FIA 2018’s Cargo Village showcases air cargo’s important role as the engine of UK economic growth
British all-cargo airline CargoLogicAir (CLA), a headline sponsor for the Cargo Village at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018, signalled its global ambition and showcased 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, holding company of CargoLogicAir, signing a MoU with Boeing to acquire 29 Boeing 777 Freighters with a total value of $9.8 billion.
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 cargo as well as CLA’s special double-deck pallet designed for shipping cars. CLA also presented the nose-loading capabilities of the 747-8F with demonstrations featuring Jeep Wrangler and 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. Also, David Kerr, CEO of CargoLogicAir, and Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation with the aim to strengthen airline’s positions in the European market and support its expanding network through 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.
In his opening address to the Cargo Conference, David Kerr said: “We are delighted that the Cargo Village at FIA 2018 is proving to be such a success and attracting such a large and influential audience. Having pioneered the first-ever Cargo Village at FIA 2016, we are proud of how cargo’s participation in the event has grown and hope it will become a permanent fixture of future Airshows. 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 provides 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.”