The airline said the move would “dramatically change the competitive dynamics of the air cargo market in Australia.”
Virgin Australia Cargo group executive Merren McArthur said: “Virgin Australia will now actively compete in the domestic and short-haul international cargo market for the first time.”
She said the carrier would leverage the “Virgin Australia customer-focused culture to deliver exceptional service at competitive rates.”
Virgin Australia Cargo has also launched a state of the art IT system, which will help the carrier optimize cargo capacity as well as providing tracking and customized reporting services for customers.
Virgin Australia’s existing exclusive arrangement with Toll Group will cease June 30, but its “long-standing partnership with Virgin Atlantic for the sale and management of cargo capacity on Virgin Australia’s long-haul services” will continue.
The IOTS World Congress Barcelona will attract the most outstanding international companies and experts in the sector to offer the most innovative applications of the Internet of Things to the industrial sector and discuss how this technology is going to transform the global economy in the coming years. Fira de Barcelona and the Industrial Internet Consortium, the sector's leading international association, are organizing the first global event to focus on the IoT as a solution for companies, business and the global market.
Fira de Barcelona announces it will host a new IoT global event, the IoT Solutions World Congress at the Gran Via Exhibition Centre on 16-18 September, 2015. The event will bring together international thought leaders and technology organizations to showcase the latest innovations and solutions available in the Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT technology connects the internet with everyday objects or industrial machinery in order to gather data and analytics that can help cut costs and optimize production. According to the Industrial Internet Consortium Executive Director Dr. Richard Soley: "The Industrial Internet is a technological phenomenon which is changing the way we work and live. It's not a futuristic concept - this change is happening now. Companies who don't want to be left behind, need to pay attention and start deploying solutions today."
As the IoT will affect all industries in the future, the IoT Solutions World Congress is targeted to industry players from all sectors including: manufacturing, hospitality, energy, transportation, logistics, construction, infrastructure, agriculture and healthcare. Roger Bou, the director of the IoT Solutions World Congress, says: "This new event aims to provide a bridge between technology and industry in every sector, offering genuinely practical applications so that companies attending the event will be the first to have an impact on the market in the future."
Fira de Barcelona is organizing the event in partnership with the Industrial Internet Consortium, the Industrial IoT organization founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel to bring together organizations and technology with the goal of accelerating the growth, adoption, and widespread use of industrial IoT.
American Airlines Cargo started pharmaceutical handling facility in Philadelphia, PA. The company continues to invest in technology and enhancements that allow meeting and exceeding the expectations of ExpediteTC ° customers who have specific temperature requirements.
American Airlines Cargo offers both active and passive temperature-controlled shipping needs. The Procedures have been tested time and again, so it will help knowing the shipment will reach its destination at its desired temperature.
They use a unique, online high-visibility system to monitor and track all temperature-sensitive shipments. Pre-alerts are issued at origin, transfer and destination points, and detailed online tracking monitors shipments at every point along the way. Options are also available for customers to receive alerts via email or mobile phone on the status of their shipment.
Specifically designed to cater to a full range of pharmaceutical products, the 25,000-square-foot (2,325 m²), state-of-the-art facility is staffed/monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and includes: 6,000 ft 2 (560 m²) for Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) passive shipments at +15°C to +25°C , A 3,000 ft 2 (280 m²) refrigerated area for passive shipments requiring +2°C to +8°C maintenance (COL) , A deep frozen area (FRO) that caters to shipments needing to be kept at -10°C to -20°C , An Active Container Management (ACM) area, including charging stations with capacity for simultaneous re-charging of 30+ RKNs ,Advanced technology for monitoring products with proactive alarming, validated to 0.25°C, A full back-up power generation system.
The Port of Barcelona will host the Annual Conference of the European Shortsea Network (ESN) next year, for the first time in Spain. The objective of this event, which will be organised by the Spanish Association for the Promotion of Short Sea Shipping (SPC-Spain) with the support of the Catalan enclave, as well as other partners (Grimaldi, GNV, Flota Suardíaz and Neptune Lines), will offer the opportunity to update and share developments and new trends in short sea shipping (SSS), as well as to contact counterparts and various sector agents. In addition to this, the European School of Short Sea Shipping is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2016, which will be an additional incentive, as highlighted from SPC-Spain.
The 2015 edition took place in Copenhagen, where the most topical issues were dealt with, such as SSS market outlook, Motorways of the Sea, public-private financing, environmental impact, and safety in transport. Further, the options offered by the new CEF financial instrument for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), as well as some of the projects being developed under the TEN-T program, were explained in detail.
Barcelona El Prat Airport's shuttle train line connecting T1 and T2 with the city will enter the construction phase by the end of Jul-2015, according to Spain's Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing Julio Gómez Pomar (elperiodico.com/europapress.es, 06-Jul-2016). The project is reportedly drawing an investment of more than EUR200 million with between seven and nine million passengers p/a expected to use the service.
The second largest bank in the world has included Barcelona in its expansion plans, setting up its Spanish headquarters here.
The China Construction Bank (CCB) will inaugurate its first headquarters in Barcelona on July 1st, adding to offices in cities such as Paris, Milan and Amsterdam in the entity's expansion strategy
easyJet's recent announcement that it plans to open a new base at Barcelona El Prat Airport from Feb-2016 provides an opportunity to examine the recent traffic history of Europe's leading LCC airport. Barcelona is home to IAG subsidiary Vueling, the biggest operator at the airport and Europe's third largest LCC. Vueling's nearest competitors here are Ryanair and easyJet, ranked first and second among European LCCs.
The narrative at Barcelona remains substantially about short and medium haul and the main protagonists continue to be Europe's leading LCCs. However, there is an emerging sub-plot, albeit one that remains in the background for now. This concerns the global super-connectors, who aim to turn Barcelona's paucity of long haul destinations to their advantage.
Traffic growth at Barcelona was strong before the global financial crisis, but slumped in 2008 and 2009. It bounced back quickly in 2010 and 2011, before the demise of Spanair interrupted the resumption of rapid growth. After various twists and turns in the traffic growth path of the three leading airlines at Barcelona, all three now look ready to battle hard, particularly for business passengers.
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced new leadership, effective 21 May when current Chairman Oliver Evans and Vice Chairman Enno Osinga retire.
Sanjiv Edward, Head of Cargo Business at Delhi International Airport has been named as the next Chairman of TIACA, with Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics named Vice Chairman. TIACA provided the following biographical notes:
* Sanjiv Edward has worked in the aviation industry for over 18 years, including more than a decade with British Airways. He completed his Executive Management Studies from the Oxford Brookes University and also served as a member of the high level Working Group constituted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, India to formulate the Air Cargo Policy for India. He is one of the founding members of the Air Cargo Forum India and heads its Innovation Group.
* Sebastiaan Scholte has worked in the air freight industry for over 18 years, including with Aeromexico where he was VP Sales. He held senior management roles with Cargolux for eight years from 2002, and took over as CEO at Jan de Rijk Logistics in 2010. He holds a Global Executive MBA from the IESE Business School and is also Chairman of the Cool Chain Association.
TIACA is governed by its Trustee members who elect the Board of Directors to manage the Association’s affairs and establish its policy. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected by the Board for two year terms. What is interesting about the current appointments is that neither Mr Edward nor Mr Scholte works for an airline. Both have executive experience with airlines, but Sanjiv Edward now works for an airport and Sebastiaan Scholte for a road freight company. Historically, TIACA was primarily focused on the air freight business from the perspective of airlines, but recent years have seen a welcome (and neccessary) change toward representing all players in the air freight game — including airlines, airports, handlers, truckers, forwarders, and manufacturers. Outgoing Vice Chairman Enno Osinga, for example, was the head of cargo at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.