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Latest Aviation News | Week 47

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CrewAssist
November 19, 2020
With a positive indication that the COVID-19 vaccine is on the way, airlines have ramped-up their cargo capacities and starts preparing the supply chain as airlines aimes to serve as a dedicated anchor hub for cold chain storage and distribution of the vaccine. Here is this weeks highlighted news!

Airlines: it's all about the payload!

With a positive indication that the COVID vaccine is on the way, many airlines have ramped-up their cargo capacities! Health experts estimate that around 15 billion doses of the vaccine will need to be distributed worldwide. Many of which will need to be transported at extremely low temperatures. To give you an idea of how temperature-sensitive, Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine needs to be shipped frozen at -70°C degrees Celsius. While there are still many unknowns, we know that systems and regulations must be in place to ensure the vaccine’s safe distribution.

In Europe, KLM and Cargolux airlines are preparing for a massive cargo operations linked to vaccine transportation once it becomes available.

In the Indian subcontinent, Spicejet reported from 10,000 cargo flights since the lockdown in march and is expecting more to come.  SpiceJet has also wet leased a converted Airbus A340 to increase capacity and fly long-haul cargo routes.

While in the states, Amazon prime air is expanding cargo operations in Europe with branded B737-800 Freighters. Amazon’s expansion into Europe comes as the online retailer looks to bring more freight operations in-house, reducing its reliance on outsourcing to companies like UPS and FedEx.

Airports: Cargo pharma-hubs needed very soon!

As several pharmaceutical companies reach the phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trials, it is time to start preparing the supply chain.

Dubai SkyCentral DWC airport is preparing to become the world's most ready cargo hub for the pandemic recovery. The Dubai hub will allow the air cargo carrier to fly in vaccines from manufacturing sites globally, store and prepare shipments for regional and global distribution. Counting 4,000 square meters of dedicated temperature control, the site has a capacity of approximately 4,600 pallet locations.

Finnair Cargo is another company that is prepared to facilitate delivery of the COVID-vaccine.

“We have a long heritage of pharma excellence as we were the first airline, in 2015, to receive an international CEIV certificate for our operations from IATA,” says Fredrik Wildtgrube, Head of Global Sale at Finnair Cargo.

The company has a dedicated pharma area located in Helsinki–Vantaa Airport, Finland. The Cool Terminal has 2600 m² of controlled room temperature space, 208 m² of refrigerated storage and 50 m² of freezer space with constant checks on temperature. Its staff has been rigorously trained to take care of sensitive pharma shipments, including vaccines. Cool’s location between Europe and Asia also plays an important role when facilitating the reach of the vaccine.

Emirates SkyCargo setting up the world's largest GDP compliant airside hub for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Aerospace: Time to jump on the conversion bandwagon!

Major cargo operators such as Atlas Air and Titan Airways have secured extra funding to finance extra aircraft conversions! The moves come amidst high confidence in the cargo market to come.

The company receives US$300 million warehouse financing agreement with a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global institutional investor, and BNP Paribas as joint lead arrangers and lenders. Titan Aircraft Investments has also separately entered into a US$200 million bridge financing agreement with volofin Capital Management being the sole lender and arranger. The warehouse facility will provide debt capital to finance the acquisition of freighter aircraft leases by Titan Aircraft Investments and the bridge facility will provide debt capital to finance the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration.

The airline is in good cargo-company as other airlines including Air Canada, KLM and Ethiopian Airlines is removing seats in favor of boxes and pallets. KLM recently operated its 100th makeshift freighter flight, and Ethiopian Airlines operated no less than 25 temporary cargo conversions at one point earlier this year. As long-haul passenger demand is predicted to remain severely stunted for the next couple of years, a permanent cargo conversion seems a sensible thing to do.

CrewAssist

The CrewAssist team consist of a vast group of aviation experts. With backgrounds from many sectors including Airbus, SAS, IATA, Flight Global and the military sector we are here to assist you!

Airlines: it's all about the payload!

With a positive indication that the COVID vaccine is on the way, many airlines have ramped-up their cargo capacities! Health experts estimate that around 15 billion doses of the vaccine will need to be distributed worldwide. Many of which will need to be transported at extremely low temperatures. To give you an idea of how temperature-sensitive, Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine needs to be shipped frozen at -70°C degrees Celsius. While there are still many unknowns, we know that systems and regulations must be in place to ensure the vaccine’s safe distribution.

In Europe, KLM and Cargolux airlines are preparing for a massive cargo operations linked to vaccine transportation once it becomes available.

In the Indian subcontinent, Spicejet reported from 10,000 cargo flights since the lockdown in march and is expecting more to come.  SpiceJet has also wet leased a converted Airbus A340 to increase capacity and fly long-haul cargo routes.

While in the states, Amazon prime air is expanding cargo operations in Europe with branded B737-800 Freighters. Amazon’s expansion into Europe comes as the online retailer looks to bring more freight operations in-house, reducing its reliance on outsourcing to companies like UPS and FedEx.

Airports: Cargo pharma-hubs needed very soon!

As several pharmaceutical companies reach the phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trials, it is time to start preparing the supply chain.

Dubai SkyCentral DWC airport is preparing to become the world's most ready cargo hub for the pandemic recovery. The Dubai hub will allow the air cargo carrier to fly in vaccines from manufacturing sites globally, store and prepare shipments for regional and global distribution. Counting 4,000 square meters of dedicated temperature control, the site has a capacity of approximately 4,600 pallet locations.

Finnair Cargo is another company that is prepared to facilitate delivery of the COVID-vaccine.

“We have a long heritage of pharma excellence as we were the first airline, in 2015, to receive an international CEIV certificate for our operations from IATA,” says Fredrik Wildtgrube, Head of Global Sale at Finnair Cargo.

The company has a dedicated pharma area located in Helsinki–Vantaa Airport, Finland. The Cool Terminal has 2600 m² of controlled room temperature space, 208 m² of refrigerated storage and 50 m² of freezer space with constant checks on temperature. Its staff has been rigorously trained to take care of sensitive pharma shipments, including vaccines. Cool’s location between Europe and Asia also plays an important role when facilitating the reach of the vaccine.

Emirates SkyCargo setting up the world's largest GDP compliant airside hub for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Aerospace: Time to jump on the conversion bandwagon!

Major cargo operators such as Atlas Air and Titan Airways have secured extra funding to finance extra aircraft conversions! The moves come amidst high confidence in the cargo market to come.

The company receives US$300 million warehouse financing agreement with a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global institutional investor, and BNP Paribas as joint lead arrangers and lenders. Titan Aircraft Investments has also separately entered into a US$200 million bridge financing agreement with volofin Capital Management being the sole lender and arranger. The warehouse facility will provide debt capital to finance the acquisition of freighter aircraft leases by Titan Aircraft Investments and the bridge facility will provide debt capital to finance the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration.

The airline is in good cargo-company as other airlines including Air Canada, KLM and Ethiopian Airlines is removing seats in favor of boxes and pallets. KLM recently operated its 100th makeshift freighter flight, and Ethiopian Airlines operated no less than 25 temporary cargo conversions at one point earlier this year. As long-haul passenger demand is predicted to remain severely stunted for the next couple of years, a permanent cargo conversion seems a sensible thing to do.

CrewAssist

The CrewAssist team consist of a vast group of aviation experts. With backgrounds from many sectors including Airbus, SAS, IATA, Flight Global and the military sector we are here to assist you!

Airlines: it's all about the payload!

With a positive indication that the COVID vaccine is on the way, many airlines have ramped-up their cargo capacities! Health experts estimate that around 15 billion doses of the vaccine will need to be distributed worldwide. Many of which will need to be transported at extremely low temperatures. To give you an idea of how temperature-sensitive, Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine needs to be shipped frozen at -70°C degrees Celsius. While there are still many unknowns, we know that systems and regulations must be in place to ensure the vaccine’s safe distribution.

In Europe, KLM and Cargolux airlines are preparing for a massive cargo operations linked to vaccine transportation once it becomes available.

In the Indian subcontinent, Spicejet reported from 10,000 cargo flights since the lockdown in march and is expecting more to come.  SpiceJet has also wet leased a converted Airbus A340 to increase capacity and fly long-haul cargo routes.

While in the states, Amazon prime air is expanding cargo operations in Europe with branded B737-800 Freighters. Amazon’s expansion into Europe comes as the online retailer looks to bring more freight operations in-house, reducing its reliance on outsourcing to companies like UPS and FedEx.

Airports: Cargo pharma-hubs needed very soon!

As several pharmaceutical companies reach the phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trials, it is time to start preparing the supply chain.

Dubai SkyCentral DWC airport is preparing to become the world's most ready cargo hub for the pandemic recovery. The Dubai hub will allow the air cargo carrier to fly in vaccines from manufacturing sites globally, store and prepare shipments for regional and global distribution. Counting 4,000 square meters of dedicated temperature control, the site has a capacity of approximately 4,600 pallet locations.

Finnair Cargo is another company that is prepared to facilitate delivery of the COVID-vaccine.

“We have a long heritage of pharma excellence as we were the first airline, in 2015, to receive an international CEIV certificate for our operations from IATA,” says Fredrik Wildtgrube, Head of Global Sale at Finnair Cargo.

The company has a dedicated pharma area located in Helsinki–Vantaa Airport, Finland. The Cool Terminal has 2600 m² of controlled room temperature space, 208 m² of refrigerated storage and 50 m² of freezer space with constant checks on temperature. Its staff has been rigorously trained to take care of sensitive pharma shipments, including vaccines. Cool’s location between Europe and Asia also plays an important role when facilitating the reach of the vaccine.

Emirates SkyCargo setting up the world's largest GDP compliant airside hub for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Aerospace: Time to jump on the conversion bandwagon!

Major cargo operators such as Atlas Air and Titan Airways have secured extra funding to finance extra aircraft conversions! The moves come amidst high confidence in the cargo market to come.

The company receives US$300 million warehouse financing agreement with a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global institutional investor, and BNP Paribas as joint lead arrangers and lenders. Titan Aircraft Investments has also separately entered into a US$200 million bridge financing agreement with volofin Capital Management being the sole lender and arranger. The warehouse facility will provide debt capital to finance the acquisition of freighter aircraft leases by Titan Aircraft Investments and the bridge facility will provide debt capital to finance the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration.

The airline is in good cargo-company as other airlines including Air Canada, KLM and Ethiopian Airlines is removing seats in favor of boxes and pallets. KLM recently operated its 100th makeshift freighter flight, and Ethiopian Airlines operated no less than 25 temporary cargo conversions at one point earlier this year. As long-haul passenger demand is predicted to remain severely stunted for the next couple of years, a permanent cargo conversion seems a sensible thing to do.

CrewAssist

The CrewAssist team consist of a vast group of aviation experts. With backgrounds from many sectors including Airbus, SAS, IATA, Flight Global and the military sector we are here to assist you!

Airlines: it's all about the payload!

With a positive indication that the COVID vaccine is on the way, many airlines have ramped-up their cargo capacities! Health experts estimate that around 15 billion doses of the vaccine will need to be distributed worldwide. Many of which will need to be transported at extremely low temperatures. To give you an idea of how temperature-sensitive, Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine needs to be shipped frozen at -70°C degrees Celsius. While there are still many unknowns, we know that systems and regulations must be in place to ensure the vaccine’s safe distribution.

In Europe, KLM and Cargolux airlines are preparing for a massive cargo operations linked to vaccine transportation once it becomes available.

In the Indian subcontinent, Spicejet reported from 10,000 cargo flights since the lockdown in march and is expecting more to come.  SpiceJet has also wet leased a converted Airbus A340 to increase capacity and fly long-haul cargo routes.

While in the states, Amazon prime air is expanding cargo operations in Europe with branded B737-800 Freighters. Amazon’s expansion into Europe comes as the online retailer looks to bring more freight operations in-house, reducing its reliance on outsourcing to companies like UPS and FedEx.

Airports: Cargo pharma-hubs needed very soon!

As several pharmaceutical companies reach the phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trials, it is time to start preparing the supply chain.

Dubai SkyCentral DWC airport is preparing to become the world's most ready cargo hub for the pandemic recovery. The Dubai hub will allow the air cargo carrier to fly in vaccines from manufacturing sites globally, store and prepare shipments for regional and global distribution. Counting 4,000 square meters of dedicated temperature control, the site has a capacity of approximately 4,600 pallet locations.

Finnair Cargo is another company that is prepared to facilitate delivery of the COVID-vaccine.

“We have a long heritage of pharma excellence as we were the first airline, in 2015, to receive an international CEIV certificate for our operations from IATA,” says Fredrik Wildtgrube, Head of Global Sale at Finnair Cargo.

The company has a dedicated pharma area located in Helsinki–Vantaa Airport, Finland. The Cool Terminal has 2600 m² of controlled room temperature space, 208 m² of refrigerated storage and 50 m² of freezer space with constant checks on temperature. Its staff has been rigorously trained to take care of sensitive pharma shipments, including vaccines. Cool’s location between Europe and Asia also plays an important role when facilitating the reach of the vaccine.

Emirates SkyCargo setting up the world's largest GDP compliant airside hub for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Aerospace: Time to jump on the conversion bandwagon!

Major cargo operators such as Atlas Air and Titan Airways have secured extra funding to finance extra aircraft conversions! The moves come amidst high confidence in the cargo market to come.

The company receives US$300 million warehouse financing agreement with a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global institutional investor, and BNP Paribas as joint lead arrangers and lenders. Titan Aircraft Investments has also separately entered into a US$200 million bridge financing agreement with volofin Capital Management being the sole lender and arranger. The warehouse facility will provide debt capital to finance the acquisition of freighter aircraft leases by Titan Aircraft Investments and the bridge facility will provide debt capital to finance the conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter configuration.

The airline is in good cargo-company as other airlines including Air Canada, KLM and Ethiopian Airlines is removing seats in favor of boxes and pallets. KLM recently operated its 100th makeshift freighter flight, and Ethiopian Airlines operated no less than 25 temporary cargo conversions at one point earlier this year. As long-haul passenger demand is predicted to remain severely stunted for the next couple of years, a permanent cargo conversion seems a sensible thing to do.

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