Nokia says Industry 4.0 Offers Vast Opportunities to Enhance Digital World

DUBAI: The Finland tech company Nokia says  Industry 4.0 offers vast opportunities to enhance efficiencies in various industries and change people’s lives for the better.

At GITEX Tech Week 2019, Nokia showed its range of advanced technology solutions which include mission- critical technologies, Smart City, IoT, private LTE and 5G, which it says are all geared to help the industries to embrace digital transformation to become more agile, secure, operationally efficient, cost efficient and productive.

The demonstrations include solutions for several key enterprise verticals, including, mining, airports, shipping, education, energy, power, utilities, logistics and public sector.

Nokia says private LTE can be used to enhance operational efficiency and safety in mines and to improve plane turnaround speed at airports.

For logistics, the company presented the use of AI in optimizing operations by assigning trucks and crew to the appropriate doors at a shipping facility, enhancing the capability with sensor data to determine cargo condition and location improves predictive capabilities.

For shipping, it demonstrated how containers equipped with standalone LTE network with user equipment and sensors, can capture the required data and  send it when a connection is established.

In the energy sector, Nokie says it has a solution that combines machine learning and edge and cloud computing that create advanced video analytics that detect anomalies on a scene and alert, allowing the energy firms to enhance security of their critical infrastructure.

On Smart City category, Nokia showcased the Integrated Operations Center (IOC), an actionable intelligence platform orchestrating operations from events to data-driven contextual actions based on analytics insights, providing a foundation for a true city innovation with an intelligent and integrated city platform approach.

The CEO who collects wine, Cuban cigars & books

It was more than three decades ago when Ingo Zimmer first joined the air cargo industry. His first job was with Danzas in Germany as an apprentice before spending the next four years with the German Air Force.

After his military stint, Zimmer returned to the air freight industry in 1987 as cargo-agent in Röhlig Airfreight. Two years later, he moved to ATC Aviation Services, where he spent the next 30 years helping grow the company which now has a turnover of more than EUR400 million annually.

“In 1989, I have changed to ATC Aviation Services and opened the office in Germany. Over the years, I was promoted from various posts to the COO and from 2009, as CEO of ATC Aviation Services,” Zimmer recalled.

Three decades ago, ATC only had offices in Switzerland, France and Germany representing only two airlines—Air Mauritius and Air Madagascar. Today, it is among the world’s leading GSSA companies with more than 75 airlines in its portfolio.

“Today, we are representing more than 75 airlines in 27 countries. Our annual turnover is 400 Million Euros. Among our airline customers are ANA, Qatar Airways, United Airlines, Etihad, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and many others,” Zimmer shared with Air Cargo Update.

Back in the day, sales and communications were done mainly through telex and fax machines. Statistics and market information only came from government sources as opposed to today’s open data source policy.

“Today, the digitalization in our industry is an important topic. Vertical sales and customer segmentation is important to achieve optimum results. Data collection and evaluation based on CASS data, Seabury information and many other sources are necessary to steer our worldwide information. State-of-the-art IT and new software like Power BI keep us on the top of the industry,” said Zimmer but emphasized that people remains the greatest assets of any company even in today’s fast-paced digital world. “Still our team members and managers are our biggest assets.”

Not wanting to rest on his laurels, Zimmer continues to lead ATC in exploring new opportunities. His team now eyes expansion to Asia after successfully conquering the markets in Europe, US, Canada, South America, India and RSA.

Balancing family time with work, Zimmer also loves spending time with his four children and walking his two dogs. He also plays golf and read whenever he can find the time.

He highly recommends these three books—Radetzkymarsch by Joseph Roth, The Methusalem Komplott by Frank Schirrmacher and the Bible.

Collecting wines and Cohiba cigars from Cuba, where his wife came from, is also part of Zimmer’s happiness.

“My priciest piece is the Chateau Haut-Brion 1983 which is very expensive. In my collection, I also got red wines at more moderate prices from Spain, Argentina and France. One of my favorites is the Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2012. I enjoy wine with a cigar. My wife is from Cuba and besides wines, I am also collecting Cohiba cigars,” says Zimmer who has extensively traveled across the world.

DAF Museum: Blending the old with new

This Netherlands-based trucking museum offers a glimpse into the evolution of one of Europe’s oldest truck makers. Secondary students also get insights on trucking mobility, sustainability and safety through the interactive education program ‘Trucknasium.’ It also hosts parties, receptions, meetings, gatherings or company festivities with that unique blend of the old and new atmosphere.

Time passes by so quickly and many of the things that we’re accustomed to in our day-to-day lives have evolved into something else more efficient and better, especially when mixed with technology.

This is very much apparent in the transport industry where new car or truck models are introduced every year with better features and sophisticated elements than their predecessors.

Thankfully there are specialized museums like the Netherlands’ DAF Museum which offers a collection of vintage trucks made by DAF.

DAF traces its roots from humble beginnings when on April 1, 1928, Hub van Doorne set up a small construction workshop in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The company eventually evolved into a leading global truck manufacturer focused on innovation, quality and transport efficiency.

The ‘new’ museum

Last November, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, a member of the Dutch royal family, which has always had special ties to DAF, officially opened the newly-renovated DAF Museum in the presence of nearly 160 museum- volunteers.

The professor arrived in a unique DAF Pony, one of only 15 ever produced by the company. One of which was owned by the Dutch royal family.

With record 60,000 visitors per year, the DAF Museum is one of the most popular museums in the Eindhoven region and the most popular museum in the city, according to research by TripAdvisor. Not happy to rest on its laurels, the DAF Museum is set to become an even more exciting attraction — the museum has just undergone 18 months of major renovation and modernization work and is aiming to increase its visitor numbers to 80,000 per year.

The “new” museum has a completely new entrance area, a renovated restaurant, a new gift shop with fresh and modern. But the biggest change only becomes obvious once you enter the exhibition space — a completely new wing providing no less than 1,100 m2 of space has been added.

“This fantastic expansion has given us even more space to better showroom the highlights of DAF’s rich history,” says Marc Van Doorne, President of the Friends of the DAF Museum Foundation and the grandson of DAF founder Hub Van Doorne.

“It also means that we now have the ability to trace DAF’s history right through to the present day, allowing us to highlight the importance of modern transport as well as showcase the latest developments in the industry, for example in engine technology. ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’, later known as the ‘Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek’, has always been renowned for its innovative solutions. These solutions have resulted in an impressive series of trailers, cars and trucks, which are all on display in the DAF Museum.”

Grateful for the volunteers

Van Doorne says credited the museum volunteers, many of whom former DAF employees for making the project possible.

“I am sure that my grandfather Hub and his brother Wim Van Doorne would be incredibly proud if they could see what we have achieved with the new DAF Museum,” said Van Doorne. “We are particularly grateful to our more than 160 volunteers—who are, for the most part, enthusiastic former DAF employees—without whom we would not have been able to carry out this renovation and who make sure that everything in the museum is spot on and ready to receive our visitors every single day.”

Still growing at over 90

PACCAR Inc., an American Fortune 500 company which counts DAF Trucks as one of its subsidiaries, reported a net income of $607.9 million ($1.75 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2019, 11% higher than the net income of $545.3 million ($1.55 per diluted share) earned in the same period last year. Third quarter net sales and financial services revenues were $6.37 billion, 11% higher than the $5.76 billion reported in the third quarter of 2018.

Preston Feight, CEO of PACCAR, said he’s very proud of their employees’ hard work “who have delivered industry- leading trucks, powertrains and transportation solutions to our customers.”

“PACCAR achieved a strong 14.9% Truck, Parts and Other gross margin in the third quarter and year-to-date, benefiting from good pricing, production efficiency and rigorous cost controls. We anticipate that 2020 will be another good year with a normal replacement truck market and strong demand for PACCAR’s premium products,” he added.

Global Truck Markets

PACCAR said Class 8 truck industry retail sales for the U.S. and Canada are expected to be in a range of 310,000- 320,000 vehicles in 2019, the second highest market in history.

“Class 8 truck industry retail sales in 2020 for the U.S. and Canada are estimated to be in a range of 230,000-260,000 vehicles, a solid replacement vehicle market. Good U.S. economic growth, 50-year-low unemployment and strong consumer spending are generating freight tonnage growth of 4.2% this year,” said Gary Moore, PACCAR executive vice president.

And DAF trucks are among those in high demand for its quality and reliability.

“Customers recognize DAF’s product quality leadership, industry-leading fuel efficiency, low operating costs and excellent resale value,” said Harry Wolters, DAF president.“Customers recognize DAF’s product quality leadership, industry-leading fuel efficiency, low operating costs and excellent resale value,” said Harry Wolters, DAF president.

“DAF’s above 16-tonne market share was a strong 16.4% through the first three quarters of this year. It is estimated that European truck industry registrations in the above 16-tonne segment will be in the range of 310,000-320,000 units this year, one of the best markets in history. The 2020 truck market is expected to be in the range of 260,000- 290,000 trucks,” he added.

The South American above 16-tonne truck market is projected to be in a range of 95,000-105,000 vehicles this year, and in a range of 100,000-110,000 trucks in 2020.

“Customer demand for DAF and Kenworth trucks has resulted in a 79% increase in deliveries in South America this year,” said Marco Davila, PACCAR vice president. The Brazilian portion of the above 16-tonne truck market is projected to be in the range of  65,000-75,000 vehicles in 2019, and a range of 70,000-80,000 trucks in 2020.

PACCAR estimates it will invest $625-$675 million in capital projects and $320-$350 million in research and development expenses in 2020.

Dubai Airshow 2019

$54.5 billion deals made as the biennial event becomes a global arena for the aviation industry

The five-day Dubai Airshow 2019 yielded more than $54.5 billion in major deals and proved to be the busiest to date in its 30-year history with more than 1,288 exhibitors from 117 countries in attendance and a footfall traffic of more than 84,000.

For the first time, India, which continues to develop its aviation and aerospace industry, had its own country pavilion at the biennial event. Exhibitors from places such as the USA and Korea also made their first appearance at the show. Ukraine, Poland, Russia, France, the UK, Saudi Arabia, China and Canada were among the other countries represented.

Some 161 aircraft were displayed at Dubai World Central’s static display area and the event also had a packed schedule of conferences, offering industry-specific keynotes, Q&A sessions and networking opportunities, attracting huge crowds of professionals.

100 new exhibitors, including Saudi Arabia’s The Helicopter Company, one of key event sponsors, also participated in this year’s show.

“We have done more than we expected, we have met and had discussions with a lot of companies and we have seen a lot of customers and shown our aircraft to many people as well, so we are very happy with what has taken place. We are a new company, so relationships matter a lot. Communication matters as well, and Dubai Airshow is one of the best communicators,” said The Helicopter Company CEO Yahya Homoud Alghoraibi who described the show as “very successful”.

EDGE, an Abu Dhabi-based advanced technology conglomerate comprising 25 local entities from Emirates Defense Industries Company, Emirates Advanced Investments Group, Tawazun Holding, and other independent organizations, launched shortly before the Dubai Airshow also had its debut at the event with the biggest pavilion.

“Technology is drastically changing the aerospace industry, and EDGE is taking significant strides to respond with agile, bold and disruptive solutions – bringing products to market faster and more efficiently,” said His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and Managing Director, EDGE.

Live Demo

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE- based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), in partnership with Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services, successfully conducted live screenings of a demonstrative aerial surveillance mission taking place in Germany, from an airborne Airbus H145 helicopter equipped with a communication system developed by SCOTTY to the Dubai Airshow visitors, utilising Thuraya’s L-band satellite network.

Thuraya says the live screening of the demonstrative surveillance mission is a testament to its enhanced Aero mobility capabilities, designed to fulfil government customer requirements for secure mobile satellite communications across a variety of aerial platforms including helicopters, UAVs, Fixed and Rotary winged aircrafts.

The Aero Mobility system brings a robust satellite communication solution to government missions, facilitating steady internet access, voice calls, text messaging, and real-time, high-speed data applications including video conferencing, tracking, sensor and data collection and transmission. With built-in video compression capabilities, handling HD streaming speeds of up to 384 kbps on a single channel.

Space in focus

For the first time in 2019, a growing focus on space exploration regionally was recognized with its own conference program, opening with Women in Space, hosted by the UAE Space Agency and featuring speakers from the UN and Boeing, among others.

Aimed at examining the key role female scientists, researchers, engineers and astronauts will play in the future of the global space industry, the conference proved a huge draw and former astronaut, the European Space Agency’s Claudie Haigneré, said she found the level of engagement very encouraging. “I felt that really something is going on here, and I’ve been really impressed because this shows a real possibility for change. The new generation coming up here is so refreshing.”

The Space Tech Talks, meanwhile, looked in-depth at the technological advancements needed for the next generation of space exploration, and the impact they are expected to have on the wider world.

Colonel Al Worden, who served as the Command Module Pilot of Apollo 15, also hosted a keynote session examining the lessons learned from the Apollo 12 moon landing.

He also spoke about his new Endeavour Scholarship, launched in collaboration with Kallman Worldwide, which will see four Emirati students and two teachers sent to space camp in the USA.

“The UAE is the first and we’re going to do that with eight different countries initially, because these young people are our future. We’re trying to motivate them into space and we want them to understand what science, technology, engineering and maths are all about,” said Col. Worden.

The impact of both technology and space research on all aspects of industry was very much visible across the show

floor, where exhibits ranging from Dubai Police’s new flying bike for hard to reach emergencies to new products in the medivac field, through to the first commercial space flight suits from Virgin Galactic, were all on show.
Major airline deals
Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, made separate announcements on major deals it forged with Boeing and Airbus with total value of $24.8 billion.

It signed full purchase agreement for 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, worth US$ 8.8 billion at list prices, exercising its right to substitute the B777x with B787s.

The deal includes Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with deliveries commencing in May 2023 and continuing for the next five years. For the B777X, Emirates will enter into discussions with Boeing over the next few weeks on the status of deliveries. This takes Emirates’ total order with Boeing to 126 Boeing 777X aircraft.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, signed the agreement with Stanley Deal, President and Chief Executive Officer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The 787s will complement our fleet mix by expanding our operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment to connect new city pairs and expand frequencies. We are also pleased to reaffirm our commitment to the Boeing 777x program and look forward to its entry into service,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

The deal will create and support some 45,000 additional jobs in the US aerospace industry applying the US Department of Commerce jobs multiplier formula that every $1 billion in US aerospace exports supports 5,200 American jobs.

With Airbus, Emirates made a deal to order 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft worth US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) at list prices at the Dubai Airshow 2019. Powered by Rolls- Royce Trent XWB engines, delivery of the first Emirates A350 XWB is expected in May 2023, and will continue until 2028.

“Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

“This US$ 16 billion deal reflects our confidence in the future of the UAE’s aviation sector, and is a strong affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector,” he added.

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), also placed an order for 120 Airbus A320 family aircraft worth over $14 billion.

The new orders are for 73 A320neo, 27 A321neo and 20 A321XLR airplanes, all belonging to the A320 family but each bringing exceptional value for Air Arabia in meeting its growth goals. Delivery is scheduled to commence in 2024 and the Sharjah-based airline has yet to specify the engines to be installed on its new fleet.

“Air Arabia’s fleet growth strategy has always been driven by commercial demand and we are glad to announce today one of the region’s largest single-aisle orders with Airbus to support our growth plans. This new milestone underpins not only our solid financial fundamentals but also the strength of our multi-hub growth strategy that we have adopted over the years while remaining focused on efficiency, performance and passenger experience,” said Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia.

More deals

The UAE Ministry of Defense also made major deals for purchase and maintenance with total value of more than AED18 billion.

Halcon, now operating under the EDGE umbrella, scored the UAE MOD’s first big contract, securing a purchase deal for various ammunitions worth $980 million. Lockheed Martin received a UAE MOD contract to provide F16 equipment, worth $20.6 million. Other companies also secured deals with the UAE government for defense purposes.

Sanad Aerotech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company and a leading provider of aircraft engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) solutions, has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with Emirates Airline at Dubai Airshow, through its leading aircraft engine MRO division, Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre (EEMC).

The two parties agreed to establish collaborative groundwork for the delivery of world-class MRO services through shared knowledge and a strong heritage in aviation excellence. Together, they bring a combined 60 years of  experience in the industry.

“Our historic agreement with EEMC presents tremendous opportunities to create value for the UAE’s growing aerospace industry and more importantly, to generate high-value job opportunities for Emirati talent. This also marks the beginning of a productive collaboration between two of the UAE’s largest homegrown aviation and aerospace companies that can turn the nation’s aspirations of a global-leading UAE-based MRO hub into reality,” said Sanad Aerotech CEO Mansoor Janahi.

Prior, Sanad Aerotech signed a $136 million 15-year deal with GE Aviation agreeing to provide provide performance restoration overhaul services on the GEnx-1B engine as well as continued time, or quick turn overhauls on CFM International’s LEAP engines for GE.

Within a state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Al Warsan in Dubai, EEMC provides dedicated aircraft engine MRO services to the Emirates fleet. It currently delivers MRO capacity for GE 90, GP 7200, with a 24/7, 365 days a year service backed by a qualified and highly competent workforce that strips, inspects and builds on a single site.

Rolls-Royce and Oman Air, meanwhile, have agreed to  a  five-year  contract  for engine  MRO  for eight Trent 700-powered Airbus A330 aircraft. The agreement will see Rolls-Royce provide Oman’s national carrier with its flagship TotalCare long-term aftercare service solution, which is designed to provide predictive maintenance planning and maximize aircraft availability.

“As a world-class organization, we place great importance on partnering with companies pioneering cutting-edge technologies. We have a long-standing relationship with Rolls-Royce, and I am delighted to extend it by selecting TotalCare for the engine servicing of our Trent 700-powered A330s,” said Abdulaziz Al Raisi, CEO Oman Air.

Cargo Connect

Air freight carriers and its supply chain also had their fair share of action as Cargo Connect returned to the Dubai Airshow for the second time.

This year, the focus was on technology innovations disrupting the cargo industry. Some of the biggest names in the industry looked at future advancements, including next generation freight, automation, eCommerce and digital cargo, while also addressing how Expo2020 will impact the UAE industry.

“There is no doubt that technological innovations can help the air cargo industry take the next big leap forward in terms of efficiency and service delivery” said Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo of Emirates. “Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and other disruptive technologies hold a vast potential to deliver a number  of benefits.”

The Middle East is in a strategically advantageous position with trade and manufacturing moving eastward towards the growing middle classes of Asia and India. In addition, China is predicted to be a top three trade partner with the UAE between now and 2030.

eCommerce is one of the sectors within air freight seeing substantial growth. In the MENA region online transactions grew by 44% with the greatest growth coming from the UAE and Saudi Arabia. There has been plenty of commercial investment in this space in the Middle East: in 2017, Amazon purchased local e-commerce platform,, investing in a 26,000 square metre fulfilment centre in Dubai ahead of its rebranding to Amazon in the UAE.

The OECD’s long-term ITF Transport Outlook 2019 predicts global freight demands will treble between 2015 and 2050 with the largest growth coming from the airfreight sector with a CAGR of 4.5%.

“As one of the fastest growing air cargo hubs in the world, Dubai will be the leader in pushing the industry forward to adopt technologies and processes which increase profitability and efficiency. Cargo Connect is the focal point for that leadership,” says Rachel Sturgess, Portfolio Director at show organizers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East.

Commenting on the show’s culmination, Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of show organizers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, said: “We always want to outperform our last show, and 2019 has gone above and beyond expectation, with so much great business being done alongside an engaging and innovative program of conferences, exhibits and flying displays.

The Dubai Airshow will return from 14-18 November 2021.

“We have already seen exhibitors rebooking for the next edition, and we look forward greatly to seeing what the next two years of aerospace development will bring to out 2021 edition.”

HashMove: Redefining Logistics in the Digital Age

Technology continues to shape how business is done, particularly in the logistics sector where demand is increasing amid the rapid rise in e-commerce and online activities.

The UAE, ranked as the third best globally and first regionally among the top 55 emerging markets in the logistics industry, has become a stronghold for startups introducing innovations, including in the logistics sector.

Technologies such as Big Data, smart solutions and IoT have tremendously helped the logistics industry in enhancing the overall output of the sector. And practicing smart logistics benefits the supply chains by making it more effective and efficient at each step.

Allied Market Research says the global connected logistics market will reach $27.7 billion by 2023, with annual compounded growth rate of 7.6%.

Smart Innovative Platform

HashMove, a smart logistics platform for shippers and logistics providers to engage in conducting global, multimodal and end-to-end logistics transactions, promises to be a game-changer.

Sarfaraz Alam, co-founder and CEO of HashMove, tells Air Cargo Update HashMove is a one-stop hub for any logistics business seeking services via sea, air, road or rail by instantly searching through hundreds of verified logistics businesses on its platform through its ‘search and book’ feature, connecting you with trusted logistics providers.

Alam says the platform’s dynamic pricing and last-minute deals give clients the best prices with route optimization through multimodal transportation options while its real-time tracking and monitoring feature keep customers updated with prompt notification and alerts while the shipments are in transit.

“We have created a platform that is essentially an operating network for trading parties involved in any aspect of logistics. It can operate on multiple levels, and as our footprint grows, we have a clear view of how we can continually add value to our partners and users. The first expression of our vision is the online marketplace where users can search, compare, book, manage and track a multimodal shipment end-to-end with multiple service providers all through a single click,” he said.

HashMove’s platform matches shipment requirements regarding routes and types of goods with all relevant service providers and presents options with filters for optimizing choices, based on the user preference around the route, time and price, and provider experience and specialisms, he noted.

“The aim was to provide a similar user experience as the established search and booking engines in other industries such as travel, which is now well-established, and which represents the level of customer experience users expect but which is still unfortunately unavailable within the logistics industry.”

The Smart Marketplace

In logistics, it matters that the right data is in the right place, at the right time, and making traffic and infrastructure-relevant information available to all concerned in real time.

“ Our marketplace is unique in providing a platform where all service providers involved in every aspect of the shipment are present in one place for shippers to book and manage processes in a digital environment. There is no one true marketplace providing end-to-end visibility from booking to last mile delivery in an Intermodal Logistics model,” Alam explained.

“Our ‘turnkey’ solution gives instant access to Transportation, Warehousing, Freight Forwarding, and Value-Added Services, by unifying licensed local and international providers under a single

“On the most obvious level, our marketplace brings a global presence and exposure to all the service providers featured.

However, because of the way we converge service providers and value-added services associated with logistics such as insurance and financing, the platform extends the scope of any business to partner with other providers and thereby unlocks previously untapped geographical and service opportunities. For example, a freight forwarder with inquiries in areas where they currently have no existing collaborations can use HashMove’s platform to find potential partners for the services and locations they need to extend their service offerings.

“On the digital front, HashMove’s marketplace allows service providers to now communicate with their customers more efficiently and in real time where required, providing a hitherto unachievable level of visibility that yields superior customer experience.”

For shipping customers, HashMove offers info on reliable providers and shippers, having the ability to compare and find the best prices and a single source, equipping you with information on varied end-to-end logistic providers along with value-added services.

Optimizing results

The search results populate initially, according to the core customer requirements, around the route, mode of transport and the types of goods getting shipped. In the first level of results, HashMove focuses on the two core drivers of transit time and price as the starting point for results.

“We have then provided the user with the opportunity to filter the starting results using several criteria which reflect both their specific priorities and the industry standards, such as experience, accreditation through to financing and credit options. The users of the platform will further enhance the selection filtering over time through crowdsource rating system of providers,” Alam says.

The HashMove marketplace as a cloud-based solution provides a smooth and painless transition from manual to digital pricing through and immediately elevates communication beyond the outmoded customer touchpoints that delay response times.

Once data enables the benefits of historical, real-time and predictive analytics, it equips users with the information to optimize efficiencies, productivity and revenue that benefit small and large-scale logistics providers alike.

“Additionally, optimized routes and pricing options enable the reduction of overall time and costs. Streamlined operations, predictive decision making, data analytics, digitalized document management, pricing and promotions along with real-time visibility and quality monitoring and value-added services being available under one single platform provides logistics businesses using HashMove’s smart marketplace the competitive edge they need,” Alam explained.

Bridging the digital gap

Digitalization is transforming every industry and logistics is no exception. And HashMove’s marketplace helps by exploring what greater data sharing can bring to industry players.

“Our marketplace also operates as a perfect ecosystem for the adoption of new technologies and again here the users of the platform will be able to dip their toe in the water of innovation without having to fully commit to investment and projects before they can see tangible ROI through its use as a service on our platform,” said Alam. On several

levels, HashMove’s platform and marketplace represent a reimagining of the current industry. Allowing any firm to adopt a digital presence is democratization which is disrupting the current massive incumbent dominance. It’s neutrality and cloud-based offering can be the driver for the much-needed new age of collaboration.

Collaborative logistics is essential if the service providers and customers are going to meet the consumer expectations around delivery. There have already been some great initiatives where technically ‘competitors’ have joined forces around supply chain services to achieve massive efficiencies.

“We hope HashMove’s marketplace will foster more of this type of collaboration through the ease with which it allows you to locate, connect and work with other providers. More and more, companies realize that the battle is not in the supply chain but on the shelf. Collaboration around logistics will free them up to focus on where they can differentiate themselves in a more meaningful way around product quality, diversity and customer experience,” said Alam.

“The customer experience and hence business growth benefits of getting the logistics right is there for all to see with Amazon. We hope our platform can bring to the B2B world what they have done at the B2C level,” he added.

What’s Next in the Logistics Industry

According to Alam, the Gulf market is expected to grow to $73 billion by 2021. The region has strong aspirations to be a global logistics hub, and so the adoption of the latest technologies will continue.

“Already we are seeing significant investment in infrastructure and facilities in Dubai South for instance, where the new warehousing is an example of how robotics and cobotics are changing the level of efficiencies achieved. Warehouses are using robots, unmanned cranes and forklifts with automated extensions that transfer, unload and upload goods by connecting through AI, advanced sensors, and geo guidance technology, all without human intervention.

“The UAE has the potential to emerge as the next digital powerhouse regarding technical advancement. Whatever this region has achieved and how dynamic it appears to the rest of the world is because of the leadership and vision of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“At HashMove, we understand that despite being such a huge market, there is an absence of a single united marketplace that connects demand and supply under one roof. We are filling that gap by introducing a solution that will unify all logistics needs in a more connected way to facilitate a slicker, digitalized experience for multi-modal, end-to-end logistics transactions. We hope our solution can be one of the initiatives that help realize the vision of the region.”

As HashMove builds its global footprint through the marketplace and other solutions and work with more providers, users and strategic partners, the company plans to harness the power of the data.

It sees the GCC as the perfect launch point given its younger infrastructure, high growth, focus on innovation and strong government support for shipping/transport development, noting that it has successfully tested its  beta and  its core functionalities.

“Subsequently, in the next stage, our partnership & alliance team members will begin activities to bring onboard, Shipping Lines, Freight Forwarders, Warehouse owners, Insurance Companies and value-added services providers onto our platform. The marketplace is just the first of many phases where we see there is an opportunity to bring immense value through innovation to the industry on a global level. Watch this space,” Alam shared.

ULS Airlines Cargo : Expanding Horizons

The air cargo industry is constantly on a battle with external forces like the global economy disturbances, issues on  political stability,  oil prices movement, among others, that impact its  growth  and development.

Remarkably, it manages to bounce back each fall and continues to account for one third of all goods transported around the world valued at more than $6 trillion annually,reflecting its importance, especially in today’s digital world.

Volatile yet profitable given the right conditions and circumstances. Such is the nature of this business that despite the odds, new players emerge every now and then.

ULS Airlines Cargo, now on its 15th year, is among new industry players demonstrating strength, innovation and resilience.

The Istanbul-based cargo carrier, which also offers logistics and warehousing, has survived the latest turning point in the industry, which for the most part was caused by the lingering trade war between the world’s biggest economies, US and China, changing bilateral deals between countries and continents, political instability, security threats, among other global challenges.

Market Expansion Plans

Shukru Can, Managing Director of ULS Airlines Cargo, said the company was established in 2004 with its home base at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. It currently has three A310-300 cargo planes on its fleet with total carrying capacity of 120 tons.

The company primarily offers scheduled cargo flights as well as charter or long-term aircraft rental (ACMI) with other airlines.

Can, who took on the role of ULS MD in April 2019, said his vision is to grow the company’s business mainly through partnerships with big airlines across the world.

We have three aircraft at the moment,” shared Can, an aeronautical/aerospace engineering graduate of Istanbul Technical University. “But we’re eyeing expansion mainly through partnerships with big airlines.”

ULS had so far operated more than 10,000 charter flights, primarily for its clients in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the Far East, Hong Kong, China and Turkey.

“We also provide ACMI and charter flights for Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Far East, Hong Kong and China. Turkish Airlines is also one of our main customers under ACMI,” Can told Air Cargo Update in an interview in Munich on the sidelines of Air Cargo Eur ope where he said the company made new deals.

“We had more than 10,000 charter flights. We carry live animals, oversized cargo or take cargo to challenging points like Afghanistan, Somalia or Iraq, Kathmandu, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic),” he added.

A 34-year veteran in the global aviation industry, Can began his career with Turkish Cargo and went on to expand his professional experience working overseas in countries such as France, England, Malaysia, Singapore and Nigeria.

Can believes there are opportunities to be made in Africa and Latin America which he described as “open cargo markets.”

“Africa and South America are open markets for cargo players. They have good potentials. I see big future in Africa, together with the big players,” said Can, a highly experienced aircraft engineer and aviation executive who also taught at Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Hopeful in 2020

Can said ULS’s biggest market is Europe and it continues to explore the continent for possibilities through partnerships and collaborations.

The cargo carrier regularly hauls live animals, fresh vegetables and fruits, among other perishables and products, between Turkey and Europe and other parts of the world. Recognized for its high regard for global safety standards, ULS also transports dangerous goods requiring special attention.

Yasin Ata, ULS Airlines Cargo Commercial Manager, in a separate interview said their company may be small but it’s very dynamic and flexible with strong financial backing.

“Our company is small but it’s very dynamic and flexible. Our investor is also strong financially. We want to expand our aviation business by opening an MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services,” said Ata.

He said ULS carried less cargo in 2019 but it remains optimistic for what the future holds, especially in 2020.

“We are eyeing A321-200F cargo conversion program to expand our fleet. We are currently operating the golden A31-308F aircraft which carry 40 tons gross,” he said.

“We look forward to seeing 2020,” he added, noting that the second half of 2020 may likely be better with the global economy projected to bounce back after a downturn forecasts to trickle in the first half of the coming year. “Better economy means better cargo.”

Can who continue to break new grounds for ULS said part of his vision is to make the company an ideal partner for bigger players that need help in carrying out their operations globally.

“Our vision is to continue having dynamic and flexible partnerships with the big players and tackle their problematic areas,” said Can who noted that ULS can also put an aircraft under their registration and fly it on behalf of clients.

ULS Airlines Cargo main services

ULS Havayolları Kargo fleet of aircraft can be rented for short or long periods, with flight crew and all maintenance costs and the cost of insurance (with ACMI conditions). This service is for an airline to respond to a year or longer, to meet the needs of the business or to create additional capacity. It is also possible to paint the name and logo of the company leasing on the aircraft for a long-term lease of one year or more.

According to ACMI conditions, “Aircraft, flight crew, all maintenance cost of the aircraft and cost of insurance” belongs to ULS Airlines Cargo and such costs as airport ground handling, landing-take-off and fuel related to the operation of the rental belongs to the company who rents the aircraft.

ACMI Service Airways

With its International Air Operator Certificate, ULS Havayolları Kargo also operates in Europe, Asia and Africa with its specialized staff. Its Operations and Dispatch Departments are available 24 hours a day.

ULS Airlines Cargo says it has stocks of pallets at various points in Europe. Its combined positions of P1P and PMC pallets can also be applied to carry some special materials such as aircraft engines. It can also provide special containers for specific loads such as horses and other farm animals.

ULS also accepts charter flights to natural disaster areas or battlefields to carry the burden of other airline companies, government agencies, local or international charities, organizations that supply and distribute the materials for rescuing life

Airbus forecasts need for over 39,000 new aircraft, including freighters, in the next 20 years

The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet is set to more than double from today’s nearly 23,000 to almost 48,000 by 2038 with traffic growing at 4.3% annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 new technicians.

By 2038, of the forecast 47,680 fleet, 39,210 are new and 8,470 remain from today. By updating fleets with latest generation fuel efficient aircraft such as the A220, A320neo Family, the A330neo and the A350, Airbus believes it will largely contribute to the progressive decarbonisation of the air transport industry and the objective of carbon neutral growth from 2020 while connecting more people globally.

According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast 2019- 2038, of the figure, 25,000 aircraft are for growth and 14,210 are to replace older models with newer ones offering superior efficiency.

Resilient to economic shocks, air traffic has more than doubled since 2000. It is increasingly playing a key role in connecting large population centers, particularly in emerging markets where the propensity to travel is amongst the world’s highest as cost or geography make alternatives impossible.

Today, about a quarter of the world’s urban population is responsible for more than a quarter of global GDP, and given both are key growth drivers, Aviation Mega Cities (AMCs) will continue to power the global aviation network. Developments in superior fuel efficiency are further driving demand to replace existing less fuel efficient aircraft

Boeing’s chief engineer retires, Lynne Hopper takes over

Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief engineer John Hamilton, who was leading the response to the 737 Max crisis, is retiring, CNBC confirmed.

The new head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stan Deal, and Boeing’s chief engineer, Greg Hyslop broke the news in an internal memo to employees:

“John had planned to retire last year, but we asked him to stay on to help us with the 737 Max investigations and return to service efforts … We are immensely grateful to John for lending his expertise and leadership during a very challenging time.”

Lynne Hopper, vice president of Engineering for Commercial Airplanes, will take over the chief engineer role, and will continue to support Boeing’s Max efforts, the company said.

In a statement to CNBC, Deal and Hyslop said Hamilton has “exemplified” Boeing’s “values of safety, quality, and integrity” throughout his 35 years at the company. “Now, after a career dedicated to excellence, John is retiring,” their statement said. “His guidance over the past year caps an outstanding career that covered multiple programs and functions, including serving as chief project engineer for the 757, Next-Generation 737 and P-8A, leading the Aviation Safety organization, and finally as the BCA Engineering leader. John’s strong commitment to safety will be one of his lasting legacies.”

Hamilton testified before Congress along with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who was removed by the company’s board as chairman in October so he can focus on running the company after the 737 Max crisis.

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to review hundreds of new Boeing 737 Max planes individually before they can be delivered to customers, an added wrinkle into the already-delayed certification of the jetliners, grounded since mid-March after two fatal crashes.

Boeing executives have repeatedly said they expect regulators to sign off on the planes this quarter. On Nov. 11, Boeing said deliveries could resume as early as this month, a forecast that investors applauded. But the FAA and its administrator, Steve Dickson, continue to say that the FAA has no set timeline to allow the planes to return to market, setting up a public tug of war between the manufacturer and the agency.

United Airlines announced an order for 50 long-range Airbus jets, handing another victory from a US airline to Boeing’s European rival.

The carrier is the latest of several US airlines to opt for the planes. JetBlue and American Airlines have both agreed to order some of the long-range single-aisle planes that Airbus is developing. Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief engineer John Hamilton, who was leading the response to the 737 Max crisis, is retiring, CNBC confirmed Wednesday.

The new head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stan Deal, and Boeing’s chief engineer, Greg Hyslop broke the news in an internal memo to employees:

“John had planned to retire last year, but we asked him to stay on to help us with the 737 Max investigations and return to service efforts … We are immensely grateful to John for lending his expertise and leadership during a very challenging time.”

Lynne Hopper, vice president of Engineering for Commercial Airplanes, will take over the chief engineer role, and will continue to support Boeing’s Max efforts, the company said.

In a statement to CNBC, Deal and Hyslop said Hamilton has “exemplified” Boeing’s “values of safety, quality, and integrity” throughout his 35 years at the company. “Now, after a career dedicated to excellence, John is retiring,” their statement said. “His guidance over the past year caps an outstanding career that covered multiple programs and functions, including serving as chief project engineer for the 757, Next-Generation 737 and P-8A, leading the Aviation Safety organization, and finally as the BCA Engineering leader. John’s strong commitment to safety will be one of his lasting legacies.”

Hamilton testified before Congress along with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who was removed by the company’s board as chairman in October so he can focus on running the company after the 737 Max crisis.

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to review hundreds of new Boeing 737 Max planes individually before they can be delivered to customers, an added wrinkle into the already-delayed certification of the jetliners, grounded since mid-March after two fatal crashes.

Boeing executives have repeatedly said they expect regulators to sign off on the planes this quarter. On Nov. 11, Boeing said deliveries could resume as early as this month, a forecast that investors applauded. But the FAA and its administrator, Steve Dickson, continue to say that the FAA has no set timeline to allow the planes to return to market, setting up a public tug of war between the manufacturer and the agency.

United Airlines on Tuesday announced an order for 50 long-range Airbus jets, handing another victory from a U.S. airline to Boeing’s European rival.

The carrier is the latest of several U.S. airlines to opt for the planes. JetBlue and American Airlines have both agreed to order some of the long-range single-aisle planes that Airbus is developing.

Bosch awards time:matters Preferred Supplier status

time:matters, the expert in worldwide high-performance and Special Speed Logistics, has been awarded Preferred Supplier status by Bosch. For the technology and service company Bosch, time:matters GmbH is therefore a preferred logistics service supplier in the area of “Logistics Services for Global Courier Services”. As a preferred supplier, Bosch honors those suppliers with which the company would like to strengthen and expand its cooperation.

time:matters and Bosch have already been working together very successfully since 2014. The special speed experts provide particularly competitive services for the company’s global production sites and divisions through tailor-made logistics solutions designed to facilitate time-critical material supply. In addition to speed and reliability, the transports are also based on an individual and flexible service.

“Being awarded Preferred Supplier status is fantastic confirmation of our successful cooperation over many years,” says a delighted Alexander Kohnen, CEO of time:matters GmbH. “This recognition underscores the success of our long-term service excellence and quality strategy.”

time:matters has provided especially competitive transport services over a longer period of time. Transparency and seamless communication via dedicated contact persons at all stages also counted in the evaluation. Bosch awards Preferred Supplier status annually for 12 months at a time as part of its supplier management program. The program aims to establish long-term business relationships and promote shared global growth with the best and most innovative suppliers.

Heathrow Express announces new appointments to its commercial team

Heathrow Express has announced two new appointments in the commercial team.

Mark Eastwood has taken up the role of business development manager, while Nicolette Miller has been appointed as partnership marketing manager.

Eastwood brings a wealth of global travel and transportation experience, having cut his teeth commercially and operationally overseas in Europe and the Middle East with IAG, developed and implemented loyalty schemes for the aviation sector at AVIOS, and most recently led frontline teams with Virgin Atlantic.

His focus will be working to increase third party sales, drive new and existing commercial partnerships and promoting the benefits of the recent technology and API developments.

Eastwood said: “I am delighted to join Heathrow Express at a time when they are adapting their technology, focusing on growing their diverse range of partners, and enhancing the customer experience.

“There are key goals and opportunities ahead, many of which will benefit those looking for a fast, and sustainable transfer from London to Heathrow Airport.”

Miller takes on the role of partnership marketing manager with a focus on building the brand by driving relationships with a variety of airline, hotel, sponsorship and retail partners.

She brings a wealth of experience from across a wide range of corporate sectors, both on agency and client side including her most recent role with Royal Bank of Scotland ensuring that she will bring invaluable expertise from outside the travel industry.”

Miller said, “What really interested me about the opportunity with Heathrow Express was the prospect of bringing my previous campaign and partnership marketing expertise to the travel industry, and supporting Heathrow Express in their goal to offer the best airport transfer service in the world.

“There are massive opportunities with regards to the projects we are working on, which we believe will have a fantastic impact on business delivery.”

Bryan Thompson joins ACI’s board

Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s CEO Bryan Thompson has been appointed to the board of Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade body that represents the world’s airport authorities.

ACI is a non-profit organization representing the world’s airports with regional offices in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America-Caribbean and North America.q

It aims to help airports meet their full economic potential, promotes co-operation across stakeholders, and seeks to influence national and international legislation. Its membership covers 1,960 airports in 176 countries.

The ACI Exchange is the world’s largest event aimed at the aviation industry, with a remit to foster international co-operation and address key issues within the industry.

The Abu Dhabi event will welcome more than 1,000 delegates for a broad conference agenda covering sustainability, mobility and technology.

Thompson said, “I am honored and delighted to be appointed on the ACI board and look forward to working with other regions to promote the aviation industry’s interests.

“Ultimately, this appointment is a recognition of Abu Dhabi government’s efforts to promote aviation as a key facet of the UAE’s future economy, clearly demonstrated by its investment into the Midfield Terminal Building, which will set the benchmark for airports for the next 20 years.”

Thompson was appointed CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company in August 2018. Prior to working in the Gulf, he held key executive roles at the Australia Pacific Airports Corporation and Mumbai International Airport, and has sat on several boards for profit and non-profit organizations.