IAG Cargo flies Cricket donation to Pakistan
The terrible floods in Pakistan destroyed and damaged lives, homes, as well as more than 26,000 schools across the country. 3.5 million children have had their education disrupted as schools struggle to replace equipment. In an effort to assist them in restoring some kind of normality, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) donated around 3,000 cricket items to Pakistan. IAG Cargo was tasked with the transportation of these goods, which amounted to a total weight of 1.2 tons. The shipment which included cricket bats, balls, gloves, pads, helmets, clothing (trousers, shirts, jumpers, and hats), and other protective equipment, left London-Heathrow on 29NOV22, headed for Islamabad. The project was a joint collaboration between IAG Cargo, the FCDO, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Lords Taverner’s, Football for Peace, and the Sarwar Foundation.
Spread over five pallets, the Cricket donation flew in the belly-hold of a British Airways’ Boeing 787. The cargo airline had already flown 34 tons of emergency aid to Islamabad in October. That shipment consisted of medical equipment, non-perishable food, clothing, and tents.
John Cheetham, Chief Commercial Officer at IAG Cargo commented: “We are glad to support donation efforts in response to the humanitarian flooding crisis in Pakistan. As a cargo industry, we have a role to play in delivering a range of essential goods every day, and at IAG Cargo, we are proud to use our global network and capacity to help children affected by the floods, and bring some normality back to their lives.”
IAG Cargo is often involved in humanitarian efforts. This year, it carried 125 tons of aid to Ukraine. Last year, it shipped medical aid to India, at the height of its Covid-19 outbreak, as well as 20 tons of shelter kits and solar-powered lanterns for up to 1,300 families to Haiti, on behalf of the UK government.
AF-KLM’s CO2 reduction targets blessed by SBTi
30% less by 2030 (compared to 2019) is Air France-KLM Group’s CO₂ emissions reduction target set in its sustainability roadmap. This goal has not been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) – the global body made up of representatives of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which independently assesses and validates companies’ CO₂ emissions targets to see if they are in line with the Paris Agreement.
Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group, said: “The Group designed a consistent approach, developed within the Group’s Destination Sustainability strategy, with the goal of CO₂ emissions reduction based on three main pillars: fleet renewal, sustainable aviation fuel, operational measures. The SBTi targets approval is a key element for the Group to ensure that Air France-KLM decarbonization strategy is consistent with scientific objectives.”
Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France, outlined the airline’s climate commitment: “This year, we created a tailor-made strategy called Air France ACT, based on four pillars: the accelerated renewal of our fleet, the progressive utilization of SAF beyond French and European mandates, the development of eco-responsible piloting and the deployment of intermodality through our reinforced cooperation with train operators."
Marjan Rintel, CEO KLM, said: “KLM has strong ambitions when it comes to making aviation more sustainable and balancing the development of our network with the environment. This requires fundamental decisions regarding our fleet, our operations, and our fuel use. The Science Based Targets and the associated CO2 reduction direction provides clarity and, at the same time, entails major challenges,” emphasizing its collaboration with the group’s subsidiaries and sector partners to support the energy transition to greener aviation
The airline group has pledged to be transparent in its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, and will openly and regularly publish its figures against its scope 1 and scope 3 reduction targets. The SBTi’s Target Validation Team approved the latter, confirming that they are in line with a well-below 2°C objective, as determined by the Paris Agreement signed in 2015. “In addition, Air France-KLM is working with the broader aviation sector to accelerate the development of innovative solutions for aircraft design and maintenance, engines, and synthetic fuels, which are required to reach net zero emissions in aviation,” the release adds.
Where there’s HOPE, there’s Pharma
As a founding member of the HOPE Consortium which ensures vaccine distribution and supply chain support, it would be very surprising if Etihad Cargo were to fail its IATA CEIV Pharma recertification. As it is, the airline, which was first accorded CEIV status in 2019, was recently reapproved and holds the CEIV Pharma certificate for another three years. Since receiving the first certification, Etihad Cargo expanded its PharmaLife product that is available on over 1,330 CEIV Pharma and GDP Pharma-certified trade lanes. Further, it partnered with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Brussels Airport Company and Pharma.Aero to launch Pharma Corridor 2.0 between Brussels and Abu Dhabi and ensure highest quality pharma handling on the route. In addition, it recently announced the upcoming launch of a new, state-of-the-art, 3,000 m² pharma facility at its Abu Dhabi hub, which will double its current cool chain capacity.
Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Cargo is proud to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma recertification following an extensive audit. This industry-wide standard ensures Etihad Cargo's operations and staff comply with all applicable standards, regulations and guidelines expected from pharmaceutical manufacturers. The benefits of CEIV Pharma certification extend to Etihad Cargo's customers, who can be assured the carrier's dedicated pharma cargo management constantly monitor and analyze the quality and safety of Etihad Cargo's PharmaLife product performance.” He went on to underline the airline’s support of Abu Dhabi's life sciences and pharmaceutical hub vision.
Frederic Leger, IATA, Senior Vice President Commercial Products and Services, pointed to the recognized CEIV quality stamp in the industry and amongst customers, and now held by 37 airlines, stated: “We congratulate Etihad Cargo on achieving CEIV Pharma recertification. Pharmaceuticals represent one of the world's fastest-growing freight markets, their transportation is critical but challenging. Shippers such as pharmaceutical companies welcome such certification as it gives them confidence in air transport. Etihad Cargo's efforts in achieving recertification support the vision of having a global standard for the safe transportation of pharmaceuticals.”
RwandAir Cargo has its first freighter
It was a while in the making. The airline, which took its first steps into cargo in 2015 (CFG report: https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2015/11/30/cargo-becomes-a-hot-topic-for-rwandair/ ), was talking about getting a freighter back in 2020, already. At the time, a possible provider could have been Qatar Airways, which was looking to invest (CFG reported: https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2020/02/09/qr-cargo-intends-to-grow-its-empire/ ). RwandAir eventually went for an ex-Tui Boeing 737-800SF (registration: 9XR-WW, produced in 2007) which it leases from American lessor, Merx Aviation. The passenger aircraft was converted by KF Aerospace in OCT22 at Kelowna International Airport, Canada, and painted in RwandAir’s livery, sporting the addition ‘Cargo’ for the first time. It was delivered to RwandAir’s Kigali hub (where it will also be based), from Reykjavík via Athens International Airport, on 24NOV22. The cargo addition to the airline’s fleet brings much needed intra-African freight capacity, and the aircraft is planned to operate to a number of key destinations in Africa and the Middle East, including Johannesburg, Nairobi, and UAE. It also enables the airline to develop its growing cargo operations.
Yvonne Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, said: “The delivery of our dedicated cargo aircraft is a huge milestone in RwandAir’s fleet expansion plans. Cargo is of ever-increasing importance for the aviation industry, and as a landlocked country, we recognize the importance and value of good cargo connections. We want to ensure that Africa is seamlessly connected to the world, driving economic growth and valuable trade deals.”
Happy 25th Birthday, MNG Airlines
1997 saw MNG Airlines’ first converted freighter aircraft, registration TC-MNG, land in Istanbul, having undergone its conversion in France in the space of just 4 weeks, and its inaugural cargo flight took place on 30NOV97. Initially, MNG served Hahn in Germany and Stansted in the UK, starting intercontinental operations to Canada and the US a year later. MNG Airlines is unique, in that it was Turkey's first private cargo airline. 25 years on, the fleet has grown to include 6 Airbus A300-600 and 3 Airbus A330 aircraft, and the airline has won several Operational Excellence Awards from Airbus, and carved out a name for itself. On the 25th anniversary of its first flight, MNG Airlines, published an 8-minute video on all its channels, which shows the airline as a close-knit team operation, and explains the reasons behind its success. It also uncovered a special ‘25 Years’ anniversary livery on its freighter.
Ali Sedat Özkazanç, MNG Airlines General Manager, announced: “Today [30NOV22] is a day for celebration. Aviation has meant logistics for us since we were established as Turkey's first private cargo airline. While we are growing with our New York and Toronto flights in the America continent, we are expanding our presence in the Asia region with our Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan flights. We have fleet expansion plans with the A321P2F to meet the increasing market demand for short distance as well as the opportunity for highest fuel efficiency and lower costs per ton. I thank our customers and partners for their trust and loyalty. We will fulfill our responsibility to our employees, business partners, and most importantly to the world. Our success would not have been possible without our customers, who have been with us all these years. But my biggest thanks go to our dedicated employees, who make MNG Airlines [a] quarter-century [old] brand.”
What began as a business model focused on providing flexible and solution-oriented services by offering scheduled and charter flights, has since grown to include cargo & ground handling, warehouse services, and national/international road transportation services. MNG Airlines demonstrates a hands-on attitude and is clear of its social and environmental responsibilities.
CargoForwarder Global says CONGRATULATIONS on the first 25 years and may your success continue for many more.
IndiGo goes CarGO, too
IndiGo is going places. Founded in 2006, by 2012 it had already become India’s number one airline by number of passengers transported. A position it still holds, 10 years on, where it is also the world’s sixth largest airline by passenger volume on its 1600+ daily flights and fleet of more than 275, connecting 75 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations. And now it is looking to for a repeat success story in cargo. IndiGo CarGo took delivery of its first A321F in OCT22. On 15NOV22, it officially carried out its first freighter flight, connecting Delhi with Mumbai. According to the press release, it carried general freight from Delhi to Mumbai on flight 6E 8011, which left at 20:00, and landed at 22:05, respectively. The return flight, 6E 8012, left Mumbai on 16NOV22 at 04:10, also with a cargo load of general freight plus e-commerce this time. It landed in Delhi at 06:15 on 16NOV22. Each leg offers up to 27 tons in cargo capacity. Mahesh Malik, Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo CarGo, commented: “We are excited at kicking off a new chapter in IndiGo’s journey with the inaugural CarGo flights. Delhi and Mumbai are the two biggest commercial hubs in the country, and the response we have received from customers for our service offering is very encouraging. We expect the business to grow over the coming few months, as we expand our fleet of freighters and add new destinations to our CarGo network.”
Less than two weeks later, IndiGo CarGo celebrated its first international cargo flight, deploying its A321 P2F: this time from Kolkata, India, to Yangon, Myanmar on 23NOV22. The cargo load again consisted of general freight, and weighed over 19 tons. Mahesh Malik stated: “We are thrilled to expand IndiGo CarGo operations to international shores with its flight between Kolkata-Yangon. Both the cities are major commercial hubs, and freighter service between them will bolster the supply chain between India and Myanmar. We anticipate that the business will expand over the next few months as we expand our freighter fleet and add new destinations to our CarGo network.” The airline is expecting its second A321P2F which is undergoing conversion at Elbe FlugzeugWerke (EFW), this month. The freighters are leased through funds serviced by Castlelake Aviation Holdings (Ireland) Limited.
MST bans noisy B747F and MD11-F
Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST) wants to get rid of older Boeing 747 and MD-11 freighter aircraft as their noise emissions disturb local dwellers increasingly, leading to an avalanche of complaints lately. From 01APR23 onwards, the ageing Boeing 747-100F, its sister model B47-200F and the McDonnell Douglas MD-11F will no longer be permitted to operate to or from the airport. The ban does not apply to Boeing’s cargo workhorse, the B747-400F, but carriers utilizing that variant will have to pay additional environmental fees exceeding current charges by 100% or even more. Come 2030, they will be banned as well. As flight magazine flugrevue reports, it is mainly the vibrations caused during take-off and the noise that are most annoying to residents. During a series of meetings with neighbors, including surveys conducted in the area, it was identified that older cargo planes such as the B747-200F or the MD-11F are the cause of most complaints. These widebody aircraft are often heavily loaded, they have a flat climb slope during the first stage of the flight, gaining altitude very slowly and causing the most noise and vibrations in the vicinity of Maastricht Airport. Due to the forthcoming ban, MST will have to forgo revenue from at least two flights. “This is an important part of our revenue. However, we support these measures. We want to be an environmentally conscious airport, and the environment is more important to us than economics,” airport director Jos Roeven told local media.
In mid-October, Amsterdam Schiphol and Maastricht Aachen Airport have inked a strategic partnership, ending a long lasting debate to either close or continue running MST. According to the deal, the Schiphol group will purchase a 40% stake in Maastricht for 4.2 million euros. The Dutch province of Limburg remains the majority shareholder. The accord paves the way for a single airport system in the Netherlands. CargoForwarder Global reported: https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2022/10/23/schiphol-and-maastricht-airports-liaise/
Four new members and a new treasurer at CCA
The Cool Chain Association (CCA) appointed Qatar Airways Cargo’s Senior Manager Climate Control Products, Miguel Rodríguez as its new Treasurer. He succeeds Eric Mauroux, Founder and CEO of FreshBizDev, who held the post since 2018. Rodriguez stated. “I take on this new challenge to further support the CCA in its mission to continue growing its membership base, attracting talented individuals who want to deliver and contribute to new projects, and providing the industry with solutions and guidance on cool chain transportation.” Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, Cool Chain Association, thanked Eric for his work, and announced four new CCA: Brussels Airport, Boeing, Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS), and Validaide.
Brussels Airport is a returning member. Sam Quintelier, Cargo Business Development Manager at Brussels Airport, explained: “Brussels Airport has decided to re-join the CCA as there is a need for more collaboration between stakeholders within the supply chain, specifically for fresh produce. Fresh produce and flowers do not always get the attention they deserve, and Brussels Airport wants to contribute in a positive way to improve that. We believe that the only way to handle these products more efficiently is by working together, so with the CCA we can make a difference.” The airport developed a Perishable Management App to tackle wastage, and increase transparency between airline cargo handlers, freight forwarders and authorities.
On behalf of Boeing which has already collaborated with CCA, attending its Pharma Event in Athens, Greece, to present its aircraft's temperature-controlled capabilities for a consignment of flowers from South America to Europe, Aaron Black, Strategy Principal, said: “Boeing is committed to enhancing sustainability in Aviation and is enthusiastic about the opportunity for multiple Boeing organizations, […] to work more closely with the CCA and its member companies to achieve their shared goal of making the Cold Chain more sustainable.”
Speaking for Validaide, Eelco De Jong, Co-founder and Managing Director, stated: “The CCA and Validaide share the same vision on the importance of collaboration, education, and innovation in the cold chain industry. It is important for us to remain engaged in data exchange and digital collaboration, having more than 1000 logistics providers on the Validaide platform. The planning of cold chain shipments requires significant information sharing, collaboration, documentation, and decision making across multiple companies. With Validaide, we digitize this process for the benefit of all stakeholders, and we look forward to further accelerating this process in partnership with the CCA and its members."
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Rayhan Ahmed (Sunday, 04 December 2022 21:41)
All freighter operations are heavily
Loaded but is not a noise concern . As far
As I know the the B74 200F and the 100F
And SPF are no longer operational - does
cargo global forwarder tell me which cargo
Airlines operate the above type of aircraft .
At London Heathrow we do operate the
Cathay Cargo 747-8 and the singerpore
Airlines B747 400 which both carriers are
Scrapping both types soon by purchasing the
B777 X Freighter . Both cathay and the
Singerpore are heavily loaded and yes they
Do make a slow flat assent at the beginning
But they have been no complaints from
Neibouring residents of the noise .
Yes 27 L is the worst devil in noise and
Also 27R on take off but most of the noise
Is done by A321 A320 aircraft .
I don’t see why by stopping these freighters
Are being stopped - yes for the poorer
Cargo carriers can hush mit the B747 200/
100 and SP engines like they did on the
B727 in the 90s .
They only remedy would be engine huskkits
For the B747 200/100 and 400 - but
Would this be economically wise .
I also have no knowledge of husk-kits
Available on the type of aircraft above -most
Of them specially the 400 infected by engine
Heiner Siegmund (Monday, 05 December 2022 13:27)
according to MST spokesperson, Hella Hendriks, JetOneX and Geosky are operating Boeing 747-200F to the Dutch airport.
Rayhan Ahmed (Monday, 05 December 2022 15:41)
Geo sky has the best operational
B747 200F but again there is no
Hus kit . A lot of monies have been spent
On both aircraft leaving with mint
Condition airframe , cargo hold ,
And flight deck .
As with the 74 400 F are now falling
Bits and the 74 200 F has recontioned
Geo sky will eventually go for the 777 X
Freighter as what the Chief pilot explains
On aero clips . The B747 200 F of the
Geo sky lift heavy cargo and the B777 -
300 P2F will not be suitable .
Heathrow worst noise runways 27 R
Take off - 09L take off - 09R take off -
Less noise on 27 L take off Runway .
Total runways at Heathrow 2 - similar to