Category Archives: International

SITA launches SmartSea, tech solution to transform maritime

SITA launches SmartSea through an initial agreement with Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM), the world-class ship manager and maritime service provider. SmartSea is the industry’s first company with the power to reshape the maritime sector by facilitating access to the same advanced technology that has already transformed the air transport industry. At the same time, CSM becomes the first SmartSea client to exponentially upscale its operations through this cutting-edge technology. With this strategic step, SITA is embedding its transformative footprint into the maritime industry, breaking boundaries and simplifying processes for more efficient and profitable operations across the entire value chain. With 75 years of experience, SITA serves 95% of international destinations in the air travel industry, and over 2,500 airlines, airports, ground handlers and governments all working closely with the company. More than 70 governments and all G20 nations trust SITA solutions, and 85% of international air passengers globally benefit from SITA digital border solutions. SITA’s undeniable role in transforming the air industry and shaping it into what it is now is the strongest proof of the value SITA can provide to the maritime sector. SITA’s expansion into maritime is clear evidence of its ambition and capacity to boost digital innovation in a sector that, facing similar challenges, can be greatly enhanced by solutions for the air transport industry, estimated to be 10-15 years ahead in terms of technology adoption. Both the maritime and aviation sectors operate in a complex and highly regulated ecosystem globally, are capital intensive, and heavily reliant on data and communication while also facing very similar sustainability requirements. Moreover, ports and ship terminals experience the same challenges and opportunities; vessels require turnaround and maintenance, the same as aircraft, …

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Essar signs 3MoUs worth Rs 55K cr in logistics

Essar signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Government of Gujarat for a total investement of Rs 55,000 crore ahead of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024. Essar is in a renewed phase of making stategic investements in the field of Energy Transition, Power and Port sectors in the state. This initiative aims to create over 10,000 job opportunities. Over the last four decades, Essar has invested more than Rs 1 lakh crore in the Energy, Metals & Mining and Infrastructure sectors in Gujarat. Gujarat has played a crucial role in Essar’s growth story. The company’s investments in core industrial projects have enhanced the state’s industrial landscape, serving as a case-study for the state’s potential as an investment destination. On the signing of the MoU, Mr. Prashant Ruia, Director at Essar Capital, commented, “Gujarat has consistently been at the forefront of Essar’s strategic investments. We are delighted to further contribute to the state’s economic progress with an additional investment of Rs 55,000 crore in the Energy & Infrastructure sectors.”

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‘Plans to increase capacity, cargo ops in Indian market’

David Shepherd, CEO, IAG Cargo,” says, “We are looking forward to expand our business operations in the Indian market because of the recent negotiation between the UK and Indian government, which has resulted in an expanded air service agreement. We hope British Airways gets to increase its capacity here in the Delhi market.” He adds, “India has been the most consistent performer for our business. It’s an important part of our network. Be it pharma, perishables, automotive, e-commerce, or high-tech products, India is exporting all these products which makes India an important player for us. We fly to a lot of places, a lot of countries around the world, and India is the most consistent and strongest performer and remains that way.”

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Bolloré Logistics and Winddle begin partnership to enhance transport operations

Bolloré Logistics announced their partnership with collaborative platform Winddle, for enhancing transport operations by integrating the management of product orders and encouraging collaboration with suppliers. The Winddle solution has already been applied by Bolloré Logistics towards handling orders of a renowned French luxury cosmetics brand, that replaced a purchase order (PO) management system which relied on shared files. Over 80 users have utilised the platform over a period of three months, which included industrial logistics managers, transport managers, customs managers for the brand, and implant and origin managers for Bolloré Logistics. The tool enables monitoring of all operations that start from the announcement of product handover by suppliers to the final delivery of several thousand shipments annually. The customer also obtains tools to oversee supplier performance metrics (OTD, OTIF, etc.) and optimize transport performance like reducing reliance on air freight, cost optimization, etc.

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LSPs record growth in tech investments since 2020

According to a report from consulting firm McKinsey & Company, both shippers and logistics providers have sustained and grown their technology investments since 2020, despite deteriorating market conditions. The report, “Digital logistics: Technology race gathers momentum,” gathered results from more than 250 logistics leaders, who agree on market forces propelling shippers and logistics providers towards technological innovations for increased flexibility, predictability, efficiency, and resilience. The common pain points that they share include cost management, productivity of the workforce, labour, and performance, according to the report. This indicated that shippers and providers can address these shared challenges amongst others to increase capability and coordination.

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Menzies signs contracts to expand cargo business at Heathrow

Menzies Aviation renews and secures several cargo contracts with various airlines at London’s Heathrow Airport, which includes Thai Airways Cargo, Middle East Airlines, Royal Air Maroc Cargo, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines Cargo and Tarom. Menzies is also now partnering with Thai Airways for cargo handling and airside trucking services, with 14 turns per week that will transport more than 16,000 tonnes of vegetables and fresh fish from Thailand to the UK. Apart from that, Royal Air Maroc Cargo, which is the cargo business of Morocco’s national airline, has also partnered with Menzies to manage their cargo handling at Heathrow.

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Rotate releases free live air cargo capacity tool

Data provider Rotate launched a live air cargo capacity tool which is accessible to air cargo company users for free. The tool consists of live updated flight data from an exhaustive list of airlines, more than 9,000 airports and over 200 aircraft types and will let users see the amount of air cargo capacity on various trade lanes. The data has been “filtered, cleaned, and enriched to deliver unique, real-time insight into changes and trends in air cargo capacity”, according to Rotate. Gert-Jan Jansen, co-founder of Rotate, said, “The air cargo industry has long been investing in digital and technology solutions, which have led to ever-increasing amounts of data being produced and stored every day. Our Rotate Live Capacity tool supports a range of functions within the air cargo industry, from network design to business development, benchmarking, carrier management, pricing, and market trend analysis. Access to real-time data also opens up a whole new range of use-cases going forward – such as pricing and revenue management”

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Oman Air partners with Çelebi India for ground handling services; becomes first international airlines to land at Goa

Oman Air partners with Çelebi India for ground handling services at Manohar International Airport, Goa, making it the first foreign airlines to land the new airport located in North Goa. Oman Air will be operating four flights per week from Mopa airport to Muscat. On 29 October, 2023, Çelebi India successfully executed ground handling services for Oman Air at the airport, and is expected to mark a lasting collaboration to “redefine industry standards by combining Çelebi’s extensive expertise in ground handling with Oman Air’s commitment to delivering exceptional service.” Mr. Tauseef Khan, CEO, Çelebi Ground Handling, India, said, “It is exciting to announce that we have extended our support to the historic inaugural flight of Oman Air at Manohar International Airport in India. This marks a significant milestone as Oman Air becomes the first foreign airline to land at this airport. As a trusted ground handling services provider, we at Çelebi are fully equipped to meet the specific requirements of international carriers and provide exceptional services to our partner airlines across India. This partnership with Oman Air is a testament to our unwavering commitment to delivering top-tier services and contributing to the growth of India’s aviation industry.”

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Vietnam Airlines appoints Aeroprime Group as GSA in India

Vietnam Airlines announced the appointment of Aeroprime Group, as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in India for both aviation effective 01 January 2024. Aeroprime Group will serve as integral and strategic partner to Vietnam Airlines to support with sales and marketing strategies through its innovative and tech driven solutions, deliver expanded market reach and distribution across India. The collaboration aims to deliver unparalleled customer service, elevating the travel experience for Vietnam Airlines’ esteemed customers. The appointment of Aeroprime Group will help to further widen Vietnam Airline’s presence and will pave way for expansion in the Indian market to provide a premium, customer friendly services. Abhishek Goyal, Executive Director of Aeroprime Group, said, “We are honoured that Aeroprime Group has been selected as General Sales Agent (GSA) for Vietnam Airlines in India. We are committed to work with Vietnam Airlines to develop a strong brand presence and expand the customer base in India. With our dedicated team of seasoned professionals across multiple cities and using our cutting-edge technology solutions, we look forward to effectively market the flights and provide superior customer services, offering an exclusive experience of Vietnamese hospitality. Nguyen Trung Hieu, General Manager of Vietnam Airlines Branch in India, said, “We are pleased to appoint Aeroprime Group as our new General Sales Agent (GSA) pan India as we embark on a new journey to enhance our network and to provide the premium services to the Indian travelers. The collaboration with Aeroprime Group will help us to strengthen distribution channels and elevate customer service standards in the Indian market. Vietnam is an incredible destination, with its natural beauty and traditions. Leveraging on Vietnam Airline’s extensive network, this partnership will offer premium …

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cargo-partner launched 3rd warehouse at its iLogistics Center in Slovakia

cargo-partner officially launched the construction of the third warehouse hall at its iLogistics Centre in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia. The expansion will almost double the storage capacity from the current 27,600 to 50,000 pallet spaces, and will create 60 to 70 additional jobs at the new facility, says an official release. “cargo-partner has been operating in Slovakia for 30 years and is one of the most successful freight forwarding providers in the country. The company reported a turnover of nearly €140 million in 2022, and currently employs more than 200 logistics specialists across its branch offices in Bratislava, Dunajská Streda, Žilina, and Košice.” The iLogistics Centre in Dunajská Streda has been in operation since 2012, gradually expanding to meet growing customer demand for logistics solutions, the release added. “The previous expansion in 2020 increased the warehouse capacity to 18,200 m². The construction of the third hall marks the fourth and final phase of the project, bringing the storage capacity of the logistics complex to 34,300 m² on a site of 60,000 m².” The warehouse’s strategic location and direct connection to the Metrans intermodal terminal allow cargo-partner to reduce handling time by one to two days, resulting in significant ecological and economic advantages, the release said.

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