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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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DSV becomes Etihad Cargo’s first partner to purchase SAF

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Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced that DSV Global Transport and Logistics has become the carrier’s first partner to purchase sustainable aviation fuel to offset the carbon emissions of its cargo shipment.

Via the book and claim system, Etihad Cargo facilitated DSV’s SAF purchase, enabling the transport and logistics provider to offset CO2 emissions and reduce non-CO2 climate impact. Etihad Cargo transported DSV’s cargo shipment from Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi on Etihad’s first transatlantic NetZero flight.

Etihad’s Boeing 787 “Greenliner” combined SAF with contrail prevention technology from its partner, SATAVIA, to actively manage carbon emissions and non-CO2 climate effects from contrails, or condensation trails, which cause surface warming and are responsible for up to two-thirds of aviation’s climate impact.

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, said, “Etihad was recently named the Environmental Airline of the Year, and Etihad Cargo is committed to providing solutions that enable its partners and customers to achieve their sustainability ambitions. Etihad Cargo is witnessing more focus on sustainable air cargo from customers who are seeking to establish partnerships that provide SAF utilisation, carbon offset initiatives and management of non-CO2 climate impact. Etihad Cargo’s partnership with DSV to transport cargo utilising the SAF book and claim system has showcased the power of collaboration and demonstrated the future of net-zero aviation. The successful delivery of DSV’s shipment has proved net-zero air cargo operations are possible and is the first step in transforming the possible into the routine.”

Offering partners and customers the option to transport cargo more sustainably via the SAF book and claim system is the latest step in Etihad Cargo’s sustainability journey. In alignment with Abu Dhabi Environment Vision and Etihad Aviation Group’s sustainability strategy, Etihad Cargo has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The carrier is targeting a 20 per cent reduction in emissions intensity by 2025 and aims to cut 2019 net emissions by 50 per cent by 2035.

Demonstrating the carrier’s commitment to achieving sustainability through partnerships, Etihad Cargo became the first Middle Eastern carrier to join TIACA’s BlueSky verification programme, enabling the carrier to assess its progress against eight critical sustainability criteria via an evidence-based desktop verification process. Etihad Cargo also recently announced a partnership with IATA to trial a cargo-specific CO2 emission calculation tool, which will provide a valuable proof of concept for the cargo component of the IATA CO2 Connect carbon calculator. During the three-month trial, Etihad Cargo will share data on fuel burn, load factors and other key variables from flights and cargo shipments and advise on various use cases. IATA and Etihad Cargo will use the world’s first cargo-dedicated CO2 emissions calculation tool to manage and report on sustainability progress to provide the entire value chain, including shippers, forwarders, investors and regulators, with reliable and trustworthy data.

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MSC develops its air cargo solutions with the delivery of its first aircraft

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MSC has taken the next step in developing its Air Cargo solution with the delivery of the first MSC-branded aircraft, built by Boeing and operated by Atlas Air. The B777-200 Freighter will fly on routes between China, the US, Mexico and Europe.

Jannie Davel, Senior Vice President Air Cargo at MSC, said: “Our customers need the option of air solutions, which is why we’re integrating this transportation mode to complement our extensive maritime and land cargo operations. The delivery of this first aircraft marks the start of our long-term investment in air cargo.”

Jannie Davel brings extensive air cargo experience, having worked in the sector for many years, most recently heading Delta’s commercial cargo operations, before joining MSC in 2022.

He said: “Since I started at MSC, I have spoken to numerous partners and customers right across the market and it is very clear that air cargo can enable a range of companies to meet their logistics needs. Flying adds options, speed, flexibility and reliability to supply chain management, and there are particular benefits for moving perishables, such as fruit and vegetables, pharmaceutical and other healthcare products and high-value goods.

We are delighted to see the first of our MSC-branded aircraft take to the skies and we believe that MSC Air Cargo is developing from a solid foundation thanks to the reliable, ongoing support from our operating partner Atlas Air.”

Atlas Air, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., is supporting MSC on an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance basis. This aircraft is the first of four B777-200Fs in the pipeline, which are being placed on a long-term basis with MSC, providing dedicated capacity to support the ongoing development of the business.

The B777-200F twin-engine aircraft has been commended for its advanced fuel efficiency measures. It also has low maintenance and operating costs, and, with a range of 4,880 nautical miles, it can fly further than any other aircraft in its class. It also meets quota count standards for maximum accessibility to noise sensitive airports around the globe.

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Lufthansa Cargo adds Hanoi as a new stop to its B777F route network

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Lufthansa Cargo has added Hanoi as a new destination to its global B777F route network for the winter flight schedule 2022/2023. The inaugural flight took place in November in Frankfurt. With a stop in Mumbai, the Boeing 777F reached Hanoi on schedule. Lufthansa Cargo has been flying to Hanoi twice a week since then. In view of the existing twice weekly flights to Ho Chi Minh City, the cargo airline is thus doubling its capacity to Vietnam and is the only carrier to connect the capital Hanoi with Frankfurt. The largest hub in Germany will provide customers with numerous connections by air and road feeder services within Europe and its wider global network.

On the occasion of the station opening in Hanoi today, representatives of Lufthansa Cargo management invited local media representatives and customers on site to celebrate the occasion. Both Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city and economic center in the south, and the capital Hanoi in the north are characterized by remarkable economic growth in recent years. As a production center, Vietnam has gained significant importance and records an increasing high export volume, including to Europe. Accordingly, the demand for air freight transportation is high.

In particular, electronics, automotive parts and clothing are among the most frequently flown goods from Hanoi. With additionalmain deck capacity to Europe, Lufthansa Cargo offers customers attractive transport solutions with its freighter connections and supports Hanoi in its further development as a cargo hub. The total of four weekly freighter flights to and from Vietnam result in a regular cargo capacity of 250 tons per week.

All freighter services to Vietnam are operated by AeroLogic with Boeing 777F aircraft. AeroLogic has been a joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo since 2007. Lufthansa Cargo’s long-haul fleet consists of a total of 16 Boeing 777F aircraft. Five of these aircraft are operated by AeroLogic. The flights all are flown and marketed under a Lufthansa flight number. Each aircraft has a cargo capacity up to 103 tons, allocated to 27 container positions on the main deck and ten standard pallets on the lower deck, and has a range of 9,045 km.

The Boeing 777F is one of the most modern and efficient freighters with the best environmental performance. Lufthansa Cargo, like the Lufthansa Group, aims to halve its net CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 and to achieve a neutral CO2 balance by 2050. As part of this, Lufthansa Cargo is investing in the renewal and optimization of its fleet and deploying it efficiently on routes – both fuel-efficient and partially powered by sustainable aviation fuels instead of fossil kerosene.

“With our freighter connection to Ho Chi Minh City, we have been closely connected to the Vietnamese market since 2015. With our station opening in Hanoi in the north of the country and thus in an advantageous location to the economic highway to North and Southeast Asia, we are ideally supplementing our transport offering for our customers with another direct connection to Frankfurt and thus also to our European and global network. Our network is growing with frequencies and destinations to highly demanded routes, including Hanoi, Seoul and Hong Kong. We are delighted to expanding our quality service offer to our customers by connecting economies”, highlights Ashwin Bhat, Chief Commercial Officer at Lufthansa Cargo.

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