Dnata Has Room To Grow
Pierre (JD) De Pauw (right) pictured with Mickey Jadeja.
Jean Pierre (JD) De Pauw, Senior Vice President
Cargo (FreightGate) has seen a lot in a career that spans most of the
“Dubai Miracle” both as a destination and also as the logistics
phenomenon that the gateway continues to build.
Now for the first time he is seeing some
space that needs to be filled in Dnata’s sprawling FreightGate operation
“Having some space to fill is a good
thing,” JD told Air Cargo News FlyingTypers.
“But we are looking for tenants that
want to grow their business utilizing the finest facilities available
anywhere,” he added.
Although the usual word in these parts including
our recent interview at Emirates Cargo Mega Terminal) indicate that cargo
facilities here can be operating at max almost before they are open, JD
sees the Dnata advantage as offering a solution to any problem after a
multi-year building boom wherein Dnata set itself up well for at least
the near term.
Dnata as it goes, is no one size fits all
enterprise rather with its menu of facilities appears more a cargo solutions
How well all of this is working seems assured
as JD reports that last years figures were released a couple of months
ago showed Dnata Cargo delivered another double digit uptick.
There is also that joint venture recently
announced between Dnata Cargo, Kanoo and France’s SDV International
Logistics creating one of the UAE’s largest logistics solutions
SDV-UAE will be 49 percent owned by SDV
and SDV and 51 percent equally owned by Kanoo and Dnata.
The new company will be run by a board of
directors consisting of Jean Pierre De Pauw of Dnata; Mishal Kanoo of
Kanoo; Herbert de St Simon of SDV and Tony Stenning of SDV.
We can assume that the shape of the board
room table is not an issue and this group took off flying right away,
just the way JD likes it.
SDV-UAE will gain access to a worldwide
network of SDV offices and to service projects and multinational contracts
in the market.
“SDV-UAE as part of SDV’s worldwide
network offers the new venture excellent opportunity to take advantage
of the largely untapped African market.”
A quick look into Dnata Cargo (Dnata, the
company has been a handler and ticket counter and all sorts of services
at Dubai and elsewhere since the mid 1950’s) reveals both an interesting
mosaic and varied enterprise conducted in several cargo terminals and
services that are now branded Freight Gate 1 thru 6 by the operator.
Freight Gate 1 features a number of facilities,
including a special storage area, ETV Systems, a number of build-up and
break-down stations, TVs, hydraulic-powered truck docks, and Sea Air docks.
“The airport cargo complex and the
sea ports are free zones, permitting fast handling and minimizing documentation.
FreightGate-2 Cargo Village is a purpose-built
express handling center and is the first of its kind in the Middle East
region, having pioneered several innovations for cool chain logistics
including a rapid response team with the expertise to deal with highly
temperature-sensitive and refrigerated “cool dollies”, electronic
temperature probes and other industry firsts. It occupies an area of 4,000
square metres, housing Dnata counters, customs and Police Units as well.
FreightGate-3 is located in the Dubai Airport
Free Zone (DAFZA), operates on a 26,000 square metre site as a dedicated
freighter terminal for charter operators and includes a docking area capable
of handling up to 50 trucks. It has been designated DAFZA’s community
service provider to act as a conduit for cargo between the aircraft and
their own storage areas.
FreightGate-3 has the distinction of being
the only terminal in the region to offer tailor-made services to charter
operators and a provision for tenancy and self-handling privileges, and
an option for premium services – all under one roof.
FreightGate-4 self handling facility offers
comprehensive warehousing and distribution services to freight handling
business, where freight forwarders and charter operations can lease office
and storage space, providing for their total logistics operations.
FreightGate-5 more than triples Dnata’s
annual throughput capacity in the Airport Free Zone to 500,000 tons.
Favorite picture not posed was snapped at TIACA in September 2006 as Dnata’s
Ismail Ali Albanna, executive vice president of Dnata, Geoffrey Arend
(not the actor) and Kevin Ennis, vice president business development Dnata
shared a quiet moment.
With 16,000 square meters of warehousing
and 10,000 square meters of office space, FreightGate-5 houses a complete
portfolio of import and export services.
It also hosts Dubai’s first fully-automated
air cargo storage and retrieval system with Elevated Transfer Vehicles
(ETV) and truck docks providing a direct interface between landside and
Finally FreightGate-6: Jebel Ali Free Zone
(JAFZA) is Dnata’s off-line cargo terminal of Dubai airport, located
in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), has been assigned the ZJF location
identifier by IATA.
Using the ZJF location identifier and assigned
airline flight numbers, shippers anywhere in the world can book cargo
directly to end destination ZJF, and can show Jebel Ali Free Zone Air
Cargo Terminal on air waybills as the point of final destination through
arrangements with carriers.
Similarly, exporters from JAFZA have their
cargo accepted with full documentation performed at the ZJF air cargo
terminal in JAFZA and show ZJF Jebel Ali as the point of origin on the
Any consignment arriving at Dubai Airport
showing ZJF as the point of either origin or destination is now treated
as transit cargo and bypasses storage, acceptance or delivery procedures.
It is handled straight on or off the road
feeder trucks to and from FreightGate-6.
JD is an old-line air cargo fox.
Although the name De Pauw may have some
royal connection in Holland, the erstwhile JD prefers to remain low-key
and focused on building the best service-driven airport cargo handling
operation in the world.
He is tough and no nonsense on the bottom
line, but he couples determination and drive with a quick smile and appreciation
for the human condition gained from a lifetime in the airline business.
JD also loves to sail and has a small sailing
craft docked nearby.
He reveals earlier in his native Belgium
he enjoyed piloting a glider and that although he no longer flies, his
son has followed in Dad’s footsteps (or wings).
Dnata Cargo is working on a newly revised
IT communications platform for the air cargo business (CALOGI) that JD
envisions as just the ticket to take down the waiting game that many companies
must endure along the line while shipping air cargo.
Those announcements are still under wraps
but are expected within a few weeks.
Kevin Ennis is Vice President Business Development
for Dnata Cargo.
Kevin is determined to both maximize performance
and minimalize mistakes as Dnata handles its way to greatness.
“For us, the key to success in this
business environment is efficiency and the drive to keep providing quality
services at top value-for-money.”
Micky Jadeja is young, energetic and full
of ideas and swagger.
As Manager of Cargo Partners, the well respected
and essential marketing wing of Dnata Cargo, Mickey oversees all aspects
of business and relations amongst the GSSA’s Cargo Partners serves.
“We are the essential link between
the principals and their customers.
“My biggest job is to talk to our
Cargo Partners and to make certain that everyone is on the same page whether
the challenge is big or small to keep things moving.”