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SWISS introduces Bombardier C Series aircraft into its fleet
Following on the recent introduction of the Boeing 777-300Er aircraft into its fleet, SWISS is now also introducing brand new Bombardier CS100 passenger aircraft for European regional sectors.
The first aircraft will join the fleet on July 15th with its first commercial fleet planned between Zurich and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
The new CS100 aircraft are replacing the very old RJ100s which will be phased out.
It has the same cargo capacity as the old RJ100 and the forward cargo compartment is fully heated. Carbo emissions with the CS100 are reduced by 25% compared to the RJ100.
Fourth Chinese express carrier gets ready to go public
It seems to become the trend in China for national express airlines to go public and list themselves on China’s stock market.
Following on the recent decisions of STO Express, SF Express and YTO Express to list themselves, an unknown newcomer, Yunda Express has jumped on the bandwagon.
Apparently, a deal is underway with the Shenzhen Ningbo Xinhai Electric for a US$ 2.7 billion takeover of Yunda. The deal is said to be a mixture of an asset swop and the creation of new shares.
The company was founded in 1999 and has thanks to the e-commerce boom grown rapidly during the past few years.
The carrier operates mainly along the eastern part of China and is said to have generated healthy profits over the past two years.
Tunisia’s Express Cargo to get airborne by August
Express Air Cargo which is based in the Tunisian city of Enfidha is pushing ahead with its planned cargo operation from Enfidha to destinations in North Africa and Europe.
They plan to start operating with two converted Boeing 737 freighters by August of this year and will add a further three turboprop aircraft to the fleet along with a B737-400F by mid-2017.
European destination are said to be Cologne/Bonn, Marseilles and Paris. Plans are also in place to extend services further into West and Central African destinations.
IJS Global Gefco UK gets wholesale dealer authorization at LHR
The UK branch of IJS Global has just been granted a so-called Wholesale Dealer Authorization (WDA) by the UK Regulatory Body (MHRA) for their London Heathrow operations.
This follows on the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) awarded in April this year to their sister company IJS Global GEFCO NL. The Netherlands branch already has obtained WDA certification
Josette Wells, IJS global GEFCO UK’s Director of Quality and Compliance is happy at the new status and commented that “this license is another step forward in our drive to establish an enhanced services platform for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry.”
John Mc Donagh