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Bilbao, Spain ' September 15, 2004 ' IBS Software Services (IBS) today launched its new-generation Cargo solution ' SmartCargo at TIACA's 22nd International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition here in Bilbao. SmartCargo is a web-based solution that comprehensively meets the needs of the core cargo operations of airlines.SmartCargo is an effective tool for cargo capacity management, tracking, pricing, AWB stock control and ULD management. It enables accurate estimation of available cargo capacities using historical information, increases revenue through better management of available capacities, maintains integrated cargo tariffs helping airlines to price their services better. It provides up-to-the-minute information on shipment status and facilitates communication of shipment status to the supplier/customer. It also gives customers direct access to airline services via the Internet. Significantly, the system minimises errors in data capture that translates into substantial savings in time and cost.Associated with the launching of SmartCargo, Mr. V K Mathews, IBS Chairman and Managing Director was all praise for the team that came up with this innovative product. He said, 'SmartCargo is a futuristic solution that supports the integrated management of cargo reservations and ground operations of modern cargo carrying airlines. Built on technologies that offer scalability, it can be customised to meet current and future business needs'. SmartCargo is a product that has understood the needs of the airline cargo industry and has delivered a very user-friendly solution.Whilst SmartCargo is capable of interfacing with a multitude of airline systems, it also facilitates in providing information to Departure Control, Load Balancing, Revenue Accounting, Financial Accounting, Passenger Reservation and Customs. Peter Cefai ' (COO, IBS-Europe) said, 'With this launch of SmartCargo, IBS has established itself as a new generation cargo and logistics solutions provider. In fact, IBS has combined domain vision and path-breaking ideas with technology expertise and domain experience, to create a cost-effective solution to solve business challenges of today and tomorrow'.IBS recently partnered with Cendant Travel Distribution Services (TDS), a division of Cendant Corp. for the marketing of IBS' new generation Passenger Services System designed to replace legacy technologies. IBS domain expertise was key to implementing a sophisticated new generation cargo terminal operations system for the Emirates Group and implementing a comprehensive mail management system for Qantas Freight. 

 Despite several obstacles put in place to in a bid to prevent the launch of the new service,TTA Airlink recently launched operations between Maputo and Johannesberg.The identity of the company or organization which attempted to block the introduction of the service, has not yet been revealed. Meanwhile, the national flag carrier, LAM,has announced that it is to resume services to Lisbon,Portugal,as from October 2010.This route will be operated by single B737-300 on lease and plans are underway to begin services to Brazil in the near future. Also the phasing out of B737-200 is being initiated with Embrear ERJ195 joining the fleet by early next year. Non-scheduled and Scheduled Cargo & Freight Flights in Africa Vatry.Zimbabwean- based cargo airline ,Avient, has operated a B767-300 freighter on ashort term lease from Portugal-based EuroAtlantic.These will enable business for cargo remain competitive and air transport being the preferred way to transport goods quicker. In Nairobi, Kenya Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport remains the hub for cargo transportation and logistics to Somalia, South Sudan. From Wilson Airport cargo ranging from 200kgs to4 tones can be airlifted from there to Juba,Rumbek,Yei,Malakal,Akobo,Wau,Bentiu,Yambio all in (South Sudan),Mogadishu,Betelluen,Galgayo,Bosaso,Marere,Jamame,Afmadow,Dinsor,Wajid ,Garowe,Kismayu,Mogadishu North,K50 among other airports and airstrip. There are A320,B767-300,B737-300,B707,DC-9,F28-500,LET 410,DONNIER 228,C-208 CARAVAN ,DHC-8 BUFFALO,HS748,DASH-8,F27-500 which are readily available for adhoc charter but you need to obtain clearances which will take approximately 2 working days notice. It is cheaper to fly cargo to Somalia and South Sudan to Juba and Mogadishu at per kilo rate as long you make advance bookings. To Juba there are daily flights and Mogadishu International 2 flights weekly. The B737-300 will take upto 15 tones to Juba at arate of usd 1.85 for full capacity and Mogadishu 11 tones at usd 2.3 per kilo on full capacity.Tonage has reduced on Mogadishu as at times there is no fuel and thus the need to reduce on tonnage and carry return fuel. There are also cash-on transit to Chad,Darfur,DR Congo provided to ferry and the charter rates are competitive but you have to organize with security firms who have the insurance for the cash from the strong room to the departure and destination airport so incase of any theft you are covered.

 

The national carrier of Uganda, Air Uganda launched its direct flights Entebbe International Airport to Moi International Airport Kenya using MD-87 three times per week on, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The move heralds a new era of air connectivity between landlocked Uganda and Mombasa, which is an important business corridor for many Uganda and Great Lakes region entrepreneurs. These has also opened opportunities for tourists who are visiting both Kenya and Uganda who can now fly direct from Mombasa to Entebbe and do gorilla safaris in Uganda and this will also benefit tourists who are visiting the entire Coast Malindi,Ukunda,Lamu,Mombasa and even Tsavo East/Tsavo West as they is no hassle of flying on scheduled flight from Mombasa to Nairobi and at times it is very hectic as at times you end up missing connecting your flights due to delays due to weather and technical operations issues that are unavoidable. Budget travelers have a reason to laugh as they will no longer have to take long hours on the road travelling to and from Uganda.

 

Ethiopian Airlines is to respond to the rapidly growing air cargo demand in the country, especially exports, by embarking on the construction of a major cargo terminal project at its Bole International Airport hub and is to begin negotiations for new large all-cargo aircraft. The airline already has the largest cargo fleet in Africa consisting of two Boeing 757-200Fs, two MD-11s and two B747Fs and is now setting its sights on an undisclosed number of Boeing 777 freighters. Ethiopia CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam,told World Air news that as the country's import/export business was growing and in order to meet this demand, the airline was to build a new cargo terminal and order new cargo aircraft. The airline had earlier called for tenders for a new cargo terminal, but scrubbed the ideal when the prices tendered proved to be far higher than originally anticipated. Now the project is to be re-opened. Management has called for a revised design and will soon call for tenders. "We are redesigning the cold storage perishable cargo warehouse so that it includes the whole warehouse expansion (both the dry cargo warehouse and perishable cargo warehouse) expansion," Tewolde said."We are seriously considering acquiring Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft.Today; this is the most efficient freighter aircraft in the world especially in today's high fuel price environment. This is in line with our Vision 2025 freighter fleet plan," Tewolde said."We will soon start negotiation with Boeing. "We are also studying market diversification for the flower export destinations. This is being conducted with the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association and the Ethiopian Horticulture Development Agency." The amount of cargo being hauled by the national flag carrier has increased from 42000 to 110000 tones per annum in the past five years.