Some of this week’s other news in short:
Cargojet & LOT renew transatlantic alliance
Cargojet Airways which is based in Hamilton, Toronto, is this year partnering again with LOT Polish Airlines by wet leasing a Boeing 767-300F out to the Polish national carrier for cargo flights between Warsaw and New York‘s JFK Airport.
The Canadian operator has filed with the U.S. Department of Transport for a ninety-day operation starting on January 16th and ending on 1. April.
LOT chartered Cargojet’s B767F during the same period last year because they operate less passenger flights during winter on the WAW/JFK route and hence are unable to offer enough belly capacity for cargo.
Trans Avia Export gets their second B747F
The all-cargo carrier which is based in Minsk, Belarus, has added a second Boeing 747-200F to its fleet. The aircraft which was originally with Aerospace One, now has tail number EW-460TQ and joined Trans Avia’s fleet in Minsk.
Trans Avia Export also operates a fleet of thirteen Russian built IL-76TD aircraft and offers charter service throughout the region.
AVI-AD Logistics Services appoints new CEO
AVI-AD which is headquartered in Tel Aviv, which is part of the Hellman Worldwide Logistics network, has appointed Rami Marom as its new CEO.
Rami replaces Avi Cohen who moves up the ladder to take up the position of company chairman.
Mr Marom has extensive global management experience and has previously held positions as COO at CAL Cargo Air Lines and as a board member of Swissport Israel as well as having worked for the Belgian handling company LACHS in Liege.
AVI-AD Logistics was founded in 1988 by Avi Cohen and has a close business relationship with Hellman Worldwide Logistics.
TIACA appoints Kwang-Soo Lee to its Board of Directors
Mr Kwang-Soo Lee who is Vice President Marketing of Seoul-Incheon International Airport has been appointed as the 15th member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) board.
Mr Lee who looks back on 25 years of experience in the aviation industry joined the TIACA board in early January.
He began his career with Samsung before moving into his first aviation role with Northwest Airlines in 1990.
Lee who graduated from the Korea Aerospace University in 1984, has been working for Seoul Airport since 1998. He specializes in airport commercial facility operations and airport cargo and passenger marketing.
West Atlantic cargo aircraft lost over Sweden
The Gothenberg based cargo and mail carrier, West Atlantic lost one of its Bombardier CRJ200 freighters in a tragic accident on January 7th, when the aircraft disappeared from the air traffic control radar screens and crashed in Sweden, not far from the Norwegian border.
The aircraft with two crew members was transporting mail from Oslo to Tromso and had declared an emergency before crashing. Neither of the two crew members survived.
Both pilots had accumulated many hours on the type and it is still not known why they declared an emergency before losing contact with the Swedish and Norwegian air traffic controllers.
The aircraft, which was a passenger-to-freighter conversion was manufactured in 1993 and had more than 31,000 flight cycles.
Luxembourg now plans a train link to Zhengzhou
Luxembourg government officials lead by Transport Minister Francois Bausch have met with their Chinese counterparts to negotiate additional traffic rights for Cargolux.
Representatives of both sides also signed a MoU for setting up a rail link between Zhengzhou and a logistics hub in Bettenbourg (image above) situated in the south of Luxembourg.
The Bettenbourg logistics centre which is also presently constructing a new intermodal terminal offers rail and road freight links, among others, to Belgium (Antwerp), Germany (Luebeck) and Italy (Milan, Trieste).
The meetings between minister Bausch and his colleagues in Henan also discussed what they termed as intensifying transport cooperation and logistics between Henan Province and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
John Mc Donagh