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Dronamics signs two new airport partners for its drone-delivery network

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DRONAMICS announces the expansion of its European Droneport Network with two new locations. The new partners are Mannheim City Airport, Germany and UAS Denmark Test Center hosted at Odense’s Hans Christian Andersen Airport, Denmark. Both will host the Dronamics Black Swan cargo aircraft, enabling same-day delivery service and providing access to more than 6 million people within a 1-hour drive of the airports. The expansion sees the DRONAMICS European Droneport network grow to a total of 42 locations in 14 European countries. Each droneport will enable same-day flights within the network using Dronamics flagship Black Swan large cargo drones, each with a capacity of 350 kg and a flying range of up to 2,500 km.

Mannheim airport comes as the 5th droneport location in Germany, providing access to the thriving technology hub of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. Hans Christian Andersen Airport serves Denmark’s third-largest city and its manufacturing, robotics, and shipbuilding industries. Its strategic location provides excellent connectivity to Copenhagen and mainland Jutland.

“We now have our very first partner in Denmark and are expanding with an important 5th location in Germany which increases our coverage area in the country. We will continue our effort to grow our pan-European network of airport partners that will host a droneport for our same-day delivery service, and our ambition is to provide full coverage of all European countries within a day,” says Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of DRONAMICS.

“We are very pleased to welcome DRONAMICS to UAS Denmark Test Center. DRONAMICS’ vision of enabling same-day shipping over long distances is a perfect match with our ambitions of leading the integration of manned and unmanned air traffic. We are certain that both DRONAMICS and UAS Denmark Test Center will benefit from DRONAMICS becoming a part of our growing drone technology cluster in and around Hans Christian Andersen Airport.” states Michael Larsen, Head of UAS Denmark Test Center.

“DRONAMICS is an important partner in our efforts to develop Mannheim City Airport into one of the pioneering infrastructure facilities for the environmentally friendly development of aviation. We are convinced that the short distances at Mannheim City Airport and the existing infrastructure perfectly match the requirements of this future-oriented project,” comments Dirk Eggert, COO of City Airport Mannheim.

After the unveiling of the first unit of the Black Swan aircraft back in December 2021, DRONAMICS have scheduled their first commercial flights connecting Malta to Italy in 2022, followed by a gradual roll-out to other airports in the growing network.

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DB Schenker starts its charter flights between Europe and South America

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DB Schenker offers additional charter capacities across the Atlantic. The new route starts from the Netherlands and reaches Brazil after two stopovers in the USA. In South America, direct connections to Argentina and Chile are available. The weekly freight charter flight provides 50 tons of capacity and expands DB Schenker’s growing intercontinental flight network.

Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker: “To keep economies running, companies require stable supply chains. By expanding our flight network to South America, we provide a new source of reliable capacity to the market. We are happy to say that the demand is already high.”

Every Sunday night, the flight leaves Amsterdam (AMS) and stops in New York City (JFK) and Miami (MIA) on Monday before reaching Viracopos (VCP) near São Paulo on the same day. On Tuesdays, a direct connection can be made to Buenos Aires (EZE), and Santiago de Chile (SCL) can be reached on Wednesdays. An airline partner will be operating the new transatlantic route with Boeing 767 freighter jets. The charter flight’s stopover in Miami allows access to numerous further destinations in the operating carrier’s portfolio.

The first bookings include a diverse range of goods, including many automotive parts. Temperature-controlled cargo and dangerous goods can also be transported upon request. Within Europe, the flights seamlessly connect to DB Schenker’s land transportation network.

DB Schenker, is committed to providing innovative supply chain solutions that challenge the status quo. As a global industry leader with more than 150 years of logistics experience, the company supports industry and trade in the global exchange of goods.

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Halifax Stanfield officially opens new Air Cargo Logistics Park

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The ribbon has been cut at the new Halifax Stanfield Air Cargo Logistics Park, marking the official opening of Atlantic Canada’s largest air cargo processing facility.

Halifax International Airport Authority was joined by the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, the Honourable Steve Craig, Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and MLA for Sackville – Cobequid, Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, air cargo tenants, cargo logistics chain partners, and other stakeholders to celebrate the grand opening of the park.

Funding for the construction of the ACLP was first announced in 2018 by the Government of Canada, which contributed $18 million of the total project cost of $36 million through the National Trade Corridors Fund. Funding for the project was also provided by the Government of Nova Scotia and HIAA.

The ACLP includes a new building with cold storage space, cargo processing facilities and offices, which has been fully leased to two tenants: Cargojet and First Catch Fisheries. Five new cargo aircraft aprons, or parking spaces, were also constructed alongside the building.

This infrastructure expansion complements existing cargo processing capabilities offered at Halifax Stanfield by Gateway Facilities and other service providers, enabling more commercial and logistics businesses in Atlantic Canada to connect to global air cargo opportunities. With a total of eight cargo aircraft aprons, cold storage capabilities, and other logistics enhancements, the ACLP increases capacity and improves efficiency for global cargo carriers operating at Halifax Stanfield, contributing to economic activity.

In 2021, 34,769 metric tonnes of cargo, valued at $496 million, were processed at Halifax Stanfield. According to the latest Halifax Stanfield economic impact report, in 2020 cargo exports contributed $664 million to the provincial economy.

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Kerry Logistics to start four charter flights a week from Hong Kong to USA

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Kerry Logistics Network Limited is ramping up its Kerry Freight Controlled Network with four charter flights a week from Hong Kong to Huntsville, Alabama, USA, providing guaranteed and reliable services to its customers.

Weekly direct flights depart from Hong Kong to Huntsville on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and are supported with B2B, B2C and B2B2C door-to-door services to different cities in the Americas, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Bogota, Mexico City, Santiago, Lima, and Montevideo. One highlight of this service is its ability to handle pure battery, in addition to other sensitive cargoes such as pharmaceuticals, perishable and dangerous goods.

Mathieu Renard Biron, Managing Director – Global Freight Forwarding of Kerry Logistics Network, said, “Our HKG-HSV charter service is welcomed by a wide range of customers, in particular electronic brands and e-tailers since its inaugural flight in April 2022. Last month, we successfully expanded our KCN to include three weekly flights from Hanoi, Vietnam to Huntsville. We are also in dialogue with some of our key accounts to further extend our services to the Mainland of China and other parts of Asia.”

“Backed by KLN’s long-term partnership with best-in-class carriers, extensive coverage of major air transit hubs and strong in-house customs clearance capabilities, KCN is expected to meet the recurring demand for secured air freight services in an uncertain world,” added Biron.

Launched in August 2021, KCN is a time-definite solution that offers standard air freight services to customers with guaranteed space and long-term pricing, fulfilling the needs of customers looking for stable and long-term solutions.

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