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Tuesday July 23, 2019

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     We posed the same questions to executives in our business today. Some fun here, and a moment to kick back as the summer moves forward. Enjoy the ride!  

Benoit Dumont Unilode Aviation Solutions

     “Changing the customer experiences from our interactions, products and
services and mastering the data challenge and driving innovation are the orders of every day at Unilode,” said Benoît Dumont, Unilode CEO.
     “We are very excited, honored and proud to announce a long-term ULD management partnership with Korean Air,” Dumont said.
     “Unilode takes over total management of all KAL Cargo containers, including Korean Air’s ULD maintenance and repair facility at Incheon International Airport.”
     Also included in the deal is management of Korean Air’s cool-chain containers and horse stalls.
     Unilode will supply Korean Cargo pallets and lightweight AKE containers from its global ULD pool.
     “Unilode’s customer-centric way of doing business and meeting its customers’ needs with tailored services and innovative solutions is at the heart of everything we do and we continue to work hard to provide all of our customers with continuous and long-term value,” Benoît Dumont said.
     Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Unilode Aviation Solutions manages the world’s largest outsourced fleet of ULDs and owns the largest global network for the maintenance and repair of containers, pallets and inflight food service equipment.

Why Korean Cans To Unilode?

     Korean Air got the message saying:
     “One of the main drivers in Korean Air’s decision to outsource the management of its entire ULD operations was to be able to reduce ULD imbalances in Korean Air’s global network of more than 100 destinations, for which Unilode’s ULD pooling model provided the best solution.”
     “The value of Unilode’s ULD management solutions will be further strengthened by its digital transformation program,” Korean Cargo said.

FT:   Who Is Benoît Dumont? What is he otherwise most passionate about?
BD smiles: Driving and fixing classic cars.

FT:   What's on your playlist?
BD:   Gregory Porter.
FT:   (Greg does a sweet and heartfelt reading of Bill Withers immortal “Grandma’s Hands”)

Gregory Porter Grandma's Hands

FT:   Name three qualities that got you to where you are today.
BD:   Don’t take No for an answer. Take on stuff that no one wants and be successful. Ability to simplify and communicate complex topics.

FT:   What change would you like to see in transportation?
BD:   More “sharing economy” spirit will drive down costs and preserve our planet.

FT:   What do you love most about your work?
BD:   The people I am surrounded by.

FT:   If you could solve one problem what would it be?
BD:   Injustice.

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Delhi International
High Road To China Via New Delhi . . . An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-200F now serves Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing, China twice weekly from Addis Ababa, via New Delhi in India. The first regular cargo flight launched June 26, carrying electronic devices and textile products.

     Delhi International Airport became the first airport in India to operationalize a dedicated Transshipment Excellence Centre (TEC). The initiative was taken by DIAL as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) under the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 to develop Air Cargo Transshipment Hubs at major airports of the country.
     The Customs department has cleared the operations of the TEC and charted out the Standing Operating Procedure for transshipment of cargo.

Connectivity Enhanced

     This will provide enhanced connectivity to transshipped cargo and provide shippers/exporters from unserved territories to get their cargo connected to the world through Delhi. With this facility, for example, Bangladesh would now be able to connect to the U.S., Europe, Middle East etc. on multiple international airlines operating out of Delhi.
     The newly-created TEC will simplify and expedite the procedure for transfer of transshipment cargo. Spread out over 6,500 sq mts, the center has elaborate infrastructure including all the required operational apparatus for round-the-clock delivery of services. It can process international to international transhipment cargo (cargo is sent from the carrier to the TEC where it is segregated and sent to terminals for exports) and has a capacity of processing approximately 20,000 MT of cargo every month. The center can process cargo between 45 min to 6 hours depending upon the type and volume of cargo.
     A DIAL spokesperson pointed out that the creation of the TEC was fulfilling the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s vision of creating an air cargo hub in India. The centre would not only provide a new momentum to the efficient movement of transshipped air cargo through a secure channel, but it would also contribute significantly to promote the airport as an air cargo hub of the region and an air cargo gateway to the world.
     Cargo that arrives at the airport from one destination on an airline, can move to another airline for its final destination after getting processed at the TEC facility, through seamless and efficient processes; thus helping the shippers/exporters to expedite their cargo movement.

Downtown Delhi

Raising Volumes

     All EXIM shippers and airlines will now have an opportunity to carry higher volumes of air cargo across the world by leveraging the TEC facility at the airport for handling their transshipment cargo, according to airport cargo officials.

Long Promised Road

     The creation of the TEC notwithstanding, aviation stakeholders feel that Delhi is still far away from becoming a global hub. While cargo transshipment is one of the essentials of a hub, the world-class airport cannot offer fuel at low prices and other facilities that Dubai, for example, can and does. Aviation analyst Mark Martin pointed out some time ago that Indian airports – he meant the major ones – were losing out in the global hub race to strategic ones like the New Doha International Airport that was less than two hours away from Delhi and Mumbai or the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai. Martin was of the view that the government should play a major role in making the country’s airports competitive.
Tirthankar Ghosh

Chuckles For July 11, 2014

Urs Wiesendanger and Bob Rogers
  For Urs Wiesendanger, (above left) President, ULD CARE, and Bob Rogers, (above right) VP & Treasurer, ULD CARE, kicking the cans has been a joyful lifelong obsession.
  “Montréal, Québec, Canada is the site of the next ULD CONFERENCE, September 16-19, 2019,” Urs said.
  The conference will take place at the Loews Hotel Vogue, located downtown,” Bob Rogers chimed in, “a team of ULD CARE board members is continuing preparations of the September agenda.
  “This year there will be two main themes under the overall title of Breakthrough to Excellence.”
  Excellence through Technology: Learn how ULD CARE is very actively looking at the application of new technologies to the control of ULD. An 18-month-old project, this initiative is showing strong signs of being a game changer for the industry with ULD CARE at the center. For those who have spent many years talking about, but seeing no traction on RFID, these new technologies are a welcome breath of fresh air, combining low costs and extraordinary capabilities—exciting times.
  Excellence through Solutions: It’s been three years since ULD CARE launched its first “solution” and now there are quite a handful, and more coming. ULD CARE sees a role in developing practical solutions to the industry, not-for-profit, that is not to monetize these ideas, but to provide these solutions to the industry at the lowest possible cost.
  Urs said, “the annual conference is an opportunity to learn about the solutions we already have, and are planning for the future.”

Ariaen Zimmerman, Alex Papworth and Laura Rodriguez
Left to right—Cargo iQ's Executive Director Ariaen Zimmerman, Alex Papworth, Manager, Business Assurance, Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Laura Rodriguez, Implementation and Quality Manager, Cargo iQ.

   “We are passionate about great customer service and consistently meeting our customers’ expectations and we need the tools to meet this promise,” Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director, Cargo at Virgin Atlantic declared accepting IATA Cargo iQ certification.
   The IATA Cargo iQ audit conducted by SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA revealed Virgin Atlantic’s performance against delivery commitments created at the time of each customer’s booking.
   As the picture reveals everything came up aces!
   “We are very proud to reach this important milestone,” Alex Papworth, Manager, Business Assurance, Virgin Atlantic Cargo declared.
   The Virgin Cargo quality management system has undergone a vigorous audit and our subsequent certification reflects our commitment to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do,” Alex added.

Qatar Cargo Marches To The Top

   Qatar Airways Cargo delivered the second highest cargo uptick of airline growth on IATA’s just published top airline cargo rankings, as traffic jumped 15.4% to just under 12.7bn FTK.
   Right now QR is Number 3 in the world and is not afraid of stepping into Number Two.
   Qatar Cargo has left no doubt that it will surpass Emirates, which is still slightly ahead of QR, but has been in an apparent bunker mentality, down-sizing, reportedly casting off staff and airplanes for some time now. Right now several EK freighters are mothballed, whilst QR continues to build its all cargo fleet with the stated ambition of becoming the world’s largest cargo carrier. In 2019 there has been no let-up for QR in its pursuit of this ambition, despite the market slowdown.
   Elsewhere, although not in the top ten, Turkish Airlines Cargo lands at number 12 with the biggest surge in cargo throughput, driven by expansion and dedication to place the Istanbul powerhouse in what should be an interesting joust for top spot in the world, down the road.
   Biggest surprise is the leveling in the fortunes of UPS Air that quite frankly seems to have been born with a license to print its own money.
   Stay Tuned . . .

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