The week in brief
- C.A.L. Cargo Airlines (pictured above) has become the first Israeli airline to gain accreditation as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP). The QEP Program enables health care companies to identify transport service providers with the required training to manage shipments. Israel is home to a pharmaceutical market that is expected to be worth $28 billion by the end of 2014. C.A.L. Cargo Airlines is the 8th airline worldwide to gain QEP Accreditation.
- Kenya Airways is receiving its first cargo plane to benefit from the growing cargo volumes in Africa, according to Business Daily. The Boeing B737-300 is the first of the four passenger aircraft owned by the airline that were identified for conversion into freighters. Kenya Airways plans to increase its cargo fleet to 12 aircraft in the next 10 years.
- Tres i Trucking now provides air cargo trucking to Spain and Portugal. The company began scheduled line haul service from Frankfurt Airport into various airports in Spain and Portugal.
- International disaster relief organization ShelterBox USA presented Airlink with a Nonprofit Partner Award. Airlink is a web-based program that matches cargo needs of organizations responding to humanitarian crises with airlines. ShelterBox’s first interaction with Airlink occurred during the organization’s response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
- Boeing has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April.
- LATAM Airlines Group reported net income of US$8.5 million for fourth quarter 2012. This excludes US$21.9 million of transaction-related expenses resulting from the business combination between LAN and TAM S.A. as well as US$52.7 million in aircraft sale and redelivery costs. LATAM’s cargo business has been fully integrated. During the fourth quarter, LATAM saw a 3.1 percent decrease in cargo revenues, reflecting weak market demand in the cargo business. Cargo revenues accounted for 15.9 percent of total revenues during the fourth quarter.
Over the first months of 2013, airberlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, implemented the “Turbine” turnaround program, increasing frequencies on economically profitable routes. This two-year program will enable airberlin to further expand its presence in core markets and to make structural changes aimed at making the company fit for the future.
Boeing has delivered the 7,500th 737 to come off the production line to Malaysia-based Malindo Air. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of all time with total orders exceeding 10,500 airplanes.
- American Airlines has decided to equip all of its A320 family fleet with Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System technology. This on-board cockpit technology increases pilots’ awareness during landing and reduces exposure to runway excursion risk.
- Jan de Rijk Logistics has expanded its European Road Feeder Service contract with Singapore Airlines Cargo. Jan de Rijk Logistics will provide trucking services to Singapore Airlines Cargo as a preferred supplier at the airline’s main European hubs in Amsterdam and Brussels Airport.
- Emirates SkyCargo has contracted CSafe to supply and service the mobile refrigeration units used for its Cool Chain Premium Service, which specializes in transporting temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals.
- UPS has become the first global express delivery company to be 100 percent owned in Vietnam, following its acquisition of the 49 percent interest of VN Post Express in the two companies’ express delivery joint venture.
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