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September 02, 2014: UPS is providing transportation support and commitments totaling $400,000 in gifts-in-kind (GIK) for urgent relief items to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak which has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 individuals in West Africa.

"UPS and The UPS Foundation are responding to the World Health Organization's plea for increased international response," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation.

UPS EbolaThe company is providing the following transport services at no cost to relief agencies:

Sponsored a Humanitarian Relief charter flight for UNICEF from Liege, Belgium, to Monrovia, Liberia, on August 29. The aircraft is carrying 55 metric tons of HTH dry chlorine disinfectant on behalf of the Liberian Ministry of Health to assist in hygiene activities at Ebola treatment centers in Liberia. More than 40 percent of the confirmed Ebola deaths have occurred in Liberia.

Expedited the trucking of 10 pallets (6,800 lbs) of supplies for Medshare from Decatur, Ga., to New York's JFK Airport, to be placed on a humanitarian flight arranged by Airlink. UPS has also committed an additional $75,000 GIK to Medshare for ocean transport.

Transported five pallets (2,500 lbs) of aid supplies for ChildFund from Tampa, Fla., to New York's JFK Airport to connect to a donated charter.

Transported nine pallets (4,745 lbs) of Ebola supplies from Savage, Md., to New York's JFK Airport for the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA). These items were expedited to Sierra Leone on a donated charter.

Committing to provide Africare & Direct Relief International transportation of five ocean shipments estimated at $30,000-$35,000.

Collaborating with the CDC Foundation and UPS customer Henry Schein, which has committed to donate personal protection equipment to support the CDC's efforts.

UPS has a long history of working with disaster relief organizations to deliver critical, life-saving aid to communities in need around the world. In 2013, UPS provided US $7.5 million in humanitarian relief funding and assisted with 250 humanitarian shipments across 46 countries.

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September 02, 2014: Mr. Matthew Ma joins Qatar Airways as Vice President Cargo Asia, effective 1 September 2014.

qatar airwaysMr. Ma comes with a wealth of experience in the freight industry, having over 45 years of experience.

He worked at Cargolux for 41 years, starting off as Regional Manager Space Control and Charter Sales for Cargolux, USA, based in Montreal and Seattle. He then returned to Hong Kong to head the Cargolux Asia & Pacific region, where he remained until joining Qatar Airways Cargo.

Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Chief Officer Cargo said, "Matthew has an excellent track record in the airfreight industry and we are glad to find someone of his calibre to fulfil this role."

Mr. Matthew Ma, Vice President Cargo Asia, added "It is indeed the opportune time to join Qatar Airways Cargo and share their vision of achieving the top five cargo airlines position.

"I am excited to start a new challenge and look forward to further developing their growing business," he said.

Qatar Airways, the launch customer of the Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body aircraft is set to receive its first delivery before the end of this year. The airline has ordered 80 of them..

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September 03, 2014: All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline, and Lufthansa Cargo AG, one of the world ́s leading air cargo carriers, will launch a strategic air cargo joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe and vice versa.

This is the first worldwide cargo joint venture of its kind. ANA has received antitrust immunity, i. e. approval for the joint venture from the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport after filing for it in spring 2014. In addition, the joint venture has been positively assessed by external counsel for compliance with relevant EU antitrust regulations.

Now ANA and Lufthansa Cargo can jointly manage activities covered by the joint venture including network planning, pricing, sales and handling on all routes between Japan and Europe and vice versa. Based on a joint contract which shall be signed in the next weeks, the two carriers aim to introduce the joint approach on shipments originating from Japan to Europe in winter 2014/2015 and for shipments from Europe to Japan mid-2015.

The joint venture will benefit customers by generating a greater selection of routings and a wider range of service options. Customers will especially profit from a larger and faster network with more direct flights, more destinations and more frequencies. By their moving under one roof at major stations, such as the airports Narita and Nagoya in Japan and Dusseldorf and Frankfurt in Germany, customers will enjoy the services of both airlines at a single location.

On the passenger side Lufthansa and ANA build on a longstanding relationship as both companies are part of the Star Alliance network, the leading global airline network. Additionally, Lufthansa and ANA also launched a joint venture in 2012 on routes between Japan and Europe, allowing the two carriers to bring substantial benefits to passengers by creating a more efficient and comprehensive service across their networks. Complementary, with this new cargo joint venture, ANA Group and Lufthansa Group will bring their customers even more new values on air transportation services.

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September 02, 2014: AirAsia has introduced a product called Redbox by Airasia, the new low cost courier in town, offering the best value-for-money express courier and parcel delivery service; wholly developed by AirAsia, providing customers up to 50% savings in costs compared to existing courier services.

Redbox is designed by the airline to provide low cost courier services for businesses, average consumers, corporate clients and overseas foreign workers for the carriage of regular parcels, business packages and documents throughout the airline's extensive route network.

Currently, Redbox will be serving the markets in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Nepal. Plans are currently in the pipeline for the airline to expand its courier services in other countries in the future, such as in Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong and more.

Air Asia RedboxAirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "For us to remain in the forefront of the industry and to continue with our pledge to provide services at the lowest fares and rates, constant innovation and improvements to our products & services are very important. Ancillary income adds around 20% of our revenue and we are determined to boost this further with new services such as Redbox. With Redbox, we also hope to open up a new horizon for businesses in Malaysia and across the region. In the current economic climate, businesses can only benefit from low-cost courier services such as this, promising reliability and up to par with industry standards.

"By tapping into our extensive route network which spans across over 88 destinations and 22 countries; as well as excellent flight frequencies in Malaysia and across the region, Redbox enables more commerce opportunities for local businesses, providing exclusive reach to various destinations not connected by other airlines. Especially beneficial for SMEs, Redbox's low cost courier service affords lower operating costs, which are essential for SMEs to operate," Tony added.

To enjoy AirAsia's Redbox, customers may request for the low cost courier service online at redbox.airasia.com, as easy as booking flights with AirAsia, and payments can be made via Mastercard, Visa or Paypal.

For added convenience, customers may call Redbox Customer Service to arrange for pick-up of their consignments. Alternatively, customers can choose to drop their parcels at any of the Redbox outlets or drop-off locations.

Customers may also simply walk-in to any of its service centres to obtain its services, with the Redbox courier network presenting more than 300 outlets and kiosks with pick-up and drop-off facilities. The Redbox service centres accept cash for all transactions.

Redbox customers will enjoy swift, consistent, and timely deliveries of their parcels and shipments with services such as Door-to-Door Deliveries, Tracking & Tracing of Parcel, Online Booking, Online Payment and Insurance Coverage.

Customers may keep track of their shipments by using the Tracking & Tracing feature online, by keying in the consignment, airway bill or flight number provided.

About the AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with 88 destinations. Within 12 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 230 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 160. The airline today is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and India, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries as well as China, India and Australia. AirAsia was named the World's Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for six consecutive years from 2009 – 2014.

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August 27, 2014: Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc., a leading asset-light transportation and logistics service provider, announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Active Aero Group. The total purchase price was approximately $115 million in cash and was funded with borrowings under Roadrunner's credit facility.

Active Aero is a highly regarded supply-chain solutions provider focused on transportation logistics for customers with sensitive or time-critical freight, principally in the United States and Mexico. Active Aero is recognized as a leading provider of ground and air expedited services, uniquely supported by its spot bid technology and controlled capacity. Active Aero's procurement system and multi-modal offering enables it to provide customers with the most advantageous and cost efficient means of meeting their time-critical logistics needs.

Mark DiBlasi , President and CEO of Roadrunner, said, “As we have indicated, the ability to provide air and ground expedited services to meet customers’ total transportation needs has been a key strategic objective for Roadrunner. Active Aero’s strong position in the marketplace is based upon the high quality of its service offering and personnel and its unique blend of expedited services. As a result, we believe Active Aero represents an ideal match with our strategy and an excellent platform for growth in expedited services globally.”

About Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.
Roadrunner is a leading asset-light transportation and logistics service provider offering a full suite of solutions, including customized and expedited less-than-truckload, truckload logistics, transportation management solutions, intermodal solutions, freight consolidation, inventory management, expedited services, international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and comprehensive global supply chain solutions. For more information, please visit Roadrunner's website, www.rrts.com.

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September 02, 2014: The U-Freight Group has welcomed Taiwan's decision to allow the country's freight forwarders to operate multi-destination export consolidations, which will permit them to carry out the consolidation and transshipment and re-export of cargoes to multiple countries overseas.

In the past, local forwarders in Taiwan could only consolidate goods from various cargo containers according to their destination in a foreign country.

U-Freight Taiwan Ltd, the Taiwanese partner of the Hong Kong-headquartered international freight service and logistics group, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and will be host for the U-Freight Group's annual global sales conference in Taipei later this month.

Comments the company's CEO, Simon Wong: "The new law will make Taiwan one of the most competitive logistics hub in the world. Consolidating goods in Taiwan and re-exporting them to Europe and America should increase efficiency and reduce costs. It is perfect timing for us, and delegates at our forthcoming conference will certainly be looking at how we can capitalise on this opportunity."

Since the late 1960s, the U-Freight Group has developed into one of the world's leading independent providers of international freight forwarding and logistics services.

Through its international network of subsidiary companies and exclusive agents, the company offers the full range of air and seafreight services.

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August 28, 2014: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision of Brussels Airport to become the first European hub for pharmaceutical freight using IATA's global certification program for shipping cold-chain pharmaceuticals.

The IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) is a standardized global certification program that trains and conducts onsite assessments to provide the expertise needed adequately to transport cold-chain pharmaceutical products across the world.

Brussels Airport is inviting a group of ten local stakeholders (ground handlers, freight forwarders, truckers and airlines) to undergo the CEIV Pharma training, bringing the cargo community together for the common goal of becoming certified. This will allow those Brussels-based stakeholders to offer pharmaceutical companies the competitive advantage of assuring cold-chain integrity to their clients.

Since the program goes beyond the Good Distribution Practices (GDP) covering air transport requirements, it is particularly attractive to forward-looking stakeholders who value the extra confidence this certification brings to their pharmaceutical clients. In February, SATS Coolport (Singapore)--which handled more than 15,200 tonnes of pharmaceuticals in 2013—received its CEIV Pharma certification.

The pharmaceutical industry has relied heavily on the airline industry for its speed and efficiency in transporting high-value, time- and temperature-sensitive cargo. However, until this year, there were no global certification standards that could be internationally recognized and implemented.

"IATA has been working very hard with our stakeholders to ensure product integrity for these types of shipments," said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and CEO. "The CEIV Pharma certification program provides participants in the air cargo value chain with the tools to ensure that they are operating to the highest standards for the transport of what in many cases are life-saving drugs and medicines. And it will give pharmaceutical companies confidence and assurance that their cold-chain logistics requirements are being met through an independent certification process."

The global pharmaceutical industry will spend $8.36 billion on cold chain logistics in 2014 and is expected to expand to more than $10 billion by 2018 (1).

"Brussels Airport is aiming to strengthen its position as a leading gateway for the handling and transportation of pharmaceutical freight in Europe," said Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport. "We hope that our leadership in being recognized as a CEIV Pharma certified community will persuade other airports to do the same. It is important that cold-chain pharmaceutical products can be transported in a standardized, sanitary and secure way throughout the world."

 

September 01, 2014: Kuehne + Nagel is continuously enhancing its CO2 emission calculating capabilities and is the first to offer its customers exact data instead of estimations. The Global Seafreight Carbon Calculator (GSCC) allows calculations of CO2, SOx and NOx emissions for container and LCL movements from door-to-door and is available on Kuehne + Nagel's webpage.

Built upon the European Standard EN 16258, the GSCC is a planning support tool that helps customers to calculate and model complex supply chains. The underlying methodology of the programme is based on the Clean Cargo Working Group standards for CO2 emissions, whereby individual trade lane based CO2 footprint per gram/TEU/km can be obtained. Additionally the GSCC features detailed information about SOx.

The GSCC provides:

  • Real time CO2 emissions
  • Calculation model for strategic carbon footprint simulation
  • High level overview of CO2 emissions for sea and intermodal transport

Carrier Based CO2 Emissions Report
On request, Kuehne + Nagel can also provide customer specific CO2 emission reports with its advanced Global Transport Carbon Calculator. This tool is designed to monitor carbon emission from transportation activities and the reports include actual ocean carrier emission data provided by individual carriers. The data is fully integrated into the KN Login platform and allows scalable reports per trade lane, region, country, mode of transport and carrier.

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August 28, 2014: Boeing and Silk Way Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the airline's two 747-8 Freighters. The first airplane delivered last week and the second airplane delivered today. Both new 747-8 Freighters will bring new levels of efficiency to the Baku, Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier.

"We strive to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in our fleet and our services, and by Silkway 747-8F 1493 Takeoffcontinuing to increase our regional and international footprint," said Zaur Akhundov, president, SW Holding, parent company of Silk Way Airlines. "The delivery of our new 747-8 Freighters is a sound step forward in that direction."

Silk Way Airlines is considered as one of the leading cargo carriers in the region, providing full-fledged services to Europe, the United Kingdom and Middle East, as well as the Far East including South Korea, China and Hong Kong. In addition, the carrier also serves international destinations through a network of alliances, operating 747-400 Freighters and 767-300 Freighters.

"We are very proud of our continued partnership with Silk Way Airlines and today we have double the reasons to celebrate," said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales, Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 747-8 Freighter is the most efficient large freighter in service and the two new airplanes will now serve some of the world's high-growth markets."

The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics in its class while providing enhanced environmental performance. The airplane is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door. With more than 340,000 hours in service, the 747-8 Freighters are achieving performance milestones with customers. To date, Boeing has delivered 49 747-8 Freighters.

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August 29, 2014: Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has signed an agreement to acquire Swissport's cargo business at Copenhagen Airport, reinforcing its position as the largest independent cargo handler in Denmark.

Under the terms of the agreement, Swissport will transfer all business activities to WFS on 1st October 2014. WFS will take over Swissport's 4,200m² cargo terminal at Copenhagen Airport, which handles 18,000 tonnes a year on behalf of leading international airlines.

Marc Claesen, Regional Vice President, North Europe at WFS, said: "We are delighted to have successfully concluded this agreement. Copenhagen has been a big growth airport for WFS since we opened our operation in 2006 and this latest investment not only gives us potential for further expansion, it brings more leading international airlines into our portfolio in Scandinavia, that are also customers of WFS elsewhere in our global network."

Jos Roeven, Managing Director, Swissport Cargo Services The Netherlands and Area Director Nordics, added: "WFS is a major player in cargo handling and is therefore perfectly equipped to take over the cargo business at Copenhagen Airport."

WFS provides services to 300 airlines globally, is present at 120 major airports in 20 countries on four continents, and handles four million tonnes of cargo a year. It commenced operations in Scandinavia in 2006 having been awarded a concession on land by Copenhagen Airport a year earlier and investing in the construction of a new cargo terminal. WFS also opened its own cargo business at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport in 2012.

The new agreement with Swissport will take WFS' total cargo volume at Copenhagen Airport to 100,000 tonnes a year. Its existing facilities at the airport include two cargo terminals with a total area of nearly 10,000m² of warehouse space and office accommodation. WFS' airline clients at the airport include Singapore Airlines, China Cargo Airlines, Korean Air, British Airways, TAP Portugal, Iberia, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air Greenland, Cargolux and Icelandair.

The sale of the Copenhagen cargo business to WFS includes all business activities currently carried out by Swissport Cargo Services Denmark ApS as well as all assets. The exit process will start immediately and will be concluded 1st October 2014.

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August 29, 2014: Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded the handling concession for a new 5,000 sq. mt. cargo terminal at Milan Malpensa Airport, part of a major investment programme to increase the airport's cargo capacity to one million tonnes a year by 2020.

WFS, the world's largest cargo handler, will move into the new building in early 2016 on completion of the construction phase and will invest in excess of €1.8 million to equip the facility with modern handling systems and the necessary logistics infrastructure.

The successful bid is for a minimum of 10 years with the option of a further five years at Milan Malpensa, which handles some 50% of all air cargo exports from Italy. WFS has operated an airline representative office at the airport since 2008 and has cargo handling contracts in Milan for major airline customers including American Airlines, US Airways and China Cargo Airlines.

The new cargo terminal will be built by SEA, the operator of Milan's Malpensa and Linate airports and will be developed in conjunction with the technical department of WFS in Paris. The building will incorporate seven landside doors for trucks, a ramp for smaller vehicles, secure cages for valuable cargo and dangerous goods, and cool rooms for temperature-controlled shipments. The design will also include a 1,000 sq. mt. covered area on the air-side ramp, an additional 2,000 sq. mt. ramp area and office accommodation.

Emilio Fernandez, WFS' CEO Europe, said: "We are proud to have been chosen to operate what will be a magnificent new cargo facility, and intend to play an important role in helping Milan Malpensa achieve its impressive growth targets for the next six years and beyond."

Massimiliano Introini, Managing Director Italy at WFS, added: "WFS is the only international handler at MXP and will provide the global expertise, knowledge and services that will be essential in attracting more airlines from across the globe. We also offer the considerable benefits to airlines of our extensive road feeder system connecting the WFS airport network throughout Europe."

WFS expects to employ up to a further 50 new cargo personnel at Milan Malpensa when the cargo terminal opens.

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