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Port of Felixstowe deploys first autonomous trucks In a ground-breaking move, Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe is believed to be the first port in Europe to introduce autonomous terminal tractor units (ATs) into mixed traffic container terminal operations.

The first two battery-powered units to enter service at the UK's largest container port have been supplied by manufacturer Westwell.

Commenting on the new equipment, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said: "These new autonomous trucks represent a significant technological step forward for the Port of Felixstowe. The tools underpinning port operations have evolved continuously and we already have a range of very advanced systems and equipment in place but this is the first time we will have wholly driverless vehicles.

"Safety is our No.1 priority. This applies equally to technological developments and especially when introducing new equipment into live terminal operations. The ATs have a range of built-in safety features which will allow them to navigate effectively and safely within our container terminals."

The autonomous trucks use a digital map which is loaded to a fleet management system that controls the navigation around the port. The AT then combines that map with its on-board GPS navigation to track its real-time position.

Project Director, and Hutchison Ports UK Chief Information Officer, Karen Poulter explained: "The Port of Felixstowe has a long record of innovation and we are very excited by this latest development at the port. The ATs use LiDAR - a light sensing technology that creates a 3D map of an AT's surroundings using a laser and receiver, which, when combined with its on-board 360-degree cameras, provide real-time, all-round 'vision'. This enables it to 'see' everything instantaneously in its vicinity to allow safe and accurate navigation.

"With the support of Extreme Precise Position (EPP) system, it can achieve positioning accuracy of 2 cm and a steering angle accuracy of 0.5 degrees."

The ATs have been through a thorough commissioning and testing programme. They are to be used initially to transport containers between the port's Trinity and North Rail terminals.

Challenge Group looks back 20222022 has been an exhilarating roller coaster ride for Challenge Group, bringing historic milestone achievements alongside volatile challenges.

200,000 tonnes of freight were transported by Challenge Group in 2022 and a whopping 350,000 tonnes handled by Challenge Handling at the Group’s hub in Liège. Impressive, too, is the number of animals flown on board of Challenge Airlines during the past 365 days: more than 5,000 horses, day-old chicks or exotic animals enjoyed a safe and stress-free journey. Hence, one of the highlights of Challenge Group’s year, was receiving the IATA CEIV Live certification and finally putting an official seal on what the Group has been successfully carrying since years. As an established equestrian logistics expert and manager of the Horse Inn in Liège, Challenge Group is often called upon to assist in transporting thoroughbred horses. Such occasions occurred, for example, when full charters were operated from Miami to Europe or when Challenge Handling managed the transportations of all the horses competing in the Olympic Games.

Yet, not just horse transports were among the more than 230 charters flown in 2022. Challenge Group was involved in bringing Baby Formula to the US, when there was a severe national shortage. And, given that over 65% of all Challenge Airlines shipments constitute difficult, unusual and oversize cargo usually rejected by other commercial airline operators, many of the charters were leased for unique missions. These included projects like transporting a satellite from Tel Aviv, Israel, to the United States – a mission that required very careful planning and loading – and the full stage of German metal band Rammstein for their American tour. Most poignant of all this year, was the transport of the famous Flemish Tapestries from Belgium to Malta last month, which not only restored the 320-year-old religious artefacts to the church in which they had been hanging for over 300 years, but also signified the start of Challenge Group’s newest airline; Challenge Airlines MT had just been accorded its Maltese Air Operator Certificate (AOC) days before.

The launch of the Maltese cargo carrier brought the Group’s total number of airlines to three, now all flying under the Challenge Airlines brand name. As part of the corporate rebranding, the Group’s longest serving airline, previously known as CAL Cargo, became Challenge Airlines IL this summer, and significant investments were made in a new headquarter building in Tel Aviv, as well as the addition of two Boeing 767-300BDSF to the fleet. Together with Challenge Airlines BE, the Group served ten new airport destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and Asia, in 2022, almost doubling the scope of its scheduled network.

“Looking at everything we have achieved this year, and the economic environment in which this has been taking place, 2022 has been an incredible roller-coaster, and we are all the more proud of where we stand today,” Yossi Shoukroun, CEO of Challenge Group, explains. “The year initially started very well, but the subsequent, unforeseen geopolitical events, the effects of rising inflation and ongoing rate volatility though at a lower level, demanded even higher levels of flexibility and creativity – qualities that Challenge Group is well known for. Our strength as Challenge Group, and one that we have repeatedly demonstrated throughout the year, is that we have the skills and resources to cover the entire supply chain, end-to-end. Add agility and autonomy together, and you get Challenge Group.”

As for what 2023 looks like, Yossi Shoukroun is clear: “Based on our regular discussions with customers, freight forwarders, and shippers, we expect that the first 3 quarters of 2023 will continue in much the same vein as today, with a few seasonal ups and downs.” Challenge Group will continue its expansion focus in 2023, offering increased frequencies, more destinations, and new products. “We are confident in our ability to grow and thrive even in this uncertain economic and geopolitical environment,” he emphasizes. “After all, for us, Challenge is not just a name, it’s our positive work ethic.”

Chapman Freeborn ACMI Chapman Freeborn, the global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, is delighted to introduce their new international ACMI leasing team.

ACMI, which stands for Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance, is an arrangement whereby an airline (the lessor) provides the ACMI services to the customer airline (the lessee).

With almost 50 years’ experience in the air charter industry and a presence in 19 countries across 6 continents, Chapman Freeborn’s ACMI team is ideally placed to provide capacity for all aircraft leasing needs to airlines across the globe.

The team comprises Alex Rincker, Bernard Bourgeois, Mantvydas Jasmontas and Luca D’Urso.

Alex Rincker, Senior Vice President ACMI – Americas is based at the company’s North American headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but will be working from Tulsa, Oklahoma. With his extensive experience working for a charter and ACMI airline and then for a brokerage, Alex will identify new opportunities and provide ACMI wet, damp and cargo lease solutions throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

“The Chapman Freeborn name is very well recognized as a leader in global air charter. I’m looking forward to working closely with the ACMI teams in Europe and the Middle East to leverage their relationships and expand our leasing business throughout our key group areas.”

Luca D’Urso, located in the Dubai office, joins the team as ACMI Sales Manager and will be generating and developing leasing opportunities whilst building and maintain positive relationships with customers and suppliers. His background in aviation spans 15 years, 6 of which were as Charter and ACMI Manager for a Spanish airline.

“I am a great believer in the concept of milestones rather than destinations. I look forward to contributing to the formation of one of the most powerful ACMI teams the industry has seen.”

Also based in Dubai, Mantvydas Jasmontas is ACMI Sales Executive and has worked in the aviation industry for over 8 years, starting his cargo career in Oslo Gardermoen Airport, Norway in 2014. He looks forward to building strong connections with clients, whilst and finding solutions that help and support them in successfully achieving their goals.

“The key to life is accepting new challenges, therefore I join Chapman Freeborn and the strong team of ACMI professionals to learn, help others and ultimately accomplish our business goals.”

Located in Chapman Freeborn’s Gatwick headquarters, Bernard Bourgeois takes the position of ACMI Leasing Director. His aviation career began in 1996, and since then he has worked for several different airlines in their ACMI and charter departments, with his first introduction to brokering 7 years ago.

“I joined Chapman Freeborn to be part of a professional team to which I will add my expertise to grow this business to new heights. I’m very excited to actively shape this new development for the Chapman Freeborn ACMI team.”

The international ACMI leasing team is the latest addition to the Chapman Freeborn Group, which is currently executing ambitious growth and expansion plans as it approaches its milestone 50th anniversary in May 2023.

 

DHL Parcel UK 6 electric trucks DHL Parcel UK has taken delivery of six fully electric 16-tonnes Volvo trucks which will hit the road in London from January 2023 and 30 Liquefied Natural Gas Volvo tractor units which will start going into operation later in the year.

Both deployments are part of a €74 million (£64m) UK investment in green heavy fleet in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability strategy. This marks a another important step forward in DHL Parcel UK’s decarbonization plans and Deutsche Post DHL Group’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions logistics by 2050. On the road to achieving this goal, the group will invest over €7 billion (£6 billion) in sustainable fuel and clean technologies by 2030 alone. Converting the DHL fleet for pick-up, delivery and linehauls to either electric drives or sustainable fuel solutions is an important lever in this.

Peter Fuller CEO, DHL Parcel UK says: “Our aim is to be at the forefront of change in UK road transport. Having zero emissions electric vehicles in our final mile heavy fleet is a major step forward in our vision of net zero logistics related emissions.”


The 16-tonne Volvo FL Electric Rigids are powered by four 200 kWh batteries which can run for 120 miles, carrying a maximum of 12 pallets weighing up to 6 tonnes. These will recharge overnight at strategic DHL Parcel locations in London for daily operations into the city center.

As these are zero emission vehicles, they will not contribute any carbon or harmful emissions into the atmosphere. They will also be 3 star compliant to the London Direct Vision Standard having great all-round visibility and support the safety of all London’s road users.

Once commissioning of the Bio-LNG gas tank is complete and drivers have been trained how to safely re-fuel the 30 new Volvo FM LNG Tractors will be based at the DHL Parcel UK hub in Coventry. With a maximum reach of up to 400 miles per tank, they will be used on routes throughout the UK. When running on Bio-LNG the LNG tractor units emit 85% percent less CO2 emissions compared to a traditional Diesel engine with the same power output (460bhp).

DP World Puntland DP World and Somalia’s Government of Puntland, today signed a construction agreement for expansion and upgrade work at the Port of Bosaso.

The agreement was signed in Dubai today by Ahmed Yaasiin Saalah, Puntland’s Minister of Ports and Maritime Transport, and Suhail Albanna, DP World’s CEO and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, in the presence of Abdurazak Ali Seid, Governor of the Bari region, Hassan Abdalle Buhe, Mayor of Bosaso, Dr. Abdifatah nour Ahmed, State minister of information and communication- Puntland state of Somalia, Ali Omar Arshe, Deputy Minister revenue of Finance, Jama Salad Mohamoud, Puntland chamber of commerce and Hassan Abdullahi, representative of the office of Puntland’s President.

The 12-month project, which is expected to start in early 2023, will include the development of a 150-metre quay, as well as repairs to the current 215-metre quay. Other infrastructure will include the development of a new 3000 square metre container yard, and a 4000 square metre container stripping yard. The gate area to the port will also be upgraded to improve access control.

Once complete, the port will be able to handle container vessels and attract more direct calls from feeder ships from Dubai and other regional hubs. It will also become an important hub for dhow transport serving the Somali coast.

Ahmed Yaasiin Saalah, Minister of Ports and Maritime Transport, said: “The expansion and upgrade of the Port of Bosaso is key to Puntland’s economic growth, which will benefit not just the people of the state, but also Somalia and the Horn of Africa. It will ensure the region is further integrated into the global trade ecosystem, as a bigger, more efficient port with the ability to receive container vessels, will facilitate increased trade.”

Suhail Al Banna, CEO and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, said: “DP World has a lot of experience in the development and operation of ports and terminals, not just around the world, but also in Africa. We will bring all our expertise and capability to the project, to support the Government’s vision for the port as an enabler for economic growth. I would like to thank the Government of Puntland for partnering with us on this exciting project.”

Ledvance Hellmann World-renowned supplier of lamps and luminaires Ledvance has placed part of its European warehousing operations in the hands of international full-service provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

In addition to managing a central Ledvance warehouse in Molsheim, France, Hellmann has been supplying retailers across Europe with Ledvance's comprehensive portfolio of luminaires and illuminants from warehouse locations in Spain and Poland since the fall of this year.

While Ledvance continues to operate its inventory warehouse in Molsheim and primarily serves the Central European markets from there, Hellmann Contract Logistics has opened a distribution center in Borox, Spain, to distribute goods in Spain and Portugal. In addition, a second warehouse location is being set up in Wroclaw, Poland, from which retailers in the Nordic countries as well as in Eastern and parts of Western Europe will be supplied. This will reduce the distance traveled to customers by 1 million kilometers annually, which will not only shorten delivery times but also significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

The new 20,000 m2 campus in Poland will be operated by Hellmann exclusively for Ledvance and is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of February 2023. The goal is to implement both pallet and individual order picking for supermarket distribution, DIY stores as well as wholesalers rapidly and efficiently from Wroclaw.

"We were looking for a logistics service provider that would support us as a long-term partner for the further development and implementation of our high-performance and sustainable distribution and logistics network in Europe. Hellmann convinced us with their state-of-the-art concept which meets all our requirements for modern warehousing. This cooperation is an important addition to our team in Molsheim and allows us to react flexibly and agilely to the constantly changing market requirements in the area of operations. Moreover, as equal partners, we are united by our long-standing corporate tradition in which sustainable innovation development has always been of central importance to both sides," said Gareth Jackson, COO Ledvance.

"We look forward to implementing our innovative concept for Ledvance across countries in Europe. Hellmann has been established as a full-service provider for many years both in Spain and Poland and can build on a powerful team. In the new warehouse in Wroclaw alone, for example, we are hiring around 80 new employees, which is part of our growth strategy in the contract logistics sector," says Volker Sauerborn, COO Global Contract Logistics, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Luka Koper car terminal On 8 December, in the early hours of the morning, Luka Koper reached a new milestone at the Car Terminal, surpassing the total number of cars handled in 2018, which was previously considered a record.

The number of cars has now surpassed 754,409 units, which means that 2022 will also be a record year thanks to this achievement. The final year-end vehicle throughput figure will undoubtedly be even higher and above average in all respects, as already indicated by the January-September results. Car transhipment growth during the period was 20% compared to the same period last year, which is particularly significant in the current uncertain times, when the automotive market and global logistics in general are facing intermittent supply chain disruptions, congested shipping and warehousing capacities, and the impact of unpredictable geopolitical developments. This year, we are seeing higher transhipments both in exports, especially to the Middle and Far East, and in imports, where the share of electric vehicles, mostly Chinese-made, is increasing significantly. The growth in car traffic is also remarkable in a broader context, given that all other European ports or terminals, both in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, have seen significantly lower growth rates. The high growth rates can be attributed mainly to the redirection of commodity flows that we have been able to obtain with the reliable services and capacities built up in recent years. These include a new berth for RO-RO ships, rail access and a new garage, which was completed last year. We are also planning new car parking facilities for next year, when we will have completed all necessary preparation activities in the 5a area, on the eastern part of the port.

Jettainer PalletNetZero Jettainer customers can now look forward to reaping the rewards of environmentally friendly pallet nets, too: with Pallet Net Zero from AmSafe Bridport.

The global expert in Unit Load Device (ULD) management is sourcing these nets, which are made out of sustainable bio-based materials, from its longstanding partner AmSafe Bridport, the world leader in highly engineered, innovative safety textile solutions for aerospace & defense. These newly developed nets are the lightest on the market. Around 60 per cent lighter than conventional polyester options, they reduce fuel consumption, cutting costs and greenhouse gas emissions in international air transport.

Pallet Net Zero is made out of an innovative, bio-based fiber – a pioneering material extracted from renewable bio-based raw materials. Weighing 9 to 11 kilograms, these nets are much lighter than traditional polyester nets, which weigh roughly 17 to 24 kilograms, depending on the type of a net. The new nets are also more robust and cut-resistant than existing models. Furthermore, Pallet Net Zero has certification for a service life of five years. In contrast, most commonly used polyester versions have a durability of only three years. Even after they are used, lightweight nets are to remain sustainable. Therefore, Jettainer, AmSafe Bridport and their airline customers are already working on ideas to give discarded nets a second life.

Lufthansa Cargo will be Jettainer’s first customer to use the new, lighter Pallet Net Zero solution. The ULD expert will make around 2,000 nets available to the airline, which will be used for PAJ pallets. The net will be fixed to one side of the pallet to minimize the loss rate for these high-quality nets.

“Global responsibility and sustainable, forward-looking practices are part of our DNA. We have already been working together with Jettainer for many years in a wide variety of areas to make air freight more sustainable. With the lightweight Pallet Net Zero, we are taking another important step towards decarbonizing freight transport. In addition, we expect considerable weight savings to make handling easier and safer for our employees and ground staff,” says Dietmar Focke, Chief Operations Officer & Chief Human Resources Officer at Lufthansa Cargo

In order to guarantee its customers the best possible product, Jettainer had the nets put through the acid test at the Institute of Textile Research Saxony (Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V.). Together with Lufthansa Cargo, Jettainer will conduct further stress tests of the lightweight Pallet Net Zero and gather experience in handling in order to make further improvements and developments with AmSafe Bridport with end users in mind.

Thomas Sonntag, Managing Director at Jettainer adds: “Winning such a large airline as Lufthansa Cargo as a proof of concept customer for these new lightweight pallet nets is a great opportunity for both of us. Sustainability is playing an increasingly important role throughout the entire industry. Our efficient ULD management services, the use of lightweight containers and innovative lightweight elements like squAIR-timber already offer our customers ways to reduce weight and their CO2 footprint. The use of Pallet Net Zero gives our customers yet another way to make their cargo flights more fuel-efficient and sustainable.”

“Pallet Net Zero is the outcome of years of expertise and research. These nets combine lightweight, safety, and sustainable feedstock in an unprecedented way. This redefines cargo nets as an important contributor towards lighter and sustainable air cargo. We look forward to working with our longstanding partner, Jettainer, to make Pallet Net Zero available for their customers and teaming up to make air freight transportation more sustainable,” commented Joanna Kotula, VP Sales & Marketing, at AmSafe Bridport.

Golden Falcon MNG MNG Airlines, a Global Logistics Provider and e-Commerce enabler, signs agreement to go public on the New York Stock Exchange through a business combination with Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp.

MNG Airlines is a global logistics provider and e-commerce enabler, servicing over 15,000 corporate customers across 41 countries through over 3,500 flights per year .

Recently announced financials for the third quarter ended 30 September 2022 reflected last twelve months (LTM) revenue grew by 39% year over year to $353 million, net income of $61 million and Adjusted EBITDA1 of $116 million (33% margin).

The transaction is expected to have a pro-forma enterprise value of $676 million, assuming minimum gross transaction proceeds of $30 million, implying a 5.8x multiple on LTM Adjusted EBITDA as of 30 September 2022.

NEW YORK, 07 December 2022 – MNG Havayollari ve Tasimacilik A.S. (“MNG Airlines,” “MNGA” or “the Company”), a global logistics provider and e-commerce enabler, has entered into a definitive agreement to become publicly traded via a business combination with Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp. (“Golden Falcon”) (NYSE: GFX), a special purpose acquisition company. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2023, after which MNGA will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) under the new ticker symbol “MNGA”. As a public company, MNGA is expected to gain increased financial flexibility, and to be well positioned to unlock new growth avenues and maximize value creation.

Ali Sedat Özkazanc, CEO of MNGA, commented, “We see significant value creation potential from becoming a publicly listed company in the U.S., with the expectation that it will enable transformative commercial agreements, create an acquisition currency, and align management incentives with shareholders.”

Murathan Gunal, Chairman of MNGA and CEO of MAPA Group, added, “Today, MNGA is an international company with a global presence including multinational corporate clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In the year that we celebrate 25 years of operational excellence, listing on the NYSE feels like a natural next step in our company’s history. We’re excited about delivering on the anticipated value creation opportunity ahead.”

Makram Azar, CEO of Golden Falcon, commented, “We screened over 500 companies and conducted in-depth due diligence on many companies and our process resulted in identifying a company that offers the market a differentiated, high-quality business. We believe MNGA is an exceptional opportunity among DeSPAC business combinations, with a strong growth profile, profitability, cash flow generation, and priced at what we believe is the lowest EBITDA multiple of any business combination closed to date in 2022, which is why we believe it is such a
compelling investment opportunity.”

Scott Freidheim, Chairman of Golden Falcon, added, “At our initial public offering in December 2020, we communicated to investors that we intended to bring to them an established company in the Europe, Middle East and Israel region with a compelling track record, cash flow-generation, a clear transatlantic expansion nexus, a strong growth profile, and benefitting from secular market tailwinds. We’re delighted to bring this differentiated investment opportunity to our investors as we believe MNGA meets the attributes we laid out as key business combination criteria.”

For the three months ended 30 September 2022, the Company’s revenue grew by 47% year-on-year to $90 million, net income of $26 million and Adjusted EBITDA5 of $27 million (30% margin). Last twelve months6revenue grew by 39% year-on-year to $353 million, net income of $61 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $116 million (33% margin). Adjusted EBITDA margin for the last twelve months has improved by 400 basis points as compared with 2019, and revenue has grown at a 37% compound annual growth rate during this period.

The Company’s business model has four complementary segments: Scheduled & Block Space, Charter, ACMI7, and Warehouse & Handling. The Company’s cost base is mostly variable, with COGS (cost of goods sold) representing 95% of its overall cost base in 2021. Company contracts have limited exposure to fuel costs, which are either 100% pass-through to the end customer (for charter flights and ACMI) or updated every two weeks (for scheduled flights). Revenues are generated in USD, EUR and GBP, collectively accounting for 98% of the total. The Company has been net income-positive for the last 10 years. The Company has net debt8 of $25 million as of 30 September 2022.

The transaction is expected to have a pro-forma enterprise value of $676 million, assuming minimum gross transaction proceeds of $30 million, implying a 5.8x multiple on LTM Adjusted EBITDA as of 30 September 2022.

All references to available cash from the trust account and retained transaction proceeds are subject to any redemptions by the public stockholders of Golden Falcon. The Company benefits from significant positive cash flow generation and a capex-light business model, being able to organically fund its growth plans. Its current business plan is fully funded regardless of transaction proceeds. Net proceeds from the transaction will therefore be distributed to the Company’s existing shareholders, who are expected to continue to retain a significant stake in the Company.

The Golden Falcon management team screened over 500 potential targets since its IPO in December 2020. Prior to executing the Business Combination Agreement with MNGA, the Golden Falcon team conducted extensive due diligence throughout the course of the past ten months, supported by its advisor UBS Investment Bank. In order to closely align incentives with the Company and existing shareholders, the Golden Falcon team has agreed to subject over 90% of sponsor shares received as merger consideration to a vesting schedule.

The proposed business combination, which has been unanimously approved by both the Board of Directors of Golden Falcon and the Board of Directors of MNGA, is expected to close in the first half of 2023, subject to approval by Golden Falcon’s stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

Subject to agreement on terms that are satisfactory to the Company and Golden Falcon, in order to provide certain redemption alternatives in connection with Golden Falcon’s stockholder vote to approve the business combination, the Company and Golden Falcon intend to make available to Golden Falcon stockholders some or all of the following options: (i) continue to hold their shares of Golden Falcon Class A Common Stock (“Common Stock”), (ii) elect to redeem their shares of Common Stock in accordance with the Golden Falcon Certificate of Incorporation or (iii) convert their shares of Common Stock into a newly issued security to be comprised of a combination of shares of Common Stock and convertible notes. The Company and Golden Falcon intend for the newly issued security referred to in (iii) above to entitle such Golden Falcon stockholder to receive a portion of the value of its shares in the form of shares of Common Stock and a portion in the form of registered convertible notes, with both a cash coupon, a conversion premium, and other material terms that are expected to be mutually agreed by the Company and Golden Falcon.

Barig ETS EU On December 7, 2022, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament agreed on how to revise the regulations of the EU emissions trading system for air traffic (EU ETS Aviation).

However, the planned changes are insufficient with regard to climate protection and lead to competitive distortions within the European aviation market.

The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG)—airline association of more than 100 national and international carriers operating to and from Germany—criticizes several aspects of the recent decisions because, in the form agreed now, they have a clearly negative impact on climate protection and, simultaneously, impose serious competitive disadvantages on European air traffic.

Michael Hoppe, BARIG Chairman and Executive Director, states: “The agreements now made may have been based on good intentions, however, a closer examination shows that they are indeed unsuitable for effectively protecting the climate. This is regrettable, because, in the run-up to the recent decisions, experts and professional associations throughout Europe and on a broad level clearly expressed their views and pointed out precisely the mistakes that have now been made.

We criticize the planned extension of emissions trading to flights from and into the EU, as for hub connections with long-haul flights, there will certainly be a significant shift of traffic out of the EU. In this way, CO2 emissions will not be saved, but merely shifted to other regions outside the EU, with ‘carbon leakage’ effects.

Moreover, the planned introduction of an increasing quota for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) is not acceptable in its current form. In order to create a level playing field, the mandatory blending quota of SAF has to apply to all air traffic participants on a fair basis. Any unilateral additional costs must be offset. The planned free allowances for European airlines are principally a suitable means in this matter but completely inadequate in their scheduled quantities until 2030. Feeder flights to EU and non-EU hubs must be treated equally. The unfair additional costs for European airlines arising here must be offset by additional free certificates. This is the only way to ensure fair competition.”

Westjet Boeing B737 800BCFWestJet Cargo, the air cargo division of WestJet, has spent the last few months putting a solid structure in place in order to take its cargo activities to another level.

Today, WestJet Cargo is able to confirm the launch of 4 dedicated Boeing 737-800 freighters on March 26, 2023 to massively increase its operations, thereby meeting the growing demand of the Canadian market.

Kirsten De Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice President of Cargo is confident about the future: “WestJet Cargo is about to enter a very promising and exciting period in its development. The arrival of our new fleet will enable us to meet the rising demand of the Canadian market, more than ever before.”

2023 will undoubtedly be a significant year for WestJet Cargo. Further announcements about the forthcoming launch will be issued very soon.

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