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Emirates 5 boeing777fEmirates will restart its daily Phnom Penh service starting from 1 May via Singapore, boosting the airline’s Southeast Asian connectivity to/from Dubai, and linking two trade and leisure centres in the region.

This also marks the launch of Emirates’ first fifth freedom flight between Singapore and Phnom Penh.

The service will be operated with a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Emirates’ flight EK348 will depart Dubai at 0230hrs and arrive in Singapore at 1405hrs. The flight will then depart Singapore at 1535hrs and arrive in Phnom Penh at 1635hrs. Emirates’ return flight EK349 will leave Phnom Penh at 2050hrs and arrive in Singapore at 2350hrs. The flight will then depart Singapore at 0140hrs the next day and arrive in Dubai at 0455hrs. All times are local.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Deputy President, and Chief Commercial Officer commented: “The resumption of our Phnom Penh services via Singapore demonstrates our commitment to strengthening our Southeast Asian network, as we continue to create more opportunities for travellers to explore diverse and culturally rich destinations, and help businesses and exporters of all sizes establish stronger trade connections. We thank the Cambodian and Singaporean authorities for their support in establishing this new route. We look forward to re-introducing our customers to yet another vibrant destination on our network as they explore the world.”

Phnom Penh’s linked schedule with Singapore is conveniently timed, providing optimal connecting opportunities from key points in Europe and the US including Paris, Lyon, Nice, London Heathrow, Boston, and New York.

Emirates SkyCargo will also offer cargo bellyhold capacity on the Boeing 777-300ER of more than 300 tonnes per week in and out of Phnom Penh. Main commodities exported from Phnom Penh includes textiles, pharmaceuticals, and other high-value commodities.

The new Emirates services will offer 8 First Class private suites, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Travellers will also be able to enjoy the airline’s award-winning service and industry-leading products across all classes, with regionally-inspired dishes and complimentary beverages, and the airline’s ice inflight entertainment system which offers up to 6,500 channels of on-demand entertainment in over 40 languages, including movies, TV shows, and an extensive musical library along with games, audio books, and podcasts.

Tickets can be booked online through www.emirates.com or with both online and offline travel agents.

Located in Cambodia’s south-central region, Phnom Penh is the nation’s economic, industrial, and cultural centre, and has seen rapid growth in its infrastructure and economy over the decades. This makes Phnom Penh one of the most popular Southeast Asian hubs for tourism and trade, with significant appeal to travellers from Europe and the Americas.

Phnom Penh is widely known for its heritage sites and tourist attractions including the Royal Palace with the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. The city is currently building a new international airport with plans to start operations in 2025, replacing the current Phnom Penh International Airport and improving Cambodia’s connectivity with the world.

pier400 LA sustainability APM Terminals unveiled a significant upgrade of its terminal operations fleet to electric vehicles (EVs).

The terminal has invested nearly USD 1 million to replace 28 internal combustion engine vehicles with new, all electric Volkswagen ID.4s. Electrification of its passenger vehicle fleet is another step in aligning Pier 400’s operations with APM Terminals’ sustainability commitments and in keeping with the goals laid out in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2017 Update for California ports to transition to zero-emissions technologies by 2030.

“Pier 400 is taking proactive steps to decarbonize operations today with proven and available EV technology,” said Jon Poelma, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pier 400. “By taking the dream of electric fleets off the drawing board and putting them into the terminal, we’re able to reduce our environmental impact by up to 60 tons of annual tailpipe CO2 emissions. These are small but important steps to do our part, along with the contributions of our employees, partners, customers, and community, to make the green transition a reality.”

The Port of Los Angeles has long been committed to protecting air quality in and around the harbor. Several clean air action plans and emission reducing programs have been put into place to cut air pollution and reduce health risks for the communities surrounding the global seaport complex.

“I applaud APM Terminals for an initiative that takes us another step toward a zero-emission future in our port complex,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Decarbonizing our industry is more urgent than ever. It’s this kind of proactive mindset that will help us get there.”

To support the new EV fleet, Pier 400 has installed a Level-3 dual-port DC fast charge station, four Level-2 dual port charging stations, and will be adding four additional Level-2 dual-port charging stations accessible to staff, visitors, and the public. This program signifies the first phase for Pier 400’s electrification of its wider fleet of approximately 100 vehicles for terminal operations.

Pier 400’s transition to EVs delivers multifaceted benefits for all stakeholders: Reduction of nearly 60 tons of annual tailpipe CO2 emissions for the replaced vehicles*; Deploying electric vehicles at the terminal completely eliminates emissions of harmful pollutants like nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and particulate matter (PM) at the source, creating a cleaner and healthier environment that benefits both employees and visitors; New EVs are governor-limited to 25 mph, maximizing safety in the operational environment; Lifting the Standard of Responsibility Globally.

Pier 400 is among five terminals participating in APM Terminal’s global electrification pilot to speed up port-equipment decarbonisation. The five terminals were chosen for their decarb-ready maturity levels, supportive local authorities, government, and legislation. To decarbonise its operations, APM Terminals will focus on reducing energy usage, replacing fossil-fuel driven equipment with battery electric, and decarbonising its grid electricity by using renewable energy. As part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk, APM Terminals has made an industry-leading commitment to be fully net zero by 2040. To learn more, visit APM Terminals’ “Decarbonization” page.

*CO2 tailpipe emissions estimates based upon calculations provided on fueleconomy.gov for replaced vehicle make, model and mileage.

Salem MassSEC CrowleyThe Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Crowley Wind Services, a global maritime transportation and logistics company, and the City of Salem announced the transfer of ownership and an agreement for site improvements and ongoing operations for the Salem Offshore Wind Terminal.

Once the site of an oil- and coal-fired power plant, this historic agreement will kickstart the transformation of the site into the second port build specifically to support the construction of offshore wind farms in Massachusetts. The Salem Offshore Wind Terminal is also unique in that it is one of a very few sites that will support the construction and installation of floating offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine.

Among these transactions is the purchase by MassCEC of more than 42 acres on Salem Harbor and the transfer of a 5-acre parcel to the City of Salem, including the port’s existing deep-water berth. Massachusetts’s first dedicated offshore wind port is the New Bedford Wind Commerce Center, which is owned and operated by MassCEC, and is currently leased to Vineyard Wind, who in January announced the delivery of the first offshore wind power in the state.

“MassCEC’s offshore wind infrastructure has given Massachusetts our competitive edge in this growing industry,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Adding the Salem Port to its portfolio, along with the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal and the Wind Technology Testing Center, will further elevate Massachusetts as a global leader in the offshore wind industry. This partnership with the City of Salem and Crowley will deliver another port built specifically for offshore wind at this critical time in the clean energy transition, for Massachusetts, for the United States, and for the world.”

“This is an exciting day for Salem as we realize the vision we had for the port under new leadership,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “Harnessing the power of the harbor has always been key to Salem’s success. This port once received clipper ships that brought international trade to our shores, and now will serve as a hub for offshore wind, driving economic development for the entire state.”

“The Salem Port is one of the great success stories of Massachusetts’ clean energy transition. What was once the site of a coal burning power plant will now serve as a launchpad of our offshore wind industry,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rebecca Tepper. “As the industry expands into the Gulf of Maine, this port will be instrumental in delivering additional clean, affordable energy to our residents and businesses.”

“We are very proud to align with the state’s strategic climate goals by launching our second wind energy port project in Massachusetts, with ambitious plans to bring this port to operational status as soon as possible,” said MassCEC Chief Executive Officer Emily Reichert. “We are excited to be at the forefront of establishing a burgeoning offshore wind industry in real-time. It’s a collaborative effort that requires action from both the public and private sector; local, state and federal governments, in partnership with Crowley, an experienced logistics and marine services operator who will oversee the port’s day-to-day management.”

“Salem is ready to do our part to help advance Massachusetts’ offshore wind efforts and we’re so excited to do it in collaboration with our partners at MassCEC and Crowley,” said Salem Mayor Dominick Pangallo. “On the site where, until quite recently, there was a giant coal pile, oil tanks, one of the dirtiest power plants in America, and vast barges unloading coal by the ton, a new, green energy future will be assembled. That work will be powered by labor from communities disproportionately impacted by our fossil fuel legacy and organized and trained for the clean energy economy that’s ahead of us. Here in Salem, when we’ve looked to the future, we’ve always looked to the sea and to what’s possible on its distant horizon. I’m so proud that Salem can be part of this important and historic effort.”

Salem is one of America’s oldest port cities, with a deep connection to the ocean and the economic and energy future of Massachusetts and the nation. The Salem Offshore Wind Terminal location itself was once the site of an oil- and coal-fueled power plant that ceased operation as recently as 2014.

Crowley, which purchased the property in 2022, will manage the site redevelopment and improvements and then serve as the terminal operator, entering into a lease agreement with MassCEC for the ongoing utilization of the property as an offshore wind marshalling port with priority for offshore wind projects serving Massachusetts. The City of Salem, to further support this historic effort, has leased the berth and its acreage for the same purpose. Crowley’s Wind Services business unit will start construction in 2024, strengthening the site infrastructure to accommodate heavy machinery and equipment, the construction of a second state-of-the-art ship berth and the upgrade of the City berth to the same standard, and the implementation of dredging activities to enhance the harbor channel. The port is projected to open in 2026.

Crowley Wind Services, as a full-scope provider of offshore wind services, has actively worked since 2022 to transform the site of a former coal fired power plant in Salem into an asset to support offshore wind development. Besides operating vessels and terminals, the company provides supply chain management, construction engineering and project management services, and operations and maintenance solutions, with Salem project management based in Massachusetts.

“We are excited to continue advancing the opportunity for clean, renewable offshore wind energy for Massachusetts and beyond through this dynamic public-private partnership,” said Bob Karl, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Wind Services. “We appreciate the leadership and support from the Healey-Driscoll Administration and the Legislature in making our next steps a reality, as well as the ongoing collaborations with the City of Salem and its residents to create economic investment and jobs at a world-class marshalling port for offshore wind.”

The purchase and redevelopment of the Salem Offshore Wind Terminal site, demonstrates MassCEC’s commitment to Massachusetts’ statutory requirement of achieving net-zero in carbon emissions by 2050. Together with the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, the Salem Offshore Wind Terminal represents a critical piece of infrastructure for Massachusetts climate goals. In the U.S., the shortage of adequate port facilities for offshore wind has been identified as one the key areas of risk for meeting state and national goals, and market analysis indicates that more than one marshalling port will be necessary to meet Massachusetts’ timeline and goals for offshore wind.

The MassCEC New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, a multi-purpose facility designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects, as well as handle bulk, break-bulk, container shipping and large specialty marine cargo, is the first of its kind in North America.

The MassCEC Wind Technology Testing Center, located in Charlestown, Massachusetts provides a full suite of certification tests for turbine blades up to 90 meters in length, and brings the latest wind turbine blade testing and prototype development methodologies to help the wind industry deploy the next generation of land-based and offshore wind turbine technologies.

House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy): “Expanding the Commonwealth’s offshore wind infrastructure is an essential step in the effort to transform Massachusetts into a regional hub for the offshore wind industry. I’m pleased that in addition to the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, Massachusetts has acquired the Salem Offshore Wind Terminal to service current and future offshore wind projects. I would like to thank MassCEC, the City of Salem, and the folks at Crowley Wind Services for their contributions to advancing our clean energy economy.”

Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland): “Innovative partnerships like this one are how Massachusetts will keep blazing a trail as a global leader in clean energy. This is a game-changer for the City of Salem and it’s residents, and is a key step forward in bringing the power of the wind from the Gulf of Maine into homes, businesses, and vehicles across the entire state. I’m grateful to the Healey-Driscoll Administration, MassCEC, the City of Salem, and Crowley Wind Services for making this a priority, and I look forward to seeing the project continue to progress.”

State Senator Michael J. Barrett (Third Middlesex), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy: “Offshore wind is coming through, delivering onshore jobs and clean power, despite topsy-turvy business conditions in the short term. Smart to stay the course and stick to the plan.”

State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (10th Norfolk), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy: “The Salem Port is an example of the innovative public-private partnerships that continue to make Massachusetts a leader in the growing offshore wind industry. The port’s strategic location positions it to support construction of offshore wind farms in Massachusetts and accelerate offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine, both of which are critical for helping the Commonwealth scale up its clean energy infrastructure to meet its ambitious climate goals.”

State Senator Joan B. Lovely (Second Essex): “Thank you MassCEC, Crowley, and Salem for your years of hard work to get to this day. Our offshore wind industry is on solid footing moving forward towards a clean, sustainable future.”

State Representative Manny Cruz (7th Essex): “Today marks a historic moment as the collaboration between MassCEC, the City of Salem, and Crowley has led to the finalization of the agreement for the Salem Offshore Wind Terminal. This historic partnership, positions Salem to be on a path to become a beacon in the clean energy sector and the offshore wind industry. This monumental agreement honors our past as a Maritime industry leader, will reinvigorate our port, and usher in a new era of economic prosperity. It also signifies the dawn of green job creation that will benefit our community and Commonwealth for generations to come. Salem, as an environmental justice community, is now at the forefront of a sustainable future through this innovative partnership. I want to express my deepest gratitude to Mayor Pangallo, city officials, Mass CEC, Crowley, and the community members whose engagement and dedication were pivotal in bringing this important project to Salem and to fruition.”

Cathay Cargo recyclable plastics Cathay Cargo Terminal is the first cargo terminal in Hong Kong to adopt 50% recycled plastic cargo cover sheets for all Export Cargo shipments built up within its terminal, increasing from its current specifications of no less than 30% recycled content. ​

Cathay Cargo Terminal worked extensively with its supplier to develop this solution, which has been extensively tested in the laboratory and during rigorous real-world trials with its customer Cathay Cargo in 2023. The new material will be rolled out across the terminal from March 2024.

Cathay Director Cargo Tom Owen said: "Embracing sustainability is pivotal in shaping the future of air cargo. Our adoption of 50% recycled plastic cargo cover sheets reaffirms Cathay Cargo's commitment to environmental stewardship and sets a new standard for the industry."

Cathay Subsidiaries Head of Sustainable Development Michelle Fok said: “The circular economy is an important concept to reduce waste and prolong product lifecycles. ​ Our cargo terminal has implemented circularity in cargo plastic sheets since 2017 and is already recycling 100% of plastic sheets from import cargo shipments, which are broken down at the Cathay Cargo Terminal.

“Our new sheets utilise 50% recycled post-consumer plastic, reducing the reliance on virgin plastic while meeting the operational demands of our customers. We remain committed to working with our suppliers to explore even higher levels of recycled plastic, as well as alternative materials, as part of our long-term goal to reduce plastics in cargo operations.”

This is another example of Cathay Cargo Terminal’s sustainability leadership, after it became the first facility in Hong Kong to sign up to participate in the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme in October 2023. The IEnvA programme provides globally recognised environmental and sustainability standards for the aviation industry.

Cathay Cargo Terminal Chief Operating Officer Mark Watts said: “The IEnvA programme provides a systematic way for companies supporting the aviation industry to align with best practices and future proof of their operations by continuously improving their environment management systems. We hope that our participation in this programme will inspire other facilities in the region to join this initiative too.”

Watts will be speaking about how IEnvA preparation helped the terminal improve its waste management systems and minimise the use of virgin plastics in cargo operations during his talk on "Circularity in Action – Waste Management at the Cargo Terminal" at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Hong Kong on 13 March 2024.

Kuehne Nagel seaexplorerKuehne+Nagel has expanded its seaexplorer customer platform, incorporating end-to-end inland haulage lead times for full container loads (FCL) and sailing schedules for less than container loads (LCL).

Seaexplorer users now have access to comprehensive data information for both FCL and LCL shipments within a single platform. The integration offers shippers a holistic view of Kuehne+Nagel’s shipping network, including schedules, routing details, service structures, disruption alerts and crucial sea logistics news.

The end-to-end lead time for FCL shipments provides valuable insights for users when planning supply chains. It encompasses lead times from inland locations to ports and vice versa. The platform covers approximately 1,250 global locations based on lead time data from Kuehne+Nagel shipments. Local sea logistics experts verify this information, covering truck, rail and barge moves.

Michael Aldwell, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, responsible for Sea Logistics, said: "Recent disruptions underscored that knowledge of the global shipping network is essential for all decision makers in sea logistics. With the realistic view of this complex network in seaexplorer, customers can plan their optimal FCL and LCL supply chains. The recent seaexplorer upgrades reflect Kuehne+Nagel's commitment to enhancing the customer experience in the sea logistics industry, aligned with our Roadmap 2026 ambitions."

 

TIACA OFFICIAL LOGO 2018 colorThe International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) releases the fourth comprehensive study undertaken on the air cargo industry’s sustainability position.

The organization has conducted its fourth industry survey involving supply chain partners from across the globe and from each industry sector and business size. The results have been analyzed, compared to previous reports and published as the 2024 Insights Report to demonstrate the progress the industry has made towards a more sustainable future.

The Insights Report supports TIACA’s comprehensive Sustainability Program focused on People, Planet and Prosperity supported by innovation and partnership. The report continues to showcase the work of the Sustainability Program and the development of new projects that support a sustainable air cargo industry.

“The results of the Insights Report are encouraging and while we have made progress on the sustainability front, we still have quite a bit of work to do. The Insights Report allows us to see how far we have come from the initial launch four years ago to where we are today as well as areas that we need to put more focus on.” stated Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair.

Report highlights include; C-suite prioritize sustainability: 91% of the respondents confirm it is supported by their CEO, 81% by their CFO and 97% highlight sustainability is equally or more important than last year; Survey reveals that companies see a clear link between their ESG performance and their reputation (85%) and attractiveness (73%) but less so for their bottom-line (39%); The pressure from regulators keeps increasing year on year: only 37% of the respondents in 2021 were indicating regulatory pressure while it is now 61%, i.e. 6 points more than last year and 24 points compared to 2021; While 71% have a sustainability strategy, this number hides notable differences between large (92%) and small companies (46%); 74% of companies with a sustainability strategy feel that sustainability is embedded in their company’s DNA; Sustainability reporting becomes the norm: 79% (9 points increased compared to last year) measure their progress on sustainability targets, and 81% of them produce a sustainability report; Not surprisingly, the air cargo industry first tackles efficiencies and operational excellence with innovation and digitalization fueling the modernization efforts; The industry continues investing in its people through training programs (79%) and employee well-being (76%). 70% declare they take action to advance their diversity and inclusion credentials; 71% of airports confirm they are transitioning to green buildings, and 79% are actively tackling their water management issues and 80% focusing on reducing their noise footprint; Offsetting gains some traction, probably due to mandatory schemes with 43% of companies using offsetting mechanisms.

The report classifies the various aspects of sustainability into three key areas; encompassing critical items to operate successfully, essential items to grow and a wide range of exemplary areas to differentiate.

“This year’s Insights Report continues to underline how important sustainability has become within the industry and supports TIACA’s Sustainability Program. As we continue our work on this front, we continue to look for ways we as an association can help guide the industry towards a more sustainable future. We are committed to continuing to support the industry through the Sustainability Program’s robust portfolio and will maintain our investment in projects such as BlueSky, the Sustainability Awards, the Sustainability Roadmap and the annual survey and publication of the Insights Report. As we move ahead, we look forward to the launch of new projects that will continue to support the industry’s sustainability path including the Invest In Climate Action and the Air Cargo Training Library platforms, both of which are scheduled to launch this week.” stated Glyn Hughes, TIACA Director General.

TIACA fully supports the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals which is a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all".

Silk Way West Turkish Technics Silk Way West Airlines, the leading cargo airline in the Caspian and Central Asian region, announces a 5-year strategic partnership with Turkish Technic.

This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the airline’s commitment to ensuring unparalleled operational efficiency and fleet reliability.

Under this new component pool agreement, Silk Way West Airlines will leverage Turkish Technic's extensive maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) expertise. This partnership guarantees access to a wide range of spare parts and MRO solutions, essential for maintaining the high performance and safety standards of the airline's Boeing 777F fleet.

Wolfgang Meier, President of Silk Way West Airlines, emphasized the significance of the agreement, stating, "We are delighted to join forces with Turkish Technic to enhance our operational capabilities and uphold our commitment to excellence in air cargo transportation. This collaboration reflects our dedication to providing reliable and efficient services to our customers worldwide."

Commenting on the new agreement, Mikail Akbulut, CEO of Turkish Technic, said: ‘‘We are delighted to have taken the first step towards a long-term cooperation with Silk Way West Airlines. With decades of experience in component maintenance and large inventory of components, we are proud to be a leading solution center for Boeing 777 component pooling. We are excited to work closely with the operator to ensure the highest level of safety and reliability for their Boeing 777F fleet.”

Etihad Cargo WFS Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, for cargo handling services at 12 major international airports in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, India, and Asia Pacific.

The global award is for a three-year period and will see WFS handling over 150,000 tonnes of cargo annually for the Abu Dhabi-headquartered airline. In the EMEAA region, the airports covered by the agreement are Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Bengaluru, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, and Paris CDG. In North America, it includes WFS’ existing handling operations for Etihad in New York JFK and Washington Dulles, and the new award of Boston and Chicago.

Strategically located at the centre of the world’s busiest trade lanes, Etihad Cargo provides an integral link to Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East via the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi, connecting prime cargo markets across the globe. It offers cargo capacity on passenger and freighter aircraft as well as an extensive trucking network.

Since its establishment in 2004, Etihad Cargo has grown rapidly to become one of the leading air cargo carriers in the world, offering customers a range of cargo products and services to five major continents. In addition to general cargo, Etihad Cargo offers a wide range of specialty products including live animals, dangerous goods, valuables and vulnerable cargoes, personal effects, as well as cold chain products for pharmaceuticals and perishables cargoes.

Etihad has been a fast-growing cargo handling customer of WFS since the two organisations signed their first cargo handling agreement in Frankfurt in 2005.

Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery at Etihad Cargo, said, “Etihad Cargo’s long-standing partnership with WFS and addition of new stations are a direct reflection of a shared commitment to consistently delivering high-quality air cargo solutions globally. The combination of Etihad Cargo’s expertise in transporting general and specialised cargo and the capabilities of WFS give partners and customers the confidence that their air cargo needs are in the best hands, regardless of where they are in the world.”

“We thank Etihad Cargo for their trust in WFS, and for this latest extension of our growing strategic partnership. As well as renewing existing contracts with WFS, this new agreement adds more key airport stations to the important work we do for the airline, including Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Barcelona, Boston, Copenhagen and Chicago. We value Etihad cargo’s partnership approach and their confidence in our ability to consistently deliver the high levels of service the airline’s award-winning reputation is founded on. Being awarded responsibility for providing cargo handling services at so many major cargo airports highlights WFS’s ability to provide global network solutions to our strategic customers,” said Mohammed Esa, Global Head, Gateway Services Key Accounts & Strategy, SATS Group.

Vienna Airport Asia Vienna Airport has laid the groundwork for handling growing air cargo volumes in collaboration with Incheon Airport in South Korea and Korean Air.

Intensified joint marketing development activities and designing of optimal cargo services should serve to meet the increasing demand for air cargo capacities between both economic regions. Vienna Airport signed the corresponding agreements with Incheon Airport and Korean Air during a visit to Seoul.

“We see an enormous opportunity to further expand our position as the leading air cargo hub to Asia. Korean Air’s decision to increasingly operate cargo flights to Vienna underlines the attractiveness of Vienna Airport and strengthens the economic development of our region. The expansion of our infrastructure is a decisive factor in fulfilling the growing demand for global air transport services between Europe and Asia and offering first-class services for the benefit of our customers”, says Julian Jäger, says Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Flughafen Wien AG, who is pleased with the closer cooperation now with Korean Air and Incheon Airport.

Two corresponding agreements with Incheon Airport and Korean Air were signed by Vienna Airport during a working visit to the South Korean capital city of Seoul.

The newly signed Memorandum of Understanding with Incheon Airport is an important pillar of Vienna Airport’s Asian strategy and will contribute to further strengthening its position in the region as well as establishing the airport as a high-performance air cargo hub in Europe for transporting goods between Asia and Europe. The common objective is to build up a partnership and benefit from each other’s expertise through reciprocal knowledge sharing in areas of relevance to air cargo, such as handling processes and logistics systems.

An agreement to expand the existing partnership was also concluded in Seoul with Korean Air, which has already been leveraging Vienna Airport’s position as a gateway to Central and Eastern European markets for two decades. In this case, plans call for implementing joint marketing initiatives and an intensified transfer of know-how to strategically target freight forwarders and shippers and win them over by offering customised services. The relevant agreement between Vienna Airport and Korean Air was signed in Seoul on Tuesday, 20 February 2024. Korean Air has been regularly operating air cargo flights to Vienna since 2004.

Thanks to its geographically favourable location, Vienna Airport is an ideal cargo hub which efficiently links the region encompassing Central, Eastern and South-East Europe to Asian markets. Extensive infrastructure investments in recent years have also reinforced the airport’s role as an important destination for pharmaceutical goods. The state-of-the-art handling facilities in the airport’s own Pharma Handling Center offer optimal conditions for high-quality handling services. Total air cargo volume at Vienna Airport equalled 245,009 tonnes in the year 2023.

The Vienna AirportCity is an optimal operating location for logistics companies as well as other sectors. Direct road and railway connections, a comprehensive and ultramodern office infrastructure, extensive commercial spaces and the proximity to the airport’s logistics and handling facilities enable the AirportCity to offer the best conditions for companies requiring a high-performance operating environment with international connections. Approx. 23,000 employees in 250 companies at the site make Vienna Airport into a small city with shopping, restaurants and accommodations, transport infrastructure, healthcare services and fitness facilities.

 

Ethiopian Airlines Cairo Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline group in Africa, is pleased to announce the expansion of its domestic services to South-Western Ethiopia with a thrice weekly passenger services to be reinstated to Dembi Dollo starting from February 26, 2024.

Regarding the commencement of the new services Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said: “We are pleased to announce the reconnection of Dembi Dolo to Addis Ababa and the rest of our domestic network by air. This air service provides a safe and convenient means of transport for the people of Dembi Dolo and the surrounding area. Additionally, we believe that this air service will stimulate socio-economic development in the region by facilitating tourism, trade, and investment. This initiative demonstrates Ethiopian Airlines' commitment to developing air transport services throughout Ethiopia.”

The commencement of the new passenger service to Dembi Dollo allows convenient travel to the South-Western part of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Airlines operates passenger flights to 22 domestic destinations in Ethiopia. The group is working on enhancing domestic airport facilities and passenger experience. Reinforcing this commitment, Ethiopian will continue to renovate and expand domestic airports across the country.

It is to be recalled that Ethiopian Airlines is one of the leading carriers in Africa with vast domestic services.

Emirates Bogota South America Emirates today announced it will launch a new daily service from Dubai to the Colombian capital, Bogotá, starting 3 June.

As well as connecting Colombia with the United Arab Emirates, the new services will establish a historic first-ever link between the greater Middle East region and the northern part of the South American continent. Emirates’ entry into Bogotá will expand its South American network to four gateways, complementing its scheduled services to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. The latest destination will also enhance the airline’s operations in the Americas to now serve 19 points across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

The daily services will link Dubai and Bogotá via Miami, with Emirates set to become the first airline to offer a host of premium services on the popular route between south Florida and Colombia.

Commenting on the launch of the new route and destination, Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “We’ve long wanted to serve Colombia, and the addition of Bogotá to our network is part of our strategy to deliver better connectivity, expand options and choice for travellers and provide unparalleled premium experiences on the ground and in the air. The launch of our daily operations to the dynamic capital of Colombia also underscores our deep commitment to South America, and is poised to foster increased business and leisure travel opportunities for customers.

“There is a huge demand for travel to and from Bogotá and we can’t wait for customers to experience Emirates’ signature products and services on the flights between Bogotá and Dubai as well as between Bogotá and Miami. We would like to thank all the authorities involved for supporting our plans and making this new route possible. We look forward to adding value to the new communities served and building new partnerships to promote tourism and trade.”

The daily flights to Bogotá, South America’s second largest city by population, will help cater to strong and growing demand for air travel between Colombia and the United Arab Emirates as well as between Colombia and numerous destinations on Emirates’ global network beyond Dubai which are not served directly from Bogotá. It will also provide convenient flights between Bogotá and Miami, allowing travellers to fly between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort. Due to the high altitude of the city of Bogotá, it is not possible to operate a non-stop flight from Dubai, deeming a stopover necessary. Miami was selected due to its tourism and trade links with Bogotá.

Passengers on flights in both directions between Dubai and Bogotá should meet entry regulations for the United States and hold the required documents, due to immigration procedures in Miami. Colombian and UAE citizens can enjoy visa-free entry for up to 90 days in Dubai and Bogotá respectively, thanks to reciprocal visa arrangements in place between both countries.

Colombian and UAE citizens can enjoy visa-free entry for up to 90 days in Dubai and Bogotá respectively, thanks to reciprocal visa arrangements in place between both countries.

Tickets to Bogotá go on sale today for flights starting 3 June and can be booked on emirates.com, the Emirates App, or via travel agents.

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will offer 354 seats across three cabins and will raise the bar for premium services on the Bogotá – Miami route. Lie-flat seats in First Class and Business Class, complimentary food and beverage, and a generous free baggage allowance (conditions apply) are amongst the firsts that Emirates will introduce on the direct services connecting Colombia and the U.S.

Emirates’ customers can also sit back and relax with complimentary access to more than 6,500 channels of carefully curated global entertainment content, including in Spanish, featuring movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, games, audiobooks and more with ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system.

The new Boeing 777-300ER services will also offer up to 20 tonnes tonnes of capacity for cargo on each flight, opening up access to more global markets for Colombian exports such as fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables and other perishable goods.

Celebrating the launch of Emirates’ services to Colombia, His Excellency Germán Umaña Mendoza, Colombia’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism said: “The launch of the new route between Bogotá and Dubai marks a major milestone in expanding the connectivity of our country, allowing us to strengthen trade, investment and tourism. As part of the government of President Gustavo Petro, our goal is to guarantee opportunities for the development and prosperity of communities in all of our territories and, in doing so, we remain committed to providing the framework to support foreign investment.”

On the new route launch, His Excellency Sergio París Mendoza, Director General, Aerocivil Colombia said: "In the realm of international relations, Colombia forges pathways to new realms of collaboration and understanding. Today, we rejoice in the inauguration of an air link with the vibrant city of Dubai, marking not only a connection between destinations but also symbolizing our nation's steadfast commitment to global integration. The Arab nations bear witness to a thriving and diverse Colombia, poised to cultivate bonds of friendship and prosperity transcending geographical boundaries. At this pivotal moment, we reaffirm our dedication to collaborating closely with our Arab counterparts towards mutual development and peace. May this new air route via Emirates Airline herald the commencement of a journey abundant in opportunities and shared successes. May each journey between our nations serve as a beacon of cooperation, dialogue, and empathy. May the bond between Colombia and the Arab countries endure eternally, flourishing in prosperity."

"Airlift expansion is crucial to increasing visitation and the economic impact tourism has on the state of Florida," said Visit Florida President and CEO, Dana Young. "We are thrilled that Emirates will now connect its daily Dubai to Miami flight with Bogotá offering additional opportunities for us to welcome Colombian travelers to the Sunshine State."

Bogotá’s status as a major centre for tourism, education and culture has earned it its nickname of the “Athens of South America.” It is also a thriving hub for finance, boasts a large presence of multinational companies, and has become a MICE destination due to its appeal as a central location in the Americas.

While Dubai is expected to be the final destination for the majority of travellers on the Bogotá-Dubai route, other top destinations for travellers include mainland China and Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Johannesburg, Cairo and Delhi. The Bogotá-Dubai flights are conveniently timed to provide seamless connectivity if travelling onwards from Dubai.

Emirates’ flights will also facilitate convenient inbound connections to Bogotá through Dubai from 78 destinations in its extensive network and generate new passenger flows to Bogotá from high-growth markets such as the UAE, India, China, the wider Middle East, Far East and Australasia.

Whether traveling to or through Dubai, travellers can enjoy sun-soaked beaches, heritage activities, world class hospitality and leisure facilities, and a variety of world-class experiences.

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