Finnair launches 'Cargo Eye' to monitor, control air freight flows using IoT sensors

FINLAND's Finnair Cargo has launched its air freight monitoring tool, "Cargo Eye" that will help the carrier's newly formed cargo control centre (CCC) to effectively monitor and steer cargo flows in real time within the airline's network. Finnair said in a statement that Cargo Eye is a solution enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) that will transform its cargo operation and create additional value for customers. The tool integrates multiple data sources, transactional enterprise resource planning (ERP) data and IoT sensors into a presentation layer with a visual layout for operational steering for its cargo control centre (CCC). "The Cargo Eye provides end-to-end visibility for Finnair operations, and will in the future also enable a more comprehensive transparent real-time information to customers. It is a platform for real-time business steering, identifying exceptions that require action to be taken. The tool has been created with Qoco Systems," the airline said. The tool has been integrated with various systems that feed data into it, such as booking data, location, temperature and humidity of shipments monitored by sensors, and ground transport vehicles location or temperatures of shipments monitored by trackers.

UK forwarder Europa scores big with a 68pc increase in air profits

BRITISH forwarder Europa Worldwide's air freight division has had its most successful year to date with a 68 per cent increase in profits, reports London's Air Cargo News. Air consignment volumes have doubled in 2017, compared to the same period last year, and the division's targets for the whole year were reached in just nine months, said the company. London-based Europa attributes the boom in business to a new operating and reporting structure with new department heads brought in to oversee the import, export and pricing teams separately. Said air freight manager Andy Serpant: "Our rapid expansion into the commercial sector has allowed us to grow export services, increasing our reach across the globe."

Asia Pacific airlines cargo grows 5.8pc in October: AAPA

ASIA Pacific airlines saw international air cargo demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTK), rise by 5.8 per cent in October compared to the same month a year earlier, according the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Available freight capacity expanded by 4.1 per cent, resulting in a 1.1 percentage point increase in the average international freight load factor to 66.9 per cent in October. In the first 10 months of the year international air cargo traffic demand grew by 10.1 per cent year on year. Said AAPA director general Andrew Herdman: "The rise in global economic activity has seen a sustained pick up in global trade and transportation of manufactured goods, with air cargo playing an important role in restocking global supply chains and the growth of e-commerce. "As a result, Asian airlines continued to enjoy healthy growth in the air cargo segment, maintaining the broad upswing in demand which began in the latter half of 2016," he said "The overall demand outlook remains positive, although Asian airlines are operating in highly competitive markets and face rising cost pressures, with average jet fuel prices up 24 per cent to US$64 per barrel for the first 10 months of the year. "Nevertheless, Asian airlines remain focused on implementing further improvements in operational efficiency and other cost saving measures, whilst identifying new opportunities for revenue generation," Mr Herdman said.

Air China starts thrice weekly non-stop Shenzhen to Los Angeles service

AIR China has commenced non-stop service between Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport and Los Angeles that is operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The new service reduces the journey time between Shenzhen and Los Angeles to 12 hours. The new route between Shenzhen and Los Angeles is operated three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Outbound flights depart from Shenzhen at 23:30 and arrive in Los Angeles at 20:00. Inbound flights depart from Los Angeles at 22:50 and arrive in Shenzhen at 05:40 local time, said a release posted by PR Newswire. In recent years, Air China has been expanding its global route network to complement important government strategies, including the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative and the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. Air China now operates flights out of four main hubs in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Meanwhile, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines have also been expanding Shenzhen's international route network. In 2016 Air China partnered with Shenzhen Airlines to launch a new route between Shenzhen and Los Angeles via Beijing and a non-stop route between Shenzhen and Frankfurt. These new services expanded Shenzhen's international route network and helped to drive the development of Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. Every day Air China family carriers operate 179 daily departures to 74 domestic and international destinations out of Shenzhen. As an Air China family carrier, Shenzhen Airlines has a fleet of 200 aircraft and operates 220 domestic and international routes.

Air cargo screening expected to grow 6pc a year till 2021: study

THE global market for air cargo screening systems is expected to grow six per cent a year from 2016-2021. according to an Indian Market Research Future study. "The factors driving the market are measures taken to counter air cargo security threats, strict regulation to perform standard practice, and integration of best in class technology at all major airports," a synopsis of the study said. Asia Pacific is the leading market and is also expected to grow at six per cent in the forecast period, followed by Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Americas. "Many prominent and well-established cargo operators now have strong presence in the Asia Pacific, said the Pune-based research house. "Along with an increase in air cargo traffic and the launch of new airports, the Asia Pacific region is also investing in state-of-the-art technologies such as neutron and X-ray-based radiography," said the synopsis. In 2015, Asia Pacific had 36 per cent of market share, followed by Americas and Europe, the Mideast and Africa. In terms of value, air cargo amount to a third of the total international cargo shipments. More goods are being traded internationally, with most growth coming from the emerging markets in the region, said the statement. The Market Research Future report focuses on major manufacturers, 3DX-RAY, American Science and Engineering, L-3 Security & Detection Systems, Morpho Detection, Rapiscan Systems, Armstrong Monitoring, Astrophysics, AUTOCLEAR, CEIA and Gilardoni.