DESPITE industry concerns of the negative health effects of pilots being exposed to high levels of radiation over the North Pole owing to a thinning of the ozone layer, Russia's AirBridgeCargo Airlines has operated its first flight over the North Pole en route from Chicago to Krasnoyarsk.

The Boeing 747-400 freighter operating the flight was said to be carrying a very special load - 175 Angus bred heifers, weighing a total of 104,000 kilogrammes. The animals landed safely at Krasnoyarsk's Emelyanovo Airport from where they were transported to a local breeding farm.

"This type of flight requires a high level of expertise from the crew because it differs from regular flight operations. Transpolar traffic is subject to zero wind conditions and can face satellite navigation system errors, radiation hazards and disrupted radio contact," a company statement said.

"Given these challenges, AirBridgeCargo chose one of its most experienced pilots for the operation, chief pilot Oleg Trotsenko, who has participated in cross-polar flight tests since 1997," said the company.

"For each pilot, opening and deployment of this new air path is a challenge. At AirBridgeCargo we have an experienced team of highly-skilled flight crew capable of undertaking such flights," Captain Trotsenko said.

According to the cargo airline, the commencement of transpolar flights from Russia will boost the "transit potential of our country. This route allows for savings in both time and fuel consumption and we do hope that it will be popular with our customers," said company president Tatyana Arslanova.

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EUROPEAN airline group OLT, which recently merged with Polish carriers Yes Airways and Jet Air, has chosen to use Commsoft's OASES maintenance management software.

Warsaw charter carrier Yes Airways, which is rebranding as OLT Express Poland, was already an OASES-user since May 2011. Regional carrier Jet Air, based in Gdansk, is rebranding as OLT Express Regional and will initially use OASES to support its fleet of two ATR 42-300 twin turboprop aircraft.

Both carriers have substantial expansion plans. OLT Express Poland intends to grow its current fleet of three Airbus A320s to 11 A319/A320s this year and, as a result, is expanding its OASES licence to cover 20 concurrent users.

OLT Express regional intends to add six ATR 72 twin turboprops in the coming months, and another six aircraft later in the year. It is signing for an initial 10 concurrent users of OASES.

Nick Godwin, Commsoft managing director, said: "It is a huge pleasure to see our customer Yes Airways become part of a larger operation so quickly. Implementing OASES in a short period to support the carrier's rapid creation was an exciting and successful project. Now we look forwards to demonstrating how OASES has the flexibility and scalability to handle further rapid expansion and dynamic fleet growth. We are also delighted to add another customer, OLT Express Regional, to our growing family of OASES users."

OLT CEO, Jacek Lyczba added: "It is a great advantage for us to be able to build on Yes Airways' OASES implementation to support the rapid growth that we plan for our company. This gives us the confidence we need to know that our maintenance processes are robust and that we meet all regulatory requirements during a time of transition and beyond."

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CHINA Eastern Airlines is forecasting a slow first half with a bigger improvement into the second half of 2012 due to the pressures of the European economic crisis on both cargo and passenger traffic.

According to the carrier's chairman Liu Shaoyong, 2012 will show a "big difference" from year previous but declined to give particulars of its impact on the company's financial performance, Reuters reports.

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SWISS WorldCargo is to double its connection options to Newark, New York by deploying a wide-body capacity using an Airbus A340-300 to connect with pharmaceutical manufacturing areas.

The carrier will provide its products suite for general and special cargo such as SWISS Celsius, SWISS X-Presso, SWISS Mail and SWISS Argus.

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MOSCOW will be the venue of this year's executive summit and annual general meeting of The International Air Cargo Association's (TIACA) to be held on May 23-24 and to be hosted by Volga-Dnepr Group.

The theme of the summit will be Air Cargo in the Rising Economies: East Balances West, and will see business leaders from both Russia and other major global markets discussing the fast-growing opportunities to do business in Russia.

With sustained growth momentum supported by a home market of 143 million consumers, rich oil and gas reserves and its imminent membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Russia sits proudly at the top table of the world's most influential economies, said the TIACA statemnent.

Situated midway between the Asian and North American markets and with a thriving air cargo industry of its own, the conference will explore the importance of the Russian air cargo market to the global economy.

TIACA has invited officials from the Federal Customs Service of Russia, the Freight Forwarders Association of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Volga-Dnepr Group to give a insights into the thriving Russia market. Tom Crabtree, regional director, marketing, Europe, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will also present an overview of the Russia and CIS markets.

Douglas Brittin, general manager, air cargo, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), US Department of Homeland Security, will also be in Moscow to update TIACA delegates on air cargo security. He will then participate in a panel with industry representatives looking at other global issues impacting the air cargo supply chain.

The event will also incorporate TIACA's Hall of Fame gala dinner on May 24.

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TURKISH Cargo, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, boosted the number of its weekly Istanbul-Budapest flights to two, starting from the beginning of March, as the cargo airline sees "significant potential in the Hungarian market and plans further expansion of capacity and frequency," it said in a statement.

The carrier deploys an Airbus A310 freighter on the service from Budapest Airport that from now on departs on Thursday afternoons, as well as, on Saturday mornings.

The company said it plans to increase the frequency of its flights to three a week. "It may change with permission to Thursday-Sunday flights in the summer schedule," a company statement said. It also plans to replace its Airbus A310 with the larger A330 freighter, to boost carrying capacity from 38 tons to 67 tons per flight.

The cargo airline said it delivers mainly textile goods and electronics from Asia to Budapest and it exports from Hungary pharmaceuticals, engineering products and electronic appliances manufactured in Hungary.

Levend Arisoy, general manager in Hungary said: "We see great opportunities and high values in the Hungarian market. Hopefully in the near future we will be able to operate three weekly flights to Budapest in addition to setting a much larger sized aircraft on this route. By 2015 we would like to operate a daily cargo flight between Istanbul and Budapest."

The freight carrier debuted in the Hungarian market last July with a weekly cargo flight on the Istanbul-Budapest route. The delivered about 1,500 tons of cargo during this period between Hungary and Turkey.

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SCANDINAVIAN Airlines (SAS) has appointed CHEP Aerospace Solutions to supply and manage its unit load device (ULD) requirements under a five-year contract.

CHEP Aerospace Solutions is providing SAS with containers and pallets from its global pool of more than 45,000 ULDs, removing the cost and hassle for the airline of positioning, repairing and managing its own fleet.

The carrier will have an option to transition to using lightweight containers supplied from CHEP Aerospace Solutions' pool, allowing it to reduce fuel emissions, helping the environment at the same time as reducing costs.

Director of network and revenue management, Kenneth Fuhrmann, said: "Contracting with CHEP Aerospace Solutions provides SAS the flexibility we need to focus upon our core business of flying passengers and cargo. CHEP proved itself to have the resources and systems to manage our needs. We look forward to our future cooperation."

Said CHEP president Ludwig Bertsch: "An increasing number of airlines are recognising that outsourcing ULD supply and management is a viable and compelling proposition."

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APPLE's debut of its new iPad has increased air freight rates by as much as 20 per cent from China to the US and Europe by its pre-booking of freight space at premium rates, reports Taiwan News Channel.

The millions of units of the latest tablet device, iPad 3, has boosted cargo business in March for the Taiwanese carriers of China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways.

But pressure is on to provide enough space for the huge shipments expected by Apple because of the mothballing of freighters because of recent overcapacity in the market.

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DUTCH based TNT Airways and Emirates SkyCargo have signed a code share and blocked-space agreement, under which Emirates will place its airline code and use of space on TNT Airways' B777 freighter flights on the New York JFK to Liege and Hong Kong-Dubai-Liege routes.

TNT Airways, a unit of TNT Express, said the agreement enables each airline to optimise operational capacity, while increasing the weekly frequencies on these routes using Boeing 777 freighters. Flight frequency on the Hong Kong-Dubai-Liege route will be raised from four to six times a week. The flight frequency on the JKF-Liege route is five times a week.

"The code share will allow TNT Express to continue to offer international delivery services while optimising the use of the long-haul fleet. This is an important step towards reducing TNT's intercontinental fixed capacity. TNT Airways is the operating airline, which gives us and our customers the required visibility and control," said TNT Express CEO Marie-Christine Lombard.

"New routes will be created between Liege, Belgium and points throughout our network. Joining forces will enable us to facilitate more connectivity between US and Middle East, as well as Dubai and Hong Kong," said Emirates cargo vice president Ram Menen.

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WORLDWIDE Flight Services (WFS) has opened a 465 square metre air freight depot at Cork Airport with an annual capacity of 3,000 tonnes expected to handle mainly pharmaceuticals, computer parts and medical devices.

"We can now offer the full WFS experience at all three major airports in (the Republic) Ireland whether the cargo is flown in to or out of these airports or trucked to and from the UK," said WFS Ireland managing director Gerry Jackson.

WFS Ireland is the appointed handling agent for most of US airlines flying to and from Ireland, including Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. The company is also the appointed handler for British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Lufthansa and SAS. It handled a total of 25,000 tonnes of goods and materials to and from Ireland in 2011.

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GLOBAL provider of ground services to the aviation sector, Swissport International, has added another award to its growing collection after being voted Ground Handler of the Year in the inaugural Air Transport News Awards.

Readers from among ATN's 42,000 subscribers in 161 countries, plus a panel of expert judges, determined the winner of the accolade on the basis of: achievements during the last year; new products launched; most influential leader; financial performance; social responsibility and contribution to society; and innovative and entrepreneurial attributes.

Kostas Iatrou, managing director of Air Transport News, said: "The readers of ATN, many of who hold executive positions in the air transport industry, voted for over a month in the above categories. Based on the votes and the verdict of a jury of internationally known industry experts, Swissport won the 2012 ATN Award for Ground Handler of the Year."

The award was presented to Mark Skinner, senior vice president for Ground Handling EMEAA, in a ceremony held in Athens, Greece.

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ALL Nippon Airways (ANA) president Shinichiro Ito has said that the airline may expand a venture with Lufthansa after greater cooperation with its partner helped the Japanese carrier double transfer passengers at its main international hub.

ANA may start tie-ups with Lufthansa units Swiss International Air Lines AG, Austrian Airlines AG and Brussels Airlines NV, Bloomberg reported. The Tokyo-based airline began the Lufthansa venture in October following the start of a similar accord with United Continental Holdings (UAL) in April 2011.

"We've had a big boost in passengers flying to Narita airport and changing planes" because of the two pacts, Mr Ito said, adding that widening the Lufthansa agreement "is definitely a possibility."

The carrier, the only operator of Boeing 787s, may also start flights to Moscow using the aircraft, as it expands international operations.

"About half of Japanese flying abroad use non-Japanese airlines, so there is a lot of room for ANA to expand its international business," Seigo Ando, a Tokyo-based senior analyst at Deutsche Bank AG said. "Moscow is a good destination, as there are many potential passengers related to automakers and other kinds of companies going there from Japan for business."

Mr Ito said ANA is also focusing on full services to differentiate from those of low-cost carriers. It's backing two of the new low-cost carriers in Japan - Peach Aviation Ltd, which began flights recently, and AirAsia Japan Co, which will start services in August. The two may generate annual revenue of as much as JPY 200 billion (US$2.5 billion) within five years.

Under the ventures with United and Lufthansa, ANA coordinates schedules with its partners, as well as sharing revenue. The pacts helped boost ANA's transfers at Narita Airport to about 100,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 170 per cent increase from a year earlier.

"A lot more are using it as a hub to fly to China and other areas in Asia," Mr Ito said.

Lufthansa is focusing on fully implementing the bilateral agreement with ANA by April 1, spokesman for the airline, Boris Ogursky said. The agreement allows the possible entry of the carrier's affiliate airlines, he said, adding that no decision has been taken on the matter yet.

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Kiel, March 9, 2012: Kiel’s plan to create a big berth facility for cruise ships is steadily taking on more shape. For the first time, the PORT OF KIEL is presenting a visual display of the new Ostuferhafen Cruise Shipping Berth 1 project to an international audience at the upcoming Cruise Shipping Trade Fair in Miami from March 12th to March 15th. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG, said “we are investing long-term in the expansion of our capacities. From as early as next year we will also be in a position to handle cruise ship passenger exchanges in the Ostuferhafen”. The creation of the Berth 1 facility in the Ostuferhafen means that Kiel will have four terminal berth facilities available for cruise ships, three of them capable of handling big vessels. The future Cruise Shipping Berth 1 will have a quay length of 395 metres on a water depth of 10.5 metres and will have all the facilities needed to process the ships. The handling terminal building for passengers and luggage will cover a ground area of 3,000 m² and will be capable of extension at any time as required. From a transport point of view, the Ostuferhafen has an ideal link to the motorway network. More than 400 long-stay parking places for cars are available directly at the handling terminal along with sufficient parking slots for shuttle buses and coaches.

The capacity expansion is necessary to relieve the city’s Ostseekai Terminal which gets particularly busy at weekends during the summer season. “We offer a very attractive overall package”, said Dirk Claus. “Even though the new berth is not directly located in the city centre, the situation for passenger exchange business still compares very favourably with that in Copenhagen. The Cruise Shipping Berth 1 will further strengthen our market position”, he said. All current and conceivable future ship sizes can be accepted at the Ostuferhafen. The terminal site has plenty of space available and also opens up opportunities to shipping companies for individual company branding.

During this year’s cruise shipping season, which will be opened on March 31st by the “AIDAcara”, Kiel expects 138 calls by 25 different cruise ships. The most frequent guests will be vessels belonging to the shipping companies AIDA, Costa, MSC and TUI Cruises which regularly exchange passengers in Kiel. Eight cruise ships will call at Kiel for the first time, among them Cunard’s “Queen Elizabeth” which is expected at the Ostseekai Terminal on July 24th.  Dirk Claus said “the number of ships calling at Kiel with international guests is rising all the time. Marketing ourselves as a tourist destination is a further aspect of our activity at Cruise Shipping in Miami”, he added. Working alongside regional tourism officials, Kiel has put together a list of Schleswig-Holstein’s tourist highlights which will be presented to shipping companies in Miami.

Kiel is currently the third largest cruise shipping turnaround port in northern Europe. From Kiel attractive routes take travellers to the Baltic’s biggest cities, along the Norwegian fiords as well as to the North Cape and England. Last year more than 375,000 cruise ship passengers were recorded in Kiel, which is also a port of call for important ferry lines from Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Every year two million ferry and cruise ship passengers board or disembark in the port. Currently Kiel has three passenger terminals available - at the Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai - and all are very close to the city centre

PORT OF KIEL at Cruise Shipping Miami from March 12th to March 15th. German Pavilion, Booth 2269.


Kiel, March 9, 2012: The SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG has a new corporate image. The new marketing concept and logo of the PORT OF KIEL will be presented in public for the first time at Cruise Shipping Miami, March 12-15th in the USA. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG said “we have successfully positioned our company on the market over the past few years and our new corporate design will reflect this. Kiel has the most up-to-date terminal facilities in city centre location, places a lot of emphasis on high service quality and offers its customers individual attention. No other port offers such a combination of factors”. This self-awareness will be graphically portrayed in the port’s new logo, consisting of five stylised ships coming together to form a star above the lettering PORT OF KIEL. The image will be embellished by the mission statement “First Trade - First Travel”. Commented Dirk Claus “it is our aspiration to offer all customers a first-class and at the same time a very personal service. This is true not only of freight handling but also in the passenger sector”.

The new marketing image of the PORT OF KIEL is the work of the widely respected Hamburg agency MUTABOR Design, the managing director of which once studied at Kiel’s Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts & Design. “With this new image we want to further raise the level of awareness of the Port of Kiel both at home and especially abroad”. That’s why the cruise shipping trade fair in Miami was chosen for the unveiling of our new marketing image. In future the port will market itself exclusively as the PORT OF KIEL but the German designation SEEHAFEN KIEL, which has been used until now, will be retained in the name of the company. Dirk Claus said “the port is active in an international setting and so it is only logical that the English designation PORT OF KIEL be used in its logo”. The new design will be gradually phased in from this spring so the new logo will soon be on view at all the terminals in Kiel. It is planned to follow that by extending the new marketing image to subsidiary companies.

The PORT OF KIEL is one of the most versatile and economically viable ports in the Baltic region. Its geographic location, deep water for ocean-going ships and direct links to rail and motorway networks make it equally attractive for both cargo handling and passenger traffic. Kiel also benefits from its location at the entrance to the Kiel Canal, the busiest man-made waterway in the world. During the summer season, Kiel is a centre of attraction for cruise ships and among the biggest turnaround ports in northern Europe. Last year two million passengers boarded or disembarked from ships in Kiel while more than six million tons of cargo were also turned round.

The SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG operates Kiel’s commercial port on behalf of the Schleswig-Holstein state capital, of which it is a 100% subsidiary. The SEEHAFEN KIEL is responsible for port development as well as for the upgrading and maintenance of facilities. Its other fields of activity are port services and railway and airport operation as well as building and property management.

This press release along with the new logo, photo material and an animated film are available on the Internet at


Interstream Barging will take the first petrol-free LNG Greenstream tanker in use at the end of 2012.

This inland shipping innovation has been developed by Peters Shipyards and was built entirely in the Netherlands. The LNG Greenstream tanker is the first ship to run exclusively on LNG, Liquid Natural Gas, which is converted into electricity for propulsion.

Pieter Peeters, CEO of Interstream Barging, said:

"The LNG Greenstream tanker is a ship entirely driven by electricity and represents an enormous step forward for the inland shipping industry in the fields of sustainability, security and efficiency. It is in fact a completely new look for inland shipping. The joint development of the LNG Greenstream tanker started some two years ago. We wanted to give firm innovative impetus, as there is much at stake. The trend nowadays is to reward cleaner ships for their efforts, as demonstrated for example by the reduction of port fees, giving an important boost to the development of LNG. With the LNG Greenstream tanker we have skipped the 'dual fuel' step for an entirely LNG-electric operated ship.”

Recently the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) authorised for the first time the exploitation, up to 30 June 2017, of a tanker running solely on LNG - namely the Argonon, owned by Deen Shipping. The CCNR asserts in its recommendation that other inland barges running on LNG will soon become operational. In recent months the CCNR Working Party on Inspection Regulations has carried out a thorough study into the specific risks of LNG as a fuel and into the huge progress that its "clean" technology offers. The CCNR, in close co-operation with shipping businesses, the shipbuilding industry and the classification agencies, has wants to stimulate the development of LNG in inland shipping, but without any negative impact on security and good traffic handling.

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