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Cathay Pacific flies one million doses of vaccine from Beijing to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific have flown the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Hong Kong onboard Flight CX391 from Beijing as the airline continues to support the Hong Kong SAR Government’s vaccination programme. Augustus Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Pacific, said, “This is an important milestone in Hong Kong’s fight against COVID-19 and we are immensely proud to be doing our part in this fight. It is a successful effort, which involves close collaboration with the Airport Authority of Hong Kong, and many of our industry partners and business associates. We stand ready to undertake future shipments using our vaccine solution product and support the Government in its community-wide roll out programme.” The one million doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines were loaded inside six temperature-controlled Envirotainer e2 RAP containers to maintain the vaccine temperature range of 2-8 Degrees Celsius. The shipments were loaded closest to the aircraft doors to allow for priority unloading and upon arrival the aircraft was parked at the South Apron closest to the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport to reduce the towing time between the parking bay and the cargo terminal. Meticulous planning both within Cathay Pacific and with the shipper and forwarder in Beijing, as well as the consignee in Hong Kong, was critical to ensuring the utmost precision throughout the shipping process. As part of an airport-wide recertification of IATA’s CEIV Pharma accreditation (the internationally recognised quality-assurance scheme for pharmaceutical shipments) at Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal and ground-handling subsidiary Hong Kong Airport Services (HAS) have all been re-certified. This offers a complete level of quality assurance at every stage of the import and transhipment journey.

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UNICEF launches Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative; over 10 airlines signs agreement to support vaccine distribution

UNICEF has launched the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative; under this landmark initiative, over 10 leading airlines are signing agreements with UNICEF to support the prioritisation of delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices and other critical supplies to respond to the pandemic. The initiative will also act as a global logistics preparedness mechanism for other humanitarian and health crises over the longer term. “Delivery of these life-saving vaccines is a monumental and complex undertaking, considering the sheer volumes that need to be transported, the cold chain requirements, number of expected deliveries and the diversity of routes,” said Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF Supply Division. “We are grateful to these airlines for joining forces with the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to support the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.” The UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative brings together the airlines covering routes to over 100 countries, in support of the COVAX Facility – the global effort aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Based on the COVAX Facility’s indicative distribution and first round allocation plan, 145 countries will receive doses to immunize around three per cent of their population, on average, starting in the first half of 2021, subject to all requirements being met and final allocation plans. In addition to prioritising shipments of these life-saving supplies, the airlines will take measures such as temperature control and security, while also adding freight capacity to routes where needed. Their commitments are critical to the timely and secure delivery of vaccines and critical supplies. Safe, timely and efficient transportation of life-saving supplies is critical to supporting access to essential services for children and families. COVAX deliveries and the subsequent vaccination of frontline workers will support health and …

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Antonov Airlines transports 54-tonne rotor from Ghana to India

Antonov Airlines and Rhenus Projects Logistics USA completed the urgent transport from Ghana to India of a 54-tonne rotor used to generate power requiring immediate repairs. Fellow members of The Heavy Lift Group (THLG), Rhenus Project Logistics USA, chartered the flight to carry the 10.50 m long, 3.89 m wide, 4.13 m high rotor from Accra, Ghana, to Mumbai, India, and back. Antonov Airlines used loading equipment designed by its in-house engineering team, while the external cranes for loading and unloading at airport were arranged by Rhenus Project Logistics USA to ensure the highest levels of safety for the teams and cargo. Antonov Airlines developed technical instructions and Rhenus Project Logistics USA assisted the client in redesigning the skid to ensure the bladed rotor fitted inside the fuselage. “This transport operation required well-coordinated preparation and actions from both partners to fly such outsized and heavy cargo safely,” said Vladyslav Ishchuk, Commercial Executive, Antonov Airlines. “Antonov Airlines showcased its flexibility by providing the AN-124 aircraft on the required dates during an extremely busy period for the customer to minimise any disruption that could have been faced.” “Rhenus Project Logistics USA and Antonov Airlines have an association going back over 15 years, which has involved multiple charter performances for mutual clients and is a testimony to the strength and expertise members of THLG bring to their clients,” said Ritesh Nair, Global Sales Director at Rhenus Project Logistics USA.

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Rhenus takes over BLG Freight Forwarding Sites and opens up new markets

Rhenus Air & Ocean is consolidating its position in Germany with the planned takeover of the freight forwarding business of the logistics company, BLG International Forwarding GmbH & Co KG. Rhenus is using the acquisition to tap into new business fields and is making its global network available to the BLG Group. Provided that the cartel authorities approve the development, Rhenus will acquire nine air and sea freight sites on April 1, 2021. The nine freight forwarding sites operated by BLG International Forwarding with about 100 employees are due to be integrated within the existing network of Rhenus Air & Ocean in Germany, which currently has twelve branches, from the beginning of April onwards. They include business sites in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart as well as Munich. This will enable the company to handle greater volumes through its LCL gateway in Hilden and its air freight hub at Frankfurt, for example. “We’ve gained a strong partner in Rhenus Air & Ocean and it’s making available its extensive network to our customers thanks to its global presence,” says Jens Wollesen, the Contract Board Member at BLG LOGISTICS. “BLG is strategically adapting to changes in market conditions through the sale of our freight forwarding business. Even if we’ll no longer be represented right across Germany in terms of freight forwarding in future, we’ll continue to provide extensive international services in our Contract, Automobile and Container divisions.” “We’ve paved the way for the continual expansion of our air and sea freight activities during the last few years. Thanks to the additional business sites, employees and business activities, we’re consolidating our network in the Air & Ocean division in Germany. We’d also …

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dnata stays ahead in keeping cargo cool in Australia, adds four high-tech cool dollies at Sydney & Melbourne airports

To further enhance its pharma handling capabilities globally, dnata has added four high-tech ‘cool dollies’ to its Australian cargo fleet, becoming the first air services provider to offer a fully integrated, temperature-controlled cool chain for pharma and perishable shipments in this important market. Offering a closed, temperature-controlled system, the specialised containers will ensure safe and seamless delivery of temperature-sensitive goods, including pharmaceuticals and vaccines, between aircraft and dnata’s state-of-the-art cargo facilities. dnata will operate two cool dollies each at Sydney Airport (SYD) and Melbourne Airport (MEL), providing maximum safety to airline partners and their customers at every stage of the handling process. Dirk Goovaerts, dnata’s Regional CEO for Asia Pacific, said, “We are thrilled to be the first cargo handler in Australia to launch advanced cool dollies in our operations. Our latest investment underlines our commitment to ensuring reliable and safe end-to-end transportation of pharmaceutical products across the supply chain. We stay focussed on providing continual improvements that enhance the safety and security of our customers’ pharma shipments.” Vanessa Orth, Chief Commercial Officer, Sydney Airport, said, “Sydney Airport has played a pivotal role throughout the COVID-19 crisis, facilitating the movement of essential workers, medical supplies, agricultural exports, and thousands of people going and coming home. We applaud dnata for their investment in the resilience of Australia’s pharmaceutical supply chain, an investment which will ensure Sydney Airport continues to play its central role in the nation’s air cargo network.” Shane O’Hare, Chief of Aviation, Melbourne Airport, said, “We congratulate dnata for investing in cool dolly services, which will enable greater movement of temperature-sensitive goods around Australia. The product will certainly add to dnata’s existing cargo capability at Melbourne Airport which is …

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LATAM Cargo carries more than 13,200 tonnes of flowers from Colombia & Ecuador to the world

LATAM Cargo Group had a positive performance during the 2021 Valentine’s Day season, which, together with Mother’s Day (April and May) represents the peak of the fresh flower export activity. In 2021, the company carried 7 per cent more flowers than in 2020, totaling more than 13,200 tonne. The good figures are due to LATAM Group’s uninterrupted operations in Colombia and Ecuador, despite the big challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of capacity. In fact, the Group has increased its online offering to satisfy the needs of its customers –in this case flower producers– who depend on connectivity and exports to sustain their businesses. For example, during the season that began three weeks before Valentine’s Day –January 18 through February 09– LATAM Group took off some 225 times from Bogota, Medellin and Quito with their loads of roses, spray roses, alstroemeria and gerberas from Colombia, and roses, gypsophila and alstroemeria from Ecuador to the United States. Miami is the main transit destination for fresh flowers and is also one of the world’s largest distribution hubs and home to the cargo operations of LATAM Airlines Group. From here, flowers are distributed primarily towards North America and Europe. Compared to a regular period, in Colombia the company carried 7 per cent more tonne per week during the Valentine’s Day season, successfully serving the demand from the flower sector. In Quito, Ecuador, capacity was added to transport the flower production to Miami, increasing the number of tons carried each week by 7 per cent, and raising capacity to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the second destination for Ecuadorian flowers. “It is in times of difficulty like the current pandemic that our commitment to …

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Frankfurt Airport’s cargo throughput continues to grow noticeably, rises by 18.1% in January

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) cargo throughput (comprising airfreight and airmail) rose by 18.1 per cent to 176,266 metric tonnes in January. Despite the ongoing lack of capacity for belly freight (transported on passenger planes), Frankfurt Airport recorded its second-highest January cargo month ever. Factors contributing to the growth in cargo tonnage included the later timing of the Chinese New Year, which is being celebrated in February2021. Last year, this typically low-traffic holiday occurred in January. Aircraft movements at FRA contracted by 63.7 per cent to 13,196 take offs and landings. Accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) decreased by 54.5 percent to some 1.1 million metric tonnes. The airports in Fraport’s international portfolio reported mixed results for January 2021, but all of them experienced traffic reductions compared to the same month last year. The pandemic situation in the respective airport regions or countries was the primary factor impacting passenger traffic during the reporting month.

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Bollore Group acquires majority stake in OVERSEA, bringing transparency & responsiveness

The Bolloré Group has acquired a majority stake in OVRSEA, a digital freight forwarding company that harnesses technology to simplify and optimise international transport for businesses. The alliance demonstrates the complementary fit between Bolloré Logistics and OVRSEA. Together, the two firms will bring businesses greater simplicity, transparency and responsiveness in the management of their international transport and at the same time contribute to the development of French expertise internationally. The alliance will enable OVRSEA to open up to new markets by relying on Bolloré Logistics’ experience and network of global sites, while preserving its philosophy, management and employees. The people behind the success of the start-up remain more committed than ever to writing this new chapter and the company intends to double its workforce by the end of the year. And by 2025, OVRSEA aims to achieve annual revenue of €200 million.For its part, Bolloré Logistics will be able to expand its range of services and provide its customers with an all-digital experience. “The Bolloré Group is investing in OVRSEA because it is convinced of its potential. In just three years, the French start-up has revolutionised the international freight-forwarding sector by developing a 100 per cent digital platform designed to make global trade easier for its customers. Our acquisition of a majority stake in OVRSEA will serve to step up our digitalisation,” said Cyrille Bolloré, Chairman of the Bolloré Group.

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cargo-partner expands global network with investment in the UK

With an investment in long-term partner Aztek International Freight, cargo-partner has established operations with its new office in Manchester. cargo-partner’s service range in the United Kingdom includes air, sea, road, rail transport as well as comprehensive customs services to meet the demands following the UK’s exit from the EU on January 1, 2021. Stefan Krauter, CEO, cargo-partner, explains, “This investment in cooperation with our long-time partner Aztek is our first strategic step towards establishing cargo-partner in the UK. Among other factors, our launch on January 1 was motivated by our desire to optimally support our customers with their challenges surrounding the recent Brexit. In the past month, our experienced teams in the EU and the UK have been very successful in providing express customs services for numerous clients.” Beside supporting customers with post-Brexit customs procedures, the logistics provider has also placed a strategic focus on express solutions for highly time-critical transports. Since opening their office in the UK, the local cargo-partner team has handled several emergency shipments, including a full charter flight of car tires from Thailand and other urgent airfreight shipments for automotive customers. Other key industries the company plans to focus on include Industrial, Aerospace, Healthcare, Retail and Consumer products. “Our new office in Manchester is a game-changing addition to our European network and provides a significant added benefit for our customers,” Krauter is convinced. “With our strong setup in Central and Eastern Europe, we can ensure smooth and efficient processes for imports and exports to and from the UK. At the moment, we are handling a lot of road freight from the EU to the UK as well as from Northern Ireland to the UK and vice …

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CMA CGM steps into air cargo division, purchases four A330-200F freighter aircraft

The CMA CGM Group is stepping up its strategic development in logistics by creating a specialised air freight division CMA CGM Air Cargo. This move into airfreight strengthens the Group’s transport and logistics business, allowing it to offer its customers a new range of comprehensive, agile and customised solutions. To support its expansion into air freight, the CMA CGM Group is buying four 60-tonne-payload Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft, which came into service between 2014 and 2016. With a range of 4,000 nautical miles, they will connect Europe with the rest of the world. The CMA CGM Group will entrust the operation of its freighter fleet to a European airline. CMA CGM Air Cargo represents a major new component of the CMA CGM Group in both operational and commercial terms. This expansion into air freight is a new milestone in the Group’s strategic development, with the aim of providing Group customers with a complementary range of services covering both shipping and logistics. Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO, CMA CGM Group, says, “In response to the growing demand from our customers for agile logistics solutions, we are creating a new division within the CMA CGM Group dedicated to air transport: CMA CGM Air Cargo. This division will launch with four Airbus A330-200F aircraft and will leverage commercial partnerships with airlines in order to deliver global coverage. This is a major milestone in the development of our logistics services.”

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