Category: business news

Sky-rocketing digital demand steers CargoAi to hire LH Cargo manager

Regarding Magali Beauregard’s appointment, Matthieu Petot, chief executive of CargoAi, explains: “To head the customer department we needed someone who has a highly pragmatic vision of customer needs. With the combination of her experience of software as a service (SAAS) platforms and her total understanding of air cargo, Magali fits the bill perfectly.“[She] is a real achiever who has genuine passion for the industry.”

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AFKLMP Cargo avoids ban amid Netherlands strict COVID rules

A statement posted on the Air France/KLM Martinair (AFKLMP) company page on the LinkedIn business social media site reveals: “In the last 48 hours KLM conducted intensive consultations with the Dutch authorities and agreed on alternative testing solutions for our crews, that meets the new Corona measures and that also allows the flight operations of KLM and Martinair to continue as undisturbed as possible. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that our cargo flight programme will continue to operate according to the current schedule until further notice.”

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Forwarders join Abu Dhabi’s Hope vaccine consortium

Dr Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, under-secretary of Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, points out: “Increasing our partners to 16 enables the Hope consortium to continue to expand its reach and services to be a major player in the global logistical space for distributing billions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines, despite the great logistical challenges of transporting doses safely while maintaining their integrity.”

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Lufthansa Cargo upgrades its Frankfurt logistics centre

A statement from the German cargo airline explains: “The cargo centre at Frankfurt is Lufthansa Cargo’s home hub, handling around 80 per cent of its global freight volume. The carrier’s commitment to digitalisation, new product requirements and the further increasing importance of e-commerce have changed the demands on the logistics centre.”

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Bolloré joins the AFKLMP Cargo sustainable fuel initiative

Adriaan den Heijer, executive vice-president of Air France/KLM Cargo and managing director of Martinair, asserts: “I’m pleased with the clear commitment of Bolloré to join forces in making flying more sustainable by participating in the AFKLMP Cargo SAF programme. Only with such investments will we successfully develop a more viable market for sustainable aviation fuel.”

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Russia’s ABC creates bespoke digital weight-and-balance system

Commenting on the new system, Nikolay Glushnev, general director of ABC Airlines, underlines: “Development of the in-house WBS is part of a significant digital transformation project within Volga-Dnepr Group.“Despite the challenging 2020 working conditions, we have ensured that a selection of more than 230 ABC specialists succeeded in creating an IT product which is competitive with other market solutions in this field. And, with a training model available in the system, new users can easily adapt to the platform and come on board smoothly,” he adds.

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WebCargo’s digital connectivity gives Qatar a shot in the arm

Commenting on the latest digital development, Halleux emphasises: “We are pleased to partner with WebCargo to provide true agility and digital connectivity for our customers. As a leading global carrier, we rely on constant innovation and digitalisation across all our operations.“

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UPS opens new 100,000-sq ft UK COVID facility

The new combined hub, depot and warehouse, which is located in the UK city of Birmingham, is an upgraded facility that is staffed by more than 100 employees and can store some 8,000 pallets within a range of temperatures from 2°C to 8°C and 15°C to 25°C, as well as a frozen storage facility from -20°C to -80°C, allowing it to handle up to 25 million vaccine doses at any time, outlines a parcels specialist UPS statement.

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Cargo demand helps Virgin Atlantic stay in business

Commenting on the carrier’s new year airfreight uptick, Dominic Kennedy, managing director at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, insists: “The growth in our cargo-only flying this January demonstrates the agility and flexibility of our teams in order to maintain a resilient cargo operation in such dynamic market conditions. Despite a decrease in passenger travel, demand to transport cargo remains strong.”

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