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Edelweiss supported by Swiss WorldCargo

ZURICH: May 24, 2017. Edelweiss, the leisure travel subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), has acquired a second A340-300 from its parent to begin long haul services to San Diego twice a week from June 09.

Edelweiss A340Together with its first A340, the airline has already begun flights to Tampa and Cancun plus San José, Costa Rica twice a week with capacity for nine tonnes of airfreight per flight marketed by Swiss WorldCargo.

Two more A340s from SWISS will be added to the Edelweiss fleet later this year to bring the airline's long-haul capacity to six with the inclusion of two A330s.

SWISS, including Edelweiss, reported a 67 percent increase in Q1 EBIT of CH37 million on income of CH1.09 billion – up two percent year-on-year.

The airline attributed the positive earnings to efficiency gains from its fleet renewal, together with higher revenues from passenger numbers and cargo volumes. The addition of B777-300 capacity during the period enabled SWISS to transfer the A340s to Edelweiss.

"SWISS has taken off very well into the new year despite the fact that the first quarter is a traditionally weaker period in business terms," said CEO Thomas Klühr. "We are well aware, though, that with the tough competition we face in our markets we cannot ease up in our efforts. So we will continue to invest intensively in our premium product throughout the months ahead, both in the air and on the ground."

Agility settles criminal case with U.S. government

KUWAIT CITY: May 24, 2017. Agility is to pay a US$551.00 to settle a criminal case relating to its U.S. government food-supply contracts between 2003 and 2010.

Tarek Sultan Agility CEOThe logistics company agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with a single invoice valued at $551.00 and said a settlement is conditional upon it signing a separate agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve an outstanding civil case.

Agility said it has also settled with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) resolving all pending and potential administrative claims between Agility and the DLA, subject to resolving the civil case.

Once completed, the U.S. government has agreed to remove Agility from a list of suspended companies within 60 days, thus allowing the company to bid on future government contracts.

Earlier this month Agility reported a Q1 2017 net profit of KD14.6 million on revenue of KD320.5 million – a year-to-year increase of 11.1 percent and 7.3 percent respectively.

EBITDA rose 17.4 percent to KD30.8 million for the quarter as the company targets KD246 million by 2020 according to CEO Tarek Sultan (right): "Our performance has been driven by strong growth in our Infrastructure companies in emerging markets and by the steady progress we have made in improving the underlying fundamentals of our commercial logistics business," he said.

EK gives Vietnam a lift

DUBAI: May 23, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo says there's been a "near five-fold" increase in fruit exports from Vietnam to Dubai in the past year. Vietnam's agro-forestry-fishery industry is forecasting exports of over US$32 billion worldwide by the end of 2017.

EK Sky Cargo VietnamAccording to the country's ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2017 Q1 exports rose 7.6 percent year-on-year to reach US$7.6 billion, with March alone producing US$2.9 billion.

Of this total, farm products contributed US$4.2 billion, a yearly rise of 13.5 percent, with coffee exports increasing 25.6 percent to US$1 billion. The strongest growth was in the Republic of Korea (up 79.3 percent), the U.S. (60 percent), Algeria (50.1 percent), Spain (33.6 percent), Germany (28.8 percent), the UK (27.4 percent), Japan (21 percent) and Italy (20.2 percent).

Emirates SkyCargo said it has been working with Vietnam's Trade Promotion Agency 'Vietrade' to help develop exports to the UAE and other parts of the Middle East. As a result the volume of perishable air exports set a record 110 tonnes in January.

"Vietnam has huge comparative advantages in agriculture," said Pham Binh Dam, Vietnam ambassador to the UAE. "We are happy to see the sharp increase in volume in the past year and will continue to work with Vietnamese producers and exporters for their greater market penetration. We thank Emirates SkyCargo for listening to us and for the great cooperation," he added.

Emirates will launch a daily B777-300ER passenger flight from Dubai to Hanoi from July 01 with up to 20 tonnes capacity per flight – adding to a current weekly total of 580 tonnes on 18 flights including four freighter services.

"Emirates SkyCargo started operations in Vietnam in 2008 and has played an important role in the growing trade between Vietnam and the UAE," commented Ravishankar Mirle, Emirates vice president Cargo Commercial, Far East and Australasia.

New box service links the Americas

AZTECA serviceMARSEILLE: May 23, 2017. CMA CGM has launched a weekly 'AZTECA' box service in collaboration with Hamburg Süd to link the west coasts of the United States, Central and South America.

The rotation connects the U.S. and Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia via the container terminals at Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico and Buenaventura, Colombia.

CMA CGM said the service would enable agriculture exporters in Central and South America faster access to North American markets as well as more efficient transit times to Pusan, Shanghai, Xiamen and Hong Kong.

Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica are major producers of bananas, pineapples, melons and shrimp while Chile exports grapes, avocados and wine.

The container line has also announced it will introduce a booking cancellation fee of US$150 per TEU from June 01 for all bookings cancelled or transferred seven calendar days or less prior to vessel cut-off date.

The company said the fee is due to last minute cancellations of booked shipments that have led to recent sailing shortfalls and will apply to services between North Europe and the Red Sea, Middle East, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Kalitta adds B747 and B737 freighter capacity

YPSILANTI, MI: May 18, 2017. Air cargo operator Kalitta Air has taken delivery of the first of two leased 747-400F factory-built freighters from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

Last month the airline retired one of the last B747-200 aircraft still flying. Built in in 1987 for United and subsequently converted into a freighter for Northwest Airlines, it had been flying for Kalitta since 2010 as part of a fleet of 15 B747s and two B767 freighters.

Kalitta Charters 2According to GECAS, the leased freighter marks "a new milestone in the decade-long relationship" with Kalitta that is a major supplier of airlift to DHL, the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. military.

Founded in its present form in 2000 by owner Conrad Kalitta, the airline began with three B747 aircraft. The company provides scheduled or on-demand charter service worldwide.

"GECAS has been very supportive of Kalitta Air as we have renewed our fleet," said CEO Kalitta. "As a trusted partner, I value GECAS' focus on the air cargo sector."

In a related move, Kalitta Charters, owned by Conrad's nephew Doug Kalitta, will take delivery of its third B737-400 converted freighter from Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) in September this year.

According to AEI, it is the only conversion that offers operators 10 full height 88" x 125" container positions as a result of moving the main deck cargo door 40 inches further back to increase volume capacity by 10 percent.

Also based at Ypsilanti, Kalitta Charters operates a fleet of B737-400SF, B727-200F and DC-9F aircraft.

Freightweek news May 22-26 2017

AKAGERA, Rwanda: May 25, 2017. Ten years after the black rhino disappeared from Rwanda following decades of poaching, 19 animals have now taken up residence in the country's Akagera National Park courtesy of Etihad Cargo and livestock charter specialist Intradco. Read more: African Parks

COWLEY, UK: May 25, 2017. Allport Cargo Services is to acquire 100 percent of ECT, a long-term forwarding partner in France and member of the Far East Cargo Line. Read more: Allport_ECT.pdf

Sky Gates 747FMUNICH: May 25, 2017. AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has delivered the eROSITA X-ray telescope from Germany to Russia in preparation for its launch onboard the 'SRG' spacecraft in 2018. Read more: ABC.pdf

HIXTON, UK: May 24, 2017. Project cargo and heavylift specialist ALE has purchased 2 x 6 axle units of ADDrive self-propelled trailers from Goldhofer for use in Kazakhstan and the Caspian region. Read more: ALE.pdf

MAASTRICHT: May 24, 2017. Russian cargo airline Sky Gates has acquired an ex-Cathay Pacific B747 freighter from Silk Way West Airlines for delivery by mid-June. Read more: Sky_Gates.pdf

SHANGHAI: May 23, 2017. Kuehne + Nagel has signed a contract with the Jiangsu Taicang Port Authority and Shanghai Port Authority Zhenghe Terminal to promote a sea link between the two ports. Read more: KN_Shanghai_to_Taicang_Express.pdf

LONDON: May 23, 2017. Network Airline Management and TAAG Angola Airlines have renewed a B747 freighter contract. Read more: TAAG_contract.pdf

HAMBURG: May 23, 2017. Hapag-Lloyd has won an innovation award for its 'Cargo Patrol' safety program that has rejected more than 11,000 wrongly declared bookings in the last three years. Read more: Hapag_Cargo_Patrol.pdf

FRANKFURT: May 22, 2017. Lufthansa Cargo has won an award for environmental responsibility by using big data to reduce carbon emissions. Read more: Green_excellence.pdf

Air cargo boom for Garuda

JAKARTA: May 17, 2017. Garuda International has reported a 19.5 percent increase in Q1 2017 cargo revenue to US$56.2 million.

Despite a 6.2 percent rise in total operating revenue to US$909.5 million from the same period last year, the airline produced a net loss of US$99.1 million for the quarter compared to a profit of US$0.8 million in 2016.

Flown cargo rose 20.2 percent to 108,400 tonnes year-on-year as the number of passengers carried increased 8.4 percent to reach 8.4 million. The airline's widebody fleet is a mix of A330-200/300s and B777-300ERs.

Garuda International Meeting with Garuda executives and members of the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association in Jakarta, TIACA secretary general Vladimir Zubkov said: "Indonesia has a vibrant and developing air cargo community and we will be working closely with the industry here to bring TIACA expertise and training to support that growth."

Zubkov joined Garuda director of Cargo Sigit Muhartono and other airfreight industry leaders this week at the inaugural Indonesia Air Cargo Summit. He said TIACA was focused on helping the industry improve with a number of initiatives around quality and e-freight.

The two-day event explored a range of topics including new growth opportunities in the region, improving processes through the use of smart data, and the future of unmanned cargo aircraft, as well as creating world class air cargo hubs and updates on the latest security legislation.

"There is a huge opportunity for Garuda to grow its cargo business and we are enhancing our company's cargo channel distributions," said Muhartono. "We look forward to collaborating both with industry members that share the same vision regarding operational excellence, particularly in terms of reliability and quality, and also, and importantly, work with TIACA to build this industry," he added.

Indonesia GDP rose 4.8 percent in 2015 to reach US$862 billion according to the World Bank. The country's airfreight sector grew 3.5 percent in 2016 compared to 1.75 percent the previous year. Credit expansion and higher oil prices are expected to help grow the country's economy 5.2 percent in 2017, up from 5.0 percent in 2016, and reach 5.3 percent by the end of 2018.

APL makes a profit for CMA CGM

MARSEILLE: May 19, 2017. CMA CGM has reported a 35.9 percent year-on-year increase in Q1 2017 revenue to US$4.62 billion. The result includes APL figures for the first time.

APL ZeebruggeRevenue would have dropped 1.7 percent to US$3.34 billion excluding the APL contribution.

Net income for the period was US$86 million and US$60 million without APL, compared to a loss of US$100 million in Q1 2016.

"For the first time and less than a year after its acquisition, APL has contributed positively to our group's results," said CMA CGM Group CEO Rodolphe Saadé. "Although the shipping industry still faces strong headwinds, we are confident our strategy should allow to improve operational results over the next quarter, leveraging the new Ocean Alliance and maintaining our focus in operational efficiency and innovation to the benefit of our customers."

CMA CGM reported an EBIT margin of 5.5 percent to US$252 million and for the first time since 2011, APL registered "satisfactory quarterly results" with a return to profitability. The box carrier produced a gross operating income of US$56 million and a net result of US$26 million as a result of higher revenue per unit and cost control.

The group increased TEU volume in Q1 by 34.2 percent to reach 4.27 million while reducing its fleet capacity 1.8 percent to 445 vessels compared to the same period last year. Notwithstanding variable exchange rates and bunker prices, an improvement in freight rates is expected to increase EBIT margin during the remainder of 2017.

CMA CGM has begun the Ocean Alliance weekly NEU4 service linking Zeebrugge with ports in China and South Korea with the 13,380 TEU box ship APL Changi. Read more: Ocean_Alliance_Zeebrugge.pdf

Oman Air signs sales agreement with Globe Air Cargo

MUSCAT: May 16, 2017. Following its participation at transport logistic last week, Oman Air Cargo has announced Globe Air Cargo, an ECS Group subsidiary, is the airline's sales partner for The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Oman Air Cargo  transport logisticThe move follows the recent expansion of a code share agreement between Oman Air and KLM from Muscat to Amsterdam to include Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Munich, Paris CDG and Zurich.

The new partnership with Globe will now provides Oman Air with overnight cargo volume to CDG, LON and FRA and trucking and handling support from BRU and AMS.

The ECS subsidiary will also market Oman Air's cargo network from Muscat to destinations in the Middle East, India and Asia and help the airline develop premium cargo services including perishables and pharmaceuticals.

Commented on the new tie-up with Globe, Oman Air senior vice president Commercial Cargo Mohammed Al Musafir said: "This will give us an excellent opportunity to be represented in the Benelux region through a strong local partner. Oman Air Cargo is committed to an aggressive expansion plan, and the Benelux region is of interest to us as we look at expanding our network to better serve our clients worldwide."

Mariet Zollner, managing director Globe Air Cargo Netherlands added: "We are confident that our customers will support Oman Air due to their customer-friendly approach and the opportunity its network offers to them."

Exhibiting in tandem with the Oman Airports Management Company at transport logistic, Al Musafir showcased the airline's 'Secure Vault' service for high value commodities and promoted Oman as a strategic cargo hub as the Sultanate shifts its focus towards logistics as a major pillar for economic growth.

No more need for SIA Cargo

SINGAPORE: May 19, 2017. The Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) has reported a 55.2 percent drop in net profit to S$360.4 million for its 2016/17 financial year ending March 31 on revenues of S$14.86 billion.

SIA also reported a net loss of S$138 million in its fourth quarter January-March 2017 compared to a S$225 million net profit in the same period last year.

In addition to a S$58 million decline in operating profit for the year, the airline said the fall in net profit was largely attributable to SIA Cargo's S$132 million provision for "competition-related matters", and the need to return U$117 million to the European Commission after it re-imposed a cartel fine.

SIA 747F SIA Cargo reported an operating profit of S$3 million for the financial year following a loss of $50 million in 2015/16 - despite a drop of S$87 million in revenue due to a 10.3 percent fall in yields.

Freight carriage grew 5.9 percent during the 12-month period as capacity grew 3.8 percent resulting in a 1.3 increase in cargo load factor to 63.2 percent. SIA Cargo said its fleet of seven B747 freighters will remain unchanged for its current financial year.

Acknowledging intense pressure on yields in major markets coupled with geopolitical and economic uncertainties, SIA said it is incorporating SIA Cargo back into Singapore Airlines as a division of the company, "in a move intended to improve efficiency through greater synergy with the wider SIA Group," it said.

The new 'Cargo Division' will be operational by the first half of 2018 and continue to market its freighter fleet and the passenger aircraft bellyhold space of SIA, SilkAir and Scoot.

SIA Cargo was launched in 2001 as a separate company to operate up to 17 B747 freighters. Since then, structural changes in the airfreight market have prompted the airline to reduce its freighter fleet and carry more cargo on passenger aircraft.

"Re-integrating SIA Cargo as a division within Singapore Airlines makes sense from a business standpoint. It will improve efficiency and offer greater flexibility for staff deployment by maximizing synergies with the larger SIA business," said SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong.

Freightweek news May 15-19 2017

BIRMINGHAM, UK: May 18, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo has operated a B777 freighter from Birmingham airport in the UK to Chicago as part of a new bespoke service for the carriage of high-end automobiles. Read more: EK_bespoke_car.pdf

ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium: May 16, 2017. CMA CGM has begun the Ocean Alliance weekly NEU4 service linking Zeebrugge with ports in China and South Korea with the 13,380 TEU box ship APL Changi. Read more: Ocean_Alliance_Zeebrugge.pdf

SCHIPHOL: May 16, 2017. Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is to launch a direct service from Amsterdam to Mumbai from October 29, 2017. Read more:  KL_Mumbai.pdf

MADRID: May 16, 2017. CEVA Logistics has renewed its automotive supplies contract with SOGEFI Filtration Spain S.A. for an additional three years with the move of a distribution center to Madrid. Read more: Ceva_Spain.pdf

URBNHAMBURG: May 16, 2017. With its first service to Montreal in 1892, Hapag-Lloyd is celebrating 125 years of linking Canada with Europe. Read more: Hapag-Lloyd_Montreal.pdf

TEESIDE, UK: May 15, 2017. The first freight train of material for the construction of a new £2.4 billion polyhalite mine and 23-mile distribution tunnel in North Yorkshire has arrived. Read more: Sirius_Minerals.pdf

LONDON: May 15, 2017. URBN (right) has appointed Allport Cargo Services to support its Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People brands as a global supply chain partner. Read more: URBN.pdf

DUBAI: May 15, 2017. Emirates SkyCargo has reached agreements for global container rental services with SkyCell and va-Q-tec, in addition to its existing cooperation with Envirotainer. Read more: EK_pharma_.pdf

BERLIN: May 15, 2017. The Rhenus Group is to increase the number of its offices in the Asia/Pacific region by more than 10 percent this year. Read more: rhenus.pdf

ATLANTA: May 15, 2017. UPS has integrated its customer-facing Chatbot allowing customers to obtain information about their incoming packages and recent deliveries without providing a tracking number. Read more: UPS_chatbot.pdf

BASEL: May 15, 2017. Panalpina has scored a hat-trick in Sustainability by achieving ISO14001: 2015, a gold rating from EcoVadis and winning a European Business Award. Read more: Panalpina_scores_hat-trick.pdf

MUNICH: May 15, 2017. EgyptAir Cargo will launch its Cargo Pharma Service this summer with temperature-controlled containers from va-Q-tec. Read more: Egypt_Air.pdf

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