Aircargopedia Newsblast: June 2017!
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12th June 2017  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

Delta Airlines, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is moving forward with a massive $500 million investment in technology as it looks to upgrade its digital platform and offer customers a new experience. Addressing a sold-out meeting of investors, lawyers, manufacturers and suppliers in New York on May 31st, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines emphasized that technology was an important factor in differentiating airlines in today’s competitive market, with millennials the driving force behind the drive to push industries and airlines to go digital. In an intensively competitive market, 30-40% of all customers make travel decisions based on price, though Delta products such as ‘premium economy’ and ‘comfort plus’ are slowly catching on. By the end of 2017, wi-fi will be available on all Delta flights.   DJ Ghosh

An 18-year Delta veteran Ed Bastian, was a central part of the team that led the airline from bankruptcy to its current leadership position in the industry. He joined Delta in 1998 as Vice President-Finance and Controller and was named to the CEO position in 2016 He is focused on operating the nation’s ‘most reliable and customer centric’ airline, expanding its global footprint and striving to become the airline of choice for the next generation of travelers, while investing heavily in new aircraft. In 2016, Delta had revenues of over US$39 billion and net income of over US$4.3 billion. According to him, the industry has never been safer or more reliable and continues to offer the customer the best experience while maintaining top financial performance.

Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines in New York

While business has been good, the U.S. market is maturing and hence Delta’s push to grow its international footprint. His vision for Delta is to be an international airline. Delta now has a 49% stake in AeroMexico and is also working with the Koreans to expand its reach in Asia. He predicts that while expanding internationally will continue to be a bumpy ride, with many international carriers benefitting from government subsidies, that is where the long-range opportunity is.

Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines in New York

LEVERAGING AGE & EXPERIENCE IN AIR CARGO: Alex Haley (1921-1992) the American writer and author of the 1976 book ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’, was once quoted as saying “When an old person dies, it is like a library burning”. It pains me to watch the elder statesmen of the air cargo industry retire or die without any effort by the industry to preserve the vast fund of knowledge and experience that they have acquired through years of hard work. How can we as an industry allow this expertise to disappear into thin air after their departure? This is something that I have been thinking about for a long time and am hoping that the e-platform that we have created through the launch of can allow senior air cargo professionals the opportunity to document and preserve their expertise for the whole world to benefit from. It is with this mind, that we appeal to all cadres of air cargo professionals to consider contributing to our global knowledge reservoir. While creating global expertise on air cargo, it could also help identify who in the world can be called a global expert.

Something to think about.

Have a great summer!

Best wishes

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


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Lufthansa Cargo presents award to Panalpina

09 June, 2017

The logistics company is the first customer to receive the coveted “Planet Award of Excellence” for the third time.

A win for Panalpina at the 19th Global Partner Council, the annual top-level meeting of the biggest customers and top management of Lufthansa Cargo, the leading freight airline in Europe. The Basel-based logistics pro was honoured with the “Planet Award of Excellence” for the 2016 financial year. Lufthansa Cargo honoured Panalpina’s consistently outstanding performance in terms of global cooperation. After previously winning in 2006 and 2007, Panalpina became the first customer to win the award three times.

Panalpina wins award

“Our significant joint growth in respect of the challenging market conditions last year has particularly underscored our high level of loyalty to Lufthansa Cargo. In the process, the highest levels of quality and efficiency were at the heart of our consistently professional cooperation – for both partners. This has been confirmed by many from our international sales organisation. Panalpina has also made a significant contribution to us being able to further develop our product range. We are also working together on digitization, which is a crucial issue in our industry”, explained Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product & Sales at Lufthansa Cargo, of the decision.

Volker Böhringer, CEO Region Europe, accepted the award on behalf of Panalpina in Vienna. “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Panalpina. Having a partner such as Lufthansa Cargo which can consistently deliver a high level of service is crucial for us to meet the expectations of our customers”, said Böhringer.

The Lufthansa Cargo Global Partnership Programme is an important platform for the sustainable growth of Lufthansa Cargo and its most important customers. Apart from Panalpina, the eleven Global Partners include CEVA, Dachser, DB Schenker, DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DSV, Expeditors, Hellmann, Kühne+Nagel and UPS. Together, they account for around half of Lufthansa Cargo’s sales. The Planet Award of Excellence was first awarded for the 2002 financial year.

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Chapman Freeborn delivers time-critical cargo to Gabon ahead of port terminal opening

7June 2017

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has helped to keep a port expansion development on course by delivering over 200-tons of project cargo to Gabon.

The time-critical consignments from Europe and India were required for the opening of a new port terminal which is set to welcome its first cargo ships from next month.

Dedicated to the traffic of containers and general cargo, the infrastructure upgrade has been designed specifically to improve the long term logistics capabilities offered by Gabon.

The urgent project cargo was originally scheduled to be shipped to Africa as sea freight but Chapman Freeborn was called in at short notice to arrange an air charter solution to ensure that the deadline was met.

Ahead of the flights the team was able to advise the client on repackaging the cargo to make it suitable for air transport, as well as taking care of the documentation and customs requirements.

Chapman Freeborn’s team in Barcelona arranged for the first 75-ton shipment of cargo to be trucked from a Spanish manufacturing facility to Brussels (BRU), where it was transferred to a Magma Aviation B747-400F aircraft for delivery to Libreville (LBV).

In a closely coordinated operation, Chapman Freeborn’s team in India then provided a further three charters with shipments routed from Mumbai (BOM) to Gabon on two Etihad Cargo B777F aircraft and a Maximus IL-76 freighter.

The successful airlift was carefully managed by Vikas Chaturvedi and Luis Sierra - including arranging airport representation for the flights to ensure the safe and professional handling of the cargo ahead of the on-schedule departure and delivery.

Shailendra Seth, country manager of Chapman Freeborn India, said: “This was a challenging charter project that demonstrates the benefits of Chapman Freeborn’s global coverage. With the help of our airline partners, we were able to deliver this time-critical cargo to its final destination in a quick and well-organised manner."

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IATA: Air Freight Market Analysis - April 2017

Released 1st June 2017

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

• Global freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 8.5% year-on-year in April, down from 13.4% in March.

• FTK growth has made a strong start to 2017, but the best of the cyclical upturn may be behind us. The upward trend in seasonally adjusted (SA) traffic has slowed to a 4% annualized pace since the end of last year.

• Year-on-year growth in international FTKs slowed from March in all regions except Latin America

• Having outpaced capacity in H2 2016, demand has now trended in line with supply since the end of last year.

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MIAMI, June 5, 2017

More than 100 community leaders attend celebration for future Miami-Tel Aviv service

On June 2, More than 100 community leaders joined Miami-Dade County officials for a reception and press conference to celebrate the announcement of Miami-Tel Aviv nonstop service by EL AL Israel Airlines, scheduled to begin on November 1.

Mia Hosts EL AL Israel Airlines

Among those in attendance were: Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz; Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; Board of County Commissioners Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.; County Commissioners Sally Heyman and Daniela Levine Cava; City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; EL AL Israel Airlines President and CEO David Maimon; and Lior Haiat, Consul General of Israel in Miami.

“We are proud to welcome EL AL Israel Airlines to our community, and to be the only destination in Florida and in the southeast U.S. with non-stop service to Tel Aviv,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County and Miami International Airport continue to attract air service by the world’s top airlines from the world’s most influential cities.”

EL AL will operate three weekly roundtrip flights on Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 279 seats, which will bring thousands of new travelers to Miami from Israel and the Middle East monthly. Miami will be EL AL’s only destination in Florida and the airline’s fifth route in the U.S. EL AL flies to 36 destinations from Israel and serves hundreds of other destinations throughout the world via partnerships with leading carriers.

“We deeply appreciate EL AL Israel Airlines for choosing Miami as its fifth and newest U.S. destination,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “In our efforts to make MIA a truly global gateway, Israel has always been one of our top strategic targets because of its unique and historically significant global location, and because of its deep cultural ties with Miami. We look forward to offering our passengers another travel option to that region of the world.”

EL AL is the seventh international passenger airline to schedule a service launch into the Miami market this year. Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris began four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily service to Mexico City on February 1; Canadian airline First Air began charter passenger flights on February 4 from Ontario; low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air launched thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland on April 5; Avianca Brazil will begin daily service to Sao Paulo on June 24; Aer Lingus will launch three weekly flights to Dublin, Ireland on September 1; and SAS will begin weekly service to Stockholm, Sweden on October 29. MIA currently serves 106 airlines, which is the most of any U.S. airport.

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Air China Cargo lands at Liege Airport

DUBAI, U.A.E., 15 May 2017

Liege Airport is further developing its relations with China: on June 7, Air Cargo China started a weekly flight between Liege Airport and Shanghai with a Boeing 777- 200. This first weekly flight is a wonderful beginning, and we are targeting more weekly connections after a successful start up. Ground and cargo handling operations will be provided by LACHS.

With its headquarters in Beijing, Air China Cargo Co., Ltd. (Air China Cargo) uses Shanghai as its main air freighter operation base and is China's only cargo airline operating under the national flag. Air China Cargo was founded in 2003. On March 18, 2011, Air China Limited (Air China) and Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (Cathay Pacific) completed a joint venture freight project with Air China Cargo as the platform.

Air China Cargo has three B747-400 air freighters, eight B777F air freighters and four B757-200SF air freighters in total.


Growing demand for freighter operations thanks to e-commerce

For Steven Verhasselt, VP Commercial Liege Airport, the arrival of Air China Cargo opens additional opportunities for the booming e-commerce sector: “We welcome Air China Cargo into the Liege Airport Cargo Community. We are proud to serve another national cargo carrier. We will support them in order to achieve the joint goal of expanding the operation and increasing regular flights. We also thank the Liege Airport Community for their interest and support. Air China Cargo's team has been meeting with many of them in Liege and at the Liege Airport booth and meeting room in Munich at Air Cargo Europe. Their enthusiasm definitely triggered the early startup of the operation. With Flexpress, specifically serving e-commerce providers, and a growing number of connections with China, by Fedex, ASL Belgium and now Air China Cargo, Liege Airport is creating opportunities for exporters and importers willing to seize the opportunities offered by e-commerce to grow their business.”

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DALLAS—May 25, 2017

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced Steve Langhart has been promoted to Director of Cargo Sales. Langhart will be responsible for leading the Cargo Sales Team, including field, national, and inside sales, as well as all business development efforts.

Langhart joined Southwest Airlines® in 2008, holding a variety of positions including Manager of Ramp and Operations and Cargo Customer Service Manager at Houston’s Hobby Airport, and Senior Manager of Cargo Customer Experience. Before joining Southwest, he held several leadership positions at two other airlines.

“Steve’s vast leadership experience in the airline industry and his intimate knowledge of the Southwest Airlines Cargo operation make him a perfect fit for his new role,” said Matt Buckley, Vice President of Cargo and Charters. “His passion for Hospitality and serving our Customers is perfectly aligned with what our Customers expect and value from the Southwest Airlines Cargo Team.”

Langhart holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix, and serves on the Aviation Business Industry Advisory Board at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus in Prescott, Arizona.

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