Issue 4 2021 - Freight Business Journal


Samskip takes to the air

Multimodal operator Samskip has created a dedicated air freight business, adding to its existing rail, road, short sea and inland waterway offerings. Director global forwarding, Samskip Logistics, Martijn

Tasma, explained: “With 47 offices in 35 countries, Samskip has the network, the local staff, the customs knowhow and the digital booking systems to flourish

in offering airfreight services for high value cargoes,

pier-to-pier and door-to-door. Schiphol is a global gateway for air freight business with China, the US, South America, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, and provides a European gateway to Samskip’s multimodal network of trucks, trains, barges and short sea vessels.” Samskip Air will be based

at Schiphol Airport, managed by Hans Blauw, who joins as airfreight manager aſter four years of running Fairways Group.

Ceva offers time-critical solutions

Ceva Logistics is offering a Skycapacity

program with

guaranteed access to global air cargo capacity for customers in a market that continues to experience volatility. The forwarder

has currently purchased

recurring capacity on key routes. The Skycapacity network offers


to and from North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Ceva has also launched a

Time Critical Solution for clients in healthcare, automotive, aerospace

or manufacturing

environments, where specific parts or products are needed in emergency or short timeframes with priority loading and

the fastest routing possible. The service also includes full insurance and customs clearance. The one-stop-shop Time

Critical Solution team will make contact regarding any request

within 15 minutes, following quickly with the quoted solution. It also delivers constant monitoring and attention for every shipment. If the shipment misses the deadline, Ceva will refund the shipment cost.

IAG Cargo’s British Airways flew 27 tonnes of medical aid to Delhi on the evening of 5 May. Some 1,349 items of aid were loaded onto a chartered a B777-200, supported by volunteers from the airline to ensure life-saving supplies reach the country as soon as possible. Charities contributing aid for transit on

the flight included the High Commission of

India, Temple, the Khalsa

Aid International and Neasden Hindu


outside India. The load includes hundreds of

oxygen cylinders and shipments oxygen


respirators and blood oxygen saturation monitors. British

Airways is also donating care packages for families in need. While IAG Cargo and British

Airways have maintained a vital air link between London and India throughout the pandemic, sending aid items on scheduled flights, this air liſt is a special charter, fully funded by the two companies.

On-seat cargo is in the bag for KLM

KLM Cargo and its equipment supplier Trip & Co have designed a cargo seat bag to allow in-cabin freight to be transported safely and without damaging interior fittings. During the Covid-19 pandemic

the Dutch carrier resorted to carrying medical relief goods and PPE material on seats secured with plastic sheeting and straps. Initially, these flights were operated on the airline’s remaining three KLM Boeing 747 Combis but now that these aircraſt have been retired, Boeing 777s have taken over which are also fully operational for passenger flights. Boxes must be loaded into the seats with enormous care to avoid damaging the interior, seats and

entertainment systems. The bags not only protect the

interior, but also double loading capacity on the seats, reduce physical strain during handling and prevent plastic waste. KLM received the first set of 172 Cargo Seat Bags (single-

seat, double-seat and triple-seat versions) on 8 April and carried out its first operational flight using them on 13 April, carrying about 950 boxes (10 tonnes) of medical

relief goods and

Covid-19 test kits from Shanghai to Amsterdam.

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