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January 14, 2015: Qatar Airways Cargo will launch twice weekly Airbus 330 freighter services to Basel, Switzerland, on 28 January 2015.

The airline will also commence a "Pharma Express" service this month – the first of its kind in the industry, offering airfreight to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. The Pharma Express service will link two key pharma origins, Brussels and Basel, with the extensive Qatar Airways' network, via Doha, Qatar.

Basel has a large pharmaceutical industry and is home to the headquarters of many major pharmaceutical companies, while the Swiss chemical industry also operates largely from Basel.

Brussels and the region of Flanders in Belgium, house 146 life science companies with biotech activities, of which 50 are related to healthcare, 46 are active in the bio-based economy and 50 are life science providers.

The Pharma Express route will be served by the Airbus 330 freighter and will operate from Brussels to Basel with a final stop in Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

a330fMr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, said: "We are delighted to launch the Pharma Express and our first destination for 2015, Basel, Switzerland. The pharmaceutical industry is witnessing rapid growth each year, and with the rising demand there is the need to ensure that pharmaceuticals and healthcare products are transported with the utmost care while avoiding any temperature fluctuations.

"By investing in sophisticated technology and a team of highly qualified staff, Qatar Airways Cargo can now offer healthcare companies and their logistic partners a state-of-the-art service for shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals all over the world, while maintaining the integrity and quality of their products throughout the supply chain."

In January 2014, Qatar Airways Cargo launched QR Pharma – an airfreight service for pharmaceutical and healthcare products. QR Pharma offers both, active and passive solutions. The active solution provides temperature-controlled containers, which are designed to maintain a constant temperature throughout the entire transportation chain, and the passive solution keeps the product within a defined temperature band at all stages of the journey.

As an industry leader, Qatar Airways Cargo offers the fastest airline transfer at Doha through its Quick Ramp Transfer (QRT) solution. It is the only carrier in the Middle East to offer refrigerated or 'reefer' truck services for ramp transfers at its home hub. Sensitive commodities are collected from and delivered directly to the aircraft by specialised temperature-controlled vehicles, ensuring that the cool chain process is seamless, thereby eliminating risk to temperature exposure.

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January 13, 2015: After a nine-month, $16.579 million improvement project, Huntsville International Airport (HSV) has reopened its east runway along with adjacent taxiways. The project was done in order to meet the requirements set for Panalpina's 747-8 freighters, which are classified as a Group VI aircraft. This project was made possible when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded $15,750,741 in discretionary funds to HSV for improvements to its east runway in September 2013. This is the largest grant HSV has ever received.

panalpina huntsville"This grant allowed us to continue the quest to improve our infrastructure for Group VI and handle the large volume of cargo we see at the airport," said Mark McDaniel, Huntsville Madison County Airport Authority Chairman of the Board. "We have a 10-year plan for total investments of $85 million to our runways and taxiways, because it is crucial for our region's economy and to stay competitive in the global marketplace."

Reed Contracting was the prime contractor on the east runway expansion. Total capital improvements on the east airfield included: expanding paved shoulders, widening full-strength pavement and upgrading to eco-friendly LED lighting and signage. In July of 2013 the airport reopened its west runway after a year-long, $30-million construction project. At completion of this project, both runways at Huntsville International Airport are now capable of handling Group VI 747-8 aircraft, a distinction shared with cities like Miami, New York, L.A., and Chicago.

"A major benefit of Panalpina's own controlled network is that it uses less congested airports, such as Huntsville, to offer faster turnaround on the ground, and to reduce the risk of delays, " said Matthew Frey, global head of Panalpina's own controlled air freight network. "Now that we can also use the second runway in Huntsville, distance and time to our airside facility is reduced even further."

Due to the partnership with Panalpina, Huntsville International Airport is currently No. 14 among U.S. international air cargo airports.

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January 14, 2015: With the British economy continuing to grow and cross-Channel traffic flows concentrating on the shortest routes as a result of environmental constraints, the market in the strait of Dover is set to grow over the coming years.

In order to reach the target of transporting 2 million trucks per year in 2020, Eurotunnel today announces the order of three new freight shuttles to add to the 15 in its existing fleet.
These additions to the fleet will enable Eurotunnel to increase its capacity by 20% and to run up to 8 departures per hour at peak, compared to 6 currently. This immediacy of departure added to the established speed of crossing is a major differentiating factor which will enhance the attraction and the competitiveness of the Eurotunnel service.

The new, €40 million order, has been placed, following a European tender process, with WBN Waggonbrau Niesky GmbH. It is for the construction of three new shuttles, each 800 metres long, with 32 carrying wagons, 3 loader wagons and a carriage to transport the truck drivers.

The new shuttles will be built using the latest technology to ensure that energy efficiency and strength are coupled with reliability: they will be fully interoperable with the existing shuttles. Delivery is set for the end of 2016 and early 2017.

The order for three new shuttles is supported by a €30 million programme of investments in the expansion of the terminals in Folkestone and Coquelles which will ensure the fluidity of traffic across the Eurotunnel site.

Michel Boudoussier, Chief Operating Officer – Concession of Groupe Eurotunnel stated: "As the world leader in the rolling motorway industry, Eurotunnel has been able to draw upon its 20 years of experience in the design of these 3rd generation Shuttles. The consultation that we led confirmed that we are at the leading edge of railway development."

 

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January 14, 2015: IAG Cargo today announces it has launched its innovative Cargo Connector service in San Francisco, the 10th city on IAG Cargo's global network to benefit from the service. At no additional cost, freight forwarders in San Francisco can now opt to have IAG Cargo collect and courier deliveries of less than 300 kilos direct from their premises to the airport.

Cargo ConnectorThe Cargo Connector service at San Francisco International is set to benefit a significant amount of IAG Cargo customers, 95% of whom are based within a 5 mile radius of the airport. This means that the Connector vans are never far away when a pickup request is received.

Joe Le Beau, Regional Commercial Manager North America, at IAG Cargo, commented: "It's great to see that we've already expanded Cargo Connector to ten cities worldwide. Following the positive response from the trial period, Cargo Connector in San Francisco has become a firm favourite with the local freight forwarding community.

"Not only is Cargo Connector proving more cost efficient for smaller freight forwarders that would normally pay a third party to deliver their freight, but also with our GKA's who really appreciate the peace of mind this service offers."

Cargo Connector is a pioneering collection service that is currently available in seven US cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle and Houston. It is also available at IAG Cargo's UK hub operation at London Heathrow and Frankfurt, Germany.

Drivers arrive in IAG Cargo-branded vans and collect freight as well as process new cargo bookings on-the-spot, making it easier than ever for freight forwarders to connect to IAG Cargo's network of 350 destinations.

Le Beau concluded: "Our customers have been pleasantly surprised how quickly the Cargo Connector van arrives at their facility to collect freight just 15 minutes after we have finalised their booking details. As well as offering our customers two daily flights to our Heathrow hub, the Connector van has been the perfect addition to our business at San Francisco, and has taken our customer service to a completely higher level."

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January 12, 2015: Jettainer, the leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, has successfully passed its first environmental audit and has been certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental management standards. As a result, the company has provided evidence of its commitment to protecting the environment and has created a basis for drawing up and documenting an ongoing improvement process.

The ULD specialist has therefore provided evidence of the environmental awareness of its employees during everyday business operations and has also proven that the development of environmentally sustainable technologies and therefore the use of innovative products are a high priority at Jettainer.

"It's extremely important for us to meet the needs of our customers at all times – and not just in the operating sense, but also with regard to supporting the corporate philosophy in each case; this normally includes continual improvements to the environmental balance nowadays," says Carsten Hernig, Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH.

"Cooperation in the field of the environment is absolutely necessary in the market place nowadays," Martin Kraemer, Head of Marketing & PR, adds; he is also the environment officer at Jettainer. The aim at Jettainer is to improve the environmental performance of airlines by saving natural resources and therefore reducing the risks to the environment in the long term. "I'm certain that we'll be able to present further progress and new innovations – particularly in the field of further developing lightweight containers and pallets – by the next audit."

The audit was performed by an accredited certifier. Certification according to the internationally recognised ISO 14001 standard initially applies for a period of three years and covers the company's global processes.

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January 14, 2015: Shanghai Pudong Int'l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) has achieved tonnage growth of 16.15 percent year-on-year, reaching a total figure of 1,502,113 tonnes of freight in 2014. After setting a series of monthly records, PACTL has now registered the strongest annual results in the company's history.

PACTL's domestic cargo volume grew by 6.25 percent year-on-year to 97,336 tonnes in 2014, while its international cargo volumes rose by 16.91 percent to 1,404,777 tonnes. Imports increased by 16.85 percent to 597,956 tonnes, while exports showed growth of 15.69 percent and reached a total figure of 904,157 tonnes in 2014.

"We were not only able to meet, but even exceed our positive expectations at the end of the year with record results of 1.5 million tonnes of air freight handled in 2014. We particularly welcome the significant growth rates for imports, as they indicate an increasing balance in the flows of commodities and will therefore help our customers to make their transport cycles more efficient. We're not anticipating any decline in figures at the moment and therefore expect developments to continue at a similarly high level in 2015," says Lutz Grzegorz, Vice President of PACTL.

PACTL is a Sino-German joint venture based at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). It brings together three shareholders – Shanghai Airport (Group) Co., Ltd. (51%), Lufthansa Cargo AG (29%) and JHJ Logistics Management Co. Ltd. (20%).

Based on recent figures, PACTL employs more than 2,200 people and serves 52 permanent and several charter customers. PACTL handled about 1.5 million tonnes of air freight in 2014.

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January 12, 2015: Lufthansa Cargo took to the skies with well-filled aircraft over the past twelve months. Despite a slight decline in transported cargo volume, Germany's number one freight airline was able to maintain its capacity utilisation last year with a cargo load factor of 69.7 per cent (2013: 69.9 per cent).

Lufthansa Cargo resultsFaced by tough competition, the cargo airline transported around 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail in 2014, posting a slight year-on-year decline of -2.7 per cent.

In the past financial year, Lufthansa Cargo successfully focused on a flexible and demand-driven management of its capacities with the aim of boosting yields. At the same time, the freight airline invested in its network for its customers, adding Milan in Italy, Lagos in Nigeria and the Tunisian capital Tunis to its destinations. In addition, business with key sectors like the oil and gas industry played a stronger role for Lufthansa Cargo. Since November it has been offering a non-stop Boeing 777F flight from Houston (USA) to Stavanger (Norway) every Saturday, linking two of the world's most important centres of the oil and gas industry.

"Competition on the market was very fierce again last year", says Peter Gerber, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. "The fact that we continue to fly in this environment with an unchanged high capacity utilisation rate, testifies to the success of our network management and strength of our global offerings and sales."

Gerber's forecast for the coming year is cautiously optimistic: "Despite the still difficult framework conditions, Lufthansa Cargo pursued its future programme Lufthansa Cargo 2020 with great determination in the past financial year." A new IT system for cargo handling is being rolled out world-wide, marketing of lucrative express products further reinforced, and preparations for the new air freight terminal in Frankfurt, LCCneo, are in full swing.

As another milestone of Lufthansa Cargo 2020, he also singled out the launch of a strategic joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA) on routes between Japan and Europe. This is to ensure further growth on the important routes between the two major economic regions.

The economic result for the year 2014 will be announced this March. As already stated in the third interim report 2014, Lufthansa Cargo still assumes that its operating result will be higher than in the previous year.

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January 13, 2015: Saudi Airlines Cargo has begun operating 3 weekly B747 freighter flights from Riyadh to Milano Malpensa Airport.

"By operating direct freighter flights into Malpensa we are offering first class connections from our entire network including Hong Kong, China, Bangladesh and India right to the industrial center of Italy, thus proving our commitment to the Italian market" said Nabil Khojah, CEO, Saudi Airlines Cargo Company.

Saudi Airlines Cargo operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia's flag carrier Saudia, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations. In addition to its scheduled freighter services, the cargo airline also provides cost-effective and practical worldwide charter flight solutions from a growing fleet of dedicated charter aircraft.

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January 11, 2015: Emirates airline has announced that it will be donating AED 5 million to the UAE Tarahamu (Show Compassion) campaign.

This is in response to widespread appeals to the public and private sectors initiated by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and further endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

uae-65884His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline & Group remarked on this latest initiative, and the positive overwhelming response of corporate entities and individuals alike: "The UAE and its leaders have played a remarkable role in quickly responding to humanitarian issues around the region, especially now as thousands of lives are threatened by extreme weather conditions.

He added: "The outpouring received for the Tarahumu campaign has become a positive inspiration in itself, encouraging even more entities and individuals to step up and pledge support. Emirates is keen to do our part and our contribution to the campaign will help provide vital aid to refugees around the region, who are weathering one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the Levant to date."

The "Show Compassion" campaign (Tarahamu in Arabic) seeks to provide warmth and necessary supplies for over one million people affected by extreme winter conditions, most notably, by snowstorm Huda, in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as Gaza and other Palestinian territories.

WAM, the official Emirates news agency, says an aircraft carrying 40 tonnes of donated emergency winter aid to refugees arrived in Amman, Jordan on Sunday.

The flight was operated by Maximus Air, the UAE-based all-cargo airline which also donated the aid cargo in response to the UAE's Show Compassion campaign.

CEO of Maximus Air, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Qasimi, said that the flight to Amman was also part of the UAE humanitarian airbridge ordered Tuesday by His Highness the President to send urgent relief shipments of blankets, winter clothes and food supplies to help hundreds of thousands of refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, in addition to those affected in Gaza and other Palestine regions.

On Wednesday, the UAE's humanitarian airlift managed to carry emergency winter aid to refugees in the Levant before the blizzard descended on the region.

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January 12, 2015: U.S. railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corporation (www.rrdc.com) has deepened its relationship with its partner Eurorail (www.eurorail.eu ) by investing in a 25 percent participation in the company as of December 2014.

Eurorail, a leading rail-based logistics company headquartered in Belgium, was joined by RDC in 2012 in a 50/50 investment in rail freight feeder operator RégioRail (www.regiorail.net); currently RégioRail controls four feeder operations in France. The strengthening of the partnership confirms the commitment of both partners to the joint pursuit of opportunities in the European rail freight sector.

Eurorail Managing Director Eric Debrauwere commented, "Through RégioRail we have developed a high quality partnership with RDC. Their entry into the capital of Eurorail is based on shared vision and mutual confidence."

RDC Chairman Henry Posner III added, "Europe is a challenging and fragmented market but with numerous niches representing opportunity for rail freight. This investment represents an additional commitment to the European market based on our confidence in our partners."

RDC's portfolio currently includes rail freight operations in Iowa, Peru and Colombia, in addition to RégioRail. Other European interests include intercity passenger operator Hamburg-Köln-Express and UK passenger rolling stock producer Vivarail.

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January 09, 2015: Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission has concluded that a restructuring aid package of over €100 million for Cyprus' ailing flag carrier Cyprus Airways gave the company an undue advantage over its competitors in breach of EU state aid rules.

Cyprus Airways therefore needs to pay back all incompatible aid received, which according to the Commission's information amounts to over €65 million plus interest. In particular, the Commission found that Cyprus Airways had no realistic perspective of becoming viable without continued state subsidies.

Cyprus Airways response:

Following the adverse decision of the European Commission for Competition, issued today, on the application of the Republic of Cyprus of a Restructuring Plan for Cyprus Airways (Public) Ltd submitted in October 2013, the Board of Directors of Cyprus Airways has decided to initiate the procedure for voluntary liquidation and to that effect all necessary measures will be taken.

In the context of the above decision all operations of the company will be suspended as of the close of business today.

Cyprus Airways would like to warmly thank the millions of passengers who flew with the airline over the years, for their choice and support. Special thanks are also expressed to the staff of the airline as well as its associates, whose professionalism and dedication were always at the service of the passengers.

We are extremely honoured to have made a valuable contribution, over the last 68 years, to the development of the economy of Cyprus and its tourism industry in particular. We have flown the flag of our country worldwide with pride.

The government of Cyprus announced that it has decided to offer alternative arrangements to all passengers who have Cyprus Airways tickets. The cost of all alternative arrangements will be undertaken by the Republic.

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