Admiral Mobility to bring 5,000 Electric Commercial Vehicles to the Middle East

The UAE, which aims to become carbon neutral by 2050, ranks 8th globally in terms of readiness for electric mobility, with major government initiatives planned to increase the number of electric vehicles on the roads as a substitute to ensure clean energy.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates—Admiral Mobility, a newly-formed subsidiary of the US-based Admiral Corporation of America, focused on expanding its portfolio on commercial electric vehicles (EVs), announcedit is setting up an assembly plant in Dubai for e-trucks and electric vehicles.

In partnership with China’s GeelyFarizon Commercial Group, Admiral Mobility aims to bring 5,000 electric commercial vehicles to the Middle East from 2023.It comprises of 3,000 Electric Commercial Trucks, split between 6T and 8T, and a further 2,000 Electric FarizonSuperVANs.

The companies said their strategic partnership was a result of the growing demand for ecological transportation, be it for highways, the city or backroads, to ensure a cleaner environment.

With the UAE’s focus on achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to provide access to clean energy and sustainable economic growth. The commitment in bringing 500 Commercial Vehicles to the UAE in 2023, will further help build the ‘green transportation industry’, especially in the lead up to climate change conference, COP28 next year.

Supporting governments, municipalities and ‘mega-projects’ in its quest to ‘decarbonise’ the transportation industry, Admiral Mobility’s focus will be to offer businesses distributing goods
the opportunity to do this sustainably via the use of EV (electric vehicle) trucks, thus, providing an
environmentally-friendly and commercially viable business model.

Furthermore, Admiral Mobility will provide multiple ways to support public and private sector businesses, through assisting with charging network requirements, managing after-sales services, as well as offering attractive leasing model arrangements to provide complete flexibility and peace of mind.

Commenting on the announcement, Frank Bernthaler, Chief Operating Officer, Admiral Mobility, said: “With COP28 fast approaching and sustainability being high on everyone’s agendas, this partnership is an important step forward to build a robust, EV truck portfolio in the region. As we transition towards more environmentally-friendly energy and transportation solutions, we are proud to play a key role in building an infrastructure that empowers the government’s electrification strategy, and we are looking forward to supporting businesses as they move towards electric vehicles in the region.”

With a range of up to 400km, the zero emissions electric FarizonSuperVAN operates safely, taking less than two hours to fully charge via its efficient LFP battery. Advanced safety features include lane-keeping assist adapt cruise control, remote locking systems, high beam LED lights equipped with auto adaption to the surrounding traffic, and of course, ease of comfort of driving.

The UAE, which aims to become carbon neutral by 2050, ranks 8th globally in terms of readiness for electric mobility, with major government initiatives planned to increase the number of electric vehicles on the roads as a substitute to ensure clean energy. According to the GlobalElectric Mobility Readiness Index – Gemrix 2022, the country’s electric vehicle (EV) market isestimated to grow at a CAGR of 30% between 2022 and 2028.

“The development and promotion of new energy commercial vehicles is of great importance andurgency for creating a global sustainable future. With Farizon’s advanced automotive technology
enabled by our R&D capabilities, now aided by the extensive market reach and customer insights
of Admiral Mobility, we are confident in bringing high-quality carbon-free commercial vehicles to
the entire GCC region,” said Mingshi Lin, Vice President, GeelyFarizon New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group.

Admiral Mobility at a glance

Admiral Mobility is the mobility business arm of Admiral Corporation of America Inc. Founded in Chicago, Ilinois in 1934 by US entrepreneur Ross Siragusa, Admiral has built a worldwide reputation for quality home appliances and consumer electronics.

Admiral diversified into clean mobility and energy solutions in 2021. Admiral Energy is involved in design, development, and management of customized, comprehensive eco system for deployment of solutions related to clean mobility and energy storage for global markets.

Formed in 2022, Admiral Mobility is focused on expanding the corporation’s portfolio to include commercial electric vehicles (EVs).

GeelyFarizon New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group

Farizon Auto is the new energy commercial vehicle brand under GeelyFarizon New Energy Commercial
Vehicles Group. It is also China’s first commercial vehicle brand that has completed an all-new-energy
product series.

Guided by technology and focused on user experience, Farizon seeks to create zero-carbon transportation and a sustainable future. Except for having access to the technical resources of Geely Group, Farizon has also established one of the largest new energy commercial vehicles research
institute in China, with more than 2,000 R&D engineers around the world.

Farizon has five product lines, namely heavy trucks, light trucks, small trucks, LCVs and buses, which cover all application scenarios of commercial vehicles.

BVL: Innovation management in logistics service needed to improve global supply-chain

MUNICH, GERMANY—The importance of the logistics sector has become more apparent to the public, and its great responsibility to the stability of the global supply-chain,following the recent multi-crises that emerged from the pandemic. But innovations are still needed in this growing industry, according to a study by BundesvereinigungLogistike.V. (BVL).

Founded in 1978 in Bremen, Germany, BVL has an international expert network of nearly 11,000 professionals from logistics and supply chain management. It has more than 40 regional groups and international chapters, including in Brazil, China, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey and the USA.

The study taken ahead of the upcoming transport logistic event in Munich from 9-12 May 2023,sheds light on how companies in the logistics sector are fundamentally positioned regarding the development of innovations—on the one hand from the perspective of service providers, but also from the perspective of their customers from industry and trade. The study comes to the following five key results.

Shippers expect innovative services at the same price

Logistic Service Providers still allocate a rather low amount of financial and human resources to the development of new service concepts and the development is not associated with a methodical and structured process. On the other hand, about one third of the shippers find it positive to have an innovative service provider but are not willing to pay more for it.

Innovation increases efficiency and saves cost

After all, 41 percent of shippers assume that working with an innovative partner will increase their efficiency and save costs. This is also the main motivation for logistics service providers to develop new services. The true value of innovation in tapping into new markets and actively differentiating from competition has not yet been widely recognized.

Innovative strength of logistics service providers is improvable

Asked about their opinion on the general innovative strength of logistics service providers, 42 per cent of the participants from industry and trade say that they consider them to be little or not at all innovative. About a quarter consider them innovative or very innovative. About a third see themselves on a par with their service providers.

Logistics Service Providers could be more self-confident

When analysing by sector, it is noticeable that logistics service providers in the retail sector see themselves as significantly more innovative than they are in the eyes of their customers; the situation is similar in the automotive sector. The opposite is true in the electronics, mechanical engineering and chemical sectors. The logistics service providers could therefore be more self-confident there.

Potential through cooperation and partnership

Developing new logistics services—most shippers consider this task to be exclusively on the side of the logistics service providers. This could explain why only one tenth of the companies in industry and trade are involved in the innovation processes of their service providers, which means that relevant practical know-how in the innovation process is missing. The shippers are thus missing the opportunity to jointly develop innovations that would also enhance their own competitive position.

The short study is part of the dissertation by BVL employee FrederikPfretzschner aimed at determining how logistical service innovations can be classified according to their degree of newness.

Within the scope of the survey, 117 logistics and supply chain management experts and decision-makers from industry and trade as well as 213 experts from logistics service providers were surveyed. All details and the complete results are available for download at

Innovation at transport logistic 2023

BVL will explicitly address the topic of innovations in logistics in two sessions at transport logistic, the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management

In addition to the session about the digital bill of lading on May 10 at 11:30 a.m., which will discuss how “Cloud4Log” can be rolled out to other sectors besides the consumer goods industry.

The session on May 11 at 11:30 a.m. will focus on the results of the short study. Decision makers from logistics service providers, industry and trade will discuss what conclusions can be drawn from the results and how partnerships and cooperation between logistics service providers and shippers can work in the future.
Numerous big names in the industry like Dachser, DB Schenker, DHL, DP World, DSV, Geodis, Maersk, Kühne + Nagel or Rhenus have already registered at the event. New additions include companies such as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, TST from Worms, and ArkasLojistik from Turkey.
air cargo Europe is also looking good so far, according to organizer Messe München. The exhibition for the global air cargo industry, integrated into transport logistic, is already in such high demand that a number of companies, as was the case in 2019, will have to be placed in Hall B2.
Stefan Rummel, CEO MesseMünchen, is pleased “that so many well-known companies will be back again at transport logistic next year. The feedback from our customers on air cargo Europe is also a great sign and shows once more how important specialized trade fairs are. This is where decision makers from all over the world meet for a few days to discuss and do business.”

MEBAA Show 2022 redefines the future of business aviation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The three-day MEBAA Show 2022 concluded last month with dynamic exhibitions, discussions and exchange of information on aviation, combined with a series of key deals and announcements, all set to drive the business aviation industry forward.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the event,the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show, held from 6-8 December 2022 at DWC Airshow Site, welcomed attendees from 95 countries.

A number of students from Westford University College, College of Engineering at Abu Dhabi University, Higher Colleges of Technology, Amity University Dubai, GEMS Education and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, were also invited at the MEBAA Show aimedat helping inspire the next generation to join the industry.

“This has been a remarkable MEBAA show and it has been incredible to see industry leaders come together to drive real change for the future of business aviation. At MEBAA, we also want to empower the future leaders, and it was fantastic to welcome students who have an interest in our sector and provide them with the platform to network with industry players and learn more about the vast opportunities available to them,” said Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi, Founding and Executive Chairman of MEBAA – the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association.


“The business aviation industry has grown significantly in the last couple of years, not only in the Middle East region where mega events such as Dubai Expo 2020 and the Qatar World Cup have led to increased demand, but also in many key international markets. Throughout the three days, we have seen an industry transition with significant levels of innovation, technological advancement and digital transformations right across the show, along with many key deals and new announcements, all showing that this sector growth is set to continue well into the future,” Alnaqbi added.

Innovation and Positive Discussions

Tim Hawes, Managing Director of Tarsus Group, noted, “The ninth edition of the MEBAA Show has seen a lot of innovation and positive discussion, and we look forward to seeing the impact that the show has made in the coming months and years. A key highlight for this year was the launch of the BizAv Talks conference. It was brilliant to hear industry leaders and specialists from across the globe share their insights on some of the key themes shaping the industry, including sustainability, future aviation and emerging markets, and we were proud to see all audiences really engage with these discussions.”

The brand-new BizAv Talks conference featured sessions from over 45 industry leaders throughout the show, with day three focusing on the daily theme of ‘Accelerating private aviation with collaborati


on’. Sessions highlighted the importance of collaboration within the business aviation ecosystem to help open up new opportunities, streamline services and tackle issues facing the sector.

A huge number of exhibitors – including many returning, along with new industry leaders – connected with internationals visitors for insightful discussions while showcasing the latest innovation, technology, aircraft and solutions.

Carlos Brana, Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft at Dassault Aviation, also commented: “Dassault Aviation presented our popular Falcon 8X very long range trijet at this year’s MEBAA show and exhibition, where it drew a lot of interest from the many prospective buyers and operators who also visited our chalet. Middle East owners appreciate the qualities of the Falcons and we were able to discuss face to face with guests our two brand-new Falcon 6X and 10X programs. Just as importantly, MEBAA Show was an opportunity to look ahead and present our expanding regional product support network, which will include the company’s ExecuJet MRO Services unit at Dubai World Central to serve business jet operators in the Gulf region, opening in early 2023. We are delighted to support such a dynamic regional business aviation industry, with MEBAA Show at its heart.”

Meanwhile, Ammar ‘Jay’ Alhussari, Founder and CEO of Prime Trip Support, said: “The MEBAA show has been a very successful show for Prime, we have been extremely busy meeting clients, partners, and forging alliances. Our team has been full throttle since day one and there are no signs of it slowing down! We are very pleased with the level of interest we have garnered here at the MEBAA show and are impressed with the excellent organization.”

Major deals & announcements

Day two of the Show saw a series of key announcements and signings.
RoyalJet and Honeywell signed a letter of intent to extend the current Ka-band connectivity services, Saudia Private Aviation (SPA) signed an MoU with Redstar, and there was a press conference where VPorts announced a partnership with UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) at Dubai South to establish the world’s first AAM integrator world center in Dubai.
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) also signed four agreements during the second day, with Airbus Helicopter Arabia, Alpha Star Aviation Services, Ubisense and The Helicopter Company (THC).
These followed on from a series of day one announcements, where Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) signed a partnership agreement with Citadel Completions LLC to enter the ACJ Services Centre Network, the MBRAH signed four agreements with Empire Aviation Group, Athena Security, Khaleej Aerospace Industries and Airline Support Baltic, and there was the official contract signing of the DC Aviation G-OPS joint venture for the opening of a brand new FBO at Nice Airport, among others.
Day two of the BizAv Talks conference included seven presentations and panel discussions under today’s theme ‘Tomorrow’s Customer – Next-Generation’. With future aviation, digitalization, block chain, AI and crypto-based payments key focuses for this year’s MEBAA Show, sessions included a joint presentation, ‘Stay ahead of the curve with cryptocurrencies’, from Robert Plhak, CEO of VOO, and Gernot Winter, CEO of AVINOC. This focused on how readiness and adaptability in this quickly evolving technological landscape is crucial in today’s marketplace, assessing the purchasing methods of tomorrow’s customers and benefits to providing flexible payment methods.
“It’s not just about cryptocurrency, it’s about tokenization as a whole, and the real goal is to connect the real world – the business aviation world – with the crypto world.” He continued by sharing examples of how tokenization and blockchain technology can be used within the future of the aviation industry, not just through payment, but also loyalty programs, aircraft ownership, security for airlines and airports, MRO solutions, ticketing, identity management and much more,” said Gernot Winter, CEO of AVINOC.

Co-founders of Odys Aviation, James Dorris and Axel Radermacher, also presented at BizAv Talks with their session on ‘Assessing early adopters of the eVTOL revolutions’, which focused on how eVTOLs will provide a fast alternative to congested city travel and asses how businesses can win over and retain high-net-worth individuals.
Continuing the theme of technology and future aviation, Alberto Carlos Pereira, CEO & Partner at Tupan Aircraft, said: “The MEBAA show gives us the unique opportunity to combine the vision of our long-range and high-speed drone cargo transportation solution with the UAE’s Strategic Vision for 2071. Together we can develop and test disruptive and innovative solutions for point-to-point cargo services. I am looking forward to further highly interesting discussions that the professional environment of MEBAA Show makes possible.”
Sustainability has also remained a key theme throughout the ninth edition of the show – and a huge focus for the business aviation sector as a whole.
This year, MEBAA Show has worked with Air bp as the carbon offsetting sponsor for the show.
“The MEBAA Show is providing a platform for the global business aviation industry to come together to build on partnerships and form new connections that will drive the sector forward. Across the first two days, we have already seen a series of key announcements and new signings as our community takes advantage of the huge growth that’s predicted for the sector. Organizations are looking at how they can incorporate new aircraft, technology and innovation into their current operations. We are proud of what the show has achieved so far,” said Alnaqbi.


Hyundai’s Hydrogen leadership reinforced with XCIENT Fuel Cell fleet racking up 5 million km

The company says it’s on a mission to create an emission-free, green hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck ecosystem where vehicle supply, hydrogen fueling, and green hydrogen production are organically connected.

Hyundai Motor Company’s fleet of 47 XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks in Switzerland operated by 23 Swiss companies in logistics, distribution and supermarket fulfillment had accumulated more than 5 million km in two years, in a world first.

Hyundai says the companies started operating the zero-emission commercial trucks in 2020.

“XCIENT Fuel Cell is the world’s first heavy-duty fuel cell truck to achieve 5 million km of cumulative driving in real-life customer operation,” said Mark Freymueller, Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Innovation at Hyundai Motor Company. “The experience we’ve gained and the milestone we’ve achieved in Switzerland will provide good insights to many countries that are preparing to transition to a sustainable hydrogen society. Based on this proven track record of successful operation in Switzerland, we will expand this business throughout Europe.”

In 2019, Hyundai Motor established Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM) in partnership with Swiss company H2 Energy which partnered with H2 Mobility Switzerland Association, a hydrogen fueling network builder and XCIENT customer, and green hydrogen production company Hydrospider.

Hyundai Motor is playing a crucial role in creating an emission-free, green hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck ecosystem where vehicle supply, hydrogen fueling, and green hydrogen production are organically connected.

The XCIENT Fuel Cell is equipped with a 180-kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90-kW fuel cell stacks. The system’s durability and the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency are tailored to the demands of commercial fleet customers.

The 350-kW e-motor with maximum torque of 2,237 Nm enables dynamic driving performance. Its seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 31 kg of fuel, while a 72-kWh-powered set of three batteries supports the performance. The driving range is over 400 km per charge in real world conditions. Refueling a full tank of hydrogen takes about 8 to 20 minutes, depending on the ambient temperature.

XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks are operated in various fields, including logistics, manufacturing and retail fulfillment, in various key markets, demonstrating Hyundai Motor’s leadership in fuel cell technology.

In August 2022, Hyundai Motor announced its successful entry into Germany with seven local companies planning to deploy XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks into fleet service with the German government’s funding for an eco-friendly commercial vehicle initiative.

More recently, Hyundai Motor secured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2021 Targeted Airshed Grants (TAG) funding to deploy further XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in California in addition to 30 trucks which will be rolled out in the NorCal Zero project starting their operation in the Port of Oakland mid next year.

Hyundai Motor says it will leverage insights from these public-private partnerships to further drive commercial vehicle decarbonization through hydrogen fuel cell electric technology advancement. Images & Stories from


Hyundai helps FIFA World Cup 2022 achieve its carbon neutral goals 236 eco-friendly vehicles

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—Hyundai Motor Company, an official sponsor of FIFA World Cup 2022 TM, is helping the world’s biggest football tournament achieve its carbon neutral goal by providing eco-friendly vehicles for 50 percent of the event’s passenger transportation.

This marks the first time in the history of the competition to have eco-friendly vehicles in the event fleet at this scale.

Hyundai Motors is providing 616 fleet vehicles to FIFA World Cup 2022TM. Of that fleet, there will be 446 passenger vehicles, with just over half (226 units) being hybrid electric (HEV) and battery electric (BEV) models. The company also provides 10 Elec City electric buses for use during the event, which takes place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.

“Hyundai Motor and FIFA share a strong commitment to make this year’s event a sustainable success through the use of clean mobility,” said Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company. “By providing our eco-friendly hybrid and battery electric vehicles as ground transportation, we expect to achieve our shared goal of making the World Cup in Qatar a win-win for planet Earth and humanity.”

Charged up for a carbon-neutral World Cup

Hyundai Motor is preparing a dedicated organization and support system for stable EV operations. It will provide Hyundai IONIQ 5, Sonata HEV, Tucson HEV and KONA HEV as well as Genesis G80 EV and GV70 EV to transport FIFA VIPs and staff, and Elec City buses to transport members of the media.

In addition, the company will operate road-side charging services to discharged BEVs using the innovative Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function on two IONIQ 5 BEVs. FIFA will provide 100 kW-150 kW EV chargers at the event’s parking facilities located in Doha, Qatar, to ensure the BEVs’ continuous operation.

Hyundai Motor says it will conduct real-time monitoring of the fleet vehicles for any breakage or accidents, and provide prompt service response, such as emergency dispatch, troubleshooting and vehicle inspection as needed.

The company is also utilizing a real-time vehicle control service to improve fleet service quality management. By detecting any accident or vehicle breakage in real time, the system unifies all processes from vehicle warehousing and emergency dispatch to vehicle repair and accident response.

For seamless service throughout the entire competition period, a dedicated team from HMC Headquarters Service, Sub-Middle East Regional Service and Sub-Middle East Regional Quality Center will stand by at a Quality Situation Room in the FIFA parking facilities to assist with local operation. The team will use Qatar dealership service infrastructure for vehicle repair as needed.

Starting in October, Hyundai Motor has conducted a training program about its HEVs and BEVs for all drivers involved in the fleet operation.

Teaming up for sustainability

In addition to providing fleet vehicles, Hyundai Motor launched the Goal of the Century (GOTC) World Cup campaign with the slogan ‘A United World for sustainability’ in April, visualizing carbon neutrality for the World Cup and football fans worldwide.

As part of the campaign, Hyundai Motor created Team Century, a group of campaign ambassadors with former England national football player Steven Gerrard as captain. Each member of Team Century is setting goals for creating a sustainable future for the planet in their field of expertise.

All 11 members of Team Century were recently revealed to complete a single united team, including Hyundai Motor’s global brand ambassador BTS, Afghan refugee football player and Denmark UNESCO ambassador Nadia Nadim, American fashion designer Jeremy Scott, Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn, documentary photographer Nicky Woo and Boston Dynamics robot Spot.

Bahrain gears up as another major cargo hub in the Middle East

The oil & gas-rich tiny island-nation in the Gulf is building Express Cargo Village stretching over an area of 25,000 sqm, envisioned to be one of the most advanced logistics hubs in the region capable of handling the expected growth in air freight and e-commerce.

By R. Chandrakanth

The sixth edition of Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS), held from November 9 to 12 at Sakhir Airbase, had many highpoints even while the show per se, is gradually getting bigger, though not on the scale of its near neighbour Dubai.

There were 186 participating companies and 200 civilian and military delegations.

The highpoints included the purchase agreement signed between Pratt & Whitney and Royal Jordanian wherein the latter will power up to 30 single-aisle aircraft with GTF engines and the codeshare partnership between Emirates and Gulf Air.

MoUs and more

On the air cargo side, there was considerable activity as Bahrain positions itself as a key cargo hub in the region. Several alliances were struck at the show, DHL and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) signing a Memorandum of Understanding; MENA Cargo and Asia Cargo Network entering into a strategic alliance; FedEx Express showcasing its one-stop shop shipping solutions for the aerospace industry; Texel Air, a Bahraini cargo airline, displaying its B737-700 FlexCombi aircraft and more.

DHL and BAC collaboration

The MoU between BAC and DHL, the logistics partner for the airshow, entails both parties enhancing collaboration on upcoming projects to support DHL’s planned investment in expanding its local operations to better serve its customers both locally and across the entire region.

The MoU was signed by the CEO of DHL Express MENA, Nour Suliman and the CEO of BAC, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah. Also present during the signing were the Head of Operations of DHL Express MENA, Bachi Spiga, along with Chief Development and Technical Officer of BAC, Abdulla Janahi, and Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer of BAC, Ayman Zainal.

Nour Suliman, said: “The Kingdom of Bahrain continues to be a significant Hub for DHL’s regional network. Its strategic location, conducive business environment, and developed logistics infrastructure have enabled us to grow our business, and build a strong and resilient network to service our domestic and regional customers. We look forward to our continued partnership with BAC to further accelerate our expansion plans.”

Mohamed Yousif Albinfalah, CEO of BAC, added: “Bahrain has been home to DHL’s business since 1976 when the company established its first Hub in the Middle East region. Since then, DHL has benefitted from the country’s progressive approach to nurturing business partnerships, to allowed it to grow its footprint and expand its operations. As the operator and managing body of the Kingdom’s aerospace gateway, BAC is pleased to be strengthening its partnership with DHL and we will continue to support them with their ongoing investments.”

DHL to invest over 150 million Euros

DHL is pushing ahead with its regional growth strategy and has committed investments of over 150 million Euros between 2022 and 2023 on enhancing its MENA ground operations.

DHL is planning to increase its regional fleet to 12 aircraft, with newer, bigger, more environmentally performing 767-300s, adding to its intra-middle east flight rotations and increasing its capacity to over 80%. Presently, nine freighters are operating out of Bahrain for the region.

According to Richard Gale, Vice President, DHL Aviation, MENA, renovations are planned for Bahrain hangar and new state-of-the-art logistics facilities in Qatar, Algeria and Oman, in sync with the enormous potential the region has due to oil revenues and diversification efforts.

Express Cargo Village, work in progress

Meanwhile, BAC, the operator and manging body of Bahrain International Airport, is expanding cargo capacities as to consolidate its position as a key regional cargo hub. Earlier in the year, it laid the foundation stone for the Express Cargo Village, located north of the airport’s runway.

This is in line with Kingdom’s strategy for the logistics industry as laid out in its Economic Recovery Plan, which implements the vision of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

In November 2018, BAC had signed an agreement with French engineering consultants Egis to supervise the design and construction of the Express Cargo Village, which consists of warehouses, aprons, and infrastructure capable of handling the expected growth in air freight and e-commerce.

The Express Cargo Village stretches over an area of 25,000 sqm and is expected to be one of the most advanced logistics hubs in the region. BAC had earlier signed a 10-year agreement with FedEx Express, allocating 9,000 sqm to it for the operation of a 5,000 sqm warehouse and a 4,000 sqm open area, expected to be handed over in the third quarter of 2023.

FedEx Express showcases shipping solutions

FedEx Express showcased its one-stop shop shipping solutions for the aerospace industry, presenting its value-added solutions, besides its well-established global air network.

It highlighted customizable FedEx Aerospace Solutions with services such as Dangerous Goods shipping, Automation solutions, supply chain solutions, and experienced customs clearance support to manage the specialized customs regulations required when transporting aircraft parts.

The broad selection of FedEx Aerospace Solutions included the SenseAware technology, a first of its kind innovation powered by FedEx. SenseAware is a multi-sensor device that travels inside shipments, offering extended visibility into the movement of critical packages like aircraft parts and tools.

The device can monitor current location, precise temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure readings, light exposure, and shock events. The near real-time updates make it possible for customers to stay connected to their high-value shipments.


Texel Air’s FlexCombi, cynosure of all eyes

The airshow also featured Texel Air’s B737-700FlexCombi aircraft. Texel Air is the world’s only commercial operator of the B737FlexCombi which can be configured to carry cargo and passengers simultaneously. George Chisholm, CEO of Chisholm Enterprises, the parent company of Texel air, says it’s efficiency and flexibility at its finest.

“Years of research, discussions with partners and consideration internally have come to fruition with our two B737-700FlexCombiTM. Now we are seeing first-hand the reality of this aircraft’s capabilities being able to meet and deliver our customer’s various needs providing them possibilities they have never seen before.”

“It has been especially crucial for our business to have such flexibility during the pandemic. We have been able to switch our configurations of the B737-700FlexCombi to the changing needs of the global environment.”

The B737-700FlexCombi can be morphed into seven different configurations to suit many operational requirements. In addition, the aircraft has an extensive list of modifications and upgrades to support military, government and utility flying.

Besides, making noise about the FlexCombi, Texel also signed an MoU with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) at the airshow, confirming formation of a strategic alliance to develop Middle East and international aviation opportunities.

Texel Air recently expanded its fleet with the addition of a second 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) with a third aircraft entering conversion in December and a further two aircraft planned to enter service in 2023. The fleet serves a diverse customer base across the Middle East, Turkey, East Africa and global markets specialising in ACMI contracts.

The MoU entails to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle to secure financing for Texel’s fleet and facilities expansion in Bahrain.  The Chairman for Texel Air, John Chisholm said, “We are pleased to see Bahrain as a launch pad for yet another aviation initiative, the first of its kind in Bahrain. I am proud to see the strides that Texel Air has been taking, and thank the Government of Bahrain, the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication’s Civil Aviation Affairs and Bahrain Airport Company for their continued support in providing us with an ecosystem and infrastructure that supports our business development and enables our growth. I look forward to further supporting private sector aviation companies’ expansion and innovation.”

ACN and MENA Aerospace strategic alliance

Also at the airshow, charter service provider Asia Cargo Network (ACN) and MENA Aerospace signed a strategic alliance to extend ACN’s reach into the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

The partnership was signed at the airshow by ACN Group CEO, Marco Isaak, and Founder and Managing Director of MENA Aerospace, Dr. Mohammed Juman. Under the arrangement, ACN will place six of its cargo planes in Bahrain and the GCC where it plans on serving the Middle East and North Africa regions.

The deployment will be over the next 18 months with the first aircraft to arrive within the next two months.

Dr. Juman said “As part of our growth plan, over the past couple of years we looked at and analysed the regional markets to see where the growth is and where the gates are to the global markets. The growth and potential we saw is mainly in the GCC area, Africa and South East Asia. Our thought process was to try to link and serve these markets. ACN as the leading freight operator in South East Asia was identified as the perfect partner for MAE to expand our services in these markets. We are certain that this partnership will prove fruitful to both companies and the markets that we serve.”

Marco Isaak, Group CEO of CAN, said Bahrain is the perfect location to become a logistics and transhipment hub. “Bahrain has good infrastructure, the systems are good, there is ease of doing business and there is further potential for growth.” The drivers for the freight movement are many, one of which is phenomenal increase in e-commerce and transhipments from the Middle East. “We are now looking at the African markets and may soon have our presence there.”

With such developments happening, it was but natural for Bahrain to be the next host of Routes World 2024. Indeed, a lot is happening in Bahrain to tap the freight potential that exists in the region and beyond.

$400 billion worth of food wasted every year, supply chain solutions sought

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says about 32% of food is wasted as soon as it is produced; 21% wasted during processing and 14% during distribution, that is even before it reaches the consumer.

The percentages could be more, even while the supply chain logistics (from production to processing to packaging to distribution) has vastly improved. Estimates are that about $400 billion food is wasted every year.

The supply chain challenges indeed are enormous if the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 12.3 of the United Nations has to be achieved. SDG aims at halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reducing food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses. There is an environment angle to food waste and estimates suggest that 8 to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with it.

Cold chain logistics market to reach $782 billion by 2030

Cold chain logistics plays a critical part in reducing food waste and thankfully the global cold chain logistics market is growing at a CAGR of 14.6% from 2021 to 2030, forecast to reach $782.27 billion, according to Allied Market Research consultancy firm.

The cold chain logistics market comprises fruit vegetables; dairy products; meat and marine products; pharmaceuticals; floriculture and confectionary and ice cream sectors, each having its own cold chain needs and regulatory compliances to follow within countries and outside too. There is no ‘one size fits all’ to cold chain logistics and here lies the enormity and opportunity as well.

Onus on producer, transporter and retailer

As regards the food segment, supply chain logistics has to worry about temperature zones and temperature flexibility as the accepted refrigerated temperature control is at or just below 4 degrees Celsius and for frozen items it is 0 degrees Celsius, both ensuring that there is uninterrupted power supply.

The proliferation of supermarkets with cold storage in place; the rise of grocery e-commerce; sustainable packaging; refrigerated warehouses; refrigerated trucks etc have vastly improved supply chain and reduced food waste, but lot more needs to be done as consumers demand fresh food, irrespective of its place of origin.

The onus lies on the producer, the transporter and the retailer to ensure that the food on the table is fresh. Companies in the food business have started rethinking their storage and transportation technologies and are using data and real-time solutions to stay ahead of the game, however as mentioned earlier the task of reducing food waste is indeed humongous.

Massive investments happening

Various governments have regulations in place to reduce food waste as much as possible. For instance, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernisation Act, 2011 insists on products to be traceable, all the way back to the point of origin.

This has triggered massive investments in solutions to document every step in the food supply chain, opening up significant market opportunity for software platforms. In an era of globalised food consumption, temperature-controlled solutions are the answer, as they slow the process of ripening and deterioration of perishable fresh food.

These solutions are for all modes of transportation – be it sea, air or land – and for brick and mortar and online stores, each with varying requirements. Insulated containers with dedicated cooling solutions are deployed by most logistics companies in the food distribution sector as they all the transportation of all types of volumes, products in every temperature range from -20 degree Celsius to ambient.

Similarly for warehouse and their automation partners, this challenge will remain, even as food waste will continue, if not sold by the expiry date, and that is totally unavoidable.

Some countries do have regulations in place to ensure that food is not wasted. For instance, the Garot Law in France insists on the agrifood industry, mass catering and all supermarkets bigger than 400 sqm to donate unsold food to charities.

Improved supply chains will be vital if hunger isn’t to become an even bigger problem, says consulting firm McKinsey while mentioning that 40 per cent of all food loss occurs in the post-harvest agricultural supply chain, between producers and consumers, the severity of the problem being in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Technologies evolving

McKinsey mentions how hermetic grain-storage silos (airtight metal silos that kill insects and pests in the grain by starving them of oxygen) are an answer. “A market-driven supply chain for metal silo components – including suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and repair services – may be necessary for sustained adoption of the technology.” There is a cost factor to it and that in developing countries could be inhibitive.

The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning etc have potential to resolve the food waste problem, giving example of TeleSense which continuously monitors grain, mitigating spoilage and insect infestation, McKinsey mentions and adds that with low-tech such as sealed silos not much in vogue in food supply chains in the developing world, the adoption of industry 4.0 tech is way beyond.

Nevertheless, technologies are getting developed at a rapid pace, providing real-time and end-to-end monitoring of the perishable from producer to consumer. Remote Container Management with its internal sensors provides the shipper real-time data, thus ensuring that the consumer gets what is promised.

But one must understand that cold-chain buys time by countering perishability, albeit for a short spell, again depending upon the produce itself. Cold-chain does not preserve perennially, hence the requirement for products to indicate shelf-life.

Improving shelf-life

US-based technology company Shelf Engine states that over 40% of deli sandwiches go to waste in the US; over 14% of fresh juice spoils and 35% of bread goes unsold. To address these issues, Shelf Engine grocery supply chain solutions generate the perfect order for every SKU, reduce out-of-stocks by accurately predicting orders for hundreds of fresh items every single day.

Similarly, Wasteless, headquartered in Israel and the Netherlands, is the inventor of a patented markdown optimisation engine for perishable goods with a limited expiration date, enabling retailers to maximize profit across the demand curve.

Wasteless has operations throughout Europe and the US. Another London-based food supply chain company – BlakBear – has developed a paper-based electrical gas sensor that indicates how much shelf life is left for packaged meats, poultry, and fish in real time that the company says is more accurate than traditional expiration dates. The company sells freshness sensors and a cloud API to improve quality control, reduce rejections, and cut food waste from producer to consumer.

Regulations must

Since technologies have their own set of limitations, strict regulations have to be in place and one such is the ATP (Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs) which require food products to be transported in food transport containers at a controlled temperature that depends on their recommended storage temperatures. An ATP certificate is required for any distribution journey of over 80 km in 48 countries.

While technology and regulations are interconnected, food waste is not just an economical issue, but also an ethical and environmental issue that needs to be dealt with an individual, community and the industry levels as reducing food waste at the household, retail and food service levels have benefits for both people and the planet.

The supply chain sector is increasingly adopting technologies like never before, providing transparency about products. Industries are investing in solving food waste not just as a matter of corporate social responsibility, but as a business opportunity. At the end of the day, what matters is how to reduce food waste.

LOOTAH BIOFUELS: Powering up Dubai’s trucks & buses with used cooking oil

More than a decade ago, not much was widely spoken about the dangers of climate change to humankind, but the forward-thinking young Emirati entrepreneur Yousif bin Lootah, then only 19, dared to make a difference and formed the UAE’s first producer and supplier of biofuels made from used cooking oil, the Lootah Biofuels (LBF). Today, his company is the largest and biggest supplier of the safer, cleaner & more affordable biodiesel in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, which is composed of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman & Bahrain.

Every day, tons of cooking oil are consumed by residents, restaurants, different fast-food chains, food manufacturing factories, hotels and other establishments, in the oil & gas rich nation of the United Arab Emirates.

But rather than put these used cooking oil into waste, Emirati entrepreneur & visionary Yousif bin Lootah, then only 19, founded the Lootah Biofuels (LBF) in 2010. The company collects used cooking oil around Dubai and the other Emirates of the UAE, blend them with diesel to produce the safer and cleaner biodiesel, which is also more affordable.

Not only did his innovative idea protected Dubai’s environment from the used cooking oil’s harmful impact, it also enabled business operators to earn from their oil waste products as LBF pays for it. Likewise, companies using trucks and buses as well as manufacturing plants that use smaller vehicles are able to power them up with the safer, cleaner and more affordable biodiesel that LBF produces.

Today, LBF is the largest producer and supplier of biofuels in the GCC region which is made up of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman & Bahrain.

The company has refilling stations in strategic locations across Dubai, and is poised to expand operations in Abu Dhabi and elsewhere in the region.

The company has responsibly handled tons of liters of used cooking oil collected from about 400-450 different food-related outlets across the UAE and promoted zero-food waste initiative to about 16,000 restaurants since its inception.

Some of the major business partners of LBF in recycling and using biofuels include the Americana Group, considered one of the largest food manufacturing and distributing companies in the region which operates 1,800 restaurants and 29 food production sites across the UAE, KSA, Kuwait and Egypt; Majid Al Futtaim Logistics, Carrefour, Dubai Driving Institute, among many others.

As the world’s population reaches 8 billion this year, the United Nations says many would require sustainable and cheaper alternative fuels to survive the rising cost of living, following the pandemic and the ongoing conflicts across the globe like the war in Ukraine.

Supporting the UAE’s initiatives on Sustainability & Circular Economy

Last month, The Lootah Biofuels Factory was officially inaugurated by the UAE Circular Economy Council represented by H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; H.E. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy; H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications; and H.E. Omar Suweina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Advanced Technology.

Simultaneously, the Circular Economy Standards Training Program for students in collaboration with the education sector was launched whereby Lootah Biofuels is participating.


“The launch of Lootah Biofuels Factory provides a successful model for the implementation of such type of reusing and recycling-based solutions, and represents an effective step in the private sector’s participation in achieving the UAE’s goal of implementing the circular economy model,” the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment said on the occasion.

The UAE Circular Economy Policy is a 10-year comprehensive framework identifying approaches to the country’s transition to a sustainable economy, while protecting its natural resources. This calls for the private sector to shift to cleaner industrial production methods using artificial intelligence (AI) and other 4IR technologies, adopting sustainable consumption and production systems, as well as an efficient waste management to meet the basic needs of the population without harming the environment.


Bin Lootah, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lootah Biofuels, expressed his gratitude to the UAE government and its wise leadership for their proactive stance on global challenges and for supporting innovative ideas and entrepreneurs like him.

He shared that an old RTA bus was provided to the company years ago, which was experimented on by a team that he led. Without changing its engine, the bus ran on biofuels and got its electricity from solar panels.

“Apart from our people, our environment is one of our greatest resources. The UAE Circular Economy not only provides guidance to our new more environment-friendly economic path, but also sets the framework for increased levels of efficiency and responsibility in production and consumption, while creating new possibilities and opportunities for our youth,” Bin Lootah said.

As the UAE prepares to host the United Nations’ 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in 2023, Bin Lootah welcomes the idea of providing more environmental awareness and training to students at the Lootah Biofuels Factory.

“The world’s population continues to grow,” Bin Lootah pointed out. “We need to manage our resources wisely. And the only way to do that is to recycle, reuse and repurpose things. The next generation has to care for their environment and what better way to do that than learning it first-hand.”

Bin Lootah, who was actively involved in many different sustainable initiatives by the S.S. Lootah Group before establishing the Lootah Biofuels, has agreed with various educational institutions to create awareness and training for the young people of the region.

Peli Bio Thermal The leading provider of thermal protection solutions

“CoolPall™ Flex is a product that we designed to fit a gap in our single use product line. It is designed to be used on smaller, regional aircraft. It has a lot of flexibility, as its name suggests, whereby it can be tuned up or down in terms of performance by adding extra coolants or taking them away or adding additional insulation. It is a very flexible product and there are more than 300 possible combinations of CoolPall Flex based on the sizes and configurations of it. We have seen a lot of success with selling the product since we introduced it to the market in 2018.” – Adam Tetz, Peli BioThermal Director of Worldwide Marketing

Pallets, those platforms made of wood or metal with flat surface used to safely transport goods of all kinds, have always been an integral part of the air cargo industry. There are many different types of air cargo pallets, and each type is designed for a specific type of goods to safely transport them anywhere, under any circumstances. From food and medical supplies, to clothes and electronics, to other high-value goods, the pallets help keep items securely in place during transit. .

The global pallets market size was valued at $66 billion in 2015, and is projected to reach $122.3 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of $4.6% from 2021 to 2030 (Allied Market research).

The e-commerce industry’s unprecedented growth is expected to significantly increase the demand for pallets. The Covid-19 pandemic has made more people turn to e-commerce platforms, especially in countries like India. This increase in the popularity of ecommerce has challenged supply chains to develop better transportation and logistics
in order to control the flow and cost of outgoing and incoming goods. Online orders are usually small and more frequent, so they require more resources to manage. This creates a demand for pallets for ecommercebased logistics, which drives the pallets market growth.

Adam Tetz, the Peli BioThermal Director of Worldwide Marketing, explains how their highly customized CoolPall™ Flex can tailor bulk shipments to specific performance requirements.

CoolPall™ Flex

The CoolPall™ Flex bulk shipper is highly customizable, able to be adapted to specific shipping lanes or performance objectives. This temperature-controlled shipper provides excellent thermal protection at the lowest possible cost.

The bulk shipper is available in water- or PCM-based coolants, in singleor double-pod configurations (giving additional performance but with slightly reduced payload), with optional VIP insulation and in 3 different sizes. Payload volumes range from 150 – 757L with performance in excess of 140 hours.

“CoolPall™ Flex is a product that we designed to fit a gap in our single use product line. It is designed to be used
on smaller, regional aircraft. It has a lot of flexibility, as its name suggests, whereby it can be tuned up or down in
terms of performance by adding extra coolants or taking them away or adding additional insulation,” explains Tetz.

“It is a very flexible product and there are more than 300 possible combinations of CoolPall™ Flex based on the sizes and configurations of it. We have seen a lot of success with sell ng the product since we introduced it to the market in 2018.”

Packaging design

The type of goods carried by a pallet can vary greatly, depending on the specific industry and application. For example, in the food and beverage industry, pallets are often used to transport perishable items, such as produce or meat.

In the construction industry, pallets may be used to transport heavy building materials, such as bricks or concrete. Pallets can also be used to transport a variety of other items, including chemicals, automotive parts, and electronics.

Choosing the right-sized pallet is crucial to keeping air freight shipping costs low. If products are placed on an incorrect-sized pallet, it makes them less secure and creates extra space on the flight, resulting in higher shipping
costs. Luckily, plastic pallets are available in a variety of sizes to ensure that goods are securely and efficiently  shipped.

“Our packaging is designed for the shipping of high – value pharmaceuticals and because these pharmaceutical payloads deal with human health, the shipper solution must have exceptional performance.

“Items carried would be either pharmaceuticals or active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), which could be in the form of large drums of active pharmaceutical ingredients, which are the precursor to packaged drugs. Our packaging protects the cargo from a temperature excursion that would damage the payload because CoolPall™ Flex protects, no matter what the temperature is outside, whether it is very hot or very cold, the payload space would still be protected.”


The global pallets market size was valued at $66 billion in 2015, and is projected to reach $122.3 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of $4.6% from 2021 to 2030 (Allied Market Adam Tetz research).





Proper handling

Proper handling of aircraft unit load devices (ULDs) is essential to avoid the $330 million in annual repair costs the industry incurs, 80% of which could be prevented. aircraft damage during ground operations. Careful attention must be paid to ULD build-up to ensure it is the correct size, type and structurally sound for shipping, as well as clean. Goods should be interlocked when loading onto the ULD, or, if not possible, held in place with ropes or straps underneath the pallet nets.

The global unit load device market size was $2.15 billion in 2019. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with unit load devices witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. The market is projected to grow from $1.98 billion in 2020 to $2.67 billion in 2027 at a CAGR of 4.38% in the 2020-2027 period. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributed to the market’s demand and growth, returning to pre pandemic levels once the pandemic is over (fortune business insights).

“It is one of the key components of all of our pallet sized products, including CoolPall™ Flex. We did extensive research and integrated a pallet system into CoolPall™ Flex which works well, and we have since upgraded that with a newer system that we think will again be complimentary to that purpose.

“CoolPall™ Flex is a single use product. We put in as much durability as we can to save cost and weight for a product that’s going to be used one or two times. It is definitely a component of our math when it comes to building and designing the product.”


Impact of Covid-19 on pallet management

COVID-19 has impacted everything within the supply chain and the pallets industry wouldn’t be an exception to that. Issues have included the fact that pallets were less readily available during the pandemic. What industry have seen has been a move to try to use reusable pallets, to use plastic pallets instead of wood pallets, according to Tetz.

“There were situations during the COVID-19 pandemic where we didn’t have enough pallets, or we ran low when it came to pallet availability. So pallet management is important especially if it’s a key component within your business and your products are shipped on pallets, which ours often are. This is the case when it comes to the CoolPall™ Flex as it will go, when it is being shipped to a customer, on a wood pallet in its component pieces. Pallets are critical for shipments in and out of our manufacturing and warehousing facilities and during the pandemic the supply of pallets was certainly impacted,” he added.

Further noting that sometimes in pharma logistics there is a preference to use plastic pallets over wood. This is because the plastic pallets are less likely to be a host for germs and bacteria because the wood has more surface area due to its varied texture alongside having the potential to be chipped or damaged by fork lift trucks.

“So, what we are seeing within the industry is a preference, where possible, to use plastic pallets; however they are more expensive than wooden versions. A big element of what we do with our smaller parcel sized products is that we have to configure them so they will easily fit, in a maximum efficiency way, on both the European (Euro) pallet size and the ISO pallet size for North America. It is a key component of the way we design our products to maximize the savings for our customers, by maximizing the efficiency around both weight and volume,” said Tetz.

“We have developed technical tools that assist with planning out exactly how many of our parcel products will fit on a pallet. We do that because our customers need that efficiency calculation when they purchase products from us.”

When asked why pallets are as much important as a refrigerated trucks or ERP systems, Adam replied, “Absolutely, pallets play a pivotal part in our operations. We ship our parcel sized products out in component pieces to our customers and they put together and pack the payload, then they are palletized. We have technical tools to help assist with how to best load those onto a pallet to maximize the payload per pallet. Pallets are critical to our business and without them we wouldn’t be able to ship.”

Expansion in China

Peli BioThermal, recently announced the opening of its first network station in China. Located in Shanghai, the new network station will serve worldwide customers of the Crēdo™ on Demand rental program.

According to the company, China is a growing component in the global market for manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceuticals, including as the leading producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients and a top producer of generic drugs. Through the ‘Made in China 2025’ plan, China aims to further grow its pharmaceutical industry, focusing on drug innovation through research and development.

China’s pharmaceutical market continues to be an area of significant growth. According to the International Trade Administration, China’s pharmaceutical market value reached almost $134 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to $161.8 billion by 2023.

Shanghai joins Peli BioThermal’s network of more than 100 network stations and drop points around the world and is the fourth network station in the Asia-Pacific region.

“A primary focus of our products, and year after year it continues to grow, is reusable rental products. So therefore expanding our service network worldwide is important. China is a major economic player on the world stage and an important destination, so adding Shanghai into our service network was something we had been looking to do for a number of years. We are very pleased to have finally added that site in China,” said Tetz.

The supply chain crunches are starting to ease. Wood pallets will continue to be primarily used because they are considerably less expensive than plastic pallets. COVID-19 will continue to have an impact on the pallets industry, but the supply chain crunches certainly seem to be easing, Tetz noted.


FIFA World Cup TM Qatar 2022

Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Reveal thrilling entertainment projects taking place during the tournament 

Daily concerts at multiple venues make Qatar home for Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Maroon 5, J Balvin, Post Malone, Robbie Williams and many more

With the countdown to hosting the world’s largest football event advancing, Qatar Airways Group and Qatar Tourism unveiled  major events to provide football fans with worldclass entertainment including Qatar Live – which hosts more than 60 international artists throughout the World Cup. 

Over 10 projects have been developed for the event with partners including Qatar Tourism, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Qatari Diar. The airline announced the development of beach clubs, fan zones and theme parks, in addition to hosting Qatar Live, Daydream Music Festival, Lusail Boulevard brand activation, Qatar Airways Sky House, Winter Wonderland and the naming ceremony for the MSC World Europa cruise ship.

At an insightful press conference, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker was joined by FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Chief Executive Officer, Nasser Al Khater and MATAR Chief Operations Officer, Eng. Badr Al Meer.

“Today we see the breadth of what can be accomplished when aviation and tourism work together. We are very proud to announce a wide range of world-class live entertainment coming to Qatar to celebrate the most exciting tournament that will take place in the Middle East. We look forward to our locals and t


ourists alike having the best
of the entertainment industry readily available for their enjoyment,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker.

Chief Executive Officer, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Nasser Al Khater, said: “Qatar is ready to welcome the world and host a unique edition of the FIFA World Cup – the first to take place in the Middle East and Arab world. Fans can expect top-class international football and a vast array of entertainment options. The live acts announced today by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism are sure to excite fans from everywhere as they prepare to descend on our country for an unforgettable festival of football, fun and entertainment.”

Chief Operating Officer at MATAR, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, noted, “MATAR is ready for the much-anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and we look forward to welcoming fans for the mega event. We are introducing exciting activations at Hamad International Airport and Doha International Airport, which will embody the spirit of football and make this truly a once in a lifetime experience.”

FIFA Onboard Experience

The Official Airline Partner for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ sets the stage with a unique onboard cabin experience. Passengers will have much to look forward to when travelling with Qatar Airways during the football season, with a special range of FIFA World Cup themed products and activations.

The football-inspired cabin includes FIFA limited edition amenity kits, souvenir cushions, headphones, dining menus and football jersey-styled loungewear. Young traveller packs and plush toys have been especially curated for our younger fans.

The Official Airline of the Journey Qatar Airways Oryx One In-flight Entertainment system will be home to more than 180 football related titles including an exclusive interview with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. During FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, passengers can enjoy complimentary livestreaming of World Cup matches and other major sporting events directly from passengers’ personal devices.


Beach Clubs

Doha Sands is one of Qatar’s ne west beaches where live music, dancing and dining come together for an unforgettable experience. Locals and tourists can enjoy Doha’s classic food kiosks for a range of culinary options.
Named after Doha’s prominent district, West Bay Beach is a public beach shoreline that is set to offer families a range of water sports activities, and accommodate up to 1,500 guests. Sports fans can also enjoy the first-of-its-kind Fuwairit Kite Beach, built on Qatar’s northern coast, the resort offers thrill seekers spaces to relax and unwind after a day’s activities.




Fuwairit Kite Beach Resort

Situated on pristine coastline next to a natural lagoon, the resort offers kite surfers an ideal setting to practice their sport. With a total of 50 rooms, the resort offers 40 beach-front rooms, where guests can enjoy various facilities including pool, yoga pavilion, Padel courts, an outdoor cinema, and a state-of-the-art gym.






Qatar Live

Qatar Live, a series of concerts will engage audiences with performances from Enrique Iglesias, Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Post Malone, J Balvin and Robbie Williams. Alongside these worldrenowned artists, Qatar Live will bring back the Daydream festival with this year’s new stage the Magic Lantern. Daydream Qatar 2022 will be headlining the biggest DJ line up seen in the Middle East, with Alesso, Alok, Armin Van Buren, DVLM, John Newmam, Major Lazer, Tiesto, & Tinny Trumpet, with many more global artists to be announced ahead of the tournament. Additionally, the airline and its partners will schedule family theatre circus musical performances including The
Enchanted Prince, and Pinocchio. The Qatar Live series has been organised by the international event management company Alchemy Project. The Coca-Cola Company will be sponsoring Qatar Live allowing attendees to sip on their favourite beverage while enjoying the various shows.




Winter Wonderland

Lusail Winter Wonderland is a remarkable theme park located on Al Maha Island, in the heart of Qatar’s entertainment district, that is set to open to the public in No vember. This unique theme park will feature more than 50 exhilarating rides and attractions including the Qatar Airways Forest Train inside the Qatar Airways Festive Forrest, the Flume ride Arctic Splash, a giant Ice Slide, The Galleon, the Ooredoo 5G Rollercoaster, and the Ain QNB which is a 150 ft Ferris Wheel.

World Cargo Symposium 2022 Moving from ‘talk to action’, experts underscore stakeholder collaboration

Attended by nearly 1,300 participants from nearly 70 countries, the resolve has been to work collectively towards achieving carbon net zero by 2050; expand sustainability footprint; accelerate digitalization and attract talent to the sector. 

The 15th edition of the World Cargo Symposium (WCS), the largest and most prestigious annual event of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), held from September 27 to 29 in London, had a distinct refrain – to move the industry from ‘talk to action’.

Attended by nearly 1 , 3 0 0 participants from nearly 70 countries, the resolve has been to
work collectively to wards achieving carbon net zero by 2050; expand sustainability footprint; accelerate digitalization and attract talent to the sector

‘Talk to action’, being the leit motif of the event, the moderator of one of the panel sessions, Celine Hourcade, Founder and CEO of Change Horizon, did not mince words, asking heads of three major cargo associations on whether ‘talk of collaboration was just blah, blah’.

The triad – Brendan Sullivan, Global Head of Cargo, IATA; Steven Polmans, Chairman of the Board of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Dr. Stephane Graber, Director General of the Federation of International Air Transport Association (FIATA) – explained that while there are some commonalities in their work, yet they are different. However, they vowed to work together in not just the race towards carbon net zero, but also on various fronts to make the cargo supply chain efficient, sustainable and adding to bettering lives.

Tough road ahead, need to prioritize 

Credit must go to the event organizers for formatting the event (plenary, panel di s cus s ions , exhibition, workshops, networking etc) that opened up opportunities for the air cargo sector which was coming together on such a platform after a hiatus of nearly two years. The whole event had a focussed approach with four clear themes running – sustainability, digitalisation, safety and security (focus on safely carrying lithium batteries), and talent acquisition and retention. While the exhibitors/delegates seemed gung-ho about the prospects ahead, the message from the event was loud and clear – that the road ahead is going to be tough (global recession, energy crisis, dynamics of digital adoption, continuing Russia-Ukraine conflict) and the urgency to under s t and priorities and to align accordingly.

Setting the tone for the WCS, David Shepherd, Managing Director, IAG Cargo said the sector needs to work on reducing usage of singleuse plastic; electrification of vehicles on airside; harnessing solar; and increasing the percentage of women workforce.

Warning that airlines would continue to be the weakest link in the value chain, Marie Owens Thomson, Chief Economist at IATA said there is need to drive synergies with other forms of transportation. The sector is resilient,
but it needs to improve its resilience and robustness, considering that global economic slowdown is expected to continue in to 2023; interest rates going up ; and less accommodate monetary policies across countries.

On the key outcomes from WCS, Michael Steen, Cargo Advisory Council Chair & CEO Atlas Air said the air cargo sector is on a good path and that the momentum needs to be sustained. The pace of digitalisation has to be stepped up, so also messaging about sustainability as regulations alone will not drive success. Echoing similar thoughts, Andrea Bianchi, Cargo Advisory Council Vice Chair & LATAM Head of Cargo said at the macro level there is alignment, but that has to percolate down to all levels. One issue that the sector needs to urgently address is the massive use of plastics.

The priorities, outlined at WCS thus remain:

1. Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050;
2. Continuing to modernize processes;
3. Finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries;
4. Making air cargo attractive to new talent

The road to Net Zero by 2050

In 2021, the aviation industry agreed a balanced plan to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. A potential scenario for this is:
• 65% through Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
• 13% from hydrogen and electric propulsion
• 3% from more efficient operations
• 19% through offsets and eventually through carbon capture, as an out-of-sector solution while technology develops.

“SAF is the key to achieving net zero emissions. Airlines used every drop that was available in 2021. And it will be the same this year. The challenge is SAF production capacity. The solution is government incentives. With the right incentives, we could see 30 billion liters of SAF by 2030. That would be a tipping point by 2030 towards our net zero ambition of ample SAF quantities at affordable prices,” said Sullivan.

SAF is scarce and prohibitive

However, during the panel discussion on air cargo’s sustainability mission, there were severe doubts on the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which is not only scarce but also highly cost prohibitive. Martin Drew, Senior Vice President, Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said ‘SAF should firstly be available’. That kind of sums up where SAF is, unless, of course, the whole SAF ecosystem miraculously appears from nowhere.

Modernization and efficiency

“The challenges of the COVID crisis gave us confidence that we can change and adapt fast. We need to use that confidence to get even closer to the expectations for modernization that our customers have. And we need to be true to air cargo’s unique selling point and move even faster,” said Sullivan. IATA highlighted two areas where progress was being made: IATA’s ONE Record is making it possible for everyone across the industry’s value chain to see the same information on shipments. Already 156 companies and four customs authorities are using it.

IATA Interactive Cargo Guidance provides a common framework so that tracking devices can monitor the quality and accuracy of conditions of time and temperature sensitive goods. Government support for the modernization agenda through facilitating trade is also critical.

“The Revised Kyoto Convention which brings standardization, technology, predictability and speed to trade facilitation and the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of standards to facilitate and secure trade are major steps forward in supporting global trade. But we are still seeing far too many diverging requirements by governments in areas that should be harmonized by these two tools. This needs to change quickly so we can continue to support global trade—and its vital contributions to economies and the UN Sustainable Development Goals—with modern and efficient air cargo. Universal adoption and implementation will deliver the greatest benefits,” said Sullivan.

Expanding on this point, Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer, Turkish Airlines, said the industry proved itself in the last two years by quickly modernising the processes, digital adoption etc to help move medicines and other essential items with great speed, flexibility and safety.

There are some commonalities in their work, yet they are different. However, they vowed to work
together in not just the race towards carbon net zero, but also on various fronts to make the cargo
supply chain efficient, sustainable and adding to bettering lives. 

Safety, challenge of lithium batteries 

Safety, specifically finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries was highlighted as a priority for the industry. “We can be proud of the progress that we are making to further improve the safe handling of lithium batteries. For air cargo, this is a top priority. But even the best regulatory structure means nothing if the rules are not followed. Compliance is an issue with the transport of lithium batteries, particularly with the proliferation of new—and inexperienced—entrants in e-commerce activities,” said Sullivan.

There were demands to criminalise the production and shipping of counterfeit lithium batteries as the outcomes of any incident could be catastrophic. IATA has called for regulatory authorities such as EASA and FAA to accelerate development of a test standard that can be used to demonstrate that fire containment pallet covers and fire-resistant containers are capable of withstanding a fire involving lithium batteries.

Government authorities to step up and take responsibility for stopping rogue producers and exporters of lithium batteries. Industry to use technology such as DG Autocheck to more easily and accurately verify that the shipment complies with DG requirements. To embed best practices on the safe carriage of lithium batteries across the value chain, IATA has expanded its CEIV Lithium Battery program to include airlines and shippers.

Talent acquisition and retention

“People are the core of any improvement in what air cargo can deliver. Sadly, we saw thousands of jobs leave the industry during COVID-19, especially cargo handlers. We are now competing for talent in a very tight job market. And when we do find the right and willing talent, training and longer-than-usual security clearance processes delay their entry into the workforce,” said Sullivan. 

IATA called for governments to accelerate clearance processes, including those for security, as a short-term solution and longer term to do a better job of attracting, onboarding, and retaining talent. IATA a l so encouraged more cargo carriers to sign on to the industry-wide 25by2025 initiative to promote gender diversity. “The need to create equal opportunities for the female half of the world’ s population is highlighted by the situation today where the industry
is struggling to attract sufficient talent. Achieving an equal gender balance must be core to any longterm talent strategy,” said Sullivan.

Brendan aptly summed up “air cargo had a stellar year in 2021 achieving $204 billion in revenues. At present, however, social and economic challenges are mounting. The war in Ukraine has disrupted supply chains, jet fuel prices are high and economic volatility has slowed GDP growth. Despite this, there are positive developments. Ecommerce continues to grow, COVID restrictions are easing, and high-value specialized cargo products are proving resistant to economic ups-and-downs. Going forward, achieving our net zero commitment, modernizing processes, finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries, and making air cargo attractive to new talent are critical.”

IATA has called for regulatory authorities such as EASA and FAA to accelerate development of a test standard that can be used to demonstrate that fire containment pallet covers and fire-resistant containers are capable of withstanding a fire involving lithium batteries.