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Abu Dhabi Pharma.Aero Middle East Abu Dhabi Airports has joined Pharma.Aero, the global membership network for Life Science and MedTech manufacturers, certified cargo communities and airport operators, as a strategic member representing the Middle East.

The collaboration with Pharma.Aero builds on Abu Dhabi’s growth as a global healthcare and life sciences hub, and the success of the HOPE Consortium, an Abu Dhabi-led public private partnership that is committed to working together to overcome the challenges of vaccine distribution and logistics.

“We are pleased to join Pharma.Aero as a strategic partner for the Middle East, representing the global cross-industry network of Life Science and MedTech air cargo industry stakeholders in the region. Along with Etihad Cargo, we look forward to collaborating with industry leaders to contribute to the overall development of the pharmaceutical supply chain,” said His Excellency Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

Abu Dhabi Airports is set to pursue major air cargo infrastructure expansion projects with a strong focus on products capable of efficiently handling time and temperature-sensitive cargo, including those from within pharmaceuticals and life science.

Trevor Caswell, Chairman of Pharma.Aero, welcomes Abu Dhabi Airports’ decision to play such an important role in the organisation: “We are thrilled to have Abu Dhabi Airports join Pharma.Aero as a strategic member for the Middle East region. We look forward to a strong, active and collaborative partnership with them as we welcome them on board.”

Frank Van Gelder, Secretary General of Pharma.Aero, added: “Developing active and far-reaching airport pharma communities is essential to the core strategy of Pharma.Aero – therefore, it is with great pleasure to welcome Abu Dhabi Airports as the new strategic partner for the Middle East. We are confident that their participation, along with Etihad Cargo, will pave the way for the future of our association in the region.”

IMO Secretary General tributes IMO Secretary-General pays special tribute to the late Mr. William O’Neil, IMO Secretary-General Emeritus at the annual IMO Awards ceremony (2 November).

Mr. O'Neil was Secretary-General of IMO from 1990 to 2003.

IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Kitack Lim, used the annual IMO Awards ceremony (2 November) as an opportunity to pay special tribute to the late Mr. William A. O'Neil, IMO Secretary-General Emeritus, who died in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2020, aged 93. Mr. O'Neil was Secretary-General of IMO from 1990 to 2003.

Mr. Lim welcomed those attending the 2022 IMO Awards Ceremony, the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic that the Awards have been held in-person. Addressing the audience, which included Mr. O'Neil's widow, Mr. Lim said Mr. O'Neil had made "a huge personal contribution to securing globally applicable safety, security and environmental standards," during his 14 years as IMO Secretary-General.

Describing him as "a great friend to the Organization and to all of us, the Secretary-General went on to detail the "lasting legacy" Mr. O'Neil left on the Organization through his commitment to the universality of IMO, and the significant increase in membership that he oversaw. "He encouraged wide and effective participation in the Organization from all stakeholders in the maritime sector", Mr. Lim said.

Mr. O'Neil's support for developing States, his persistence in searching for new sources of funding and his tireless work to strengthen the relevance and capacity of IMO's educational institutes, the World Maritime University and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute were highlighted. Mr. Lim also cited the many new treaties adopted during Mr. O'Neil's tenure, and his work to tackle contemporary issues, from maritime security after the September 2001 attacks to the management of ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species.

The Secretary-General spoke of Mr. O'Neil's drive to address fundamental safety issues, reminding the audience that he had personally acted to urge the IMO membership to address key safety concerns, including the safety of bulk carriers and large passenger ships. Following the sinking of the Estonia ro-ro ferry in 1994, Mr. O'Neil established a team of experts to investigate ro-ro safety which led to important amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS).

As part of his crucial work on the environment, Mr. O'Neil oversaw the adoption in 1997 of the MARPOL Annex VI on Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships – now expanded to include energy efficiency requirements – and the revisions of the MARPOL Convention to accelerate the phase out of single hull tankers.

Amongst Mr. O'Neil's other landmark achievements whilst in office highlighted by Mr. Lim were the introduction of the mandatory International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the key 1997 revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978.

Mr. Lim drew attention to what is, perhaps, the most visible manifestation of Mr. O'Neil's time as Secretary-General: the striking public memorial to seafarers' sculpture that confronts all who arrive at the IMO Headquarters building. "He wanted it", Mr. Lim said, "to tell all delegates, visitors and passers-by a simple but significant message - that seafaring and seafarers matter. Surely, we all agree with this sentiment and recognize Mr. O'Neil's true dedication to all things maritime".

Turning to speak directly to Mr. O'Neil's widow, Mr. Lim ended his tribute to her late husband, saying, "Mrs. O'Neil, Olga – I first met Bill O'Neil as a delegate to IMO. He was my mentor and friend – and I am honoured to have known him".

After the audience had watched a video tribute to Mr. William O'Neil, Mrs. O'Neil thanked the Secretary-General for his tribute to her husband about whom she said, "He embodied everything that was good. Bill enjoyed very much his time at IMO. It is a privilege to look back on many fond inspirational moments. Secretary-General – thank you very much for your kind words. It is a great comfort to me and Bill's family."

FedEx space and pace pilot FedEx Freight is launching an industry changing space and pace pricing pilot for select customers, using dimension-based pricing for LTL.

Through this pilot, FedEx Freight will provide simple quotes based on the space and pace customers need to move freight. Customers provide the weight, dimensions, origin zip, and destination zip of their shipments to receive a quote.

Once FedEx Freight receives the shipment, Dimension in Motion (DIM) technology is used to verify the shipment’s weight and dimensions. This process simplifies pricing structure by removing the need for complex freight classifications under the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) pricing system. There is no longer a need to classify freight because the pricing is tied to the space and pace the customer needs to move the freight.

Simple rates paired with straightforward invoices and the elimination of class-based surcharges help ensure pricing accuracy for customers.

“With the simplicity of space and pace pricing, we aim to build confidence with our customers by ensuring they receive accurate pricing on the frontend in order to reduce the frequency of price adjustments and disputes on the backend,” said Mike Lyons, Vice President LTL Revenue Quality.

FedEx Freight is committed to modernization and innovation efforts in freight pricing. Following a successful pilot, the goal is to provide this price structure as an exciting option for customers in the future.

Port of Los Angeles container dwellThe Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach and C40 Cities have begun discussions to establish a green and digital shipping corridor between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay port complex.

The corridor will focus on low- and zero-carbon fuels for bunkering, as well as digital tools to support deployment of low- and zero-carbon ships.

This collaborative effort was announced as part of the Green Shipping Challenge launched during the World Leaders’ Summit at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, this week. Convened by the United States and Norway, the Green Shipping Challenge encourages governments, ports, maritime carriers, cargo owners and others in the shipping value chain to commit to concrete steps at COP27 to galvanize global action to decarbonise the shipping industry.

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime supply chain is essential, and this trans-Pacific partnership will help us build a network of ports and key stakeholders to help decarbonize goods movement throughout the Pacific region,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We look forward to coordinating with our partners to develop an implementation plan on this critical initiative.”

“Decarbonizing the supply chain is the future of our industry, and partnerships like this on the world's most important trade route are important for fulfilling that ultimate goal,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We're excited about developing this initiative in the coming months and what it means for making operations more efficient while advancing the fight against global warming.”

As hub ports, Singapore, Los Angeles and Long Beach are vital nodes on the trans-Pacific shipping lanes and key stakeholders in the maritime sector’s green transition. The three ports and C40 Cities will work closely with other stakeholders in the maritime and energy value chains to accelerate the deployment of low- and zero-carbon emission solutions, identify digital shipping programs, and develop green fuel sources for bunkering to support efficient cargo movement. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the green and digital shipping corridor aims to catalyze investment in green infrastructure, including zero-carbon energy hubs linked to port and shipping demand.

Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, said: “The trans-Pacific corridor is one of the busiest trade routes in the world. MPA is pleased to support the development of a green and digital shipping corridor with the USA through the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, given their strong connectivity and existing initiatives with C40 Cities. Through this corridor, we hope to support the long-term objective of decarbonizing global supply chains, complementing efforts undertaken by the industry and the International Maritime Organization to drive the decarbonization and digitalization transition for international shipping.”

C40 Executive Director Mark Watts said: "Accelerating efforts to decarbonize the shipping sector is urgent if we are to limit global heating to 1.5°C. This initiative has the potential to serve a range of carriers and routes by reimagining infrastructure designs and operational best practices, and advancing the feasibility of zero-carbon fuel production, supply, storage and bunkering."

Gebruder Weiss research equipment Preparations are well underway for the Swedish Space Corporation’s 15th space mission.

On November 4, the Gebrüder Weiss container left Berlin for Sweden. During a short stopover in Stockholm, research equipment was loaded that will now be transported to Kiruna in northern Sweden, some 2,000 kilometers away. The base of the Swedish Space Corporation is located there. Gebrüder Weiss is supporting the ‘SubOrbital Express’ mission with its logistical expertise, having already demonstrated last year its transport capabilities in Israel during the simulation of a mission by astronauts to Mars.

About the mission: The SubOrbital Express mission involves sending twelve scientific experiments with a rocket into space to study their behavior in a weightless environment. The tests on board have been provided by international research teams covering the fields of biomedicine, physics, astronomy and biology. The purpose of this mission is to gain insights relevant for research work and the work of astronauts in space.

DP World EDB DP World has teamed up with Emirates Development Bank (EDB), signing a Memorandum of Understanding to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to trade financing through DP World’s trade finance platform.

It includes a formal framework for EDB and DP World to provide SMEs with access to trade financing at competitive rates via DP World’s trade finance platform. Both parties will also focus on developing joint thought-leadership and outreach programmes and providing financial solutions to support SMEs’ business growth.

Despite being a vital component of global trade, SMEs often encounter challenges with cross-border transactions, supply chain disruptions, and rising raw material costs. To help support the development of SMEs in the UAE, EDB provides financing and innovative banking solutions that ensure the sustainable growth of all parties involved in the development process.

Through the digital platform, DP World facilitates relations between importers, exporters, and logistics companies with financial institutions from around the world. The platform provides borrowers numerous trade finance solutions while providing lenders access to data on cargo movements so they can support SMEs with confidence. These services are provided by DP World Financial Services Limited, a company registered under the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and regulated by Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World said: “We strive to provide new solutions for our customers that not only add value to the services we provide, but also help digitise the trade ecosystem, and enable smarter trade across all markets. We always aim to unlock new geographies to enable global trade and empower SMEs to reach their goals. This partnership will connect SMEs in the UAE with a wider range of financing options that allow them to trade across borders.”

Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, CEO of Emirates Development Bank said: “We are delighted to form a dynamic partnership with DP World to enable growth and economic diversification in the UAE, in line with the government’s national agenda. Over the years, EDB has expanded its SME support, enhanced their bankability, and provided them with easy and smooth access to growth finance. We look forward to creating new opportunities with DP World and working closely with them to support the growth of SMEs from the UAE and overseas.”

Ethiopian B737 800Ethiopian Airlines Group has signed a renewed agreement with Travelport International Operations Ltd. to distribute Travelport+ and other related products of Travelport in Ethiopia.

It is to be recalled that Ethiopian Airlines and Travelport International Operations Ltd. have been working together in distributing Travelport’s Galileo for more than a decade. The renewed agreement includes Travelport’s new features and products to be deployed in Ethiopia’s agency market and remains effective until end of 2026.

During the signature ceremony held on 03 November 2022, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group said: “We are very happy to strike a renewed deal with Travelport to distribute Travelport+ and other related products in Ethiopian market. Our long-standing journey with Travelport remains very fruitful and useful for both parties and Travel Agencies in Ethiopia. Travelport’s new products, in addition to the main GDS Travelport+, are very important to simplify the business transactions in the market for both the Airline and Travel Agencies. I am very delighted that Ethiopian and Travelport decided to continue working together for the better future ahead. And I want to say congratulations to Travelport and to all Travel Agencies.”

Travelport+ is the world’s leading distribution system. It has been very successful in working with Ethiopian Airlines for the past 15 plus years. On the signature ceremony, Mark Meehan, Global Vice President and Managing Director for Global Operators at Travelport, said: “We are delighted to renew our valued partnership with Ethiopian Airlines. Travelport and Ethiopian have a very strong growth record during our many years together, and the next 4 years will continue that success. Travelport+ is the world’s leading distribution system, and together with Ethiopian’s growth with travel agencies in Ethiopia and beyond, this is a winning partnership. I’m confident that this strategic partnership will continue to increase value for our customers through a wider range of choice and enhanced retailing tools.”

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa, has been named the winner of four awards at the SKYTRAX 2022 World Airline Awards, at a ceremony held in London on 23 September 2022. Ethiopian has taken the crown for Best Airline in Africa 2022 for 5 consecutive years, Best Business Class Airline in Africa 2022 for 4 consecutive years, Best Economy Class Airline in Africa 2022 for 4 consecutive years and Best Business Class Onboard Catering in Africa. With the current renewed agreement with the world’s leading system distribution company, Travelport International Operations Ltd., many more miles are expected to be reached.

QATAR Airways Multan Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced freighter operations to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, effective 1 November 2022.

The Boeing 777 freighter operates twice a week, offering cargo capacity of 100 tonnes per flight.

The cargo carrier serves the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Qassim and Medina, with a total of 96 passenger flights every week, offering its customers belly-hold cargo capacity on these flights. The addition of freighter services to and from Riyadh will boost the cargo capacity, increasing the total belly and main deck capacity to more than 900 tonnes per week to Saudi Arabia and over 900 tonnes from Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh is the capital and largest city in Saudi Arabia. The majority of the imports and exports consist of general cargo, followed by valuable/vulnerable cargo and live animals.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Guillaume Halleux said: “We have had a very successful 2022 so far and I am pleased to announce the freighter services to Riyadh. The launch of these services will not only provide a consistent and reliable freighter service but also contribute to the economic and trade growth between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.”

Qatar Airways Cargo has a large footprint in the Middle East and serves over 22 passenger and freighter destinations in the region. Cargo capacity is also set to increase to and from other Middle Eastern cities, as the airline increases its flights from 37 to 39 for Kuwait, and from 8 to 10 for Muscat by adding two A310 freighters per week to each of these cities.

The cargo carrier recently launched its Next Generation strategy, with digitalisation as a key pillar. Qatar Airways Cargo has also pioneered its next generation Digital Experience platform with a revamped, comprehensive, and intuitive cargo customer portal called Digital Lounge bringing in added value to the airline’s customers, offering better engagement and interaction, increased productivity and time management, as well as better visibility, transparency and performance monitoring. Qatar Airways Cargo will be focusing on enhancing many of its services including booking, tracking and tracing, account management, and reporting.

Unilode CCOUnilode Aviation Solutions, the market leader in outsourced unit load device (ULD) management, repair and digital services, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mohammed Akhlaq as Chief Commercial Officer.

Mohammed Akhlaq has over 30 years’ experience in senior commercial and operational roles in the aviation industry. He has worked closely with airlines, ground handlers and logistics companies and is a trusted liaison in the industry. Mr. Akhlaq’s most recent role was Chief Commercial Officer for Europe at dnata where his commercial prowess has enabled the company to grow significantly and achieve an incredibly strong brand recognition.

Ross Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Unilode, said: “I am delighted that Mohammed has joined Unilode, and I am confident that he will play a major role in enabling us to enhance our market position and to strengthen Unilode’s undisputed leader position in the ULD and galley cart sector. He will be a key member of our Executive Leadership Team and ensure that we have a commercial strategy that will produce optimal results and position Unilode for further growth and success.”

Mohammed Akhlaq, Chief Commercial Officer, Unilode, said: “I am thrilled to join Unilode and lead the company’s commercial strategy to capture new opportunities and further increase Unilode’s share in the outsourced ULD and galley cart solutions market. This is an exciting and challenging time as our industry bounces back after the pandemic, and I am looking forward to working together with my new team to retain existing accounts, expand our customer portfolio and provide new service offerings in the aviation market.”

EFW Ameco Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), centre of excellence for Airbus freighter conversions and Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corp (Ameco), largest provider of MRO services for aircraft in China, announced today at Airshow China 2022 a new collaboration on Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions.

Under the partnership, Ameco will carry out P2F conversions as a third-party service provider for EFW’s A330P2F programme. Conversions will be carried out at Ameco’s facilities in Chengdu, China, with the first induction of an A330 aircraft scheduled in 2023.

“We are very pleased to gain a renowned partner in China through our latest collaboration with Ameco, which is well experienced in freighter conversions,” said Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW. “The partnership will support the strategy in positioning our freighter conversion programmes as a solution of choice as well as cementing our strong presence in China, which is one of the largest and fastest growing aviation markets in the world."

“We look forward to cooperating with EFW to support the market demand and to promote the air cargo industry development,” said Lun Chen, CEO of Ameco. “Conversions have always been a strategic product of Ameco. This cooperation will expand the P2F market and provide better service to our customers.”

EFW’s family of Airbus P2F programmes – A320P2F, A321P2F and A330P2F – is developed in collaboration with ST Engineering and Airbus, with EFW holding the Supplemental Type Certificate and leading in the overall programmes as well as marketing and sales efforts. The A330P2F programme comes with two variants – the A330-200P2F and A330-300P2F – which are both equipped with advanced technology that offers airlines additional operational and economic benefits. The A330-200P2F can carry a gross payload of up to 61 tons of weight to over 7,700 km, while the larger A330-300P2F can carry a gross payload of up to 63 tons and a containerised volume of up to ~18,581ft3 (~526m3).

To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW have set up new conversion sites in China and the U.S. to ramp up total conversion capacity. AMECO is the second third-party conversion house after Turkish Technic that EFW formed a partnership with this year for its A330P2F programme.

Emirates Air Canada Emirates and Air Canada today announced the launch of their codeshare cooperation.

The new partnership will allow customers of the carriers to enjoy seamless connectivity to 46 markets spanning three continents, including to destinations across the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

Beginning today, codeshare tickets will be available for sale to 35 markets for travel effective December 1 with 11 additional markets to be added pending final regulatory approval, and the potential for more markets to be included beyond that. Tickets are available via the carriers' websites at emirates.com and aircanada.com as well as via major GDS systems and travel agencies.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “We are delighted to establish a partnership with Air Canada, to expand our reach into more points in North America. Partnering with Canada’s flag carrier enables us to offer customers seamless connectivity when flying to domestic points within Canada via Toronto. Besides the added-value benefits and rewarding experiences that leisure and business travellers of both airlines can look forward to, the partnership allows Air Canada’s customers to travel to destinations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, thanks to our expansive network via our hub in Dubai.”

"This exciting new partnership with Emirates will allow Air Canada to meaningfully broaden the choice of flight options for our customers. It will create easier connections between Canada and destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. As well, it will allow us to draw more connecting traffic through our Toronto global hub and expand our presence in these dynamic regions where demand for global travel is expected to grow," said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.

Emirates customers will be able to book codeshare flights to and from Canadian points beyond Toronto, including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Air Canada will place its code on routes operated by Emirates from its hub in Dubai, expanding the airline’s reach across the Indian subcontinent and unlocking more destinations, including Colombo, Dhaka, Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.

Seamless connectivity will also be enjoyed by Air Canada’s customers travelling to Southeast Asian destinations including Bangkok, Hanoi, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore; the Middle Eastern cities Jeddah and Muscat; as well as destinations in Africa, namely Addis Ababa and Dar Es Salaam.

Coming soon, the airlines will introduce a reciprocal frequent flyer offering, allowing members of Aeroplan and Skywards to earn and redeem points on flights operated by Emirates and Air Canada, respectively. Eligible passengers will also soon be able to take advantage of reciprocal lounge access, along with select benefits for Aeroplan Elite and Skywards members when travelling on the partner airline. Further details and launch dates will be announced at a later date.

* Codeshare activities are subject to government approvals.

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