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Alitalia gets va-Q-tec et al

Alitalia B777ROME: July 12, 2016: va-Q-tec and Alitalia signed an agreement for the airline to rent high-performance passive containers.

The partnership allows Alitalia to expand its portfolio of temperature-controlled containers adding five passive container sizes with a capacity of up two US/Euro pallets and temperature solutions ranging from -60 to +25°C.

“With Alitalia we added another strong partner for our network who provides an outstanding market coverage in its home country,” said says Joachim Kuhn, va-Q-tec CEO. The company has a similar contract with Alitalia shareholder and codeshare partner Etihad.

[Because of] “an increase in the demand for transport of temperature-sensitive goods, growing regulatory requirements, and the globalization of clinical research, uninterrupted cold chains are becoming more and more important,’ explained Antonio Temporini, Alitalia vice president Cargo.

NOVOROSSIYSK: July 12, 2016. Russia multimodal operator Ruscon is integrating its Yug and Novorossiysk terminal operations close to the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

“The Yug Terminal is already undergoing an upgrade with the construction of a new warehouse and logistics complex,” explained Dmitriy Kutateladze, Ruscon director of Liner and Business Development. “The full integration with our other terminal in Novorossiysk will allow us to increase our throughput of aggregates as well as improve the efficiency of the warehouse and logistics operation.”

Ruscon acquired full ownership of the Yug terminal in 2011 and handled almost 180,000 containers through Novorossiyk in 2015.

SAMSKIPROTTERDAM: July 12, 2016. Samskip says it has become one of the first Dutch companies whose Environmental Management System is recognized under the renewed Quality Assurance scheme.

The ISO14001: 2015 accreditation, granted by Lloyd’s Register after a two-day audit, covers Samskip’s Rotterdam (shortsea) and Genemuiden (rail) operations at the heart of its pan-European multimodal operations.

“Samskip considers sustainability to be one of the fundamentals of doing business,” said Eva Rademaker-de Leeuw, Samskip manager Marketing and Communication. “Our corporate sustainability strategy is integral to our company ethos. We seize every opportunity to be more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint, not because it is a nice-to-have PR tool, but because it helps us improve resource efficiency, reduce waste, and reduce risks,” she added.

The company has devised five key performance indicators to measure its progress: increasing the intermodal component in services in tonne miles; reducing emissions per kms; reducing its KWh; reducing paper use in kgs; and reducing water use in liters.

Rademaker-de Leeuw added: “The next step is to cover our entire logistics business and our breakbulk and North Atlantic activities.”

BRISTOL, UK: July 12, 2016. Davies Turner has upgraded its two-way overland trailer services between the UK and Poland by including Bristol and Manchester to existing daily services from Dartford and Birmingham.

Davies Turner works in partnership with the Raben Group, a large independent forwarder in Poland. The two companies also work together in the Dutch and German markets.

“Our services operate into Poznan where Raben has its headquarters. It has a significant distribution network in Poland with more than 30 depots and an incredibly robust and reliable collection and delivery service,” said Danny Southby, head of the Davis Turner’s European network. “It has grown phenomenally in the last 25 years and we have developed close working relationships at all levels.”

Davis Turner also links Poland from hubs in Glasgow and Dublin. “Poland has been a very important import and export market for Davies Turner for many years and customer demand continues to grow,” added Southby.

CargoairFARNBOROUGH, UK: July 13, 2016. Boeing has received 10 orders for its freighter conversion program including four B767BCFs from an unnamed customer. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is in the market for such aircraft following its deal with Amazon.

Cargo Air, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (LAS) Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia, have ordered two 737-800BCFs while Air Algerie has signed a commitment for two similar units.

Boeing says it has 22 firm orders for the 767BCF and up to 59 orders and commitments for the 737-800BCF – all in support of the express cargo market. The first aircraft will be delivered in the fourth quarter of next year.

"We have received very positive response from the market for [the] 737-800 and 767 freighter conversion programs," commented Rick Anderson, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.

FARNBOROUGH, UK: July 13, 2016. DHL Express has become the launch customer of an A330 conversion program with the order of four A330-300P2F aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint-venture between Airbus and ST Aerospace.

EFW will convert the four passenger aircraft to a 26-pallet cargo configuration with a 61 tonnes payload for redelivery to DHL by the end of 2017.

"The conversion will address an important requirement for [a] mid-range, high volume cargo aircraft," said Geoff Kehr, DHL Express senior vice president, Global Air Fleet Management. "It will further support our aims of improving fuel efficiency for every kilo of cargo carried within our air network," he added.

The A330P2F program includes the A330-200 and the A330-300. EFW said the larger A330-300 is more suited to express carriers due to its high volume capability with lower-density cargo, while the A330-200 is designed to carry higher-density freight over a longer range.


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