Caribbean Airlines Cargo goes live with CargoAi

Caribbean Airlines Cargo is now live on air cargo digital solution platform CargoAi and offers capacity to and from the Caribbean.

The partnership means that freight forwarders worldwide can now access and use www.cargoai.co for e-quotes and e-bookings for all destinations served by Caribbean Airlines Cargo worldwide, including, but not limited to, Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, and Barbados.

CargoAi chief executive Matthieu Petot said: “CargoAi is delighted to announce that Caribbean Airlines Cargo successfully went live on the www.cargoai.co platform on 08 June 2022. Caribbean Airlines has placed a strong focus on improved customer service both on the passenger as well as on the cargo side, and user experience is what CargoAi excels in.”

He added: “The existing pre-integration between CargoAi and CHAMP’s CargoSpot system was a strong accelerator when it came to connecting Caribbean Airlines Cargo to our marketplace and API Suite.”

Marklan Moseley, general manager, cargo and new business, Caribbean Airlines, said: “”We see three major benefits in offering our capacity on CargoAi. First and foremost, our customers have access to a customized, easy-to-use e-booking system, allowing them to streamline their shipping processes more efficiently. Secondly, our capacity offers now reach a great many more potential and new customers around the world, and thirdly, these increased sales activities will ultimately boost our commercial cargo operations, enabling us to further enhance our service offers. A win-win all round.”

Airbus explores how quantum computing could make cargo loading more efficient

Airbus is working with quantum computing firm IonQ to explore how quantum computing could make cargo loading more efficient.

The 12-month Quantum Aircraft Loading Optimization & Quantum Machine Learning project is expected to be the first step towards developing smarter algorithms based on quantum computers that can potentially lead to cost savings due to more optimized distribution of cargo on flights.

The project will culminate in the development of a prototype aircraft-loading quantum application, hands-on collaboration and coaching sessions for Airbus developers and engineers, and an exploration of future integrations of quantum computers for Airbus and its customers.

In the future, Airbus hopes to use quantum algorithms to improve other areas of air travel, including reduced fuel consumption, better aerodynamics, and optimized trajectories.

“As the aerospace industry looks for new ways to navigate the continued impact of the pandemic and overcome supply chain hurdles, we’re pleased to collaborate with Airbus and provide them with the quantum tools and expertise to develop improved aircraft-loading capabilities,” said Peter Chapman, chief executive and president, IonQ.

“While it’s still early days in our yearlong project, the potential for quantum to reshape how airplane manufacturers balance passenger experience with aircraft production and performance is what excites our team most for what’s next in the aviation industry.”

“Optimization is critical to achieving aviation sustainability targets,” said Amanda Simpson, vice president research and Technology, Airbus Americas. “We are very excited to explore IonQ’s capabilities to utilize the potential of quantum computing to achieve these targets.”

Finnair Cargo, Wise Tech Global enable freight forwarders to efficiently manage shipments in real time

Finnair Cargo and WiseTech Global have partnered to enable freight forwarders to efficiently choose, book, confirm and change shipments, in real-time from within WiseTech Global’s CargoWise platform.

The global direct data connection with Finnair Cargo’s operational system, SkyChain, uses custom APIs to allow CargoWise customers direct access to Finnair Cargo’s flight schedules, rates, capacity and inventory across 24 countries spanning Asia, Europe and the US.

Fredrik Wildtgrube, senior vice president Finnair Cargo said: “Finnair Cargo uses digitalization to radically improve transparency and efficiency of air cargo shipping processes.

“The direct data exchange with CargoWise allows us to share live data during the whole lifecycle from booking through to the execution of the Air Waybill, providing a seamless experience for our customers, without having to leave the CargoWise platform.

“As bookings are confirmed more quickly, it also enables Finnair Cargo to better optimize our capacity and quickly respond to shipment and market changes.

“We are considering expanding the data shared to also include AWB and customs information which makes this partnership with WiseTech even more valuable.”

Jorre Cobelens, vice president – logistics data and connectivity, WiseTech Global, added: “Our vision is for CargoWise to be the operating system for global logistics, increasing, productivity, visibility and data security across the end-to-end ecosystem. CargoWise now enables direct data exchange with most API connectable airlines, including Finnair Cargo, which helps bring this to reality.”

Finnair Cargo offers transport between Asia, Europe and North America through its Helsinki COOL hub.

The air cargo terminal features data monitoring systems as well as dedicated handling for temperature-controlled cargo.

American Airlines Cargo expands its presence on WebCargo portal

American Airlines Cargo has expanded its presence on booking portal WebCargo with the addition of flights from 28 more countries.

The carrier said the extra countries are spread across Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.

“Following Europe and the US, this regional rollout onto WebCargo now includes a significant portion of the carrier’s global network, with plans to continue expanding on the platform in the coming months,” the carrier said.

American said it currently operates more than 5,000 monthly flights out of these regions, including widebody flights out of Buenos Aires (EZE), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Santiago (SCL) and São Paulo (GRU) to US hubs.

Lorena Sandoval, sales director – Florida, Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America for American Airlines Cargo, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer even more of our vast global network on the WebCargo platform as users can now enjoy direct connections to the US.

“Our priority is always to meet the unique needs of our customers, and we look forward to seeing how our growing partnership with WebCargo will continue to benefit the cargo industry.”

Camilo Garcia, global vice president business development at WebCargo, added: “The Americas and Caribbean play an absolutely vital role in global trade, particularly leading up to peak season, and we are confident that the thousands of forwarding offices in these regions on WebCargo and 7LFreight (airfreight rate quote provider) will benefit.”

Swissport tests AGV at its new cargo center at Frankfurt Airport to reduce manual handling

Cargo handler Swissport is testing an unmanned, automated guided vehicle (AGV) at its new cargo center at Frankfurt Airport to reduce manual handling.

The Loedige industries’ AGV measures 10 ft and has a load capacity of 6,800 kg. 

It can transport a variety of ULDs, including 15 ft containers.

Swissport said the AGV reduces the need for manual handling and frees up staff for more complex and value-creating tasks.

“The AGV is highly mobile thanks to an omni-directional drive system with secure laser scanning to avoid any collision,” the handler said.

“It has the potential to connect all areas of the cargo facility, such as the Pharma Centre, truck docks, castor decks and the ULD storage area.

“The AGV communicates with gates and other automated equipment, can cover large distances and is fully compatible with Swissport’s state-of-the-art material handling system.”

Dirk Goovaerts, global cargo chair at Swissport, said: “The AGV has the potential to increase the efficiency, flexibility, and safety of Swissport’s air cargo handling services and to take our service delivery to the next level.”

Airbus selects Curtiss-Wright to provide custom electric actuation technology for Airbus A350F freighter aircraft

Aviation manufacturing company Curtiss-Wright has been selected by Airbus to provide custom electric actuation technology for the maindeck cargo door on the Airbus A350F freighter aircraft.

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide Airbus with an electro-mechanical actuation solution that features rotary and linear actuators, alongside control and power electronics, to open, close, latch and lock the A350F’s main deck cargo door.

Curtiss-Wright’s actuation solution includes a high-voltage DC architecture that is designed to minimize weight, offer improved reliability over legacy systems, and incorporate health monitoring functions.

The products covered by the agreement will be shipped to Airbus in different European facilities. Curtiss-Wright designs and manufactures its electric actuation products at its Shelby, North Carolina and Stratford, Ontario facilities.

The A350F, a variant of the Airbus A350, will be the first widebody freighter aircraft built with a majority of composite materials.

“Curtiss-Wright is very proud to have been selected to provide our critical electric actuation technology expertise in support of the new A350F freighter, as this contract represents our first electromechanical actuation contract award with Airbus and further expands the breadth of our leading-edge technologies to the commercial aerospace industry,” said Lynn Bamford, chair and chief executive of Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

“In addition, this program closely aligns with our strategy of helping our customers improve the functionality and reliability of their aircraft, including enhanced fuel efficiency, through the use of innovative electromechanical actuation systems.”

Silk Way West is the latest named customer for the A350F, having signed a purchase agreement for two of the aircraft model in June.

Kale extends its digitization partnership with CHI for further 5 years

Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) has signed a contract to extend its digitalization partnership with longstanding customer CHI Aviation Handling (CHI) by a further five years.

Frankfurt-based air cargo services provider CHI said it has boosted the efficiency and productivity of its ground handling operations using Kale’s cargo management system, GALAXY, to digitalize cargo handling.

The GALAXY cargo handling software is designed to offer full automation of processes, clear visibility, control, collaboration, and problem-free integration within the stakeholder network.

“We have chosen to continue partnering with Kale to help support our vision digital transformation; we need a reliable IT system that can be easily implemented at every airport station where we are operating and Kale’s GALAXY is the best fit solution,” said Dominik Misskampf, managing director, CHI.

“We share a common desire with Kale to create digital channels that make a difference in serving all our customers, both businesses and consumers, by increasing accessibility to our service and improving our response times.

“Working with a world leader in technology services and digital delivery, whose values reflect our own, is a significant milestone in our digital journey and we are looking forward to delivering on our ambitious plans.”

“CHI has been a valuable partner as one of our long-standing clients,” said Amar More, chief executive and co-founder of Kale Logistics Solutions. “Over the years, they have offered day-to-day inputs on operations, based on which we have refined our cargo management system, GALAXY.

“This gives us the opportunity to serve them even better in the coming years and has strengthened our collaboration in the German air cargo sector, and we are pleased to be their partner of choice for future-proofing their technologies and managing their digital transformation strategy.”

Currently, more than 85 airports in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India use GALAXY to manage their air cargo operations for import, export, and transit cargo.

Recently, Kale’s US subsidiary, Kale Info Solutions, announced it would support growing cargo throughput at Vancouver International Airport in Canada with the implementation of its Airport Cargo Community System (ACS), to bring efficiency, transparency, and sustainability to cargo operations at the airport.

JAL Cargo joins cargo.one as it looks to expand its reach

Japan Airlines Cargo (JAL Cargo) will place its capacity on online booking portal cargo.one as it looks to expand its reach.

The agreement means that freight forwarders will be able to search, book, amend and track the carrier’s capacity in real-time.

The addition of JAL Cargo comes just after cargo.one began offering its booking portal to forwarders in the country.

The roll out of JAL Cargo capacity will begin with European countries in the coming weeks, the company said.

Moritz Claussen, co-chief executive of cargo.one, said: “The partnership will further strengthen our leading position in the Asia Pacific region and deliver a unique and high quality digital offering to freight forwarders around the globe.”

“Air cargo volumes into Japan are globally significant, with Tokyo’s airports consistently performing within the world’s top air cargo hubs by freight tons,” the company explained in a press release, adding that Jal Cargo delivered more than 740,000 tons of cargo in 2021.

Hiroo Iwakoshi, executive officer, cargo and mail at Japan Airlines, said: “With a presence on cargo.one, JAL Cargo is now even more strongly placed to differentiate online and scale new heights of digital success”.

Air Premia goes LIVE with iCargo Management solution

South Korean start-up airline Air Premia has gone live with IBS Software’s iCargo Management solution for its air cargo business.

The mid- to long-haul start-up from South Korea was founded in July 2017 and started operations in Aug 2021. With operations based at ICN airport, Air PREMIA flies to Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Los Angeles (US) by Boeing 787-9. 

Air PREMIA is using the entire suite of iCargo Sales and Operations from IBS Software, with US Customs capabilities to help streamline its cargo booking and operations processes.

American Airlines Cargo offer customers full access to its US network when booking on WebCargo & 7L Freight platforms

American Airlines Cargo has started offering customers full access to its US network when booking on WebCargo and 7L Freight platforms.

The airline, which operates more than 5,000 daily departures from the US, said it now provides a larger network for flights in and out of the US on WebCargo than any other carrier.

WebCargo users can book on American’s US originating routes, with access to more than 100 international destinations.

Since late April, users have been able to book on American out of Germany, Italy the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, soon followed by the addition of France, Portugal and Switzerland. The airline currently operates more than 35 direct routes to the US from these markets.

“This inclusion of our US network is pivotal as we grow in the digital booking space and in our partnership with WebCargo,” said Roger Samways, vice president of commercial for American Airlines Cargo.

“It’s crucial to us at American that we are where our customers need us to be and that our network is positioned to best serve the industry. We are excited to see how our expanded presence on the WebCargo platform will enhance the way our customers can do business with us.”

Manel Galindo, chief executive of WebCargo by Freightos, said: “With a 10x increase in air cargo bookings conducted by US-based freight forwarders this year, it is clear that they share our unequivocal preference for digital air cargo. American Airlines Cargo has been an ideal partner and we’re proud to continue our global expansion with them across our WebCargo and 7L Freight platform.”

American now has more than 2,800 widebody flights a month available for general freight and expedite freight product bookings on the WebCargo platform. The airline said it also has plans to continue expanding its presence on WebCargo in the months to come.