British cargo airline CargoLogicAir (CLA) used its sponsorship of the Cargo Village at last month’s Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 to signal its global ambition and to showcase the important role air cargo will play in the development of a more outward‐looking, globally trading UK economy.
The event was marked by CargoLogicHolding, which incorporates CargoLogicAir, signing a letter of intent with Boeing to acquire 29 Boeing 777 Freighters valued at $9.8 billion. The more than 2,000 visitors to the Cargo Village were invited onboard CargoLogicAir’s new generation Boeing 747‐8F, which took pride of place on static display in the entrance to the cargo area of the Airshow. They were also introduced to temperature‐controlled ‘active’ container technology for pharmaceutical cargoes as well as CLA’s special double‐deck pallet for shipping cars. CLA also presented the nose‐loading capabilities of the 747‐8F with demonstrations featuring a Jeep Wrangler and an aircraft engine fan case.
During the three days of the Cargo Village, CargoLogicAir, together with its strategic partner AirBridgeCargo Airlines, announced they have joined forces with SITAONAIR for a new Internet of Things (IoT) project to monitor, in real‐time, the journey of sensitive pharmaceutical cargo inflight. SITAONAIR’s specific IoT solution collects IoT data during the course of a flight, which can then be sent, securely, to its ground data management
and dispatch platform, built to monitor the inflight status of carriers’ goods. David Kerr, CEO of CargoLogicAir, and Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation with the aim of strengthening the airline’s position in the European market and in support of its expanding network through the development of a regional hub and enhancement of freighter capacity.
This year’s Cargo Village also included a dedicated Cargo Conference with contributions from IATA Cargo, The International Air Cargo Association, the Transported Asset Protection Association, Boeing, DHL, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Turkish Cargo, DHL, CEVA Logistics, Heathrow Airport, Seabury Consulting, Astral Aviation, Israel Aerospace Industries, Natilus, Dronamics, Falcon Drone Technology, OnAsset Intelligence and Volga‐Dnepr Group.
David Kerr said: “We are delighted that the Cargo Village at FIA 2018 was such a success and attracted a large and influential audience. Two years ago at Farnborough, we were a young airline taking delivery of our second Boeing 747 freighter. Since then, as the only UK‐based operator of widebody, long‐haul freighters, we have operated over 2,200 flights to all corners of the globe and carried over 170,000 tons of cargo. We are committed to continuing to scale up our business over the next two years, which will include our next freighter delivery in early 2019.
“We were especially pleased to welcome Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the UK Department for Transport, onboard our 747‐8F on the first day of the Cargo Village to promote the important role air cargo plays in the sustainability and growth of the UK economy. Britain has the potential to become an even more outward‐looking, globally trading economy and air cargo will be the engine of that success. At a time when our government is defining its aviation policy, our participation the Cargo Village at FIA 2018 provided another significant opportunity to ensure the needs of cargo and its importance to UK plc are at the forefront of the Government’s mind to safeguard Britain’s role as one of the world’s leading exporters and importers.”