargo airport pack, followed by Memphis (MEM), Shanghai (PVG), Incheon( ICN) and Dubai (DXB). Granted, they have a big advantage. They sit at the side of China, the world's largest exporter, and soon to be the world's largest economy. With the dizzying pace of China;s economic growth set to continue well into the foreseeable future, HKIA's position is well set.

However, as we go down the list, we see the list for the top cargo airports changing soon as airports like Istanbul (fueled by the out sized global ambitions of Turkish Cargo) and Doha (backed by the rise of Qatar Airways) play a more dominant role in world trade. In Africa, Ethiopian Airlines Group has ordered four more B777's as they aim to build one of the largest cargo terminals in the world.

Simultaneously, the explosion in e-commerce shipments will raise volumes at both Memphis (FedEx) and Louisville (UPS), while spurring new cargo hubs by Amazon in Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky where it plans to invest $1.49 billion and employ 2000 people in 2 million square feet of space. This is just the beginning. Even though Amazon's new facility will reduce its dependence on UPS and FedEx, all of these cargo facilities will grow with the rapid rise in the tide of e-commerce shipments.

We hope that we can work with airport managers to feature all of these major air cargo hubs of the present and future on AIRCARGOPEDIA's encyclopedic 24/7 e-platform for the whole world to see.

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES: Once again, we will be attending AIR CARGO INDIA(2018) now in its 7th edition at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom in Santa Cruz, Mumbai from February 20-22nd; a spectacular event organized by the STAT TIMES group which attracts top air cargo professionals to India's commercial capital for three days of high level networking while attending conference sessions addressed by global experts on air cargo subjects. India is now a major supplier of pharma products to the world, and I look forward to the forum by pharma air shippers on the afternoon of Day One. I will also be attending a round table session on E-Commerce Retail to learn what air cargo can deliver.

This year the 12th IATA World Cargo Symposium is in Dallas (March 13-15) and we hope to be there to join 1,000 air cargo leaders and more than 40 exhibitors to attend specialized tracks and workshops related to Technology & Innovation, Security & Customs, Cargo Operations & Sustainability. There is no doubt in my mind, that the WCS is absolutely the top global air cargo event and the best opportunity for high level networking.

On March 20, we are also adding a new event to our calendar; the UNMANNED CARGO AIRCRAFT CONFERENCE at the North Carolina Global Trans-Park.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft(UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first UCA service is to be started in Kenya this year by Astral Aerial Solutions.. UCA's offer the potential to transport loads of 1 to 10 tons or more over both long and short distances, on routes that are unfeasible or uneconomical for other modes of transport. At this event, you will learn about UCA models, regulations and configurations, and how to make money with UCA. Welcome to a brave new world of pilot less air cargo.

I hope you will join us for all of these world class events.

D.J. Ghosh
President & Publisher
”The Complete Encyclopedia for the Air Cargo Professional & Investor”


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Rep. Ed Royce Honors Astrophysics, Inc. With Export Achievement Award

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, Calif. (January 15, 2018

Representative (Rep.) Ed Royce (R-CA) and the U.S. Commercial Service honored Astrophysics, Inc. on Friday with an Export Achievement Certificate, recognizing the company's success exporting over $1 million of security products and its positive impact on the local economy.

Rep. Ed Royce highlighted the importance of expanding American exports to markets around the world. He also commended the U.S. Commercial Service and the event's host, the District Export Council of Southern California (DECSC), for their continued efforts to promote and aid U.S. export growth.

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration and it helps U.S. companies start exporting or increase their sales to new global markets. Astrophysics and the U.S . Commercial Service have partnered on several key sales opportunities, particularly in India and Asia. The agency opened new lines of communication and helped resolve challenges between Astrophysics and its business partners, helping facilitate major wins for the company's security scanners overseas.

Regarding the award, Astrophysics, Inc. CEO Francois Zayek stated: "We are delighted to be awarded an Export Achievement Certificate. It is a testament to our company's dedication to deliver high-tech, American-made security scanners to customers across the globe. We are also grateful for our relationship with the U.S. Commercial Service, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Commercial Service to increase our exports around the world.".

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Çelebi's new developments in India

15 January 2018

Çelebi Aviation is awarded with two key concessions in India – Cochin and Kannur. This expansion gives us a strategic presence in the state of Kerala and expands our footprint further in the Indian Sub-Continent, deepening the concept of second homebased market.

Çelebi launched its operations in Cochin International Airport with the provision of handling services to Air Asia Thai flight on 7 th of January 2018.

Çelebi, Air Asia Berhad and Air Asia Thai signed a three years ground handling agreement, thus embarking onto a partnership giving us the trust and opportunity to serve their flights in Cochin, the fourth International Airport in India, where Çelebi operates since 2009.

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After the operational start up, Çelebi gave a reception on 8 th of January, as an appreciation to CIAL Managing Director and CIAL entire management team, to our launch customer, Air Asia, all other airlines operating at COK and, most importantly to Çelebi’s team who worked for this task with enthusiasm and commitment to service excellence.

Furthermore, Kannur International Airport will be the 5th station of operations of Celebi in India. The airport is expected to begin commercial operations by the end of September 2018. We would be starting the Ground Handling Services as soon as the Airport is operational. At the same time, Celebi India looks forward to business growth and support of airport users’ interests with the enhancement of competition and also value added solutions development.

2018 is going to be very exciting with some interesting opportunities ahead of us. Çelebi has sent in an expression of interest for the Air India Ground Handling arm’s sale and now with the GH regulation being released a few days back, we will also be pursuing more opportunities at both existing and new locations in our country. With the opening of Cochin & Kannur and all the other opportunities that may crop up, 2018 is expected to be busy, critical and hence interesting for all of us.

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GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease Ethiopian Airlines the first two Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI)-converted 737-800 Freighters

The AEI converted freighter accommodates eleven full height containers plus one AEP/AEH, a main deck payload of up to 52,000 lb (23,587 kg)

SHANNON, Ireland, January 12, 2018

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, a division of the Ethiopian Airlines Group (, has committed to lease the first two Boeing 737-800 freighters (737-800SF) converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) from GECAS (, with the first delivery expected in June of 2018, followed by a second in January of 2019.

“We are excited to take delivery of these first-ever AEI-converted 737-800SFs,” explained Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, “The aircraft will be a great complement to our existing fleet of B777 and B757 freighters. In line with our Vision 2025 Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics strategic roadmap, we are expanding our cargo fleet and network to support trade within Africa and with the rest of the world by facilitating the export of perishables and the import of high value goods into the continent.”

“We have been working with AEI on this program since 2015 and look forward to delivering the first AEI converted 737-800SF to Ethiopian Airlines. The airline is joining a growing number of combination carriers planning to operate this aircraft either for replacement of aging freighters or for growth,” said GECAS Richard Greener, SVP & Manager Cargo Aircraft Group.

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics provides airport–to–airport services across a network of over 91 destinations on both freighter and belly hold services (including both direct service and arranged connection flights). It is also the largest network cargo operator in Africa. With six 777 and two 757 Freighters serving 39 cargo destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Europe, Ethiopia’s state-of-the-art cargo terminal delivers an annual capacity of one million tons with services that range from general cargo to special cargo (including perishable, valuable or dangerous goods, live animals and mail & courier).

The AEI converted freighter accommodates eleven full height containers plus one AEP/AEH, a main deck payload of up to 52,000 lb (23,587 kg) and has AEI's hydraulically-operated cargo door, offering numerous key features to cargo operators

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A record year for cargo at Liege Airport

Liege Airport, the leading cargo airport in Belgium, had an exceptional year in 2017, setting an all-time record of 717,000 tonnes of goods handled with growth of 8.5%, compared to 2016.

Liege Airport, 9 January 2018

Cargo business worldwide saw overall growth, driven by strong economic performances in Europe, but also by the emergence of new e-commerce opportunities. All the Liege-based operators have made progress. In addition, two new airlines – Air China Cargo and Air Bridge Cargo – have joined Liege Airport.

“This was a record year because we had never achieved such a tonnage since Liege Airport came into being in 1990. This confirms the relevance of our strategy of support for full cargo companies”, explains Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport.

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Major investment to support growth and employment
Liege Airport has accelerated its investment programme in order to support the growth of companies and handlers: “One 6,000 m 2 cargo hall will be in operation within the next few weeks, and more than 20,000 m 2 will soon be built, as well as 4 new parking stands for large aircraft. It represents a major investment of more than 50 million euros creating, as a result, several hundred jobs”, Luc Partoune specifies.

Real estate activity is handled by the subsidiary, Liege Airport Business Park: it has also been very successful, with a 97% occupancy rate for office space and 100% for warehouses. An architecture competition will be announced shortly to design an office development in the immediate proximity of the passenger terminal.

It should also be mentioned that 192,000 passengers were carried in 2017 and that the number of flights remained steady at 37,199 in 2017. The net income is expected to amount to 2.4 million euros.

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TIACA strengthens presence in key Latin American markets

TIACA signs Memoranda of Understanding with three Latin American organizations and appoints a sales agent for the region

Miami, FL, USA, Monday, 8th January 2018

TIACA has signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with key Latin American organizations and has appointed a sales agent to further grow its presence in the region.

The MoUs are with Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Americas Alliance (AA), Bogotá, Colombia-headquartered Federation of National Associations of Cargo Agents and International Logistical Operators of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALACAT), and Santiago, Chile-based logistics provider AGUNSA.

AGUNSA has also been appointed as TIACA’s sales agent for Latin America, to encourage companies in the region to attend and exhibit at TIACA’s events and to grow membership.

“We are continuing our efforts to expand the geography of TIACA membership and connections, and these three MoUs are in line with our current policy of globalization and regional partnerships,” said Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General.

TIACA has pledged to work with the three organizations on new air cargo events, training, and to promote industry best practice across Latin America. “TIACA is the premier platform that brings the international logistics community together on all levels,” said Eric Hartmann, Vice President, AGUNSA.

“We at AGUNSA are proud to be working with TIACA expanding its presence in Latin America. “Our objective is to bring South America closer to the world as we look to support the success of this year’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto.”

“Latin America is an important growing region where up till now TIACA did not have that much exposure,” said Sebastiaan Scholte, TIACA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jan de Rijk Logistics.

“With the partnership with these three highly regarded organizations we are expanding our presence in Latin America.”

TIACA recently signed an MoU with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) as part of its global expansion drive. Any organizations interested in additional information or partnership opportunities with TIACA can contact Vladimir Zubkov by emailing vzubkov(at)

TIACA’s 29th International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada from 16th to 18th October 2018. To register for the event, visit, or for more information on attending or sponsoring, contact Warren Jones, TIACA Executive Director, at, call +1 (786) 265 7011, or visit

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IATA: Air Freight Market Analysis - November 2017

Air Freight Market Analysis - November 2017
Released 10th January 2018

Key points from our report on air freight markets in November:

• Global freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) rose by 8.8% year-on-year in November and remain on track for their fastest full year of growth since 2010
• The upward trend in seasonally adjusted (SA) volumes has slowed over the past six months. However, key indicators of cargo demand indicate that FTK growth is carrying momentum into the first half of 2018.
• International FTK growth rose in year-on-year terms in most regions in November, and stayed in double-digit territory in Africa
• Freight capacity grew by 4.0% year-on-year in November, lagging demand growth for the 16th month in a row.

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