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Logistics News. Aviation News. Air Cargo News. Adelaide Airport welcomes China Southern agreement for direct flights to Guangzhou. July 29, 2016: Adelaide Airport has welcomed the signing of an official agreement with China Southern for direct flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou from December this year.

Adelaide Airport welcomes China Southern agreement for direct flights to Guangzhou

The new services, the first direct flights between Adelaide and mainland China, will operate three times a week from 12 December 2016 in time for the summer peak period. The new route out of Adelaide will utilise an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, offering economy, economy-plus, business and first class seating options. China Southern’s new flights represent more than 1300 seats to and from Guangzhou each week. Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the airport was delighted to attract a mainland China service, further expanding Adelaide’s international network.

“We expect this new service will create significant inbound and outbound tourism opportunities as well as attractive export links into one of China’s largest cities,” Young said. Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport cross half a million tonne mark in H1/2016. July 29, 2016: Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport, Germany’s second-largest cargo hub, rose by 6.7 percent to a figure of approx. 512, 613 tonnes between January and June this year.

Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport cross half a million tonne mark in H1/2016

This is the first time that the half-million mark has been cracked during any six-month period. The airport handled 89,572 tonnes in June; this was 8.4 percent higher than the figure in the previous year. APAC airlines record 8% growth in passenger traffic; air cargo sees modest growth. July 29, 2016: Preliminary traffic figures for the month of June released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued healthy growth in international air passenger demand.

APAC airlines record 8% growth in passenger traffic; air cargo sees modest growth

Air cargo demand also saw some modest growth for the first time since the start of the year. A total of 23.6 million international passengers were carried by Asia Pacific airlines in May, 7.9 percent more than in the same month last year. In revenue passenger kilometre (RPK) terms, international passenger demand grew by 7.5 percent. Combined with the 6.5 percent expansion in available seat capacity, the average international passenger load factor rose by 0.7 percentage point to 78.5 percent for the month.

Air freight volumes for Asian airlines grew by 4.1 percent as measured in freight tonnekilometre (FTK) terms. 11 million tonnes of trade flowed through Ports of Cork and Bantry in 2015. July 29, 2016: 2015 was a very good year for the Port of Cork and subsidiaries.

11 million tonnes of trade flowed through Ports of Cork and Bantry in 2015

The combined traffic amounted to 11.02 million tonnes compared to 10.15 million tonnes in 2015 which represented an increase of 871,713 million tonnes or 8.6 percent. Container traffic at the Tivoli Container Terminal increased by a further 8 percent following a 13% increase in 2014, oil traffic increased by 21 percent, trade car imports increased by 48 percent and 56 cruise liners with a gross tonnage of 4 million tonnes, brought a record 144,000 passengers and crew to the region in 2015. Turnover for the year 2015 amounted to €29.8 million up from €26.4 million in 2014. Consolidated Profit on ordinary activities before taxation amounted to €5.3 million compared to €2.7 million in 2014, an increase of €2.6 million. In 2015, the Port’s commitment to the development of infrastructure was supported by AnBordPleanala by the granting of planning permission to the further development of Ringaskiddy port.

Czech Airlines Technics to provide aircraft maintenance for China Eastern Airlines. July 28, 2016: Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) will provide aircraft maintenance services to Chinese air carrier, China Eastern Airlines.

Czech Airlines Technics to provide aircraft maintenance for China Eastern Airlines

CSAT will thus provide line maintenance for aircraft servicing the new Prague – Shanghai route. Since September 2015, CSAT has been providing line maintenance for Hainan Airlines and its plan is to start providing the same service for Sichuan Airlines this year. China Eastern Airlines is launching a new regular direct scheduled service between Prague and Shanghai on June 23, 2016. From this date, CSAT will provide China Eastern Airlines with line maintenance of its Airbus A330 and, eventually, Boeing B767 and B777, arriving in Prague on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The service agreement was entered into for an unlimited period of time. “China Eastern Airlines is the third Chinese air carrier with whom CSAT has a Line Maintenance Agreement. DP World makes progress in first half of 2016 amid challenging market conditions. Arvato launches healthcare business at new logistics centre in Gennep, Netherlands. July 28, 2016: Arvato Healthcare is taking a targeted approach to further expanding its European network for Healthcare services.

Arvato launches healthcare business at new logistics centre in Gennep, Netherlands

Around 9,000 square metres of warehouse space, specially designed to meet the demands of the Healthcare business, is currently being set up in the new multi-user warehouse in Gennep, the Netherlands. The logistics centre, which has a total area of 30,000 square metres, was originally opened in March 2016, to serve Arvato’s High-tech and Entertainment division. From this summer onwards, Arvato Healthcare will carry out various services for its customers from the Gennep site, including the distribution of medical devices to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The Gennep site will initially have a total of 1,200 pallet locations and 1,500 shelving rack bays available for storing these products. Hard times for Air Astana as it sees passenger numbers down by 7 percent. July 27, 2016: Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, recorded a net loss of $6.6 million, and an operating profit of $0.975 million, for the first half of 2016.

Hard times for Air Astana as it sees passenger numbers down by 7 percent

Passenger numbers fell by 7 percent to 1.69 million. Operating revenue fell by 30 percent to $275 million, driven by a signification devaluation of the Kazakh Tenge in comparison with the first half of 2015, and by weaker regional travel markets in the wake of commodity price falls. DP World signs MOU with Taiwan International Ports Corporation. July 27, 2016: Global trade enabler DP World and the state run Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of Kaohsiung Port’s Terminal 7 in Taiwan.

DP World signs MOU with Taiwan International Ports Corporation

Kaohsiung Port enjoys a key geographical location, is an excellent natural harbor and was once among the world’s top container ports. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO, DP World Group, said, “It is commendable how TIPC and the Taiwan government are committed to planning and steering the country’s economic growth, building a better future for generations to come.” “Our strategy in developing in strategic locations where our customers want us to be, serving global trade and being able to handle the new generation of ultra large vessels shows how we are investing in the future, translating our vision into reality. “Kaohsiung was once a fishing village as was Dubai and we have a common experience. Shippers meet in Sri Lanka to discuss key shipping, air cargo and trade facilitation issues. July 27, 2016: Shippers’ representatives from Asia, Africa and Europe will meet in Sri Lanka this week to discuss key issues related to air cargo, shipping, and trade facilitation issues globally.

Shippers meet in Sri Lanka to discuss key shipping, air cargo and trade facilitation issues

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) holds its annual meeting on July 28 and 29 in Colombo, where a packed agenda will cover pressing topics including mega ships and alliances, container weight verification, carrier surcharges and trade facilitation, shipping and air transport emissions and air cargo issues. The event is hosted by the Sri Lankan Shippers’ Council, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and features prominent contributors such as Edmund Hughes from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Djibo Boubacar, Director of the Air Transport Bureau at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Etihad Airways launches second A380 service to New York in response to passenger demand. July 27, 2016: Etihad Airways plans to increase Airbus A380 service between New York’s John F.

Etihad Airways launches second A380 service to New York in response to passenger demand

Kennedy International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport in response to heightened demand from guests traveling between the two destinations. On June 1, 2017, the airline’s new service will join the airline’s existing daily A380 service, replacing the current daily Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Etihad Airways first began welcoming guests on board its first A380 flight between New York JFK and Abu Dhabi in November 2015. “The response we have received from Etihad Airways guests traveling between Abu Dhabi and New York since we launched the service nearly a decade ago has been phenomenal,” said Peter Baumgartner, chief executive officer, Etihad Airways’. The main deck of the aircraft features 415 Economy Smart Seats with the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins.

DHL Global Forwarding inks deal with Ambatovy for project logistics. Finnair chooses new Honeywell software to boost fuel efficiency. July 27, 2016: Honeywell has been selected by Finnair to provide its new fuel-efficiency software, part of the GoDirect portfolio of subscription services, to help improve the airline’s fuel usage and cost savings. The solution provides the Finland-based airline with tools to assess its current fuel consumption. The solution also analyses and recommends ways to potentially save fuel, while monitoring and communicating progress of fuel-saving efforts. “Powerful fuel-management software is key to saving money and increasing operational efficiency while lowering an operator’s environmental impact,” said Jason Wissink, senior sales director, Connectivity Services, Honeywell Aerospace. “The GoDirect service combined with the flexibility of Honeywell’s fuel-efficiency software will support a fast deployment and ensure airlines are well-equipped to support future fleet growth.”

DB Schenker names Oliver Seidl as chief financial officer. July 26, 2016: DB Schenker appoints Oliver Seidl as the new chief financial officer and he will assume his role at the earliest possible availability. He is currently CFO of Media-Saturn-Holding in Ingolstadt. Seidl brings many years of experience in diverse finance-related management positions and as a managing director and management board member, including in listed global corporations.

From 2010 to 2013, he was chairman of the Management Board at Loewe AG, having previously served as the management board member for finance and services. Cargloux flies endangered tigers to their safe home in Vietnam. July 25, 2016: Cargolux, Luxembourg based all cargo airline, transported four tigers from their origin in the Czech Republic to Luxembourg and onwards to Hanoi on a Cargolux 747 freighter. The three female and one male animals belong to the species of Indochinese Tigers, known as Hổ Đông Dương in Vietnam, and only around 600 are currently alive in the wilderness of Southeast Asia. The four animals that Cargolux has flown will spend their lives in the safety of Hanoi Zoo as it is one of Vietnam’s national animals. Cross-border ecommerce, a trillion dollar opportunity. Plunging into global e-commerce can feel overwhelming.

If you’ve ever wondered how you could easily manage the intricacies of duties and taxes, currency conversion, customs processes and the constantly changing regulations – in addition to your current responsibilities – take notice. On the surface, cross-border e-commerce can appear intimidating to even the savviest of retailers. But embracing it will open up your business to a trillion dollar opportunity. Yes, trillion: According to eMarketer, global e-commerce sales in 2016 are expected to reach $2 trillion, up from $1.67 trillion in 2015.

Once you dive beneath the surface, you’ll find an amazing world filled with opportunity. Two-thirds of the world’s online purchasing power is outside the United States. B&H Worldwide appoints new agent for Morocco. July 23, 2016: B&H Worldwide, aerospace logistics provider, has appointed North American freight forwarder ACX (Advanced Cargo Express) as its agent for Morocco. ACX is a well-established operator with considerable aerospace industry experience, headquartered at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport, and is also able to provide direct airside capability at the airport. “Partnering with ACX means we can actively take advantage of the growing aerospace opportunities in Morocco,” states Stuart Allen, CEO, B&H Worldwide. “Their capabilities and experience are an excellent fit with the B&H model and we look forward to a long and mutually productive partnership.”

Alain Pelletier, managing director, ACX, adds, “Our collaboration in Morocco under the umbrella of the worldwide leader in the AOG field will enable us to grow and expand the quality of our service offering in this very challenging industry.” Ethiopian Cargo appoints new GSSA’s for Italy and France. Bangor airport receives license to refuel Trans-Atlantic flights to Cuba. Air freight volume increases for Panalpina in the first six months of 2016. AMI’s Durban growth takes off to greater heights due to ‘fly-direct’ policy. July 20, 2016: The Durban office of AMI, the world’s largest trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler, has seen healthy growth of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, but this was overtaken by the second quarter’s growth at 118 percent. UPS Worldwide Express expands package service footprint in Myanmar, Albania and Dominican Republic.

Cargolux adds biggest customer’s logos to its livery to honor them. July 20, 2016: Cargolux, Europe’s leading all cargo airline, honors its top customers for their continued support by adding their name and logos to the livery of its aircraft with a ‘Powered By’ slogan. Kühne & Nagel leads the list of top Cargolux customers. Port of Antwerp signs five year agreement with port of Bandar Abbas to support trade growth in Iran. July 20, 2016: Antwerp Port Authority signed a collaboration agreement with Shahid Rajaee Port Authority which controls the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran last week. The agreement runs for a period of five years, after which it can be renewed.

Qatar Cargo looks at lobster and seafood exports to Europe, Middle East and Asia with new services to New York and Halifax. CEVA Logistics renews contract with John West foods. Air France-KLM Cargo opens a new cargo handling facility at New York - JFK airport. Lufthansa Cargo launches td.Basic for particularly price-sensitive cargo. Iberia implements AMOS software solution. July 19, 2016: Iberia, Spanish carrier, picks AMOS, fully-integrated MRO software solution being developed and distributed by Swiss AviationSoftware to assure continuous airworthiness from an operator perspective.

Iberia is the third member of the IAG Group to join the AMOS Community after Aer Lingus and Vueling. Cargo tonnage for Cathay Pacific sees 7.1 percent increase in June. CSafe celebrates opening of new service centre in Puerto Rico. Munich Airport reveals new destinations. LATAM Airlines to fly non-stop from Lima to Barcelona. Schiphol Cargo sees strong growth in April. IATA and FIATA announce new air cargo programme. UPS enhances logistics capabilities to support drug, vaccine research. RIOgaleão Cargo is ready for the Olympic Games.

Qatar Airways adds additional flight on Doha-Muscat route. Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport in Berlin see 14. 1 percent air cargo growth in June. African carriers South African Airways and Mango celebrate first biofuel passenger flights. B&H Worldwide to manage inbound delivery of rotative components for BCW Engineering. Qatar Airways to buy 49 percent stake in Italy’s Meridiana. DHL signs contract for four A330-300 P2F conversions. Air Serbia offers promotional air freight rates to cargo customers on Belgrade-New York route. LATAM starts flights to Puerto Natales, Patagonia. Portland becomes Cathay Pacific’s 18th cargo station in the Americas. Airbus surprasses Boeing on orders during 2016 Farnborough Air Show. African aviation gets a boost with the new MoU signed between IATA and African Union Commission. CargoLogicAir takes delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 freighter.

Port of Antwerp sees 3.6 percent increase in freight volume. Emirates SkyCargo looks at increasing demand at Rickenbacker Airport. Qatar Cargo’s new route to Halifax Stanfield to benefit local seafood industry. Norwegian orders 30 A321LRs for first transatlantic routes. Astral Aviation temporarily suspends freighter operations to conflict hit South Sudan. GLSHK appoints Tony Sham as new CEO. Ethiopian Airlines starts flights to New York-Newark with Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Munich Airport records 4% gain in cargo volume year-on-year. Chapman Freeborn sells its centralised load control specialist subsidary to dnata. Volga-Dnepr Group and GE form strategic partnership. Boeing gets 10 new orders for Boeing converted freighters. FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services to handle cargo for WOW air. LATAM to become first A320neo operator in South America. Bravo Industries acquires 10 LM-100J commercial freighters from Lockheed Martin.

Volga-Dnepr Group acquires 20 new Boeing 747-8 freighters. Minister Nitin Gadkari woos U.S. investors for India’s Port led development programme. ECS Group makes Asian acquisition to consolidate business. Fraport sees decline passenger traffic in June, First Half 2016. Qatar Airways buys 10 percent stake in LATAM. The Bloodhound Project forges air cargo collaboration with CargoLogicAir. Rhenus and Sankyo set up joint venture for logistics in Japan.

Oman Air to operate on AMOS system. Qatar Cargo sets new cargo volume record for 2016. Frankfurt Airport completes 80 years of operations. Lockheed Martin CEO underscores commitment to India. Lockheed Martin gets $344-million FAA contract to develop Terminal Flight Data Manager system. Passenger traffic sees moderate pace of demand growth in May. Delta to serve Havana, Cuba, from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami. Cars to be delivered during summer 2016, thanks to Etihad Cargo. BARIG attains news business partners linked with aviation industry. PEMCO gets Longhao Aviation Group’s contract for B737-300 P2F conversion. Panama Canal extension may be bad news for some container ship carriers, says Xeneta. CaroTrans enhances Italy-US service network. Canada’s AirSprint signs order for up to 12 Embraer Business Jets. Venice becomes Budapest Airport’s latest destination with easyJet.

IATA reports decrease in air cargo demand in May. Brussels Airlines continues to innovate with a new CIO appointment. IAG Cargo to be logistics partner for British Museum’s key art exhibition. New Bombardier CS100 enters service at SWISS. Qatar Airways flies new aircraft with increased capacity to Guangzhou, Geneva & Warsaw. AeroGround completes five years of operations in Munich and one year in Berlin. Imperial Logistics expands facility for healthcare sector in Centurion. Kuehne + Nagel to provide Assa Abloy with warehousing and distribution services in UK. ALE provides enhanced harbour crane solutions. SmartKargo implements Cargo ERP Solution for Volaris Airlines. Kenya Airways appoints Jan de Vegt as new COO. DHL to handle Electrolux’s LCL ocean freight shipments.