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Brussels Airport and Miami Airport launch new pharma focused organisation: pharma.aero
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On May 25th, during the TIACA AGM held in Miami, Brussels Airport and Miami Airport announced they will set up a new global organisation focussing on improved pharma handling and quality in the air cargo industry.

The new organisation, pharma.aero, will focus on airport communities that embraced the IATA CEIV program and that are looking to further build on the expertise gained thanks to this program. Also other members and individual companies will be able to join if they share the same objectives and goals of the organisation. The objective however will not be to have as many members as possible, but to focus on quality and content.

Brussels Airport was the first and today still the largest CEIV community in the world when launching the program together with IATA end 2014. Last year, Miami was the first airport organising a similar community setup in the Americas. Both have been working together and sharing ideas in the past year on the topic of pharma and cool chain and wish to continue to do so in an even formal and structured way. This has led to the creation of the new organisation.

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The new organisation will have 3 main activities:
- Networking and events: bringing all staakeholders together and creating an intense dialogue between a selective group of individuals and companies
- Standard setting: bench marking, creatiion of standard protocols, joint projects, innovation, …
- Network of excellence for its members: sharing best practises, audit support, settingup of a knowledge center, …

The ultimate goals of the organisation is to realise, together with the pharma manufacturers, lane certification for pharma transportation by air, increasing quality and transparency.

“As the busiest U.S. airport for international freight, perishable imports and temperature- controlled products, MIA seized the opportunity to further grow the local pharmaceutical transport industry by rallying the local cargo community and engaging them in the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification Program,” said airport director Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez. “And, after becoming the first IATA-designated pharma hub airport in the United States (and 2nd in the world), we now turn our efforts to leveraging our strength as a pharma hub by collaborating with other airports around the world who share a common goal of strengthening pharmacertified trade lanes and extending pharma cold supply chains to reach new international markets. We are very pleased to work with our friends at BRU on this important initiative.”

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Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport, adds to this: “In the past 3 to 4 years, we have been working very closely with the pharma manufacturers, which has resulted in the IATA CEIV Program we organised at Brussels. This continuous dialogue has learned us that there still is a lot of work to be done before we can consider us as a true and reliable transport partner for them. We now want to continue and strengthen our approach by bringing it on a global level to create end to end solutions for the pharma industry. The organisation will be very much content focussed, developing solutions and creating transparency in very close co-operation with the pharma industry”.

Some details still need to be finalised, but by October the organisation will be officially launched and more details and information will be given. At that time, some other members will be announced too, including some pharma manufacturers.


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Air Austral awards ULD management contract to CHEP
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7 June 2016

Air Austral, a French airline headquartered on Réunion Island, has awarded a 5-year ULD management contract to CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) management and repair solutions.

Air Austral operates a widebody aircraft fleet of three Boeing 777, and took delivery of its first B787-8 Dreamliner in May 2016, making it the first French airline to operate an aircraft of this type. Air Austral has chosen CHEP's unique pooling model to drive efficiencies, reduce its costs, and benefit from the increased fuel and CO2 savings made possible with CHEP's lightweight containers.

Air Austral VP Ground Operations and Security, Jean-Jacques Roy, said: "Our partnership with CHEP provides us with immediate cost savings as we don't have to buy ULDs for our new Dreamliners. Due to the seasonality of our flights and peak periods in our schedule we appreciate that we can flexibly adapt the ULD inventory in our stations and only pay for the units we use as well as being able to generate additional cargo revenue opportunities due to the weight savings of CHEP's lightweight containers."

CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, said: "Air Austral is a perfect fit for our network and particularly for our leisure carrier customers due to the overlap of destinations which further increases the synergies of our ULD pooling model. As CHEP's entire baggage container fleet consists of environmentally friendly lightweight units, our customers are able to benefit from quick savings opportunities and improve their sustainability. Our outsourcing solutions will help Air Austral to focus on its core business of flying passengers while CHEP takes care of the management of ULDs."


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Airline Industry Economic Performance - Mid year June 2016
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Airline industry forecast to generate a record 9.8% return on invested capital this year
Released 02 December 2016


Key Points:

• Consumers benefit from lower fuel prices with lower fares, more routes, and will spend 1% of world GDP on air transport.
• Economic development is a big winner from the doubling of city pairs and halving of air transport costs over the past 20 years.
• Governments gain substantially from $118bn of tax next year and from almost 63 million 'supply chain' jobs.
• Load factors are forecast to slip a little as capacity accelerates, but breakeven should fall even further as fuel hedges unwind.
• Equity owners see a far better 2015 and 2016 with a 9%+ average airline ROIC, above the cost of capital for the first time.
• Credit metrics improve further with net debt, adjusted for operating leases, forecast to decline from 4x to 3.6x EBITDAR this year.
• Jobs in the industry should reach 2.61 million, productivity will be up 3.4% and GVA/employee over $100,000.
• Infrastructure use costs are rising further, plus inefficiencies in Europe alone add 2.9bn Euros to airline costs next year.
• N American airlines perform best with a forecast 10.8% net post-tax profit margin in 2016. Africa is the weakest with a 3.5% loss


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ATSG Increases Bank Credit Facility to Support Growth Initiatives
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WILMINGTON, OH – June 1, 2016

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) announced today that it has obtained commitments for an expansion of the revolver portion of its secured credit facility with a consortium of banks led by SunTrust, and that it has extended the maturity of the entire facility by 12 months.

The changes increase by $100 million, to $425 million, the revolving credit portion of the credit facility with the bank group. Additionally, the facility includes an amortizing term loan which currently has an outstanding balance of $97.5 million. Both the revolver and term loan mature in May 2021.

Quint Turner, Chief Financial Officer of ATSG, said, "We appreciate the continued strong support of our long-time bank group as we invest our capital to meet the growing customer demand for our mid-size freighter assets and support services, while at the same time continuing to repurchase our shares. The responses from our lender group indicated they are willing to provide even greater credit availability beyond our current request, should the need arise."

Other features of the amendment include:

• Permitted annual share repurchases were increased from $50 million to $75 million, subject to a leverage ratio based on EBITDA as defined under the credit agreement. The leverage limitation is no greater than 2.75 times, up from 2.5 times under the prior agreement, on a trailing 12 months basis. ATSG’s Board of Directors increased its share repurchase authorization to $100 million on May 12, 2016.

• The increase in the revolver ceiling includes a new $100 million accordion feature, under which the limit on revolver credit could increase up to $525 million with approval of the bank consortium.

The variable interest rate structure on the revolver remains unchanged. Rates are affected by LIBOR, plus an interest rate spread that adjusts based on the stated leverage ratio. The revolver interest rate is currently 2.2 percent.

Outstanding debt against the revolver was $240 million at March 31, 2016. The credit facility is secured by certain designated aircraft.


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Kerry Logistics Completes US Acquisition to Strengthen Global IFF Capabilities
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Hong Kong, Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Kerry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics’; Stock Code 636.HK), Asia’s leading logistics service provider, today completed its US acquisition of a majority stake in Apex Maritime and its affiliated companies (‘APEX’). Headquartered in South San Francisco, APEX was founded in 1990 and is the top three NVOCC (Non-vessel Operating Common Carrier) ranked by Asia to US import volumes in 2015 according to Datamyne reports. The move is part of Kerry Logistics’ long-term international freight forwarding (‘IFF’) strategy to expand its sales network and coverage worldwide.

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, APEX specialises in trans-Pacific trade lanes and handled over 270,000 TEUs in 2015. The increased capacity through this partnership means more options, expanded geographies and better cost optimisation for customers of both companies. Kerry Logistics’ international customers now have a dedicated sales team on the ground to look after their business in the US market, as well as gaining complete supply chain visibility from origins to destinations; and APEX’s diverse base of customers now have access to a global network with enhanced service offerings and solid logistics support across Asia.

William Ma, Group Managing Director of Kerry Logistics, said, “The acquisition of APEX is a major leap forward in our global expansion plan. The Asia-US trade plays an important role in our IFF growth strategy and APEX will form an important business arm that further strengthens our global network, enabling us to tap into new opportunities from trans-Pacific trades. It will also bring mutual benefits to both companies, with enriched service offerings and extensive marketing network in the US to Kerry Logistics’ customers as well as strong Pan-Asia logistics support to APEX’s customers.”

“The APEX team is excited to join the Kerry Logistics family. We are ready to take full advantage in realising vast cross-selling opportunities from the integration. Our customers will gain global scale and best practices in supply chain management, while maintaining their relationship with the same team that has served them for years. We are enthusiastic to grow with Kerry Logistics from now on,” said Vic Cheung, CEO and President of APEX.

William Ma continued, “In APEX, we are partnering with a team that has been meticulously built over the last two decades and shares the same vision of becoming a global partner of our customers. Integration is already underway. I look forward to working closely with APEX’s management team as we execute our global development plan.”

The expansion of global presence will better position Kerry Logistics to strengthen its international service capabilities and to seize business opportunities in a way to benefit its core operations in Asia.



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LACHS Mounts Up for Olympic Games
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May 31, 2016, Liege, Belgium

Just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Liege Air Cargo Handling Services (LACHS, Liege) has been awarded a three-year contract to manage the Horse Inn at Liege Airport. The Horse Inn is intended for horses being transported by air and to accommodate them during transit by road. It represents a total investment of €2.6 million.

The new infrastructure is designed to upgrade Liege’s overall service provision for the transportation of live horses, which is set to increase ahead of the summer Olympics.

“Global horse transport movements are so frequent that it is almost impossible to know the exact market size,” said Yossi Shoukroun, LACHS General Manager. “However, the transport of horses for pleasure and sport is a rapidly growing market, and air travel makes the horses’ lives easier. As experts in the transport of non-standard cargo such as live animals, we have invested a tremendous amount to ensure top-of-the-line infrastructure for this valuable cargo.”

Europe’s #1 ground handler for horses, LACHS specializes in dedicated charters as well as scheduled routes. LACHS boasts tremendous experience in complex equine projects, including multiple charters of horses, and can setup a special infrastructure to handle a mass of horses on a tight timeline. LACHS maintains specialized flooring for horses, collapsible horse stalls and both standard and custom built crates for smaller animals. Often, the horse groom or escort will fly along with the animal, taking care of feeding and proactive care.

With a view to developing this particular sector, Liege Airport has called on recognized experts, including Grégory Wathelet, the Belgian no 1 show jumper and European runner-up, and Mr Félix-Marie Brasseur, twice world individual driving four-in-hand champion.

For José Happart, Liege Airport Vice President, this new building is part of a well thought out development strategy: “This is a significant investment which is part of the services our airport offers to its clients. For some years now, Liege Airport has set the standard in the transport of horses and live animals, and LACHS exceeded our expectations in terms of organization, technical needs, facilities, duration, costs and marketing. We are improving and diversifying our strengths so that horse owners, riders and grooms are fully satisfied”.



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Hactl hits 40
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Hong Kong, 30 May 2016

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.

Hactl was one of the first “independent” handlers in the world: leading a new trend for airlines to move from self-handling, or being handled by other airlines, to using commercially-neutral specialist handling companies.

Hactl’s first cargo terminal was officially opened in May 1976, when Hong Kong’s airport was at its original Kai Tak location. As space in the central city location was severely restricted, and cargo traffic was expected to grow dramatically, the Hong Kong Government was keen to foster the optimum use of precious available space, and the highest standards in cargo handling.

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Hactl’s first airline customer Cargolux: which is still one of the 100+ airlines that Hactl serves.

It recognised that these goals would only be achieved through a major investment in a single, highly-efficient facility. The result was Hactl.

Hactl’s performance exceeded all expectations from the very beginning. Within 6 months of opening, it was handling 40 airlines, 15 freighters, 148 total flight movements, 962 road vehicles and 753 tonnes of cargo daily. This already placed it in the top 10 cargo terminals globally.

Hactl expanded its Kai Tak facilities with the opening of a second terminal, in 1991; this was the world’s first multi-storey cargo handling facility, designed to accommodate continuing cargo growth within a constrained footprint. By 1997, Hactl was handling 1.7 million tonnes of air cargo annually.

Then, with the move to the new Chek Lap Kok Airport in 1998, Hactl invested US$1 billion in its state-of-the-art SuperTerminal 1 facility, designed by leading architect Sir Norman Foster. SuperTerminal 1 boasted highly-mechanised and automated handling systems on a scale never seen before: with 3,500 storage positions for loaded ULDs, and a loose cargo handling system providing 10,000 storage positions.

The terminal also provided unrivalled facilities for its 2,400 staff, including a sports hall, staff common rooms, canteen and clinic. Today, SuperTerminal 1 remains the largest and most sophisticated single handling facility in the world.

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Sir John Bremridge, then Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, officiated at the Opening Ceremony
of Phase Two of Hactl Terminal 1 in 1984.

Says Hactl’s Chief Executive, Mark Whitehead: “The 40-year history of Hactl is one of constant innovation, ground-breaking initiatives, major investment and world records. The vision of Hactl’s founders, to create a handling agent that would set new standards for the industry, has been fully realised. That vision is still alive today in the continuing dedication and enthusiasm of our staff and management.

“It is an honour to lead this unique and remarkable company, and particularly so at this significant moment in its history. I pay tribute to the hard work and loyalty of every employee past and present, and to the imagination and drive that have kept Hactl ahead in the industry. Without these, Hactl could not have retained the pre-eminent position of respect which it holds today.”


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Air Freight Market Analysis - April 2016
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Released 30th May 2016

Key points from our full report on air freight markets in April:

• Annual growth in air freight tonne kilometres returned to positive territory in April 2016, as the one-off boost to air freight in early-2015 from disruption at US west coast seaports dropped out of the annual comparison. • Freight growth accelerated for all regions between April and March except Latin America...
• ...although given the soft underlying demand backdrop, 2016 is likely to be another weak year for air freight. • Industry-wide freight capacity continues to trend upwards, keeping intense pressure on yields.



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TIACA names new Shipper Advisory Council members and launches improved online advocacy knowledge bank
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Chanel Fragrances and Beauté and Ericsson amongst members announced on the first day of TIACA’s Executive Summit in Miami

Miami, USA, Wednesday 25th May 2016 – Shippers from a cross-section of global industries have joined TIACA’s Shipper Advisory Committee, the Association announced at its Executive Summit (ES) today.

Representatives from Chanel Fragrances and Beauté, Ericsson, and Sandvik Machining Solutions will be joining Chairman Lars J.T. Droog, Manager – Supply Chain & General Affairs from Tosoh Corporation on the council.

Marine Harvest RMT and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries are also now members, with shippers from the automotive and flower sectors to be announced soon.

“We have representation from a wide range of industries who ship a significant amount by air globally to bring insight into shipper challenges, so that the industry can better collaborate and work towards slicker, safer supply chains,” said Droog.

The new council complements existing shipper organizations by expanding the opportunity to include all sectors of the global air cargo community, according to Doug Brittin, Secretary General, TIACA.

“TIACA represents all sections of the industry and we feel it is very important to provide this platform specifically for shippers to bring their concerns to the discussion table,” said Sanjiv Edward, TIACA Chairman and Head of Cargo Business, Delhi International Airport.

“Collaboration is key to ensuring we add value to the industry.”

TIACA also announced the launch of a new improved advocacy knowledge bank on its website today.

The information will be sorted by topic, including Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI), dangerous goods, security programs, research and development, e-commerce, as well as market access and trade facilitation.

Each topic will be fully described and easily searchable so that industry segments can determine how it may affect them.

“We want to ensure that we deliver timely, relevant information to our members so that they can be ready for new legislation and take action where necessary,” said Brittin.

TIACA’s three-day Executive Summit brought together over 170 delegates from across the globe to network and take part in discussions and workshops on topics from e-commerce to PLACI.

TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum (ACF), which takes place 26th to 28th October in Paris, France this year, will welcome thousands of supply chain decision makers and over 200 exhibitors for a three-day networking and learning event.

Topics at the Forum will include disruptive innovation and future air cargo hubs as well as updates on new legislation.


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TIACA’s 28th Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition opens for registration
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Innovation tops the agenda at ACF in Paris, France this October, as TIACA launches new one-to-one meeting scheduler for the show
Miami, FL, USA, Monday 23rd May 2016


The global air cargo industry’s leading event, the Air Cargo Forum (ACF) and Exhibition, hosted by Groupe ADP and Air France KLM Cargo, is open for on-line registration at aircargoforum.org

The three-day exhibition, from the 26th to the 28th of October 2016 in Paris, France, is free-to attend, with day passes and early bird discounts available for the education program, called Vision 2020. The Forum, which takes place at the Porte de Versailles, will include practical workshops on new legislation, as well as debate on industry trends and innovation.

“The ACF, now in its 28th year, is a unique opportunity to network with specialists from the world’s leading air cargo companies, grow business, and learn from the experts,” said Doug Brittin, Secretary General, TIACA.

“With a raft of new legislation on the horizon and a dramatically changing business landscape, our three-day Forum will provide executives with the practical tools they need to stay ahead of the curve.”

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Franck Goldnadel, Executive Director, Chief Airport Operations Officer,
and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Director, Groupe ADP.

The Vision 2020 program includes a workshop explaining the new EU Union Customs Code, a session on the latest Advance Data legislation, a look at cargo hubs of the future, and a debate on the benefits of embracing the cloud.

Details of the speaker line up, which includes Randy Tinseth, Vice President - Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Pascal Meyer, ‎Head of Transportation and Customs, CHANEL Fragrances and Beauté; Franck Goldnadel, Executive Director, Chief Airport Operations Officer, and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Director, Groupe ADP; Jean-Yves Chaumet, Senior Vice President Operations & Logistics, Air France Cargo, Hélène Crocquevieille, General Director, DGDDI (French Customs), and Dr Susanne Aigner, Head of Unit, DG TAXUD A2, are available at aircargoforum.org

Thousands of supply chain decision makers are expected to visit hundreds of air cargo suppliers at the show, with exhibitors including United Airlines, Emirates SkyCargo, Hong Kong International Airport, Unisys, and Jan de Rijk Logistics.

“TIACA brings together all sectors of the air cargo supply chain and the ACF is a world class opportunity to grow business connections,” said Sanjiv Edward, TIACA Chairman and Head of Cargo Business, Delhi International Airport.

New this year for the ACF is CargoLinx, TIACA’s on-line meeting scheduler, which will allow visitors to schedule up to thirty 25-minute meetings with 45 leading global air cargo companies, weeks in advance of the event. CargoLinX will be free to use for ACF visitors and exhibitors and meetings will be scheduled for the first two days of the show.

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Guests at the Trustee dinner will enjoy a taste of France's famous cuisine at the Hotel Potocki

Hosts Groupe ADP and Air France KLM Cargo will bring leading French economist Matthieu Pélissié du Rausas, Director, McKinsey & Company to address a lunchtime briefing, as well as holding a TIACA Trustee dinner at the historical Hotel Potocki next to the Arc De Triomphe.

"Groupe ADP and Air France KLM Cargo are delighted and very excited to welcome back this major cargo event in Paris,” said Goldnadel.

Alain Malka, Directeur Général Adjoint Air France Cargo added, "We are convinced that the ACF 2016 will be a great networking opportunity for everyone in the global air cargo community.”

For more information on exhibiting at the ACF or attending the seminars contact:

Warren Jones
TIACA Director
Tel: +1 (786)-265-7011
Email: wjones@tiaca.org



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Hactl helps Air Canada to re-home Arctic foxes
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18 May 2016

(Hong Kong, 18 May 2016) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest third party handling company – has handled four Arctic foxes travelling from Hong Kong to Montreal, Canada.

Chi Chi and Cindy (females), together with Siu Chu and Yau Nam (males) were carried on B777-200 of Hactl customer Air Canada Cargo. The four are being re-homed from a local wildlife centre to the Quebec Aquarium. Canada is one of the Arctic fox’s natural habitats.

Because of the animals’ natural habitat in the Arctic tundra, they were transported to Hactl’s SuperTerminal 1 in a refrigerated truck, and were held in a climate-controlled area of Hactl’s Livestock Handling Centre prior to loading onto the aircraft. The animals’ nervous disposition also necessitated sensitive handling and a quiet environment.

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The foxes are held at a comfortably cool temperature in Hactl’s Livestock Handling Centre,
before being transferred for loading onto the waiting aircraft.

Chi Chi originated in the USA, while Siu Chu and Yau Nam were born in captivity in Hong Kong. For Cindy, her new home in Canada marks the beginning of a better life: she had been a temporary resident at the wildlife centre, after being seized from a dealer illegally trying to sell her via an internet auction site.


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Even an Arctic fox has to be weighed and measured! The data is captured by
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Says Garry Blagrave, Director, Cargo Sales & Service, Asia & Pacific of Air Canada Cargo: “We were delighted to play a part in the re-homing of these beautiful animals, and hope they will be very happy in their new, permanent environment. We are very grateful to Hactl for its invaluable assistance with this delicate shipment.”


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ATSG Board Increases Share Repurchase Authorization to $100 Million
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WILMINGTON, OH – May 12, 2016

The Board of Directors of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) meeting here today amended its previous share repurchase authorization to authorize repurchases of up to $100 million of ATSG’s common shares.

On August 5, 2014, the Board authorized the Company to repurchase up to $50 million of its common shares. Repurchases under that program commenced in May 2015 and have totaled approximately $18.3 million to date.

Joe Hete, President and CEO, and a director of ATSG, said, "The Board’s action today is intended in part to accommodate an accelerated pace of share repurchases by ATSG to significantly offset the potential dilutive effect of share issuances from warrants granted to its customer Amazon.com, Inc. over the next five years. Those warrants are for the purchase of up to 19.9 percent of ATSG’s common shares through March 2021. The Board also regards share repurchases as an important capital allocation alternative for ATSG for the future, as its businesses grow and deliver greater cash returns."

Board authorization does not require the Company to repurchase a specific number of shares, and the Board may terminate the repurchase program at any time. Repurchases may be made from time-to-time on the open market, or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing, price and volume of any such repurchases would be based on market conditions, relevant securities laws and other factors.


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ATSG Holds Annual Meeting of Stockholders
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WILMINGTON, OH - May 12, 2016

Stockholders of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) meeting here today re-elected six directors and approved four other proposals.

Directors of the Company elected to one-year terms on the Board were Richard M. Baudouin, 64, Joseph C. Hete, 62, Randy D. Rademacher, 59, Arthur J. Lichte, 66, J. Christopher Teets, 43, and Jeffrey J. Vorholt, 63.

At the meeting, shareholders also:

• Ratified the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for fiscal year 2016;
• Held an advisory vote on executive compensation;
• Approved an amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock from 75,000,000 to 85,000,000 (the “Charter Amendment”) ;
• Approved the issuance by the Company of 20 percent or more of the Company’s currently issued and outstanding common stock in a proposed private placement for purposes of NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635 (the “Stock Issuance”); and
• Approved the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the Charter Amendment and Stock Issuance if there were not sufficient votes for such proposals.


A complete report of the results of the meeting will be filed in a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.



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Emirates SkyCargo named Best Cargo Airline in the Middle East
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DUBAI, U.A.E, 12 May 2016

Emirates SkyCargo has clinched another industry accolade with its latest award of Best Cargo Airline in the Middle East. The award was presented at the 2016 Cargo Airline of the Year Awards organized by Air Cargo News in London, United Kingdom.

The airfreight industry awards were based on the voting results of more than 18,000 supply chain professionals over a two month period. Emirates SkyCargo was selected for the best overall customer experience and best service provider in the Middle East, making it the 27th year that the carrier has won this award.

Emirates SkyCargo is the world’s largest the largest international airline cargo operator in the world. It currently serves 155 destinations in over 80 countries on six continents and operates in many of the world’s fastest developing markets, including 16 gateways in the Middle East, 42 in Europe, 20 in North and South America, 21 in the Far East, 27 in Africa and 19 in South Asia.

The air cargo carrier has focused relentlessly on adapting to its customers’ evolving needs and continuous innovation in its products and solutions. Its latest product offering, a cost- effective and environmentally-friendly covering to protect temperature-sensitive cargo, such as pharmaceutical products, has been well received by customers.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), routes to and from the Middle East saw the highest growth in freight tonnes in 2015. In the six-month period between April and September 2015, the Middle East to North America route surged 30% in freight tonnes growth compared with the same period the previous year. This was followed by an 11% increase in the Europe and Africa to Middle East routes and a 9% growth in the Middles East to Asia route.* With its hub operations in Dubai and a world-class logistics infrastructure, Emirates SkyCargo is well positioned to benefit from these positive trends.


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Adani Logistics chooses Kales Terminal Operations System for automating its CFS- ICD & Container Rail operations
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Mumbai, May 10, 2016

In their continual efforts to drive efficiency, visibility and cost saving for the customer, Adani Logistics Limited (ALL) has embarked on a mission to automate its operations. Hence, ALL has selected Kale Logistics as its preferred partner to develop a terminal operating system (TOS). This would encompass ALL’s entire range of operations including, CFS & ICD, Container Train Operations, Coil & Auto Logistics and other allied processes.

Adani Logistics Limited (ALL) chose Kale Logistics Solutions- A leading global IT Solution provider to the Logistics, Airports & transportation segments, as its preferred IT partner after completion of one and half years of requirement & evaluation process for the Terminal Operations System.

Adani Logistics is successfully running container trains operations pan India with ICD and CFS facilities at Patli, Kishangadh, Mundra & Hazira. ALL has plans to grow with facilities at pan India level keeping in line with the parent Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone. Their growing business demand had resulted in extensive manual intervention which hampered their goal of meeting customer expectations. ALL believes investing in tightly integrated assets to reduce bottlenecks in the overall logistics value chain thereby benefiting its customers on multiple dimensions, especially time, visibility and cost. To enable these goals, a robust IT operating system providing scalability, control, key reports & management dashboards as well as the ability to seamlessly interface with other systems and devices is crucial.

This system requirement arose from the business process transformation that is happening across the Adani Group. The BRD document developed by ALL captured in detail the existing as well as to be processes, incorporating best practices of the industry. Using BRD as the core requirement document ALL embarked on an 18 months’ evaluation exercise to choose a functionally rich and scalable TOS, which could advance the business needs and facilitate business growth.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anil Radhakrishnan – CEO, Adani Logistics said, “We selected Kale’s TOS for its extensive functionalities suite for a global organization. We were looking for a partner who had long term vision, had done similar sized projects and knew application of IT to realize transformational effect on Business. Kale displayed the best understanding of our requirements and has one of the widest portfolios of proven Logistics IT solutions. We believe that their automation solution will bring in a lot of efficiency, cost reductions & control.”

Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma- Head Information and Technology, Adani Logistics said, “At Adani we believe in staying ahead of the market demands and to meet these goals, technology would continue to play a critical role in our business. Since this is a long term investment for our business, we had done a detailed ‘Business Requirement Document’ from our side. The new system meets all these requirements and provides data reservoir at both management & operational levels for faster decision making.”

“We are happy to welcome Adani Logistics to our globally expanding Client base. We are confident that our Terminal Operations System will serve the requirements of ALL for many years to come. We share the vision of the Adani group of creating world class IT platform which not only facilitates smooth business operations but also aids in bringing out transformation in ALL’s business space” said, Mr. Vineet Malhotra – Director, Kale Logistics.


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Marie-Dominique Simonet is the new President of Liege Airport
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Liege Airport, 9 May 2016

On 9 May 2016, the general meeting of Liege Airport SA appointed Ms Marie- Dominique Simonet as President of the company. She succeeds Mr José Happart, who becomes Senior Vice-President.

Marie-Dominique Simonet was born on 18 November 1959 in Liège. A law graduate, she was called to the Bar of Liège in 1983. She then went to the Port Autonome de Liège (PAL) as Manager of the Economics Department, before taking over as PAL Executive Director in 1996. From 2004, Marie-Dominique Simonet was Vice-President of the Government of the French-speaking Community and Minister for Higher Education, Scientific Research and International Relations. She has also been Minister for Research, new Technologies and External Relations of the Walloon Government.

In July 2009, she was appointed Minister for Compulsory Education and Social Welfare of the French-speaking Community. On 16 July 2013, she resigned her ministerial duties for health reasons. On 25 May 2014, she was elected as a Walloon Deputy and is the Vice-President of the Economic Commission of the Walloon Parliament.

“I am very pleased and very proud to take on the Presidency of Liege Airport”, stated Ms Simonet. “Liege Airport is a success story which has brought Liege and Wallonia to the international scene. There are several significant challenges ahead: airport security, relationships with the federal and Walloon authorities (Belgocontrol, air traffic rights, etc.), the takeover of TNT by Fedex, and the commercialisation of the economic activity zones. Together with the entire board of directors, these are challenges I am preparing to take on”.

Presidents of Liege Airport SA

1. Mr André Cools 1990 - 1991
2. Mr Jean-Pierre Grafé in 1991
3. Mr Alain Van Der Biest 1991 - 1992
4. Mr Henri Schlitz 1992 - 1998
5. Mr José Happart 1998 - 2001
6. Mr Régis Jehasse 2001 - 2004
7. Mr José Happart 2004 - 2016
8. Ms Marie-Dominique Simonet 2016 -


The new Board of Directors of Liege Airport SA

Ms Marie-Dominique Simonet (President)
Mr José Happart (Senior Vice-President)
Mr Fabian Marcq (Junior Vice-President)
Mr Patrice Bastid
Mr Hassan Bousetta
Mr Robert Collignon
Mr Bertrand Demonceau
Ms Deborah Depauw
Mr Frédéric Dupeyron
Mr Jacques Follain
Mr Jean-Pierre Grafé
Mr Walther Herben
Ms Laurence Hupays
Ms Michèle Lempereur
Mr Laurent Leonard
Mr Maurice Mottard
Mr Dominique Perrin
Mr Luc Vuylsteke



South African Airways Cargo Named Amongst the Top Three African Airlines at the Air Cargo News Awards 2016 in London
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Johannesburg – 28 April 2016

South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) named amongst the top three African Airlines at the Air Cargo Airline of the Year Awards 2016 in London. The Awards were organised by Air Cargo News and are an annual Gala event where the air cargo industry gather to recognise the very best of the industry across 14 categories. SAA Cargo participated in the African Cargo Airline category.

“Getting recognition from industry at the event of this magnitude makes us feel proud as an African Airline. We will work harder to strengthen our presence in Africa and beyond,” said Mr Tleli Makhetha, SAA Cargo’s GM.

The airfreight industry Awards were presented by TV celebrity Gyles Brandreth. It was attended by more than 400 people who had flown in from all over the world to attend the ceremony, held at the Lancaster London Hotel.

The airline awards are based on the voting results of more than 18,000 supply chain professionals over a two-month period. Shippers, the beneficial owners of the goods, and their logistics partners were asked to vote on the publication’s website for the airline that provided the best overall customer experience and for the best service provider in each region.

Mr Makhetha said, “We are very proud of this recent achievement as this comes at the back of the African Cargo Airline of Year Award we bagged in 2015 at Air Cargo Africa Awards. Thank you to our customers who have remained loyal to our business for many years and we are resolute in our endeavour to prioritise them.”

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