Here in brief the latest developments in the air freight industry.

Gerard ter Bruggen  -  courtesy CV
Gerard ter Bruggen - courtesy CV

Cargolux appoints ter Bruggen as new Regional Director
All cargo carrier Cargolux has appointed Gerard ter Bruggen to the position of Regional Director West- and North Europe.
ter Bruggen took up his new position on January 1st and is based in Amsterdam.
Gerard ter Bruggen looks back on more than 35 years in the airline industry where he has held various managment positions.
Mr ter Bruggen joins Cargolux from Qatar Airways where he was Cargo Manager for North and Western Europe.
He previously held positions with Martinair, Dragonair Cargo, the long defunct Caro B Airlines and at the start of his career with Pan American World Airways.
Niek van der Weide, CV’s Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing, himself also previously with Martinair stated that “we are very happy to welcome Gerard ter Bruggen into the team which is made up of a total of six Regional Directors.”


Polar Air agrees on US$100 million cartel case settlement
Polar Air Cargo, the New York-based all cargo along with Polar Air Cargo Worldwide and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning their ongoing antitrust lawsuit in the United States.
Polar Air has agreed to pay a US$100 million fine which according to the settlement can be paid in three annual installments. The first payment is due by latest January 15th of this year, so as of tomorrow.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York has still to approve the settlement before it becomes official.
A company joint statement maintains that the carriers involved continue to deny any liability or wrongdoing despite agreeing to the settlement payment.

FedEx hikes up its Boeing 777F’s
Memphis-based FedEx Express has announced that the first of the extra sixteen Boeing 777Fs which were recently ordered will be delivered to the airline in 2020. They expect to take a total of three new Triple-Sevens in 2020 followed by three more the year after.
The carrier, which has a total fleet of more than 360 aircraft already, operates twenty- seven B777 freighters.

Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht  -  courtesy LHC
Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht - courtesy LHC

Lufthansa Cargo is awarded international ISO14001 certification
ISO14001 is an environmental standard certification and this has now been awarded to Lufthansa Cargo. The certification process which began in 2008 in Frankfurt and since then has been gradually expanded worldwide.
The ISO certification for LH Cargo at all of their German stations was achieved by 2010.
Worldwide ISO14001 certification for the German carrier is now finalized.
Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations of LH cargo comments that “as an airline we have a special responsibility to our environment. We live up to this responsibility through our ambitious environmental targets.”

John Mc Donagh

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