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DRONAMICS unveiled first production Black Swan aircraft – ushering in a new era for the global freight industry

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Like black swans, the ability to fly cargo at the cost of road freight has long been considered impossible to exist. 7 years ago, two brothers – Svilen and Konstantin Rangelov, an economist and an aerospace engineer started with the crazy idea of building a large unmanned drone that can carry up to 350 kg of cargo at a distance of up to 2,500 km at up to 80% lower cost than any aircraft in existence. In a dramatic outdoor presentation during a snowstorm at Sofia Airport, the two brothers unveiled their first production unit of the Black Swan aircraft that is ready to start commercial flights for same-day delivery service in Europe early next year.

Unlike most drones, the Black Swan is actually a fixed-wing aircraft that can operate from runways as short as 400 meters, unpaved, and will enable DRONAMICS to serve customers in even the smallest and most remote communities, ushering in a whole new era in fast, affordable airfreight for the whole world.

No longer will anyone be forced to choose between low-cost road freight that can take days to deliver or fast air freight that is ever so expensive. Same day, affordable airfreight is finally here.

“The unveiling of the Black Swan represents a critical milestone in the company’s mission to enable same-day shipping for everyone everywhere. The years of hard work are paying off and as soon as we’re done with our extensive test program and obtain certification in 2022 we are going to begin commercial operations, serving customers in Europe and beyond years ahead of everyone else.” said Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder & CEO.

“For more than 100 years people have designed airplanes for humans first, meaning they were never really optimized for cargo, and in fact, they’re quite inefficient. By being extremely focused solely on carrying cargo, we were able to develop an aircraft that is able to do the job at up to 80% lower cost than any other airplane, meaning we can bring the benefits of aviation to billions of people around the world who do not get regular air service.” added Konstantin Rangelov, Co-Founder & CTO.

As the world leader in cargo drones, DRONAMICS plans to roll out a global network of droneports allowing the Black Swan to provide the critical missing “middle mile” in air freight. Whether ferrying vital supplies between islands or delivering critical spare parts deep into a country, DRONAMICS will link towns and cities around the world with each other in a way simply never possible before.

Able to run on 100% synthetic fuel, it will do so in a more environmentally friendly manner than any previous aircraft in existence, enabling global partners like DHL and Hellmann Logistics to not only serve their customers in the fastest way possible but also in the greenest one as well.

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Lufthansa Cargo and Kintetsu World Express commit to use SAF

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Japanese freight forwarding company Kintetsu World Express, commits to CO2-neutral freight transports with Lufthansa Cargo. Kintetsu World Express will reduce around five percent of its total CO2footprint of transported airfreight with Lufthansa Cargo for one year. Kintetsu World Express has committed to using Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the period from October 2022 to September 2023. In addition, the company has decided to offset the so-called well-to-tank emissions generated during the production and provision of Sustainable Aviation Fuel with the help of certified climate protection projects.

“Climate change is getting more and more obvious and devastating everywhere in the world. As an asset-light freight forwarder, reducing our Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions is key to winning the battle against global warming. And SAF is a rising star. Recently, in our initial response to the recommendations of The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), we declared our intention to actively participate in our partner airlines’ SAF programs. I am delighted and proud to work with our long-time partner Lufthansa Cargo for the sustainable future of the air cargo industry”, states Nobutoshi Torii, President & Chief Executive Officer of Kintetsu World Express.

“We are very proud that we have been able to win Kintetsu World Express, one of our most important customers, to transport their freight with us on a CO2-neutral basis,” says Dorothea von Boxberg, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Cargo AG. “Already today, Sustainable Aviation Fuel offers the opportunity to save around 80 percent of emissions in airfreight transport. That’s why every customer who takes advantage of this opportunity makes a decisive contribution to advancing decarbonization in logistics. Thanks to the commitment of Kintetsu World Express and our other customers who have chosen Sustainable Aviation Fuel, we have already been able to replace around two percent of our annual fossil fuel requirements with Sustainable Aviation Fuel in 2022.”

More climate-friendly flights with SAF

The overarching term for sustainable, biogenic or synthetic kerosene is “Sustainable Aviation Fuel” (SAF). SAF is considered to be the first real alternative to fossil aviation fuel. Currently it is mainly produced from biomass. In the future, “non-biogenic” fuels will also be available; the best-known example is the so-called Power-to-Liquid (PtL) concept based on renewable electricity, water and CO2. SAF enables an almost closed CO2 cycle: While fossil fuels release CO2 that has been bound for millions of years and the current level of CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing, the use of SAF in the combustion process releases only as much CO2as was bound immediately before in the manufacturing process.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel is the key to CO2-neutral air traffic and can be fed into regular flight operations without infrastructure adjustments. There are different production processes and different feedstock materials for SAF. The SAF currently used by Lufthansa Cargo is produced in the HEFA process (Hydroprocessed Esters & Fatty Acids) from biogenic residual materials, for example from used cooking oils. It does not conflict with food cultivation, as only forestry, agricultural or gastronomical waste is used. Lufthansa Cargo offers SAF via the Lufthansa Group from the world’s leading SAF manufacturers. Since September 2021, all Lufthansa Cargo customers have been able to have their freight transported in a CO₂-neutral manner by opting for the Sustainable Choice add-on service.

Additional offsetting through myclimate projects leads to complete CO2neutrality

In addition to using Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Kintetsu World Express relies on additional offsetting of greenhouse gases generated in the provision of SAF. Lufthansa Cargo offers its customers a selection of ten carbon offset projects curated by the Lufthansa Group from the non-profit organization myclimate, which applies only the strictest, independent quality standards such as Gold Standard and Plan Vivo when selecting and designing carbon offset projects. With the help of the high-quality offset projects, fossil energy sources are replaced by renewable energy or energy-efficient technologies. Another option is to protect endangered forests, whose trees extract CO2 from the atmosphere over their lifetime, convert it and store it as carbon.

The amount of emissions saved from the projects is calculated and can be passed on to companies in the form of emission reduction credits – so-called certificates – in quantities appropriate to their needs. On the basis of the certified CO2 savings or reductions, it is therefore possible to offset CO2 emissions that arise, for example, in the course of freight transport. Another advantage is that the compensation mechanism via high-quality projects not only involves climate protection measures that demonstrably save CO2, but the projects also always bring local benefits for the population and the environment. Jobs are created, infrastructures improved or health risks reduced, biodiversity protected or educational opportunities improved.

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CEVA Logistics adds five more stations to its network of air freight locations

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Announced at the International Air Transport Association’s annual World Cargo Symposium, CEVA Logistics has expanded its owned, controlled SKYCAPACITY program and added five more stations to its network of air freight locations certified under the CEIV Lithium Battery program.

Joining the Amsterdam and Hong Kong air freight stations from 2021, CEVA’s locations in Frankfurt, Incheon, Shanghai (PVG), Singapore and Tokyo are now CEIV certified in the handling of lithium batteries. CEVA became the world’s first company to receive the new IATA CEIV in 2021 after teaming with IATA to support the development of the new certification program. CEVA expects to receive the certification at two U.S. locations in Atlanta and Detroit by the end of 2022, bringing its total number of certified stations to nine.

The certification confirms each facility’s ability to properly handle and store lithium batteries, as well as validates the necessary training and expertise of on-site employees. The company remains committed to providing its customers with peace of mind through a completely certified network, delivering air cargo services under its CEVA Batteries Solutions.

More owned, controlled capacity in a volatile market

CEVA Logistics has also purchased additional air capacity on key routes to expand its global SKYCAPACITY program. CEVA’s owned, controlled capacity offers consistent pricing and guaranteed capacity despite market peaks and lows. The company now controls more than 1,300 tons per week thanks to more than 50 flights serving 20 airports.

The CEVA network currently offers a variety of destinations to and from North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The owned, controlled network spans multiple carriers and includes freighter, pax freighter and passenger capacity — all available with leading management, tracking and customs services. The network is also available as a spot cargo solution for customers.

Says Peter Penseel, chief operating officer, air freight, CEVA Logistics: “We’re continuing to expand our global network as well as the quality and safety of our air transport services. With the improved SKYCAPACITY program and our newly CEIV certified air stations, we have strongly increased our ability to co-create value with our clients across a wide range of industries.”

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MSC starts developing a new MSC Air Cargo solution

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, a global leader in transportation and logistics, has started developing a new MSC Air Cargo solution in response to customer demand and as a complementary service to its container shipping solutions.

MSC Air Cargo has been under development for several months and the new solution will be available from early 2023, following the delivery of the first of four MSC-branded Boeing 777-200F aircraft that will be operated by Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

MSC has appointed Jannie Davel, formerly of Delta Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and DHL to develop its air cargo business and to build the team that will implement it.

Commenting on the new initiative, MSC Chief Executive Officer Soren Toft said: “We are delighted to announce the development of MSC Air Cargo and to welcome Jannie Davel to spearhead this exciting new offering for MSC clients. This is our first step into this market and we plan to continue exploring various avenues to develop air cargo in a way that complements our core business of container shipping.”

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is a global leader in transportation and logistics, privately owned and founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte.

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