The week in brief
By Hpanchal on October 17, 2013
Posted in Air Cargo World News
- Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Bedek Aviation Group signed licensing agreements with Boeing for modifications of the B767-200/300 and the B747-400, including passenger-to-freighter conversions (pictured above). The agreements apply to 72 BDSF767-200/300 aircraft and 29 BDSF747-400 aircraft previously converted by IAI for various customers, as well as future IAI conversions.
- Cargo traffic for LAN Airlines increased 0.2 percent in September as capacity decreased 0.6 percent year over year. As a consequence, the cargo load factor increased 0.5 points to 59.2 percent. The slight decrease in cargo capacity is a result of a reduced freighter operation partially offset by an increased availability in the belly of passenger aircraft.
- To celebrate the club’s 20th league title, Manchester United teamed up with DHL, its official logistics partner, to launch the United Trophy Tour. DHL will transport the Premier League trophy to 31 destinations across the globe over the coming months. This tour will also see DHL transport Manchester United artifacts from the Old Trafford Museum in Manchester.
- Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. was selected by FITS Aviation of Sri Lanka to provide two firm MD82SF 12 pallet configuration conversions. The first aircraft is an ex Alitalia MD82 built in 1993, and will soon be undergoing freighter modification at AEI's Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, Inc. in Miami.
- The world’s first Level D qualified full-flight simulator (FFS) for the Boeing 747-8 freighter is ready for training at Cargolux’s training center in Luxembourg. Built by Canada-based CAE, the FFS received Level D qualification from the Direction de l’Aviation Civile (DAC), Luxembourg’s national aviation authority, after the successful evaluation by the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt, the German counterpart of the DAC.
- Frankfurt Airport’s September cargo tonnage remained stable at 178,682 tonnes, down by 0.1 percent.
- Qantas added its 68th next generation Boeing 737-800 to the airline’s fleet of 314 aircraft. Qantas has taken delivery of 123 new aircraft in just over four years. The airline will take delivery of seven additional Boeing 737-800s between now and the end of 2014.
- Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ Engineering & Logistics Centre moved a 75-tonne heat exchanger from Italy to Russia for URALCHEM Holding. URALCHEM is one of the biggest companies in the mineral fertilizers market in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe, and this shipment was destined to be used as part of the synthesis process of chemical substances at its affiliated company, Azote.
- The Florida Chamber Foundation announced that 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs can be created over the next five years, according to its Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0.
- Stockholm-based Conroute Air & Sea handled the Customs clearance and documentation for a shipment of 15 black tip reef sharks. The sharks were shipped by airfreight from Ngurah Rai International Airport on Bali Island, Indonesia, and were destined for Haga Ocean, a tropical rainforest and aquarium in Hagaparken, Stockholm.
- Virgin Atlantic saved 30 percent in CO2 on many of its flights in 2012, thanks to a US$2-billion (1.4-billion-euro) investment into its fleet upgrade program. The airline has introduced 10 new twin-engine Airbus 330-300s, each of which is around 30 percent more efficient on a per-trip basis than the Airbus 340-600s that they have replaced.