Not your everyday passenger
“This is our fifth manatee successfully transferred through our global Hub in Cincinnati this year, and DHL is thrilled to continue supporting the effort to preserve and protect the manatee population,” Cain Moodie, SVP of Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express Americas, announced.
“Moving manatees is an intricate process, so the speed and reliability of our air network, coupled with the extensive logistics planning with SeaWorld and their partners, helps ensure these wonderful creatures get back safely to their natural habitat.”
DHL Express had already transported four rescued young manatees in JAN22 from SeaWorld’s Orlando Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, after they had spent 12-18 months being nursed back to health. Now, in JUL22, the forwarder again partnered with SeaWorld to return another manatee to its natural habitat in Florida waters. It had spent eight months of rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Antonio, after suffering cold stress, flipper damage, severe weight loss and other illnesses, and being rescued in December 2021 in Texas – an untypical region for manatees.
It was transported from Texas to Florida in a state-of-the-art, custom-built container that met IATA’s Live Animals transportation regulations. This included a high-density, lightweight, and insulated 8” foam bed for the animal’s comfort, secured on a palette attached to the floor for stability. The manatee was covered in wool and space blankets to retain its body temperature, and was constantly monitored during flight by SeaWorld animal care specialists using laser thermometers. They regularly misted it with water to keep it moist. Upon landing in Florida, the manatee was kept at SeaWorld Orlando for a 48-hour observation period, before being taken to the warm waters of Kings Bay in Crystal River.
“As manatees continue to suffer from a dangerous, unusual mortality event, it's more important now than ever to dedicate our time, energy, and resources to ensuring their continued survival,” Jon Peterson, VP of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando and Head of SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team, said.
Seaworld has been ensuring the health and rehabilitation of manatees since 1976, and has rescued 1,300 manatees since then, caring for them at the U.S.’ largest Rescue Center in Orlando, which can handle 40 manatees at the same time. “We're grateful for the continued partnership and dedication from organizations like DHL and others who help make rescues, rehabilitations, and returns not only possible, but safe and successful as well.”
Airbus’ Beluga lands in South America for the first time
The plans have been there for a while: Airbus’ Belugas being used for commercial cargo (CFG reported - https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2022/01/25/airbus-is-ready-to-make-it-big-in-air-cargo/ *), and ambitions to reach South America in 2022 (CFG reported: https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2021/02/07/airbus-intending-to-operate-super-transporter-beluga-xl-across-the-atlantic/ ) Airbus celebrated both results in one last Sunday, with the transport of a Helibras ACH160 helicopter from France to Brazil in cooperation with Bolloré Logistics. Its Airbus A300-600 Super Transporter Number 2 took off from Marseille, France, and headed to Viracopos - Campinas International Airport (VCP) in São Paulo, Brazil, where it received a ceremonious water cannon greeting to mark the Beluga’s first ever landing in South America. On board, the Helibras ACH160 that was being moved to Brazil for its final assembly at Azul Linhas Aéreas' MRO facility at Viracopos Airport. It is scheduled to premiere at LABACE 2022 (Latin America Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition) from 09-11AUG22 in São Paulo.
For Bolloré Logistics which has been involved in the international transport of helicopters for over 50 years, this was its fourth Beluga charter – a partnership which provides a USP and consolidates its reputation in this field. Bolloré’s team in France and Brazil worked out and implemented this historic project’s end-to-end services, including supervising the helicopter’s loading and unloading, export and import customs formalities, and the safe and timely transportation to the assembly site. The handling was carried out by dnata Brazil.
Gustavo Santi, Managing Director for Bolloré Logistics Brazil, said: “The challenge [required] great experience and knowledge of the components, their handling and care during transportation, due to the large dimensions and weight of the equipment, but it was certainly achieved successfully with the collaboration of experts in the field.”
Ellen Biajoni, Head of Industrial Project at Bolloré Logistics Brazil, added: “I am proud to see that, after a successful ending, every single minute invested on such an amazing project has been worth [it]. I’d like to thank all people involved. We thank Helibras for giving us the opportunity to be part of this great journey that has made history in aerospace logistics.”
*Airbus’ Belugas are on a spate of premieres: mid-July also saw that first commercial Beluga landing in Bahrain, for example.
And JALCARGO makes three
With JALCARGO joining cargo.one, the digital booking marketplace now hosts all three Japanese national carriers, placing it as the main online platform in Japan. cargo.one thus also increases its Asia Pacific partners to five, strengthening its foothold in the region’s air cargo market, in line with the strategy for 2022. JALCARGO’s capacities will be rolled out stepwise from this summer, starting with the European markets. The partnership between JALCARGO and cargo.one was officially announced on 28JUL22 – the same month that cargo.one was launched within the Japanese freight forwarder market. Japan is a key player in air cargo as “Tokyo's airports consistently perform within the world's top air cargo hubs by freight tons,” the release details.
JALCARGO is the country’s national flag carrier with a strong domestic network, too, and flew more than 740,000 tons of air cargo in 2021. With its move onto cargo.one, JALCARGO can look forward to greater reach and commercial efficiencies as cargo.one supports it in its digital journey. In addition to tapping into a broader forwarder network, JALCARGO will also be able to react faster and more specifically to market requirements. “The airline will leverage dynamic, unbiased, and compliant global insights from the data analysis platform cargo.one360. Furthermore, cargo.one's Growth Managers will support JALCARGO to raise its digital performance, identify opportunities from the market, and feed learnings into revenue and capacity management,” the press release promises.
Hiroo Iwakoshi, Executive Officer, Cargo and Mail at Japan Airlines, stated: “Delivering an outstanding customer experience is an important element of our business strategy. cargo.one shares both our high regard for customer focus and service level, but also our ambition and entrepreneurial spirit to satisfy the market. With a presence on cargo.one, JALCARGO is now even more strongly placed to differentiate online and scale new heights of digital success.”
Moritz Claussen, Founder and Co-CEO of cargo.one, commented: “We are honored to have been chosen as the trusted partner of Japan's flag carrier, and look forward to working hand in hand with their teams to advance their digital strategy. The partnership will further strengthen our leading position in the Asia Pacific region and deliver a unique and high-quality digital offering to freight forwarders around the globe.”
cargo-partner demonstrates social responsibility
“As a global company, we feel a strong social obligation to contribute to the well-being of future generations. It is difficult to imagine what the young people who fled Ukraine have been through. At the Don Bosco Foundation's summer camps in Moldova, children can make wonderful experiences and receive competent psychological support in coping with their trauma. We are grateful for this opportunity to support young people in these difficult times and give them a ray of hope for the future,” Stefan Krauter, CEO of cargo-partner, explained. With the war going on for 5 months already, over 8 million of Ukraine’s 44 million inhabitants have been displaced, and many of the nation’s children and young people have experienced horrors that no one should have to face. Some 5.5 million people are registered as refugees in European countries such as Poland, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia, while another 15 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid and protection.
cargo-partner has set out to help at least a fraction of innocent victims of war, in that it is again working with “Jugend Eine Welt” [Youth – One World - NGO], with which it has a long-standing relationship, and its project partner “Salesians of Don Bosco”, this time providing educational summer camps in Moldova. “Since April 2022, cargo-partner has been supporting a project whose aim is to help young refugees from Ukraine to overcome trauma and aid their integration into society through a range of educational and leisure activities. This offer is also available to Moldovan children from difficult backgrounds. In total, the project benefits 40 refugee children and 40 Moldovan children,” the press release reveals.
The camps take place in a destitute part of the capital, Chişinău, where the Salesians have been running a foster home, vocational training, and youth center since 2007, and where they set up emergency shelters for Ukrainian refugees when the war broke out. The foundation now offers language classes, psychosocial services, trauma management activities through sports and creativity, as well as classes in reading, writing, and IT, led by Ukrainian teachers. “The camps are supervised by 14 animators, a psychotherapist, and a doctor, and more than 160 children now take part each month,” the release concludes.
Investing in future talent
After a pandemic break of three years, with the previous graduate scheme kicking off in SEP19, IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling, LEVEL) has again launched the application process for its two-year training program. Young people interested in IAG Cargo’s 2022 graduate scheme which starts in OCT22, can submit their applications by 17:00 (UK time) on 15AUG22. Around a dozen positions are open on the course that will be based at IAG Cargo’s head office at London Heathrow. Over the two years, successful graduates will gain experience in a range of head office functions from revenue management, human resources, marketing and transformation, with one place dedicated to data and analytics, and learn the fundamentals required for a successful career in the air cargo and logistics industry. IAG Group identifies as international, diverse, and inclusive, and the press release underlines that the company “culture encourages everyone to bring their true selves to work.” It promises “a competitive salary and several benefits including flight discounts,” and refers interested parties to the IAG Cargo YouTube channel and website.
Caroline Andrews, Chief People Officer at IAG Cargo, said: “The IAG Cargo graduate program is a fantastic opportunity for young people to progress their careers in one of the world’s most exciting industries. Since 2012, we have welcomed some incredible graduates many of whom are still within the business and continue to go from strength to strength, making a real impact at IAG Cargo. This fast-moving program will provide successful candidates a broad understanding of IAG Cargo, as well as the wider logistics industry. I’m really looking forward to meeting our 2022 graduates and watching them launch their careers at IAG Cargo.” Five participants from its SEP19 intake, went on to accept permanent jobs within the company upon completion of the program.
Fedex announces new South China Operations Center
China Daily reported that the FedEx Corp subsidiary, FedEx Express, has signed an agreement with Guangdong Airport Authority Logistic Company that will see it developing and upgrading its FedEx Guangzhou Gateway by establishing a new FedEx South China Operations Center in Guangzhou. The new center, which is planned to go live in 2027, will cover an area of 41,000 m², thus doubling the capacity of the current site. With a sorting capability of up to 25,000 import/export packages and documents per hour, its efficiency will be thrice that of today’s gateway.
The Fedex South China Operations Center will be located within the FedEx APAC Hub at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and will include offices, sorting systems, handling areas, and a warehouse. FedEx APAC Hub already operates over 210 flights each week and handles around 40% of the hub’s import and export volumes at the FedEx Guangzhou Gateway at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, which saw an incredible 2.05-million-ton cargo and mail throughput in 2021. A 20%+ annual throughput increase is forecast at what is one of China’s top three aviation hubs. FedEx’ expansion will serve the many successful and growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Guangzhou, and the region’s e-commerce businesses, linking them domestically and internationally.
Eddy Chan, Vice President of FedEx Express and President of FedEx China, commented: “FedEx is committed to China's long-term growth. We've been investing in expanding our facilities and network to provide efficient, stable, and reliable services to our customers and to support trade between the local and international markets. Our investment in the South China Operations Center demonstrates our confidence in China's economy and market growth as the global economy and trade recover and supports the country's efforts to build a 'dual circulation' development pattern with smooth supply chain services.”
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