Antonov Airlines has transported four compressor skids on behalf of Bollore Logistics China from Calgary, Canada to Mary, Turkmenistan.
The compressor skids were transported for a Chinese oil & gas engineering, procurement and construction company on four separate flights for a gas field in Turkmenistan.
The consignment included a main skid measuring 13.7 metres long, 5.3 metres wide and 4.1 metres high weighing 81.5 tonnes, and a sub skid measuring 7.6 metres long, 5 metres long and 2.4 metres high weighing 13.9 tonnes, in addition to miscellaneous equipment.
Antonov Airlines carries an adaptor on-board each of its aircraft, extending the lift capacity of its system to a total of 30 tonnes.
Antonov Airlines commercial manager, Paul Bingley says: “Efficient communication between Antonov Airlines and Bolloré Logistics China, along with support from Bolloré Logistics offices in Canada and France ensured the seamless execution of the project.”
He says the AN-124-100 was the ideal aircraft to accommodate the oversized cargo, saying: “Due to the size and weight of the cargo, both the AN-124-100’s unique on-board crane system and extension ramps and mobile cranes were used for safe loading and offloading.”
Bollore Logistics North China managing director, Sun Hongbo says: “The level of expertise and professionalism of Antonov Airlines combined with their unparalleled flexibility were key factors for the successful completion of this project.”
“The four charters are the result of excellent teamwork and mark an important milestone in the close cooperation between Antonov Airlines and Bolloré Logistics.”
The Lufthansa Group says it submitted a “concept for establishing a re-structured” Italian carrier Alitalia.
Lufthansa said in a statement it has sent an offer letter today, expressing its interest in establishing a “NewAlitalia” – which comes as it is negotiations for parts of Air Berlin.
Earlier today, a report in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claimed the German carrier has offered €500 million ($590 million) for Alitalia’s aircraft, staff and for airport slots.
Lufthansa continued in the statement it “has opted not to make an offer for the complete airline, but has stated interest in only parts of the global network traffic and European and domestic point-to-point business”.
The offer includes a concept for a newly structured Alitalia with a focused business model (NewAlitalia), which it says could develop “long-term economic prospects”.
The deadline for suitors to submit binding bids for Alitalia was 1700 GMT today, but on Friday, Italy’s government extended this to 30 April next year, a deadline to improve the bids which had previously been set for 5 November.
On Friday, the Italian government also passed an emergency decree to add a further €300 million to the loan of €600 million it made to the loss-making carrier in May.
Italy wants to sell the whole of Alitalia in one package and avoid a split of its aviation and ground service activities.
Qatar Airways Cargo’s new Boeing 777 Freighter service touched down at Pittsburgh International Airport last Thursday – its 13th freighter destination in the Americas.
The twice-weekly freighter flight takes off from Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with stops at Luxembourg and Atlanta, Georgia before arriving in Pittsburgh.
On the return from Pittsburgh on Thursdays and Sundays, the freighter stops at the cargo carrier’s European hub, Luxembourg, before arriving into Doha, Qatar. The service provides 200 tonnes of weekly capacity.
Pittsburgh is renowned for its manufacturing sector for years, but now other industries are expanding including life sciences, robotics, health care, information technology, nuclear engineering. Products transported into and out of Pittsburgh are set to be heavy electronics, high-value goods and pharmaceuticals.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker says: “It is a proud moment for us to be the first international airline to commence scheduled freighter services to Pittsburgh, bridging the air cargo gap between Americas, Europe and Asia.
“The launch of this new route strengthens our commitment to supporting the American import and export markets and offers a direct freighter connection out of Pennsylvania to Qatar Airways Cargo’s expansive global network.”
Pittsburgh International Airport chief executive officer, Christina Cassotis adds: “I thank Qatar Airways Cargo for partnering with us and recognising the demand and opportunity here in Pittsburgh.
“This global airfreight connectivity positions Pittsburgh International as a logistics center for importing and exporting our region’s goods.”
Qatar Airways Cargo has expanded its footprint in the Americas with the introduction of four freighter destinations this year: Quito, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Miami.
FIATA elected a new president and an extended board for the next two years at its general meeting in Kuala Lumpur last week.
The FIATA World Congress saw over 1,000 delegates from 77 countries and on the day after the FIATA General Meeting took place – Transfreight Corporation chief executive officer, Babar Badat from Pakistan was elected president.
He succeeds Zhao Huxiang, from China, who will now serve as immediate past president for the next two years.
Robert Voltmann, from the US, has been re-elected secretary general and Francesco Parisi, from Italy, was elected treasurer.
The three positions of senior vice president went to Ivan Petrov of Bulgaria and Basil Pietersen of South Africa, who were both were re-elected, and Turgut Erkeskin of Turkey, who joined the presidency as a new member.
FIATA says the new presidency represents all the four regions of the FIATA global constituency.
IAG Cargo will start trialling its Cargo Connector service at Washington Dulles Airport from October 2017, the tenth station to join the North American network.
The export collection and import delivery service takes freight direct from the aircraft and delivers it to the forwarders’ handling facilities.
IAG Cargo operates three flights in and out of Washington each day, with cargo arriving from hubs including London Heathrow Airport and Dublin Airport.
Typical commodities include medication, chemical products and machine parts into the region, and IAG Cargo expects aircraft parts, chemical products and medicines will be key export commodities benefitting from this service.
IAG Cargo vice president for North America, Joe Le Beau
IAG Cargo vice president for North America, Joe Le Beau says: “Cargo Connector has been an important competitive differentiator for us and has been a huge success in the North American market and beyond. Offering the service at Washington Dulles Airport will benefit forwarders by making it easier to get goods to market quickly and with maximum ease.”
All of IAG Cargo’s airlines are integrated with the Cargo Connector service including Aer Lingus and LEVEL, and IAG Cargo says their inclusion offers additional services and flexibility for customers transporting goods to and from the US.
IAG Cargo offers the service in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston and Miami.