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CEVA Logistics launches SKYCAPACITY program & ‘Time Critical Solution’ for its airfreight customers

With an aim to strengthen its air cargo offering, CEVA Logistics has launched two new services today; the new SKYCAPACTY program offering guaranteed access to global air cargo capacity for customers in a market that continues to experience volatility and the company has invested in a dedicated global team to offer its new premium ‘time critical solution’, delivering custom, guaranteed transport for time-critical, no-failure shipments. Owned, controlled capacity in a volatile market In setting up the SKYCAPACITY program, CEVA Logistics has purchased recurring capacity on key routes to create a global network of available capacity. Current and new customers are able to benefit from CEVA’s owned, controlled capacity of dozens of flights every week, offering consistent pricing and guaranteed capacity despite market peaks and lows. The network is also available as a spot cargo solution for customers, and weekly spot rates will be available on the CEVA Logistics website and via a weekly bulletin. The CEVA SKYCAPACITY network currently offers a variety of destinations to and from North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The owned, controlled network spans multiple carriers and includes freighter, pax freighter and passenger capacity — all available with leading management, tracking and customs services. Global solution for time-critical shipments CEVA Logistics’ new Time Critical Solution is ideal for clients in healthcare, automotive, Aerospace or manufacturing environments, where specific parts or products are needed in emergency or short-timeframe situations. The new solution offers the reliability and security needed for emergency and rush shipments with priority placements given to ensure a 100 percent on-time shipment with the fastest routing possible. The service also includes full insurance and customs clearance, ensuring the quickest possible transit times. To …

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Turkish Cargo joins WebCargo e-booking platform, services to start in India & Spain

Turkish Cargo is joining the WebCargo, a Freightos Group company to provide real-time e-bookings, access live rates, and see available air cargo capacity to the provide forwarders around the world. This provides critical agility as air cargo contends with unexpected shifts due to the global pandemic. Christian Tesch, Director – Airfreight Carrier Relations & Procurement, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics said, “Live access to capacity and price supports our ongoing commitment to providing Hellmann customers with outstanding service. We’re delighted to see Turkish Cargo on WebCargo.” Turkish Cargo will first roll out on WebCargo in Spain and India and will be quickly followed by rollouts in several more countries. With the airline’s shift to global e-bookings, more than 20 per cent of global air cargo capacity will now be digitized, providing more than 2,000 WebCargo forwarders customers across over 10,000 global branches with instant access to capacity and pricing. Turhan OZEN, Chief Cargo Officer, Turkish Airlines, said, “Effective leadership is required to handle the customers constantly diversifying demands accurately across the air cargo industry. As the air cargo brand with one of the widest networks in the world, we focus on digital solutions. We are pleased to partner with WebCargo to provide digital connectivity for our customers as part of our commitment to constant innovation in offering the best service possible.” Manuel Galindo, CEO, WebCargo, said, “In the past year, e-bookings have increased tenfold on WebCargo, making it clear that the future of air cargo is digital. We’re incredibly proud to partner with Turkish Cargo, one of the most impactful and influential global cargo airlines, to launch e-bookings for forwarders around the world.”

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Astral Aviation moves 20 tonnes of vaccine in its maiden flight from India to Yemen

Astral Aviation, the Kenya-based cargo-only carrier, has uplifted 19.5 tonnes humanitarian cargo of vaccines in its first cargo flight from Mumbai International Airport Mumbai, India to Sanaa International Airport, Yemen via Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO and founder, Astral Aviation, stated, “Astral has never operated any flights to and from India which has been served via interline partners. During the pandemic, due to lack of direct capacity and connectivity between India and Africa, Astral has received a number of requests for the transportation of Covid-19 vaccines and pharma to and within Africa which are originating from Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. This inaugural flight offers new opportunities for Astral’s clients to move freight from India via Astral’s Nairobi hub, and we look forward to operate more charters in 2021 due to the high demand for medical cargo.” The aircraft arrived in Mumbai on April 18 at 16.00 hrs GMT from Nairobi via Muscat. On return, the routing will be from Mumbai-Djibouti (Ambouli International Airport)-Sanaa. As Ambouli airport is close to Yemen, all planes flying humanitarian cargo is expected to make a security stop before flying to Yemen. Astral has performed in excess of 300 charters for the humanitarian sector into Aden and Sanaa, using a combination of B727-200F, DC9F, CRJ200PF and Fokker 27. He is also confident that Astral Aviation will be able to operate more charters from India in 2021 due to the high demand for medical cargo.

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Maersk & GatewayRail launch ‘Automotive Express’ between Gurugram and APM Terminals Pipavav Port

Maersk in collaboration with GatewayRail has launched the weekly double-stacked train service to provide the scheduled landside movement of automotive parts and components. The automotive manufacturing sector works on ‘Just-In-Time’ model for the supply chains of its parts and components. Automotive manufacturers require highly reliable logistics services that can move their raw material and finished products on precise schedules to ensure uninterrupted production processes. For years, several of these manufacturers based in and around Gurugram, northern part of India, have been dependent on staggered and unscheduled rail movement for their cargo going in and out of the country. Delayed imports hamper production schedules while delayed exports pile up inventories for the manufacturers. In response to the needs of the automotive sector, Maersk India has launched the first ‘Automotive Express’ whose first run was virtually flagged off on April 18, 2021 by Denmark’s Ambassador to India, His Excellency Freddy Svane. “Manufacturing is an extremely important building block of our country’s economy. As a service provider to this critical segment, our goal is to streamline their supply chains and offer highest levels of reliability” commented Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia. He added, “With the ‘Automotive Express’, we are not only simplifying our automotive customers’ supply chains by offering integrated logistics solution that bundles ocean and landside transportation, but are also driving cost and time efficiencies through precisely scheduled movement of their cargo.” “GatewayRail is excited to jointly launch the new ‘Automotive Express’ with Maersk that connects customers to their global import and export destinations through the MECL and FI3 services at APM Terminals Pipavav Port. GatewayRail has been a pioneer in innovative intermodal services such as the ‘Ship to Rail …

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Etihad Cargo partners with Cargowise to offer direct integrated booking options, accelerating digitisation

Etihad Cargo has advanced its international digital booking reach through a new partnership with WiseTech Global Limited (ASX:WTC), a leading cloud-based software solutions provider for the global logistics industry. By leveraging WiseTech’s logistics execution platform, CargoWise, Etihad Cargo will seamlessly integrate with the world’s leading logistics providers who rely on CargoWise to carry out end-to-end logistics activities. “Now, more than ever, it is essential for the air cargo industry to accelerate its embrace of digital technologies. Etihad Cargo is carefully selecting partners to enhance customer experiences and streamline booking processes to provide additional convenience,” says, Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group. “Etihad Cargo’s previous API investments have resulted in the successful and seamless roll-out of integrated products with several digital booking platforms. The CargoWise partnership is anticipated to provide significant results through its extensive global customer base.” Etihad Cargo’s flight schedule, rates, capacity and eBooking functions are now available to freight forwarders using CargoWise as their core technology backbone, providing seamless access equivalent to a full API integration via the platform. Scott McCorquodale, Chief Automation Officer – Air Cargo, WiseTech, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Etihad Cargo to deliver these eBooking capabilities. This feature-rich integration will enable our CargoWise customers to seamlessly receive quotes, check capacity and immediately book their air cargo shipment. Most importantly, this can all be done from entirely within the CargoWise platform, providing efficiency and productivity benefits for the forwarder through data integration and improved visibility across their business. It truly is a win-win.”

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DHL Express establishes cargo operations at Cork Airport with five-day weekly express cargo flights from Cork to Leipzig

Following a surge in cargo traffic during the pandemic, DHL Express has started cargo operations between Cork Airport and DHL Express’ largest European hub in Leipzig, Germany. The flights will be operated initially by a Boeing 767 lower deck aircraft five days per week, Monday to Friday inclusive. Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said, “We are delighted to welcome the DHL express cargo operations to Cork Airport. With the changes arising from Covid-19, it has provided the opportunity to us to diversify our business into new areas supporting cargo, offshore gas and wind operations. The aircraft to be operated by DHL is a large wide-body and we are delighted that Cork and Munster will now have an additional five times weekly air cargo operation to serve the expanding needs of the business community of the South of Ireland. We look forward to working with our new partners DHL Express into the future”, he added. Mike Farrell, Operations Director, DHL Express Ireland said, “The Cork region continues to be a hugely important part of the DHL Express Ireland network and as volumes continue to grow both in and out of the region, it has allowed us to take the next step in our development through operating a dedicated aircraft in this sector. This move will provide for earlier deliveries and later collections which will only serve to strengthen the commercial offer of customers within Cork.” Condor, the German leisure airline, has leased four Boeing 767-300’s to DHL to carry cargo instead of passengers. The aircraft are being used by DHL to supplement the increase in cargo capacity on a number of routes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. …

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Indian Railways to transport liquid medical oxygen using green corridors

Considering the pandemic situation getting worse in the country, Indian Railways has formulated a policy for the transportation of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers after a plea by the government of Maharashtra, one of the worst affected states by the coronavirus pandemic. The policy said the cryogenic tankers will be transported as a paid-for roll on-roll of (Ro-Ro) service to various destinations across states. The circular said Maharashtra’s health secretary had requested for the transport of medical oxygen in cryogenic containers. “The matter has been examined. Competent authority has approved the transport of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic containers,” it said, detailing the charges to be levied for the service. The circular said the staff accompanying liquid oxygen trucks to be loaded on the Ro-Ro service will be charged second class ticket for the journey and only two persons will be allowed to accompany the truck. The empty flow direction of the containers will also be charged by the railways The circular said the staff accompanying liquid oxygen trucks to be loaded on the Ro-Ro service will be charged second class ticket for the journey and only two persons will be allowed to accompany the truck.

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WorldACD calls March a mixed month for air cargo, India is yet to recover

According to the data provider WorldACD, air cargo’s final March figures show a year-on-year (YoY) worldwide growth of 21 per cent. The YoY change in the period March 1-15, 2021, stood at -0.2%, but the YoY growth in the second half of the month was +44%, making March the most two-faced month in air cargo living memory. “A clear reminder that the first lockdown started to bite air cargo by mid-March 2020,” says the data provider. “We looked at volume developments for the 30 largest markets first. For six of them (the origins USA Atlantic South, USA Midwest, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium and Kenya), March 2021 was simply the best month since January 2018. The same was true for the destination markets China-East, South Korea, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands and USA-Midwest. Other top-origins, notably China North East and Central, France, UK, India, and Australia, have not yet recovered. Their month of March remained more than 20% below their best month over the past three years. This is also the case for the destinations Australia, Canada East, China Northeast, Spain, South Africa and USA Northeast. Worldwide, March 2021 was only marginally lower than the same month in 2018 and 2019. This is the more remarkable when taking into account the enormous reduction in cargo capacity. YoY load factor improvements in each of the three first months of 2021, range between 15 and 20 %-points: airlines are clearly able to use their cargo space much more efficiently than in the past,” says WorldACD.

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KLM Cargo deploys cargo seat bag for its cargo cabin flights

To develop on product innovation and to meet customer demands, KLM Cargo has introduced the Cargo Seat Bag, The carrier has carried out the first operational flight using 172 Cargo Seat Bag, carrying 950 boxes of medical relief goods like Corona test equipment, from Shanghai to Amsterdam in the cabin of our Boeing 777 on April 13. The user-friendly, easy-to-install and remove Cargo Seat Bag (CSB) was designed in collaboration with product developer and supplier Trip & Co. These bags not only protect the interior, seats, and entertainment systems but also double loading capacity on the seats, decrease physical strain during handling and prevent plastic waste. With this ‘quick change solution´, the cabin is ready again to welcome passengers within one hour. It can be used in our Boeing 777-200/300, Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Since the aviation industry was heavily hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and freight capacity remained low, KLM has been operating over 150 Cargo in Cabin (CiC) flights, carrying over 130 million medical relief goods and PPE material on seats. The Cargo Seat Bag is another example of creating innovative solutions by joining forces in this difficult time.

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Dachser Shanghai is now CEIV Pharma certified by IATA

International logistics service provider Dachser has received the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from IATA for its Shanghai organisation including its PVG airport branch in March 2021. This marks the finalisation of a project of extensive preparation, complex procedures and detailed auditing, despite additional challenges caused by the global pandemic. With this certification, Dachser Shanghai now joins the very close circle of few logistics companies in the region to be recognized by IATA for temperature-controlled and time-sensitive products transportation. CEIV Pharma Certificate ensures that infrastructure, equipment, operations, and personnel are complied with the standards and regulations expected by pharmaceutical manufacturers. “A resilient and reliable logistics network for Life Science and Healthcare (LSH) products has proven critical in light of current events,” said Yves Larquemin, Managing Director ASL Far East North. “The professionalism and hard work put in by our colleagues to achieve certification by IATA will allow Dachser to play our part in the LSH industry.” Responding to growing global demand, Dachser has been expanding its LSH capabilities in its logistics network for years. The logistics service provider received its first CEIV Pharma certification in 2018 for its Frankfurt branch in Germany and by 2019 was also certified for its Atlanta branch in the US and its two Indian branches in Mumbai and Hyderabad. The Shanghai certification marks the company’s commitment on LSH and its excellence in handling such commodities which are extremely sensitive to time and temperature. In addition, with the Chinese government’s “Health China 2030” directive to invest in the health and well-being of its people, Dachser Shanghai’s accreditation makes it well poised to fill the increased demand in transporting medical …

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