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The week in brief

By control on October 10, 2013
  • South African Airways Cargo partnered with Fullstride Media and Kennel Union of Southern Africa, who are the organizers of the 2013 FCI World Agility Championships. The FCI World Agility Championship is a dog show that attracts teams from all over the world. SAA Cargo will carry the dogs participating in the event, which takes places Friday to Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Globe Tracker International, a global trade data analytics company, announced its partnership with Xmetra OU, a supplier of services for remote detection and tracking of leakages of hazardous materials during transportation and storage. The companies will deliver integrated, real-time wireless detection, tracking, alarm condition reporting and remote management of intermodal containers used for high-risk materials.
  • Boeing delivered EL AL Israel Airlines' first Next-Generation 737-900ER airplane. The delivery is the first of six 737-900ERs the Israeli flag-carrier has on order and is the latest addition to EL AL's all-Boeing fleet.
  • AV Cargo and Global Airways will enter an agreement to provide direct freighter services from South Africa to a number of key markets in West Africa. Under the arrangement, Global Airways has wet-leased an MD-11 freighter for the route and will commence regular flights from Johannesburg to Freetown, Sierra Leone via Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Lagos, Nigeria. The new weekly service will begin Oct. 22.
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical China, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, awarded Kuehne + Nagel a contract for the warehouse management of its medical devices in China.
  • Japan Airlines signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs.

  • Japan Airlines signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is the airline’s first order for Airbus aircraft. It is also the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB. Japan Airlines and Airbus aim for entry into service in 2019, with the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its aging fleet over a six-year period.
  • Etihad Airways confirmed its equity stake in Virgin Australia Holdings had reached 19.9 percent. This follows a series of on-market purchases of Virgin Australia shares over recent weeks. Etihad now holds more than 515 million shares in its equity partner airline. At 19.9 percent, Etihad has reached the threshold approved by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board in June.
  • The International Air Cargo Association is seeking air cargo industry nominations for its 2014 Hall of Fame Award. The award has been presented annually since 1997, recognizing business leaders whose contribution to the growth and development of the industry deserves to be recognized. Any individuals in the air cargo business can nominate candidates for the award. The closing date for submissions is Nov. 15.
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