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CEVA FlagCEVA Logistics is accelerating its digital transformation with the launch of myCEVA, a new transactional platform enabling shippers to manage their complete shipping journey online. The online tool provides a seamless customer experience by giving them greater control over every function and a larger range of options whatever the circumstances.

Greater control for customers over the booking process
myCEVA has been designed to give customers greater control over the booking process while simultaneously improving efficiency through greater process automation. Customers can instantly receive quotes, make bookings and track shipments in real time, which will enhance the customer experience.

After a successful pilot phase in the US in May 2020, myCEVA is working towards covering all transport modes in every region of the world and has been launched in a phased manner with FCL and LCL ocean freight customers using specific Trade Lanes from/to the US, China and India.

During Summer 2020, myCEVA will become available for importers and exporters located in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and the UK; and by Fall 2020, myCEVA will be widely open to Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Access to all functionalities online
Across myCEVA, customers will have access to every function they need to make their business run smoothly, including Schedules, Quotes, eBooking facilities, eDocumentation, online support, Track & Trace and Account Management. The whole platform is fully integrated into CEVA’s global operations for both imports and exports.

A simple on-boarding process has been developed and customers will be able to access both face-to-face and online training depending on the region they are based in.

Increased reliability and efficiency
Connected to a reliable information system, myCEVA instantly suggests the right schedule at the right price. The platform lets users seamlessly book and manage their cargo’s entire journey thanks to live assistance and a dashboard to monitor the progress of their shipment step-by-step. myCEVA also allows a more efficient collaboration with other stakeholders involved, thanks to an integrated place to store, receive and share shipping documents.

One place for all freight solutions
myCEVA initially opened for business to ocean freight shippers and will soon allow Air and Road freight routes. Progressively, the platform will become fully multimodal and multicarrier, thereby simplifying the management of shipments.

Instant estimation of CO2 emissions by end 2020
As part of the CMA CGM Group’s commitment to offer more eco-friendly solutions and services, CEVA has developed a door-to-door CO2 calculator for shippers to use prior to shipment in order to allow them to select the most eco-responsible route. This feature will be fully functional before the end of 2020.

Additional functionalities to further improve the customer experience will be added in the coming months, including a Mobile App, a self-service customer support portal, enhanced live tracking capabilities and electronic Bill of Lading.
Mathieu Friedberg, Chief Executive Officer – CEVA Logistics, states: “At CEVA Logistics, we have identified digitalization as a cornerstone of our strategic turnaround and transformation plan. We are therefore excited to present myCEVA, a significant achievement on this path to reinventing the logistics industry and pioneering its development. It is also testimony to CEVA’s commitment to offering our customers the most innovative and best-in-class services.”

DUNKERQUEDunkerque-Port has just joined the “Getting to Zero” Coalition, in order to support the decarbonisation of the shipping industry by working in conjunction with companies from the shipping, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors.

The aim of the Coalition is to help reach the objective set by the International Maritime Organisation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by shipping by at least 50% by 2050 (compared with the levels of 2008). To achieve this, through its members, the Coalition aims to commission zero-emission and commercially viable ocean-going vessels, powered by zero-emission fuels by 2030.

By participating in the “Fuels and Technologies” working group, the port's membership in the Coalition marks an additional step in Dunkerque-Port's commitment to its customers in the maritime sector and underlines its intent to act on their energy demand, by helping them to reduce their own emissions. Dunkerque-Port intends to make its contribution to the Coalition by sharing its expertise, in particular on the strategic priorities of port infrastructure requirements for fuel storage and facilities for refuelling ships.
Referring to the membership, Stéphane Raison, President of the Executive Board of Dunkerque-Port stated: “By joining the "Getting to Zero" Coalition, we wish to support innovation and participate in the concerted action taken by all the stakeholders in the sector, thereby helping to more effectively reduce the carbon footprint of maritime transport. Ports are key locations for the development of infrastructures dedicated to the production of new zero-carbon energy sources for ships.

"The Port of Dunkerque aims to install low-carbon (LNG) and zero-carbon power production plants (Hydrogen, dimethyl ether (DME), renewable electricity) within its precinct over the next five years in order to fuel ships fitted with new engines. We are already working on this issue and want our maritime activities to be part of the European Green Agreement. In addition, the port of Dunkerque has a number of assets well worth mentioning: its geographic location near the Dover Strait (the busiest in the world), its large LNG terminal, its shore-side electrical connection for container ships, its large land reserves, and its river and rail connection with its hinterland. We have the tools to work on the development of zero- carbon energy sources for ships and river boats. Dunkerque-Port is already actively helping to improve the environmental footprint of maritime transport, in particular by setting up LNG bunker refuelling facilities and developing marine lubricants, biofuels and batteries."

qatar a350Qatar Airways welcomes the Judgment of the International Court of Justice affirming that the ICAO Council has the jurisdiction to hear any disagreement relating to the interpretation and implementation of the Chicago Convention 1944 and the International Air Services Transit Agreement.

We look forward to observing the return of the State of Qatar to Montreal to urge the ICAO Council to condemn the illegal airspace blockade of it and take appropriate actions to require the four blockading States to comply with their obligations under international law in order to restore the normalcy of international civil aviation.

In line with the ruling of the ICJ and the legal precedent allowing the State of Qatar to continue its case at ICAO against the blockading States, Qatar Airways will pursue its case for appropriate compensation of the financial injuries inflicted on Qatar Airways as a result of the illegal airspace blockade.

The arbitrary and abusive measures that these four States have taken against us have devastated our carefully planned decades-long programme for investment and growth in those countries; they have arbitrarily prevented us from serving hundreds of thousands of passengers, and transporting tens of thousands of tons of cargo to and from each of these countries annually.

At Qatar Airways, we firmly believe that travel is a right for all and that this world is all of ours to explore. Qatar Airways will pursue all available legal remedies to secure full compensation to protect our rights and the rights of our customers.

LHR VirginVirgin Atlantic has reached a major milestone towards securing its future today, by announcing plans for a private-only solvent recapitalisation of the airline, following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global economy, the nation and the travel and aviation industry.

Virgin Atlantic has taken a big step forward in securing its future, by launching a court backed process as part of a solvent recapitalisation of the airline and holiday business, with a Restructuring Plan that once approved and implemented, will keep Virgin Atlantic flying.

The Restructuring Plan is based on a five year business plan, and with the support of shareholders Virgin Group and Delta, new private investors and existing creditors, it paves the way for the airline to rebuild its balance sheet and return to profitability from 2022.

The recapitalisation will deliver a refinancing package worth c.£1.2bn over the next 18 months in addition to the self-help measures already taken, including cost savings of c.£280m per year and c.£880m rephasing and financing of aircraft deliveries over the next five years.

o Shareholders are providing c.£600m in support over the life of The Plan including a £200m investment from Virgin Group, and the deferral of c.£400m of shareholder deferrals and waivers

o Virgin Atlantic welcomes new partner Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, a global institutional investment management firm which is providing £170m of secured financing

o Creditors will support the airline with over £450m of deferrals

o The airline continues to have the support of credit card acquirers (Merchant Service Providers) Lloyd’s Cardnet and First Data.

To secure approval from all relevant creditors before implementation, the Restructuring Plan will go through a court-sanctioned process under Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006 (the “Restructuring Plan”). With support already secured from the majority of stakeholders, it’s expected that the Restructuring Plan and recapitalisation will come into effect late Summer 2020.

Global aviation was one of the first industries impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and will be one of the last to fully recover. From the start, the airline took decisive action to ensure its survival. In March, the Leadership Team took voluntary pay cuts and since April, more than 80% of the workforce has benefitted from the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, supporting efforts to preserve cash and minimise costs. In Q2, flying fell by 98% and in the second half of 2020, capacity is expected to reduce by at least 60% compared to 2019, with pre-crisis levels of flying unlikely to return until 2023. With the suspension of passenger flying in April, the airline delivered an unparalleled network of cargo-only flying, operating more than 1400 cargo flights in April, May and June.

In May, the difficult decision was taken to reshape and resize in order to emerge from the crisis sustainably profitable, and regrettably the airline had to reduce the number of people it employs by 3,550 across all functions.

Having closed its London Gatwick base, while retaining a slot portfolio at the airport to protect opportunities for future growth, leisure flying is now consolidated at London Heathrow and Manchester. By 2022 Virgin Atlantic will fly the same number of sectors as 2019 despite its smaller scale, demonstrating productivity and efficiency improvements. The airline will operate a streamlined fleet of 37 twin engine aircraft following the retirement of 7 x 747s and 4 x A332s by Q1 2022, with rescheduled delivery of outstanding A350s and A339s.
 
From 20 July Virgin Atlantic will restart passenger flying and has a vital role to play in supporting the UK economy as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic. Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Atlantic Holidays will continue to support global supply chains and flying customers safely to the places they love to travel. While demand will be slow to recover, Virgin Atlantic will ensure its customers always feel confident to fly by continuing to prioritise the health, safety and security of its people and customers throughout their journey. Sustainability remains central to the airline, and its simplified fleet will be 10% more efficient than it was pre-crisis.

Shai Weiss, CEO, Virgin Atlantic commented: “Few could have predicted the scale of the Covid-19 crisis we have witnessed and undoubtedly, the last six months have been the toughest we have faced in our 36-year history. We have taken painful measures, but we have accomplished what many thought impossible. The solvent recapitalisation of Virgin Atlantic will ensure that we can continue to provide vital connectivity and competition to consumers and businesses in Britain and beyond. We greatly appreciate the support of our shareholders, creditors and new private investors and together, we will ensure that Virgin Atlantic can emerge a sustainably profitable airline, with a healthy balance sheet.
“Once our plan is approved, we will continue to focus on providing our customers with the service they have come to expect. Despite the incredible efforts of our teams, through cancelled flights and delayed refunds we have not lived up to the high standards we set ourselves, but we will do everything in our power to earn back their trust.
“While we must not underestimate the challenges ahead and the need to continuously respond to this crisis, I know that now, more than ever before, our people are what sets us apart. I have been humbled by their support and unwavering solidarity throughout. The pursuit of our vision continues and that is down to each one of them.”

Christos NEW 1 copyHong Kong based Neutral Air Partner (NAP), the global network of air cargo architects and aviation specialists and UK’s Peter Shepherd Consultancy, have joined forces to launch Perishable Logistics Network, a brand-new perishable focused logistics network.

Perishable Logistics Network (PLN) will be empowered by NAP and will be targeting independent and privately-owned companies with a proven record of exemplary services and understanding of perishable logistics temperature control products.

PLN’s aim is to assist SME’s within the perishable & cold chain logistics industry, to compete both in service and price with the global forwarders, while offering a platform of Fresh logistic connections and innovative digital tools for a matchless outstanding global advantage.

Peter Shepherd, CEO of the new specialty group PLN, has 50 years’ experience in the global freight marketplace, worldwide experience in the sales environment, enjoying heading up commercial sales teams including AMI Air Menzies international.

“We are very delighted to announce the launch of PLN. Its membership will be comprised of local and independent perishable logistics specialists, committed to delivering global fresh & temperature-control supply chain solutions with no boundaries. We are offering networking skills, professionalism and expertise which will be unique within the perishable logistics sector. We are looking to expand SME’s opportunities worldwide under the NAP umbrella, and the large range of benefits Neutral Air Partner network has to offer”, said Peter Shepherd.

Christos Spyrou, CEO of NAP, added: “Perishable and cold chain logistics are essential for the growth and sustainability of the air cargo industry and the logistics sector. Being one of the leading air cargo networks with 250 local airfreight heroes in 150 countries, we were looking at the right timing and opportunity to get involved in the fresh & perishable logistics field, and we are very excited with this new partnership”

Cargolux New livery 2020 LX NCLOne of Cargolux’s 747-400ERF freighters, LX-NCL, has been welcomed home to Luxembourg sporting a brand-new retro livery.

The aircraft is expected to land in the Grand Duchy at 16:45 local time. Its unique design celebrates the airline’s 50 years of existence; combining a vintage visual with the iconic lines of the jumbo jet. This duality perfectly depicts Cargolux; rooted in its pioneering history while remaining resolutely geared towards the future.

LX-NCL’s retro livery is inspired by the design that Cargolux’s first airplanes bore in the 70s. The airline’s initial fleet comprised Canadair CL-44 swing-tail freighters; unique models that were quickly complemented by the Douglas DC-8 as the company moved into the jet age. Fifty years after its inception, Cargolux decided to revive the retro design as a tribute to its evolution throughout the past half-century.

Now in its jubilee year, Cargolux had planned to celebrate this remarkable milestone with several events, including the inauguration of its brand-new headquarters in Luxembourg. In light of the current Covid-19 situation, however, the company has taken the decision to cancel these gatherings.

Cargolux is extremely proud to have served as an air bridge especially with China, Asia and the rest of the world in bringing vital medical supplies not only for the country but also for the rest of Europe and other impacted parts of the globe.

A330 900 DeltaDelta Cargo has partnered with online payment platform PayCargo and Unisys to offer customers an additional option to pay for their shipments’ destination charges. The new service for cargo shipments that originated internationally and delivered throughout the U.S. will be available from today. 

PayCargo is the world’s leading online payment platform for the air cargo and shipping industry. Its secure and easy-to-use system has cost benefits directly for Delta Cargo’s customers as it automates data flows, eliminates the need to send paper checks and enables same-day release of cargo. To use the system, customers must first register via the PayCargo website. Customers will then receive updated charges information and efficiently process payments due at the destination. Once payment is made, Delta Cargo is notified in real-time to process the shipment and expedite shipment release.

“Delta Cargo is focused on making it easy to do business with us and our new collaboration with PayCargo and Unisys does just that,” said Shawn Cole, Vice President - Delta Cargo. “As we strive to become the airline of choice for our customers, we know that offering secure payment options is one way we can achieve this.”

Lionel van der Walt, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas, PayCargo said: “PayCargo is honoured to partner with a prestigious carrier such as Delta Air Lines. This collaboration, made possible through our integration with Unisys, will facilitate significant cost and operational efficiencies by enabling staff to expedite the release of cargo without the need for accessing multiple systems, and automates data flows to save time and avoid costly human errors.”

Unisys is an innovative provider of digital solutions for the air cargo industry. The integrated solution that Unisys offers with PayCargo will automate the payment process for improved visibility and streamlined operations.

“By leading the integration with PayCargo, Unisys was instrumental in facilitating additional payment options to provide the speed and flexibility to seamlessly process transactions across platforms,” said Curtis Schuler, Unisys Vice President - Client Management, Americas. “Our long-term relationship and in depth understanding of Delta’s operations, along with PayCargo’s expertise in payments systems, allowed the joint team to deliver real benefits within five months.”

Boeing Volga DneprVolga-Dnepr Group has appointed Konstantin Vekshin as Chief Commercial Officer. Vekshin’s key objectives will be to implement the Group’s approved marketing directive and sales plan, in addition to the centralisation and digitalisation of all its sales teams.

Volga-Dnepr Group is formed of an alliance of all-cargo airlines – celebrating its 30th year of operations in 2020. The Group includes Volga-Dnepr Airlines – the world’s largest operator of the AN-124 and modernised IL-76-TD-90VD, AirBridgeCargo - a world leader of scheduled B747F operations, and ATRAN – a B737F operator dedicated to the e-commerce market.

Konstantin Vekshin joined the Volga-Dnepr Group in 1997, and developed his career from sales executive to CCO subgroup Vice-President, sales and marketing. Mr. Vekshin has had a vast range of industry experience from Vice-President, Charter & Government division with Centurion Cargo Airlines, to Vice-President of Air Freight Charters with Bertling Logistics. In October 2016, Mr. Vekshin was appointed managing director of CargoLogicManagement, and since August 2018 has held the position of executive president, Charter Cargo Operations (CCO) for Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

The Group’s shareholder, Mr. Alexey Isaykin, a world recognised veteran in aviation, welcomed Mr. Vekshin’s new appointment, saying “it is through our Group’s joint successes that our company is in a good state of “health” whilst continuing to solve our clients objectives during these challenging times. Konstantin has exceptional experience and unique knowledge, which is appreciated not only by the Volga-Dnepr Group, but throughout the air cargo industry.”

TAPA Dashboard copyThe Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has entered into a strategic partnership with the supply chain services and solutions division at BSI to support the digital transformation of its supply chain Security Standards audit processes and to increase its members’ access to new levels of risk management intelligence and incident data.

At the forefront of the collaboration in TAPA’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions will be the use of BSI’s Supply Compliance Manager (SCM) online auditing tool to enable the Association’s Independent Audit Bodies (IABs) to automate the certification processes for TAPA’s Facility (FSR), Trucking (TSR), Parking (PSR) and Guarding (GSR) Security Standards. TAPA Americas is also evaluating the new tool with a view to its future adoption.

Following the 1 July 2020 launch of the latest revisions of TAPA’s Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) in EMEA and APAC, the tool will help to support the acceleration of TAPA certifications, which are already at their highest-ever level. It will give the Association:
• Access to previously unavailable data and reports
• Scalability to manage international demand for TAPA Standards from Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers
• Oversite of IAB performance versus KPIs
• Automation of corrective actions, waiver capture and processing, with access to archive data
• Data sources for Standards revisions and repeat non-compliances
• Future opportunities to customize reports and key findings for members with multiple certifications

TAPA’s IABs will benefit from using a standalone tool for the Association’s certification program to ensure consistency and compliance with TAPA’s requirements.

Thorsten Neumann, President & CEO of TAPA EMEA, commented: “Our digital transformation in EMEA is going to change the way we do business by improving our processes, giving us the ability to manage growth without significant increases in overhead, and increasing not only the benefits we deliver to our members but also to ultimately give them access to digital self-service platforms to access accurate data, support and intelligence.

“The launch of our updated FSR and TSR Standards comes at a time when the international focus on supply chain resilience has never been greater as companies prepare for the ‘new normal’ in a post-COVID world. Demand for our Security Standards is rising like never before. BSI’s auditing tool will ensure we deliver faster and more visible certification solutions via both our IAB partners and self-certification solutions. With BSI, we have the opportunity to build a relationship with a long-term partner which manages audit and supply chain compliance programs for multiple Fortune 500 companies in more than 90 countries. Leveraging this knowledge and expertise will help us deliver more services and solutions to our members than ever before and enhance our strong innovation agenda.”

Tony Lugg, Chair of TAPA APAC, added: “BSI is a highly respected global player that has demonstrated great flexibility and cooperation to us. We believe working more closely together will enable us to deliver more intuitive online and digital solutions for TAPA members globally and greatly support our mission to reduces losses in supply chains by offering practical resilience solutions through our Standards, incident intelligence and training programs.”

In addition to auditing services, BSI and TAPA will exchange supply chain security intelligence and BSI will also provide Subject Matter Experts for TAPA webinars and other member events and communications. TAPA and BSI will also look to develop joint research opportunities, following the publication of their ‘Last Mile Cargo Theft Report’ earlier this year.

Shelley Sjerven, SCM Practice Director, BSI, said: “Our partnership and shared commitment to ensuring supply chain resilience has always underpinned our relationship with TAPA. We are delighted to continue to be a part of TAPA’s strategic digital transformation program and look forward to bringing an innovative approach to meeting TAPA’s objectives. Leveraging the SCM tool will enable TAPA to provide increased transparency through improved analytics and drive efficiencies with streamlined processes through digitized technology. SCM has many new and innovative features that enable greater personalization, deeper visualization and analysis, and connectivity to futuristic technologies. The platform is utilized globally by many industries concerned about resilience within their supply chain including security, cyber, business continuity and sustainability.”

Bollore Logisitcs new office in Madagascar copyBolloré Logistics Madagascar has opened a new office in the Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

The facility includes 300 m2 of offices and 108 m2 of customs warehouses and will provide logistics solutions with a tailor-made and secure service for transport from remote regions of Madagascar to Ivato International Airport, the main airport for air traffic cargo. This perfectly suits the increased volumes in the vanilla market, with new flows created with a door-to-door offer to the USA for vanilla products.

The positioning has also strengthened partnerships with clients and suppliers and facilitated end-to-end solutions for all vanilla exporters. New solutions can also now be offered to the various other markets including the developing textile market.

Benefits of the new premises include fluidity of operations and communication due to the proximity to the airlines, handlers and customs. During the Covid-19 period (since March 2020), the office has facilitated the transfer of flows from destinations not served from Madagascar via the CDG hub.

"The opening of this new, modern and secured office is testament to a skilled team who have succeeded in three years, to gain 60% market share of the difficult and demanding vanilla market." said Sébastien Barth, Managing Director of Bolloré Logistics Madagascar.

United DenverUnited Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

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