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emiratesskycargo 2023 success Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo arm of the world’s largest international airline, wraps up a major year of growth and investment in both its current and future operations.

Signalling its confidence in the essential role air cargo will continue to play in global trade, the airline has made significant leaps towards its long-term strategic growth plans to double capacity in the next decade, and further cement its leading position in global air logistics.

Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates SkyCargo said: “2023 was a pivotal year for Emirates SkyCargo. Despite ongoing fluctuations in air freight, long-term trends indicate that the industry is growing at a rate of 3 – 5% year-on-year. Emirates SkyCargo, however, continues to outperform the market growth, uplifting over 1,183,000 tonnes from January to mid-December-December, a solid 7% increase compared to last year. Looking to the future, we are well-positioned to steadily scale up operations in 2024, continuing our strategic growth to ensure we lead the industry in solutions that are fast, reliable, flexible, and efficient.”

In line with the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33) Emirates SkyCargo is on a journey to grow Dubai’s position as the world’s largest logistics hub, expanding its fleet and network to better serve global customers. In Q1, Emirates SkyCargo leased two Boeing 747-400Fs, unlocking immediate additional cargo space in response to high customer demand. These aircraft join its fleet of 11 Boeing 777Fs and 251 passenger aircraft.

Further expansion is on the horizon, with four new 777-200Fs expected in 2024 and a fifth aircraft in 2025. This order is in addition to 310 wide-body passenger aircraft that Emirates has on the order book, which will see deliveries of new aircraft, and new cargo capacity, through to 2035.

Building on its competitive global connectivity, Emirates SkyCargo extended its reach in Canada and North America through a strategic interline cooperation with Air Canada Cargo. Customers are now able to book shipments that will travel on Air Canada Cargo flights via e-SkyCargo, expanding Emirates SkyCargo’s reach to over 60 cities in Canada and more than 150 cities globally.

In May, Emirates SkyCargo reinforced its multi-vertical product portfolio, with the launch of two new bespoke products under its Life Sciences and Healthcare vertical. Addressing specific transportation challenges in healthcare, Emirates Vital is a specialist product designed to transport clinical trials, cell and gene therapies, and human samples, while Emirates Medical Devices enables the transport of everything from pacemakers to MRIs, following GDP specifications. Since launch, Emirates SkyCargo has uplifted almost 1,000 tonnes of highly sensitive cargo, using these two products alone.

Emirates Delivers expanded operations to Kuwait, providing door-to-door international delivery of items purchased from the UK and the US to savvy e-commerce shoppers. Recognising the opportunity in the wider Middle East region which has previously been underserved when it comes to e-commerce shipments, Emirates Delivers is preparing to significantly scale in 2024, offering fast, reliable, and cost-effective delivery solutions.

Throughout 2023, Emirates SkyCargo helped shape the digital landscape for cargo operations. In addition to its own online booking platform on e-SkyCargo, the airline’s capacity is now available on two of the biggest digital marketplaces, CargoAi and WebCargo with plans to further expand its digital footprint in early 2024. In October, Emirates SkyCargo launched a landmark host-to-host connection with global freight forwarder, Kuehne+Nagel, providing direct access to its market-leading products and services on Kuehne+Nagel’s internal booking engine.

Reflecting Emirates SkyCargo’s wider contribution to global trade, the airline launched a new campaign showing how ‘The World Works Better with Emirates SkyCargo’. Disrupting the traditional USP-focused advertising of the cargo industry, The World Works Better has become the mantra by which Emirates SkyCargo operates, providing tangible impact to people and businesses all over the world.

Committed to driving positive impact in the communities it serves around the world, Emirates SkyCargo is no stranger to humanitarian missions. Following the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria in February, Emirates SkyCargo, in collaboration with the International Humanitarian City (IHC) swiftly established an airbridge to Istanbul. Dedicating cargo space on its daily flight to Istanbul across a two-week period Emirates SkyCargo and IHC ensured a steady flow of emergency supplies to on-ground NGOs.

Emirates SkyCargo continues to focus on meaningful sustainable and environmental initiatives that drive impact, both in its own operations and across the industry. From on-ground programmes that ensure 75% of all plastic sheeting in the airline’s Dubai-based facilities is recycled through to optimizing the way aircraft is loaded, more environmental and sustainably conscious operations will remain a priority for Emirates SkyCargo through to 2024 and beyond.

In August, the Emirates Group achieved the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) Stage One and the IEnvA Illegal Wildlife Trade module certifications, an achievement that Emirates SkyCargo contributed to significantly. Already a global leader in the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking, the certification is an acknowledgement of the company-wide commitment to taking action.

As 2023 draws to a close, Emirates SkyCargo shows no signs of slowing down. Reflecting its confidence in the future of air logistics, and to serve its customers in a dynamic landscape, Emirates SkyCargo has laid out ambitious growth plans, including investments in digital capabilities, adding 20 new destinations to its freighter network, and doubling existing capacity over the next decade.

John Tien Union Pacific Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) today announced the appointment of John Tien to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Tien most recently served as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the first Asian American to ever hold the position, from 2021 until his retirement in July 2023. During his tenure, Tien served as the department’s chief operating officer, responsible for operations, technology, budget, personnel, risk management, customer service and facilities and infrastructure. He oversaw a multi-billion-dollar budget, facilities in all 50 states and more than 3,000 personnel stationed overseas in more than 75 countries. Upon his retirement, Tien received the department’s highest honor bestowed on a civilian, the DHS Distinguished Public Service Medal.

“John’s global perspective on operations, technology and risk management are unique and bring a new perspective to Union Pacific,” said Chairman of the Board Mike McCarthy. “With 40% of Union Pacific’s shipments originating or terminating outside the U.S., John’s global perspective will be critical as we plan for the future and ensure we have the right mix of skills and expertise on the board.”

Tien has held leadership roles throughout his career, dating back to when he joined the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, becoming the first Asian American to serve as First Captain and brigade commander, the school’s top-ranked cadet position. He served three combat tours in Iraq and received the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Combat Action Badge and the Valorous Unit Award.

Tien later served as National Security Council (NSC) Director for Iraq counterinsurgency operations in the Bush Administration and as the NSC Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Obama Administration. In the latter role, he represented President Obama with several countries and multilateral organizations, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He retired following 24 years of service as a U.S. Army combat arms officer, achieving the rank of Colonel.

Tien joined Citigroup and spent 10 years serving in senior executive roles, including chief administrative officer and chief of staff for Citi’s Global Consumer Operations and Technology organization, chief operating officer and chief technology officer for Macy’s private label and co-brand credit card portfolio for Citi Retail Services, and head of business and process re-engineering transformation for Citigroup’s entire U.S. Consumer Bank.

“John brings an impressive track record with a history of protecting critical infrastructure and people,” said Union Pacific Chief Executive Officer Jim Vena. “The entire board welcomes John and I look forward to working with him as Union Pacific strives to be the best in safety and provide our customers the service we promise.”

Tien earned his Bachelor of Science from West Point and a Master of Arts from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was also a National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Qatar Airways Cabin Qatar Airways has introduced an in-house application that enables Cabin Crew to deliver personalised experiences to passengers.

In its initial phase, the application offers real-time insights on flight information, and customer and service information. This allows Cabin Crew to view passengers’ profiles, including privilege club members and oneworld members, as well as all special service requests and preferences for a more personalised and integrated journey with the award-winning airline. The application also empowers Cabin Crew by providing access to up to date digital training materials.

In the coming months, Qatar Airways will have reached the first milestone in this phase of digital transformation by providing Cabin Crew with more than 15,000 mobile devices. The airline will complete the roll-out of the new project in multiple stages, with plans to expand its scope to Hamad International Airport and overseas airports and lounges, integrating passengers’ unique itinerary and requirements across all touch-points.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr Badr Mohammed Al Meer, said: “We, at Qatar Airways, are incredibly excited to introduce a new phase in the airline’s digital transformation, especially one that will enhance our world-class onboard experience. As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways excels in identifying and responding to emerging trends for the comfort and convenience of our passengers and this project is a defining step towards a more connected and insightful interaction between our customers and staff.”

By embracing digital solutions, the airline is not only streamlining processes but is also demonstrating a commitment to reducing paper waste and taking a step towards more sustainable ways of working.

Qatar Airways has taken major strides in its digital transformation this year, including its collaboration with Google Cloud to explore data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions for enhanced customer experiences and sustainability.

Crowley Carbon capture Crowley and Carbon Ridge Inc, a leading developer of modular onboard carbon capture and storage solutions (OCCS), with support from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) program, have initiated an advanced, pilot project to reduce emissions impacts using Crowley’s Storm international container ship.

Using Carbon Ridge’s patent-pending, second generation carbon capture technology, the companies and MARAD have executed a cooperative agreement for the pilot program to operate, measure and optimize the technology’s effectiveness in actual maritime environments at port and ultimately at sea. The collaboration includes the engineering, manufacturing and integration of a small capacity version of Carbon Ridge’s full-scale carbon capture system.

“The advancement of the pilot project represents a milestone in the emerging technology for carbon capture. With its potential for significant emissions reductions through retrofitting or during new building, ship owners and operators have the opportunity to future-proof their vessels for incoming regulations, as well as reach internal goals for decarbonization and reduced emissions impacts,” said Chase Dwyer, CEO, Carbon Ridge.

Crowley’s engineering services group, which provides vessel design and engineering, project management and waterfront engineering by leveraging its research and development team for internal and external customers, is leading the integration of the pilot system on the Storm, which serves the U.S. and Caribbean Basin. The carbon capture system will be housed in two 40-foot container units on the vessel’s main deck and have an additional 20-foot ISO-certified tank for storing the captured liquid CO2. The pilot project is expected to capture 1 metric ton per day from the vessel’s main engine.

“We are excited to help spearhead the maritime industry’s journey to cleaner operations at sea and in our communities,” said Brett Bennett, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics. “This is a strong step forward to understanding and achieving our commitment to reaching net-zero emissions as part of our sustainability strategy.”

“MARAD is pleased to work with industry partners through META to demonstrate innovative technology applications that may lead to greater greenhouse gas emission reductions in the maritime sector,” said Daniel Yuska, director of the MARAD Office of Environment and Innovation.

Installation of the pilot unit on the vessel is expected in 2024 after completing onshore testing.

Mujin series CMujin, a trailblazer in intelligent robotics, has finalized its Series C extension round with a substantial capital boost from Japan Post Capital Co., Ltd., and another strategic partner.

The additional $18 million secured in this round bolsters the total Series C funding to $104 million and elevates Mujin’s cumulative fundraising to $178 million.

This Series C funding underscores Mujin's core objective, to advance accessibility to their groundbreaking MujinController platform for integrators and end users. The platform will empower Mujin partners to pioneer new automation applications, fostering innovation on a global scale.

This funding amplifies Mujin's capacity to deliver cutting-edge industrial robotic solutions worldwide, solidifying its position as a technology market leader. By unlocking automation possibilities for previously unattainable tasks, Mujin is reshaping industrial automation's landscape globally.

At the heart of Mujin's vision is a commitment to eliminating mundane and hazardous tasks, envisioning a world where workers can channel their capabilities towards more meaningful endeavors. Their MujinController platform has opened doors for companies to create and implement automation solutions previously deemed impossible.

As a part of their strategic partnership with Japan Post, Mujin will provide expertise in cutting-edge robotic automation. Together, they will aim to drive Japan Post's facilities towards greater efficiency and innovation, aligning with Mujin's commitment to revolutionize industrial operations.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The Port of Los Angeles has announced two major infrastructure projects have won awards for innovation and excellence.

The Wilmington Waterfront Promenade has been honored with two awards for exceptional open public space design. The Port’s Alameda Corridor Terminus Gap Closure project has been recognized as a top regional transportation improvement project.

“These infrastructure initiatives are important elements in the Port’s broader efforts to enhance the overall quality of life for Wilmington residents and foster a healthier and more sustainable community,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Congratulations to the Port’s Engineering and Construction teams for their exceptional work on these projects.”

At the 53rd Annual Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Architectural Awards ceremony—which recognizes projects that encourage meaningful transformation in communities and cities—the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade was named a winner in the “Under Construction” category.

At its 2023 design awards ceremony last month, the Urban Westside Forum also honored the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade as a project demonstrating excellence in city making and community building. The award was decided by an independent jury from a range of building and architectural disciplines.

Expected to open in early 2024, the $77.3 million Wilmington Waterfront Promenade project will create a community park adjacent to the Banning’s Landing Community Center, along with a waterfront promenade, public pier, public dock, public restrooms with a green roof, playground and parking lots. Creating a “window on the waterfront” for the Wilmington community, the nine-acre project also involves the realignment of Water Street, utilities, street work, grading, paving, striping, lighting, landscaping, irrigation, signage, public seating, bike racks and drinking fountains. The project was designed in partnership with Sasaki Associates, Inc. The Sully-Miller Contracting Company served as the contractor.

Winner of the American Public Works Association Southern California Chapter B.E.S.T Award for a regional transportation project, the Port’s $17.3 million Alameda Corridor Terminus Gap Closure project was completed in June 2022. The project entailed construction and modification of 5,000 feet of mainline railway track, helping to eliminate a gap in rail access between the Port’s West Basin area and the Alameda Corridor, and reduce delays in trains serving several terminals. Griffith Company served as the contractor on the project.

RightShip subscription RightShip, a leading global environmental, social and governance (ESG) focused digital maritime platform, is proud to announce the launch of three new subscription tiers to its data and services for owners and managers: RightFLEET Starter, RightFLEET Lite, and RightFLEET Enterprise.

This new tiered model ensures that ship owners and managers of all fleet sizes have access to essential RightShip insights and data.

RightFLEET is designed to help ship owners and managers optimise their vessel performance, reduce operational risks, and enhance their environmental credentials. Subscribers can view and monitor Safety Scores, GHG Ratings, and RightShip Inspection results for their entire fleet or individual vessels. They can also submit key data to maintain their ratings and receive a prioritised review by RightShip experts.

The launch of three tiers for RightFLEET ensures that access to key data for ship owners and managers is flexible and tailored to their needs, allowing subscribers to choose the number of vessels they need, starting from a single vessel. It also offers exclusive benefits such as a dedicated key account manager and alerts on data requirements.

RightFLEET’s three tiers provide ship owners and managers of all sizes access to key RightShip data and services. RightFLEET Starter is designed for ship owners or customers curious about the product, RightFLEET Lite is ideal for owners and managers with small fleets of up to 10 vessels, and RightFLEET Enterprise is tailored for larger fleets and offers additional features such as custom vessel and company lists, notifications, and a vessel activity timeline.

RightShip Head of Commercial, Andy Symonds said: "The new tiered RightFLEET system is a game-changer for ship owners and managers who want to secure more charter contracts and increase their profitability in today’s challenging market. RightFLEET gives them access to the same data and insights that charterers use to make their decisions, enabling them to proactively manage their fleet performance, reputation, and sustainability. RightFLEET is also a great way to demonstrate their commitment to safety and environmental excellence, which are increasingly important factors for charterers and regulators."

RightShip CEO Steen Lund said: “RightFLEET furthers our vision of a zero harm maritime industry. By empowering ship owners and managers with the data and insights they need to improve their fleet performance, we are not only helping them to meet the expectations of charterers and regulators, but also to contribute to the global goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing maritime safety.”

RightFLEET’s three tiers are now available for subscribers to sign up and start benefiting from the full power of RightShip's platform.

Qatar Airways GCE IATA Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer has been elected to the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Governors.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 320 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry where it advocates for the interests of airlines across the globe.

Engr. Badr Al-Meer will be able to support the association in shaping the future growth of safe, secure and sustainable air transport, working with members to connect and enrich our world through air travel. His strong aviation sector experience and knowledge will be put to use with his appointment as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO).

AACO is the regional association of the Arab Airlines representing 34 carriers. Its mission is to promote cooperation amongst its members in many areas such as aero-political affairs, environmental sustainability and training through its regional training centre. Engr. Badr Al-Meer can draw upon his aviation industry experience in AACO’s mission to cooperate with regional and international organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, airlines, manufacturers and service providers.

Engr. Badr Al-Meer became GCEO of Qatar Airways on 5 November 2023 following more than 10 years as the Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport. While leading HIA, Qatar’s global hub airport and gateway to the world, he played an instrumental role in leading major airport milestone projects, including the expansion project “The Orchard” – an incredible tropical garden located at the centre of the terminal expansion, with world class dining outlets and luxurious shopping that has redefined the airport experience. The extension project was one of Doha’s most challenging engineering programmes, and completed ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

From 2018 to 2020, Engr. Badr Al-Meer was a Board Director of the Airports Council International in the Asia/Pacific Region, where his expertise contributed to Future Airport Development and Airport Sustainability.

His leadership was pivotal in Hamad International Airport receiving a number of industry accolades including Skytrax’s ‘Best Airport in the World’ in 2021 and 2022, a testament to the capability and dedication of the entire organisation.

In his career, Engr. Badr Al-Meer has played key roles in some of Qatar’s most iconic developments. As the Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport (HIA) since 2014, he led critical divisions such as MATAR – the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management, Qatar Duty-Free, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Qatar Distribution Centre, Dhiafatina, and real estate. Engr. Badr Al-Meer has built an outstanding track record in construction, and large-scale project development. In his new role as Group CEO, Engr. Badr Al-Meer's experience in delivering successful outcomes in aviation and project management positions him uniquely to lead Qatar Airways Group’s exciting new era that will see innovation cultivate a unified and motivated workforce.

Air Canada DoKaSch Shippers and forwarders using Air Canada Cargo can now rely on DoKaSch Temperature Solutions' Opticooler RKN anywhere serviced by Air Canada’s widebody fleet or dedicated freighters following its certification by Air Canada Cargo.

In additional, the Opticooler RAP is also available to shippers, providing reliable packaging of temperature-sensitive products such as vaccines and other pharmaceuticals.

“We have always been focused on a strong cool chain integrity within our network because the supply of lifesaving medicines is absolutely crucial. Thanks to our global network, we can provide highly reliable and quick transport to a wide variety of destinations. The Opticoolers provided by DoKaSch Temperature Solutions meet our high standards and will help support our extensive cool chain network in the Americas and beyond,” said Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial at Air Canada Cargo.

“With Air Canada Cargo, we have found another important partner in North America who has now fully technically approved our Opticooler®. This is not only another important step for our growth in the region. This also means that even more pharmaceutical shippers can now rely on our reliable Opticooler®. In this way, we contribute to a fast and smooth cold chain for the important and life-saving pharmaceutical shipments,” said Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions.

Through Air Canada’s vast international passenger network, in addition to the routes served by its fleet of dedicated freighters, Air Canada Cargo has access to over 300 cities on six continents. Air Canada Cargo’s self-handled hubs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, London and Frankfurt provide optimal global connections, and allow for the continuous shipment of goods to and from anywhere in Air Canada’s network.

The Opticooler is a temperature-controlled active packaging solution and comes in two sizes: the RAP containers hold up to five euro-pallets, while the smaller RKN version provides space for one pallet. Both containers are battery-powered, can easily be adapted to any transport scenario, and enable customers to always keep the temperatures of their pharmaceutical products in an internal range between two and thirty degrees at all times.

Air China Ameco Air China Cargo and Ameco celebrated today together with Airbus and Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), a subsidiary of ST Engineering and Airbus, the customer release to service (CRS) of the first Airbus A330P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter) platform for Air China Cargo.

This aircraft is the first of more to come, as EFW and Air China Cargo closed a firm contract earlier in 2023 for EFW to redeliver eight A330P2F converted freighters.

All A330 conversion candidate aircraft are owned by Air China Cargo. As the belly cargo capacity of all Air China passenger aircraft is exclusively operated by Air China Cargo, the airline which is the only cargo airline operating with the national flag could gain extensive experiences on operating Airbus aircraft for cargo. “To enforce our freighter fleet with Airbus converted freighters was a natural step,” said Hongyan Wang, Vice president of Air China.

The first A330 aircraft was inducted at EFW’s conversion partner Ameco in the Chengdu facility end Q1 2023 and has been redelivered as per schedule in time. A second aircraft has been already inducted in parallel undergoing the conversion.

“We are glad about the re-delivery and that Air China Cargo will operate Airbus converted freighters for the first time. We are looking forward to seeing soon an A330P2F with the Air China Cargo livery on its air freight mission,” said Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW.

Davies Turner morocco Davies Turner is launching the tried-and-tested point of origin quality control and compliance procedures developed for clients sourcing from Turkey, into a new operation for clients sourcing from Morocco.

The development has seen Davies Turner open a quality control inspection facility with its partner in Morocco for a large online fashion retailer, which sources product from the country, for shipment to fulfilment centres in the UK, the USA and mainland Europe.

Until recently, Davies Turner has provided in-country warehousing, consolidation and overland trailer services from Morocco to the client’s fulfilment centres in the UK and mainland Europe, as well as air and ocean freight services to the fulfilment centres in North America.

Quality control on the commodities contained in those shipments typically took place at the fulfilment centres once the trailers arrived at destination, with products not featuring on the retailer’s website as being available for order until they had cleared all quality control procedures after delivery to the fulfilment centres.

With the new system, those quality control procedures will take place upstream in Tangier. This means that any items from a consignment that are selected for a quality control check, which fail to meet the online retailer’s quality achievement rate, will achieve an earlier fault/concern capture from the consignment origin, enabling them to be returned to the supplier in country for reprocessing.

This will facilitate a reduction in the possibility of ‘sub standard’ product departing from the origin hub in Morocco, which improves freight and transportation costs, whilst also reducing ‘sub standard’ product arriving at the fulfilment centres overseas, improving space and labour costs at those centres.

Alan Williams, director of Davies Turner & Co Ltd says: “Based on past experience in Turkey, this re-engineering of the management of these particular aspects of the online retailer’s supply chain should improve the overall transit times from receipt of consignments in Tangier to availability on the online retailer’s website for purchase. The point of origin quality control process takes place on the day after arrival of the shipments into the Tangier freight hub.

“The re-engineered service is underpinned by our award-winning P2D (purchase to delivery) software system. This is a system that has been designed in house by our IT and business analyst team, which provides an online portal that enables customers to monitor and manage shipments at SKU & Purchase Order (PO) level, delivering full visibility of products moving through their supply chain for all concerned.

“By re-engineering the part of the online retailer’s supply chain for which we are responsible we are improving visibility from origin, of product quality, appearance, composition, compliance and presentation.

“Through the application of the P2D online portal, we are improving reporting tools for the online retailer on supplier trends, performance, developments and successes.

“We are also improving lead times for the client from point of origin reception through to the the availability to sell, whilst reducing costs at various points in the supply chain.”

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