Finnair Cargo will add wide-body passenger aircraft to its daily flights between Brussels and Helsinki while discontinuing freighter services.
From 31 October, the daily service to Belgium’s capital will be served with wide-body aircraft on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and for the Spring 2019 season, the former flight will be operated with an Airbus A330 and the latter with an Airbus A350.
Finnair Cargo says customers will benefit from quicker run-through for goods in Helsinki, with the possibility of same-day connections saving up to 24 hours.
Asia and Brussels frequencies are operated with wide-body aircraft meaning ULD dimensions match, speeding up transit in Helsinki.
Freighter services will be discontinued as Finnair Cargo says it wants to “focus more on enhancing connectivity with our wide-body operations”.
Finnair Cargo head of global sales, Fredrik Wildtgrube says: “It’s been a chief priority to add wide-body aircraft to the Brussels route because it allows us to speed up the service.
“Finnair is already very competitively positioned as far as Asia connectivity is concerned and matching up wide-body routes strengthens our hand further. It’s hard to dismiss a time saving of up to 24 hours if you’re a shipper.”
SpiceJet will operate cargo flights between Delhi and Kabul having signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).
The cargo services, operating under the SpiceXpress brand will transport fresh fruits and dry fruits, carpets and other commodities from Kabul to different states of India, subsidised by the Afghan government.
SpiceJet will transport the commodities from Kabul using its freighter aircraft to Indian metro cities and throughout India on its passenger network when operations start on 15 October, with the airline saying it plans to transport up to 1,500 tons of cargo a month under the MoU.
The MoU was signed by SpiceJet chief project officer, Manjiv Singh; ACCI chief executive director, Atiqullah Nusrat; and senior advisor of the president of Afghanistan in banking and financial affairs, Ajmal Ahmady.
SpiceXpress will start operations on 18 September, beginning with operations covering Delhi, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hong Kong, Kabul and Amritsar.
The airline took delivery of its first Boeing 737-700 Freighter on 10 September, and SpiceJet is scheduled to take delivery of another three freighters in 2019.
UPS will invest heavily in the e-commerce and life science sectors as it sets out plans transform its business by 2022.
The company is focusing on four strategic areas, consisting of continued expansion of high-growth international markets connecting domestic and export customers to its global market; profitable expansion from B2B and B2C e-commerce as US industry package revenue is expected to grow by 40 per cent to 2022, and cross-border e-commerce volumes are expected to grow 28 per cent over the next three years; further expansion in the healthcare and life sciences logistics markets; and enhancing services for small and medium sized businesses.
Chairman and chief executive officer, David Abney says: “Transformation will lift our earnings, as we generate higher-quality revenue and use technology to increase operating efficiency and enhance customer service. UPS is transforming from a position of strength. We are implementing an enterprise-wide transformation that will enable and accelerate our enhanced business strategy.”
UPS says it will invest in its global network along with new and renovated facilities, aircraft and fleet upgrades.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020, UPS will add 350-400,000 pieces per hour sorting capacity in the US, about seven times the upgrade in 2017.
Abney says: “Today nearly 50 per cent of our nearly 35 million sorted packages per day are processed using our new more-automated facilities. When we complete this phase of our Global Smart Logistics Network enhancement by 2022, 100 per cent of eligible volume in the US will be sorted using these new more highly automated sites.”
Seven new ‘super hub’ automated sorting facilities will be opened during the period, with 30-35 per cent higher efficiency compared to less-automated facilities.
UPS has significantly increased international capacity over the last two years with air express rising more than 10 per cent as new, higher capacity cargo jets are added to the fleet.
Efficiency will be improved with common procedures and using technology to streamline back-office activities, outsourcing certain transactional activities and broadening spans of control within management.
Abney says: “The savings we achieve will be reinvested in the company and its people, and will be used to reward shareowners. Our leadership team is collaborating to instil a continuous transformation culture and I am confident our plans will deliver higher levels of UPS profitability and shareowner returns.”
Maersk Line has announced the deployment of Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) to enable paperless trade between India and Nepal. Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives), said, “This is a continuation of Maersk line’s focus on digitisation to enable paperless trade across the globe. Addressing our customer needs is paramount and this system will tremendously aid in this process. We will continue to focus on creating a climate of ease of doing business to ensure seamless trade in the region through our integrated logistical offerings.”
ML is the first liner to adopt this paperless mode of trade facilitated by Asian Development Bank and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) against the conventional one-time bottle seal. This is also the first time it has been at done at Indian port transshipping to other countries such as Nepal thus getting rid of documentation hurdles.
Etihad Cargo has added FreshForward to its list of specialised services to support the cold chain industry that imports perishable goods to the UAE.
The new product ensures items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat and flowers move seamlessly across Etihad Cargo’s global network until they reach their final destination. More specifically at the Abu Dhabi hub, it prioritises the transfer of perishable cargo from the aircraft into a dedicated centre, and subsequently onto reefer trucks to be delivered directly to the customer’s doorstep anywhere in the UAE.
This marks a milestone in the expansion of Etihad’s value chain offering to include last-mile delivery in its home market for select products, itself a key pillar of Etihad’s refreshed strategy to expand services beyond its conventional airport-to-airport model.
Etihad Airways managing director Cargo and Logistics Etihad Airways, says: “Etihad Cargo plays a vital role in stimulating the UAE’s imports and exports via our Abu Dhabi hub, and today we are delighted to introduce yet another product that will act as a further catalyst to this. Safe, efficient and timely transport is critical for the UAE’s major importers of fresh produce including supermarket chains, F&B wholesalers, restaurants and florists.”
Etihad Cargo transported over 90,000 tons of perishables over the last 12 months. Fruits and vegetables made up more than 37 per cent of the total, whilst meat (15,000 tons), flowers (19,000 tons) and fish (8,000 tons) were the other major categories carried by Etihad.
Etihad’s fleet of 109 narrow-body, wide-body and freighter aircraft fly to over 90 destinations globally, and are readily configured for perishable cargo compatibility, applying the highest levels of quality controls.