IN BRIEF, THE LATEST AIR FREIGHT INDUSTRY NEWS.
Celebi Aviation CEO calls it a day
Onno Boots who has held the position of CEO at Celebi Aviation since 2014 has decided to step down and the Celebi organization is now on the lookout for a new aviation Chief Executive.
It is reported that Boots will however stay on as a consultant for Celebi and that he will concentrate on setting up Celebi’s future operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
No official reason has been presented either by Celebi or Mr Boots as to why this move came about.
It is interesting to note however that the interim CEO will be Dave Dorner, who is an operating partner at the private equity company Actera which has a 50% holding in Celebi.
Donner has been a Celebi board member since 2013
First Triple Seven P-to-F planned by Bedek
Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversions of small and mid-size aircraft are nothing new anymore.
Now, it seems that the first Boeing 777 P2F conversion will be launched in the near future.
Israel’s Bedek Aviation is said to be planning the first conversion of this wide-body type. Market sources are saying that Bedeck definitely has plans to have the first conversion delivered to its new owner by the end of 2018.
It has not been revealed where the aircraft might originate and who the first client could be.
TIACA comments on Brexit Customs & trade scenarios
The UK Brexit decision has it seems also been a topic of discussion within TIACA’s board members.
Doug Brittin published some thoughts on this in a recent TIACA statement.
Among others - he said that when the Brexit comes into effect, that new risks and trade barriers will crop up which could result in the following scenarios:
- the UK would effectively become a “third party country“ being denied today’s regular customs formalities.
- new Free Trade Agreements between the EU and the UK would have to be put in place to try and avoid payment of duties.
- a new customs union between the UK and EU might be a solution to cover trade of so called “non-origin goods.“ This could only be possible if the UK were to accept and adopt the common EU customs tariffs.
And, so the discussion runs even before the UK have applied for their exit.
American sets cargo record at London Heathrow
The Dallas-Fort Worth based carrier has set a new cargo shipment record from its UK, London Heathrow hub.
On a single day in August, 260 tons of cargo was moved on American’s passenger flights from LHR to various destinations in the USA.
This tops the previous daily record of 256.7 tons moved in October 2015.
The cargo was carried to AA’s hubs in Chicago, New York, Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles.
The carrier states that although passenger loads on that day were registered at 99 percent, that still 88.2 percent of all available cargo positions were utilized.
IAG Cargo deepens ties with DHL
London-based IAG Cargo has commenced using the capacity of DHL operated Airbus A300 freighters on intra-European routes. The deal comprises twice-weekly services between Madrid and Amsterdam and a weekly operation from Frankfurt via Paris to London Luton, with trucking connections to Heathrow and Gatwick.
Both services were introduced by IAG to offer their intercontinental clients improved connections for shipments.
Camilo Garcia, Head of Sales, at IAG Cargo commented. “The new Madrid – Amsterdam service in particular will enable highly efficient access to and from the growing Latin American pharmaceutical market, while the new Paris, Frankfurt, London “triangle” enables us to offer important capacity in two key European markets.”
The DHL operated A300F offers uplift capacity of 42 tons with IAG Cargo utilizing part of the space.
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