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Qatar Airways Cargo has flown 10 million vaccines to 20 countries since December 2020

Qatar Airways Cargo has surpassed a milestone with 10 million COVID-19 vaccines transported, including COVID-19 vaccines for UNICEF as part of the five-year MoU to support UNICEF’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative. The airline has played a significant role throughout the pandemic and is committed to helping people and giving back to communities, in alignment with its sustainability programme. Since December 2020, Qatar Airways Cargo has transported COVID-19 vaccines to 20 countries all over the world including Algeria, Cambodia, Denmark, Pakistan Rwanda, South Africa, the Netherlands, to name a few. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo, Qatar Airwys, said, “I am both, proud and humbled to support the vaccines distribution and helping UNICEF to reach the maximum number of people, everywhere. We remain committed and resilient in the fight against the pandemic and together with our partners, we will ensure the safe, timely and efficient transportation of these life-saving supplies.” Qatar Airways Cargo, the freight division of Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNICEF for a five-year period to support UNICEF’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative. Qatar Airways Cargo will work closely with UNICEF and its freight forwarders to prioritise the transport of vaccines, medicines, medical devices and critical supplies utilising its extensive global network and capacity. Through its QR Pharma product, the ir cargo carrier offers controlled cool chain and dedicated monitoring, intervention and servicing as well as proactive re-icing at its Doha hub. With these significant investments, the cargo carrier confirms its strategy and commitment to supporting the logistics around the global COVID-19 vaccination endeavour. The transportation of vaccines will continue in the coming months to more countries around the world via the carrier’s scheduled and charter flights and …

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Tirupati Airport to commence cargo services soon, tapping the agri sector in Chitoor

Considering the airport’s potential for handling cargo flights, the Airport Authority of India has put forward plans for domestic cargo operations at Tirupati Airport. A full-fledged cargo terminal is all set for commissioning. Accordingly, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security recently gave clearance to the airport for cargo service operations. The airport is directly connected to various destinations. Starting air cargo services from here would result in a passenger traffic rise and provide an impetus to the airlifting of perishable goods. This will boost the earnings of the farming community in Chittoor district and ensure timely and efficient transport of their produce to other parts of the country, the official said. “Tirupati is fast developing into a base for export of many products. There’s scope to tap the agri sector in Chittoor and neighbouring districts from which perishable goods could be airlifted to other cities. This will benefit the catchment areas of Chittoor, Nellore, Kurnool and Kadapa districts of the Rayalaseema region,” noted the airport director.

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Budapest Airport joins IATA CEIV Pharma certification network

Budapest Airport has introduced the CEIV Pharma pharmaceutical logistics standard in Hungary with the professional guidelines of IATA. The past year has highlighted more strongly than ever that the pharmaceutical healthcare sector relies heavily on the air freight industry. Not only during a pandemic, but in all circumstances, it is important that healthcare shipments reach the consignee as quickly as possible, under strictly regulated conditions, while maintaining their quality. Budapest Airport, led by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is introducing a quality assurance system covering all phases of pharmaceutical transport in Hungary. Launched in conjunction with shipping, hauling and ground handling companies, the project aims to ensure that healthcare shipments reach their destination quickly and safely under strictly controlled conditions, ensuring quality throughout the delivery process. Partners of Budapest Airport for the CEIV Pharma quality assurance system in Hungary are Agility, Airmax Cargo, cargo-partner, Prevost and airport ground handling companies Celebi and Menzies also joined. In this context, the regulations also cover the development of companies’ facilities, tools and processes and the further training of employees; thus, every step of the drug logistics process can be carried out under controlled conditions. “Over the past year, healthcare shipments, medical aids and medicines have received worldwide attention. However, pharmaceutical logistics is not only of paramount importance during a pandemic; That is why we have decided to guarantee that, in the long term, medicines will arrive where they are needed in the future, even faster and safer than before, as part of a new quality assurance program, ”said Dr. Rolf Schnitzler, CEO of Budapest Airport. He emphasized: “Such a large-scale project can only be implemented through cooperation, therefore on behalf of Budapest …

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CargoAi launches advisory body; experts join the board to build the future of air cargo

CargoAi is launching a Board of Advisors formed of talented experts who represent the diverse views and perspectives of the airfreight industry. This advisory body is tasked with reflecting on the industry’s digital transformation and actively steering CargoAi in developing value-added solutions for the cargo community. The Board will meet quarterly, with the first remote meeting taking place in April. The Board of Advisors is currently formed of four members, who will soon be joined by other experts. The current members are: Markus Flacke – Reknown industry expert, former Managing Director of CHAMP Cargosystems Liana Coyne – Director at Coyne Airways Cyril Dumon – CEO Asia-Pacific at Bollore Logistics Ricardo Pilon – Chief Cargo Transformation Officer at Millennium Aviation & Vice-President, Consulting Solutions at Aviation Strategies International “CargoAi is one of the most visionary and innovative companies in the market. The team has a clear understanding of cargo, and ambitions to connect a variety of actors to more than just an e-booking platform, but one that provides actionable information and intelligence,” explained Liana Coyne. Pilon said, “With a diverse and dynamic team, I am excited to see how inclusive the CargoAi team is and how this focus on people and relationships will help further cement sustainable growth in cargo transportation and logistics, underpinned by planned offerings, future-wise services and incremental propositions around market access and commercial optimization.” “Helping to reflect on and model the future of air cargo through digital is a really exciting project, and that’s why I agreed to join the CargoAi Board of Advisors. We’re at a crossroads – at the beginning of an unprecedented transformation in air cargo’s processes,” explained Dumon. “The team is incredible – …

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dnata handles 5,000 cargo-in-cabin flights in one year at Dubai International (DXB), achieves special cargo milestone in UAE

dnata has handled more than 5,000 cargo-in-cabin flights, safely moving over 50,000 tons of shipments at Dubai International airport (DXB), since March last year. In response to the strong air cargo market demand for the rapid, reliable and efficient transportation of essential commodities, several airlines have introduced additional cargo capacity during the pandemic by using passenger aircraft with seats fully or partially removed from the cabin. To adapt to changing customer needs, dnata has enhanced services, improved processes and trained more than 500 employees to safely and efficiently handle passenger planes carrying cargo only. dnata has introduced effective procedures across a range of aircraft types. With no existing industry standards to refer to, the company built the necessary procedures from scratch in collaboration with key stakeholders, including IATA and several airline customers. To ensure the procedures were safe, trials were conducted at DXB using various loading and unloading methods across both narrow and wide-body aircraft. This allowed dnata to identify the best and safest procedures to serve cargo-in-cabin flights. Paul Littlejohn, dnata’s Divisional Vice President for Airside Operations, said, “We are proud to reach this memorable milestone in such a short space of time. There was intense demand for airlines to recoup revenue through cargo-in-cabin operations and we needed to be in a position to provide safe and effective ground handling services quickly. Our teams delivered innovative, efficient solutions at great speed while never letting our safety standards drop. “We continue to work hard to consistently provide the highest level of service and safety to all of our airline customers, every day.” Although passenger flights have been significantly reduced globally during the pandemic, air cargo demand has remained stable and …

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Women take the lead at Blue Dart with its first 100% Women-Run Service Centre in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

Blue Dart is all set to extend this women’s day to the diversity and inclusivity circle with the launch of the first Blue Dart All Women Service Centre. The logistics industry has been stereotyped over the years to foster a male majority, Blue Dart has been putting in a significant effort to alter this perception of the industry, ever since the organization’s inception in 1983. The organization provides ample opportunity for its Blue Darters to take the lead and make their mark in the industry. With capable women encouraged to take on senior leadership roles in the organisation, Blue Dart is a testament to what being a gender inclusive organization in the logistics industry denotes. Located in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, the All Women Service Centre comprises a team of 16 enthusiastic women who don the role of managers, customer service representatives, security personnel as well as sales and counter staff. This dynamic team will provide customers with the exceptional service quality that is synonymous with Blue Dart. Apart from this, the organization is taking its diversity and Inclusivity initiative one step further. The ‘Employer of Choice’ plans on initiating more women into the Blue Dart family and will launch another service centre in Andheri, reminiscent of its Kharghar All Women Service Centre. The Andheri Service Centre will operate at a 70 per cent women team capacity and will work shoulder to shoulder setting the pace of gender diversity. Inaugurating the All Women Service Centre, Balfour Manuel, Managing Director, Blue Dart said, “With our ‘People First Philosophy’ at the forefront of our business, ALL our people – gender, age, race, caste no bar – continue to be a priority within the …

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Women have proved their capability in every field: Tulsi Mirchandaney

Sharing her experience in the logistics industry, Tulsi Mirchandaney, Managing Director, Blue Dart Aviation, says, “With many barriers of former all-male bastions being demolished slowly but surely, especially over the past two decades, I no longer believe that any industry is gender-specific – intentional or otherwise. Women have proved their capability in every field – from sports to space, and from country to corporate leadership. If air cargo and logistics is still a ‘male-dominated’ industry, then the failure is ours in not being able to provide an environment to attract the rich talent and gender diversity that would undoubtedly help to grow our companies and communities across the country. “To be fair, it has been refreshing to see an increasing number of women in our industry – entrepreneurs, professionals, and couriers – delivering with equal zest and pride,” she adds.

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DHL to transport 676 passenger coaches from Hungary to Egypt

DHL Industrial Projects is supporting Dunakeszi Jármjavító Kft with the transport of the largest order of rolling stock in the history of Hungary. In total, 676 coaches are being transferred from the production site in Dunakeszi, Hungary, to Egypt within a period of 32 months. The company will manage the end-to-end transport of the coaches, each weighing 48 tonnes and measuring 24.5 metres in length, as well as 4.5 meters in height. Packaged for export, the coaches are transported via rail to the port of Koper, Slovenia, where DHL is integrating the cargo via its charter carriers. From there DHL will deliver the cargo via sea directly onto the railway network in Egypt at the port of Alexandria. The first batch arrived safely in Alexandria on February 23. “The collaboration with Dunakeszi Járm?javító Kft is further testimony to the fact we offer the exact expertise required for this extraordinary transport,” says Ryan Foley, CEO DHL Industrial Projects. He adds, “I’m incredibly proud of the team in helping us to become a first-choice provider of the delivery of these coaches in a country with longstanding heritage in the field of rolling stock.”

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UPS Healthcare and The UPS Foundation to facilitate equitable worldwide vaccine deliveries

The UPS Foundation and UPS Healthcare are moving quickly to support an equitable delivery program and sustainable global supply chain of COVID-19 vaccines. UPS, in collaboration with COVAX, Gavi, the vaccine alliance and CARE will initially facilitate the delivery of 20 million doses for countries that have not had sufficient access to vaccines, including top priority groups like healthcare workers. “We believe that we have the ability and responsibility to facilitate and accelerate equitable COVID-19 vaccine delivery around the world,” said Scott Price, President UPS International. “UPS continues to build and inspire action across a network of global public-private partnerships that will ensure vaccines move more efficiently and equitably. Our work focuses on countries with limited resources and constrained supply chains and infrastructures. The goal is simple and our commitment is unwavering – moving our world forward by delivering what matters.” The latest global vaccination rate is approximately six million doses per day. According to several studies, at that rate it would take an estimated 5.4 years to cover 75 per cent of the global population with a two-dose vaccine. The role of public-private partnerships is a vital component in building global solutions for global challenges, such as the pandemic, and the needed access to vaccines to fight it. Building Partnerships Global success hinges upon bringing together and mobilizing the right partnerships. Helping to establish and fuel these efforts, UPS Healthcare and The UPS Foundation will: • Provide transportation solutions that leverage UPS cold-chain technology • Dedicate ultra-low temperature freezer donations necessary to maintain vaccine dose viability at the correct temperature in varying environments • Commit UPS loaned executives to provide logistics expertise and coordination with vaccine manufacturers and NGO …

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Volga-Dnepr Airlines & Leipzig/Halle Airport to establish Emergency Logistics Hub

Volga-Dnepr Airlines (Volga-Dnepr) and Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to set up an Emergency Logistics/Humanitarian Hub. The decision comes as a logical step for further development of long-lasting strategic cooperation between LEJ and Volga-Dnepr Group. Both parties agree to strengthen their unique services in the humanitarian sector, shouldered by an expert combination of the ‘carrier-airport’ capabilities. While the Group is ready to ramp up Emergency Logistics Hub with its operational base in LEJ, over 30 years of experience and expertise in humanitarian logistics, a diversified fleet of freighters including ramp ones which are self-sufficient for flight operations to remote or less equipped airports, LEJ is ready to offer its beneficial market-driven commercial conditions for export warehousing, long-term storage conditions for emergency cargo and terminal handling package to support the industry. Volga-Dnepr and LEJ will follow the road-map to jointly promote the airport as the Emergency Logistics Hub through the task-oriented marketing campaign, specialized educational workshops, streamlined cooperation with international non-governmental organisations, international intergovernmental organisations of Germany, major equipment manufacturers, freight forwarders and other stakeholders of the sector to foster humanitarian cargo operations at Leipzig/Halle.

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