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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.


IATA Annual Review echoes CharterSync’s outlook for air cargo growth

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Digital air cargo charter business CharterSync says it is thrilled to see the company’s optimistic outlook for air cargo growth reflected in the findings of the IATA Annual Review 2022.

Ed Gillett, Co-Founder and Director of the company commented: “The air cargo industry is showing real resilience, with global air cargo volumes forecast to hit a record high of 68.4 million tonnes in 2022. With our own volumes set to treble in 2022, and growing interest from North America, the Far East and South America, we are confident that this growth will continue – even in the face of inflation and economic downturn.”

The financial picture is also inspiring confidence according to Gillett: “While overall air cargo revenues have nearly doubled since 2019, CharterSync’s own revenues are set to treble in 2022. As a digital disruptor ourselves, CharterSync is always pleased to see how digitalisation plays a key role in modernising and streamlining the industry.

“A key digitalisation milestone, highlighted by IATA, will be reached in 2022 when the industry discontinues the use of paper-based air waybills, replacing them with de-materialised electronic air waybills on 100% of shipments on all enabled trade lanes. By bringing to an end the antiquated, manual legacy systems, this development will significantly streamline the processing of documents and shipments of air cargo.

“Whilst eliminating the need for printing and the archiving of documents, this will be a small step towards more sustainable options. IATA played a pivotal role in promoting this change and they should be thoroughly applauded for this achievement.”

Nordic Air Cargo Symposium 2022

Nordic Air Cargo Symposium 2022 sees record attendance

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Nordic Air Cargo Symposium 2022

The air cargo sector has been a bright spot for airlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and this was highlighted at one of the industry’s key events, the Nordic Air Cargo Symposium, earlier this week.

In addition to operators facilitating global trade and delivering critical medical supplies to the regions around the world where they are most urgently needed, air freight has been meeting the growing transport needs of the ever-expanding e-commerce sector.

As operators are creating more capacity to meet the increasing demand, new and exciting innovations are being launched to optimise and simplify processes, resulting in a stronger and more agile air freight industry.

The Nordic Air Cargo Symposium, which took place in Copenhagen on Tuesday 5 April, is the only regional event focusing on the North European air cargo market and brings together cargo operators, forwarders, integrators, shippers, airlines, airports, investors, entrepreneurs and suppliers.

During his welcome keynote, Lars-Gunnar Comén, Director of Euroavia International, which has been running the event for several years, said it was clear that for many delegates the event was the first chance to meet with their industry contacts in person since the pandemic began. He also revealed that the symposium’s attendance was at its highest level ever, with well over 200 attendees gathering in Copenhagen.

The day featured several key topics for the sector, including sustainability, the pharma supply chain and the current state of the market.

Thomas Crabtree, Market Analysis, Air Cargo at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, gave an insightful overview of the current state of the industry, revealing that freighter fleet numbers are predicted to grow by 70% by 2040. “Air freight is set for strong growth and the relative value of air cargo service is more competitive than ever” he said.

Glyn Hughes, Director General of the International Air Cargo Association, praised the industry’s ability to work as a global team, adding: “In the past two years the air cargo industry has worked together more collaboratively than ever, and this needs to continue.”

Digital transformation is always at the forefront when it comes to the priorities for the air freight industry and this year’s Nordic Air Cargo Symposium was no exception. The topic featured prominently at this year’s event, with Emirates Cargo’s Henrik Ambak and Finnair Cargo’s Fredrik Wildtgrube as well as CharterSync Director and Co-founder Ed Gillett, Webcargo’s Camilo Garcia Cervera and InstaDeep’s Jakub Kmec sharing their views on this ever-important topic.

“Digitalisation and new technology provide better efficiency, customer and employee experience as well as environmental sustainability,” said Finnair Cargo’s Vice President, Fredrik Wildtgrube, highlighting the importance of air cargo operators ensuring they continue to adopt new technologies.

The next issue of Inflight has a special focus on the dynamic Nordic air cargo market and we will be featuring interviews from this week’s event, in addition to exploring the current trends, innovation and new services in the air cargo landscape.