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Ethiopian Aviation University Ethiopian Aviation University, the largest aviation center of excellence in Africa, graduates 627 aviation professionals in a ceremony held at the newly upgraded Ethiopian Aviation University.

The graduates were trainees in the University’s Pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Cabin Crew & Catering, and Commercial & Ground Services programs.

In today’s graduation: 88 pilots, 125 aircraft technicians, 150 cabin crews, and 264 commercial trainees begin the aviation career path.

Congratulating the aviation professionals, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “Human capital development is one of the key pillars in Ethiopian Airlines’ growth strategy. As the largest aviation center of excellence in the continent, we are keen to provide Africa with skilled aviation professionals. We are delighted to have graduates from other African nations in today’s ceremony and to add 228 male and 306 female aviation professionals to the aviation world.”

Ethiopian Aviation University has been accredited by Ethiopian Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various aviation and hospitality fields.

Currently, the University offers various aviation courses such as BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation Maintenance Engineering, Aviation Management & Operations, BA in Tourism & Hospitality Management, MSc in Data Science, MBA in Aviation Management. The University also offers Diploma and Certificate Programs in Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Pilot Training, Cabin Crew and Commercial Training, Leadership & Career Development, Catering Training in addition to ICAO and Online Courses. Ethiopian also owns training facilities in other regional cities of the country including in Hawassa, Dire-Dawa, Bahir-Dar and Mekelle.

Atlas AirRepsol, a multi-energy company committed to leading the energy transition, today announced that it has begun supplying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Atlas Air for use in all its flights with its customer Inditex from Zaragoza Airport (Spain).

Beginning in November, Atlas Air is initially incorporating 5% SAF in all its flights.

The agreement makes New York-based Atlas Air the first cargo airline to use SAF regularly on its cargo flights in Spain, marking a new milestone in the airline sector. The initiative is in line with the companies’ commitments to achieve their respective carbon footprint reduction goals, and also positions them to comply with anticipated compliance measures included in the ReFuelEU Aviation regulations that require use of 2% renewable fuels in 2025, 6% in 2030 and 70% in 2050, respectively.

“With this agreement, we take another step in the decarbonization of aviation. We show that SAF is the future, but also the present. With the upcoming launch of our new advanced biofuels plant in Cartagena (Spain), we are ready to supply the sector with the SAF it needs to realize its decarbonization ambitions,” said Óliver Fernández, Director of International Aviation at Repsol.

“We are committed to contributing to the sustainability of the aviation sector and appreciate this opportunity to work with our valued partners at Inditex and Repsol,” said Richard Broekman, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Sustainability for Atlas Air Worldwide. “It is critical for our sector to work together in driving wider adoption and availability of SAF, which ultimately will have a positive impact on our industry and the environment.”

The agreement also aims to enhance local SAF production, both in terms of refinery capacity and in the sourcing of nearby raw materials, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector. Aena, responsible for the management of the Zaragoza Airport, participates proactively in the promotion and integration of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) to promote their production and encourage their consumption.

Repsol is a pioneer in the manufacture of renewable fuels for all types of transport in Spain. It has been manufacturing biofuels in its industrial complexes for 25 years and already has more than 30 service stations in the Iberian Peninsula that supply 100% renewable fuels to its customers. Renewable fuels are an alternative now available for all transport segments and represent the main solution for aviation, maritime transport, and heavy road transport that do not currently have a viable alternative in electrification.

In the next weeks, Repsol will start up its first plant dedicated exclusively to the production of advanced biofuels in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the first plants of its kind in Europe at its industrial complex in Cartagena (Spain). Repsol has invested more than 200 million euros in the construction of the plant. It will have a production capacity of 250,000 tons of SAF and renewable diesel per year, produced from various types of residues, mainly used cooking oil and waste from the agri-food industry, and will reduce 900,000 tons of CO2 per year.

In 2022, total SAF production worldwide was 240,000 tons, according to the IATA. In 2025, approximately 120,000 tons will be needed in Spain to cover the 2% obligation of RefuelEU Aviation. Production of the new plant will be able to cover all the SAF demand in the Iberian Peninsula, complying with the obligation until the European mandate rises to 3%.

Fincoenergies facilitates Robbert Wehrmeijer wants to contribute to a better world every day.

Not only for the sake of his two daughters, but also for future generations in general. As Managing Director of Carbon Management at FincoEnergies, Wehrmeijer has the same motivation. FincoEnergies is an independent supplier of sustainable energy solutions. The GoodShipping brand uses insetting to make sustainable shipping available to all.

‘We all know the sea level is rising. According to a recent study by the IPCC, in the best-case scenario that will be by an average of 37 centimetres across the globe by the year 2100. GoodShipping is committed to minimising the damage and achieving the most optimistic scenario possible. That is feasible provided no more CO2 is emitted in 2050,’ Wehrmeijer begins.

At the same time, he does not shy away from the challenges: ‘Logistics and transport are responsible for more than a third of global CO2 emissions. That makes it a major source of pollution. And that while the amount of freight being sent worldwide is still increasing. We are in the middle of climate change and if, as a sector, we want to become a sustainable supply chain, we must act now.’ That is what GoodShipping enables, via insetting.

‘Insetting means that we reduce CO2 emissions within the sector in which they are emitted. We do that by facilitating the move from fossil fuels to sustainable biofuels,’ Wehrmeijer explains.

Insetting is the principle that companies use to reduce their ecological footprint, within their own value supply chain. The CO2 reduction is not achieved through compensation but by actually using sustainable alternatives within the chain. An equivalent amount of sustainable transport (in other words CO2 reduction) is purchased through certificates of use of biofuels. By using insetting, companies are able to influence their own values supply chain sustainability in an effective way. Also, the principle promotes a supply chain amendment for the longer term.

By facilitating this switch, scope 3 emissions can be reduced by 85%. And that without the shippers having to make any adjustments to the supply chain.

Even though GoodShipping started with insetting back in 2017, there was no international standard for some time. Together with, inter alia, the Smart Freight Centre (SFC), the World Economic Forum and DHL, GoodShipping developed the Voluntary Market Based Measures Framework for Logistics Emissions Accounting and Reporting.

‘It is actually a set of rules to monitor the traceability and accounting of insetting, which is also called Book & Claim,’ Wehrmeijer explains. The Managing Director of Carbon Management calls the framework a milestone: ‘Following the guidelines creates transparency and companies can effectively quantify, monitor and account for their CO2 emission reduction.’ Furthermore, the framework promotes the acceptance and reliability of insetting and establishes the concept.

‘It’s a good start but no way near enough,’ Wehrmeijer continues. ‘We must scale up and continue exploring other and additional solutions,’ he believes. GoodShippings’ recent expansion to road insetting – a comparable concept but for then for road transport – is a good example of that.

Currently, the focus is predominantly on biofuels, but FincoEnergies is also exploring various alternative solutions for the future, such as electric propulsion, the use of hydrogen and other alternative fuels as well as capturing CO2.

‘We are talking with fleet owners, too,’ Wehrmeijer continues. ‘Sustainable vessels are being developed and built, but the current fleet is still polluting the environment every day in the meantime. With our solution, chain parties can already work on a cleaner future today. Furthermore, we are committed to blockchain technology, so as to guarantee the source of our products and services and to increase transparency in the chain.’

CAccording to Wehrmeijer, the biggest challenge remains convincing all companies to start using biofuels today: ‘We realise what a massive challenge it is to make the transport sector CO2 neutral. Effective solutions are a must, certainly with the increasingly stringent requirements from legislators and regulators.’

Collaboration is therefore also crucial. GoodShipping works closely with the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Smart Freight Centre, among others. ‘At FincoEnergies, we operate as a one-stop-shop. Besides insetting solutions, we offer sustainable biofuels via GoodFuels and for really unavoidable emissions we offer high-impact CO2 credits via GoodZero,’ Wehrmeijer outlines.

To accelerate the move to sustainable shipping, without requiring complicated changes to the supply chain, GoodShipping set up the ‘Switch to Zero’ campaign together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority. In this campaign, companies had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the concept of insetting in an accessible way and to reduce the CO2 emissions of (part of) their freight for an attractive price, without any further obligations. They could thus experience that change is already possible today and that it does not require adjustments to the supply chain.

‘I am proud of the collaboration with all the various stakeholders involved in reducing CO2 emissions within the supply chain,’ Wehrmeijer states. ‘Furthermore, it makes me, or should I say our entire team, proud when we are here at the office and we can see our own bunker vessel on the IJ that we use to facilitate the move from fossil fuels to sustainable biofuels.’ The ultimate goal is for the insetting solutions to become redundant, because global transport has become completely sustainable in itself.

pier 400 clean expressAPM Terminals announces the launch of its “Clean Truck Express” lane at its Pier 400 Los Angeles terminal starting December 5th in support of sustainable transportation.

This dedicated lane is exclusively for vehicles registered in the Port of Los Angeles “Clean Truck Program” and powered by battery electric, natural gas, or other zero emission technologies.

By providing a dedicated lane for these trucks, APM Terminals aims to reduce gate-in times for customers, thereby minimizing energy consumption, promoting lowering emissions, and improving operational efficiency. This approach reflects APM Terminal’s commitment to environmental stewardship and supporting its customers in achieving their sustainability goals.

With its goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2040, APM Terminals globally is committed to expanding access to sustainable logistics. Pier 400’s Clean Truck Express lane, first piloted by APM Terminals Gothenburg, underscores the terminal’s approach to anticipating the future of transportation and its dedication to a cleaner environment.

“This initiative is not just about reducing emissions; it’s about redefining industry standards and helping our customers and communities transition towards sustainable supply chains,” said Jon Poelma, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pier 400.

The express lane is a result of Pier 400's collaborative effort with local trucking communities and industry leaders. Invited guests to the formal ribbon cutting ceremony included representatives of Performance Team and HUDD brand with their growing fleet of Volvo and BYD Class 8 EV trucks, as well as IMC, which is the largest marine drayage provider in the U.S.

“Congratulations to APM Terminals for being the first Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) in the San Pedro port complex to add an expedited service lane for Zero Emissions Vehicles!” said Jim Gillis, president of the Pacific Region, IMC. “We hope that other MTO’s follow suit as we believe that aiding those truckers investing in zero emissions technologies will only accelerate the adoption of these vehicles, ultimately resulting in a cleaner environment for Southern California.”

Approximately 3,000 trucks pass through APM Terminals Pier 400's truck gates each weekday, with over 850,000 truck transactions in the past 12-months.

More than 1,200 battery electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and natural gas trucks operate at the Port of Los Angeles that qualify to use Pier 400’s express Lane.

Initial truck turn time studies point to a potential savings of about 9 minutes per turn on average in the express lane as compared to conventional lanes. Savings can increase significantly during peak hours.

An estimated 34 pounds of Scope 1* CO2e emissions are eliminated per zero-emission truck trip as compared to internal combustion engine powered trips.

With regulations set to prohibit diesel trucks from registering in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) system by January 2024 and the state’s target for 100% zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035, Pier 400 anticipates a near doubling of the number of certified clean trucks eligible for its Clean Truck Express lane by the end of 2024.

APM Terminals Pier 400 will review and look to potentially expand its express lane initiative after the pilot period is completed. The introduction of these priority lanes is one small part of APM Terminal’s broader commitment to decarbonization and lifting the standard of responsibility to secure a sustainable future.

*Scope 1 emissions are direct greenhouse (GHG) emissions that occur from sources that are controlled or owned by an organization.

EcoPulse hybrid electric EcoPulse, the hybrid-electric distributed propulsion aircraft demonstrator jointly developed by Daher, Safran and Airbus to support aviation’s decarbonization roadmap, has successfully performed its first flight test in hybrid-electric mode.

The demonstrator flew with its ePropellers activated, powered by a battery and a turbogenerator.

EcoPulse took off from Tarbes Airport* on November 29, at 10:32 hrs CEST for a test flight which lasted approximately 100 minutes. During the flight, the crew engaged the electric propellers and verified the proper functioning of the demonstrator's flight control computer, high-voltage battery pack, distributed electric propulsion and hybrid electric turbogenerator.

EcoPulse’s first hybrid flight is the culmination of several technical milestones, including extensive ground tests and 10 hours of flight tests of the aircraft with the electrical system inactive.

“We confirmed today that this disruptive propulsion system works in flight, which paves the way for more sustainable aviation,” said Eric Dalbiès, Safran’s Executive Vice President Strategy and Chief Technology Officer. “The lessons learned from upcoming flight tests will feed into our technology roadmap and strengthen our position as leader in future all-electric and hybrid-electric propulsive systems.”

“This is a major milestone for our industry and we’re proud to have powered the EcoPulse demonstrator first flight with our new battery systems,” said Sabine Klauke, Chief Technical Officer at Airbus. High-energy density batteries will be necessary to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, whether for light aircraft, advanced air mobility or large hybrid-electric aircraft. Projects like EcoPulse are key to accelerating progress in electric and hybrid electric flight, and a cornerstone of our aim to decarbonize the aerospace industry as a whole.”

“The flight campaign will give Daher invaluable data on the effectiveness of the onboard technologies, including distributed propulsion, high-voltage batteries and hybrid-electric propulsion,” commented Pascal Laguerre, Chief Technology Officer at Daher. “We’re working to converge practical and significant know-how on design, certification and operation to shape our path toward more sustainable aircraft for the future.”

Unveiled at the 2019 Paris Air Show, EcoPulse is one of the major collaborative projects in Europe in the field of aviation decarbonization. It is supported by CORAC (the French Civil Aviation Research Council), and co-funded by DGAC (the French Civil Aviation Authority) through France Relance (the French government’s economy recovery plan) and NextGeneration EU. The demonstrator aims to evaluate the operational advantages of integrating hybrid-electric distributed propulsion, with specific emphasis on CO2 emissions and noise level reduction. This disruptive propulsion architecture enables a single independent electrical source to power several electric motors distributed throughout the aircraft.

Based on a Daher TBM aircraft platform, EcoPulse is equipped with six integrated electric thrusters or e-Propellers (supplied by Safran), distributed along the wings. Its propulsion system integrates two power sources: a turbogenerator, i.e. an electric generator driven by a gas turbine (supplied by Safran), and a high-energy density battery pack (supplied by Airbus). At the heart of this architecture is a Power Distribution and Rectifier Unit (PDRU), responsible for protecting the high-voltage network and for distributing the available electrical power, as well as high-voltage power harnesses (both provided by Safran). The battery pack designed by Airbus is rated at 800 Volts DC and can deliver up to 350 kilowatts of power. The demonstrator also benefits from the aerodynamic and acoustic integration expertise of the European aircraft manufacturer. Airbus also developed the Flight Control Computer permitting aircraft maneuvers using the ePropellers, and synchrophasing to support future aircraft acoustic recommendations.

Note: the Ecopulse aircraft demonstrator will be showcased during the Green Aero Days organized in Pau (France) on December 6-7, 2023.

CN nomineesCN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced that it has signed and closed an agreement to acquire Iowa Northern Railway (IANR), which operates approximately 275 track miles in Iowa connecting to CN’s U.S. rail network.

The transaction closed into an independent voting trust pending regulatory review of the transaction by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB).

IANR serves upper Midwest agricultural and industrial markets covering many goods, including biofuels and grain. This transaction represents a meaningful opportunity to support the growth of local business by creating single-line service to North American destinations, while preserving access to existing carrier options.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Iowa Northern Railway. We look forward to the opportunities our combined network will provide customers, farmers, and our partners to respond to the needs of their existing and new markets. By enabling all of us to play an even more important role in this critical supply chain and densifying our southern network, we are accelerating sustainable, profitable growth.”
- Tracy Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer at CN

“We are very pleased to have reached a deal with CN. We believe CN shares IANR’s commitment to local stakeholders and that this transaction will be beneficial for customers, employees and the local Iowa economy. We are confident that, as part of CN, IANR will be able to continue to provide reliable first and last mile service to our local customers while providing them access to a much broader network and market.” Daniel Sabin, Chairman at Iowa Northern Railway.

The terms of this transaction were not disclosed. An STB decision regarding the transaction is expected in 2024.

Bechtel vitrification plant Bechtel announced today that it has successfully completed the first set of test glass pours into a stainless-steel storage container designed to hold vitrified radioactive and chemical waste.

This is a critical step in the Department of Energy’s mission to treat waste in southeastern Washington state.

Project craft professionals stand in front of the first 7.5-foot-tall and 4-foot-wide stainless-steel container filled with molten test glass. Attendees at today’s event were able to leave their mark on the milestone by signing the container, which will be stored locally to mark this significant step toward protecting the nearby Columbia River.

The Bechtel-designed Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant is a one-of-a-kind vitrification facility that will use two melters to treat low-level chemical and radioactive waste and protect the nearby Columbia River from waste dating back to World War II and the Cold War. Learn more about Bechtel’s role in the project here.

Earlier this summer, the Bechtel team heated the first of the two 300-ton melters in the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once at that operating temperature, 30,000 lbs. of frit, or small glass beads sourced from a local business, were added to the melter to form a pool of molten test glass. Today, the Bechtel team celebrates the successful filling of the first container with clean test glass, marking a major milestone for the project.

Project Director and Bechtel Senior Vice President Brian Hartman said: "The Bechtel team has made history by filling the first stainless-steel container with molten test glass from the world's largest nuclear waste melter. This accomplishment stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to safety, excellence, and collaboration. Our team has worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone. Their tenacity and dedication are truly inspiring.”

The test glass poured is “clean,” which means it only includes the molten frit with no chemical simulants or radioactive waste.

The first of the specially designed stainless-steel containers that will eventually hold vitrified low-activity chemical and radioactive tank waste has now completed its journey through the LAW Facility.

Looking into the first container that was filled with clean glass at the Waste Treatment Plant in Washington State. Bechtel colleagues have been working to build a plant that will treat chemical and radioactive waste stored at the Hanford site. Today that hard work was celebrated by a special event at the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility.

President of Bechtel National, Inc., Dena Volovar said: “I am immensely proud of our team for the attention to detail and dedication to safety that has led them to this milestone. This sort of focus will be vital as the team begins the rigorous cold and hot commissioning processes, and applying lessons learned from the heatup of the first melter to the second. The mission to clean up waste and protect the local community and environment is one Bechtel is proud to support.”

During the cold and hot commissioning process, tests will be conducted using non-radioactive simulants to ensure the LAW Facility is operating as expected.

Fast Facts: Each stainless-steel container measures 7.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide; When filled, each stainless-steel container will weigh approximately 6.8 metric tons; Once fully operational, the LAW Facility will process 5,300 gallons of tank waste each day and fill 3.5 containers each day; The containers of vitrified low-activity waste will be trucked from WTP to the Hanford Site’s Integrated Disposal Facility; Vitrification Defined: Vitrification is a process to convert chemical and radioactive waste into an immobilized form safe for storage or disposal by mixing the waste with glass-forming materials and heating it to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit.

CEVA Pilot program CEVA Logistics, ENGIE, and SANEF—partners in the European Clean Transport Network (ECTN) Alliance—launched the proof of concept of the low-carbon, long-distance road transport network.

First announced in March, the Network’s pilot program covers a distance of more than 900 kilometers in France between Avignon and Lille, aiming to demonstrate the ECTN concept to facilitate the decarbonization of long-distance road freight transport. The concept would not require specific technological innovations, but rather relies on a network of terminals for low-carbon truck refueling and trailer exchange.

By providing transporters with a solution based on alternative energies to diesel for long-distance freight transport, the concept addresses shipping customers’ demands for decarbonizing their cargo flows, while also aligning with the growing need for energy transition.

The Alliance’s concept draws inspiration from the traditional “relay” concept by establishing relay stations equipped with electric charging stations and bioCNG refueling pumps for trucks along the existing highway network. At these relay stations, trailers are disconnected and reconnected to a new tractor unit and driver for the next segment for transport.

The test route between Avignon and Lille is divided into four segments between: Avignon (Vaucluse) - Lyon (Rhône) - Dijon (Côte-d’Or) - Sommesous (Marne) - Lille (Nord). Each truck completes two round trips per day between two of these relay stations. This daily round-trip principle on a defined road segment contributes to improving working conditions for truck drivers and making the profession more attractive by reducing the distance travelled between home and work.

Each member of the ECTN Alliance is contributing its expertise to the implementation of the pilot: CEVA established relay stations at its Avignon, Lyon, Dijon, and Lille branches and has set up a control tower in Valenciennes to supervise cargo flows and to monitor transit times and energy consumption; ENGIE is installing and operating electric charging stations and biogas distribution pumps; SANEF is hosting a relay station at its Sommesous service area.

Starting initially with four bioGNC trucks operated by F.D.E. Transports, the pilot will gradually expand to include 16 trucks, including 12 electric ones, and will welcome new transport partners and shippers. Ultimately, the program aims to enable the 16 semi-trailers to traverse the network five days a week—eight traveling northward from the Marseille-Avignon commercial area and eight others to travel southward from Lille.

Major names in commerce and industry, such as Intermarché Food Logistics and Heineken, are expressing their interest in the ECTN concept and are participating in the trial, entrusting some of their cargo flows to be transported through the ECTN network.

The ECTN concept is designed to be open to various stakeholders, including trucking companies, truck drivers, shipping customers, energy suppliers, motorway operators, truck manufacturers, and public authorities. All stakeholders are invited to participate in the Network’s development and the proof of concept.

Processes and software tools will be developed and improved to transmit low-carbon traction certificates to customers with unprecedented precision and ensure real-time supervision of the complete system, including the 16 low-carbon trucks, six electric charging stations, and numerous bioCNG refueling stations.

Simultaneously, a feasibility study has been launched by a team of experts in logistics (CEVA), motorway management and operation (SANEF), and low-carbon, heavy-duty mobility (ENGIE), as well as experts from ENGIE Impact and Carbone 4. The study aims to model the entire concept as it might eventually be deployed across Europe. Expected in the coming months, the results will provide an estimate of the Network’s potential contribution to decarbonize long-distance road transport at the European level. The study will also outline the conditions that would enable the concept’s full implementation.

Luc Nadal, Managing Director of CEVA Logistics Europe, said, “The ECTN project has been more than two years in the making. By combining the skills and expertise of three major French companies, with the support of our partners and customers, we have brought together all the conditions needed to provide a concrete response to the critical challenge of decarbonizing road freight transport in Europe. When we see what is happening with the electric car, we can make that possible for heavy goods vehicles, with the support of European public authorities. This experiment is a first step towards a large-scale transformation of our industry, with considerable benefits for the environment.”

Andrew Mueller Crowley Andrew Mueller has joined Crowley as vice president of government relations where he will be leading the company’s activities at the federal level with members of Congress and the Administration.

His leadership will strengthen the company’s advocacy for laws, policies, and regulations that support the comprehensive array of Crowley’s business strategy and growth.

Mueller joins Crowley with more than 20 years of in-depth experience in federal advocacy and strong expertise in defense and national security. Mueller most recently served as senior director of policy and international development for General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, where he led active legislative proposals and programs that strategically served business operations and development activities for General Atomics technologies as well as foreign military sales, marketing and export licensing efforts for advanced naval systems.

“We’re excited to welcome Andrew as he joins Crowley’s government relations team where he will help direct our relationships and understanding of legislative and policy environments as well as engagements affecting the industry and the company,” said Crowley’s Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Parker Harrison. “He will be a great addition to VP of Global Government Relations Clay Heil’s team to further advance our partnership with the government and military at home and abroad. Crowley’s supply chain solutions will be strengthened by Andrew’s expertise and leadership.”

Mueller earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a veteran, having served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during a two-decade military career.

Dronamics Black Swan 2Dronamics, the world’s first cargo drone airline, announced the appointment of Gavin Gomes as Chief Revenue Officer and a member of its Executive team.

Effective 1st January 2024, Gavin Gomes will step into the role after serving as General Manager, Dronamics Australia since August this year.

The appointment comes as Dronamics prepares for its next phase - the launch of commercial operations, starting in Greece, followed by the rest of the Mediterranean, the Gulf region as well as Australia. Gavin’s track record in senior commercial roles in both start-up and private companies, listed entities and global multinationals, will be central to Dronamics’ evolving its commercial model and creating compelling customer experiences. The company has secured launch customers including Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (Germany), Hellenic Post (Greece), Emirates Post Group (UAE), Aramex (UAE), and will be looking to establish itself in market verticals including e-commerce, parcel and post, perishables, pharma, and spare parts.

Previously, Gavin has led commercial and management teams at companies such as Australia Post, Canon, Telstra, and IBM. His experience includes steering transitions and expansions of multinational companies.

With aviation as one of his life-long passions, Gavin is also a qualified pilot and currently serves as a non-executive director of Royal Victorian Aero Club and CM Pacific Pty Ltd.

Gavin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a master’s degree in Commerce from the University of NSW, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance.

He succeeds Tim Martin, who is departing Dronamics to explore new opportunities.

“We are delighted to welcome Gavin into the Chief Revenue Officer role. Since joining us, he has consistently demonstrated exceptional management abilities, essential for helping drive Dronamics into its next chapter. His leadership qualities are not only impressive but also align perfectly with our company culture. Gavin's capacity to motivate commercial teams and navigate challenges skillfully is remarkable. We are thrilled to leverage his vast experience and expertise as we embark on the next stage of our company's growth.

“As Gavin steps into his new role, we also acknowledge the contributions of Tim Martin. His work with Dronamics has been very important in our journey, and we are thankful for the dedication he has shown. We deeply appreciate everything he has done for Dronamics and wish him all the best in his new endeavors,’’ said Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of Dronamics.

DB UEFA 2024 Deutsche Bahn (DB) is getting into the football spirit.

Thanks to special offers and more trains for Football European Championship matches, all fans and the 24 national teams will be able to travel by climate-friendly train during the upcoming UEFA EURO 2024™. DB will offer nearly 10,000 additional seats each day on ICE and Intercity trains around match days.

"UEFA intends to host a climate-friendly European Football Championship in Germany in 2024," says Dr. Michael Peterson, Member of the Management Board for Long Distance Passenger Transport at DB. "We look forward to supporting UEFA EURO 2024™ as a strong partner. Big events can't be climate-friendly without trains: People traveling to and from these events are responsible for up to 80% of the emissions. We're putting all the trains we have onto the rails for the sustainable European Championships next year, and that's a lot. This year alone, we have received three brand new ICE trains every month."

Anyone with a ticket to a match and traveling within Germany can purchase discounted tickets for the journey to the match and back. The DB Ticket EURO 2024 will cost EUR 29.90 per trip and can be booked at bahn.de/db-fussball-ticket beginning January 17.

For the first time, a special offer will be available to ticket holders from other European countries, too. Fans can purchase an Interrail Pass discounted by 25% for UEFA EURO 2024™, which is good for travel between Germany and 32 countries. Customers can choose from a set number of travel days on which to use the pass for travel to and from the destination as well as for unlimited travel within Germany on those days. The Interrail Pass EURO 2024 will also go on sale on January 17. More information will be available in the UEFA Event Guide as of December 2: uefa.com/euro2024/event-guide

DB is expecting tens of thousands of additional passengers on trains to the venues. As part of its Strong Rail strategy, DB set the course for its fleet expansion well in advance. Thanks to these efforts, it now has a modern ICE fleet, which will grow to over 400 trains in the coming months. DB is significantly expanding its timetable during the championship period. It will use longer ICE trains and offer trains on additional days, for example. What's more, 14 special EURO trains will run daily. 10,000 additional seats are already firmly planned into the timetable in the days around the matches. Even more will be added once the results of the EURO Final Draw for the group stage are known and the routes requiring additional capacity are identified. Additional special trains will then be planned at short notice for the final.

The additional capacity is primarily intended for late evening and overnight connections in order to offer many travel options for departures from the matches. During the tournament, DB will nearly double the number of travel options after 11 pm from the 10 venues to the 20 busiest long-distance stops.

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