PIL Unveils PIL Academy: A Center of Excellence for Maritime Training and Development

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has launched its learning and development centre of excellence, the PIL Academy, to provide training in maritime and transport logistics for all its employees. The academy aims to strengthen workforce capabilities and future proof careers. It will collaborate with organizations and technology partners to develop a holistic curriculum with accredited courses that will benefit the company and industry.

Officiating the launch of the PIL Academy as the Guest of Honor was Mr Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Minister for Transport and 2nd Minister for Finance, together with PIL’s Executive Chairman Mr S.S. Teo, and CEO, Mr Lars Kastrup.

Minister Chee said, “Singapore aims to be a global hub for maritime talent development, leveraging on our strong tripartite partnership between the government, industry and unions. As the global maritime industry embraces new challenges such as digitalization and decarbonization, Maritime Singapore must continue to upskill and reskill our workforce so that workers can remain relevant and competitive. The PIL Academy is an important step forward to achieve Maritime Singapore’s goal of developing a future-ready workforce.”

As the 12th largest shipping carrier in the world and Southeast Asia’s largest homegrown liner, PIL employs around 8,000 employees including 4,000 seafarers around the world. The academy aims to provide structured and customized training to all its employees, taking into account their diverse backgrounds and varied training needs. This will not only enhance the capabilities of the company for the long-term but also contribute to growing the industry’s competencies.

The holistic curriculum ranges from technical courses in fleet and vessel operations; safety, quality and productivity; maritime, finance and commercial; sustainability and decarbonization to softer skills in leadership, innovation and communications.

Lars Kastrup, CEO of PIL said, “The PIL Academy is part of our people-centric and future-focused commitment to invest in the training and development of our employees. PIL is focussed on the upskilling, career development and international mobility of our employees, as well as supporting sea-to-shore career progression.

“We aim to enhance their capabilities and future proof their careers, while ensuring we have business sustainability, increased productivity and innovation at PIL. As PIL transforms into a stronger, more efficient, innovative, sustainable, and future ready organization, we are empowering our employees to propel the company ahead through PIL Academy’s structured and comprehensive programs.

“The PIL Academy will also support our Management Associate Program and provide a smooth integration of new talents into the company in Singapore and abroad.”

PIL Academy Partnerships

As a start, PIL Academy has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to enhance the skills of its workforce, cultivate maritime collaboration and develop training expertise.

It signed an industry-first MOU with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to jointly develop micro-credentials for the Competency-based Stackable Micro-credential (CSM) pathway for PIL employees. Participants are able to choose the specialist certificates that best fit their current professional development and potentially stack them towards a degree or a higher qualification. PIL Academy and SIT will co-develop micro-credentials related to maritime, and conduct continuing education programs and workplace learning projects.

Professor Chua Kee Chaing, President at SIT said, “This collaboration presents a significant opportunity to address the evolving needs of the Maritime sector. Driven by rapid technological advancements, digital transformation, and the industry’s focus on sustainability, the demand for future-proof skills is growing rapidly. By partnering PIL, we can develop and deliver micro-credentials and courses relevant to the needs of the workforce to equip them with the latest knowledge and skills to thrive in this dynamic landscape. This MOU underscores SIT’s commitment to industry collaboration and knowledge co-creation, ultimately contributing to a future-ready maritime workforce in Singapore and the region.”

To harness digital learning, PIL Academy is partnering with JobKred, a skills management software company, to automate skills planning, talent agility and capability deployment. With technology-based learning, employees have the flexibility to learn at their own pace while juggling work commitments.

In addition, PIL Academy will offer bespoke diplomas in maritime studies through their MOU with the Maritime Training Academy, an international leader in supplying distance-learning marine diplomas. The collaboration will enable students to choose from a diverse portfolio of short maritime courses developed by experts in their field.

Dr Victor Goh, Dean of the PIL Academy, said, “We aim to provide a smart learning environment and foster a culture of learning that excites employees in their skills development. Our systematic approach will enable employees to have a common baseline of skills and knowledge, which helps ensure a consistent and high-quality performance across the company. In addition, the academy provides a variety of pathways for our staff to grow their career and excel in the maritime transport and logistics sectors.”

Smart Learning Environment

The PIL Academy will provide smart learning through in-person, hybrid, and online lessons, as well as work environments that enable active, individual learning experiences. An advanced technology-enabled Learning Studio, and Innovation Lab have been set up for participants to interact, communicate, discuss presentations, and engage with resources while working in groups across the globe.

Interactive learning platforms to foster collaborative learning, a library of easily accessible resources, and digital channels actively promulgating learning lessons will act to promote a culture of workplace learning and engagement.

The PIL Academy is an essential pillar for the growth of the company, providing flexible learning for employees with competency-based courses; leveraging technology to track, retain and develop talents; creating smart learning environments; and championing innovation.

Broekman Logistics Opens New Office in Istanbul to Enhance Global Presence

Broekman Logistics announces the opening of its new branch in Istanbul, Türkiye. This expansion marks the first new opening of a new country office since the company announced its new strategy at the end of 2023. It reinforces the company’s commitment to strategic global growth and enhanced logistics and supply chain solutions.

The inauguration ceremony, held on the 16th of May, was officiated by Rik Pek, CEO of Broekman Logistics, and Martijn Tasma, Director International Freight Forwarding & Shipping. The event was welcomed by the consul-generals from The Netherlands, Türkiye and India, key industry figures, partners, and stakeholders who joined us in celebrating this milestone.

Strategic Expansion

Rik Pek, CEO of Broekman Logistics, emphasized the strategic importance of this new branch: “The opening of our Istanbul office is a significant milestone for Broekman Logistics. It aligns with our strategy to enhance our presence in growth regions of our key industries: machinery, industrial and chemical markets. Next to this, Türkiye plays a pivotal role in the Indian-European tradelane, one of Broekman Logistics’ unique propositions. We open a new office in Turkey because of the request of one of our larger customers to have our own presence there.” Martijn Tasma, Director International Freight Forwarding & Shipping adds: “This new office brings us closer to our customers in Türkiye. This branch will enable us to deliver top-tier logistics services and solutions customized to the regional market’s needs.”

Commitment to Excellence

Broekman Logistics is dedicated to maintaining its high standards of service excellence. “Our new branch in Istanbul will adhere to the company’s core values of reliability, efficiency, and customer-centricity,” says Abdullah Yesil. A team of experienced local professionals, who possess in-depth knowledge of the regional market, is ready to deliver customized logistics solutions to meet the unique demands of our clients in Türkiye and beyond.

Looking Beyond

As we look to the future, Broekman Logistics remains committed to innovation and expansion. The opening of the Istanbul branch is a testament to our ongoing efforts to enhance our service offerings and extend our reach. Presence in this country will act as a catalyst for improved logistics efficiencies and greater market connectivity across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Rik Pek concludes: “We are excited about the opportunities this new branch will bring and are confident it will significantly contribute to our growth strategy.”

Krisztina Kovacs Retires After 13 Years Leading HHM Budapest Office

After 13 years as head of the HHM representative office in Budapest, Krisztina Kovacs is retiring. She learnt her trade at a Hungarian freight forwarding company before moving to the Multimar shipping agency. “We would like to thank Krisztina Kovacs, who has reliably represented the Port of Hamburg in Hungary,” said Marina Basso Michael, Regional Director Europe at HHM, in front of over 200 invited guests at the port evening in Budapest on Thursday.

Along with Krisztina Kovacs, her assistant Zsuzsanna Lőrincz will also be leaving the representative office to take on new tasks. “Our two long-standing employees have worked tirelessly for the Port of Hamburg for many years. We would like to thank them for this. At the same time, we also see this change as a new departure and are placing our trust in Alexander Till, who will now manage the Hungarian representative office as well as the Austrian one,” says Axel Mattern, CEO at HHM.

Alexander Till will take over the Hungarian representative office from 1 July 2024. The experienced logistics professional has been managing the office in Austria since 2007. He was previously Manager Sea Freight at Schenker & Co, where he was responsible for the Austrian market and the South East Europe region, which included Hungary. “I have known the Hungarian market for many years and have never completely lost sight of it. Now I’m looking forward to the task of convincing Hungarian companies of the advantages of the Port of Hamburg,” says Alexander Till, who is also a member of the board of Verein Netzwerk Logistik (VNL) and Combinet. In addition, Till has been a lecturer at the bfi University of Applied Sciences in Vienna for many years.

The Hungarian market is very important for the Port of Hamburg. The favourable geographical location between the countries of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe as well as the TEN corridors running through Hungary play a decisive role here. At the same time, Hungary is a central hub for the distribution of international goods flows within Europe. Last year, for example, around 75,000 TEU (20-foot standard containers) with origin or destination Hungary were loaded via the Port of Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg is also characterised by its excellent departure density. There are 34 container train connections a week between Hamburg and Budapest. Over 85 per cent of the goods handled in Hamburg are transported by rail to and from Hungary in a climate-neutral way. For containerised cargo, the share of rail in the modal split is almost 100 per cent.

Gebrüder Weiss Partners with Highway to Enhance Carrier Identity and Fraud Prevention

Gebrüder Weiss, a 500-year-old international transport and logistics company, announced a new vendor relationship with Highway, a Carrier IdentityTM software platform designed to provide clients with comprehensive information on freight carriers to prevent fraud. Gebrüder Weiss will utilize Highway for carrier onboarding and integration with its Transportation Management System (TMS). The two companies began working together in 2023 and entered an expanded service agreement.

Fraud has become a growing concern across the freight forwarding and logistics industries. Credit company TransUnion reported a nearly 800% increase in global freight fraud from 2019 to 2021. The primary types of fraud include outright cargo theft, carrier identity theft, and double brokering – a practice in which criminal intermediaries pose as legitimate carriers to take control of shipments. Industry group FreightWaves estimates that double brokering costs the supply chain up to $700 million in payments each year.

“Fraud, identity theft, cargo theft, double brokering, and criminal activity are very serious issues in our industry. Highway’s platform allows us to target potential bad actors, mitigate our risk, prevent illegitimate carriers from infiltrating our network, and ensure quality carrier selection,” says Kevin Sendre, Director of Full Truckload (FTL) North America for Gebrüder Weiss. “Gebrüder Weiss is proactively taking steps to combat fraud, and we are excited to leverage Highway’s expertise in establishing true carrier identity and expand our partnership with new service offerings.”

As freight forwarding communications and information increasingly become digital, bad actors have had greater access to freight transaction details. Highway turns the tables through with proprietary techniques that identify suspicious activity and flag illegitimate carriers before they have an opportunity to conduct fraud. Gebrüder Weiss has its own set of carrier requirements – such as a minimum of 90 days in business – and uses Highway to select carriers that meet its high standards. In addition to fraud prevention, Gebrüder Weiss leverages carrier information to manage relationships with its chosen partners.

Michael Caney, Chief Commercial Officer at Highway, highlighted the importance of this collaboration. “The logistics industry faces significant challenges from fraudsters and criminal activity that can disrupt the entire supply chain. Our partnership with Gebrüder Weiss not only aims to mitigate these risks but also ensures that their carrier network is robust and transparent,” Caney said. “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Gebrüder Weiss and integrate our solutions further into their operations, enhancing both security and operational efficiency.”

“Our goal at Gebrüder Weiss is to proactively combat fraud before it starts,” says Sendre. “The transparency of information enables us to prevent criminal activity, and provide quality carrier selection for our customers.”

As Gebrüder Weiss continues to evolve and embrace digital advancements, the company remains dedicated to providing secure, seamless, and trustworthy logistics solutions for its clients worldwide.

Easyfresh Netherlands chooses BlueBox Systems for more transparency along cold chain logistics

BlueBox Systems, one of the leading developers of intelligent freight tracking solutions, welcomes Easyfresh Netherlands as another new customer for its BlueBoxOcean platform. Easyfresh Netherlands is part of the Spanish cold chain logistics provider Easyfresh Logistics. The Dutch company now has access to data from 98 percent of all global ocean freight shipments. BlueBoxOcean makes an important contribution to bringing transparency to the complex cold chain logistics.

Cold chains have always been the ultimate logistics discipline. This is because maintaining the cold chain is one of the most critical and complex parts of the temperature-controlled transportation supply chain. With the increasing demand for fresh produce and temperature-sensitive goods in the global supply chain, it is essential that companies have efficient and reliable solutions for tracking and monitoring these products. This ensures that food safety and the quality of pharmaceutical products are maintained during transportation.

The Dutch company Easyfresh Netherlands specializes in the logistics of fresh and frozen goods, offering global deep-sea transport solutions in a temperature-controlled environment. It is now using BlueBoxOcean, a sea freight tracking platform from BlueBox Systems. BlueBoxOcean allows the cold chain logistics provider to track its perishable shipments with just a few clicks.

Thanks to the data from BlueBox Systems and its partner Vizion, 98 percent of the world’s ocean freight shipments are covered. BlueBoxOcean’s intuitive user interface provides immediate insight into real-time updates on shipment status and cargo location, enabling optimized logistics planning and quick response to any deviations. The platform also provides an overview of all key container details, including the total number of containers sorted by type, country of origin, country of destination, carrier, and monthly cargo volume. With this information, the container management processes can be organized even more effectively thanks to BlueBox Systems.

“When transporting our temperature-sensitive shipments, complete monitoring and transparency are essential. By using BlueBox Systems’ data, we can now offer our customers even better visibility of their shipments and intervene more quickly in the event of short-term problems to ensure smooth transport,” says Teun Messemaker, Global Manager Seafreight at Easy Fresh Netherlands. “Verifiable temperature management throughout the supply chain is critical to ensure the quality of perishable goods. For this reason, we intend to integrate BlueBox Systems’ temperature data tracking into our user interface in the near future.” In addition, Easyfresh plans to integrate the BlueBox Systems solution at other offices, such as Ireland, Chile, and Spain.

“This cooperation with Easyfresh Netherlands underlines the growing demand for transparency in refrigerated transport in ocean freight logistics. In this area, too, companies want to plan their routes in the best possible way, save resources and be able to react as quickly as possible to events during transport – and the data we provide makes this possible,” states Martin Schulze, CEO of BlueBox Systems. “At the same time, it spurs us on to further improve our BlueBoxOcean platform and offer our customers innovative solutions that meet their needs.”

WFS Secures Three-Year Contract to Handle Air France Operations at Phoenix Airport

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, has won a three-year contract to provide passenger and ramp handing services for Air France at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Launched on May 23, 2024, Phoenix is the airline’s 17th destination in the United States. Air France now operates three direct flights a week connecting Paris Charles de Gaulle and Phoenix, the capital of the U.S. state of Arizona.

This new contract represents WFS’ third new ground handling agreement with the Air France-KLM Group in North America in the last 12 months.

“The opportunity to support the launch of Air France’s newest route in the United States reflects the growing relationship between Air France-KLM and WFS, and the airlines’ confidence in our ability to meet their high standards for customer service and operational excellence,” said Paul Walton, Senior Vice President, Ground Handling & Express Cargo at WFS.

“We are proud to extend our strategic partnership with Air France-KLM to another North American city. We hope this will lead to further opportunities for collaboration as we continue to demonstrate the value of partnering with WFS. The 85 WFS stations in Canada and the United States offer network connectivity throughout North America, served by dedicated teams with extensive experience who are committed to safety, service excellence and the delivery of a positive customer experience.”

Awery Aviation Software Partners with NAV AERO to Expand Aviation Technology Solutions

Awery Aviation Software (Awery) has partnered with cargo GSSA and brokerage network, NAV AERO (NAV), to become its preferred aviation technology platform for its members.

This strategic partnership with NAV, a subdivision of the Neutral Air Partner (NAP) ecosystem, will equip members with Awery’s tailored air cargo software solutions, allowing Awery to further expand its global reach.

NAP’s membership boasts over 350 air cargo specialists, spanning over 150 countries, and its subsidiary, NAV, focusses specifically on driving quality and expertise among independent cargo GSSAs, brokers, and air cargo solution providers.

“NAV was created to champion innovation and encourage pick up of digital tools in aviation, a mission that Awery are equally committed to,” said Christos Spyrou, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NAP

“Partnering with Awery will provide our GSSA members with a trusted provider for a multitude of processes across air cargo.”

Awery, which this year celebrates its 15-year anniversary, is a web-based platform offering comprehensive and robust IT solutions for airlines, GSSAs, brokers, and forwarders.

“We are dedicated to demonstrating the value of investing in the technology available to our industry,” said Vitaly Smilianets, Founder and CEO, Awery.

“Working in tandem with NAP and its members, we are looking forward to expanding our operations into new markets, building on our presence in over 40 countries.”

Awery will be attending this year’s Multimodal event in Birmingham, where Tristan Koch, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), will be participating in a panel on Wednesday 12th June.

NAV will be hosting its Kick-off member’s meeting in Budapest on 07-09 October during the ACE Air Cargo Logistics event and the BUD Air Cargo Day.

Both Awery and NAP will be attending air cargo China, 25-27th June 2024. To learn more about the benefits of the Awery-NAP cooperation at the event, visit either the NeX stand, or Awery’s stand (W5.112).

New Leaders Drive Chapman Freeborn’s Music and Entertainment Strategy

Global air charter specialists Chapman Freeborn has made two key appointments to lead its music and entertainment vertical team following a major investment in its global network strategy.

Paul Kindred, Senior Business Development Manager – Music & Entertainment, brings more than three decades of experience in developing the music and entertainment businesses including Premier Aviation UK Ltd and Air Partner, as well as 25 years working at major record companies, including 10 years working at Sony Music Entertainment.

He is to lead the team alongside Chloe Phelps, who has been newly appointed Team Leader – Music and Entertainment – with both individuals based out of the company’s London Gatwick Airport headquarters.

“Chapman Freeborn has been chartering aircraft for the music industry since 1973, impressively coordinating major music tours, festivals, and one-off concerts for household names, right from the start,” said Kindred.

“Chapman’s music and entertainment division is supported by experienced teams strategically located in all corners of the globe, that have deep inside knowledge of local and regional markets and are therefore able to offer better, more tailored solutions to clients, no matter their need or location.”

Meanwhile, Phelps originally joined Chapman Freeborn in 2018 as part of the Tour Support Team. Her reassignment means she will be managing chartering services for music tours as well as nurturing and strengthening client relationships.

“Chapman Freeborn has an extensive global network which allows us to offer a bespoke, on-demand service for clients no matter the requirements and despite it being such a high-pressured, high-profile, fast-paced industry,” said Phelps.

“Central to my role will be looking out for promising up-and-coming artists, thereby ensuring our client roster stays ahead of the curve as our music and entertainment vertical plays an even bigger role to our ongoing global growth strategy.”

Chapman Freeborn has made several appointments throughout the European Union to strengthen its presence on the ground to meet the increasing number of live events since the music and entertainment industry recovers post-COVID.

Xeneta Analysis: Air Cargo Rates Rise as Market Eyes Double-Digit Growth

The global air cargo market is on a pathway to double-digit growth in volumes in 2024 after a +12% year-on-year jump in demand in May, according to the latest data analysis by Xeneta.

Despite conservative, low single digit industry growth forecasts at the end of last year, expectations have been boosted by six consecutive months of ‘quite extraordinary’ regional demand for cargo capacity.

Global air cargo spot rate in May consequently registered its second consecutive monthly growth, rising +9% year-on-year to $2.58 per kg, and up +5% pts month-on-month.

“In terms of growth data, analysts sometimes say ‘once is an incident, twice is a coincidence, and three-times is a pattern’. In the world of air cargo, there’s an undeniable pattern emerging. We can’t use the word ‘surprising’ anymore. When we take a mid-term view of the market, with these kinds of numbers, we might be on track for double-digit growth for the year. It is now a possible scenario,” says Xeneta’s Chief Airfreight Officer, Niall van de Wouw.

While the growth in general spot rate must be measured against a low comparison in May 2023, van de Wouw says the market this year adjusted well to absorb the +5% increase in airlines’ summer capacity.

The highest year-on-year rate increase for May was the +110% rise in the air cargo spot rate on the Middle East & Central Asia to Europe corridor to $3.21 per kg due to continuing Red Sea disruption. Southeast Asia and China to North America spot rates rose +65% and +43% to $4.64 per kg and $4.88 per kg respectively, while China-Europe spot rate also recorded double-digit growth, up +34% year-on-year to $4.14 per kg.

Dynamic load factor in May – Xeneta’s measurement of cargo capacity utilisation based on volume and weight of cargo flown alongside capacity available – was largely unchanged month-on-month at 58%, but up by +3% pts year-on-year.

How companies see the current market, van de Wouw acknowledged, depends on which region they are active in. Spot rates from North America and Europe to China fell -32% and -23% year-on-year respectively in May to $1.61 and $1.65 per kg. The Transatlantic market also suffered with the corridor experiencing freight rate declines in both the front and backhaul lanes. Increased belly capacity due to summer passenger travel led to drops in air cargo spot rates.

Europe-North America spot rate declined -21% to $1.77 per kg in May versus the previous year, while, eastbound, the North America-Europe corridor spot rate was -16% lower at $1.08 per kg.

As the air cargo market heads towards the second half of the year, van de Wouw pointed to other positive market indicators. A bright outlook for Q4 2024 may be on the horizon following last year’s bumper end-of-year volumes. This may also be helped by a threefold increase of ocean container shipping spot rates from the Far East to North Europe and the US West Coast compared to the previous year, due to port congestion and wider disruption caused by conflict in the Red Sea, reducing the cost gap for shippers or forwarders contemplating a modal shift to air cargo.

A major shift of volume from ocean to air, however, is unlikely, Xeneta says. Compared to the onset of the Red Sea crisis or the Covid pandemic, cost spikes this time around are most likely triggered by shippers frontloading imports ahead of the ocean peak season to eliminate impacts from increased supply chain disruptions.

China’s cargo market to North America continued to gain from the resilient US economy and its strong e-commerce demand. The big question for the air cargo industry is what happens following the U.S. crackdown on e-commerce shipments out of China?

“At the end of 2023 we saw the dramatic impact China’s e-commerce behemoths had on the air cargo market. Everyone is now waiting anxiously to see what happens in the upcoming peak season. But if the potential rising costs and increasing transit times of e-commerce ex-China leads U.S. consumers to procure less and less, that can have a ripple effect globally.

“If fewer freighters are required to carry e-commerce, they will enter the general air freight market (again) and produce a noticeable supply impact, putting downward pressure on rates. This possibility cannot go unnoticed.”

Etihad Airways, China Eastern Airlines Launch First Middle East-China Airline Partnership

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and China Eastern Airlines, a top global airline, are proud to announce the signing of a Joint Venture (JV)  to cement the strategic partnership between the two airlines¹. This historic milestone, signed at Etihad Airways’ headquarters in Abu Dhabi, marks the first commercial JV between a Middle Eastern airline and a Chinese airline.

The Etihad Airways – China Eastern Airlines JV will allow the airlines to jointly develop and grow the routes between UAE and China, resulting in a stronger combined network. This JV signifies a commitment to offering expanded travel options and seamless travel experiences for passengers travelling between major Chinese cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, and Kunming, and key cities in the UAE and across the Middle East and Africa regions.

Etihad and China Eastern Airlines will implement the joint venture cooperation in early 2025 when both teams secure all necessary regulatory clearances. Additionally, both airlines will introduce full reciprocity to their existing frequent flyer programmes in the final quarter of 2024, allowing passengers to seamlessly earn points and redeem rewards when flying with either airline.

Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, emphasized the significance of the partnership. He said: “This JV marks a significant milestone in our partnership with China Eastern. The JV will allow Etihad and China Eastern to offer travelers enhanced travel options and exceptional value. We are confident the JV will unlock a new era of travel opportunities, while also boosting the economic growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.”

His Excellency Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, lauded the agreement as a landmark achievement, stating: “This Joint Venture signifies a deep commitment to strengthening the bonds between the UAE and China, while fostering deeper cultural and economic ties. We look forward to welcoming a greater number of Chinese tourists to explore the rich cultural heritage and vibrant experiences that the UAE has to offer. This partnership is more than the expansion of routes; it is about creating lasting and meaningful connections between our two nations which will stand for decades to come.”

China Eastern Airlines Chairman Wang Zhiqing said: “This year marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the UAE. Both countries continue to develop and strengthen the high-value, strategic collaboration on the Belt and Road Initiative, and this momentum creates opportunities and motivation for deepening cooperation between China Eastern Airlines and Etihad Airways. The signing of this JV signifies a new level of collaboration, and China Eastern is eager to work with Etihad Airways to expand the cooperation in the various business areas, and thereby enhance the strategic partnership between both airlines.”

Chairman Wang Zhiqing added: “Both China Eastern Airlines and Etihad Airways have strong global hubs, and our cooperation is highly complementary, covers a broad scope, and has great potential. We look forward to our collaboration creating more synergies, not only in facilitating passenger travel but also in building deeper economic, trade, and cultural exchanges between China and the UAE.”