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   Vol. 16 No. 85
Tuesday October 24, 2017

EVA Cargo

     The outlook for air freight markets could not be more uplifting, at least according to one of Asia’s leading carriers. Taiwan’s EVA Air reports that freight demand and economic indicators have been positive since the second half of 2016 and the carrier is now looking to secure more market share on key lanes to and from Asia.
     “Following the upward international trading figures and airfreight growth from the second half of 2016, selling rates are going in an upbeat direction,” said a written response from EVA to Flying Typers.      “According to IATA and WorldACD’s reports, they have the same observation. Asia-Pacific traffic saw significant growth among all regions. As EVA is the major player in this traffic, and we see similar demand.”
     Although growth rates for the UK and US were downgraded in the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecasts, the global economy is still expected to expand by 3.5% this year and by 3.6% in 2018, laying the foundations for strong freight demand. Air freight markets are also expected to be boosted by a string of electronic product launches in the coming months. Which helps explain why EVA is so confident the second half of 2017 will be positive.
     “The second half of 2017 will be critical for airfreight performance due to heavy shopping seasons such as Back to School, Thanksgiving sales and Christmas,” said the carrier. “Typically, demand for cargo space is stronger in the second half and we expect rates will go up this year.”
     EVA echoed recent positive indicators from IATA which revealed that global air cargo demand, measured in FTKs, grew 12.7% year-on-year in May 2017. IATA predicted demand would grow at a robust rate of 8% during Q3 2017.
     “Demand is growing faster than capacity is expanding,” said the airline. “At the same time, the air cargo industry has weathered difficult markets over the past few years. While market supply and demand may not yet be fully balanced, the increase in belly space on passenger aircraft and the number of freighters show growth in market capacity that is more balanced than it has been over the last couple of years.”
     With demand on the rise, EVA is now eyeing market expansion. “EVA is both an aggressive and sensible market player,” said the carrier. “We pay careful attention to our airfreight operations and, at the same time, closely monitor our flight frequency and capacity for both passengers and cargo.
     “Currently, the major share of international passenger and cargo markets is captured on Asia-Pacific lanes. And right now, we’re using this market to gage our network expansion.
     “We are adding more Boeing 777-300ER passenger flights on trans-Pacific and Asia lanes to get more market share. Besides, we will also take delivery of Boeing 777 freighters from Q4 this year to renew our freighter fleet, and start introducing Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the second half of 2018 to expand service network.
     “EVA is committed to delivering services with a renewed and upgraded fleet and keeping customer satisfaction as our top priority.”
     As is the case with most carriers, e-commerce is viewed as a major future strategic growth area for EVA’s cargo division. “Cross-border e-commerce is growing so fast and is becoming one of the leading airfreight sources,” said the airline. “No player in this market can ignore its significance. EVA is closely tracking its development. And we have expanded our capacity and network on trans-Pacific and intra-Asia lanes. We are a major player in this market.”
     The airline industry has been accused of tardiness in adopting e-freight common standards and technology, thereby hindering supply chain transparency and the growth of e-commerce. But EVA is one airline which is doing its utmost to embrace the digital age.
     “IATA’s e-AWB project is a very important piece of the e-freight initiative,” said the carrier. “Moving to e-AWB will enable us to achieve our 100% e-freight vision. EVA is committed to supporting this project to the best of our ability. We have already achieved 55% penetration with e-AWB and expect it to continue expanding quickly.”
     In promoting e-AWB and e-freight solutions, the carrier is now offering a range of electronic data interchange platforms for customers including FTP Host-to-host Connection. It is also working with service providers such as Trade-Van, Champ, Descartes, GLSHK, Traxon, CCSP, CCN, CCSJ and Cargonaut.
     “Through this electronic data input (EDI) platform, forwarders, ground handlers and other users can digitally exchange shipping details with EVA,” added the airline. “Customers can also take advantage of advanced track and trace function on our EVA Cargo global website [] and use our EVA Cargo APP to smoothly track the process and have transparent control of our freight services.”

Charity Golf In South Wales
  Registration, sausage sizzle, and coffee from 7am, tee-off at 8am (sandwiches and drinks will be provided on-course), luncheon with open bar and presentations of course, and it is off to the links for a good cause in New South Wales, Australia today October 24.
  “The Shipping Industry Golf Challenge 2017 is being held at Mona Vale Golf Club.
  For the past 18 years, the golf day has raised funds for the Oncology Unit at the Westmead Children’s Hospital and last year’s event saw total donation to the hospital breaking through the $600,000 ($471K USD) barrier and confirming the Australian shipping industry’s status as being an “Official Benefactor” of the hospital.
  Can’t make the first tee? Contribute here.

They Got Pull
  Move over bio fuel . . . staff at AIM Altitude (UK) pulled a Boeing 737 at Bournemouth Airport, a distance of 50 meters, to raise money for Wessex Cancer Trust.
  The event was a first-ever, plane-pulling event for AIM Altitude’s team that managed a third-place finish, beating 15 more experienced teams.
  Yanking an aircraft across the tarmac is an annual event, which has raised more than £100,000 for good causes over the last nine years.
  AIM Altitude, which creates stunning cabin interiors, chose to support Wessex Cancer Trust. Wessex Cancer Trust provides practical and emotional support for cancer sufferers in seven support centers throughout the United Kingdom.
  Tugs at the heart too . . .

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Perishables Forward India Gateways

      The recent launch of the ‘AISATS Cargo’ mobile app by Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS), with its facilities located at the Bengaluru International Airport (KIA), marked one more milestone in the move towards boosting the pharma and perishable exports from the country.
      Over the last few years, major airports in the country—especially the ones run by private operators—have focused on pharmaceutical and perishable exports.


Bengaluru Versus Hyderabad

      The Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports (the first run by GVK and the second by GMR) have upped their game to become the focal point for air cargo in the region.
      Barely an hour’s flight away from each other, the two airports have been vying with each other to become cargo gateways of the south of India.


Tirupur To Bengaluru

Knitting A Success

      Some time ago, for example, Bengaluru Airport, in collaboration with its cargo partners Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore and AISATS, successfully completed a three-month run of its bonded trucking service from Tirupur (320 km by road from Bangalore)—well known as the Knitwear Capital of India—to the airport. Part of an ambitious project, the Knitwork Connect BLR was started in April this year with the aim of speeding up international trade from the airport.


Wild About Hari

Hari Marar      Bangalore Airport Operations President Hari Marar supplied the reason behind pushing cargo:
      “Our cargo business,” he said, “has seen phenomenal growth in the past year.
      “To sustain momentum in the long term, we are committed to creating a robust ecosystem that supports and propels the growth of not just Karnataka (the state), but the entire South Indian region in the global cargo supply chain.”
      The project looked at how to facilitate connectivity between Tirupur and Bengaluru.
      “Exporters from Tirupur can now send their consignments directly to the airport by road. While the consignments move to the airport on a dedicated road, the truck docks that are used have been specially built for a quick turnaround.”
      The Tirupur exporters have started saving approximately 20 hours in the overall transit cycle.
      Plans are being chalked out to connect to other textile and automotive manufacturing centers like Coimbatore (365 km away), Vaniyambadi (150 km), and Ambur (160 km).


Keep On Truckin’

      Marar pointed out that trucking cargo between Tirupur and Bengaluru will form “a critical part of the Airport’s cargo operation.”
      The airport has seen 200 metric tons of garments from Tirupur being sent out through Bengaluru airport in 60 days in 55 trucks.
      “The exports were to Los Angeles, Nantes, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Lagos, Milan, Marseille, Atlanta, Oslo, Brussels, and Zurich.
      “Since the airport had the geographical advantage of being strategically positioned in the heart of South India, we have the opportunity to be the single gateway for cargo traffic and shippers aspiring to reach this fast-growing region.”
      “The road feeder network is a part of the airport’s overall cargo strategy,” Marar emphasized.
      “We aim to be the South Indian Cargo Gateway to Global Economies’ and the Knitwork Connect BLR is one of the many steps in that direction.”


Coolport Is Too Cool

      “Garments and automotive parts notwithstanding, the airport has witnessed a steady increase in perishable cargo volume, with a CAGR of 15 percent.
      “With handling capacity of 40,000 tons of cargo per annum, the Air India SATS Coolport has been catering to a wide range of perishable commodities such as pharmaceutical products, fruits, vegetables, poultry, seafood and flowers.”


Chew On Cool

      AISATS CEO Mike Chew said that the “dedicated facility would play a vital role in supporting better trade facilitation, and boost exports and imports of temperature sensitive products.”
      The facility was aimed to turn the state into a preferred air cargo hub of South India.

Hyderabad Pharma Zone

Hyderabad Cool End To End

      Only 570-odd km away from Bengaluru, the GMR Hyderabad airport is on a similar move.
      The first airport in the country to introduce an end-to-end temperature-controlled terminal, the Pharma Zone, Hyderabad’s major share of cargo (around 60 percent) is composed of pharma products.
      The Pharma Zone claims to be the first and only facility of its kind in the country to address the challenges involved in a shipment’s journey from the shipper’s location to the cargo hold of the aircrafts. The airport has inducted the best-in-class active and passive cooling storage mechanisms in partnership with Envirotainer and Agility.
      The facility’s popularity with shippers is apparent.


Hub Envirotainer

      Over the last five years, pharma cargo from Hyderabad has seen a CAGR of 10 percent. In addition, while Customs has permitted the movement of refrigerated ‘Cool Containers’ directly to and from the premises of customers, Envirotainer has chosen the airport as the regional hub for distribution of their products in India. 
      Now in its tenth year of operations, the airport has worked out detailed plans to become a hub airport for southern and central India.
      The airport has targeted 15 cities for its ‘Fly via Hyderabad’ campaign.
      The idea is to become a transit hub in the next five to ten years, according to CEO SGK Kishore.
      “This will be done not only for passengers,” Kishore said, “but also for cargo by focusing on the location and the multi-modal connectivity that the airport provides.
      “While moves are on to set up dry ports near the airport to facilitate air-to-sea and sea-to-air cargo links, we are also keen to develop a Pack House for pre-processing perishable cargo according to EU and U.S. norms,” he concluded.
Tirthankar Ghosh

     Later this week the temperature is supposed to drop in New York City, and the change immediately invokes the appearance of Indian corn, pumpkins, and fresh-pressed apple cider at the corner store.
     It is still too early for bittersweet, but our backyard vine should yield a bumper crop after first frost, just in time for Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November.
     This music is an echo that has traveled 76 years, going all the way back to the first time we sat in front of the old Magnavox in our living room in Toledo, Ohio. I was probably double wrapped in blankets in a basket near the door, as the cold wind blew off Lake Erie and the Packard was outside warming up for our ride over the river and through the woods to Gramp & Emily’s house.
     But the sounds of Larry Clinton on The Lucky Strike Radio Program are still there and I suppose, like the rest of this list, it will be out there orbiting and playing on forever.
     Too bad this time of year moves on to being so damn cold, without lingering much in this cool and sunny state, but at least we have seasons and, wherever we are, each other.
     And Frank, Jo, and Brian, and all the old (and new) favorites to play us into the next chapter.

About The Music

     “September Song” features the great stage actor and movie star Walter Huston who was featured in The Treasure of The Sierra Madre.
     Walter, father of director John Huston (Casablanca), sings/speaks “September” in an immortal 1938 performance.
     Other great sing/speaking music examples are Audrey Hepburn’s “Moon River,” Rex Harrison’s “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face,” and Richard Burton’s “Camelot”.
     All of these artists were, strictly speaking, not singers, but in every case their performances became the definitive delivery of music that has never been done better by anyone else.

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