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Lufthansa cargo will continue to put its money in freighters.

Speaking at a press briefing as part of Air Cargo India’s superbly organized bi-annual conference in Mumbai last month, Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, Member of the Executive Board Product & Sales, Lufthansa Cargo, confirmed that Lufthansa strongly believes in the concept of a “combination carrier”, with freighters playing an important role. In fact, in certain markets such as Asia, freighters were the mainstay of the business.
Referring to the Indian market, the business for Lufthansa Cargo has shown significant growth of 7% in 2013-2014. Additionally, imports and exports out of India are fairly well balanced, which significantly enhances the business case for freighters into this market.

Lufthansa Cargo will also continue to develop higher revenue premium “special cargoes” which require special handling and transportation and adherence to increasing stringent regulatory requirements. These include dangerous goods, temperature sensitive cargo such as PHARMA and perishables, and valuable cargo. This strategy has seen the share of “special products” in their product mix rise from 20% in 2011 to 24% in 2015.

The bi-annual Air Cargo India Exhibition & Conference at the glittering Hyatt Hotel in Mumbai was another grand production from the Stat Times Group of India, with a record visitor turnout from all over the globe. Encouraged by India’s spectacular growth in a recession weary world, the delegates were regaled by India’s two air cargo success stories; the phenomenal growth of e-commerce within the country fueled by giants such as Flipkart and Amazon, and the boom in PHARMA exports out of India, as patent protection for major drugs gradually expire in the Western world.

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Next Milestone in Sight for PACAVI Group Airbus A320 Passenger-To-Freighter Conversion Program
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SAN DIEGO and BREMEN, March 10, 2016

The PACAVI Group is moving forward with the supplemental type certificate (STC) development for their first-to-market Airbus A320/A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion.

PACAVI Group CEO Dr. Stephan Hollmann commented on the program’s status: “Our STC program, started in January 2015, is progressing on schedule, as well as the conversion of our prototype A320 Freighter LITE at the HAITEC facility in Frankfurt/Hahn, Germany,” he said.

“After we have performed the Preliminary Design Review in December, we now have successfully completed the first pre-modification tests. As we move on with these tests, a Critical Design Review will take place in just a few weeks from now,” explains Jens Strahmann, PACAVI’s Vice President Product Certification, Quality Assurance, Tests & Evaluation and former Head of Test at Airbus Engineering Bremen, Germany.


The PACAVI Airbus A320 Freighter LITE will carry up to 21 metric tons of cargo, flying routes of nearly 3,200 nautical miles, depending on load weight (2,300 nm at structural limit).

The Freighter LITE conversion program includes a new 140-inch main deck cargo door, a Class E cargo interior, a 9G barrier and a manual cargo loading system. A typical configuration would accommodate up to 10 88-inch x 125-inch x 82-inch unit load devices (ULDs) or pallets, and one smaller container or 88-inch x 61.5-inch pallet, resulting in a main deck container volume of about 3,860 cubic feet.

The A320 Freighter LITE can also accommodate containerized freight in the aircraft’s belly holds, a unique capability among competing narrowbody freighters, adding a lower deck cargo volume of 1,322 cubic feet.

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Chapman Freeborn and RUS Aviation announce new Asia cargo agreement
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9th March 2016

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and RUS Aviation have announced an exclusive cargo sales agreement to provide clients with seamless air freight solutions from Hong Kong to the Middle East and surrounding markets.

Effective March 1 2016, the newly-signed deal will see Chapman Freeborn sell per-kilo shipments from Hong Kong to the UAE, with onward connections via RUS Aviation’s regional network under the same air waybill.

Utilising its fleet of A300 and IL-76 freighter aircraft, UAE-based RUS Aviation operates regular, reliable cargo services to destinations not well served by other scheduled carriers – including Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iraq, and Libya.

The new service from Chapman Freeborn and RUS Aviation is being driven by increased demand to new markets from Hong Kong.

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Lewis King, Director of Business Development at Chapman Freeborn Asia, comments:
“This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for both companies to extend their reach in a complementary manner. Chapman Freeborn has a wide base of charter clients in Asia - and working with RUS Aviation means we are now able to offer them dependable per-kilo solutions to several key new markets.”

Syed Wazeer, Commercial Manager at RUS Aviation, says:
“We’re delighted to have this new cargo sales agreement in place with Chapman Freeborn - a charter market leader in Asia. The increased reach and visibility in this region will enable more forwarders and shippers to utilise our specialist services.”

Clients will benefit from Chapman Freeborn’s local market expertise in Asia – which continues to go from strength to strength. The company has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, as well as a long-established presence in Australia and over 30 other locations worldwide.

In addition to charter movements of heavy and outsize pieces and time-critical cargo, Chapman Freeborn’s On Board Courier (OBC) team in Hong Kong also continues to expand - providing specialist hand-carry services to assist industries such as automotive, energy and hi-tech manufacturing.

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Air Transport Services Group Confirms Deal with Amazon to Operate Air Transport Network
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WILMINGTON, OH - March 9, 2016 - Network to include 20 ATSG-owned Boeing 767s, logistics support; Amazon granted rights to purchase ATSG equity

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATSG) announced today agreements with Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc., an affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN), to operate an air cargo network to serve Amazon customers in the United States.

“Since last summer, we have been working closely with Amazon to demonstrate that a dedicated, fully customized air cargo network can be a strong supplement to existing transportation and distribution resources,” said Joe Hete, President and CEO of ATSG. “We are excited to serve Amazon customers by providing additional air cargo capacity and logistics support to ensure great shipping speeds for customers.”

The commercial agreements will include the leasing of 20 Boeing 767 freighter aircraft to Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc. by ATSG’s Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), the operation of the aircraft by ATSG’s airlines, ABX Air and Air Transport International, and gateway and logistics services provided by ATSG’s LGSTX Services. The duration of the 20 leases will be five to seven years; the agreement covering operation of the aircraft will be for five years.

“We offer Earth’s largest selection, great prices and ultra-fast delivery promises to a growing group of Prime members and we’re excited to supplement our existing delivery network with a great new provider, ATSG, by adding 20 planes to ensure air cargo capacity to support one and two-day delivery for customers,” said Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service.

In conjunction with the commercial agreements, ATSG also has agreed to grant Amazon warrants to acquire over a five-year period up to 19.9 percent of ATSG’s common shares at $9.73 per share, based on the closing price of ATSG common shares on February 9, 2016.

Additional information about these agreements will be provided in a Form 8-K that ATSG expects to file with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission later this week.

Lightweight in the air: CHEP and Air Europa extend ULD management partnership
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3 March 2016

CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) pooling and repair solutions, and Air Europa, Spain's leading privately owned airline, have renewed their ULD management partnership for a further five years.

This partnership will see CHEP continue to supply its sustainable ULD pooling model to Air Europa, with the additional benefit of converting 770 containers to CHEP's lightweight units. This new development demonstrates both Air Europa and CHEP's commitment to minimising their environmental impact, and a joint goal of seeking further sustainability opportunities in the future.

Furthermore, this renewed partnership also marks a significant milestone in CHEP's efforts to reduce the CO2 emission in the aviation industry as CHEP now provides all its passenger airline customers with lightweight LD3 containers from its pool of 90,000 ULDs.

Air Europa's Handling Contract Manager, Mauro Rodriguez, said: "We have built a strong relationship with CHEP over the years and have particularly valued the flexibility to adjust our ULD needs to our growing aircraft fleet without any financial and operational hassle. As sustainability is high on Air Europa's agenda we have also decided to switch to lightweight containers to reduce our carbon footprint and fuel costs. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with CHEP."

CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, said: "Air Europa is one of our most loyal customers and we are proud that in addition to renewing our partnership we have also completed the transition of all our passenger airline LD3 containers to lightweight units weighing between 55 and 65 kg. Customer retention is just as important as new business wins as it proves the value of our asset management solutions, people and continuous improvement, and we are pleased to be able to play a part in our customers' ambitious growth plans."

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DGM New York Opening 2nd Facility
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3 March 2016

DGM New York is proud to announce the opening of their 2nd facility in Raritan Center located in Edison, NJ on April 1, 2016.

Located directly across from DGM New York's current location at 95 Newfield Ave, the 105 Newfield Ave facility will serve customers in need of warehousing, pick and pack, kitting, and other distribution services.

DGM New York has served many clients in need of distribution services and has also served as an Amazon Fulfillment location. The new facility at 105 Newfield will allow even greater support for these customers and more, with the following services:

- Pick and pack
- Distribution services
- Kitting & Assembly
- E-commerce fulfillment
- Order fulfillment
- Inventory control
- Amazon fulfillment
- Real time online tracking of inbound, stock, outbound and more via Magaya WHMS.

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DGM is recognized as the global leader in professional packing services, including dangerous goods, general cargo, project cargo and warehousing. In addition, the company offers technical assistance/consultation, classification and dangerous goods training for many clients. We are excited to continue to grow as a company and serve our customers in new and better ways. Thank you for your continued support!

Strong ATSG Growth Drives 2015 Earnings Gains
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WILMINGTON, OH - March 8, 2016 - Network-Driven Demand Expected to Generate More Growth in 2016

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATSG), the leading provider of medium wide-body aircraft leasing, air cargo transportation and related services, today reported consolidated financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

For the fourth quarter of 2015 and for full year 2015, compared with prior-year amounts:

yellow bullet Revenues increased 15 percent to $181.6 million for the quarter, and were up 5 percent to $619.3 million for the year. Excluding revenues from reimbursable airline expenses, revenues increased 11 percent for the quarter and 6 percent for the year. Revenues for Cargo Aircraft Management, ATSG's aircraft leasing business, grew 7 percent year-over-year.

yellow bullet Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations increased $9.4 million to $20.5 million for the quarter and to $62.6 million for 2015. Excluding the effect of 2014 pension settlement charges, and derivative transactions in each year, Adjusted Pre-tax Earnings increased 13 percent for the quarter and 7 percent for 2015. This and other adjusted amounts referenced below are non-GAAP financial measures. They are defined and reconciled to comparable GAAP results in tables at the end of this release.

yellow bullet Net earnings from continuing operations were 21 cents per share diluted, or $13.3 million, for the fourth quarter, and $0.60 per share, or $39.2 million for the year. Those earnings increased 23 percent for the quarter and 8 percent for the year, excluding the 2014 pension settlement charges. Operating loss carryforwards for U.S. federal income tax purposes offset much of the company’s federal tax liabilities. Because of increasing tax depreciation on its aircraft growth investments, ATSG now does not expect to pay significant federal income taxes until 2019 at the earliest.

yellow bullet Record Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) for the fourth quarter and year. Fourth-quarter Adjusted EBITDA increased by 12 percent to $56.8 million. 2015 Adjusted EBITDA grew by 10 percent to $198.2 million. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, defined and reconciled to comparable GAAP results in separate tables at the end of this release.
yellow bullet Record operating cash flow for 2015 at $173.7 million. The 17 percent increase from 2014 stemmed largely from higher income and faster payments from customers. 2015 capital expenditures were $159 million, cash debt repayments in excess of borrowings were $24 million, and share repurchases were $10 million.

Joe Hete, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATSG, said, “2015 was an outstanding year for ATSG, as our principal midsize freighter leasing and operating businesses made great strides toward expanding and extending customer relationships into new markets, all while generating record cash flow on $30 million in revenue growth. During the year, we also strengthened our balance sheet and repurchased 1 million of our common shares.

"Continued strong demand for our freighters in 2015 grew our externally leased portfolio of Boeing 767 aircraft by six to 30 aircraft at year-end, and our airlines finished the year with an exceptional holiday-season performance, with our fleet fully deployed," Hete added. "Demand in our midsize freighter market niche remains strong. We expect to maintain our focus on customer service and invest aggressively to capture and expand our growth opportunities, while maintaining our commitment to maximize shareholder returns.”

Read the rest of the release online at www.atsginc.com.

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Pharma And Logistics Experts Meet
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Frankfurt Main, 29. February 2016 - 80 participants at „visit FRA pharma“ of Air Cargo Community Frankfurt

„FRA can do Pharma" – is what numerous representatives of international pharmaceutical and logistics companies experienced at the end of last week. As part of their „visit FRA pharma“ initiative, the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt presented the broad range of services for the shipment of pharmaceutical products by airfreight at Frankfurt Airport to BVL International (the German Logistics Association) in the Rhein-Main region.

"Specifically, the pharmaceutical industry has the most demanding requirements for airfreight. Many shipments are of very high value and extremely temperature sensitive and they often have to get to their destination quickly," says Joachim von Winning, Executive Director of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt. "Frankfurt has an innovative world-class service offer that stands for speed, safety and reliability. This is what we want to make better known with ‘visit FRA pharma’. I am therefore all the more happy about our good partnership with BVL. Thanks to their support we were able to welcome a lot of its members to ‘visit FRA pharma’".

Expert Presentation and Live Operations
Approximately 80 visitors attended the event. Initially they received a comprehensive update on current trends and developments on logistics and in particular for the transport of pharmaceutical products. Speakers included Andreas Gmür from Camelot Management Consultants and Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions. In addition to that, Dominik Misskampf, as Head of the Competence Team Pharma presented how FRA is committed to the shipment of pharmaceutical products and what special products and services are available to consignors.

During the second part of "visit FRA pharma" the visitors experienced live operations at the Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center and the Perishable Center Frankfurt. A specific highlight was the loading of a cargo plane on the apron. Visitors were also able to get an impression of the special Fraport Thermotransporter. This way the visitors of Community were able to see and experience the special procedures for pharmaceuticals first hand.

Joachim von Winning: "Frankfurt Airport is Europe´s number 1 in air freight – naturally as well with pharmaceuticals with more than 100,000 tons annually. We, as a community, are instrumental in securing and expanding this position in Frankfurt long-term, especially in regard to pharmaceutical companies and shippers."

„visit FRA pharma“ is just one example for the high level of dedication of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt in this area. The industry standard of the governing body IATA Center of Excellences for Independent Validators, in short CEIV Pharma, is already being implemented: Two companies have successfully completed the certification process and will soon receive their certificates. Other members will follow suit this year. Also on the agenda is the implementation of a transport chain interlinking risk management. The Community is also planning additional „visit FRA pharma“ events. Further information is available under +49 (0) 69 690 23511, pharma@FRA-fr8.com.


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ATSG to Host Fourth Quarter 2015 Conference Call
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WILMINGTON, OH - February 25, 2016 -

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) today announced that it will host an investor conference call on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time to review its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. ATSG will release its fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 results on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, after the stock market closes.

On the day of the conference call, participants should dial (888) 895-5479 and international participants should dial (847) 619-6250 ten minutes before the scheduled start of the call and ask for conference pass code 41923029. The call will also be webcast live (listen-only mode) via www.atsginc.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available by phone on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and continuing through March 16, 2016, at (888) 843-7419 (international callers (630) 652-3042); use pass code 41923029#. The webcast replay also will remain available via www.atsginc.com for 30 days.

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dnata starts operations at Concourse D in Dubai
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Dubai: 25 February, 2016

With the much-anticipated opening of Concourse D in Dubai International’s Terminal 1, dnata has also begun its operations at the new concourse. Marking the opening of the concourse was the arrival of its first flight, British Airways BA105 from London Heathrow (LHR), which arrived at 07:35 on February 24.

Global air services provider dnata will handle all flights and baggage at Concourse D, as well as all passengers transiting though this new part of Terminal 1. From the new concourse, dnata will serve passengers from more than 70 airlines, departing or arriving in Dubai, or in transit en route to their final destination. Concourse D has the capacity to serve 18 million passengers every year.

Approximately 3,000 dnata staff have been assigned to the new facility, working in various capacities from check-in, special handling, airside operations and marhaba.

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“We are excited to be a part of this milestone in Dubai International’s history. Our team is ready to face the challenge to ensure each passenger and piece of baggage arrives seamlessly in Concourse D,” said Jon Conway, Divisional Senior Vice President. “From aircraft appearance, baggage and passenger handling, ramp services, and cargo, every person plays an integral part in making sure that operations run efficiently in the new concourse. Our ultimate goal is to ensure our customer airlines and their passengers enjoy a smooth travel experience.”

During the first 24 hours of operation at the new Concourse D with just two airlines having moved to the new facility, dnata staff handled six flight turnarounds, 1050 passengers, and 1,755 piece of baggage. Over the course of 2016 with over 70 airlines moving to the new concourse, dnata will cater to:

-Over 115,400 flights
-16 million passengers
-25 million items of baggage
-408,273 tonnes of cargo
-250,000 Meet & Assist customers
-300,000 guests at the marhaba Concourse D lounge

Concourse D is 972 metres long and has 32 gates, including 21 contact gates and 11 remote gates. A new concept that allows for a level of flexibility in gate capacity has been introduced in Concourse D – Multiple Arrival Receiving Stands (MARS). While most stands can accommodate wide body aircraft, there are gates that can accommodate two smaller aircraft simultaneously, allowing for greater efficiency of space and staff utilisation. dnata teams have worked closely with Dubai Airports, airlines and other stakeholders to successfully develop safe procedures for operating the new concourse, enabling all involved to benefit from the new airport facilities.

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In addition to its ground handling services, dnata will also provide meet-and-assist and lounge services for passengers at Concourse D. marhaba’s new flagship lounge in the concourse will offer customers a variety of new services and features such as bedrooms and a mini theatre. This year, the company expects to welcome over 250,000 people with marhaba’s meet and greet service and over 300,000 people in marhaba’s lounge in Concourse D.

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Oman Air Chooses SmartKargo
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Muscat, Oman | Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA | February 24, 2016

Oman Air has chosen SmartKargo, providers of a 100% Cloud-based air cargo management solution, to power their cargo sales and operations, beginning June 2016.

SmartKargo is the only cargo platform that is 100% Cloud-based, which delivers a range of benefits for users, including electronic air waybills; highly flexible pricing and ratemaking to increase cargo sales; quick completion of all tasks; and 24/7/365 support from trained SmartKargo experts through three global call centers.

Mahfood Al Harthy, Chief Officer Sales, said: “SmartKargo has one of the best solutions in the marketplace. Our objective is to have a rapid deployment of an industry-standard solution without having to spend on infrastructure, and SmartKargo meets that criterion. Moreover, SmartKargo’s robust and flexible capabilities will help us leverage our joint venture agreement with Cargolux to develop Muscat as a logistics hub, ready to flow a wide range of commodities from the USA, Europe, and Africa to destinations throughout the Gulf and Middle East, South Asia, and beyond.”

SmartKargo offers a robust set of tools for managing warehouse and ramp operations, accessible from any device with an Internet connection. And with a system “born on the Cloud,” every partner in the Oman Air cargo chain will have instant access to shipment information.

Oman Air operates a fleet of 40 widebody and narrowbody aircraft, including brand-new Boeing 787s, to 50 destinations throughout the Gulf and Middle East, and beyond to Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Des Vertannes, Strategic Advisor at SmartKargo said: “SmartKargo is an ideal solution for a rapidly growing airline like Oman Air. SmartKargo’s versatility combined with the rapid implementation will enable Oman Air to quickly capture the system’s many benefits. In my experience as a recently retired head of cargo at IATA, it used to take many years and millions of dollars to implement a cargo IT solution. SmartKargo’s approach, to create an industry-standard Cloud solution, is a game changer.

Jay Shelat, EVP Sales and Marketing, SmartKargo said: “We are delighted that Oman Air has chosen SmartKargo to power its innovative and fastgrowing cargo business. Oman Air joins Hawaiian Airlines, Norwegian, and eight other forward-thinking airlines that clearly understand that a future-ready cargo management solution is the only way to meet the challenges of a rapidly-evolving logistics sector. These airlines and other companies in the cargo ecosystem benefit from what we deliver: Improved revenues and better customer service. Greater efficiency and more flexibility. And instant information for better decisions.”


IATA Premium Traffic Monitor - December 2015
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Released 22nd February 2016

Key points from our full report on premium and economy travel in December:

yellow bullet Broad weakness in key demand drivers resulted in a soft end to 2015 for industry-wide premium-class travel volumes.
yellow bullet The lack of strong momentum on the demand side means that growth is likely to remain only modest in the near term.
yellow bullet Nonetheless, premium’s share of revenues is holding up on key routes, providing a buffer for airline financial performance.

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Air Cargo Industry Leaders gather for Kales CLEAR VIEW Summit in Dubai Call for 100% e-Freight Adoption
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Mumbai, February 22, 2016

CLEAR VIEW A Kale Thought Leadership Summit for Air Cargo took place in Dubai, Hotel Hyatt Regency on 11th & 12th Feb. CLEAR VIEW is a first of its kind interactive platform (unlike other normal Air Cargo events), which witnessed a very encouraging participation from leading Airlines, Airport Cargo Handlers, Industry Associations, Regulators and Prominent Industry Consultants.

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MTU Maintenance signs GE90 MRO contract with LATAM Airlines Group
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Hannover (Germany), February 18th, 2016

MTU Maintenance, one of the world’s largest commercial engine maintenance providers, has won another customer for the maintenance of the world’s largest commercial aircraft engine, the GE90. The company has signed an exclusive agreement with South American LATAM Airlines Group SA, Latin America’s largest airline.

MTU Maintenance will be responsible for the maintenance of a portion of the airline’s GE90-110 engines which are operated on Boeing 777 freighters. The contract also includes worldwide on-wing and on-site services.

Since the introduction of the GE90-110/-115 into its MRO portfolio back in 2011, MTU Maintenance has gained significant experience for this engine type and was able to bring down turnaround times to industry-leading levels of 90 to 100 days for performance restoration shop visits. The location in Hannover, Germany is one of the few worldwide with full repair capability, including the testing, with a dedicated test cell on site that allows customers to benefit from reduced turnaround times. As a true one-stop shop provider, MTU Maintenance also offers additional services such as on-wing services as well as technical and logistical support. Furthermore, the company is the only independent MRO provider with an own GE90 spare engine pool.

Before the association of LAN and TAM, MTU Maintenance had been a trusted partner for both airlines for many years. A cooperation with TAM Linhas Aéreas for the maintenance of its V2500 engines was initiated in 1999 and was extended several times. Former LAN Airlines had agreements with MTU Maintenance for the overhaul of its CF6-80 and CFM56-7 engines.

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Hactl handles Longines Masters horses for fourth successive year
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Hong Kong, 18 February 2016

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has once again handled 64 of the world’s most valuable horses, competing at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong.

Fully recognised as Asia’s biggest and most prestigious equestrian event, this year’s Longines Masters marked the fourth year of the event being held in Hong Kong, and was the culmination of a 2016 intercontinental series which began in Los Angeles, before moving to Paris. It will be once again held at the AsiaWorld-Expo, from 19 -21 February.

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As in 2015, the official carrier for the event was Emirates Airline, for which Hactl is the cargo handling agent in Hong Kong. Emirates transported the horses from Liege via Dubai World Central to Hong Kong, arriving on February 15th. Hactl unloaded the horses in their air stalls, and transferred them through its dedicated animal handling centre, loading them onto waiting horseboxes using special low-angle ramps to avoid injury. When the horses were due to return to Liege via Dubai a week later, Hactl reversed the process.

The entire operation, and the preparation of the Longines Masters equine competitors, was coordinated from Belgium by European Horse Services, one of the world’s leading equestrian shipping agents.

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Hactl has handled the Longines Masters equine entrants in all its four years in Hong Kong. Says Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead: “It is great to see this prestigious and unique event back in Hong Kong once more, and we are delighted to have worked with Emirates and European Horse Services to ensure that the very valuable entrants were in perfect condition to take part, and then returned home safely afterwards. It seems horses handle jetlag very well!”


PACAVI Group and GAMECO Expand Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter Conversion Partnership – Preliminary Design Review Completed
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SAN DIEGO and GUANGZHOU, February 10, 2016

The PACAVI Group and GAMECO (Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Co., Ltd.) report that both companies are on track being first to market with their joint Airbus A320/A321 Passenger-to-Freighter conversion in 2017.

PACAVI Group CEO Dr. Stephan Hollmann commented on the program’s progress: “Our recent completion of the PDR (Preliminary Design Review) marks an important milestone as we are moving forward on schedule with our STC development operation.”

“We will commence the first industrial conversion of an A320 Freighter LITE at our Guangzhou facility in China, to be converted simultaneously with the prototype in Hahn, Germany,” explained GAMECO’s General Manager Norbert Marx. He also announced the appointment of Frank O. Eichelbaum, a former Airbus and MTU executive, as GAMECO’s coordinator for the joint conversion project with PACAVI.

GAMECO will also convert PACAVI’s A321 Freighter LITE prototype in Guangzhou, while conversion of the prototype A320 Freighter LITE, started in January 2015, is progressing on schedule at the HAITEC facility in Frankfurt/Hahn (Germany).

During their joint presentation at the 12th China Air Cargo Summit in Shanghai, the chief executives of both companies laid out their vision to be the dominant provider of Airbus narrow body freighter solutions in China and beyond.

“We are going to advance the industry’s traditional approach with a groundbreaking one stop shop-concept, offering tailored turnkey packages of airframe sourcing, purchase, customized conversion, and leasing or sale to airline customers of all tiers, worldwide,” says Hollmann.
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