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DHL tests ABC pharma service to Nicaragua

 abc envirotainer miaMOSCOW: December 13, 2017. DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) has tested the reliability of using the AirBridge Cargo Airlines (ABC) pharma logistics service with a shipment of dummy vaccines from Moscow via Chicago and Miami to Managua using an Envirotainer RKN container.

The airline said it plans to begin delivering live vaccines to Nicaragua in 2018.

For the trial shipment, DHL and ABC replaced real vaccines with water and used a Pharma active solution to maintain a set temperature between ±0 to +20°C throughout the multimodal delivery process that began on one of ABC's scheduled 747 freighter services to Chicago.

On arrival the ULD with 400kgs of test 'vaccine' was transshipped to a reefer truck for delivery to MIA where it was re-loaded on a flight to Managua.

Even though the RKN container can run on battery power for more than 90 hours, the company said it decided to maintain an additional temperature setting inside the truck as a safety measure.

"With ABC only developing temperature-sensitive solutions for less than a year, it is a huge achievement to be chosen to provide dedicated lift of healthcare products, which will improve the quality of life for people of the Republic of Nicaragua when we commence the delivery of vaccines in 2018," said Fedor Novikov, ABC's global director for Pharma.

ABC achieved IATA CEIV Pharma certification in 2016 and has Envirotainer QEP accreditation at its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub plus Dallas, Milan, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Berlin gets electric deliveries from Dachser and DHL

KAMPTEN, Berlin: December 14, 2017. Dachser and DHL are the launch customers of Daimler's all-electric FUSO eCanter commercial vehicle. Both companies will be operating the trucks in Berlin while Dachser will also deploy a vehicle in Stuttgart.

DachserDepending on usage, the all-electric light truck is powered by six 13.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries, has a range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes.

DHL said today's official vehicle handover marks the beginning of a 24-month test phase of the electric vehicles in Berlin where they will be used to deliver less-than-container-load shipments weighing over 35 kg, such as electric or large home appliances, to private customers.

In addition to two vehicles for DHL Freight, DHL Parcel will be using four trucks in the central downtown area of Berlin in order to gain more information about the use of e-trucks for company deliveries.

Stefan Hohm, Dachser director Corporate Solutions, Research & Development said his company will use the vehicles as part of a city distribution project that combines the application of tested logistics models with new ideas for last-mile deliveries..

"We went for the FUSO eCanter because it's the first all-electric truck to enter full-scale production, and so it will add momentum to this entire class of commercial vehicle," explained Hohm.

In Berlin and Stuttgart the vehicles will be used to deliver pallets of manufactured goods, either to microhubs or directly to customers. They will also collect shipments for Dachser's branches in Schönefeld and Kornwestheim. "These electric trucks are ideal for city centers and that's where they will most often be found," added Hohm.

Family-owned Dachser produced total revenue of €5.71 billion last year from operations in 43 countries.

Delta adds Dusseldorf to CEIV network

ATLANTA: December 13, 2017. As Delta Air Lines announces an order for 100 Airbus A321neo, its Cargo division says it now has seven CEIV-approved facilities in Europe with the recent addition of Dusseldorf to its network.DL 321neo

Operated in conjunction with joint-venture partners Air France KLM, they are Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris-CDG and Rome all linked to its CEIV-certified hub in Atlanta.

Offering four tailored Pharma options, with a variety of containers and coolers, the airline also uses temperature- controlled carts for its ramp operation between aircraft and warehouse at Frankfurt.

"Delta has made significant investments in Pharma facilities across its global network, so as to ensure that we are compliant with the highest industry standards," said Shawn Cole, Delta's vice president – Cargo. "Our priority boarding and quick connection times minimize exposure to outside temperatures ensuring the integrity of the product – vital for transporting medicine to patients."

On December 07 Delta's joint-venture partner KLM launched a global package delivery service for its BlueBiz loyalty program customers.

Designed particularly for SMEs, the airline says all members of the program provided by Air France KLM will now be able to ship packages up to 30 kgs for delivery door-to-door within "three to five business days". Customers will receive 'Blue Credits' towards a ticket.

"This service reaffirms our cargo strategy to invest in digitization, infrastructure and strategic cooperation in order to maximize our contribution to the Air France KLM Group," commented EVP Cargo Marcel de Nooijer.

Russian Railways to invest RUB7.7 trillion

MOSCOW: December 04, 2017. Speaking at the III Railway Congress at the beginning of this month, OJSC Russian Railways president Oleg Belozerov said the company is going to spend RUB7.7 trillion by 2025 on modernizing the country's rail network.

VLAD PProjects will include the construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway, in Russia's Arctic region, and a link to the island of Sakhalin as part of the ongoing rail upgrades in Russia's Far East region.

"The most important thing is that in the coming years, the railway will come to those regions where it has never previously existed," explained Belozerov.

He also noted that a key element in the development program should be the Eurasia high-speed freight and passenger main line: "Freight transportation is a very important priority for us. We estimate that loading volumes will increase by 300 million tons by 2025."

Following a visit to a repair and equipment depot at the Moscow-Kievskaya railway station, Russian president Vladimir Putin (center of picture) reminded Congress delegates that Russian Railways is competing for the world's flows of freight traffic, is the largest corporate employer in the country, and one of the main customers for its engineering sector.

"The dynamics of the development of the whole country, the quality of the national economy and its global competitiveness depend greatly on the work of Russia's railways," he said.

"It is important that Russian Railways systematically increases its efficiency and labor productivity. During the last 5 years, it has increased productivity by one third, this year it will rise by 9.0 percent, and according to the plan for 2018, it will rise by another 5.0 percent next year," he added.

Freightweek news update Week 49

COPENHAGEN: Maersk Line makes westbound network changes as Asian port congestion causes sailing delays. Read more: Advisory.pdf

PARIS: December 08, 2017. American Airlines Cargo has successfully transported the musical instruments of France's Orchestre Nationale du Capitole for a recent three-city tour of Latin America. Read more: Latin.pdf

FRANKENHAL, Germany: December 06, 2017. Siemens' AXIT logistics platform has added 'AX4 Cockpit' and 'Analytics by Tableau' tools to help supply chain professionals obtain faster, more powerful insights into their processes. Read more: AXIT.pdf

MUNICH: December 06, 2017. VW is offering an open, cloud-based network solution for all users of its products involved in a supply chain through a standard information and application system with forecasting capability. Read more: RIO.pdf

Hansa YachtsMILAN: December 06, 2017. Tuvia Italia, part of the Kerry Logistics Network, has won an award for helping two Chinese bicycle companies launch in Italy using rail services from China. Read more: award.pdf

DUBAI: December 04, 2017. DP World has become the sole owner of the Empresa Brasileira de Terminais Portuários (Embraport) container terminal at the Port of Santos, Brazil. Read more: DP_World_Santos.pdf

HULL, UK: December 04, 2017. Samskip Multimodal is to provide terminal services to Associated British Ports at its Hull Container Terminal. Read more: Samskip.pdf

HAMBURG: December 04, 2017. Hansa Heavy Lift recently transported 45 yachts on one vessel and developed bespoke rigging arrangements for the carriage of two oversized barges and three tugs. Read more: HHL.pdf

HAMBURG/SCHINDELLEGI: December 04, 2017. Hapag-Lloyd and Kuehne + Nagel have committed to reducing CO2 emissions 17 percent per container moved by 2020 over 2017 levels. Read more: CO2.pdf

SHARJAH: December 04, 2017. VD Gulf, Volga-Dnepr Group's MRO business unit, has won a contract to provide aircraft maintenance services for Rossiya Airlines, based in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Read more:VD.pdf

CHABAHAR, Iran: December 03, 2017. Iran has opened the first phase of a new deep sea port at Chabahar in the Indian Ocean. Read more: Iran_port.pdf

First B777 freighter for Turkish Cargo

ISTANBUL: December 07, 2017: Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of the first of two B777 freighters due to arrive in 2017 at a ceremony in Istanbul this week.

Turksh Carg 1The new aircraft follows the release of Turkish Cargo Q3 results in November that saw volumes rise 29 percent to reach 294,000 tons flown, revenue increased nearly 40 percent from US$246 million to US$343 million year-on-year, while the nine-month cumulative saw an growth of 29.6 percent to reach US$923 million.

"The delivery of our first B777 freighter is a milestone event in our cargo business," said M. İlker Aycı, chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines. "As a prominent sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo increased its freighter destinations served from 55 to 73 from the beginning of this year, reaching to approximately one million tons of cargo with a 29 percent increase compared to the previous year period."

Compared to the same nine-month period last year, airline revenue from all-cargo operations rose 52.5 percent from US$266 to US$405 million.

"We're sure that this significant delivery which will bring great value to our rapidly growing cargo operations will also enable our leading sub-brand to further compete, expand and reach new short and long-range destinations from our hub in Istanbul," added Ayci.

With direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries, Turkish Airlines extended its network by implemented a codeshare with Brazilian airline Azul this week for travel from Europe and Asia via Sao Paulo to 14 domestic cities in Brasil.

Virgin Hyperloop One to link Bengaluru and Chennai in 25 minutes?

BENGALURU, India: December 05, 2017. Virgin Hyperloop One has signed an MoU with the Indian state of Karnataka to determine the economic impact of its technology.

HYPERLOOP ONE IndiaOn behalf of the Karnataka Urban Development Department, the company will identify potential routes to improve mobility in the Bengaluru metropolitan area as well as high growth cities in the state including Tumakuru, Hubli-Dharwad and Hosur.

The latest signing follows similar agreements with the state governments of Maharashtra with its capital Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh that could lead to a Hyperloop network linking nearly 75 million people across the three states in under two hours.

"Bengaluru has been the IT hub of the country and all major giants have been functioning out of the region. The introduction of a technology like Hyperloop will further add to the pace at which the state wants to grow," said Karnataka government minister Priyank Karghe. "We are happy to partner with Virgin Hyperloop One for its preliminary study in our region and we hope to bring out some concrete solutions for the state swiftly."

The report is expected to determine the viability of linking Bengaluru's city center, IT hubs and industrial parks; shortening commuter times and expanding its catchment area; connecting the city's airport to the downtown area in minutes; and linking Bengaluru with the port of Chennai - currently over six hours away by truck - to improve the region's logistics sector.

"This preliminary study will help the government of Karnataka explore how to provide its citizens with a cleaner, safer and faster mode of transportation," said Harj Dhaliwal, the Virgin Hyperloop One managing director for the Middle East & India. "With this report governments will be able to identify viable routes that link commercial and knowledge IT hubs dispersed throughout the region with greater mobility and unparalleled efficiency," he continued.

CMA CGM supports Green Santa Claus

MARSEILLE: December 06, 2017. CMA CGM and French clothing manufacturer Kaporal Group have launched a limited edition collection called 'Shipping the Future' on behalf of aid organization Secours Populaire 13 to help its Green Santa Claus program.

KAPORAL COLLECTIONGreen Santa Claus helps children, youth, families, the elderly or the lonely celebrate the upcoming festive season in dignity.

Since 1976 Secours populaire has been offering children and families in difficulty toys, books and festive food parcels, as well as outings to restaurants, shows or sports events throughout France and beyond.

Available from December 08 via https://www.kaporal.com/en_fr/ will be a 'Shipping the Future' special collection of jeans, t-shirts, shirts and coats in support of the Green Santa Claus outreach.

General secretary of the French Secours Populaire Federation of Bouches-du-Rhône Sonia Serra said: "We would like to warmly thank Kaporal and CMA CGM for this action towards the Green Christmas Fathers. As we approach Christmas, it's a real boost and we invite everyone to participate in this operation 'Shipping the Future.'"

The collaboration between the two Marseille-based companies is the result of a discussion between Tanya Saadé Zeenny, CMA CGM deputy CEO and Laurence Paganini, CEO of the Kaporal Group. Both women are members of 'Club 20', a regional business association of companies each with an annual turnover in excess of €100 million.

"With Laurence Paganini we decided to launch this unique collection and to lead this collaboration in favor of Secours Populaire 13," said Saadé Zeenny. "Our brand Kaporal Jeans has been recognized for almost 15 years for its pioneering spirit, its disruptive communications and new collaborations, " added Paganini.

DHL’s first converted A330-300 just needs paint

DHL first A330 PCF conversionDRESDEN: December 01, 2017. DHL Express has taken delivery of the first A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus.

EFW says the aircraft can carry up to 62 tonnes over 3,650 nautical miles with 20 percent more cargo volume than other freighter aircraft types with a similar range. DHL has firm orders for eight with options for another 10.

"DHL Express is very excited to be bringing the first A330-300P2F into commercial operation within our international air network," said senior vice president Global Air Fleet Management Geoff Kehr. "The first aircraft is scheduled to strengthen our Asia Pacific air network, bringing added capacity and increased efficiency to a market where we are seeing dynamic express volume growth," he continued.

The conversion program, launched in 2012, has two variants – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. EFW says the latter is ideal for serving the international express B2B and e-commerce cargo markets, which typically have a higher volume and lower density.

EFW CEO Andreas Sperl declared: "I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the trust DHL Express placed in us. This was a great motivation and we are very proud that we justified this trust by delivering the A330-300P2F on time."

President of ST Aerospace Lim Serh Ghee added: "The delivery of our first A330-300P2F is a good start to the conversion program. We are confident the freighter will serve DHL well, and we look forward to the next redelivery in early 2018."

JAL invests in supersonic Boom

TOKYO/DENVER: November 05, 2017. Japan Airlines (JAL) has invested US$10 million and placed options for up to 20 Boom Supersonic aircraft as part of a strategic partnership with the manufacturer.

b supersnicBoom is developing a new generation supersonic aircraft that will fly at 1,450 mph (Mach 2.2) and would cut the flight time between Tokyo and Hong Kong from five hours to two by 2025.

"We've been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now," said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. "JAL's passionate, visionary team offers decades of practical knowledge and wisdom on everything from the passenger experience to technical operations."

Scholl added that JAL is the first airline in history to make a material financial commitment to a faster future. He said while Concorde had dozens of pre-orders , none had carried any financial commitment from either British Airways or Air France who were eventually given the aircraft by their respective gvernments.

"We are very proud to be working with Boom on the advancement in the commercial aviation industry," said JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki. "Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more time to our valued passengers while emphasizing flight safety,"

Scholl said his company also owes a debt of gratitude to Richard Branson and Virgin for being the first to support the company with options for 10 aircraft: "The future needs friends... pioneers who have the courage to stick their necks out, to take a stand, to support the new, the half-born, while uncertainty remains and failure is still possible."

Earlier this year the manufacturer welcomed an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization Bill that would eventually allow civil supersonic flight over the United States for the first time since 1973.

Cargolux NCA code share to include Frankfurt Hahn

NCA HahnLUXEMBOURG: November 29, 2017. Cargolux has signed a new code-share and capacity swap agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) between Europe and Japan with effect from April 2018.

Cargolux will now be able to utilize NCA's flights from Frankfurt Hahn to Narita while NCA has reciprocal access to Cargolux's flights from Luxembourg.

As a result, Cargolux plans to introduce a weekly flight from Luxembourg to Tokyo Narita and Cargolux Italia will stop flying to Narita but continue its services to Osaka's Kansai airport.

In October 2015, Cargolux Italia and NCA signed a cargo codeshare agreement for flights from Milan Malpensa to Kansai and Narita. This was in addition to two weekly flights to Osaka, four from Milan Linate to Narita plus three weekly Cargolux flights from Luxembourg to Komatsu - which the airline says it now plans to develop further.

With cheaper landing fees and a 3,000 meter runway, Komatsu is only six hours by truck from Tokyo, four hours from Osaka and around three hours from Nagoya. The airport operates a 4,000 square meter bonded warehouse together with Nippon Express, Kintetsu and Yusen.

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