Etihad and IATA focus on CO2 emissions visibility
What is already in place for passenger flights since this summer, is now being trialed for cargo. IATA’s CO2 Connect carbon calculator details the fuel burn for 57 different aircraft types, thus covering around 98% of all commercial passenger flights taking off around the world today. The calculator, which takes into account airline-specific data on fuel burn and load factors, is billed by IATA as the most accurate in the market, and “this sets it apart from theoretical models.” It uses IATA’s “newly developed CO2 Calculation Methodology” which was adopted by IATA’s Passenger Service Conference in MAR22, having been devised by representatives from 20 airlines, the main aircraft manufacturers, international standard-setting bodies and logistics services providers.
The aim, now, is to develop the same tool specifially for cargo flights. Etihad Airways and IATA publically stated their intention at the World Cargo Symposium in London on 27SEP22. They will work together over a three-month period to define the necessary data for cargo shipments. Based on flight information provided by Etihad, different use cases will establish how the highest levels of accuracy, consistency, and transparency can be achieved. IATA plans to launch the CO2 Connect for Cargo by mid-2023, thus meeting the demands of shippers, forwarders, investors, regulators, and consumers, who all expect reliable and trustworthy data. The carbon impact of cargo shipments is trickier to calculate than passenger flights, since cargo routings are not always straightforward: many contain non-air feeder services, are less predictable in advance of booking, and circumstances differ depending on whether the shipment is on baord of a freighter or a passenger aircraft.
Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, explained: “[Etihad]’s development with IATA demonstrates the ability and willingness to co-create solutions to support Etihad Cargo’s journey to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 […]. IATA’s CO2 Connect carbon calculator will be an effective tool in making the transportation of cargo more sustainable and will benefit not only Etihad Cargo’s customers but also the wider air cargo sector in the future.”
Frederic Leger, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products & Services, said: “Accurate data is critical. IATA CO2 Connect already provides this for passenger operations. This trial with Etihad will help us in bringing an industry-leading carbon calculator for cargo in the coming months.”
Ultimately, this trial is addressing the same industry need as CargoAi’s Cargo2ZERO. It will be interesting to see whether the two solutions will merge at one point, and if IATA will adopt CargoAi’s Efficiency Score as an industry standard.
Challenge Airlines IL is now IATA CEIV Live certified
A proud moment over at IATA’s WCS 2022 in London, when Challenge Airlines IL became the world’s sixth airline to receive IATA CEIV Live certification since it was first introduced in 2018. Frederic Leger, IATA SVP Product and Services, formally presented the certificate to Hay Sasson, Chief Operations Officer of Challenge Group, on 27SEP22, bringing the Group’s CEIV certificate tally to two. Challenge Airlines IL already holds the IATA CEIV Pharma. CFG is told that CEIV Fresh is in the making and CEIV Lithium Batteries is under consideration.
Hay Sasson, Chief Operating Officer of Challenge Group, said: “Challenge Airlines IL is delighted to have visible recognition of the uncompromisingly high standards that we apply when transporting all kinds of animals. We carry more than 5,000 animals every year and, in line with our corporate values, their well-being and comfort is paramount. We are grateful to the IATA CEIV Live auditors for their encouragement and suggestions on how we can improve even further.”
Frederic Leger, IATA SVP Product and Services, said: “In the course of our stringent IATA CEIV Live audits, we were able to verify that Challenge Airlines IL fulfils all applicable standards, regulations, and guidelines with regard to animal facilities, equipment, operations, and trained staff. IATA congratulates Challenge Airlines IL on passing the audit with flying colors. We can wholly endorse its handling and service quality for the complex and very varied scope of live animal transport.”
Challenge Group, which has a dedicated, 40-strong Live Animals Team on hand to professionally deal with all animal bookings, administration, and round-the-clock, species-relevant handling, does everything possible to ensure that each animal’s travel experience is as stress-free as possible. The Group has developed its own horse ULD and the prototype of an animal trailer. The IATA CEIV Live certificate is a globally recognized quality stamp and is an external confirmation of what the Group has been doing for more than thirty years already when it comes to transporting live animals. Challenge Group runs the Horse Inn in Liège where its Live Animals team also attend to other airlines’ animal shipments.
Savino Del Bene relocates DE HQ to new Hamburg site
“Savino Del Bene is one of the top 20 forwarding networks in the world and, of course, belongs to Hamburg. I am very pleased that we, as a 123-year-old family-owned company, have been able to move into a traditional, historic building in the heart of Hamburg. From here we will expand our business in Germany in the style of Hamburg merchants: Honest, reliable, predictable, and down-to-earth,” says Andreas Kujawski, Managing Director of logistics and supply chain management company branch, Savino Del Bene Germany GmbH. Savino Del Bene is in effect taking a double expansion step: not only is it expanding its extensive German branch network consisting of Stuttgart-Filderstadt, Frankfurt-Kelsterbach, Düsseldorf-Heerdt, and Bremen-Überseestadt, to include Hamburg, one of the world’s most significant logistics locations, but it is also relocating its German headquarters there. Until now, its headquarters were based in Bremen. CargoForwarder Global asked if this meant that Savino del Bene’s Bremen staff would be expected to move to Hamburg. “No, Hamburg will be an additional location. Bremen will continue as it is, and will also be expanded, step by step.” Seven employees make up the new Hamburg branch, and the team will soon grow to ten. Savino del Bene currently employs around 40 staff in Germany, and circa 5000 worldwide. The company made a global revenue of EUR 3 billion in 2021, Kujawski reveals.
CMA CGM AIR CARGO entrusts ULD management to Jettainer
While CMA CGM AIR CARGO gears up for its full freighter partnership with Air France-KLM Cargo (see CFG’s exclusive interview in today’s newsletter edition), the global shipping and logistics conglomerate has placed its air cargo ULD management into the hands of a proven expert. At the World Cargo Symposium in London, it signed a five-year contract on 29SEP22, with Jettainer, which will provide global positioning, management, maintenance, and repair services for the cargo airline’s fleet of a few thousand ULDs (mainly pallets). “CMA CGM AIR CARGO also benefits from Jettainer's monitoring and a high quality of location data, so that the ULDs find their way from their forwarders back to the cargo airline and are thus always available, even for short-term charter flights,” the release promises. The French cargo airline was founded in MAR21 as a complementary mode to the overall suite of transportation and logistics solutions offered by the CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions. It currently owns a modern and long-range capacity fleet of four Airbus A330-200F, complemented by two recently acquired Boeing 777F aircraft, and is set to expand to 12 aircraft by 2026. Thomas Sonntag, Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH, remarked: “We are pleased to be able to support CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s ambitious growth plans with our ULD service.”
Jettainer also announced its business expansion plans in the Asia-Pacific region for 2023. While Singapore and Hong Kong will serve as its main gateways, Jettainer will establish regional teams in Asia to have the intercultural competencies to better serve its customers’ individual needs following the pandemic disruption: rebalancing the subsequent lack of available ULDs, and meeting their increased focus on costs and sustainability.
“We currently manage a fleet of more than 100,000 ULDs. In perspective, the amount could double – especially due to growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Airlines have recognized the value of ULDs and the need to manage them efficiently: The time is right for ULD outsourcing. We manage ULD fleets with only 80% of the units previously required. This potential ULD saving of 20% can either be used for growth, to offset shortages – or contributes to simply save cost,” Thomas Sonntag, Managing Director of Jettainer, stated. Jettainer already manages pallets and containers for T'Way, VietJet, and Cebu Pacific – with several more APAC airlines in the pipeline.
Saudia Cargo goes for CEIV Pharma and extends Unilode agreement
Saudia Cargo used the WCS 2022 as a platform to signal its intention to achieve CEIV-Pharma Certification. In a signing ceremony at the IATA stand, Saudia Cargo’s CEO, Teddy Zebitz, and IATA’s Senior Vice President Commercial Products and Services, Frederic Leger launched the process of preparation that Saudia Cargo will go through over the coming months. It will undergo a strict audit, carried out by independent validators to confirm compliance with IATA’s requirements for CEIV Pharma Certification and Good Distribution Practice (GDP). The audit looks at all operational aspects from staff training and competency in dealing with pharmaceuticals, as well as facilities, to ensure the safe and secure air transportation and handling of pharmaceuticals.
Teddy Zebitz emphasized Saudia Cargo’s commitment to highest pharma quality standards: “Human lives are paramount in our operations whether it involves staff or end-users. This give our customers and partners the continued confidence and peace of mind that the pharmaceuticals we transport are treated with utmost care in line with international standards,” pointing to its expertise in vaccines transport across the Middle East and Africa, its commitment to UNICEF’s goal of free COVID-19 vaccine distribution to developing countries, and the multimillion investments made into new cold chain facilities in Saudi Arabia.
The airline also announced that it was continuing its partnership with Unilode. Teddy Zebitz stated: “We are pleased to renew our full-service ULD management partnership with Unilode Aviation Solutions as it has delivered significant benefits to our operations over the past five years […] Unilode and Saudia Cargo have been working closely to enhance digitization in industry practices which also reflects positively on our ESG policy. With Unilode’s innovative greener solutions, we look forward to working together towards a more sustainable future […] for another five-year term.”
Ross Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Unilode, said: “We are absolutely delighted and very proud that Saudia Cargo has taken the decision to continue partnering with Unilode for the supply, management, repair and digitalization of their ULD fleet. […] Our renewed agreement is based on a more dynamic price modelling that enables Saudia Cargo to only pay for the ULDs they utilize whilst giving them peace of mind of ULD availability throughout their global network. We are committed to continuing to deliver outstanding service to Saudia Cargo over the next five years of our partnership.”
Astral Aviation selects e-Cargoware’s FR8Manage solutions
e-Cargoware is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company based in the UK, that provides cloud-based freight management software services to airlines, general sales agents (GSA), ground handling agents (GHA), express operators, and freight forwarders. Billed as “easy to use” and “cost effective”, these solutions are designed to enable efficient cargo management “from booking through to revenue accounting and beyond,” and include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning features. Kenya’s Astral Aviation has now elected to use e-Cargoware’s FR8Manage – Airline and FR8 Booking solutions, in its digital adoption strategy. The cloud based FR8 Booking solution app connects all stakeholders from Shipper to Consignee across the same platform, offering information and tracking transparency, and is one module of the FR8Manage Airline suite, which includes accounting, booking, operations, and pricing features, amongst others.
Astral Aviation, Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sanjeev Gadhia, said: “We are very pleased to work with e-Cargoware, and the selection was based on the user-friendly and intuitive FR8Manage – Airline to aid our company's continuing growth. The key focus for Astral Aviation, is to sustain our rapid growth and increase our digital footprint. We are piloting the system as of September 2022 with FR8Manage – Airline and FR8Booking, and what better platform to announce it at than during the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) 2022? We are very pleased with the applications and the support and proactive interaction we get from the e-Cargoware team. Ramesh Darbha, Co-Founder and CEO, and his team have shown that e-Cargoware was the right choice for us and is the perfect innovative solution provider and ideal software partner”.
Ramesh Darbha stated: “We are delighted to have been given the endorsement and trust from one of the most successful full freighter operations on the market today [… and…] to play a part in enabling Astral Aviation to realize its mission to be the leading cargo airline in Africa by offering cost-effective, reliable, and efficient air freight solution.”
WebCargo now hosts Emirates SkyCargo capacities
Emirates SkyCargo has opted to promote its capacity offers on the WebCargo by Freightos digital booking platform, thus providing its customers “a seamless booking experience” on an additional sales channel. The announcement was made on 26SEP22, and the stepwise roll-out of Emirates SkyCargo’s booking offers began on 27SEP22 in Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. “By the end of OCT22, Emirates SkyCargo’s inventory on the WebCargo platform will be available to customers across all of Europe, followed by Australia and the United States in NOV22,” the release promises. WebCargo users in Asia and Africa can look forward to access by JAN23.
Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, commented: “Emirates SkyCargo continues to develop and implement digital technologies that enable us to improve our operations at the backend and enhance our customer experience at the frontline. Partnering with WebCargo enables us to improve access to our products and services and provide a secure and convenient booking channel for our customers. This is one of several initiatives in the pipeline as we work hard to ensure that every Emirates SkyCargo touchpoint, from booking to tracking to delivery, is a world class experience for our customers.”
Zvi Schreiber, CEO of the Freightos Group, said: “We are proud to partner with Emirates SkyCargo, one of the world’s largest airlines, on their journey to power more efficient supply chains. WebCargo connects over 10,000 freight forwarding offices globally to airlines representing over 40% of available global air cargo capacity, and we continue to see that instant pricing and booking, whether on WebCargo.co or via WebCargo’s APIs, delivers dramatic improvements in efficiency and data reliability, while providing the flexibility needed to navigate today’s supply chain disruptions.”
HLT and SPEEDCARGO bring real-time shipment data capture to SIN
Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) and SPEEDCARGO Technologies Pte. Ltd. have collaborated to enable real-time shipment data capture. HLT has integrated SPEEDCARGO’s CARGO EYE solution into its New Generation (NG) Ecosystem in a Singapore Changi Airport-based ground handler’s Cargo Management System (CMS). Thus, the ground handler is able to save time and costs given that they can now capture all incoming shipment data into the CMS in real time at the door. This removes the need for manual data entry, hence enabling a reduction in labor costs as well as greatly speeding up the process, with better input quality. “CARGO EYE captures all dimensions and images of incoming shipments in real time, and seamlessly integrates this volumetric data into the Hermes cargo management system, which uses the data to facilitate cargo build-up. The enhanced workflow enables the ground handler to digitalize physical cargo received at piece level and provide digital acceptance certificates of the cargo received. It also enables easy re-recognition of cargo during the handling process and all this information can be made available to shippers, freight handlers, and airlines in real time,” the release details.
Yuval Baruch, Chief Executive Officer, HLT, stated: “With this collaboration, the ground handlers get two best-of-breed solutions enabling them to reap the full benefits of digitalization, including 100% coverage, processing speed, error prevention, and savings on costly labor. It is our belief that, through collaboration such as this between tech companies, sharing data and leveraging data, we can finally benefit from real AI and deliver true value to the air cargo industry.”
Krishna Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, SPEEDCARGO, commented: “The integration of SPEEDCARGO's solutions with Hermes’ CMS will make it easier for customers of Hermes and SPEEDCARGO to integrate their deployments, providing for a more digitalized environment that brings together information from the physical world with digitized documentation. This will help them realize value through improved revenues and optimized operations.”
The two companies are already planning Phase 2 of the Hermes and SPEEDCARGO integration project that looks into interfacing SPEEDCARGO’s CARGO MIND system into Hermes’ CMS, to further to optimize cargo build-up processes. “CARGO MIND is a deep-tech software solution that uses complex algorithms to plan optimal cargo space utilization, allowing cargo handlers to help airlines carry up to 10% more cargo on each flight,” the release explains.
Unique fuel price tracking software in the making
While others are providing CO2 measuring solutions, Estonia-based cargo air carrier, AVEM AERO, is collaborating with executive aviation leader, Jetex, to come up with the air cargo market’s first fuel price tracker: a “software integration for automated fuel price tracking that will help avoid miscalculations and cover the risks caused by fluctuating fuel prices,” the release states. It addresses the constant and often huge fluctuations in fuel prices, which can trigger per-ton flight differences of 125% compared to simply a few hundred euros in the past. Differences that greatly impact financial costs of flying – especially when it comes to operating larger aircraft. By providing software that enables true, up-to-date fuel price visibility at each airport, air cargo companies will be in a position to quickly come up with realistic quotes. Until now, this is mostly a lengthy manual calculation, that is prone to error and requires frequent rechecking since prices vary from airport to airport, and often change. Also, quotes relied on average fuel prices and were hence not very accurate. “The new software integration will allow operators to get actual fuel price at each airport and make calculations based on the current price. Meaning that the charter cost will always be relevant,” the release promises. Nikolay Kurbanov, AVEM AERO Managing Director, explains: “This integration correlates a lot with our all-in price policy. This means that nothing can affect the charter price if fundamental parameters do not change. Accordingly, it is important for us that the price is up to date in order to reduce financial risks. And this solution fits perfectly into our all-in price philosophy, when the client sees the full cost immediately, without hidden extra charges.” The tool not only automatically updates the price in the charter cost quoting system as soon as it changes, but it also automates the request for the fueling service itself. The traditional, manual process of having to send an email request and wait for confirmation, becomes obsolete.
Adel Mardini, Founder & CEO at Jetex, comments: “As a global brand, Jetex aims to deliver utmost convenience and the best value to its clients through constant innovation of its digital platforms. The new system integration will allow our clients to manage their budgets better and benefit from the best fuel prices available on the market.” The improved and fast visibility also enables air cargo companies to select technical stop airports with the most reasonable fuel prices.
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