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Addressing a distinguished gathering of industry leaders at the Wings Club in New York last month, Etihad’s CEO, James Hogan appealed for the expansion of “open skies” as a means to drive innovation, competition and growth. He stressed the many benefits that new airlines routes created by the “open skies” policy have brought around the world, including to cities and metropolitan regions in the USA.

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In his presentation, Mr. Hogan also discussed the Etihad strategy of growing its network and product reach through strategic airline partnerships and investments in carriers such as Air Berlin, Alitalia and Jet Airways. In fact, in many of these airlines, the Etihad investment has actually saved ailing and troubled carriers and breathed new life into their operations while boosting staff morale.

In a meeting with AIRCARGOPEDIA before the speech, Mr. Hogan advised us that his presentation would cover mainly passenger operations. However, it should be noted, that Etihad has an active and growing cargo business, supported by a range of highly specialized air cargo products, which it intends to market on a global basis.

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ATSG to Host First Quarter 2016 Conference Call
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WILMINGTON, OH - May 4, 2016

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) today announced that it will host an investor conference call to review its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The company will issue its first quarter 2016 earnings release and file its Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, after the stock market closes.

On the day of the conference call, participants should dial 888-771-4371 and international participants should dial 847-585-4405 ten minutes before the scheduled start of the call and ask for conference passcode 42483130. The call will also be webcast live on the company’s website www.atsginc.com in listen-only mode.

A replay of the conference call will be available by phone on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing through Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 888-843-7419 (international callers 630-652-3042), use passcode 42483130#. The webcast replay will remain available via www.atsginc.com for 30 days. Air Transport Services Group’s annual meeting of stockholders will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at The Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road, in Wilmington, Ohio.

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Liege Airport mounted up and ready for the Olympic Games!
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On Tuesday 3 May, Liege Airport is opening the HORSE INN, a new infrastructure designed to upgrade its overall service provision for the transportation of live horses. There is a real need for a specific rest and loading area for horses, which is only set to increase.

The HORSE INN is not only intended for horses being transported by air but also to accommodate them during transit by road. It represents a total investment of €2.6 million.

With a view to developing this particular sector, Liege Airport has called on recognised experts, including Grégory Wathelet, the Belgian no 1 show jumper and European runner-up. He will now receive support from the airport, in return raising its international profile. In addition, Mr Félix-Marie Brasseur, twice world individual driving four-in-hand champion, is now an Ambassador for the HORSE INN.

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Liege Airport is ready to send the best horses off to the Rio Olympics.

A specially designed HORSE INN logo and a new website dedicated to the transportation of horses have opened up the high quality equestrian world to the general public and professionals alike (http://www.horse-inn-liege.com/).

For José Happart, Liege Airport 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 (Lachs, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Icelandair). For some years now, Liege Airport has set the standard in the transport of horses and live animals. We are improving and diversifying our strengths so that horse owners, riders and grooms are fully satisfied. We are also fulfilling our mission of economic development in creating and consolidating jobs in Wallonia in the equestrian sector”.

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For his part, René Collin, the Minister for Airport Policy commented: “This new tool is justified given the impact which the equine sector has on the Walloon economy – a total of almost €800 million – and the importance of this sector in neighbouring countries. Horses are not just about sport, they also have educational, touristic, agricultural and medical roles to play. The Horse Inn will help Liege Airport to stand out even more from the crowd and to offer undeniable added value to their clients”.

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Subang, Selangor, 1 May 2016

Raya Airways Sdn Bhd, a renowned name in the air cargo business in Asia with service offerings in scheduled and express delivery, aircraft charters, ground handling, warehousing, trucking connections, and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services, today announced the appointment of their new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Shashitheren, effective May 1, 2016. Mr Lee is the former Commercial Director of Raya Airways, having more than 20 years experience in the cargo airline business. Mr Lee takes over the helm from the former Managing Director Mohamad Najib Ishak, who resigned on April 1, 2016.

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Mr Lee has charted an impressive track record in the cargo airline industry and garnered the experience that is most suitable to assume the role of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mr Lee, started his career in 1995 with Singapore Airlines Cargo and went on holding key positions in IATA, Qatar Airways. His key strength is developing and managing commercial, operations, financial portfolios as well as capacity building and systems development.

Chairman, Dr Kamaruzaman Mohamath Shariff said, “ The Board of Directors unanimously agreed and supported the appointment of Mr Lee due to his excellent track record and invaluable experience garnered in the industry, spanning over two decades, coupled with his strong networks in the industry, which makes him the most suitable and prominent candidate. As the former Commercial Director, Mr Lee has the edge of knowledge, experience and expertise in the industry. Our clients, stakeholders andindustry peers also supports this and that provides a smooth transition into his new post.

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MTU Aero Engines posts renewed earnings growth in FIrst quarter of 2016
Full-year forecast maintained

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Munich April 28 2016

In the first quarter of 2016, MTU Aero Engines AG generated revenues of €1,097.9 million (1-3/15: €1,099.5 million). The group’s operating profit1 was up 34% to €131.3 million (1-3/15: €97.7 million). The EBIT margin was 12.0%, or 3.1 percentage points higher than for the same period in the previous year. Earnings after tax2 increased in line with operating profit by 34% to €91.5 million (1-3/15: €68.2 million).

“This has placed us in a good starting position for the rest of the year,” said Reiner Winkler, CEO of MTU Aero Engines AG. “We see ourselves well on the way to meet our planned targets for 2016 and are anticipating another record-breaking year for MTU.”

MTU’s revenues increased in both the commercial maintenance business and the military engine business, while revenues in the commercial engine business dipped.



Airline Business Confidence Survey Index - April 2016
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Released 26th April 2016

Key points from our full report on the quarterly survey of airline business confidence:

• The latest quarterly survey of airline CFOs and heads of cargo points to further year-on-year gains in profitability during Q1 2016, following a record year in 2015;
• However, expectations of further gains in profitability over the year ahead have eased markedly in recent surveys, as yields have come under strong downward pressure and expectations of future cost reductions have diminished;
• April's survey results were consistent with the strong start to the year for passenger volumes, and are in keeping with the mixed start of the year for air cargo;
• Long-run expectations for growth remain positive for both passenger and cargo businesses, although expectations of the latter have moderated since the start of 2015 as structural headwinds - notably the ongoing weakness of global trade growth - have risen to the fore;
• More than two-thirds of respondents reported a decrease in operating costs in Q1 2016, consistent with wider developments in the crude oil market;
• Lower input costs and increased competition are putting downward pressure on passenger yields, while ongoing increases in freight capacity are expected to continue to weigh heavily on freight yields over the year ahead;
• Airline employment activity was reported to have increased in Q1 2016, and the survey results are consistent with airlines expecting to add more staff to meet higher demand levels over the next 12 months.

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PACAVI Group Confirms First Orders for Converted Airbus A320/A321 Freighters
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SAN DIEGO, April 21, 2016 -

PACAVI Group chief executive Stephan Hollmann reported on the progress of the company’s first-to-market Airbus A320/A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion program today, confirming first orders for the PACAVI Freighter LITE.

Customers include Colt Aviation/Colt Cargo, Norwegian company Airline Management AS, and two more companies that cannot be revealed yet. An additional launch order has been issued by an undisclosed leasing customer.

Colt has ordered two converted A321 freighters with an option for an additional one; Airline Management AS will acquire six A320 freighters.

“It’s the kind of companies like Colt Cargo that our turnkey packages of airframe sourcing, purchase, customized conversion, and leasing or sale are tailored for. The small to medium sized operator market is huge, and we have just the right product for these customers,” says Hollmann.

Alex Eckmann, CEO of Colt Aviation, adds: “The PACAVI A321 freighters are the perfect addition to our fleet of Boeing 737-400 and 757-200 freighters; with the perfect range and payload, state of the art fly-by-wire technology and low operating costs. They will be excellent workhorses and contribute greatly to our innovative, high-performance logistics concept.”

The PACAVI Airbus A321 Freighter LITE will carry approximately 27 metric tons of cargo, flying routes of up to 3,500 nautical miles, depending on load weight.

The Freighter LITE conversion 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 13 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 5,044 cubic feet and an additional lower deck cargo volume of 1,828 cubic feet.

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New TIACA Position Paper calls for rights holders, service providers, and regulators to come together and adopt a multi-pronged approach

Miami, USA, Thursday, 21st April 2016 – TIACA condemns the growing problem of goods that infringe Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and calls for Customs authorities to bring together rights holders, service providers, and regulators for a working dialogue in a new Position Paper published today.

Goods that infringe IPR account for a growing proportion of international trade, estimated at over USD250 billion by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

TIACA’s Paper explains that the air cargo industry plays a vital role in the interdiction of counterfeit shipments and in investigations of illicit trade and that, as intermediaries, the industry’s role is distinct from that of other parties.

The air cargo industry should be recognized as one piece in a three-pronged approach to combatting goods that infringe IPR, working alongside rights holders and Customs authorities.

“The industry’s cooperation with law enforcement agencies contributes to the increase in seizures by government agencies,” said Doug Brittin, Secretary General, TIACA.

“However, each party needs to acknowledge its role and limitations. Air cargo industry members are not law enforcement agencies, and our role is necessarily limited by this reality.

“Any potential liability for air cargo industry members should be limited to instances where air cargo operators have actual knowledge of receiving or handling IPR infringing goods and have failed to take action based on that knowledge.”

The Position Paper was put together by TIACA’s Market Access and Trade Facilitation Subcommittee and approved by the TIACA Board, which includes members from across the air freight industry.

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Emirates SkyCargo launches new protection solution for temperature-sensitive cargo
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White Cover Advanced provides affordable and environmentally-friendly solution for pharmaceutical products

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 — DUBAI,U.A.E., and Montreux, Switzerland – Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates Airline, has launched a next-generation version of its innovative protection product for valuable temperature-sensitive cargo, such as pharmaceutical products. Called White Cover Advanced, it utilises DuPont’s patented Tyvek® material made of high density polyethylene to form a tough protective barrier against varying external temperatures and direct sunlight. The special material is water resistant to prevent moisture damage while at the same time breathable, thereby reducing condensation and dryness. It is also environmentally friendly and is 100% recyclable.

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The White Cover Advanced is an enhanced offering to Emirates SkyCargo’s existing White Cover solution. While the White Cover is used in the carrier’s cool chain solutions for perishables, such as vegetables and fresh fruits, the White Cover Advanced offers additional protection for packaged pharmaceutical shipments in Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) range and in insulated packaging.


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Brussels Airport sees birth of new cargo community organisation.
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18 April 2016

April 18th saw the official launch of the new air cargo community organisation at Brussels, called Air Cargo Belgium. This new organisation groups all companies at BRUcargo as well as any related stakeholders or official organisations, with the clear aim to further professionalise and improve the cargo environment at Brussels Airport to the benefit of all companies.

Traditionally, there have been several organisation active at Brussels Airport, grouping a certain part of the logistical chain such as airlines or forwarders. These organisations continue to exist but also participate in this new organisation, as they are complementary and serving different needs to the cargo community.

Chairman of the new organisation will be Steven Polmans (Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport), supported by 2 vice chairman: Alain De Heldt (current chairman of BAFI, the forwarders organisation) and Bas van Goch (current chairman of ACMAB, the cargo airlines organisation).

“Brussels Airport, since a few years, participates actively in improving the cargo at the airport. Although we facilitate were possible and try to take the lead in several topics, it is the cargo community and the different companies at BRUcargo that make the difference. Without them, nothing happens. With this new organisation, we can work even closer together in improving our cargo area to the benefit of all”, says Steven Polmans. “It is and honour, a pleasure but also a challenge to be the first chairman of this organisation. But with the enormous support we got from the industry in recent months when setting up this new organisation, I feel very comfortable we will succeed together”.

Alain De Heldt, Chairman of Belgian Airfreight Institute states: “it is a great to see that with ACB, we are strengthening our forces in all aspects, respecting the full air cargo community, sharing the same agenda and bringing added value to the market. I feel confident that we are just at the beginning of a great development where quality and expertise are key. If we strive for “best in class”, cargo-volumes will come automatically”.

“ACMAB believes in a strong bond between Airport, Forwarders, Handlers and Airlines. Together we can tackle the challenges that we have, for example E-AWB and Ready for Carriage delivery. Geographically we are in the middle of ‘Airfreight Europe’, with several airports very close to us. If we all come together, with a joint target, we can make sure to keep Belgium as a center for air freight, both for on-line and off-line airlines,” continues Bas van Goch, the Chairman of ACMAB, the Air Cargo Managers Association Belgium.

Since a few years, there is a stronger cooperation between all parties at the airport. But especially in the last 12 months, progress was made to go from the less formal community discussion platform ‘BRUcargo Strategic Committee” to a more formal organisation with more possibilities, budget and leverage. This resulted in the creation of Air Cargo Belgium. In its mission statement, the organisation expresses its ambition to represent the entire air cargo community and make BRUcargo the most attractive, efficient, innovate and successful logistical platform.

Next to Brussels Airport and the existing organisation of forwarders (BAFI), airlines (ACMAB) and handlers (CCAB), several companies have already joined the new organisation as a member or as a member of the board. More companies are expected to join very soon. It should not be a surprise that next to lobby to government, deal with customs and civil aviation authority, the new organisation will create working groups on topics such as digitisation, operational effciency and pharmaceuticals.

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Third flawless ISAGO audit result for Hactl
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18 April 2016

(Hong Kong, 18 th April 2016) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler – has passed its bi-ennial ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) external audit, once again achieving a perfect score.

The ISAGO standard covers every aspect of Hactl’s operations and facilities, with a team of 26 coordinators ensuring compliance throughout all departments.

Hactl was the first cargo handler in the world to achieve ISAGO certification, when the new standard was introduced in 2008. Hactl has since achieved flawless results in each of its three most recent audits (2012, 2014, 2016), with zero findings and zero observations.

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Hactl staff present documented procedures and quality records to the ISAGO auditors.

The ISAGO Program is an internationally-recognized and accepted evaluation system, designed to assess the operational management and control systems of ground service providers. ISAGO aims to improve safety standards and reduce risks related to ground operations.

ISAGO is based on industry-proven quality audit principles, with audits conducted in a standardized manner to ensure performance is measured against consistent parameters. All audits are independently conducted by IATA-approved assessors. The ISAGO program is governed by the ISAGO Standards Manual (GOSM); IATA continues to update ISAGO standards based on stakeholder input, practical experience and the latest consensus in operational quality management principles.

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The ISAGO auditors remarked on the rigid compliance of Hactl’s Safety Management System (SMS) with the international aviation industry standard, “ICAO Annex 19 Safety Management System”. This enabled Hactl to satisfy the many totally new audit items in Edition 5 of the ISAGO GOSM, which came into force just days before Hactl’s latest audit.

Benny Siu, Hactl’s Manager – Quality Assurance, comments: “We are delighted to have passed the ISAGO audit once again, with a clean sheet. The professionalism of the team successfully overcame the challenge of meeting the more stringent requirements laid down in the latest ISAGO GOSM.”

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ULD CARE endorses the IATA ULD Safety Campaign
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Newsflash – April 12, 2016

ULD CARE is delighted to endorse the recently announced initiative by IATA to introduce a ULD Safety Campaign. Launched during the recent IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS), this campaign is intended to drive greater awareness of ULD using the tag line “ULD it’s not just a box”

The IATA ULD Safety Campaign provides an additional level of support to the air cargo industry in the ever important area of ULD handling. More details are available on the IATA website including downloadable poster artworks and a YouTube video.

ULD CARE fully endorses this initiative and will be doing all possible to support its widespread use.

ULD have been an ever present part of air cargo for over 40 years, enabling enormous changes in the air cargo business model. However the primary purpose of ULD as a piece of aircraft equipment delivering restraint to the cargo during flight has become somewhat overlooked along the way. To a large extent, ULD are considered as nothing more than material handling equipment to facilitate the movement of cargo.

As a not-for-profit organization focusing exclusively on ULD issues, ULD CARE is confident that this new initiative, building on related IATA and ULD CARE activities such as the IATA ULD Regulations and the ULD CARE video SOS ULD, will lead to greater understanding of the flight safety nature of ULD throughout the industry.

ULD CARE is currently working on a number of projects which we believe will further facilitate the adoption of best practices throughout ULD operations and handling.

ULD CARE invites the industry at large to make good use of its website: www.uldcare.com. Join the ULD conversation and become a member if you wish to participate in the 2016 Annual Conference being held this year from August 29 to September 1 in Los Angeles.

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Rickenbacker sees significant success in 2015
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Burgeoning international activity helps Columbus Region economy thrive

COLUMBUS – Rickenbacker International Airport enjoyed strong success in 2015 and is poised for even greater things in 2016. The airport and select off-airport businesses account for over 20,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $2 billion.

“Significant increases in cargo activity, a new international market and new facilities to accommodate growth will only add to the impressive economic impact cargo and logistics already provides the region,” said Elaine Roberts, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. “After years of laying the ground work necessary for Rickenbacker to become a true global gateway for shippers and logistics providers, we are beginning to yield the results we always knew were possible by working collaboratively in the Columbus Region.”

These successes led to a $1.67 million operating surplus in 2015, the first of its kind since the airport’s operation was merged to become part of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which also operates Port Columbus International Airport and Bolton Field.

To meet the increasing demand for airport warehouse space, several community partners contributed funds to help build a new 100,000-square-foot expandable air cargo terminal and related infrastructure. This building, which will facilitate the efficient movement of air cargo between planes and trucks, will be ready for occupancy in the spring of 2016. Community collaboration also led to another capital project, the construction of a new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower to replace the original WWII-era tower. It will also be operational in the spring of 2016. “While we are very pleased with the 2015 operational performance, the capital costs to maintain an airport the size of Rickenbacker are significant,” stated Roberts. “Continued partnerships and creative funding solutions will be critical to maintaining the thousands of jobs and growing economic impact to the area.”

Some of the many 2015 successes at Rickenbacker include:

• Emirates SkyCargo started service from Dubai, U.A.E. and increased its number of flights in October while Cathay Pacific Cargo increased service to Hong Kong. These two carriers, plus Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines, combine for nine international flights weekly.
• Amazon began building a one-million-square-foot fulfillment center while BASF began building its new facility – both in the CRAA operated Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park.
• American Showa opened its new distribution center – also within RGLP.
• Foreign-Trade Zone #138 was again named a top 10 FTZ in the United States.
• The airport began operating as a port of embarkation for livestock with shipments including goats, horses, an endangered rhino and more.
• Business increased at Rickenbacker Aviation, a function of the airport authority that provides services ranging from fueling planes to handling cargo aircraft.
• Passenger airlines Allegiant expanded its services by offering direct flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Savannah and New Orleans.

For additional information about Rickenbacker’s 2015 successes, contact Angie Tabor, Manager of Communications & Media Relations, at 614-239-4081.

About Rickenbacker International Airport
Rickenbacker International Airport is one of the world’s few cargo-dedicated airports and a critical logistics component of Rickenbacker Inland Port. Located in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker is within a one-day’s drive to nearly half of the U.S. population and one-third of the Canadian population.

With regularly scheduled import and export service via Cargolux, Cathay Pacific and Emirates SkyCargo, Rickenbacker specializes in expedited services that moves cargo between planes and trucks faster and more consistently than other gateway airports. With FedEx and UPS on site as well, domestic service accounts for more than half of the cargo moving through Rickenbacker.

Learn more at RickenbackerInlandPort.com.


My Life In Freight - by Dieter Haltmayer
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My life in Freight

42 Years of Quick Cargo Service

Quick Cargo Service is one of the top ten owner-managed IATA forwarders in Germany. Founded in 1974 by Dieter Haltmayer, today the company is repre - sented in Germany by ten branch-offices at key locations, along with interna - tional presences in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London, Basel, Zurich, Copenhagen and Warsaw. In addition to airfreight, seafreight has long been a second mainstay of the business; in Hamburg QCS has its own seafreight terminal. When founding the company Dieter Haltmayer built upon his 15 years of experience as freight-manager for British European Airlines (BEA), British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and Air Canada. Now the company is run successfully by two generations of the Haltmayer family. The operations of the company have largely been passed onto the founder’s children: Stephan (Managing Director), Heidi (Administration) and Dr. Jennifer Melnyk (Finance).

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