It was an urgent, and at times angry, alarming message that leading AEA executives voiced at A4E’s 2023 Summit held on 29MAR23 in Brussels, demanding that the EU Commission act. The call is for fundamental reforms to promote the decarbonization of aviation and to enable European carriers to compete on a level playing field. Otherwise, an entire industry faces an inexorable loss of importance and competitiveness, A4E representatives warned in their dramatic appeal. Read more >>
Pharma Logistics is a business that has allowed air cargo to reach a level of excellence, with the Covid pandemic as the ultimate litmus test. The rapid advent of cell & gene therapies, however, will demand even more far-reaching solutions says Frank Van Gelder (FVG), Secretary-General of Pharma.Aero. CargoForwader Global (CFG) spoke with the official in Brussels. Read more >>
March is when the world’s equestrian events really start to take off again, with 134 international tournaments scheduled across the globe – a monthly number that increases over the next few months, but never completely stops. Even in the quieter months of DEC-FEB, there are still 50-90 events scheduled. Which means that horses are always on the move – and many of them travelling through the Horse Inn at Liège Airport. Read more >>
Unlike Celine Hourcade of Change Horizon, author Winfried Hartmann doubts that net zero, though desirable, is a mission possible. His main points: Leading representatives of the aviation industry and its associations have deliberately delivered false statements for years about achieving climate neutrality. They prefer to close their eyes and hope for the best. Yet, things are getting worse because climate change is here and rapidly progressing. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the constantly repeated phrase “by 2050, we'll be climate neutral” is an unattainable goal. In other words, a hollow postulate, as criticized in CargoForwarder Global’s remarkable article “Aviation's Climate Lies”, published 19MAR23, he says. Read more >>
Reaching the climate targets set by the industry for 2050 is extremely ambitious, but realizable. However, it requires a global program that determines binding interim guidelines and demands significantly more action from industry players, starting immediately. These are the key messages delivered by Celine Hourcade, Founder and Managing Director of Change Horizon, a Swiss-based accelerator of the air freight industry’s sustainable transformation. Change Horizon was instrumental in developing TIACA's successful Blue-Sky Initiative, aimed at setting global environmental standards for the air cargo industry. Read more >>
At The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), the issue of sustainability has been increasingly in the spotlight since NOV19. This was evidenced last week when TIACA urged its members to intensify efforts to fight global warming. Quite differently in Geneva, where 190 delegates met to attend a conference organized by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). For their daily business, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions played at best a secondary role. Read more >>
To date, the freighter market has been clearly dominated by Boeing. Yet, with the cargo version of the A350, Airbus is now stirring things up in this aircraft segment. It promises lower costs and a significantly smaller carbon footprint. Here’s a look at the newcomer, to be followed by a report on its soon-to-be competitor, the future Boeing 777XF. Read more >>
Surprising personnel decision by the Lufthansa Group. The current head of its Cargo division, Dorothea von Boxberg, is leaving Lufthansa Cargo to become CEO of Lufthansa Group member, Brussels Airlines (SN). There, she again succeeds her predecessor at Lufthansa Cargo, Peter Gerber, who is moving to leisure carrier, Condor to become its new Chief Executive.
The ownership issue was being negotiated behind closed doors for months. Now Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) and Swissport have announced the result of their merger talks, inked on 17MAR23: According to the accord, Dusseldorf Airport sells 74.9% of its Cargo handling unit to agent Swissport, but secures a controlling minority stake of 25.1%. Name of the new company: Swissport DUS Cargo Services GmbH. The deal is still subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities, but their okay is seen as mere formality by DUS and Swissport. Read more >>
The countdown is on: there are just 108 days to go until the freighter ban at MEX comes into full effect on 05JUL23. A whim by a government ostensibly looking to reduce congestion at Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), and one that is creating major headaches particularly for airlines operating freighters and passenger aircraft. Read more >>
The current generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) generally flies electrically, powered by batteries. Especially for cargo drones that are built to carry heavy loads, this severely limits their range. Manufacturer and operator, Wingcopter, is now moving into the next stage of development by using hydrogen to power its Wingcopter 198 drone variant. It could be a breakthrough in drone utilization. Read more >>
IATA, FIATA, TIACA, and airlines all repeatedly claim that aviation will be climate-neutral by 2050 – in other words: passenger and cargo airlines will fly net zero. None of the people touting this goal like a mantra for several years will presumably still be working in a management position by then and will therefore not have to justify their current forecasts if that target is not reached. Yet, it increasingly looks like that will be the case. Read more >>
Rhenus is following a strategy of growth and social responsibility, as demonstrated by its recent announcements regarding a strategic investment in its London-Heathrow site to provide enhanced air freight services in the region, and strategic shareholding in Wings for Aid.
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