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Cathay, Ethiopian and Allegiant award ground handling contracts to WFS in North America

Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines and Allegiant Air have awarded new ground handling contracts to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in North America.

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Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines and Allegiant Air have awarded new ground handling contracts to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in North America.

At Newark Liberty International Airport, Cathay Pacific has extended its passenger handling agreement of the past five years to now also include ramp, cabin cleaning and de-icing services for its daily Boeing 777-300 flights to Hong Kong.

Under previously won contracts, WFS also provides full handling services for Cathay Pacific in Seattle and passenger services at New York JFK.

WFS now also provides ramp, passenger services and aircraft de-icing for Ethiopian Airlines under a new three-year contract awarded at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Ethiopian serves the airport with three-times weekly Boeing 787 services to Lomé and Addis Ababa. WFS also provides ground handling services for the airline at New York JFK and Chicago.

Last month, WFS also commenced its latest Above and Below Wing ground handling contract with Allegiant Air. The three-year agreement will see WFS providing services for some 400 Airbus A319/320 flights a year at Baltimore/Washington serving Savannah/ Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, Ashville Regional Airport in North Carolina, and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida.

Since late 2018, Allegiant has also awarded WFS handling contracts in Albany, New York, and Tucson as well as in Albuquerque, Redmond, and Pimenta Bueno in Brazil.

Mike Simpson, WFS’ Executive VP, The Americas, said: “I especially want to congratulate our local teams in Newark, Houston and Baltimore/Washington on winning these important new contracts with Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines and Allegiant Air. They have helped to build our reputation for service quality, safety and security in these key markets, which, in turn, is enabling us to attract such prestigious airline customers.”

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Air Freight demand down 1.1% in November 2019

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes.

Despite the decline in demand, November’s performance was the best in eight months, with the slowest year-on-year rate of contraction recorded since March 2019. In part, November’s outcome reflects the growing importance of large e-commerce events such as Singles Day in Asia and Black Friday.

While international e-commerce continues to grow, overall air cargo demand continues to face headwinds from the effects of the trade war between the US and China, the deterioration in world trade, and a broad-based slowing in global economic growth.

“Demand for air cargo in November was down 1.1% compared to the previous year. That’s better than the 3.5% decline posted in October. But it is a big disappointment considering that the fourth quarter is usually air cargo’s peak season. Looking forward, signs of a thawing in US-China trade tensions are good news. But trading conditions at present remain very challenging,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.9% year-on-year in November 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for 19 consecutive months.

Regional Performance

Airlines in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East suffered sharp declines in year-on-year growth in total air freight volumes in November 2019, while North American carriers experienced a more moderate decline. Europe and Africa were the only regions to record growth in air freight demand compared to November 2018.

 NOVEMBER 2019 (% YEAR-ON-YEAR) WORLD SHARE1 FTK AFTK FLF (%-PT)​2 FLF (LEVEL)​3
Total Market
100.0%
-1.1%
2.9%
-2.0%
49.6
Africa
1.6%
19.8%
13.7%
2.1%
40.4%
Asia Pacific
35.4%
-3.7%
1.8%
-3.1%
53.8%
Europe
23.3%
2.6%
4.0%
-0.8%
56.9%
Latin America
2.7%
-3.4%
-2.3%
-0.5%
40.3%
Middle East
13.2%
-3.0%
2.6%
-2.9%
49.7%
North America
23.8%
-1.1%
3.3%
-1.8%
41.3%

1- % of industry FTKs in 2018 2- Year-on-year change in load factor 3-Load factor level

Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 3.7% in November 2019, compared to the year-earlier period. This was the sharpest drop in freight demand of any region for the month. Capacity increased by 1.8%. The US-China trade war has significantly affected the region, with demand on the large Asia-North America market down 6.5% year-on-year in October (latest available data). However, the thawing of US-China trade relations and robust economic growth in key regional economies are positive developments.

North American airlines saw demand decrease by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 3.3%. Slower growth in the US economy and trade tensions with China have affected demand. However, positive progress in trade negotiations between both countries highlighted by the ‘phase one’ deal is a positive development.

European airlines posted a 2.6% increase in freight demand in November 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier. Better than expected economic activity in the third quarter in some of the region’s large economies helped support demand. Capacity increased by 4.0% year-on-year.

Middle Eastern airlines’ freight volumes decreased 3.0% in November 2019 compared to the year-ago period – a significant improvement over the 5.7% decrease in October. Capacity increased by 2.6%. Against a backdrop of operational and geopolitical challenges facing some of the region’s key airlines, seasonally-adjusted freight volumes in the region have continued a modest upwards trend, which is a positive development for the region’s carriers. However, escalating geopolitical tensions threaten the regions’ carriers in the period ahead.

Latin American airlines experienced a decrease in freight demand in November 2019 of 3.4% compared to November 2018. Various social and economic headwinds in the region’s key economies have impacted the region’s air cargo performance. Capacity decreased by 2.3% year-on-year.

African carriers posted the fastest growth of any region in November 2019, with an increase in demand of 19.8% compared to the same period a year earlier. Strong trade and investment links with Asia contributed to the positive performance. Capacity grew 13.7% year-on-year.

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Etihad targets zero net carbon emissions by 2050, in expanded commitment to environmental sustainability

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today committed to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today committed to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 and halving of its 2019 net emission levels by 2035.

The company’s ambitious environmental targets will be achieved through a mix of internal initiatives, collaboration with industry partners and adoption of a comprehensive program of relevant carbon offsets, to be developed with specific focus on the requirements of the UAE and markets served by the airline.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, said: “The global focus on the environment and the urgency of reducing carbon emissions has never been greater. Etihad Aviation Group, together with its partners, is taking an active role in reducing the impact of aviation on the environment through initiatives ranging from optimised fuel management to sustainable financing practices.”

Today’s announcement came as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, an annual event in the capital of the UAE, where Etihad is headquartered.

Mr Douglas said the entire air transport industry, from airlines and suppliers to airspace providers, was responsible for helping to reduce aviation’s emissions, and solutions needed to be holistic and coordinated, not isolated and sporadic.

“Airlines have attracted significant scrutiny in the global discussion of the environment, and our collective challenge as a fast-growing industry is to deliver meaningful initiatives which can quickly help to contain and reduce carbon emissions,” he said.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that the number of passenger journeys will more than double within 20 years, from 4.5 billion in 2019 to an estimated 9 billion by the late 2030s.

The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) adds that international aviation will experience compound annual growth of 3.8 per cent to 2050, forecasting that traffic will reach 16.5 billion passenger kilometres, or 3.6 times 2015 volumes.

Recent sustainability initiatives taken by Etihad Aviation Group include:

  • Continued induction of the latest-generation, most fuel-efficient aircraft, including additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and plans for three new types – the wide-bodied Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-9, and narrow-bodied Airbus A321neo. The next Dreamliner is due to arrive next week;
  • Commencement of the Etihad Greenliner Programme, in which the airline’s entire fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft will be used during normal scheduled flights as ‘test beds’ for sustainable products and practices;
  • Becoming the first airline to secure commercial funding conditional upon compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Markets, Etihad recently secured 150 million Euros to help finance the development of a multi-storey ‘eco residence’ for cabin crew living in Abu Dhabi. The airline is now exploring more opportunities for this style of funding;
  • Commitment to reduce single use plastics by 80 per cent by 2022, and;
  • Partnering in the development of sustainable aviation fuels including biofuel developed and refined in Abu Dhabi from saltwater-tolerant plants, and commitment to support the development of another sustainable jet fuel from municipal waste in Abu Dhabi.

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CSafe expands service center in South Korea for active temperature-controlled containers

CSafe Global announces the opening of a newly-expanded service center in Incheon.

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CSafe Global announces the opening of a newly-expanded service center in Incheon. The company-owned facility will allow CSafe to enhance support and service for customers transporting temperature-sensitive products to and from South Korea, while additionally serving as an important gateway hub for the greater APAC region.

CSafe Global, the innovation leader in active temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, widens its operational footprint with the opening of an enlarged and expanded service center facility at Incheon International Airport (ICN). The new service center was strategically implemented to accommodate the growing demand for CSafe’s specialized air cargo containers in South Korea, and throughout the broader Asia Pacific region.

CSafe’s ICN station is one of the latest of numerous locations around the world established to broaden CSafe’s global service reach and increase the impact on customers who have entrusted CSafe containers to thermally protect vital life-enhancing pharmaceuticals as they are shipped to patients in need.

“We’re excited about our best-in-class service center in Incheon. This new facility will ensure that our active containers are operating at top system performance, keeping temperatures precisely where they need to be for transports of crucial medications. Our service team has been trained and is well prepared to address the significant volume demand for CSafe RKN and CSafe RAP containers from the Incheon station,” said Tom Weir, VP of Global Operations at CSafe Global.

“With the expanded warehouse space and increased repair service throughput, not only can we easily accommodate the increasing product demand from South Korea, but we also strengthen our ability to flex as needed for repositioning large numbers of our temperature-controlled containers to other CSafe hubs within Asia Pacific to meet unexpected or immediate surge demand from our customers and partners across the region.”

To verify that CSafe RKN and CSafe RAP systems are of highest quality and in peak condition, all containers entering CSafe service centers are put through an industry-unique Preventative Maintenance Rebuild (PMR) program to certify optimal operational performance. This protocol goes a long way in providing peace of mind to CSafe customers, while delivering on the CSafe promise to protect what matters most to pharmaceutical companies, so patients can receive what matters most to them.

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