• 26 Jul 2018 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 24 July, 2018

    Tom Jobim International Airport’s cargo terminal RIOgaleão Cargo has handled more than 46.5 thousand tonnes of cargo in its import and export terminals during the first half of 2018. That represents a growth of 41 percent year-on-year.

    The total weight registered for imports, from January to June, was of 19.1 thousand tonnes, a 30 percent increase when compared to the previous year with emphasis on the Air Transport, Pharmaceuticals and Oil & Gas segments.

    In terms of exports, the growth was of 49 percent, totaling 27.4 thousand tonnes of cargo received. Main cargos were from Agricultural, Automotive and Air Transport segments.

    The Brazilian gateway for cargo continues to set new records in exports by receiving more than 6.4 thousand tonnes of cargo only in June, which surpassed in 28 percent its own record registered in March this year.

    The cargo terminal prepared a detailed strategic plan to face the period of major Brazilian road strike, which directly impacted logistics activities throughout the country. This plan ensured the full operation of the cargo terminal activities and complied with additional demands on the kerosene filling of charter freighters and passengers’ flights. In addition, during the first half of the year, requests were received from other airports, which were supported by the good level of operational services and warehouse capacity of Rio de Janeiro international airport’s cargo terminal.

    The airport expects growth in the import volume in Pharmaceuticals and Fashion segments in the first half of the year, in addition to the expected resumption of the Technology and Oil & Gas segments. For exports, the projection from July to December is to continue to grow maintenance in the Agriculture and Automotive segments.

    The new tailor-made solutions portfolio continues to work alongside the logistics chain by offering services in six different categories, such as controlled temperature loads, large and heavy objects, valuable cargo, which requires special security, live animals and availability of clear customs spaces to facilitate all the processes in the logistics chain – this last one would be available by the first semester of 2019.

    "All this physical and strategic structure gives the customer guarantee of a complete range of services of excellence," explains Patrick Fehring, director of RIOgaleão Cargo.


  • 24 Jul 2018 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 24 July, 2018

    Qatar Airways will start flying between Gothenburg and Doha in December, providing export opportunities for companies in western Sweden.

    The five times a week flights will be launched on 12 December using a Boeing 787, providing belly hold cargo capacity for exports heading to destinations across Asia and Africa.

    Gothenburg Landvetter Airport is operated by Swedavia, and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company, Jonas Abrahamsson says that Sweden is the largest economy in Scandinavia and is experiencing some of the strongest growth in Europe.

    He says: “New direct routes is an important contributing factor as they improve connectivity to markets that are crucial to the Swedish business community, the visiting industry and attract capital and knowledge to the region.

    “This direct route is the result of successful cooperation, where we, together with the region, have shown Qatar Airways the potential in the Western Swedish market. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that Swedavia and western Sweden jointly welcome this large Middle East airline to Gothenburg Landvetter.”

    West Sweden Chamber of Commerce CEO, Johan Trouve adds: “The establishment of a new direct route to Doha is very good news for colleagues, suppliers and customers as well as for cargo from Gothenburg Landvetter.

    “Now it will be far smoother for global companies in western Sweden to get to the Middle East and Asia through the 150 destinations that are reached via Qatar Airways’ network.”


  • 19 Jul 2018 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 17 July, 2018

    At the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, Qatar Airways has finalised order for five 777 Freighters from Boeing. The deal, valued at $1.7 billion at current list prices, was announced as a commitment in April.

    The announcement was attended by the State of Qatar's Minister of Finance and Qatar Airways chairman, Ali Shareef Al Emadi.

    "I am delighted to be further enhancing our cargo fleet and adding five Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft," said Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive, Qatar Airways. "In the past 15 years, Qatar Airways Cargo has grown steadily and globally, becoming the third largest in the world. We could not have achieved this success without our resilient relationship with Boeing."

    Doha-based Qatar Airways operates a fleet of 13 777 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters. With this latest order, the airline is set to grow its Boeing Freighter fleet to more than 20 jets.

    "We continue to see a resurgence in the air cargo market and we are confident that Boeing's industry-leading freighter family is well positioned to meet our customers' requirements," said Kevin McAllister, president & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

    The US-based aircraft manufacturer has now sold 65 widebody freighters in 2018, and more than 180 widebody freighters since the start of 2014, which equates to a 98-percent share of the market. In that same time, Boeing has delivered more than 140 wide-body freighters, which translates to a 92 percent share of deliveries.

    The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kilograms). The airplane's long range translates into significant savings as fewer stops mean lower landing fees, less congestion, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.

    Qatar Airways also uses Boeing Global Services to improve its offering for its customers. The airline uses services products such Maintenance Performance Toolbox, Airplane Health Management and flight deck solutions, all powered by Boeing AnalytX.


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  • 17 Jul 2018 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 16 July, 2018

    Port and terminal operator, Yilport Holding, recently submitted its offer for Taranto Container Terminal concession in Italy.

    Yilport’s proposal to operate the entire set of multi-purpose port facilities in Taranto covers developing and revamping the terminal facilities to attract and grow container volume, improve the logistics network and serve general cargo and ro-ro traffic.

    The company said it aims to utilize the maximum capacity of Port of Taranto and is targeting to increase the annual cargo volumes rapidly through significant investments and employment upsurge.

    These terminals, located in Southern Italy, handle container traffic, bulk cargo and serve ro-ro traffic. They are integrated to intermodal networks, connecting Southern Italy to Northern Italy and finally to the center of Europe.

    The Ionian Sea Port Authority (AdSP), the managing institution of Port of Taranto has received Yilport’s request and is currently reviewing the concession offer.

    Istanbul-based Yilport Holding, which is active in 8 countries with 20 marine ports and 6 dry terminals, currently ranks 13th among the global container terminal operators.


  • 16 Jul 2018 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 16 July, 2018

    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has seen steady growth in cargo as well as passenger traffic in the first half of 2018.

    Over the first six months, the major Asian hub has handled 2.5 million tonnes of cargo and airmail that is an increase of 3.5 percent over the same period last year. The growth was attributed largely to transshipments.

    From January to June of this year, HKIA handled 36.9 million passengers representing increase of 3.4 percent year-on-year. Visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident travel were the key drivers for passenger growth.

    Revealing cargo traffic figures of June month, Hong Kong Airport mentioned that it has handled 424,000 tonnes of cargo and airmail, increasing 0.9 percent. Transshipments saw a strong increase of 14 percent, once again driving growth in cargo throughput. North America and Southeast Asia experienced the most significant growth among key trading regions.

    In June, Hong Kong resident travel and visitor traffic grew by 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively, contributing the most to passenger growth. Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia, mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases.

    On a 12-month rolling basis, cargo and airmail throughput increased 5.6 percent to 5.1 million tonnes year on year. Passengers and flight movements grew 4.3 percent and 2.9 percent to 74 million and 425,350, respectively.

    Virgin Australia inaugurated daily direct flight service between Hong Kong and Sydney starting from July 2. In addition, Air Belgium will increase its flight service between HKIA and Brussels South Charleroi Airport to four times a week starting from August 2.


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    Original news was published 12 July, 2018

    The Port of Virginia handled 2.8 million TEUs during fiscal year 2018 (FY18), a rise of 2.4 percent when compared with last fiscal year, mostly due to an increase in imports.

    The port’s fiscal year closed June 30 and in that month the port handled 223,842 TEUs, which was a drop of 3.4 percent when compared with last June.

    As in April and May, June’s volumes were off when compared to the same months last year because of an ongoing effort to limit the number of empty containers flowing across the terminals during construction.

    “We finished the fiscal year in positive territory – our fourth consecutive fiscal year of growth,” John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.

    Reinhart added that the port was off from its forecast, mostly due to the effort to limit the empty container imports and exports.

    “As a result, our total empty container volume was down by more than 76,000 TEUs. What’s important is that our action is having its desired intent, which is to increase efficiency at the terminals and ensure that loaded containers are our priority right now.”

    The port is currently in the midst of a USD 700 million capacity expansion at its two primary container terminals, Virginia International Gateway (VIG) and Norfolk International Terminals (NIT).

    “Our expansion is on schedule and on budget … And, we have the federal approval to begin the process to widen and deepen the commercial shipping channels serving the Norfolk Harbor,” Reinhart concluded.


  • 11 Jul 2018 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 10 July, 2018

    South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has reported record container volumes handled during the 2018 fiscal year.

    SCPA’s container throughput was 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in FY 2018, an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year.

    What is more, the port authority saw 201,163 TEUs in June, the single highest month for container volume in SCPA’s history and a 10 percent increase over June 2017. June was a strong finish to the port’s fiscal year, which began in July.

    As measured in pier containers, or the number of boxes that moved across the docks of SCPA’s two container terminals, the port handled 115,696 containers in June and a total of 1.25 million containers in FY2018.

    “June container volumes were exceptional, marking the first time our port has handled more than 200,000 TEUs in a single month,” Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, commented.

    “We achieved the three highest months of container volume in the port’s history in March, May and June. As compared to FY2010, SCPA has grown by over 900,000 TEUs for a compound annual growth rate of seven percent. Such growth is a significant accomplishment that reflects a broad expansion of the port’s cargo base, the commitment of our staff and the overall success of our maritime community,” Newsome added.

    Established in 1942, SCPA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. Last month, the port authority approved USD 277.6 million capital plan — the largest in SCPA’s history — for projects supporting terminal modernization, capacity increase and intermodal volume growth.


  • 09 Jul 2018 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 03 July, 2018

    Air Arabia has received two new A320 aircraft from Airbus, bringing its total operating fleet to 53 aircraft.

    The new A320 aircraft have been put straight into service across the carrier’s over 150 destination network served from the main carrier hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt. The airline has introduced 12 new routes from its hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt in the first half of 2018.

    The latest Airbus A320 arrived on schedule from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, marking the completion of all deliveries this year.

    Adel Al Ali, Group chief executive officer, Air Arabia said: “The delivery of our last two aircraft for 2018 marks a significant step in the development of our fleet expansion strategy especially as we added 12 new routes this year.”

    The A320 family is the world’s most modern single-aisle aircraft family.

    The next delivery will be Air Arabia’s first A321neo LR to join the fleet early next year. Adding the A321 to the fleet will enable the Middle East and North Africa’s low-cost carrier to extend its fleet reach and therefore enter new markets as well as better serve existing high-density routes.

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