IAG Cargo is looking for talent on a large scale
After almost 2 years of hearing about pandemic-driven cost-cutting, furlough, and job losses in the aviation industry, the news that IAG Cargo is about to launch the largest recruitment drive in its company history, is precisely the positivity needed as we move into the new year. The organization is looking to create over 500 new roles over the course of 2022, as it expands its cargo operation to keep up with the increase in market demand. In the third quarter of 2021, alone, IAG Cargo’s revenues saw a 34% increase over the same period in 2020. Its customer base has seen steady growth over the year, and in particular its special cargo services such as Constant Climate, Constant Fresh, and Critical have been much in demand. They offer solutions for the movement of temperature sensitive cargo such as vaccines, perishable products, and emergency items, respectively – all key areas that have seen growth during the pandemic and the crippling lack of cargo capacity in all transport modes.
IAG Cargo is recruiting across its entire business, “from operations to transformation”, the press release states. The 500 jobs will cover functions in “operations, revenue and inventory management, data & analytics, and projects,” to name but a few areas.
David Shepherd, Managing Director at IAG Cargo, had this to say about the company’s largest recruitment drive: “IAG Cargo is a growing business offering rewarding careers in a fast-paced environment, where no day is the same. We give individuals the opportunity to put ideas forward, have varied career paths, work autonomously, and explore their potential with the support of their team. We put a big emphasis on internal promotion and being part of the IAG group means that our employees can not only move ‘up’ but across into other parts of the group. This recruitment drive will see us recruit broadly, advertising a variety of new roles.”
Christmas comes early for Air Canada Cargo’s customers
Over at Air Canada Cargo, things are looking up, too! Literally! The airline took delivery of the first of its 8 dedicated B767-300ER freighters on 06DEC21, and just days later, on 09DEC21, it set off on its first cargo mission. Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo, at Air Canada, explained: “Our first freighter is being deployed earlier than initially planned, in order to provide additional cargo capacity needed into and out of Vancouver to meet ongoing demand as a result of the flooding that disrupted British Columbia's transportation network.” The inaugural flight took off from Toronto to Vancouver and back, landing in Frankfurt the next day. Throughout the rest of this month, it will alternate service between Toronto and Vancouver, and Toronto and Frankfurt, providing much-needed extra cargo capacity in the pre-Christmas rush. More destinations will be added in 2022, also as more of the outstanding conversions being handled at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv, Israel, are delivered and enter service. Air Canada Cargo posted a fascinating video giving a fast-forwarded insight into just what such a conversion entails. CargoForwarder Global shared this on LinkedIn.
Flying almost naked! “Given the immediate demand for cargo capacity, the first freighter entered service without its final livery. At a later date, it will be painted in an Air Canada Cargo variation of the Air Canada livery introduced in 2017,” the press release reveals. It also explains that “Converting Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft to freighters allows Air Canada Cargo to offer five different main deck configurations, increasing the overall capacity of each aircraft to over 57 tons, with approximately 75% of this capacity on the main deck.”
Challenge Group rises to the Cool Chain challenge
Challenge Group, which comprises a mix of six air cargo logistics companies from handlers through to airlines, has become the latest group to join the Cool Chain Association. Group member CAL Cargo Airlines in particular, is a perishables specialist and “a leading carrier of perishables on the Israel to Europe trade lane”.
Along with the group’s other carrier, Challenge Airlines, as well has Challenge Handling in Liège, it is also IATA CEIV Pharma certified, and thus well-versed in temperature-controlled and pharmaceuticals transport. “By joining the CCA, we know we can make a concrete contribution to raise industry standards as an active member of the Technical Committee. We are looking forward to networking with other members and enhance our industry engagement to build strategic and long-term business partnership,” Gianluca Marcangelo, Senior Manager Cargo Transformation, Challenge Group, explains the reason for membership, which will see the group participate in “supporting tangible projects and initiatives to drive improvements in the cool supply chain”. The Technical Committee is a new development launched “earlier this year, to analyze and manage critical points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as to develop standards and initiate projects.” The CCA continues to focus on growing its global membership and collaborating on improving the cool supply chain to best serve the pharmaceutical and perishable sectors. It offers two networking events a year, one for perishables and one for pharmaceuticals, and is looking to host Pharma and Perishables event in 2022 – “details to follow”.
“It is important that we work together to deliver tangible solutions for our cool supply chain, that is our focus,” Nicola Caristo, CCA Secretary General and Airline Partner Manager, SkyCell AG, outlines. “By working with quality-driven experts such as Challenge, we will together make a much-needed difference and we welcome their nowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to help us achieve our goal.”
DoKaSch-TS establishes new Tokyo Japanese presence
Dokasch Temperature Solutions recently set up a dedicated subsidiary in Tokyo as well as a new service station at Narita International Airport. With “DoKaSch Temperature Solutions K.K.”. the company is expanding its footprint in Asia, and offering its Japanese customers improved access to its RKN and RAP Opticooler temperature solutions. The expansion coincided perfectly with Japan’s upcoming INTERPHEX trade show – the country’s largest exhibition for pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing/packaging technologies – which took place 08-10DEC21 in Tokyo, and where Dokasch showcased its active container solutions. Japan produces and exports a large number of pharmaceuticals both for Asian-Pacific countries as well as internationally, and Narita International Airport has seen a steady increase in pharmaceutical traffic. It houses the Cargo Climate Control Terminal (CCC) - one of the largest temperature-controlled storage facilities at a Japanese airport, and handles half of all pharmaceutical import and export trade in Japan.
Kazuyoshi Kakizawa, Head of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions K.K., stated: “I see many opportunities for Opticooler in the important Japanese pharmaceutical market and beyond, because of its technical characteristics, exceptional reliability and availability. Because of our proximity and extensive network, we can serve customers quickly and reliably.” Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, added: “Japan is a major production and export center for pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals. Therefore, we decided to open a new DoKaSch office and station at Tokyo. It is directly related to our growth strategy in Asia and ideally complements our extensive global network. This allows us to further ensure that our Opticooler reaches our customers quickly and thus contribute to a smooth and reliable cold chain.”
Qantas converting two A330 passenger aircraft for e-commerce
Qantas, which took delivery of its third A321P2F this week – an ex Jetstar plane that will now operate for Australia Post - has announced that it will also be converting two of its A330 passenger planes into freighters. The two wide-body freighters are planned to match the increased e-commerce demand, and will bring the airline’s dedicated freighter fleet to 25. “One of the converted widebody freighters will be used in Qantas Freight’s international network, while the other will be a new addition to the dedicated fleet that serves Australia Post’s domestic parcel and mail business,” the press release details, going on to reveal: “The first A330 aircraft, which will be utilized by Australia Post, will start its conversion in August 2022 and is expected to start operating in mid-2023 with the second to start operating in late 2023.” The conversions which include the installation of a larger cargo door and cargo-handling system, will be carried out the Airbus and ST Engineering joint venture, EFW.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce explained: “Our freight business has boomed during the pandemic and while some of that is temporary, COVID has accelerated the permanent expansion of e-commerce and online shopping in this country. The converted A330 aircraft for Australia Post will be able to carry around 50 tons of cargo each flight, more than double the capacity of other freighters operating for the national postal service.”
Paul Graham, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post, commented: “eCommerce has grown by more than 76 per cent when compared to just two years ago. The two A321PTF aircraft already in the skies, and the third taking off this month, provide our network with critical additional capacity and flexibility, while also improving the sustainability of our air freight operations, as they can carry twice as many parcels and require less fuel per kilo of mail and parcels uplifted. We are thrilled to have these new aircraft in our network as we prepare to deliver the biggest Christmas in Australia Post history.”
Singapore Airlines and WiseTech Global partner for real-time eBookings
For the first time in its digital history, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is setting up a direct exchange of eBookings between its systems and CargoWise, the execution platform provided by WiseTech Global. Custom APIs enable freight forwarders to access, book and modify shipments on SIA flights in real-time from within the CargoWise platform.
Mr Chin Yau Seng, Senior Vice President Cargo, said: “At Singapore Airlines, we are committed to the continued digitalization of all areas of our business. Our partnership with WiseTech Global will result in the integration of our eBooking systems, enabling customers to book airfreight directly with SIA via the CargoWise online platform. This is one of the many steps that we are taking to provide a more seamless experience for our cargo customers.”
Scott McCorquodale, Chief Automation Officer, Air Cargo at WiseTech Global, underlined: “Continued constrained air cargo capacity and fluctuating rates means the fundamental process of moving a piece of cargo from A to B by air is more complex than ever before. Freight forwarders continue to experience pressure to provide their customers with transparency at every stage of the process. The host-to-host integration of eBookings between CargoWise and Singapore Airlines is vital to creating a seamless, transparent, and real-time experience for our forwarder customers. With our growing number of independent carrier connections and partnerships, freight forwarders and shippers worldwide will benefit.”
LATAM Airlines Group paves the way to South America on cargo.one
The cargo subsidiaries of the LATAM Airlines Group will be the first South American capacities to go online on the cargo.one platform from the second quarter of 2022, providing freight forwarders in Europe and North America with services to more than 15 South American countries. LATAM Airlines Group and cargo.one announced their new strategic relationship on 09DEC21. An impressive start for the real-time booking platform, given that the LATAM Airlines Group are continent’s leading cargo carriers. The LATAM Airlines Group has consistently been upgrading its digital infrastructure and this partnership signifies an important milestone in the company’s digital strategy. It is the first South American airline group to diversify its distribution channels.
“We want to provide customers with reliable and efficient solutions and a broad set of options that allows them to choose what works best for them. The LATAM Cargo carriers’ network and product portfolio are great examples of that. Partnering with cargo.one is fully aligned with this goal as it gives customers access to LATAM’s cargo capacity through an innovative way,” Andrés Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer of LATAM Cargo, says. “The strategic collaboration with cargo.one enables expansion into an established, high performing digital marketplace, and to meet and exceed clients’ requirements for complete visibility and control in the booking process of their shipments. cargo.one not only delivers on the demand for customer self-service, but also offers airlines unrivaled continuous improvement with additional services such as its cargo.one360 data analysis platform.”
Moritz Claussen, Co-Founder and Managing Director of cargo.one, comments, “It is with great pleasure that we welcome the LATAM Cargo carriers to the cargo.one platform. Our latest global expansion sees us partnering with a renowned group of cargo carriers as dedicated to digital excellence as we are. The timing could not be more opportune either as the LATAM Cargo carriers are nearly doubling their B767 freighter fleet over the next two years, and will certainly benefit from cargo.one’s ability to deliver increased customer volumes, optimized load factors and the ability to assess new routes.”
Process your own synthetic diesel fuel
Bolloré Energy has launched "IZIPURE". This is a low-carbon, synthetic diesel (HVO) fuel produced from hydrogenated animal fats and used cooking oils. Processed by its partner, NESTE, the synthetic fuel is an effective ecological alternative to fossil diesel, as it reduces CO2 emissions by at least 85%, and fine particle emissions by 30%. It can be used in the majority of old and new diesel engines, which poses not financial barrier to adoption. “With a purer molecular composition than diesel, IZIPURE allows for better combustion thanks to its higher cetane number, equivalent range, and improved cold flow properties and stability. In view of its similarity to standard diesel, IZIPURE is also fully miscible and 100% usable,” the press release promises. As part of its sustainability drive, Bolloré Energy plans to promote the use of this fuel with its suppliers and customers, and envisages that over 40% of deliveries on behalf of Bolloré Energy in 2022, will be made by trucks using the new low-carbon fuels. This should increase to 100% by 2023.
Christine Puifourcat, National Sales Manager for Specialty Products at Bolloré Energy, stated. “Bolloré Energy firmly believes that low-carbon fuels have an essential role to play in the energy transition, alongside the development of other energies such as electric and hydrogen. IZIPURE is a quality alternative that we are launching on the market to go hand in hand with our customers towards the decarbonization of road transport. This strategy also responds to a growing demand from shipper customers looking for new markets.”
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