Hellmann continues to expand its European operations

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is taking over its Italian partner as it continues to expand its European operations.

Milan-based Hellmann Italy employs approximately 70 people at six locations and has been providing air and seafreight services to Hellmann since it was founded in 2006.

Hellmann said the deal would help it expand into an important European logistics market, complement its network in the central Alpine region and strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean.

The operational business in Italy will continue to be managed by Daniela Coppola, who is managing director of Hellmann Italy.

Jens Tarnowski, regional chief executive West Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, said: “The organic integration of Hellmann Italy into the global Hellmann network will enable us to even better exploit the potential of the Italian market and tap into new market segments.”

Coppola added: “After years of working together as partners, the integration is an important strategic step towards strengthening Hellmann Italy in the long term and enabling us to operate on an even more global scale. The integration will also enable us to offer our customers an even more attractive product range.”

FedEx Express to build new package facility at Istanbul Airport

FedEx Express has signed an agreement to build a new package facility at Istanbul Airport, which will be completed in November next year.

With the new facility, FedEx aims to strengthen its presence at the airport by offering greater reliability by having full control and more than doubling its presence at the airport to an area of ​​more than 25,300 sq m.

The facility will have three parking areas for FedEx aircraft, space for 32 vans and seven docks for trucks, and will use the latest sorting technology with the capacity to process 3,000 pieces per hour.

The facility is also designed with separate parcel and freight processing, benefiting companies that want to bundle both types of shipping into a single network, “a unique feature of FedEx’s value proposition in Europe,” according to the company.

Processing packages and merchandise separately also creates operational efficiencies, including reducing forklift movements, the company explained.

“We are delighted with our expansion at Istanbul Airport, which gives FedEx an even stronger position in this strategic location and opens up growth opportunities for customers transacting intercontinentally,” said Eser Sezek, FedEx Express vice president operations for southeast Europe, Israel and Turkey.

“It also demonstrates our strong and continued commitment to our business and our customers.”

Global Crossing Airlines to lease A321 P2F from CAM

Global Crossing Airlines Group (GlobalX) will lease an A321 passenger to freighter (P2F) aircraft from Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).

The aircraft is set to be delivered in October this year.

“We are pleased to be able to lease our first A321 freighter from CAM, a worldwide leader in cargo aircraft conversions and leasing, and we greatly appreciate ATSG’s support of our team and our business plan,” said Ed Wegel, chair and chief executive of GlobalX.

“Our A321F fleet has performed extremely well – with better fuel burn, and load and unload times for both main deck and lower belly of less than 45 minutes. The A321F takes 50% more volume than its narrowbody competitor and is quickly shaping up to be the 757 freighter replacement aircraft.

“ATSG is excited to partner with GlobalX as they continue their transformational growth,” stated Paul Chase, chief commercial officer for ATSG. “We continue to seek partnerships that expand our global leasing footprint with companies that focus on the customer by providing world class service and reliability.”

GlobalX took delivery of its second Airbus A321 passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion in June.

It received its first A321P2F in December last year after conversion by ST Engineering.

Jonas van Stekelenburg to lead growth program at MST as interim CEO

Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST) has appointed industry expert Jonas van Stekelenburg as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to lead an ambitious growth program.

The airport’s new holding company, NV HBLM, has made the change to drive MST’s strategic goals of enhanced sustainability, digitalization, and cargo and passenger development.

Van Stekelenburg brings extensive aviation expertise to the role, having already provided advisory services to MST’s management and supervisory board.

With a distinguished career spanning from 2002 to 2018 at the Royal Schiphol Group, van Stekelenburg is well-positioned to guide MST through its transitional phase.

“Our strategy is focused on delivering a resilient, sustainable, and environmentally conscious airport for the local community and its future,” said van Stekelenburg, CEO, Maastricht Aachen Airport.

“I thank my predecessor Jos Roeven for the great job he did, which has led to the strong foundation upon which we can now build.

“Moving forward, we are dedicated to furthering the sustainable evolution of MST’s operations and advancing both our passenger and cargo services.”

The changes come as part of a strategic initiative following the joint investment commitment of the Provincial Council of Limburg and the Royal Schiphol Group.

A prominent figure in MST’s journey, former CEO Jos Roeven, said: “My initial plan was to lead MST for five years when I started in 2017.

“That journey extended to six and a half years ­– a period during which our team achieved remarkable milestones in cargo and passenger volumes.

“I take immense pride in our collective accomplishments. The airport is now poised to ascend to greater heights, fueled by its collaboration with the Royal Schiphol Group.”

Van Stekelenburg will assume the role of CEO from September for an initial term of nine months.

Röhlig Logistics’ US business achieves IATA’s CEIV Li-batt certification for its branches in Chicago and New York

Röhlig Logistics’ US business has achieved IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Lithium Batteries (CEIV Li-batt) certification for its branches in Chicago and New York.

Röhlig USA said that to achieve the certification it had to pass a lengthy certification process consisting of in-depth employee training, on-site assessments and a final validation.

The company added that the certification of the two facilities in Chicago and New York was just the first step and there are plans to roll out to additional offices and countries across Röhlig’s  network in the coming months.

Markus Wegmann, chief operating officer at Röhlig USA, said: “We are delighted to be one of only a few freight forwarders in the US to have already been recognised with the CEIV Li-batt certification.

“It further demonstrates our expertise in handling lithium batteries as well as our compliance with all regulations.”

IATA introduced the certification to ensure that the lithium battery product supply chain meets its safety obligations and complies with the applicable transport regulations.

Conversions to account 60% of new freighters in 20 years

Conversions will account for over 60% of new freighters over the next 20 years, according to the latest data from Airbus.

In its latest Global Market Forecast (GMF), the airframer predicted there will be global demand for 2,510 freighter aircraft during the period 2023-2042.

920 of these will be newbuild and 1,590 will be conversions.

600 of the total freighter aircraft will be large widebody (> 80 t) aircraft, 890 will be mid-size widebody (40 t – 80 t) aircraft, and 1,020 will be single aisle (10 t-40 t) aircraft.

This will see the world freighter fleet in service reach 3,230 aircraft by 2042.

In its GMF, Airbus predicted demand for 40,850 new passenger & freighter aircraft during the period 2023-2042.

This is 1,360 more than in the 2022 GMF.

The Middle East is due to receive the most passenger and freighter aircraft, followed by Africa, and Europe & CIS.

Growth of express air cargo will exceed general air cargo, said Airbus. In 2019, the express sector comprised 17% of the total air cargo market, while in 2042 it will comprise 25% of the market.