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21st OCTOBER 2016  
New cooperation arrangement with Lufthansa Industry Solutions
Jettainer develops the digital container

Frankfurt / Berlin, 20 October 2016

Jettainer, the leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, is now cooperating in the development of a digital container with the IT experts at Lufthansa Industry Solutions. The aim of the working relationship is to create an “intelligent” container. It should be possible to locate and track it at any time and the unit should be able to measure temperature changes, shocks and other external factors independently and provide information about its state.

Lufthansa Industry Solutions has a great deal of experience with tracking technologies; they have proven very accurate in tracking special tools in production shops, for example. This same precision is now to be used in developing digital containers too. Other functions will then be gradually added.

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Photo (from left to right):· Ralf Struckmeier, Vice President Logistics of Lufthansa Industry Solutions;
Carsten Hernig, Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH; Martin Kraemer, Head of Marketing
& PR of Jettainer GmbH; Pieter Huyghens, Project Head Air Cargo Handling of Brussels Airlines

The new generation of containers will in future accelerate maintenance and control procedures, for example. At the same time, the increased level of transparency will also make it easier to determine who was responsible for any damage to the ULDs. This in turn will motivate companies to use the units with greater care and will lead to less damage.

“The intelligent container will ensure greater transparency within the process chain in future. We’re deliberately breaking new ground here in order to make our services for customers even more efficient in future,” says Carsten Hernig, Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH.

IATA: Robust financial performance in Q2, but industry profit cycle is showing signs of peaking

Airlines Financial Monitor - September 2016
Released 11th October 2016

Key points from our full report on airline financial performance in August-September:

• The latest financial results indicate that industry profitability and cash flow remained solid in Q2 2016, although the industry profitability cycle is showing signs of peaking;
• Global airline share prices rose by 0.9% in September, but remain well below where they started the year;
• Brent crude oil prices rallied towards the end of September following an agreement by OPEC to cut oil output. A rebalancing in the market is slowly taking place, with prices expected to trend upwards weakly in the years ahead;
• The intense downward pressure on passenger yields looks to have eased during the middle months of 2016, in keeping with the change in the trend of oil prices;
• The premium segment continues to offer a buffer for overall airline financial performance. Premium airfares have held up better than those in economy on many of the main premium routes so far this year;
• Developments in passenger traffic continue to reflect the net influence of a number of factors. The upward trend in traffic has eased, but the seasonally-adjusted industry-wide load factor remains at historically high levels;
• Conditions for air freight have improved from earlier in the year, but wider weakness in world trade volumes continues to present a stiff headwind. Low loads continue to keep cargo yields and revenues under pressure.

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dnata unveils new export customer service centre and Cargo Integrated Command Centre

DUBAI, U.A.E., October 10, 2016

dnata’s new customer service centre for export cargo customers was officially inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

Gary Chapman – President dnata and Group Services, and Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni - Director General of Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA), Nasser Al Madani – Assistant Director General (DAFZA), Brigadier Pilot Ahmad Mohammad Bin Thani - Director-General of Dubai Police's General Department of Airport Security, HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Dubai Customs Director, His Excellency Mohammed Abdulla Ahli - Director General, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and Dr Shaikha Ali Al Owais Head of Controlling of Import & Export of Medicines, Ministry of Health, were also present at the opening.

Located in Dubai Airport Free Zone - Freight Gate 5, this new export centre marks the beginning of a product improvement program for airlines, freight forwarders and shippers. Spanning over 5,000 sqm with 50 dedicated staff, the centre is expected to serve approximately 700 customers a day and handle 25,000 tons of export cargo per month. With new export counters, a Cargo Integrated Command Centre (CICC), all government agencies on its premises, a special cargo acceptance area, and a new office space for airline and freight forwarding customers, the centre ensures collaborative product delivery.

“What we see today is the result of meticulous planning, creative thinking and most of all, listening to our customers. We are looking to bring about further efficiency, cost-saving and surpass our customers’ expectations. We take pride in being a leader in cargo handling, and it’s important to constantly raise the bar when it comes to innovation and customer service. I believe this new centre really demonstrates our commitment to providing a secure and efficient environment for our customers’ cargo needs,” said Gary Chapman – President dnata and Group Services.

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Cargo Integrated Command Centre (CICC): an industry first in the region

Located in the new customer service centre, the CICC is an industry first for the region. The main purpose of the CICC is to enhance the customer service experience, and ease the process of information flow between all cargo stakeholders. The CICC will function 24/7 representing all process stakeholders and will ensure the efficient and optimal management of workforce, facilities and processes, thus increasing productivity of cargo services. It will serve to monitor, troubleshoot and enable quick-decision making to enhance movement and efficiency of cargo.

“While we have accomplished a great deal, we are always looking to innovate and offer better service to our customers. They have come to expect that of us, and we are constantly looking at ways to improve. We have exciting plans ahead, the evolution of this facility will see the opening of an import customer service centre, as well as additional storage and handling capacity for our export customers,” added Mr Chapman.

In 2016, dnata’s cargo operations in Dubai have handled close to 519,928 tonnes cargo and served 402,713 customers, with exports comprising nearly 205,673 tonnes.

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IATA: Passenger growth slowed in August, amid broader easing in trend

Air Passenger Market Analysis - August 2016

Released 6th October 2016

Key points from our full report on air passenger markets in August:

• Industry-wide passenger traffic slowed to 4.6% year-on-year in August, part of a wider easing in momentum.

• Traffic is being shaped by a range of drivers, including fragile economic growth and lower airfares.

• Upward trend in international traffic is strong in most regions, but a three-speed domestic market has emerged.

• The seasonally-adjusted passenger load factor has remained stable at around 80% for the past six months.

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Liege Airport and NAS are strengthening their partnership

Liege Airport, 5 October 2016

Network Airline Services (NAS) has signed a new partnership with Liege Airport for the coming years. NAS has now made Liege Airport its hub for Africa and will increase its flights to Angola.

Since arriving in May 2014, NAS has transported over 90,000 tonnes of freight using Liege Airport. The worldwide network of NAS links the USA, Malaysia and Hong Kong to Europe. There are direct flights between Belgium and West Africa (Lagos, Luanda etc.) with cargo for the mining and oil industries as well as general cargo. Fresh produce is imported from East Africa (Nairobi, Entebbe etc.). The flights of NAS are operated with a Boeing B747-400F belonging to Atlas, and a MD-11F belonging to Western Global. Cooperation agreements exist with Allied Air (Nigeria), TAAG (Angola) and Astral Aviation (Kenya).

Andy King, Commercial Director of NAS, considers that this growth confirms that Liege Airport was the right choice: “NAS is happy to announce the extension of the agreement with LGG. Although business is challenging, with excess capacity on many routes, NAS is pleased with the support we get from Liege Airport. The cargo focus, the central location with great connections by air and road, enable us to meet the challenges.”

Maintenance for operations of NAS is carried out by Aviapartner which will now benefit from a new apron of 4,800 sq. m. to stock and manage the flow of goods. “The board of directors of Liege Airport Business Park has just voted an investment of 335,000 euros to install this new apron and a temporary warehousing structure to stock certain pallets”, explains Steven Verhasselt, Commercial Director of Liege Airport. “This apron will be available by the middle of November and will enhance organization of maintenance.”

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South African Airways Cargo partners with STAT Trade Times for AIR CARGO AFRICA 2017

JOHANNESBURG. 05 October 2016.

South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo), the airfreight division of South African Airways, has partnered with the STAT Trade Times publication for the Air Cargo Africa (ACA) 2017 conference and exhibition which will take place in February 2017 in Johannesburg.

SAA Cargo accounts for more than 50% of all air freight movements into and within South Africa and moved 115000 tons of freight to key markets across the globe in financial year which ended in March 2016. The flagship carrier and leading international airline is all set to welcome the global airfreight community to one of the most vibrant economies of Africa.

SAA Cargo has been chosen as the ‘Airfreight and Airline Partner’ extending its warm support to all prospective participants in the event. The number of participants has increased over the years, which confirms the event’s significance and relevance to the African airfreight industry. It will be the third time this international event is held in South Africa. SAA Cargo participated as a sponsor in 2013 and 2015. As a ‘Diamond Sponsor’ for 2017, SAA Cargo will be paving the way for further expansion of the airfreight industry on the African continent.

Commenting on the decision of the cargo division of the award-winning airline, General Manager of SAA Cargo, Tleli Makhetha says, “We are excited to once again enter into a partnership with STAT Trade Times after the success of the previous conferences and exhibitions. We look forward to making a contribution to a discussion focusing on Africa’s economic growth prospects.”

ACA 2017 brings together air cargo industry leaders, general sales agents, ground handlers, shippers, traders, and the media from all over the world. It provides a platform for lively debates and unlimited networking and business opportunities. The forum will explore and assess the enormous potential of airfreight on the continent.

“We are elated that SAA Cargo has seized an opportunity to take the African airfreight community to greater heights at the International Biennial Air Cargo event, AIR CARGO AFRICA 2017 organised by STAT Trade Times which will take place in Johannesburg from 21-23 February 2017. That this will be the fourth conference and exhibition speaks volumes about the opportunities that the event has been able to provide to the various air cargo and logistics players in the industry,” says Priyo Patra, Director of events, STAT Trade Times Media Group.

Air freight plays a critical role in revenue generation for airlines and is estimated to be worth about USD 6.8 trillion globally. SAA Cargo contributes substantially to SAA’s group revenue. Overall air freight accounts for 35 % by value of goods traded globally, which includes high-value commodities, perishables and time-sensitive shipments. Airfreight industry is the significant contributor to economic growth and it continues to evolve taking advantage of the growing markets like Africa. Air freight transported by African carriers have seen a steady increase in recent times signifying the strides that Africa is making in its shift towards economic growth.

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Moderate freight tonne km (FTK) growth in August, but global trade conditions remain weak

Air Freight Market Analysis - August 2016
Released 5th October 2016

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

• Global air freight tonne kilometres grew by 3.9% year-on-year in August 2016, down from 4.0% in July.

• Conditions have improved since early-2016, and there are some reasons for cautious optimism in the near term...

• ...but the weak underlying global trade backdrop continues to present a stiff headwind to industry growth.

• The seasonally-adjusted freight load factor has stabilized, albeit at a low level, and yields remain under pressure.

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MIAMI, October 4, 2016

Canadian carrier First Air announced that it will begin charter passenger flights to Miami International Airport from Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, starting on February 4, 2017, on behalf of Celebrity Cruises. The carrier will utilize B737-400 aircraft seating 136 passengers for the weekly charter service.

First Air will add to MIA’s current service to Canada, which includes flights to Montreal by American Airlines and Air Canada, as well as to Toronto with American Airlines, Air Canada and WestJet. Canada is MIA’s eighth-busiest international market, with more than 765,000 passengers annually. First Air will join MIA’s current selection of 107 passenger and cargo-only airlines – the most of any U.S. airport.

“We welcome First Air to our growing roster of airlines, and look forward to welcoming the hundreds of cruise passengers they will bring to MIA,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “In addition to having more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, having the world’s busiest cruise port in our community also continues to attract more and more airlines to our airport.”

With 70 years of flying experience, First Air is the leading airline in Canada’s Arctic, providing scheduled service between 32 northern communities and connections to Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. First Air is wholly owned by the 9,000 Inuit of northern Quebec through the Makivik Corporation.

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LuxairCARGO chooses Hermes to support handling operations at Luxembourg airport

24 August 2016

We are delighted to announce that LuxairCARGO, the cargo handling division of LuxairGroup operating Luxembourg's world-class Cargocenter, has selected the HERMES Hub Management System to support its daily handling operations.

"The signing of LuxairCARGO adds another major hub to our customer portfolio and is in line with Hermes' strategic growth plans. We are proud to partner with such a renowned hub operator and we are very excited to implement HERMES' market leading hub management tools in Luxembourg in the near future" says Simon Elmore, Hermes Chief Operating Officer.


After considering several solutions, LuxairCARGO finally decided to opt for the HERMES' offer which foresees:

• total process integration and visibility
• prioritised steering across the hub to outbound flights
• inbound breakdown planning based on shipment priority
• proactive (not reactive) problem management
• special control and monitoring of specialised cargo
• innovative RIDES system to control forklift tasks
• a large repository of time-stamped process points for focused analysis and BI.

"HERMES does not only offer the high level of automation we were looking for but also guarantees the possibility to interface with our other existing systems. These crucial aspects enable us to deliver integrated air cargo handling services to our customers while ensuring a sustainable business growth" explains Laurent Jossart, Executive Vice-President LuxairCARGO.

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Emirates Lands Flagship A380 Aircraft in Moscow and Guangzhou
Double launch for Emirates in Russia and China

DUBAI, U.A.E. – 2 October 2016

Yesterday, Emirates launched two new daily A380 services – Dubai to Guangzhou, China and Dubai to Moscow, Russia.

Flight EK362, which departed Dubai at 10:20, landed at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on schedule on the evening of 1 October. Arriving a few hours later into Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport was flight EK131. Both Emirates A380-800s were operated in a three-class configuration and carried media delegates who were specially invited to experience the aircraft on the launch flights.

Many of the features of Emirates’ flagship aircraft are unique offerings in the respective countries for travellers. The double-decker aircraft offers travellers 14 Private Suites in First Class and 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class on the upper deck. The upper deck is also home to the signature Onboard Shower Spas for First Class passengers and the iconic Emirates Onboard Lounge, where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet. The entire main deck is dedicated to Emirates’ spacious and comfortable Economy Class with generous leg room.

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Moscow and Guangzhou join more than 40 Emirates A380 destination cities, providing travellers on the routes with the airline’s best-in-class onboard product and renowned service. Passengers in all classes can enjoy the unparalleled quietness of the aircraft and the 12- time award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system with a choice of over 2,500 channels on-demand. Those travelling on the A380 can stay easily connected to family, friends and colleagues with up to two hours free onboard Wi-Fi. As with all Emirates flights, passengers benefit from a generous baggage allowance of up to 35kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class and are able to check-in for their flights up to 48-hours before departure. Get a 360 view of what to expect onboard an Emirates A380 here.

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Norwegian introduces a greener way to protect baggage on transatlantic flights
New Zodiac AirCargo containers reduce weight and fuel burn of Norwegian’ s 787 Dreamliners

Gatwick, 27 September, 2016

2016 Low-cost airline Norwegian introduces new, lighter, and stronger containers on its 787 Dreamliners. The new Zodiac AirCargo containers offer increased protection for passengers’ checked luggage on the airline’s award winning low-cost long-haul flights. Mishandled bags, including damaged luggage, cost the aviation industry $2.3 billion in 2015, the equivalent of 6.5 mishandled bags for every thousand passengers, according to SITA’s 2016 annual baggage report.

Norwegian, ranked the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes, now uses durable state-of-the-art Herculight S Endumax containers by Zodiac Aerospace. Weighing just 51kg, at least 37% less than traditional containers, the new equipment helps to reduce fuel burn on Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliners. The lighter weight of the aircraft also means that passengers can continue to benefit from affordable transatlantic fares while limiting the impact on the environment. Bjørn Erik Barman-Jensen, Head of Norwegian Cargo said: “It’s no secret that Norwegian has one of the greenest aircraft fleets in the skies. We have now taken it a step further by investing in new stronger and lighter containers that take weight off our aircraft and passengers’ shoulders by keeping their valuable contents even safer in the hold. As such, the new Zodiac Aerospace containers will also reduce our fuel bill which means we can continue to pass on additional cost savings to customers.”

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Bart van Berkel, VP Sales of Zodiac Cabin Equipment said: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Norwegian in bringing this new innovation to market, and in providing ongoing customer satisfaction. Our dedication to light weight, highly durable equipment is a great match with Norwegian’s admirable environmental policies.”

Passengers flying Norwegian to the US can already access affordable fares in economy from £135 and newly reduced fares in the airline’s Premium cabin from £399. The airline now offers more than 35 direct transatlantic routes between the U.S. and Europe, more than any other European airline. In the UK, Norwegian serves eight US destinations nonstop including Boston, Oakland-San Francisco, and Las Vegas from 31 October. Over 75,000 transatlantic seats are now available to book on Norwegian’s website for travel from November 2016 to March 2017.

Department lowers airline landing fee after strong year

MIAMI, September 23, 2016

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s (MDAD) first-ever $1 billion operating budget was approved by Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners at the governing body’s final budget hearing on September 22 – a sign of steadfast growth at Miami International Airport, the County’s largest economic engine.

Fiscal year 2015-16 revenue at MIA was boosted by a four-percent surge in passengers from hub carrier American Airlines, increases by other existing airlines, and the addition of eight new carriers during that time span: Austrian Airlines; Eurowings; Finnair; Scandinavian Airlines; Silver Airways; Surinam Airways; Turkish Airlines; and VivaColombia. In addition to being the country’s second-busiest airport for international passengers and ranking number one for international freight, MIA will begin fiscal year 2017 with 108 passenger and cargo carriers – the most of any U.S. airport.

As a result of MIA’s growth and sound financial management, the Aviation Department is carrying over $80 million in surplus realized this year into fiscal year 2016-17 and lowering its airline landing fee from $1.68 to $1.63 per 1,000 pounds of gross landed weight. MDAD operates as a self-supporting enterprise fund of Miami-Dade County, meaning no County property tax dollars are used to support MIA and the County’s four general aviation airports. MIA’s airline partners serve as the primary guarantors of the Aviation Department’s operating expenses and debt service.

“Congratulations to the Aviation Department for achieving this significant economic milestone,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “MIA continues to be the backbone of our community for business revenue, job creation, tourism and trade. Additionally, a lower landing fee will only help retain existing carriers and attract new ones. In spite of struggling economies throughout Latin America, MIA’s growth speaks volumes about its evolution into a truly global gateway.”

MDAD’s billion-dollar budget mark follows stellar affirmations in July from three of America’s leading bond rating agencies, which each assigned an “A” and “AA-” ratings and stable outlook to the Department’s $744 million Series 2016 A&B aviation revenue refunding bonds as well as the outstanding $5.5 billion in aviation revenue bonds. Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings each assigned “A” rating and stable outlook, while Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigned an “AA-” rating and stable outlook. Additionally, Moody’s affirmed the Aviation Department’s enterprise revenue bonds with an “A2” rating and stable outlook. Market rates in August achieved more than $97 million in net present value savings on debt related to capital improvements at MIA.

Among MIA’s strengths, KBRA noted the following: “Management has effectively steered MIA through its massive capital program; its southeastern U.S. location is in relative close proximity to key destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean; and its sizable foreign-born service area population fosters international business and supports travel by family and friends.”

“Our first-ever billion dollar budget is further testament to MIA’s significance within the local, state and national economy,” said MDAD Director Emilio T. González. “With three more airlines launching service in the fourth quarter, others expected in 2017, and new business development initiatives, including cargo redevelopment, on the horizon, we look forward to expanding our economic impact even further.”
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