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Cargo Breaking News, 22 March

EFS Logistics to manage EgyptAir Cargo’s Saudi operations

EFS Logistics has been chosen as the preferred sales agent for EgyptAir Cargo in Saudi Arabia, based on their expertise in the air cargo logistics industry.

EFS GSA, a subsidiary of EFS Logistics, recently hosted an event to officially announce their partnership with EgyptAir Cargo, at Le Méridien Jeddah. The event began with a welcome speech by Sultan Al-Quraishi, HR and public relations manager of EFS Co. Ltd. Captain Gaser Hussein, chairman of EgyptAir Cargo, officially announced EFS GSA as the PSA for Egypt Air Cargo, followed by a speech by Hesham Elliwa, vice president of EgyptAir Cargo.

Managing Director Najeeb Kalappadan introduced the various services of EFS Co. Ltd., which has been in the logistics industry for more than 26 years. “We at EFS Logistics are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the PSA for EgyptAir Cargo for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This appointment is a testament to our strong reputation and exceptional expertise in the air cargo logistics industry,” he said.

“We are excited to embark on this new venture and look forward to serving the customers of EgyptAir Cargo with the same dedication and commitment that has made us a leader in the logistics industry,” he added.

Nadir Kalappadan, executive director of EFS Co. Ltd., said, “With our ability to provide outstanding customer service, we are well-equipped to offer comprehensive air cargo solutions that ensure the seamless and efficient transportation of goods for our client.”

Qatar Airways Cargo relaunches Express Courier Service in Air Freight

“In the normal world of large air cargo pallets and containers, small, urgent shipments require particular attention and care. Following a detailed Next Generation analysis of the Qatar Airways Cargo’s small shipment journey, we are now relaunching our Courier product as a faster, more streamlined and future-fit service,” says Miguel Rodríguez MBA, Senior Manager Climate Control Products at Qatar Airways Cargo.

With the phase-out of the Courier Baggage Voucher (CBV), and the introduction of improved messaging standards and shorter delivery times, Qatar Airways Cargo’s Courier product is even quicker and more reliable than ever before – and has the largest air cargo network at its disposal. A dedicated Qatar Airways Cargo Courier team ensures that each parcel is swiftly screened, handled, loaded, and transferred to make its flight connections in the shortest possible time – and they are here to support and answer any questions.

Cathay Cargo increases output by 60% from previous year

Cathay Pacific carried 103,932 tonnes of cargo last month, an increase of 60 percent compared with February 2022 when capacity was significantly reduced due to strict aircrew quarantine measures. Cargo revenue tonne kilometres (RFTKs) increased 154 percent year-on-year, says an official release.

"The cargo load factor decreased by 13.7 percentage points to 66.7 percent while capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometres (AFTKs), increased 206.1 percent year-on-year. In the first two months of 2023, tonnage increased 42.8 percent against a 201.3 percent increase in capacity and a 147.4 percent increase in RFTKs compared with the same period for 2022."

Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau said, “Tonnage grew 9% in February compared to January, reflecting the gradual recovery in demand following the Lunar New Year holidays. Inbound demand from the Americas, Europe, Northeast Asia and Southwest Pacific remained steady, especially across our special solutions such as Cathay Fresh and Cathay Pharma. Ad-hoc demand from Southeast Asia as well as South Asia, the Middle East and Africa (SAMEA) also helped fill the gaps left by demand from Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland on long-haul routes.

“February saw a number of exciting new developments including the launch of Cathay Cargo – a rebrand of our cargo business. The change aligns with the Cathay Group’s overarching ambition to Move Beyond, and reinforces our cargo business’s commitment to offering leading-edge services to our customers. “Cathay Cargo notably also became the first airline and Cathay Pacific Services the first cargo terminal operator to utilise the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Logistics Park in Dongguan. This enables us to offer our customers seamless sea-air shipments from the Greater Bay Area (GBA) directly into HKIA for outbound airfreight."

AutoFlight tie-up with EVFLY to supply aircraft, drones

AutoFlight recently inked a deal to provide Singapore air fleet management company EVFLY with over 200 of its passenger planes and cargo drones.

The Shanghai-based company announced the agreement recently mentioning it covered a total of 205 Prosperity I passenger eVTOL air taxis and cargo drones for delivery to EVFLY. The first 10 of those latter craft will be used for freight services in the Middle East – initially the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – with that activity planned for later expansion to Asia and the Africa. No amount was given for the value of the transaction, which may be followed by additional acquisitions.

The accord comes just two weeks after AutoFlight revealed its Prosperity I air taxi had beaten Joby’s previous 240-kilometer world mark for a eVTOL flight with a 250.64 km outing – the most recent milestone in what has been a rapid and successful transition of its activities toward passenger transport.

Founded in 2017 by Tian Yu and backed by next-generation mobility investor Team Global, AutoFlight’s initial focus was on the kind of heavy payload cargo drones that EVFLY will begin operating first. More recently it has concentrated work on development of its Prosperity I air taxi, with that eVTOL moving faster through testing toward the certification process since the company established its European research and development unit in Germany last year.

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