announces partnership with Turkish Cargo announces partnership with Turkish Cargo

By Air Cargo, Airlines, FeaturedNo Comments announces partnership with Turkish Cargo and Turkish Cargo, the Turkish national carrier’s cargo division, have announced a partnership for digital air cargo bookings.

The companies say the combination of Turkish Cargo’s capacities and’s seamless digital booking experience now offers freight forwarders worldwide a valuable new proposition. With 40 bookable airlines on board, has now secured close to 50% of global air cargo capacity for instant booking on its platform.

According to, customers worldwide can book capacities within weeks across Turkish Cargo’s extensive network of more than 340 destinations, 100 of direct cargo – including important centres of commerce in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Turkish Cargo has a fleet of 20 freighters that operates to more international direct cargo destinations than any other airline, and it plans to increase this from 100 to 120 by 2025.

Adnan Karaismailoğlu, Senior Vice President of Cargo Business Development and Organization at Turkish Cargo commented: “Turkish Cargo’s partnership with will be expanding our digital footprint and improve sales capabilities. We, as Turkish Cargo, are firmly on a trajectory towards our target to become one of the top three air cargo brands in the world in line with the strategic vision.

“We believe that will support us to drive this growth and further raise the bar for our customers, with enhanced innovation standards for delivering the best new digital alternatives to empower success.”

“We are delighted that with Turkish Cargo, yet another major cargo airline trusts in as a core component of its digital strategy”, says Moritz Claussen, Founder and Co-CEO of

“This is great news for every freight forwarder – no other platform offers more airlines for live booking than, making it not just the most user-friendly, but also the most useful platform out there.”

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China Cargo Airlines extends Lufthansa Technik component support contract

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China Cargo Airlines has extended its contract with Lufthansa Technik that covers component support for the airline’s Boeing freighter aircraft.

Under the 15-year contract, over ten Boeing 777-200 freighters are covered with fully customised and extensive component services. Lufthansa Technik says it will support China Cargo Airlines’ main base in Shanghai with its component service offices in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hamburg to coordinate customer support and ensure 24/7 worldwide AOG services at different locations which are vital for flight operations.

Maintenance, repair and overhaul services will be performed at Lufthansa Technik’s component centres in Hamburg, Germany and Shenzhen, China.

Mr. Liu Gang, Vice President of China Cargo Airlines, highly commended Lufthansa Technik’s service performance level for their existing 747-400F fleet during the past few years: “Our long-term cooperation with Lufthansa Technik started already in 2000 and we have been great partners on the aviation journey for more than two decades. By given fully customised component service scope, we are very confident to continuously rely on Lufthansa Technik in servicing our new 777-200 freighters. ”

“This long-term agreement enhances Lufthansa Technik’s position as a key MRO provider on the Boeing 777 freighter components,” said Dr. Georg Fanta, Head of Commercial Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik. “We also bring a breadth of engineering expertise and extensive experience alongside with our global logistics network to provide seamless support to our customers. ”

ITA Airways Cargo and today announced a global partnership to bring the Italian national carrier’s cargo capacities to the leading managed marketplace for digital air cargo bookings.

ITA Airways Cargo partners with

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ITA Airways Cargo and today announced a global partnership to bring the Italian national carrier’s cargo capacities to the leading managed marketplace for digital air cargo bookings.

ITA Airways Cargo and have partnered up to provide thousands of freight forwarders improved access to ITA Airways Cargo’s capacities into and within Italy. will provide ITA Airways Cargo its industry-leading approach and says that ensures customers receive a superior and seamless digital booking experience.

Digital distribution expansion is one of the key strategic pillars of ITA Airways Cargo development plan and the airline aims to improve its value proposition through digital connectivity and building an offer which provides customers with quality services quickly and greater control over their shipments.

ITA Airways Cargo has undertaken extensive organisational and strategic advances, with customer centricity as its north star. Freight forwarders will benefit from quick and efficient digital access to ITA Airways Cargo’s worldwide capacities. Digital cargo booking on will deliver its freight forwarder customers an optimised customer experience and ensure that the airline’s services remain front of mind.

Moritz Claussen, Founder and Co-CEO of, commented: “We’re proud to contribute to the growth of ITA Airways Cargo by delivering its first digital sales channel – a vital step in its digital transformation journey. The airline is savvy to pursue a digital strategy with customer centricity at its core. Freight forwarders will benefit immediately from the efficiencies and competitiveness that booking ITA Airways Cargo digitally will now unlock.” and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo today unveiled a partnership

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo partners with

By Air Cargo, Airlines, FeaturedNo Comments and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo today unveiled a partnership and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo have announced a new partnership. says the partnership will bring capacity from one of the world’s largest combined cargo airlines to its digital air cargo bookings marketplace and that the additional, high-quality digital booking option for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo will benefit many freight forwarders and offer ideal support for the carrier’s extensive network connectivity.

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo offers 295 shipping destinations across 110 countries and has dual hubs of Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Through its partnership with, AFKLMP Cargo intends to continue expanding its digital presence and offer customers an additional booking option alongside its own myCargo online booking portal.

The partnership began with an initiation phase in one of AFKLMP’s main markets, meant to expand visibility and utilise the leading digital buying journeys to improve the efficiency of digital sales handling by local airline teams. Close monitoring and evaluation of the partnership benefits showed that has indeed expanded the reach and exposure of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo’s existing digital offering, making it a valuable addition.

Gertjan Roelands, SVP Sales and Distribution Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, commented: “The cooperation with fits in with our overall channel strategy. We have our own full-service platform, myCargo, where we offer all of our services, including our most recent feature, Modify my Booking. We are investing significantly in our digital offering and expect to launch some unique new services soon in myCargo. Based on customer traction, we have decided to extend our cooperation with by connecting our booking option.

“We believe this channel compliments our own online platform. We have been cooperating with third-party portals for some time now and we are delighted to add this new partnership. For us, it is key to be where our customers are!”

Moritz Claussen, Founder and Co-CEO of noted: “I am delighted that Air France KLM Martinair Cargo sees demonstrable value in working with us globally for its distribution. After a successful start, and gains in incremental revenue and operational efficiency, it is exciting that our teams will now continue to work closely to iterate on the industry-leading technical infrastructure, processes and expertise that the airline and can combine in this partnership.”

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IATA WCS 2022: Saudia Cargo extends partnership with Unilode

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Unilode Aviation Solutions has extended its unit load devices (ULD) management partnership with Saudia Cargo until 2028.

Saudia Cargo’s passenger and cargo divisions awarded the supply and management of their 21,000-strong container and pallet fleet to Unilode in 2017, creating one of the largest ULD management partnerships in the industry. Unilode has transitioned Saudia Cargo to new, 20 kg lighter solid door containers over the past five years, enabling significant fuel and carbon emission savings.

The new agreement entails Unilode replacing the standard AKE containers with lightweight units from its ULD pool for additional synergy and sustainability benefits. Unilode will also provide strategic ULD buffer stock to Saudia Cargo during the Hajj to enable hassle-free and efficient operations during the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

Teddy Zebitz, Chief Executive Officer, Saudia Cargo, said: “We are pleased to renew our full-service ULD management partnership with Unilode Aviation Solutions as it has delivered significant benefits to our operations over the past five years and enabled us to enhance the services we provide to our passengers and cargo customers.

“Unilode’s digital ULD management solutions make it possible to gain more insights and greater visibility throughout our network and supply chain and continue to help us provide innovative and state-of-the-art solutions to our customers. Unilode and Saudia Cargo have been working closely to enhance digitisation in industry practices which also reflects positively on our ESG policy.

“With Unilode’s innovative greener solutions, we look forward to working together towards a more sustainable future. Unilode’s global and local customer success management teams and worldwide repair network contribute to our successful and mutually beneficial partnership, and we look forward to working together for another five-year term.

Ross Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Unilode, said: “We are absolutely delighted and very proud that Saudia Cargo has taken the decision to continue partnering with Unilode for the supply, management, repair and digitalisation of their ULD fleet. They are strategic customers in our portfolio and their continued trust in our people and services demonstrate the value that they place on our partnership and collaboration.

“Our renewed agreement is based on a more dynamic price modelling that enables Saudia Cargo to only pay for the ULDs they utilise whilst giving them peace of mind of ULD availability throughout their global network. We are committed to continuing to deliver outstanding service to Saudia Cargo over the next five years of our partnership.”

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IATA WCS 2022: Jettainer announces Asia-Pacific expansion

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Air cargo unit load device management company Jettainer is expanding its operations in the Asia-Pacific region. The company, which announced the news at the IATA World Cargo Symposium on Tuesday 27 September, says the market changes of the last two and a half years have pushed previously functioning processes in the aviation sector to their limits, resulting in airlines having to experience problems that a lack of Unit Load Devices (ULDs) can cause.

The company says the importance of security of supply and reliability has become even more apparent, with cost awareness and sustainability continuing to be a major aspect.

These factors play a particularly important role in the Asia-Pacific market where airlines are growing. Existing airlines are expanding their business and include widebody fleets or start with cargo operations, and new airlines are being founded.

In addition, as ULD operations have traditionally been managed in-house, Jettainer says the region holds great growth potential for the company.

Jettainer plans to strengthen its regional presence and further develop Singapore and Hong Kong as main gateways. Thomas Sonntag, Managing Director of Jettainer, stated: “We currently manage a fleet of more than 100,000 ULDs. In perspective, the amount could double – especially due to growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Airlines have recognised the value of ULDs and the need to manage them efficiently: The time is right for ULD outsourcing. We manage ULD fleets with only 80% of the units previously required. This potential ULD saving of 20% can either be used for growth, to offset shortages – or contributes to simply save cost.”

Jettainer already manages pallets and containers for Korean airline T’Way, VietJet and Philippine budget carrier Cebu Pacific and has several more airlines in the pipeline.

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IATA and Etihad to trial air cargo CO2 emissions calculator

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IATA has announced it will be trialling its air cargo CO2 emissions calculation tool with Etihad Airways.

IATA will be working with Etihad Cargo to track data for cargo shipments during a three-month trial and the airline will be sharing data from its flights and advising on various use cases to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, consistency and transparency.

The air freight value chain – shippers, forwarders, investors and regulators – along with consumers are asking for reliable and trustworthy data calculations and IATA says the trial will provide a valuable proof of concept for the cargo component of the IATA CO2 Connect carbon calculator.

The association has been providing IATA CO2 Connect for passenger flights since June this year, with actual fuel burn data of 57 aircraft types representing ~98% of the active global passenger fleet. Calculating the carbon impact of cargo shipments has more challenging parameters, not least of which is the unpredictability of routing at time of booking an air cargo shipment that can often include non-air segments.

In addition, cargo can be carried on both dedicated freighter aircraft and in the bellies of passenger aircraft. To achieve equal levels of accuracy to the passenger calculator, it is essential to collect actual data on fuel burn, load factors and other key variables in trials.

Frederic Leger, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products & Services said: “Aviation will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And our customers—travelers and shippers—need accurate information on the emissions related to their activities to manage their own commitments and reporting obligations. For all these purposes, accurate data is critical. IATA CO2 Connect already provides this for passenger operations. This trial with Etihad will help us in bringing an industry-leading carbon calculator for cargo in the coming months.”

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group commented: “With a strong commitment to innovation, Etihad Cargo actively seeks out and facilitates the development, trials and launch of promising solutions for its customers and partners. The airline’s development with IATA demonstrates the ability and willingness to co create solutions to support

“Etihad Cargo’s journey to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and demonstrates the carrier’s agility in adopting state-of-the-art technology and digital solutions. IATA’s CO2 Connect carbon calculator will be an effective tool in making the transportation of cargo more sustainable and will benefit not only Etihad Cargo’s customers but also the wider air cargo sector in the future.”

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IATA World Cargo Symposium highlights priorities for the industry

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IATA World Cargo Symposium

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities to build resilience and strengthen air cargo’s post-pandemic prospects at its 15th World Cargo Symposium which opened in London today.

These priorities include achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, continuing to modernise processes, finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries and making air cargo attractive to new talent.

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo commented at the event: “Air cargo had a stellar year in 2021 achieving $204 billion in revenues. At present, however, social and economic challenges are mounting. The war in Ukraine has disrupted supply chains, jet fuel prices are high and economic volatility has slowed GDP growth.

“Despite this, there are positive developments. E-commerce continues to grow, COVID restrictions are easing, and high-value specialized cargo products are proving resistant to economic ups-and-downs. Going forward, achieving our net zero commitment, modernising processes, finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries, and making air cargo attractive to new talent are critical.”

The aviation industry has agreed a balanced plan to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. “SAF is the key to achieving net zero emissions,” Sullivan noted. “Airlines used every drop that was available in 2021. And it will be the same this year. The challenge is SAF production capacity. The solution is government incentives. With the right incentives, we could see 30 billion litres of SAF by 2030. That would be a tipping point by 2030 towards our net zero ambition of ample SAF quantities at affordable prices.”

Adapting fast

Sullivan also noted that COVID crisis challenges gave the sector confidence that it can change and adapt fast. “We need to use that confidence to get even closer to the expectations for modernisation that our customers have. And we need to be true to air cargo’s unique selling point and move even faster,” he said.

According to IATA, progress was being made in certain areas. IATA’s ONE Record is making it possible for everyone across the industry’s value chain to see the same information on shipments and 156 companies and four customs authorities are already using the solution. In addition, IATA Interactive Cargo Guidance provides a common framework so that tracking devices can monitor the quality and accuracy of conditions of time and temperature sensitive goods.

He said that government support for the modernization agenda through facilitating trade is also critical. “The Revised Kyoto Convention which brings standardisation, technology, predictability and speed to trade facilitation and the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of standards to facilitate and secure trade are major steps forward in supporting global trade.

“But we are still seeing far too many diverging requirements by governments in areas that should be harmonised by these two tools. This needs to change quickly so we can continue to support global trade—and its vital contributions to economies and the UN Sustainable Development Goals—with modern and efficient air cargo. Universal adoption and implementation will deliver the greatest benefits.”

Safety first

IATA also highlighted safety as a priority for the industry. “We can be proud of the progress that we are making to further improve the safe handling of lithium batteries. For air cargo, this is a top priority. But even the best regulatory structure means nothing if the rules are not followed. Compliance is an issue with the transport of lithium batteries, particularly with the proliferation of new—and inexperienced—entrants in e-commerce activities,” said Sullivan.

IATA calls for: regulatory authorities (EASA and FAA) to accelerate development of a test standard that can be used to demonstrate that fire containment pallet covers and fire-resistant containers are capable of withstanding a fire involving lithium batteries; government authorities to step up and take responsibility for stopping rogue producers and exporters of lithium batteries; and industry to use technology such as DG Autocheck to more easily and accurately verify that the shipment complies with DG requirements.

Humans are key

Sullivan highlighted that people are the core of any improvement in what air cargo can deliver. “Sadly, we saw thousands of jobs leave the industry during COVID-19, especially cargo handlers. We are now competing for talent in a very tight job market. And when we do find the right and willing talent, training and longer-than-usual security clearance processes delay their entry into the workforce,” he said.

IATA called for governments to accelerate clearance processes, including those for security, as a short-term solution and longer term to do a better job of attracting, onboarding, and retaining talent, and encouraged more cargo carriers to sign on to the industry-wide 25by2025 initiative to promote gender diversity.

“The need to create equal opportunities for the female half of the world’s population is highlighted by the situation today where the industry is struggling to attract sufficient talent. Achieving an equal gender balance must be core to any long-term talent strategy,” said Sullivan.

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MSB to provide structural components for ES-30 cabin, flight deck and cargo sections

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ES-30 regional aircraft

Innovative mobility solutions provider MSB has signed an agreement with Heart Aerospace, manufacturers of the electrically powered ES-30 regional aircraft.

Under the agreement, MSB will design and develop some 60 key structural components for the cabin, flight deck and cargo sections of the aircraft, with the work including full provision of floor coverings, headliners, acoustic and thermal insulation, emergency equipment throughout the fuselage and cabin seat integration.

The companies anticipate completing the first phase of the project in the final quarter of 2023. Individual components to be provided for the different aircraft zones include flight deck console trim panels, side ledge and stowage systems; cabin sidewall, window shades and passenger service unit; and cargo area linings, tie-downs and nets.

Clean design

MSB’s design aims to express Heart Aerospace’s brand value through the clean, simple lines and finishes that create a sophisticated cabin emulating quality, spaciousness and minimalist styling. Passengers will enjoy flight on an environmentally responsible aircraft, in a contemporary environment that is robust and secure.

Othmane Smires, MSB General Manager commented: “With sustainability at the forefront of the aerospace industry, we are delighted to play our part by supporting this ground-breaking, sustainable aircraft development programme. The passion, vision and commitment of Heart Aerospace to electrifying short-haul flight is huge motivation for us.

“It is our aim to provide interiors that will contribute to reducing the environmental impact by delivering solutions that lower CO2 emissions. Our component design and development for Heart Aerospace will do this, as well as complement the streamlined operational capabilities of the aircraft to ensure that we deliver a passenger, crew and operational experience that meets and exceeds expectations”.

“MSB has been great to work with since day one,” said Anders Forslund, CEO of Heart Aerospace. “They are fast and nimble, and we speak the same language in terms of design and product development. While they are fast-moving, they also bring a tremendous attention to detail and knowledge about requirements and the certification process for interiors. We couldn’t be more excited going forward together.”

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Etihad Cargo to offer additional 30 tonnes of cargo capacity to China

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Etihad Cargo loading CSafe RAP Container for large pharmaceutical shipments

Etihad Cargo will introduce further 30 tonnes of belly capacity via two new weekly direct passenger flights to Guangzhou, China. This extra capacity will be available from 10 October, and is subject to regulatory approvals.

Etihad Cargo says it will become the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger and cargo services to the top three Chinese gateways since the start of the pandemic. The airline also operates six Boeing 777-200 freighter flights for Shanghai and five dedicated freighter services for Hong Kong per week.

The carrier announced in July that it has introduced direct passenger flights to Beijing, bringing the total number of its direct passenger and freighter flights for China to 15.

Martin Drew, Etihad Aviation Group’s Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, said: “China remains a key strategic market for Etihad Cargo. The Chinese market contributes over 20 per cent of the carrier’s cargo operations, and Etihad Cargo is further reinforcing its commitment to the market by expanding operations into Guangzhou. This is the latest step in Etihad Cargo’s commitment to its customers, providing more capacity along key routes to enable greater cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and China.”

Earlier this year, Etihad Cargo launched a dedicated Mandarin version of the carrier’s website and booking portal, making the booking process easier for customers located in China.