IN BRIEF, THE LATEST CARGO AIRLINE INDUSTRY NEWS.
LATAM Cargo becomes certified CEIV Pharma handler in MIA
The Latin American cargo carrier obtained the Center of Excellence of Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification from the IATA. This way, LATAM Cargo expands its network of CEIV approved station after becoming the first carrier in the Americas to achieve this labelling.
This achievement is the result of a joint and coordinated effort of different departments across the company –Product Management, Operations, Quality, HR, Infrastructure and Procurement, among others– and ensures its commitment to become the industry’s air freight of choice for the transportation of pharmaceutical products, guaranteeing all its processes adhere to the most stringent international standards.
“This recognition encourages us to continue improving our processes at each station, adopting global quality standards to guarantee that all our sensitive shipments will reach their destination in perfect condition,” stated project manager Rodolfo Marre.
FedEx Express announces management change in Europe
David Binks, FedEx Express Europe president and CEO of TNT, will retire in June. He will be succeeded by the U.S. integrator’s current VP of finance – international, Bert Nappier effective June 1, 2018.
Binks started with FedEx in 1983 following an acquisition in the UK. In his long-lasting career he held executive positions in Durope, the Middle East and Canada. Since 2016, he was responsible for the compition of the TNT integration into FedEx Express.
His successor Nappier, a U.S. national, joined FedEx in 2005 and has served the package delivery company in a variety of leadership roles.
Helena Jansson, a more than 20-year FedEx veteran and native of Sweden, will succeed Nappier as FedEx Express senior vice president of finance - international.
LH Cargo Started Serving Osaka
Lufthansa Cargo has added Kansai (KIX) to its global network, offering customers two weekly freighter flights since a few days. The new route is operated from Frankfurt via Novosibirsk to Osaka on Wednesdays and Fridays, complementing the already existing daily freighter services from and to Tokyo-Narita as well as the Lufthansa passenger flights to Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda, and Nagoya.
“These new flights to Osaka are strengthening our position in Japan. It is a further investment into the very important Japanese airfreight market,” states Frank Naeve, VP Asia-Pacific at LH Cargo.
“We are proud to have long-standing connections with customers in the Japanese air cargo industry since 1969. Our aim is to build on this and expand into the future,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, CCO at Lufthansa Cargo on the occasion of the first flight that took to the air on 18 January.
Single African Sky on the horizon
At their Addis Ababa meeting, leading representatives of the African Union (AU) have decided to open up the continent’s aviation market, greatly improving intra-African air connectivity. In a reaction, IATA welcomed the initiative signed by 23 States, but warned that the benefits of a connected continent will only be realized through the effective implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) “firstly by the countries already committed and also by the remaining 32 African Union member nations still to come on board," stated Rapahel Kuuchi, IATA’s Vice President for Africa.
According to the official, SAATM would create an extra 155,000 jobs and generate US$1.3 billion in annual GDP. Enhanced connectivity will stimulate demand, improve the international competitiveness of the African airline industry, and make cargo transports and air travel more convenient. As consequence, the step will enable higher volumes of trade, expanded tourism and growing commerce between African nations and the rest of the world.
Since 1988, when the first Yamoussoukro Declaration was signed, aimed at liberalize the fragmented African air transport market, many attempts to establish a Single African Sky have failed due to national egoisms and protectionist policies of individual African States.
Hellman appoints Lieb as chairman of the Supervisory Board
Thomas Lieb, the former CEO of Schenker and member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Bahn AG was appointed Chairman of the seven-member Supervisory Board of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. The decision follows the change of Hellmann’s legal form last December. Since then, the company, based in Osnabrueck and Hamburg, Germany, operates as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co. KG. The transformation of the company’s legal form results in a dual management structure, consisting of a Management Board plus a newly formed control body, the Supervisory Board. “His many years of experience in the logistics business make him a valuable partner for Hellmann Worldwide Logistics,” announced Thomas Knecht, Chief Executive Officer of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co. KG.
“The newly formed Supervisory Board is not just a formal control body for the SE & Co. KG, but also an important sparring partner for the Management Board. I am delighted that the senior figures on our Supervisory Board are going to contribute their expertise on future strategic development of our family-owned company,” explains Jost Hellmann, Chief Commercial Officer of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co. KG.
Former Schenker Chief Thomas Lieb exited the Deutsche Bahn subsidiary suddenly in March 2015, following prosecutor investigations into activities of Schenker managers in Saint Petersburg. The group was suspected of having continuously paid bribes to corrupt Russian officials to conduct business largely unhampered.
AMS adapts truck parking rules
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has upgraded its truck parking facilities in the freight zone Schiphol Zuid. Consequently, new rules will apply. Starting on 29 January Truck Parkings 1 and 2 will be accessible to season ticket holders only. This April the upgrade of Truck Parking 3 will also be completed. This will be accessible on an hourly rate base. This site also provides facilities for drivers. To maintain safety and traffic flows in the Schiphol Zuid area, public road parking will no longer be possible. The parking ban will be enforced.
Heiner Siegmund / Marcel Schoeters