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June 19, 2014: Amerijet International, Inc. is gearing up for its U.S. Domestic Freighter Operation by awarding the east and west‐coast road feeder bid to its ITS Logistics. The contract connects nine U.S. cities to Amerijet's new U.S. Domestic air cargo hubs at Reno‐Tahoe International Airport and Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus utilizing dedicated 53 foot air ride trailers.

Starting July 7th, Amerijet International, Inc. will begin daily B767 freighter operations between its new hubs providing long‐haul air freight service for intercontinental and domestic freight. Dedicated road feeder services between Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Reno on the west coast and Chicago, Detroit, PhiladelpITS Logisticshia, Newark, Atlanta, Miami and Columbus on the east coast will allow Amerijet to provide its customers with a 1‐2 day service coast to coast.

"The dedicated road feeder service is an integral part of our new domestic air service. It was very important for us to find the right Company to provide our ground transportation. ITS and Amerijet have both built a reputation on service and our company cultures are very much aligned with each other," said Amerijet's Pamela Rollins, Sr. VP of Business Development. "Amerijet is confident that the partnership with ITS Logistics will ensure immediate and long‐term benefits to the strategic expansion of the company."

"ITS Logistics is very excited to partner with a dynamic company like Amerijet and be a part of filling such a void throughout the U.S.," said Jeff Lynch, President of ITS Logistics. "ITS specializes in time-definite line haul services and this agreement with Amerijet is very complimentary for both companies. ITS will dedicate a pool of 20 drivers and trucks along with 35 trailers to this operation and both companies expect substantial growth as this new service offering expands into other markets."

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.

 

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June 16, 2014: Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has today announced a major expansion plan for its subsidiary Intradco Cargo Services which will see the company extend its animal transport operations on a worldwide basis.

The global aircraft charter specialist - which completed the acquisition of UK-based Intradco in February of this year - is initiating a worldwide growth strategy following the successful integration of the company into its business portfolio over the last three months.

As the world's leading equine, livestock and exotics transport specialist, Intradco has over three decades of experience providing the safest air transport solutions for animals of all shapes and sizes.

intradcoThe company - which is also at the forefront of designing and leasing its own equipment for animal transportation - will now utilize Chapman Freeborn's global network of over 30 offices worldwide to introduce its services to new markets.

In the highly-specialized field of bloodstock movements, they will target potential growth regions around the world, ranging from their base in the UK to racing and breeding industries in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Commenting on the expansion plans, Russi Batliwala, CEO of Chapman Freeborn, said:

"We're delighted to welcome Intradco into the Chapman Freeborn group and see it as an ideal fit for our business. Our global offices have seen a tremendous increase in livestock and bloodstock requests since Intradco joined us. Their niche expertise and own equipment has made them a market leader for animal transport services."

Eddie McMullen, Managing Director of Intradco, said: "This is an exciting development for Intradco that we believe sits perfectly with our approach – it just makes sense. The initial focus will be on promoting our services in previously untapped markets by making the most of Chapman Freeborn's global office coverage and local market knowledge. There are exciting times ahead!"

Over the past three decades, Intradco has developed a team of professionals dedicated to the safe journey and constant care of live cargo.

The company's experience includes coordinating charters for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Breeders' Cup and Dubai World Cup winners, as well as more unusual movements including transporting 247 deer from USA to Russia, and 400 alpacas from Chile to London.

Since joining Chapman Freeborn, Intradco also successfully managed a high-profile project to fly 47 horses from Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) as part of the world-famous Cavalia equestrian tour.

In addition to overseeing charters, Intradco offers a growing range of owned custom-designed stalls and penning equipment for lease, making it a favorite with many of the world's leading airlines when undertaking live animal flights.

As part of its global expansion plans, Chapman Freeborn has unveiled a brand new look for Intradco including a redesign of its logo, new imagery and supporting materials, as well as the launch of a new website.

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June 16, 2014: UPS announced today that the company has pledged to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism and community service by the end of 2020. The goal was announced by David Abney, UPS chief operating officer and CEO-elect, at the opening day of the Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service. By achieving this goal, UPS's total volunteer hours will increase more than 12% and non-profits will receive volunteer assistance valued at more than $460 million* by the end of the initiative.

"Volunteerism has always been an integral part of our company culture," said Abney. "UPS's founder Jim Casey continually advocated for employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work. Our pledge of logging 20 million hours of volunteer service by the end of 2020 reinforces our corporate giving strategy and our commitment to our volunteering and philanthropic efforts that advance and enrich communities around the world."

Each year, UPS employees, alongside their families and friends, have logged millions of hours and provided countless resources that benefit local community development, youth education, social issues and the environment. Since 2011, UPS employees have logged 5.3 million hours of employee service around the world. Through the focused 2020 agenda, UPS employees will build upon their existing volunteer efforts to continue contributing impactful service to local communities.

UPSJapanIn addition to its volunteer pledge, The UPS Foundation last year granted more than $1 million to Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer services. As the convener of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Points of Light mobilizes millions of people to take action in philanthropic activities that change the world. This significant grant will support Points of Light's global volunteerism efforts, which include disaster relief, veterans' services, financial literacy, economic development resources and education.

"The UPS Foundation has been working with Points of Light for more than a decade," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "Our programs with Points of Light have built capacity to mobilize new and existing volunteers and increased engagement with communities, businesses and non-profit organizations in volunteer leadership. Together, we are paving the way for innovation, action and impact to make a difference around the world."

In a related move the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, has donated US$10,000 to the Saigai Fukko Shien Volunteer Net, a non-profit organization that provides recovery assistance for the affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In addition to funding the operational costs of the coordinating office, the grant will also be used for the rental and maintenance of cleaning equipment and supplies.

Masato Umeno, president of UPS Japan, said, "Three years after the devastation, more support is still needed in the disaster affected area. As part of UPS's strong culture of giving back to the local communities where we do business, UPS continues to dedicate resources toward the relief efforts. By supporting the Saigai Fukko Shien Volunteer Net, we are very pleased to contribute to activities that have a direct impact to the local community in the Odaka Ward."

 

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June 17, 2014: Qatar Airways Cargo sponsored the opening ceremony of the Qatar Solar Energy factory and research facility in Doha last week. The facility which can produce solar panels, capable of generating as much as 300 megawatts of energy annually, is located in Doha's new industrial area.

QatarIn alignment with Qatar's National Vision 2030, Qatar Solar Energy's mission is to help Qatar take a significant and strategic step towards establishing itself as a global and renewable energy technology development and research hub.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, said: "Qatar Airways Cargo operates from its Doha hub to more than 130 destinations worldwide, offering freight forwarders access to one of the youngest airline fleets, as well as a truly global network. "We look forward to working with Qatar Solar Energy, and supporting them in shipping solar panels, and other leading-edge equipment, around the world.

"Qatar Airways takes its takes corporate social responsibility very seriously, and is committed to protecting the environment," added Mr. Ogiermann.

"Qatar Solar Energy is dedicated to democratizing sustainable energy by delivering environmentally responsible solutions to the world's pressing energy challenges. By lowering the cost, our technology will empower individuals and businesses with affordable electricity in developed and emerging markets," said Salim Abbassi, CEO of QSE. "This is a significant milestone for Qatar and proves that the region can be on the leading edge of an industry that will secure sustainable energy for future generations."

QSE also announced that it signed agreements with Jermyn Capital to supply 150MW of solar power to the Japanese market and additionally with Power Capital to supply 150MW to the Thailand market. QSE was chosen as the solar provider of choice for its ability to deliver higher efficiency solar solutions at lower costs with plans to work together into the future with both companies on a range of solar power initiatives.

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June 16, 2014: Aramex, the leading global logistics and transportation solutions provider, today announced its acquisition of Mail Call Couriers, a leading courier service in metro express deliveries in Australia. The new acquisition strengthens Aramex's Asia-Pacific proposition and provides Aramex with important, technology-driven delivery capabilities in Australia. The acquisition is part of the company's aggressive expansion strategy in global growth markets.

Mail Call CouriersMail Call Couriers is a leading express courier company in the metropolitan markets in Australia. It has a strong brand and has built a reputation for developing innovative customer-focused technology and providing fast and efficient services. Founded in 1982, Mail Call, in the last few years has been the benchmark for innovative e-commerce solutions in the Australian logistics market, with its unique 'WantItNow' delivery solution. The solution incorporates groundbreaking count-down technology and unparalleled 3 hour and evening e-commerce delivery offerings.

Australian consumers are purchasing an increasing number of goods and products from overseas through e-commerce, with a recent study showing that only 53% of online consumers buy domestically from Australian retailers. The Australian e-commerce market grew from $30billion in 2011 to over $37billion in 2013, with Australian consumers increasingly sourcing goods and products from the Asia Pacific region.

Australia is now the fourth largest e-commerce market in the Asia-Pacific region, providing significant opportunities for Aramex to expand its e-commerce proposition across the region to take advantage of the increasing demand from Australian consumers for online shopping delivery solutions.

Commenting on the acquisition, Hussein Hachem, Chief Executive Officer of Aramex said: "We are delighted to be adding Mail Call Couriers to Aramex's global network. The company has a very strong track record and an excellent management team and we are excited to support its next phase of growth. Mail Call Couriers is an excellent strategic fit for Aramex, with suitable, scalable synergies with Aramex's own global infrastructure, enabling us to play a key role in providing important delivery solutions to our customers in metropolitan markets in Australia.

"We will be taking Mail Call Courier's specialized 'WantItNow' technology and applying it to our other ecommerce markets across the globe. This deal also offers some exciting opportunities to further develop and grow our global e-commerce proposition across the Asia Pacific region. We intend to offer Shop and Ship to our Australian customers, enabling them to shop from the US, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. We will be looking to make a significant contribution to the development of Australia's e-commerce sector, drive innovation in the industry and help open up its markets to increased cross-border e-commerce."

Emma Cronin, Joint Managing Director of Mail Call Couriers said: "We are very proud of the business we founded and have built up over 32 years. The investment we have made in the company through our technology-driven solutions and our premium service proposition, particularly in the e-commerce space in recent years, has resulted in significant competitive differentiation for our business and brand. Following the acquisition, our customers will now be able to benefit from Aramex's global network, international expertise and scale, whilst still being able to enjoy our personalised, tailored services."

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June 16, 2014: Etihad Cargo, a division of UAE national airline, Etihad Airways, has enhanced its cargo services to and from Switzerland and the United States (US), by offering bellyhold cargo capacity on flights between Abu Dhabi and Zurich and Los Angeles respectively.

Etihad Airways launched daily flights to both cities on 1 June, bringing the total number of Swiss destinations flown direct from its Abu Dhabi hub to two, and raising to four its network of direct US cities.

The airline already flies from Abu Dhabi to Geneva in Switzerland and to Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. in the US.

The new Abu Dhabi-Zurich services offer cargo customers 260 tonnes of weekly bellyhold uplift capability while flights between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles will offer 130 tonnes of weekly bellyhold volume.

Etihad Airways is deploying an Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi-Zurich route, with services to Los Angeles initially being operated by an Airbus A340-500 aircraft, before switching to a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft from 15 July.

Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad Airways, said: "Switzerland and the US are key markets for us, and our new services to Zurich and Los Angeles provide shippers with convenient, daily access to points all across our global network.

"In total, we now offer just over 510 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity to and from Switzerland, and 940 tonnes to and from the US, with unique access out of both countries to the Gulf region, the Indian subcontinent market, Africa and many parts of Asia.

"Our new cargo capability to Zurich and Los Angeles will appeal particularly to the valuable goods, pharmaceutical, textile, machinery and fresh produce sectors, and we look forward to working with our customers to facilitate more trade across our network."

The increase in cargo capacity comes against a background of rising tonnage flown by Etihad Cargo. In 2013, Etihad Cargo carried more than 6,700 tonnes of goods to and from Switzerland, up 21 per cent on 2012, while tonnage to and from the US over the same period rose 54 per cent to 36,000 tonnes

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Cargolux ZhengzhouJune 16, 2014: Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced the launch of scheduled services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou after obtaining all necessary permits from the relevant authorities. Today's inaugural flight was operated with one of the airline's advanced Boeing 747-8 freighters.

Flight CV9746 departed from Luxembourg at 8:00 p.m. and will arrive in Zhengzhou at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday June 15th (all times local). Cargolux will initially operate twice weekly services to CGO, departing Luxembourg on Thursday and Saturday each week.

From July 2014, the airline plans to operate 4 weekly services while an additional 2 weekly frequencies will be added from September this year.

The implementation of regular air freight services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou is a major element of the commercial cooperation agreement between Cargolux and HNCA.

In addition to Zhengzhou, Cargolux also operates all-cargo flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen in mainland China.

June 10, 2014: Cargolux would like to confirm that none of its aircraft were involved, damaged or destroyed in the terrorist attack at Jinnah international airport in Karachi this weekend, contrary to rumors published on a variety of websites.

Cargolux would like to further state that none of its aircraft were positioned in Karachi at the time of the attack. The airline operates one weekly flight to Karachi on Tuesdays with flight CV7822 routed from Luxembourg to Sharjah via Karachi.

Due to the developing situation, the Karachi stopover has been cancelled until further notice.

 

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June 16, 2014: Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has finalized preparations to start three weekly services to Madrid, Spain starting from 2 September 2014.

Ethiopian flights to Madrid will be operated through Rome and will bring the number of the airline's international destinations across five continents to 83. The flights will provide the best connectivity options between Spain and East and Southern Africa.

Madrid, the political, economic and financial hub of Spain, is the country's biggest and Europe's the third largest city. It also houses the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization and numerous major corporations.

ethiopian airlines"We are very pleased to announce to our esteemed customers that Ethiopian will start services to Madrid, bringing the number of our European destinations to ten. The continued expansion of our network in Europe will enable our customers to enjoy wider choice of connectivity options when travelling between Europe and Africa. Spain is a major tourist originating and destination country. Our new route to Madrid will create opportunities for further strengthening the investment, trade, and tourism ties between Spain and 49 destinations in Africa with convenient and seamless connection through our main hub in Addis Ababa.", said Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebremariam.

Passengers to and from Madrid will enjoy convenient connections to destinations in Ethiopian wide route network such as Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salam, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lusaka, Luanda and Johannesburg.

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 81 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

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June 12, 2014: With the support from the Flemish government, Brussels Airport, Voka and Nallian are launching a unique platform which will enable the various players at BRUcargo to securely exchange information. Basetechnology, the Cargo Community System (CCS) will enable the various players in the cargo zone to exchange information faster and more efficiently.

With its Strategisch Actieplan voor de Reconversie en Tewerkstelling (START - Strategic Action Plan for Reconversion and Employment) in the airport region, the Flemish government wants to recharge the airport region and provide it with new socio-economic incentives. In 2012, as part of this framework, Brussels Airport, the private players at the airport and Voka started BRUcargo Secured Gateway; a research project in cooperation with and led by the VIL (Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek). The objective was to develop BRUcargo into the most efficient and safest cargo airport in Europe.

The BRUcargo Secured Gateway project revealed that a CCS was imperative to arrive at the desired short and long term process optimisation. The CCS enables an easier, clearer, more reliable and faster (real time) exchange of information between the various players (industrial shippers, operators, truckers, handling agents, airlines, Brussels Airport Company, Customs and the FAVV (Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain). The physical handling of the cargo will be improved and costs saved by this way of operating. The CSS enables continual process optimisation and provides the following benefits:

  • flexible response to current and prospective market developments;;
  • readily taking advantage of new technological evolutions;;
  • remaining ahead of the competition from other cargo airports.

Steve Polmans BRUcargo"Nowadays, an efficient cargo community system is indispensable for the development of any logistics cluster and certainly for BRUcargo" states Steven Polmans (left), Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport. "We see an enormous increase in information in logistics; both in the available information and the need for information. The challenge that lies ahead is managing and steering this properly and we believe that, in Nallian, we have found the right partner to achieve this."

The project, of which the first results are expected within 6 months, is a global premiere. The CCS is technology. In addition to CEO Jean Verheyen, there are various captains of industry behind the company, including Peter Hinssen and Jan De Schepper. data sharing technology enables companies to cost-effectively share information with all their business partners while maintaining full control of who can see what and under which conditions. This approach offers users and the Flemish government an integrated picture of the total value chain and strengthens the position of Flanders as Slimme Draaischijf van Europa (Europe's Smart Logistics Hub).

According to Paul Hegge, General Director of Voka Halle Vilvoorde: "The CCS offers the industry and region the possibility of valorising existing competencies, enabling the existing industrial and logistic sectors to become more flexible, more competitive and more appealing. We are happy to be able to support our members in this and will facilitate the continued roll-out of the platform."

The Flemish government's investment in soft infrastructure will also have a clear leveraging effect on the existing logistics "hard infrastructure". In the short term this investment will lead to concrete results and will support all players at the airport with the flows of cargo through this important logistics hub. This platform will certainly be exportable once established, whether or not in combination with the international expansion of its air- and seaport activities.

 

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June 13, 2014: Etihad Cargo will commence a weekly freighter service to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania today, Friday 13 June 2014. On the return sector to Abu Dhabi, the freighter will also stop in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dar es Salaam - Tanzania's biggest city - is a major industrial and economic centre in East Africa, and following the first Etihad Cargo flight today, all subsequent weekly freighter services will operate every Monday to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).

Etihad Cargo will deploy one of its three Airbus A330-200 wide-body freighters on the route, offering customers heavy uplift capability of up to 64 metric tonnes.

Initially, the UAE airline expects the service to carry heavy electronics, medical equipment and food items to Dar es Salaam, with primarily perishable goods destined for the Gulf region and Europe loaded for the return flights.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways' Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: "Tanzania is a new market for Etihad Cargo, and our weekly Abu Dhabi-Dar es Salaam-Nairobi-Abu Dhabi routing will allow us to capitalise on the strong import and export demand to and from one of the fastest growing cities in Africa.

"This Dar es Salaam service will facilitate trade between the UAE and Tanzania, in addition to offering customers across the Middle East, subcontinent and Europe bidirectional maindeck cargo solutions to and from a major trading centre on the African continent."

Etihad Cargo is the fast-growing freight business of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, offering services to 103 destinations internationally. The carrier operates a fleet of nine freighters, consisting of three Airbus A330-200F, three Boeing B777F, and three Boeing 747F.
Later this month, Etihad Cargo will take delivery of one new freighter, an Airbus A330-200F.

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June 13, 2014: Today, CLECAT and FIATA, representing freight forwarders on the European and international level, presented their views on the "Role of freight forwarders and logistics in intermodal transport chains" at a workshop of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted by the Government of Belgium in Brussels.

CLECAT and FIATA thanked UNECE for hosting a debate on freight logistics, a sector providing jobs to millions and crucial in terms of added value. Logistics has a key role to play in increasing the competitiveness of states' economies in a sustainable way.

CLECAT and FIATA have pointed out to authorities that logistics must be seen as a business: a really important one for their counties' prosperity. The associations believe logistics should figure more prominently on the political agenda. Ensuring convenient access to global trade by proving the indispensable logistics connectivity is the best political investment policy makers can make in this day and age.

CLECAT and FIATA recognise the importance of transport policy in providing the appropriate regulatory framework, adequate investments in transport infrastructure and ensuring that the required skills are available. So long as these imperatives are properly satisfied transport policy can provide a fair base for efficient, sustainable, safe and secure freight transport and mobility.

Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT, noted that many policies – such as those of modal shift in the EU - have demonstrated that efforts trying to artificially force change by placing restrictions or penalties will inevitably fail and become ineffective, whilst providing incentives and facilitating the move to more sustainable options (e.g. through the removal of regulatory barriers) will be a success.

Freight transport policy should make the industry more attractive for younger people and people re- entering the labour market. This awareness raising and the launch of capacity building campaigns can help improve the image of logistics, a sector always failing to reap the recognition of its merits.

Marco Sorgetti, Director General of FIATA noted that "a lack of investments often appears to be the reason for insufficient progress" and "logistics makes prosperity possible through trade and this is a convenient truth to remember". He eyes the Sustainable Development Goals under the post-2015 agenda as a unique opportunity to promote logistics connectivity among the priorities for sustainable development.

"A rare opportunity for governments to seize", Sorgetti said, and "FIATA will help policymakers who try to remove regulatory barriers, and make appropriate investments in transport infrastructure and trade facilitation. FIATA has instruments both in facilitation tools and in training programmes that can be readily deployed." The FIATA DG also noted that "the WTO agreement on trade facilitation has the potential to give international trade a boost and FIATA is anticipating on its implementation by making all its resources available."

Ms van der Jagt concluded that "a continued commitment of our sector to work in partnership with governments and civil society will lead to tangible benefits for the continued economic and sustainable growth."

 

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