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   Vol. 23 No. 20

Tuesday April 23, 2024


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CNS Sustainability Panel

     All six people on this important panel presentation held at The Cargo Network Services (CNS) Partnership Conference in Dallas, Texas that included Alicia Lines, CNS President; (at Podium) and from right, Cristina Oñate, VP Sustainability & Product, LATAM; Lorenzo Stoll, Head of Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo; Juan Carlos Serna, Head of Airfreight, CH Robinson; James Van Epps, Managing Director, Cargo Security, Customs & DG, Airlines for America; and Robert Horton, Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, DFW International Airport knocked the ball out of the stadium with an excellent presentation.
     Here some edited comments:

Christina OnateChristina Oñate VP Sustainability & Product, LATAM declared:
     At LATAM, when it comes to sustainability, we have two main commitments.
     One to be net zero by 2050, and the other one to use 5% of SAF in our operations by 2030, favoring local productions in South America.
     In order to meet our goals, what we're looking at is all the different mechanisms that we could use, all the available tools for decarbonization.
     This includes flight and route optimization, fleet renewal, of course, SAF, and carbon offsets.
     LATAM believe that through collaboration, we could get better results out of all these mechanisms, so we're also seeking collaboration in each of them.

Lorenzo StollLorenzo Stoll, Head of Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo was next outlining SWISS efforts toward sustainability:
      Just as at most airlines of the world in 2024, at SWISS we have the goal of getting to net zero by 2050.
     We also have a milestone by 2030, to have cut 50% of our carbon emissions compared to 2019.
     There are a number of things we are doing to reach that goal as well.
     We all know that the biggest source of carbon are the aircraft. So we're investing multi-billion budgets into renewing the fleet.
     So we'll be getting our first 350s soon coming from Airbus.
     SWISS changed our short-haul fleet in the past years to more efficient models, as well.
     So that's one thing.
     We also try to figure out how do we operate more efficiently?
     If you think every kilo of fuel we don't burn when we fly a bit more, or about moving dead weight a bit more efficiently, multiplied by the number of flights, and number of miles, you can end up with good solutions.
     SWISS has developed an approach for all this that internally is referred to as OP-D.
     SWISS looks at all our flight data, everything else as well to develop patterns and models to improve the next flights.
     For example, faced with irregularities, we know in this industry sometimes you need to cancel flights.
     So now when that happens what is the most efficient aircraft you send out? Maybe not a 320, but perhaps 321 would make sense.
     Currently we use Google data and Google Cloud and we see the first effects.
     As for SAF, we're also looking at technology and we're working with a company called SynHelion. It's a Swiss startup coming from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Sturing, or the Swiss equivalent of MIT. A bit better because it's Swiss. (Lorenzo smiled).

Juan Carlos SernaJuan Carlos Serna, Head of Airfreight
spoke of the efforts of CH Robinson.
     Our mission is to improve the world supply chain. And by having more efficient supply chains across all the elements, we're going to have a more sustainable supply chain.
     I think we're moving west of the supply chain. It's going to allow us to have a more sustainable one.
     And in that, we're working on a multi-dimensional approach. Certainly, we at CH Robinson, we had committed, and we announced that we wanted to reduce our emissions impact by 2025 by 40%.
     In 2023, we were proud to announce that we had reduced by 47%, and we're not stopping there.

James Van Epps, Managing Director, Cargo Security, Customs & DG, Airlines for America said:
James Van Epps      I think the nature of this industry in general is so diverse and dynamic to begin with that there's not a section of the world that we don't touch. And so from that nature of the industry itself we're dynamic and diverse.
     Where I think where we need to kind of help ourselves is we need to, I guess I would challenge everybody in this room, sometime in the next three months, there's a college or university probably within 10 to 20 miles of where you live, to reach out to that university and actually talk with them to see if you can just present on the air cargo industry or the airline industry and just on how their skill set or their degree would apply to the industry itself.
     We need to help ourselves in attracting that talent in to come up with the new ideas and everything else in regard to being able to bring it all together for achieving the sustainability that we've been talking about.

Robert Horton, Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, DFW International noted that the host of the 2024 CNS Partnership Conference is, was and continues to be proud as the first carbon-neutral airport in North America eight years ago, achieving that goal in 2016.
Robert Horton      “We are committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.”
     Here are his remarks added to the others as the result of a battery of excellent questions and follow-ups posed to Robert and all the panelists here by CNS President Alicia Lines who, it must be said, conducted a bravura session, easily we think, the best public conversations at CNS Partnership this year.
     “Robert,” Alicia asked, “would you kindly” share with us a bit of the roadmap DFW has designed to be able to get to that very ambitious net zero carbon goal by 2030?”
     “DFW benefited as the state of Texas deregulated the energy market,” Robert said.
     That allowed us to make an investment in purchasing 100% renewable electricity and realizing savings via a 30-year, low-cost arrangement.
     Much of what we invested in initially were things that we control directly, like energy efficiency investments, and transitions to renewable fuels.
     However, things that are outside of our control were dealt with incrementally, so between 2010, which is our baseline year, and last year, we reduced our baseline carbon footprint by 81%.
     Now we must include other elements in our strategy including conversion of our central utility plant, which is responsible for heating, and cooling our campus, to electric, reducing natural gas use by about 80%.
     The U.S. target of 3 billion gallons of SAP production by 2030 is big.
     DFW alone, I think, uses about a billion gallons with the airlines, annually. That number informs the problem.
     DFW is looking to support those initiatives and also the airline initiatives in two ways. Number one, we're looking at how do we reduce the unnecessary consumption of jet fuel, whether it be by taxing time or by looking at putting electrification systems at the gates?
     The second is looking at how do we support SAP.
     So we collect a lot of U.S. cooking oil.
     We're looking at converting what is a waste, organic waste, into sustainable aviation fuels and renewable fuels.

Schiphol Padel

     When my family moved from Chicago to New York City, we lived near Forest Hills Stadium that was built in the neighborhood in 1923.
     The iconic structure that is still there and in business for concerts today is a 14,000-seat New York City Landmark.
     My mother Eleanor Jane, while in Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio won a national competition for writing poetry in 1932 at age 16 (my daughter Florence, our editor won the same prize at age 18). She moved our family to New York City in 1954 and went to work for a company named David Crystal in the then booming U.S. clothing business that was controlled at the time by companies in Manhattan.
     Crystal employed a man named Vincent Draddy, who was my Mom’s boss.
Draddy cleverly engineered an agreement to import from France shiploads of white shirts with little alligators embossed on the left side front designed by Rene Lacoste, the French tennis star. Lacoste had been nicknamed ‘the crocodile.’ In America the shirts were branded Chemise LaCoste.
     Before long nearly everybody in tennis was wearing the white shirts, including yours truly who got them for free and wore them with some trepidation after my grade school mates mostly made fun of them.
     Anyway, my entrance and interest to tennis was linked to free shirts, or the tennis uniform of the time, and of course free tickets to the matches every year.
     The U.S. National Championships (renamed the US Open Tennis Championships in 1968) were played at Forest Hills Stadium from 1924 to 1977 until moving to The World’s Fair Stadium in Flushing where the event still is “Open every August”.
     For many years, even while publishing in air cargo, I used to cover the US Open for The Hollywood Reporter at the old Stadium.
     But before that, I remember seeing Joan Baez perform in the Stadium with a mystery guest, that most everyone had not heard of, named Bob Dylan in August of 1964.
     Covering the US Open for HR I would go into the clubhouse, post match and talk to the players: Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe who were the big stars of my era, but I also got to see and talk to Pancho Gonzalez, and Lew Hoad, the Australian and some other greats of the past.
     I remember the comedian and satirist Alan King paddling around the Stadium, with a drink in his hand in suede slippers embroidered in gold with the initial A on one slipper and K on the other.
     That was a time when spectators could just walk around the big garden of courts and watch the matches.
     The best players in the world, while they were going at it for a shot at US Open Championship Finals, were up close to all in the Stadium.
     The great ones like Don Budge from the 1930s at the beginnings or Tony Trabert from the 1950s and all the others mentioned here who were winners, had their names engraved on plaques fastened to the elegant Forest Hills Stadium support pillars.
     I remember one evening in late August twilight talking to 17-year-old Chris Evert standing outside the Stadium with her parents before she had her run winning six US Opens Singles titles, setting the record beginning in 1975-82, (since tied by Serena Williams).
     Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors emerged as giants in women’s and men’s singles tennis. They were also for a while the ‘it’ couple in tennis.

     So for the fun, the sport and the romance of it, I have always thought air cargo should play tennis or something like it, to get closer to each other.
     Now the late Winter and early Spring trade shows for air cargo are in the rear-view mirror for 2024, at least until TIACA meets in Miami, November 11-14 so what is left in the next few summer months into the fall for networking ourselves and maybe learning something new from and about each other?
     Yes, there will be monthly meetings and golf outings and even picnics of various air cargo clubs and other air cargo groups, and later in the year ready, set, go come the pop-up events of one or two days put up as “most necessary” on-site, pay-per-view all over the world.
     But air cargo, looking for something to lift spirits and network in the long hot summer and months until the Fall show season appears again, might expand use of a social and competitive contact sport, original and downright different as seen at Schiphol Air Cargo in Amsterdam.
     Here a group has formed an Air Cargo Padel Club that held its first event in 2023 and now has Registration Open for a Second Air Cargo Padel to be held at The Padel Mate Club in nearby Amstelveen June 13, 2024.
     Sponsors for Air Cargo Padel 2024 include: E-Freight Forwarding, Avi Air, United Cargo, SVAAA, Trip & Co, ACN Air Cargo Netherlands, Fr8, Cargo Aviation Management & Recruitment B.V., Padel Mate Club, Malenstein Global Logistics.
     Contact here.
     What we really like about Padel is a friendly competition, very similar to tennis, playable on a court about 33 by 66 feet, or about a third the size of a tennis court.
     Scoring is tennis, but 99% of the play is doubles play.
     That means that people from various skill levels can go out and play and have fun right away and since the play is most often a doubles match, lots of team spirit gets generated.
     Here is how Padel goes:
     You start with an underhand serve.
     After you serve, the ball must bounce onto the turf, and you can play off the walls and play off the side.
     If tennis is checkers, Padel is chess.
     It's really a thinking person's sport, but the great thing about Padel, is the game is easy to learn and hard to master.
     At last count there are about 300 public and private Padel Courts in the U.S. but worldwide there are 40,000, with growth booming everywhere, as the sport is expanding at 26% annually.
     Market size for Padel is put at $327 million, with 25 million players in 110 countries.
     It is important to point out at this juncture, in the rapidly expanding and ever changing ‘for the better’ world of air cargo, more than 38% of the hearty souls engaged in Padel, are female.
     For the record, the family that own The New Yankees Baseball Club, the richest sports franchise in the world, and also Premier Padel, backed by Qatar Sports Investments are both onboard rather big-time for Padel.
     Here is the video from Air Cargo Padel at Schiphol.

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Dubai Rains
A tanker truck sits abandoned last week in Dubai as raging floodwater driven by mother nature delivered the heaviest rainfall that the desert nation has ever recorded.

     The deluge flooded out Dubai Airport and other UAE gateways and elsewhere in the Middle East creating chaotic conditions all around.
     Everyone in the air, on land and on the sea could only stand by and hope for better weather as the rain shut down everything; filling up gateways with people and cargo and packing every available hotel room, as uncertainty was the rule.
     The heavy rains lashed the United Arab Emirates beginning last Tuesday April 18 , flooding out major highways, stranding people, with vehicles abandoned on roadways across Dubai.
     Meanwhile, the death toll in Dubai is put at 4, as separate heavy flooding in neighboring Oman was worse at 20 deaths reported, and others still counted as missing.
     “Heavy rainfall over the desert landscape of the Gulf is not unheard of, and residents were warned via a public alert system - but Dubai's weather infrastructure’ was clearly unprepared for the worst rain since 1949,” BBC reported.
     Scientists warned the record-breaking rainfall that brought the city-state to a standstill dumped more than a year-and-a-half’s worth of rain on Dubai in a matter of hours and could have been driven by climate change.
     By Sunday April 21 as airport operations slowly inched back to normal, Emirates said it was at full schedule, while other carriers were not as lucky.
     Backlogs of everything and everyone that flies are not expected to fully recover across the board for several days.

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