IN BRIEF - THE LATEST AIR CARGO INDUSTRY NEWS
VietJetAir looking at U.S. cargo operation
Hanoi, Vietnam-based Low Cost carrier (LCC) VietJet which operates a fleet of 67 passenger aircraft on almost 40 regional destinations, is said to be considering starting up cargo services to the United States.
The air cargo demand from Vietnam to the USA has stepped up considerably during the past months. This is mainly due to the trade war between China and the USA whereby some goods which were previously ordered in China are now being delivered by Vietnam which has not been affected by the decision of the Trump administration to impose heavy customs duties on incoming goods from some countries.
VietJet had previously planned to start regional air cargo operations, but these have been put on ice due to the failure to acquire B737-400 freighters for the service. The USA flights are planned with aircraft being wet-leased from other carriers, most probably U.S. based operators.
Marcel de Nooijer moves to Transavia
The Air France-KLM-Martinair cargo division is looking for a new cargo boss as it was made known this week that Marcel de Nooijer will leave the company as of 31. December to take up the position of CEO at Transavia, the Dutch Low-Cost airline.
Mr de Nooijer will replace Mattijs ten Brink who left Transavia at the end of September. Marcel de Nooijer who is head of cargo at Air France-KLM is also a director of Martinair and is alongside KLM’ers Pieter Elbers and Pieter Bootsma, one of only three Dutchmen on the Air France-KLM Executive Committee.
It remains to be seen whether his successor at AF-KL-MP Cargo will come from outside the company or whether it will be someone within the present ranks of the airline.
Hermes to supply Menzies with cargo management system
UK-based Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) has announced that they will implement their Hermes 5 Cargo Management System (CMS) at Menzies Aviation facilities worldwide.
The Hermes 5 CMS which was developed and introduced to users last year has been chosen by a variety of air cargo handlers, airports and airlines during the past months. Hermes will start to roll out the system at Menzies facilities as of Q1 next year. Menzies Aviation runs cargo facilities at almost 40 airports around the world and handled 1.6 million tons of cargo last year.
Menzies Aviation EVP Cargo, Robert Fordree stated that “after benchmarking the industry, we selected H5 as our cargo management system because it was clear that Hermes offers the most advanced solutions in the market.”
Is Boeing looking at new B767 freighter?
Reports out of the USA suggest that Boeing is looking at bringing a new version of the B767 freighter onto the market.
The study presently being carried out by the U.S. aircraft manufacturer is based on a complete re-engined version of the freighter with introduction into the market by 2025. The study, which also includes a possible new passenger version, is named, 767-XF using the B767-400ER platform as the base aircraft. It seems that the GE Aviation GEnx power plant generation has been chosen as the engine supplier if the new aircraft gets off the ground. These are engines which have a larger overall diameter, and this would mean that the new B767 would need to be constructed with a higher landing gear in order to ensure the necessary ground clearance.
The B767 which first went into passenger service in the early 1980’s has in the meantime become a popular cargo aircraft with many passenger versions having been converted into freighters. Boeing also still has the B767F production line open and has a 60 aircraft backlog order to supply both UPS and FedEx with the aircraft.
Fraport cargo throughput shrinks in first nine-months
Frankfurt-based airport handler, Fraport, has revealed their group traffic figures for the first nine-months of this year.
The passenger related sectors continue to generally report good figures in the months from January to September. Some 54 million passengers passed through FRA in that period, an increase of 2.3% over the same period last year. Cargo tonnages in the same period however dropped by almost 3% to reach 1.6 million metric tons. The September cargo throughput fell by 5.5% to just 174,789 tons. One of the worst months ever. In comparison, passenger figures for the month rose by 1.3% to 6.7 million.
The Fraport Group portfolio showed mixed, but mainly positive results by the end of the third quarter. These include holdings at airports in Brazil, Peru, China, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Russia, and Slovenia.
POS Aviation changes to IBS Software for Malaysia terminal
Malaysia-based POS Aviation which offers a variety of ground handling, air cargo, maintenance and catering services at major Malaysian airports, has chosen the IBS Software Cloud Platform to power their Cargo Terminal operations in Malaysia.
IBS Software, which is an Indian-based company, provides what they term as new-generation software solutions for airlines, airports, oil & gas and cruise line companies around the world, was chosen by POS Aviation in order to bring their cargo handling systems at the airports in Malaysia up-to-date. The system which is named iCargo is said to provide the end user with an end-to-end cargo management platform to enhance and improve steering and monitoring of warehouse processes as well as paperless cargo procedures.
POS Aviation has recently tied up with major e-commerce providers such as Alibaba and Lazada as part of their strategy to grow into these markets in the future.
CEVA Logistics open London gateway Chill Hub
The Swiss-based logistics giant which has operations in most major cities and airports worldwide has just opened their new integrated and-to-end cold chain facility at the DP World London Gateway Port.
The strategically located Chill Hub is spread over 10,000 sqm and offers up to 10,000 pallet positions in seven independent chambers. These are capable of operating in temperatures ranging from -25C through to +16C. This allows CEVA to handle and store almost all types of temperature sensitive goods. There are special areas designated for the handling of pharmaceuticals and fresh or frozen produce.
The new Chill Hub facility also offers customers other services such as Labelling, Re-Palletising, Packaging and Price Coding. Located in the Thames Estuary and not far from the busy M25 motorway, London Gateway port also offers a large logistics turnover area where many companies have positioned themselves during the past year or so.
John Mc Donagh
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