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May 27, 2014: UPS has announced the opening of its new contract logistics distribution facility in Beijing. The 6,500 square meters of non-bonded warehouse space located 19 kilometers from Beijing Capital International Airport serves growing demand in China and is capable of servicing contract logistics orders with four-hour delivery within the metropolitan Beijing area and next-business-day orders for major cities throughout China.

ups-beijing"The Beijing facility is the latest addition to UPS's portfolio of contract logistics facilities nationwide, which strengthens our integrated China network," said Craig Foster, UPS Asia Pacific senior vice president of supply chain and healthcare logistics. "Our warehouses throughout China, including the new facilities in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, enable us to effectively support national and regional order fulfillment and give customers better warehousing and distribution access to developing cities throughout the country."

Additionally, UPS has expanded its post-sales services in China. This network now provides same-day critical parts delivery within the metro area in 87 cities throughout China.

The opening of the Beijing facility follows closely after the opening of similar UPS distribution centers in Chengdu and Shanghai in 2013. Together, the centers support growing industries in China, including high-tech, industrial manufacturing, aerospace and retail. Capabilities of these facilities include order fulfillment, inventory management, kitting, packaging and other specialized value-added services.

According to market research firm Transport Intelligence, China is expected to overtake Japan in becoming the largest contract logistics market in the Asia Pacific region by 2016, driven by rising domestic consumption from a growing middle class and the gradual move of Chinese businesses up the value chain.

"The opening of the Beijing facility is testament to UPS's long-term commitment to China. Chinese customers have greater access to the growing market, backed by a strong and extensive integrated network," said Richard Loi, president of UPS China. "We will continue to leverage our global logistics expertise and expand our offerings in China to meet our customers' demands for top-notch logistics services."

In addition to opening the new facilities, UPS has also developed its gateways in central and western China with flights connecting Chengdu and Zhengzhou to the extensive UPS global network. With dedicated healthcare facilities in Hangzhou and Shanghai, UPS has further enhanced its capabilities in serving the needs of healthcare customers.


May 25, 2014: Qatar Airways Cargo will start operating its twice-weekly freighter service to Mexico City (Mexico) on 11 June 2014. This new dedicated cargo route will mark the start of Qatar Airways Cargo operations in Latin America.

"The first Qatar Airways Cargo flight to Mexico will be a historic moment for us, as it heralds the beginning of our operations in Latin America," said Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann.

Qatar Airways Doha-To-Host-World-Cargo-Symposium"This is yet another important milestone for us, and it demonstrates that we are well on track towards becoming a world-class air cargo service provider with international reach. Our customers can rely on our extensive network of more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide, in addition to the freight delivered on our 134 passenger aircraft to 140 key business and leisure destinations globally," he added.

Qatar Airways Vice President Cargo for Americas, Mr. Ian Morgan said: "Mexico has one of the world's largest economies, and it boasts one of the most developed manufacturing sectors in Latin America. The new dedicated Qatar Airways Cargo service will create new and exciting opportunities for businesses in Mexico and beyond."

Qatar Airways Cargo will operate the twice-weekly service between Doha and Mexico City's Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, using the Boeing 777 freighter. Freighters will depart from Doha's state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport on Wednesdays and Sundays, and from Mexico on Mondays and Thursdays*.

Major exports from Mexico include cars and vehicle parts, consumer electronics (televisions, mobile phones, LCD displays), oil and oil-derived products, silver, perishables and pharmaceuticals.

Qatar Airways Cargo recently strengthened its product portfolio with the launch in January 2014 of two new premium services that optimise the transportation of time- and temperature-sensitive goods, including high-value pharmaceutical products and perishables. The new services, QR Pharma and QR Fresh, add to the company's substantial range of cargo services and further enhance its capacity and flexibility to effectively move sensitive commodities in line with the highest world-class standards.

On 1 December 2013, the first Qatar Airways Cargo shipment was received at the new cargo facility at Hamad International Airport. The enormous, state-of-the-art facility, spanning 55,000 square metres, contains a perishables storage area, amongst other key facilities, such as a live animal centre and dangerous goods area. The new self-contained terminal will handle 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per annum.


May 206, 2014: DHL Freight, one of the leading providers of road freight services in Europe, has expanded its Eurapid service across Europe with 11 new terminals joining the network at the beginning of May.

DHL Freight EurapidThe day-definite service for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments up to 2.5 tons is now available at 41 terminals and covers 75 percent of all business addresses in Europe. The company is looking to enroll the remaining terminals by the end of 2015, based on market and demand.

"Certain industries such as the Technology or Fashion and Apparel sectors demand higher frequencies and reliable execution. Eurapid serves this need and has been accepted by our customers very well. Since demand is strong and growing, the expansion of the service availability is running as planned", said Amadou Diallo, CEO DHL Freight.

The high quality road freight network of DHL is expanded by one station each in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. Additionally, two stations in Germany (Worms, Renningen) have been integrated into the network. Going forward, DHL Freight plans to further extend the coverage of Eurapid. The company announced that nine more stations are going to join the network by the end of the year. In total, 80 percent of DHL Freight's international business would then be covered.

Eurapid shipments are treated with priority and offer highly competitive lead times for customers. A dedicated customer service team handles inquiries and also constantly monitors on-time delivery. The Eurapid service provides same-day pick-up for shipments booked before 12pm. Same-day delivery information and standard end-to-end lead time reports are included in the service as well.


May 26, 2014: DB International has won a key contract in India. The company has been entrusted to act as the quality and safety consultant for Kochi Metro, an elevated railway more than 26 kilometers in length with 21 elevated stations and one depot. Energy is supplied with a 750 volt DC third rail. Work on the project has already been al jacob bridgeunderway since February.

DB International, a DB AG company, is rising to meet this new challenge by opening a branch in Bangalore. Taking this step will bring Deutsche Bahn's experts into close proximity with the important Indian market, clients and projects, giving them the opportunity to build local expertise in railway construction.

"This initiative has strategic significance in light of the continuing process of globalization and the rising prominence of the Indian market," says Niko Warbanoff, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors. "DB International has the requisite global skills and reputation in project work to offer high-quality services here, too. We are confident that we can lend our support to India with our expertise in all areas of rail transport" added Warbanoff.

India is endeavoring to strengthen and stabilize its economic growth. The precondition for this is a rapid expansion of infrastructure. That is why investments equivalent to some EUR 200 billion are planned in the next 10 years to meet India's need for high-quality rail infrastructure. There are plans to build new routes and to improve existing routes for high-speed transport, rail freight transport, S-Bahn rapid transit trains and U-Bahn underground trains.


May 22, 2014: Saudia Cargo has announced that it is to operate 2 weekly B747 freighter services from Europe to Doha, effective 1 June 2014. Operating on Wednesdays from Frankfurt and on Sundays from Amsterdam, the new service is expected to meet growing demand in a market currently dominated by a handful of operators.Saudia

"We are delighted to be introducing this new direct service from Europe to Doha," commented Nabil Khojah, CEO at Saudia Cargo. "Not only will it provide our customers with greater choice and flexibility at competitive rates, but it will also be a valuable addition to our expanding network. Thus, further strengthening our position in the Middle Eastern market," he added.

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.


May 23, 2014: Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that the airline and Robert Song have mutually agreed to terminate his role as a Senior Vice President, Head of Asia & Pacific with immediate effect.

Both parties are currently in discussions about a mutually satisfactory consultancy agreement to support the implementation of the dual hub strategy between Cargolux and its shareholder HNCA.

'Thanks to his in-depth knowledge of the business and his strong relationships throughout the airfreight industry, Robert has played a central role in the successful setting up of the alliance between Cargolux and HNCA', said Dirk Reich, President & Chief Executive Officer. 'I thank Robert for his contributions, his drive and hard work', Reich added.

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. further announced the promotion of Kevin Shek to Vice President Asia & Pacific, effective immediately. Shek, who is currently heading the airline's sales activities in the Asia & Pacific region, has held various positions since joining Cargolux in 1997.


May 20, 2014: Today, Amerijet International, Inc. announced its U.S. growth plan, including agreements with the Rickenbacker and Reno airports for the development of two domestic air cargo hubs in Ohio and Nevada.

On July 7th, Amerijet will begin daily operations between its new hubs providing long-haul air freight service connecting eleven cities coast to coast for intercontinental and domestic freight."

Amerijet 727sAmerijet' s Pamela Rollins, Sr. V.P. Business Development said, "Amerijet' s dedicated B767 wide body cargo planes will operate exclusively between these hubs and will provide our customers with additional options for expedited and heavyweight domestic freight.

"We believe this product fills the need for select services once the mainstay of companies such as Burlington Air Express, Kitty Hawk, Emery and other all cargo carriers who did not survive the economic turmoil of the last decade. Our new freighter service is ideal for shipments moving on long-haul lanes over 1,500 miles, especially those in need of time-critical and high-value, temperature controlled or hazardous material shipments.

"This exciting new coast-to-coast freight service will benefit both businesses and consumers that count on efficient and cost-effective supply chain solutions," said Elaine Roberts, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates Rickenbacker International Airport. "Rickenbacker is well-equipped and perfectly positioned to meet Amerijet' s needs as a key hub for this service and we look forward to building a strong, successful partnership with them.

"Amerijet's selection of Reno-Tahoe International for its west coast operation is amazing news for our airport and our community," Marily Mora, President/CEO of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, said. "Their unique, cost-effective business model, that will blend air cargo with trucking, is a perfect fit for our growing list of distribution centers. We are proud to welcome Amerijet, and their CEO Dave Bassett, to our community."

Rollins further added "This service connects Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Reno on the west coast with Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Newark and Atlanta on the east coast with 1-2 day service. Our customers are going to benefit from late local cut-off times, typically between 7-9pm and early recovery times, including Saturdays. This new network will also connect to our Miami Hub providing our customers with a faster and cost effective way to seamlessly move their freight between our domestic and international routes."

Amerijet International, Inc. is full-service multi-modal transportation and logistics provider, offering U.S. Domestic and International, scheduled all-cargo transport via land, sea, and air. Amerijet connects over 30 major cities in the U.S. with more than 600 destinations worldwide, providing global transportation solutions for customers throughout the Americas, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.


May 22, 2014: New York based Associated Global Systems (AGS), a full service transportation and logistics provider, is pleased to announce its Express Ocean Service from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

This service will serve high-end furniture and electronics companies that want a one-stop provider for B2B and B2C logistics across North and Central America.

AGS provides a comprehensive menu of services to aid importers in getting products from their overseas suppliers directly to their factory or their customers' doors anywhere in the U.S., with on-forwarding to Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. These include door-to-door service, warehousing and logistics, web based inventory management and customs clearance.

Additionally, AGS can provide dedicated container service, packing, storage, web tracking, a 24/7/365 operation and a fully staffed National Call Center.
With over 55 years of experience, AGS has performed thousands of white glove deliveries of furniture, high end electronics, lighting, and fashion and retail goods.


May 20, 2014: Cargolux Airlines International S.A. recently announced it will be adding weekly Friday flights to its current Monday and Wednesday schedule from Hong Kong to Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK). The Luxembourg-based carrier's first Friday flight from Hong Kong will arrive at Rickenbacker on May 23.

"Our clients have positively responded to the unparalleled speed-to-market capability offered by flying into Rickenbacker," said Piergiorgio Curci, Vice President of the Americas for Cargolux. "When we save our clients time, we save them money and help them be more successful in the competitive global marketplace."

Columbus is one of the major fashion and apparel markets in the world and home to a number of large international fashion companies. The direct Cargolux flight from Hong Kong offers shippers of fashion goods and other commodities fast and convenient connections from Asia to the U.S. market. Utilizing its advanced fleet of Boeing 747-8 freighters, Cargolux can easily meet the needs of the market, offering additional capacity in line with growing demand.

"We're thrilled that Cargolux has been successful by taking advantage of the supply chain efficiencies and the geographic advantages of Rickenbacker," said Elaine Roberts, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates the airport. "We appreciate their further investment in our market and look forward to our continued partnership."

As one of the world's few cargo-dedicated airports, Rickenbacker International Airport offers an uncongested option to move air cargo to, from and within the United States. The airport is a critical logistics component of Rickenbacker Inland Port, which also includes an intermodal terminal, industrial development, a Foreign-Trade Zone and much more.


May 22, 2014: Carriers must embrace change to survive in a new airfreight landscape defined by emerging global brands, modal shift, and growing freight capacity on passenger planes, according to Larry Coyne, CEO, Coyne Airways.

Cargo migrating to both surface transport and passenger planes has changed the economics of freighter operations, putting traditional operators and owners under pressure, he told delegates at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Air Cargo Club (ACC) last week.

At the same time, the rise of a small number of global brands will cause casualties amongst independents and force a seismic shift in the way the industry operates, he said.

"I believe our industry is undergoing revolutionary change," he said. "At Coyne we are embracing that change because we know it will be good for us. In the next 20 years, more carriers will have to do the same and adapt to survive."

He said passenger carriers were becoming bigger and more aggressive players in the long-haul freight business, and ownership of large freighters was becoming an unattractive proposition. "There is a likelihood that more and more carriers will exit that business," he said.

He added that deliveries of wide-body planes, which were, in effect, "mini-freighters", were predicted to grow by over 8000 in the next 20 years, bringing more services to more destinations and cutting into the main deck freighter market.

"There are only about 500 wide-body freighters operated today, mainly by express carriers, so you can see what adding passenger cargo capacity equal to around 100 freighters a year will do to this market," he said.

He pointed to a recent survey by Seabury revealing that an estimated 15.2 million tonnes of airfreight had been lost to surface between 2000 and 2013, equal to 11,000 B777 freighter flights a year.

"It is creaming off some of the growth that air used to enjoy and has reduced it from a potential 7.3% growth to 2.6% a year," he said.
Meanwhile, legacy carriers are lining up to co-brand, and younger airlines are using minority ownership to create powerful single brands as an alternative to alliances or code sharing.

"I see the emergence of global brands in various forms, as an alternative to consolidation," he said.

"A smaller number of world brands is going to make life difficult for independent carriers unless they have a special niche they can protect.
"Airlines not part of one of these global brands will find it increasingly difficult to compete and many will be forced to join in or risk being driven out of business."

The ACC is an annual gathering in St Paul de Vence, France, which has just completed its tenth meeting.

It consists of air cargo and aviation professionals that share a common interest for the challenges facing the aviation world and, in particular, the air cargo industry.


May 20, 2014: All of the LD3 containers used by Lufthansa Cargo are now the lightweight versions. The LD3 standard containers produced using lighter composite materials are helping to radically reduce fuel consumption and emissions at Europe's leading cargo airline.

With some 500,000 container movements per year, the good 14-kilogramme difference over conventional containers amounts to a weight saving of 7 million kilogrammes. Therefore, using these flyweight containers to transport cargo and luggage will reduce fuel consumption by 2,000 tonnes and CO2 emissions by a good 7,000 tonnes per year.

"The new, lighter containers are still extremely robust and strong in spite of being almost completely made of plastic", said Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo. "Replacing all of our LD3 standard containers brings us a good deal closer to our goal of reducing our specific CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2020 compared to 2005. We want to continue to fulfil our role as an industry leader in the future as well and help make air freight greener through innovative and modern technologies."

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