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DoKaSch cools Etihad Cargo
DoKaSch Temperature Solutions provides Etihad Cargo with Opticoolers, their sophisticated transport equipment for carrying temp sensitive items. Both enterprises have signed a master agreement, enabling Etihad Cargo to expand its ‘TempCheck’ cool chain service offering for temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals, as its customers will be able to lease the flying fridges from the Abu-Dhabi based carrier. The Opticooler, a German made, electric airconditioned container, can keep pharmaceuticals and other goods that need constant cooling exactly within their required temperature range, regardless of whether tropical summer or arctic winter. “Thanks to the new Etihad contract, we are able to expand our service network for Opticoolers further. All leading airlines of the Middle East are now our partners as they want to offer their clients the most reliable packaging solution to transport highly temperature-sensitive air cargo shipments,” stated Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions upon the signing of the deal.
“Our focus in 2018 is ‘closer customer engagement’ and, by adding additional solutions for the most critical, time- and temperature-sensitive shipments, we are moving in the right direction to cater to our customers’ needs, hand in hand with DoKaSch Temperature Solutions,” responded Justin Carr, VP EY Cargo. The manager added to this: “We offer a specially designed product using the latest equipment, processes and SOPs to keep the cargo’s integrity and make sure it arrives in the quickest possible time adhering to the highest compliance guidelines.”
BRU puts Asiana Cargo in the spotlight
Pomp and circumstance in BRU last week for the celebration of 20 years of Asiana Cargo as customer at the airport. The fire brigade and a VIP delegation among which Executive VP Kim Kwang-Suk and the South-Korean ambassador to Belgium, the EU and the NATO, Kim Hyoung-shin welcomed the incoming aircraft. Asiana Cargo began flying to Brussels Airport in 1998. After Saudia and Singapore Airlines Cargo it is Brussels Airport’s third oldest customer. The company flies the route New York-Brussels-Seoul (Incheon) 4 times a week with B747-400Fs. They add some 25,000 tons per year to the airport’s volume.
CGN achieved record figures in Q1…
According to data delivered by Cologne / Bonn Airport, passenger numbers grew by 4 percent in the first quarter of 2018, totaling 2.43 million travelers. Air freight made even a bigger leap, with 208,246 tons being handled, a 6 percent y-o-y increase. Thus, CGN achieved new record levels in both traffic segments in the first quarter of 2018.
Main drivers of the air freight business were the three integrators UPS, FedEx and DHL Express. It is particularly pleasing that general air freight increased remarkably (Q1: + 22%), emphasizes the management, thanks to services rendered by Egyptair Cargo, MNG Airlines and Canada’s Cargojet Airways.
"The latest quarterly figures are very encouraging and give our team tailwind for the remainder of the year. We will not rest on our laurels but will continue to work with great motivation and commitment to make the airport fit for future competition challenges,” states CGN Managing Director Athanasios Titonis.
… So did LEJ
At Leipzig / Halle Airport, Europe's fifth-largest freight hub, almost 300,000 tons of air freight were handled from 1 January to 30 March, 2018. This accounts for an increase of 12.3 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, reports the management.
Busiest month was March with a throughput of 107,428 tons.
Main growth driver in Q1 was integrator DHL Express whose largest hub within its global network is LEJ.
"The significant growth in freight volume underscores the potential of Leipzig / Halle Airport, which offers optimal conditions for air traffic and logistics companies," emphasizes MD Johannes Jaehn of Leipzig / Halle Airport.
Swissport commits in FRA
The ground handling company has signed a long-term lease agreement with airport operator Fraport AG for operating a new cargo warehouse at Rhine-Main’s CargoCity South. The facility will comprise 16,000 square meters of handling space and be equipped with an integrated office area of an additional 2,260 square meters. Construction is due to start in 2019, with the facility to be handed over to Swissport in Q3 of 2020. Once operational, it will be the third largest air freight terminal in Swissport’s global network of 133 air cargo warehouses, states the company.
“Swissport is committing a double digit million-euro amount towards the new facility at Frankfurt Airport. Infrastructure plays a key role in optimizing our service delivery and reaching the ambitious efficiency and reliability goals for our clients around the world,” says Willy Ruf, Senior VP Swissport Germany, Austria & Switzerland.
Overall construction costs are not mentioned by Fraport in their release.
ET connects ADD with ORD
Ethiopian Airlines launches nonstop flights between its home base Addis Ababa Airport and Chicago O’Hare on 2 June, operating cargo-friendly Boeing 787 passenger aircraft. Chicago becomes ET’s fourth destination in the U.S., following flights to Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles. ET CEO Tewolde GebreMariam states: “We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa.”
The executive expects the flight to further boost the growing economic and people-to-people relations between the U.S. and Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular by enabling a greater flow of trade, investment and tourism.
The B787-8 can hold 5 pallets and 5 LD3s in its lower deck compartments, making the ADD-ORD-ADD rotations interesting for forwarding agents.
Heiner Siegmund / Marcel Schoeters