Below we present in brief the latest developments in the air freight industry.
´FCS gets Singapore Airlines extension in FRA
Frankfurt Cargo Services (FCS), formerly Fraport Cargo Services before the majority takeover by Worldwide Flight Services, has had a successful start to the new year by having its cargo handling contract with Singapore Cargo Airlines (SQ) renewed once again.
SQ with its 21 weekly flights to and from Singapore and New York has been an important client for the old and now new FCS team.
SIA Cargo was formed in 2001 as an independent company within the SQ Group and operates cargo flights worldwide. SIA Cargo with its fleet of 8 Boeing 747-400FSCD aircraft and numerous wide body passenger aircraft offers air freight connections to more than 100 cities in 35 countries.
Hans-Georg Emmert FCS’s newly appointed M.D. states that “we are very pleased that Singapore Airlines, one of Asia’s leading airlines, has decided to extend its contract with FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services.”
Lufthansa looks forward to increased services to Iran
In a recent statement, Lufthansa says that the airlines comprising the Lufthansa Group have seen a significant positive development in demand for services to and from Iran. The carrier states that in taking advantage of the new market conditions and expected economic growth in Iran, both Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines will bolster capacity and frequencies on the respective routes operated from Frankfurt and Vienna to Tehran.
An increase in capacity of 20% on the daily Boeing 747-400 FRA/THR passenger flights will come into effect as of the summer flight plan and an additional three weekly flights with an Airbus A330 will operate from Munich to Tehran.
Austrian will also up flights, offering 14 weekly connections to Tehran plus a new service from Vienna to Isfahan.
Cargologicair gets off the ground
The Volga-Dnepr new daughter company, Cargologicair, which is based in the UK has now received its UK Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) and launched itself with its first charter flight on the 25th of January from Doncaster (UK) via Frankfurt to the southern Italian airport of Bari.
It seems that the new UK cargo airlines is getting its charter books filled up quite quickly.
It is said that the next one will be from Munich to Uppington, South Africa.
Scheduled services are expected to start soon on a routing Stansted/Frankfurt/Libreville/Johannesburg/Nairobi.
The African route is seen to be of utmost importance as Cargologicair’s sister, AirBridge Cargo, does not operate on these sectors and can now easily interline African cargo through Cargologicair.
Operations are so far only with one aircraft, with a second to follow sometime this year.
Frankfurt Cargo City South logistics area to be extended
Further growth is expected at FRA’s Cargo City South area as Fraport tenders out additional areas for the erection of logistics and cargo handling areas at the airport.
A further 190,000 square metres of space, spread over four pieces of land are being prepared for development the airport’s facilities management states.
The aim is to give the available space specifically to cargo handling entities whereby the rental agreement is tied to the tenant guaranteeing that it will provide air freight handling services.
This is specified in the new tender documents and interested parties can apply until latest February 19, 2016.
The airport intends to have the new facilities up- and- running as of 2018.
Interested parties can apply online at: www.frankfurt-airport.com/de/b2b/immobilien.html
ACD members reelect old Board as new Board
Air Cargo Germany (ACD) members in their annual meeting held in Frankfurt on 28. January reelected the previous three man Board for a further two year term.
Winfried Hartmann stays on as President assisted by Mathias Jakobi as Vice-President and Christoph Papke as CFO.
All three were unanimously reelected at the members only sitting.
Commenting on the vote, Winfried Hartmann stated that the new ACD orientation, which was put into to effect in 2014/205 seems to have met with positive response from the ACD members and this trend gives a clear signal from the members and makes the Air Cargo Club fitter for the future.
CargoForwarder Global wishes the new/old Board lots of success for the coming two years.
Turkish Cargo demand up 8% in 2015
The cargo arm of Turkish Airlines continues its upward trend in tonnages carried during the past year.
A total of 704,570 tons were moved in the passenger aircraft bellies and freighter main decks - this represent an increase of just over 8 percent.
The largest percentage increase in cargo carried was shown on flights to and from Africa. Here tonnage rose by 61.2% up to a total of just over 97,000 tons.
2015 saw all freighter flights being added to Dakar and Kinshasa as well as increased passenger flights to the African continent.
Turkish Cargo’s largest market, Europe, saw a decline however. Tonnages were almost 2 percent down on those of 2014.
Far East volumes held their own, being less than 0.3 percent down on 2014, Middle East figures rose by a little more than 12 percent whereas volumes to North America went up by 18 percent to just over 59,000 tons.
The carrier has a further four Airbus A330-200 freighters on order.
CHEP and Fiji Airways renew partnership
Unit load devices provider CHEP Aerospace Solutions announces the prolongation of its ULD management contract with Fiji Airways for a further five-year term.
As part of the new contract, CHEP will introduce new lightweight containers from its 80,000 strong pool of assets to support Fiji Airways in reducing their fuel costs and lowering their CO2 emissions and help towards their sustainability targets.
CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch said: "We have worked in partnership to develop a range of tailor-made solutions that support Fiji Airways' growth at the lowest total cost whilst delivering significant improvements in sustainability, and look forward to our continued relationship."
Fiji Airways General Manager for Freight, Watson Seeto, lauded the deal: "Our outsourcing agreement with CHEP has returned the expected benefits of reduced costs and improved efficiencies and we are pleased to continue to entrust our ULD supply and management requirements to CHEP.”
Fiji is deploying a modern fleet of Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s and operates 350 flights per week from their basis in Nadi and Suva.
John Mc Donagh