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Emirates recruitment Singapore Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, is revving up its recruitment efforts in Singapore to meet the strong surge in customer demand.

The airline will be holding a pilot recruitment roadshow in Singapore from 28 to 29 January and looks to recruit experienced commercial pilots.

The upcoming roadshow will be held at Carlton Hotel Singapore on Sunday, 28 January 2024 at 10am and 1pm, and Monday, 29 January 2024 at 10am. Experienced pilots who are keen to join Emirates as First Officers, A380 Direct Entry Captains, or via the Accelerated Command Programme are welcome.

Prior registration is not required and pilots are only required to attend one of the sessions. At the session, prospective Emirates pilots can find out more about the airline’s recruitment process, available opportunities, training programmes, expected career trajectory, and benefits, as well as speak to pilots currently flying with Emirates. 

Rashed Alfajeer, Emirates’ Country Manager for Singapore & Brunei, said: “Emirates pilots fly one of the world’s youngest and most modern all wide-body fleet to over 140 destinations across the globe. They will have the opportunity to undergo robust in-house training at Emirates’ cutting-edge training facility and will also be based in the vibrant city of Dubai. We look forward to having more pilots from Singapore come onboard our airline, as we ramp up our operations globally.”

Emirates held a pilot recruitment roadshow in Singapore for the first time in eight years in 2023. The airline currently has 28 Singaporean pilots.

With a network spanning over 140 destinations, Emirates pilots will have the exciting opportunity to fly to diverse destinations. The airline’s constant investment in renewing its fleet also means that its pilots will fly the world’s youngest and most modern fleet of all wide-body aircraft, made up of the Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.

Emirates offers an exciting range of company benefits for pilots and their families, including competitive tax-free salary, 42 days of annual leave, a generous allowance for accommodation and education, full medical benefits, discounted travel benefits for the wider family and friends, and more.

The selection process is held in two stages. The first stage of assessment will be conducted remotely, while the second stage will be held in Dubai over a two-day period. Emirates will provide a pair of return Economy Class tickets (upgradeable to Business Class, subject to availability) for applicants and their legal spouses when they travel to Dubai for the second stage of the assessment.

Emirates pilots will be based in Dubai, which is one of the safest, most vibrant, and tech-savvy cities in the world, and a lifestyle destination in itself with global annual sporting events, spectacular attractions, and adventure sports for children and families.

Emirates will provide new joiners a robust, evidence- and competency-based in-house training to ease them into their roles. Successful candidates will complete training programmes at Emirates’ advanced pilot training facilities in Dubai, which currently houses 10 simulators.

Emirates has also invested US$135 million to build another advanced training facility to accommodate 6 Full Flight Simulator Bays for its future Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X aircraft. The brand new, 63,318 sq. ft. facility is slated to open in March 2024. Pilot trainees will be able to set-up and configure the cockpit environment using bespoke devices as part of the pilot training module and upload the data to the Full Flight Simulator prior to commencing their training session. This innovative, first-of-its-kind concept is designed to shorten the trainee’s preparatory time inside the simulator, help them maintain focus and take full advantage of the training duration.

Technically proficient commanders with a minimum of 3,000 hours of recent command on Airbus fly-by-wire Wide Body such as the A330, A340, A350, and A380, and minimum of 7,000 hours of total flying time on multi-crew, multi-engine aircraft, in addition to meeting other eligibility criteria, can apply to be an A380 Direct Entry Captain at Emirates.

Emirates relaunched its Accelerated Command Programme (ACP) in 2022, primarily designed for experienced Airbus Captains, who currently command narrow-body aircraft on regional routes, and wish to dial up their careers by working with a global airline brand.

Captains with a minimum of 1,500 hours of Airbus fly-by-wire experience will join Emirates as A380 First Officers on an enhanced salary package. They are eligible for an accelerated command upgrade after a minimum of 700 flying hours and two successful recurrent checks. Typically, Emirates pilots achieve these milestones in a little over a year as they fly a mix of ultra-long, long- and short-haul routes.

Candidates for First Officer roles must have multi-engine, multi-crew aircraft experience, a valid International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), and a minimum of 2,000 hours on 20-tonne maximum take-off weight aircraft.

Ethiopian Cargo Mexico Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services (ECLS), the largest air cargo network provider in Africa and the fastest growing cargo service globally, has advanced significantly in various aspects of its operation in 2023.

Ethiopian Cargo has expanded its freight transportation capacity by adding new B777F cargo aircraft to its fleet composition. The ECLS is now better equipped to serve a wider range of destinations and meet the dynamically changing customers' demands. Ethiopian Cargo is one of the largest cargo carriers in Africa, with a fleet of 16 dedicated cargo aircraft and access to the belly space of Ethiopian Airlines' passenger fleet of more than 145. The airline operates to over 68 cargo dedicated destinations worldwide, including major hubs in Addis Ababa, Europe (Liege), and Asia Pacific.

The 10th B777-200F aircraft, added in November 2023 strengthened Ethiopian Cargo’s position as the top cargo carrier in Africa and worldwide. The addition of modern and fuel-efficient aircraft has increased its capacity to serve a wider range of destinations and meet growing customer demands.

During the year 2023, Ethiopian Cargo successfully converted two Boeing 767 aircraft to cargo aircraft. The conversion didn’t only demonstrate our Maintenance capacity as a group, but it has also enabled us to utilize the fleet more efficiently and meet the growing customers' shipment requirements. Operating primarily in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Europe, we are now working on converting the third aircraft, which will increase our cargo capacity and enable us to serve even more destinations worldwide.

Ethiopian Cargo has expanded its network of destinations, connecting more cities and countries across Africa and the rest of the world. Apart from increasing the frequency of flights to existing destinations, Ethiopian Airlines has added 6 new cargo routes to Chengdu, Xiamen, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, and Cairo. We have welcomed the new year with further freighter service expansion to Casablanca, Morocco- our maiden freighter services to the Maghreb Region. We believe that our investment in these ventures will certainly enhance our role as key player for trade connections between Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Ethiopian Cargo has contributed significantly to the linking of Africa's trading with the rest of the world and the growth and development of the continent's economy by lifting around 716,000 tons of general and special cargo.

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is a multi-award-winning cargo service provider; in its one of the most decorated years of 2023, Ethiopian Cargo won: - Best Cargo Airline-Africa for five years in row and Cargo Airline of the Year for two years in row at the Air Cargo News Awards 2023, Sustainable Cargo Airline of the Year-Africa Award at the Freight Week Sustainability Awards 2023, African Cargo Airline of the Year and Air Cargo Brand of the Year in Africa from STAT Trade Times Cargo Excellence Awards 2023, and Best Cargo Airline-Africa award at the Arabian Cargo Awards 2023. These awards recognized Ethiopian's commitment to excellence in the cargo industry, as well as its efforts to promote sustainability and innovation. These efforts have helped Ethiopia Cargo become a leading player in the global cargo market, and the airline is poised for continued success in the years ahead.

The coming into operation of the cutting-edge e-commerce warehouse in 2023 by Ethiopian Cargo shows its commitment to meeting the growing demands of the e-commerce market for cargo. With a 15,000 square meter footprint, the warehouse is spacious enough to handle a significant volume of e-commerce parcels, mail, and courier services. The facility, capable to process 150,000 tons annually, is impressive and it indicates that Ethiopian Cargo is well-prepared to handle the increasing flow of goods in the e-commerce sector. The official opening and commencement of operations of this facility in February, this year, will mark an important milestone for Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services.
Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is fully automated using one of the latest cargo IT systems by implementing the most recent aviation systems and technologies. It uses the newest technology for data, information, and market intelligence with 100% e-AWB.

Encompassing digital evolution, ECLS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the international cargo e-booking site the cargo.one. With our fully automated and technologically advanced cargo service, combined with our partnership with cargo. one, we are confident in our ability to deliver superior freight service experience to our customers worldwide.

By the year of 2024, Ethiopian plans to enhance its infrastructure, technology, manpower, and fleet size. Along with acquiring new and contemporary fleets, Ethiopian Cargo also envisions to increase its worldwide footprint in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Ethiopian strives to transform services introducing cutting-edge and dedicated freighter and belly fleets, grants assurances to our beloved customers that their goods and packages are delivered timely and efficiently. This admirable commitment to offering trustworthy service will undoubtedly help Ethiopian Cargo maintain its success in catering to customers worldwide.

With a fleet of modern aircraft and a network of destinations spanning across the globe, Ethiopian Cargo has been able to provide top-notch services to its customers. The company has continued to invest in technology and infrastructure, ensuring that it stays ahead of the competition.

Looking ahead, Ethiopian Cargo is committed to continuing its legacy of excellence in the industry. With a focus on innovation, customer satisfaction, and sustainability, the company is poised to remain a leader in the global cargo market for years to come.

BIFA 2023 WinnersSuzi Perry hosted a crowd of over 550 at the British International Freight Association’s 2023 Freight Service Awards, which took place at the Brewery in London.

The ‘Queen of the Pit Lane’ revealed nine winning companies and two winning individuals in the 11 categories of the awards, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year.

In the Air Cargo Services category, which was sponsored by IAG Cargo, deugro (UK) Ltd triumphed over fellow finalists cargo-partner Ltd, Hogg Global Logistics Ltd, and Killick Martin & Company Ltd.

Winner of the Ocean Services Award, sponsored by Port Express, was Woodland Global, which overcame strong challenges from fellow finalists F.S. Mackenzie Ltd, Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd, and World Cargo Logistics Ltd.

Hemisphere Freight Services took first place in the Project Forwarding category, sponsored by Macbeth Insurance Brokers, ahead of fellow finalists Brunel Shipping & Liner Services Ltd, Peters & May Limited, and Ucargo LLP, which was highly commended by the judges.

In the Specialist Services category, sponsored by Thyme IT, the winner was Seafast Logistics Ltd, whilst the other finalists included Cardinal Global Logistics, Metro Shipping Ltd, and Ucargo LLP.

Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd was revealed as the winner of the Supply Chain Management category, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies, seeing off strong competition from fellow finalists Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics Ltd, Ligentia UK Ltd, Noatum Logistics UK Ltd, and Uniserve Holdings Limited.

Scooping first place in the brand new Sustainable Logistics & the Environment Award category, sponsored by American Airlines Cargo was Woodland Group Ltd, which overcame excellent entries from fellow finalists, Maersk Logistics and Services UK Ltd (which was highly commended by the judges), Metro Shipping Ltd, DHL Global Forwarding, and Geodis FF United Kingdom Ltd.

Hogg Global Logistics Ltd took the category name quite literally to win the Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Descartes, ahead of the entries from fellow finalists Cardinal Global Logistics, Cargo Overseas Limited, and Kranlee Logistics Ltd.

Victorious against fellow finalists DHL Global Forwarding, Kranlee Logistics Ltd, Uniserve Holdings Limited, and Unsworth UK, OIA Global Ltd triumphed in the Staff Development category, which was sponsored by Albacore Systems.

In the European Logistics category, which was sponsored by TT Club, the winner was Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics Ltd, with the other finalists being Baxter Freight Ltd, Brunel European Ltd, Espace Europe Ltd, and Uniserve Holdings Limited.

Winner of the Apprentice of the Year category, which was sponsored for the first time by Menzies LLP was Cameron Smith (Ligentia), who beat off strong competition from Jacob Swift (Avocet Clearance) who was highly commended by the judges; Samuel Barrett (Charles Kendall Freight); Leanne Read (Neon Freight); Kieran Elkin (Dachser); and Richard Smith (Ziegler UK).

Meanwhile, Christopher Carter from Peterson (United Kingdom) Ltd impressed the judges with his commitment to the industry to win the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year category, which is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo. Fellow finalists were Amelia Mulhern (Kuehne+Nagel); Emily Howard (Westbound Logistics); Georgia Gibson (cargo-partner), who was highly commended by the judges; Michael Shiels (DHL Global Forwarding) and Nicola Hall (Edge Worldwide Logistics).

Whilst congratulating all the companies and individuals that won each category, BIFA Director General, Steve Parker acknowledged all 29 freight forwarding companies that made the finalists shortlist in the nine service categories, as well as the 12 people who were finalists for the two individual categories.

Parker said: “Once again, BIFA was delighted with the number and range of entries received and it was great to meet in person to celebrate excellence across the freight forwarding industry, with awards that are now in their 35th year, and justifiably regarded as the most prestigious in the sector.

“I would also like to recognise the support and contribution of all the sponsors to the running of the competition this year. Representatives from the category sponsors gave their time to carry out judging and the selection of winners for each award.”

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The first 2024 vessel of Chilean fruit arrived at the Port of Los Angeles this week, carrying more than 5,300 pallets of grapes and stone fruit.

The Port is currently the only U.S. West Coast port receiving specialized refrigerated cargo ships that carry palletized fruit from this South American agricultural hub.

“We have become the main stop for Chilean fruit imports on the West Coast that gets distributed as far north as Canada and as far east as Texas,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Being able to accommodate and efficiently process a variety of cargo for our customers – such as the fresh breakbulk shipment today – continues to be an important priority for our Port.”

In 2021, the Port of Los Angeles invested nearly $1 million to upgrade its breakbulk building at Berths 54-55, a marine terminal operated by SSA Marine. The building serves as the Port’s main staging area for pallets of Chilean produce, which SSA Marine then quickly distributes using the Port’s vast network of refrigerated trucking services and cold storage facilities. For more than 25 years now, Chilean growers have relied on this dedicated port terminal to deliver their fresh produce to North America’s consumer markets.

Departing from the Port of Coquimbo on January 3, the Ivar Reefer operated by Cool Carriers, a company specializing in the direct transportation of fruit and other fresh goods. Modern cooling and ventilation systems, as well as thermal insulation on their vessels, allow for optimal conditions and minimal risk of damage to perishable cargo. The vessel is the first of dozens that will be arriving at the Port of Los Angeles through the winter season, which runs from January through early April.

Norsk milestones Norsk e-Fuel is proud to announce major partnership milestones by closing significant agreements on offtake and investment.

Two international airlines – Norwegian Air Shuttle and Cargolux Airlines International S.A. have committed to purchase fossil free aviation fuel. Norwegian will in addition join Norsk e-Fuel’s shareholder group, which will as of now be led by the existing shareholder and renowned engineering, procurement, and construction company Paul Wurth, a subsidiary of SMS group.

E-Fuel project developer Norsk e-Fuel has signed several landmark agreements. By securing long-term offtake agreements with Norwegian and Cargolux in addition to strengthening the shareholder group around Paul Wurth, the company is moving ahead with large steps. Norsk e-Fuel is starting the industrialization of e-Fuel production in Mosjøen, Norway and will start to provide e-Fuels to the aviation industry after 2026. Backed by a strong shareholder and partner network, the company looks to increasing production with two additional plants by 2030.

“We have ambitious plans to ramp-up e-Fuel production as soon as possible to deliver fossil-free fuels to the aviation industry. The commitment of our new partners Cargolux and Norwegian and the reaffirmed support of the founding member and shareholder Paul Wurth are not only a sign of trust into our mission, our business concept and our team. They also show the understanding of the critical role of e-Fuels in shaping a future for aviation that is free from fossil fuels—both in Norway and across Europe.”, says Karl Hauptmeier, CEO of Norsk e-Fuel.

Reflecting a shared vision for a more sustainable future of aviation, the passenger airline Norwegian and the cargo airline Cargolux have committed to the offtake of e-SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel). The total volume of the offtake agreements covers more than 140.000 tons of fuel supply. In addition, the two companies will provide strategic support for the development of two additional production facilities by 2030.

“Cargolux is proud to join the Norsk e-Fuel project. E-Fuel will be a major pillar to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in aviation. E-Fuels are based on abundant feedstock such as carbon dioxide and when produced with green electricity, this project will provide one of the highest greenhouse gas savings compared to conventional jet fuel. We look forward to offering our customers the option to have the ability to voluntarily enhance their sustainability initiatives through the use of e-Fuels for their shipments as of late 2026.”, says Richard Forson, CEO and President of Cargolux.

“We welcome the collaboration opportunities with Norsk e-Fuel. Together, we now embark on a journey towards the next generation of fossil free jet fuels. Such sustainable aviation fuels will be in high demand in the years to come. The agreement entails that we will invest a total of around € 5 million and will secure Norwegian early access to the product. The use of fossil free aviation fuels is key to achieving our goal of reduced carbon emissions by 45 percent in 2030,” adds Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

The shareholder group now extended by Norwegian will from now on be led by Paul Wurth. It has been backing Norsk e-Fuel since its inception and has now decided to raise their investment in the company by an additional € 5.5 million. The commitment has been welcomed by existing shareholders as much as by the management and team of Norsk e-Fuel.

“We strongly welcome the collaboration with Norwegian. Through the execution of the offtake agreement, we have fortified our position for upcoming projects. We now anticipate launching the next phase, focusing on the FEED study to bring the project up to its realization”, says Thomas Hansmann, CTO of SMS group.

Georges Rassel, Chairman of the Board of Directors in Norsk e-Fuel, adds: "I am truly honored to lead this exceptional team and delighted to announce our new partnerships with two esteemed airlines. Bringing together Norwegian, Cargolux and Paul Wurth, we are committed to ensuring the success of Norsk e-Fuel, where we can now enter the next phase of the project."

AF KLM A350 900 Air France 1 In May 2022, Air France-KLM and CMA CGM announced their intention to enter into a cargo commercial cooperation, which became effective in April 2023.

The tight regulatory environment in certain important markets has prevented the cooperation from working in an optimal way.

As a consequence, Air France-KLM and CMA CGM today announce their decision to withdraw from their existing agreements from March 31, 2024. Air France-KLM and CMA CGM have begun discussions on new terms and conditions of a commercial relation to operate independently from March 31, 2024 onwards.

Both groups remain committed to work collaboratively, to ensure cargo customers can continue to benefit from their respective networks.

CMA CGM remains a core shareholder in Air France-KLM. The parties have agreed to amend the existing lockup on CMA CGM shares in Air France-KLM’s capital, which will now be effective until February 28, 2025[1]. The parties have agreed that CMA CGM will step down from the Air France-KLM Board of Directors on March 31, 2024.

LATAM cherry LATAM Cargo maintains its leadership in the transportation of Chilean cherries, closing 2023 with approximately 7,546 tons of this fruit exported from Chile, representing a 32% growth compared to the previous year.

Chile leads in cherry exports in South America, and LATAM Cargo plays an essential role, transporting 30% of the total volume by air. The majority of cherries, around 90%, are destined for Asia for Chinese New Year celebrations, while a smaller proportion is directed to other markets such as the United States and Brazil.

With a focus on its customers, LATAM Cargo prepared for the season by incorporating 19 weekly frequencies from Santiago dedicated to cherries. The company also added a new cargo aircraft temporarily to its fleet to provide more capacity for cherries and the upcoming high season for flowers, bringing the total number of aircraft to 20 and allowing the company to increase the offered capacity for cherries compared to the previous year.

Despite challenges presented by rains in Chile significantly affecting cherry production, LATAM Cargo achieved an important growth by the end of the year. Claudio Torres Faini, Commercial SVP in South America at LATAM Cargo, commented, "We are fully committed to providing our customers with solutions tailored to their needs. In response to a challenging season, we have implemented flexible measures, adjusting both flight frequencies and destinations. This has not only allowed us to offer our customers a greater variety of alternatives but has also generated growth opportunities, especially in the U.S. market."

The company inaugurated the 2023-2024 season with the first shipment of Chilean cherries departing from Santiago in mid-October on one of LATAM's planes to New Zealand, later transported to China through interline agreements.

Air transportation becomes an essential alternative for cherry exporters, especially at the beginning of the season, thanks to the expedited transit time, where in only 45 hours, cherries departing from Santiago, Chile, can arrive in China.

Through its FRESH product, LATAM Cargo ensures a stable and scalable solution for the transportation of perishables such as cherries or salmon, aiming to maintain their quality and freshness from origin to final destination.

Cathay Cargo Click Ship More global forwarding companies are now able to plan, book, confirm and manage shipments in Cathay Cargo’s Click & Ship booking platform in real-time thanks to an application programming interface (API) link via the CargoWise logistics platform.

The tripartite arrangement means that DHL Global Forwarding and DSV now have visibility and access to Cathay Cargo’s schedules, capacity and booking within CargoWise, which works with 24 of the 25 largest global freight forwarders.

The data integration with CargoWise, and its direct links with other forwarders, is part of Cathay Cargo’s promise to improve customer-centricity and exemplifies its continuing digital strategy to strengthen its customer experience at every touchpoint. Cathay Cargo’s API connection to CargoWise, was designed by its innovation partner, Global Logistics System (HK) Company Limited (GLS), which also designed Cathay Cargo’s Click & Ship booking platform and other industry leading digitalisation projects.

Cathay Director Cargo Tom Owen said: “At Cathay Cargo, we know how important it is to move alongside our customers and we are delighted to roll out our booking inventory to more of our global forwarder partners and others on the CargoWise platform.

“By embracing new technologies, digitalising our systems and using our own API, it proves that we are working hard towards our vision of becoming the world’s most customer-centric air-cargo service brand.”

Scott McCorquodale, Head of Airline Connectivity at WiseTech Global, said: “We are pleased to work with Cathay Cargo on its digitalisation journey. CargoWise customers now have full visibility of Cathay Cargo’s schedules and flight availability with real time API connections to efficiently book and subsequently manage their shipments. More than just e-booking, the direct data integration enables research and booking, with the flexibility to subsequently modify bookings as needed.”

Max Sauberschwarz, Head of Global Air Freight at DHL Global Forwarding said: “We believe digital integration with carriers is crucial to enhancing our services. We're thrilled that Cathay Cargo is now integrated with CargoWise. Aligned with our Strategy 2025, focused on ‘delivering excellence in a digital world’ within the DHL Group, we're intensifying our commitment to digital transformation. Implementing digital links like APIs improves data exchange and booking processes, making our services more convenient and efficient. This, in turn, enhances service quality and efficiency for our customers, reinforcing our commitment to delivering excellence in every aspect of our operations.”

Mads Ravn, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Air Freight at DSV, added: “We are pleased to team up with our partners at Cathay Cargo on a host-to-host connection. At DSV, we believe digitalisation is the only sustainable way forward. We will all become more efficient and in return grow faster with those investing in API.”

Cathay Cargo will continue to work with its forwarding partners to offer its inventory and booking via their own systems as part of its digitalisation journey. Forwarders interested in accessing the API connection will soon be able to do so via GLS’s API sandbox, which will be released in the first quarter of 2024.

Cathay’s Owen added: “The successful implementation of more of these API integrations shows its growing popularity with our forwarding partners and we look forward to extending this enhanced experience to more of our customers in the coming months.”

Cathay sustainability leaderCathay continues to make important strides on its journey towards becoming a sustainability leader, as it endeavours to cultivate increased collaboration with important stakeholders to decarbonise the aviation industry and achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Following the successful launch of its Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme in 2022, Cathay is excited to announce the addition of three new partners to the programme. Cargo customers Dimerco Express Group and Yusen Logistics, as well as the programme’s first non-governmental organisation (NGO) partner Business Environment Council, have joined Cathay to promote the wider adoption of renewable energy by the aviation industry to decarbonise their business travel and cargo shipments.

These new partners also join the programme’s launch customers – AIA, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), Kintetsu World Express (KWE), PwC China, Standard Chartered and Swire Pacific. As leaders in corporate climate action, Cathay’s Corporate SAF Programme partners are committed to reducing the climate impact from their business travel and airfreight activities through scaling up the use of SAF.

Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “Cathay is undertaking a multi-pronged approach to contribute to the aviation industry’s transition towards a greener future. SAF is an important facet of this approach, and we have received strong support from our corporate and cargo customers since the launch of our Corporate SAF Programme. We have also established new SAF supply partnerships in the broader Asia region to convey a clear message to the SAF supply chain that there is firm demand from this part of the world.

“We would like to warmly welcome our new partners, and express our gratitude to our original launch customers for their continued support of the programme. We look forward to welcoming other interested companies to sign up to reduce their indirect emissions from flight-related activities, and join our mission to be Greener Together.”

SAF is considered to be the most important lever for decarbonising airline operations over the next few decades, before alternatively powered aircraft can be widely deployed in commercial operations. Compared to conventional jet fuel, SAF can reduce over 80% of carbon emissions on a lifecycle basis, depending on the SAF technology and feedstock used.

Cathay was among the first airlines in the world to announce a target of 10% SAF for its total fuel use by 2030. Since then, it uplifted SAF at Hong Kong International Airport for the first time in 2022, and successfully conducted its first overseas SAF uplifts on commercial flights at Singapore Changi Airport and Los Angeles International Airport last year.

The SAF Cathay used over the past year was made from used cooking oil and animal fat waste, and was made available by its fuel suppliers, ExxonMobil and Shell.
Last year, Cathay and State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive the further development of the SAF supply chain in China.
In addition to increasing the use of SAF, Cathay’s carbon reduction roadmap includes fleet modernisation, operational efficiency improvements, leveraging on emerging technology breakthroughs to decarbonise aviation, and high-quality carbon offset projects.

American Airlines MiamiAmerican Airlines Cargo announces today that it reduced long-term plastic waste by more than 150,000 lbs, the equivalent of 8.6 million water bottles, in 2023.

This is a result of a continued relationship with BioNatur Plastics™, launched by M&G Packaging, which manufactures a growing line of biodegradable plastic products for use in air cargo operations.

The carrier began transitioning to BioNatur Plastics products at major U.S. hubs in early 2022, reducing long-term plastic waste by the equivalent of 6.4 million water bottles in the first year. In 2023, American expanded its use of the biodegradable products beyond U.S. hubs to include regional domestic stations, such as Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), as well as internationally to Carrasco International Airport (MVD) and Santiago International Airport (SCL) in Latin America.

American plans to continue replacing traditional plastic used for stretch wrap and pallet covers with the BioNatur Plastics line, which is manufactured with a 1% load of an organic, food-safe proprietary additive that allows anaerobic bacteria to digest the plastic in a landfill. Outside of a landfill, the plastic has an indefinite shelf life and performs exactly like traditional plastic products.

“Sustainability is of paramount importance for us at American, and we are so pleased that our transition to BioNatur Plastics is one way we can implement real change in our cargo operations,” says Greg Schwendinger, President of American Airlines Cargo. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with BioNatur Plastics as we unite in working toward a greener future.”

Charles Rick, President of BioNatur Plastics adds, “American is a leader in sustainability and we are proud to work with the cargo team to make the switch to our biodegradable and recyclable plastics. We look forward to even greater impact together in 2024.”

Regular plastic can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade in a landfill. BioNatur biodegradable plastics will biodegrade under landfill conditions in only 8 to 12 years. The end products are fully recyclable in normal waste collection streams, and with added strength, the plastics can be used in thinner amounts – thus minimizing the quantity of plastic use overall.

ATLAS AIR 767Atlas Air, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., announced it has taken delivery of a Boeing 777 Freighter, which it will operate on behalf of its customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA.

Under the previously announced long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) agreement, Atlas Air is now operating four 777 Freighters on a global basis for MSC, enabling MSC to expand its reach and capacity for its customers. The inaugural 777F was delivered in November 2022, with the second and third 777Fs being delivered in July and November 2023, respectively.

This aircraft will complement the existing weekly service, including a route from Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).

“The delivery of this fourth 777 Freighter that we are operating for MSC marks an incredibly exciting milestone of our long-term strategic partnership,” said Richard Broekman, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Sustainability, Atlas Air Worldwide. “We value our partnership and look forward to building upon our relationship with MSC as the company continues to grow its air cargo solution for its customers.”

“This latest 777 Freighter delivery represents a pivotal moment and significant milestone for our company as it marks the completion of our first set of aircrafts in partnership with Atlas Air. This new and enhanced fleet will empower us to elevate our offering, ensuring enhanced support for our valued clients and a stronger presence in the market” said Anders Matikka, Vice President, Air Cargo, MSC.

The 777 Freighter is the longest range and most capable twin-engine freighter flying, known for its high reliability, fuel efficiency and lower maintenance and operating costs. It has a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) and a maximum structural payload of 235,900 pounds (107 tonnes). The 777 Freighter also meets quota count standards for maximum accessibility to noise‑sensitive airports around the globe.

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