Friday, July 20, 2018
The sixth-generation fighter nicknamed Tempest will eventually succeed the Eurofighter Typhoon through a partnership involving BAE Systems (advanced combat air systems and integration), Rolls-Royce (advanced power and propulsion systems), Leonardo (advanced sensors, electronics and avionics) and MBDA (advanced weapon systems) along with the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office.Tempest details were scant, although laser weaponry was mooted by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who opened the show amid political turmoil that has also involved Airbus' position on Brexit, reported Canberra's Australian Aviation.Mr Williamson said the combat air strategy announced at Farnborough "leaves industry, our military, the country and our allies in no doubt that the UK will be flying high in the combat air sector as we move into the next generation".He continued: "It shows our allies that we are open to working together to protect the skies in an increasingly threatening future - and this concept model is just a glimpse into what the future could look like."The Ministry of Defence said early decisions around how to acquire the capability were to be confirmed by the end of 2020, with a final investment decision to be made by 2025."The aim is then for a next generation platform to have operational capability by 2035," Mr Williamson added.
"Through the programme operators receive an overhauled and certified landing gear from an exchange pool maintained by Boeing, with stocked components and supporting parts shipping within 24 hours," Boeing was quoted as saying in a report by Canberra's Australian Aviation.Emirates signed up 150 Boeing 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 777-300 aircraft for Boeing's optimised maintenance programme which is the largest fleet win for the company's OMP offering of customised maintenance.EVA Airways agreed to purchase a multi-faceted set of Boeing offerings, including component solutions that involve Boeing and its partners owning, managing and maintaining a global exchange pool inventory. The airline also purchased quick engine change solutions and signed a further 10-year contract for Boeing's Jeppesen electronic flight bag and chart products.Boeing signed up Hawaiian Airlines for electronic flight bag services for both its Boeing 717 and 767 fleets, as well as its A330 and A321 aircraft. Boeing says this will "enhance navigation and situational awareness and simplify preparation and in-flight procedures across the Hawaiian fleet."Lion Air Group's Malindo Air is also signing up with Jeppesen, to offer dispatcher training services at its Kuala Lumpur operations centre. Boeing said the programme provides the foundation for multiple aviation career opportunities available with a dispatcher license.China's Okay Airlines will use Boeing's airplane health management (AHM) for its 737 MAX fleet. Boeing said AHM "improves operations using predictive analytics supporting maintenance and engineering."Canadian carrier WestJet also signed on for AHM, bringing the number of customers for the product to 100. It will use the system to provide predictive analytics for its B787 fleet.On the military side of the show Boeing and the Royal Netherlands Air Force signed a five-year performance-based logistics support agreement for its rotorcraft, covering the Dutch fleet of AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. This agreement will combine Dutch Chinook and Apache support services into one integrated customer support programme.The US Air Force signed a Boeing contract worth up to $986 million to provide crew instruction and operate, sustain, modify and upgrade the C-17 aircrew and maintenance training systems over six and a half years.Boeing and the USAF also agreed a sole-source contract to repair, support, configure and provide parts obsolescence management for F-15 radars. Boeing will provide engineering, customer training, system analysis and integration of all radar types across the US Air Force F-15 fleet.
The deals, announced at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, include a letter of intent to acquire 29 Boeing 777 Freighters, confirmation of an order for five Boeing 747-8 Freighters, the purchase of a crew pairing solution, and an agreement to work together on future freighter projects.Said Volga-Dnepr Group president Alexey Isaykin: "This is a very significant day in our company's history. We will work with Boeing to develop new freighter solutions to serve the unique and fast-changing requirements of our global customers."Said Boeing commercial airplanes chief executive Kevin McAllister: "We are extremely honoured that Volga-Dnepr Group and CargoLogicHolding have once again placed their trust on Boeing's freighter family to carry their business into the future."
Data by Flightglobal indicated that Airbus won 186 orders against Boeing's 175, largely in the re-engined narrowbody segment. A couple of dozen Airbus A350s, Boeing 777 freighters - plus a letter of intent for 20 COMAC ARJ21-700s from China's Urumqi Airlines - and an order for 25 Embraer E-Jet E1 and four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners rounded out the tally, reported Canberra's Australian Aviation.Notably, no orders were received for the Airbus A220 or A330neo,or for Boeing's 777X. The aircraft manufacturers need orders to bridge the chasm from the "ceo" to "neo" and from the 777-300ER/200LR to the 777X.On the Airbus side: Taiwan's new airline StarLux ordered Airbus A350XWB aircraft for its long-haul operations. The airline is expected to use the widebodies to start transpacific service to the US and will take 12 of the stretched A350-1000 aircraft and five A350-900 aircraft.Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines confirmed an earlier order for 10 Airbus A350 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines. The airline is expected to deploy the aircraft on its long-haul routes, including Europe and North America.Kuwaiti carrier Wataniya Airways confirmed an order for 25 Airbus A320neo aircraft, which had previously been the subject of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. The aircraft will be supplied by UAE-based Golden Falcon Aviation.Australia's Macquarie is to add re-engined Airbus narrowbodies to its books, with Macquarie AirFinance Group Ltd placing a firm order for 20 A320neos. The order is Macquarie's first for the A320neo and will sit alongside its existing portfolio of 110 A320 and nine A330 aircraft.Airbus also announced that an undisclosed lessor signed a MoU for 80 A320neo family aircraft.On the Boeing side: aircraft lessor Jackson Square signed an agreement with the US aircraft manufacturer for 30 737 MAX aircraft, which had previously been listed as from an unidentified customer. The deal, worth $3.5 billion at current list prices, marks the one hundredth customer for the Boeing 737 MAX family of aircraft. Brazilian airline GOL converted 30 of its existing orders for smaller members of the Boeing 737 MAX family to the larger MAX 10 aircraft, alongside a new order for 15 further 737 MAX 8 jets to be delivered through 2028. GOL's MAX order book has now reached 135 aircraft.India's Jet Airways firmed up an order for a further 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft worth $8.8 billion at list prices. Jet took its first MAX in June.In a signing ceremony that won the "most gratuitous use of a politician" award for the day, Romanian airline TAROM brought its national transport minister to a signing ceremony for five Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.DHL confirmed and expanded an order for 14 Boeing 777F freighter aircraft, based on the 777-200LR airliner. The cargo carrier also secured purchase rights for seven further freighter aircraft. At list prices the deal is worth $4.7 billion."We are delighted to announce the acquisition of 14 new 777 freighters as we renew part of our long-haul fleet with this best-in-class fuel efficient freighter type that will make a significant step towards DHL's zero emissions target by 2050," said DHL executive president Charlie Dobbie.Boeing also finalised a deal with Qatar Airways for five 777 freighters worth $1.7 billion at list prices.In an early sign of what the proposed Boeing-Embraer partnership would look like, United Airlines announced it is to purchase 25 Embraer E175 E1 (current-generation) aircraft alongside four Boeing 787-9 dreamliners to expand United's existing fleet.There was also good news for both Seattle and Toulouse with Goshawk Aviation placing its first direct sale and purchase agreements with both Airbus and Boeing. Hong Kong-based parent companies Chow Tai Fook and NWS will contribute 30 per cent of the funds required. Goshawk has just acquired Dublin's Sky Leasing.
The Ionian Sea Port Authority (AdSP), the managing institution of Port of Taranto, received the request of Istanbul-based Yilport to operate a set of terminals that handle containers, bulk and roll-on, roll-off cargo.Yilport said Taranto,. in the instep of the heel of the Italian boot, is "well-located as a relay hub for the Mediterranean Sea," and its terminals are integrated with intermodal networks linking Italy and central Europe.Yilport said it will develop and revamp the terminals to attract and grow container volume, improve the logistics network and serve general cargo and ro-ro traffic.Yilport is the 13th biggest container terminal operator and is "growing towards its target to be ranked among the top 10 container terminal operators by 2025".
This will provide a network and a multi-modal logistics solution for temperature-controlled door-to-door transport, with an enhanced regional footprint, said the company. The new facility complies with the highest security standards and state-of-the-art technology to increase current operational capacities. It will devote 17,600 square metres for storage and distribution of temperature-sensitive products, which can be extended to 23,300 square metres, including a cold chamber to handle temperature requirements of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius and two to eight degrees Celsius.
Companies which were previously only competitors, will now have the opportunity to use blockchain technology to communicate and share information without risk, said the APL Logistics statement. BiTA, a neutral organisation, provides the platform where all these discussions and inter-companies' cooperation can occur, it said. "APL Logistics recognises the importance and future value of blockchain. As a participant in this alliance, we seek to bring value by leveraging our 170 years of shipping and logistics experience." said APL Logistics chief information officer May Chew. Said BiTA Asia chief Soeren Duvier: "It is gratifying to see APL Logistics recognising the value that BiTA brings to the global transport industry. We see solid potential in growing our government and industry coverage following APL Logistics addition to our list of memberships."
Second quarter net profit came in at C$436 million, a decline of 9.1 per cent year on year, drawn on revenues of C$1.75 billion, an increase of 6.5 per cent."Overall, it was a good quarter that sets the franchise up well for the remainder of 2018 and beyond," said CP president and CEO Keith Creel."Our quarterly performance was impacted by service interruptions related to labour negotiations and strike notices. However, we were able to reach tentative long-term agreement with the Teamsters and the Electrical Workers, which will serve the CP family, customers, shareholders and the North American economy well for years to come." In the second quarter, revenue ton-miles increased four per cent and carloads increased two per cent. Revenue increased by seven per cent to C$1.75 billion.Said Mr Creel: "With labour stability in place, strong underlying network performance and a robust demand environment, the path is clear and the opportunities are many. We will continue to take a disciplined and strategic approach to growing the franchise, but with our 12,800 strong CP family and our precision railroading model, there has never been a better time to be a CP railroader."
The funds for the Commercialisation of POLB Off-Road Technology Demonstration Project (CPORT) leverage the Port of Long Beach as what will be dubbed America's second busiest seaport to test the viability of zero-emissions vehicles used on the docks. The demonstration project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The demonstration will include three cargo-moving vehicles known as "top handlers" with never before tested battery-electric systems. The project also involves a comparison of hydrogen fuel cell versus battery-electric technology in yard trucks. In total, five vehicles will be demonstrated - two battery-electric top handlers at SSA Marine's Pacific Container Terminal at Pier J; and one fuel cell yard tractor, one battery-electric top handler and one battery-electric yard tractor at Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier E."The progress we've made in reducing pollution is a model for seaports everywhere, with dieselemissions alone down almost 90 per cent since we adopted the Clean Air Action Plan in 2005," said Harbour Commission president Lou Anne Bynum. "Still, we are not satisfied. This equipment will further contribute to a cleaner environment for our neighbouring communities," she said.
SWISS forwarding giant Kuehne + Nagel Group, the world's biggest in terms of sea freight, posted a 9.6 per cent first half profit increase of CHF390 million (US$389.6 million) drawn revenues of CHF10.06 billion, up 14.2 per cent.In the first six months, the Kuehne + Nagel posted a 10.8 per cent increase in pretax earnings (EBIT) to CHF501 million, as well as a 12.7 per cent more gross profit to 3.8 billion ."We achieved strong volume growth across all business units. This growth combined with active cost management delivered a significant improvement in results confirming the consistency of the implementation of our business strategy,." said Kuehne + Nagel CEO Detlef Trefzger.Momentum increased in the second quarter, with 8.1 per cent more sea freight. In the first half, K+N lifted 2.28 million TEU, 172,000 more than in the same period of the previous year. The company gained significant new business, mainly with its integrated digital solutions; growth drivers were full-container-load shipments (FCL) and project, oil and gas, and marine logistics. Air freight remained successful in the first half of the year and continued its strong performance from the previous quarters. Tonnage increased 18.1 per cent to 863,000 tons. Industry-specific solutions made a particularly important contribution here. Kuehne + Nagel's overland transport continued to increase in all business areas. Net turnover rose by 17.7 per cent and gross profit by 16.5 per cent. Dynamic growth was achieved in the European and North American trade lanes. Growth drivers were pharmaceuticals and e-commerce fulfilment. Contract logistics revenue increased 12.2 per cent and gross profit by 11.3 per cent. New business based on scalable and tailored logistics solutions, particulary in e-commerce fulfilment. Due to investments in the further development of the business model as well as the launch of a warehouse management system the EBIT was in line with expectations at CHF66 million down on the previous year.Said K+N chairman Jorg Wolle: "We demonstrated our performance strength yet again. Kuehne + Nagel's agility and efficiency make us confident that the positive development of the company will continue."
The Bohai Rim region saw throughput rise to 1.68 million TEU in June, up from 1.41 million TEU a year earlier, and surpassed volumes at the key Yangtze River Delta ports. Gains were led by Dalian Container Terminal and Qinghuangdao Port New Harbour Container Terminal, which grew by half and 25.4 per cent respectively. Its terminals in the Yangtze River Delta region saw volumes fall one per cent to 1.66 million TEU, while volumes in the Pearl River Delta were down 1.3 per cent to 2.22 million TEU.While the falls are not big in percentage terms, these two regions still comprise the highest throughput among all the group's segments apart from the overseas ports and the rapidly recovering Bohai Rim region. Their volume declines look set to be exacerbated as the export-oriented ports in these regions start to feel the effects of the US-China tariff war.The fledgling southeast coast ports continued their steady growth with throughput up 3.6 per cent to 470,800 TEU, while CSP's sole southwest coast holding at Guangxi Qinzhou International Container Terminal saw volumes surge 8.2 per cent to 123,000 TEU.CSP's overseas terminals saw throughput rise 40.5 per cent to 2.09 million TEU with good gains recorded across the board except for CSP Zeebrugge Terminal and the SSA Terminals in Seattle where volumes were down by one-third and 5.2 per cent respectively.
Thus, the Asia-East Mediterranean and Black Sea Service operated by the Cosco Thailand will be cancelled, that is westbound: ETA Qingdao on August 9 in Week 32 and eastbound: ETA Ashdod on September 4 in Week 36. Also the Asia-West Mediterranean Service (WM3 TUBUL(TUB) 830W/E, westbound: ETA Khor Al Fakkan on July 26 in Week 30 and eastbound: ETA La Spezia on August 17 in Week 3 will be cancelled.
LA had a 2.9 per cent uptick in laden import boxes and a 1.4 per cent increase in laden exports. But this was undercut by a 9.7 per cent drop in empties, leaving LA totals down 1.1 per cent for the month at 723,141 TEU.Together the ports handled 8.26 million TEU in the first half, a 4.1 per cent year-on-year increase from the same six-month period in 2017, a year in which both set records for cargo throughput.Individual volumes at the ports were trending in opposite directions, however, with Long Beach terminal volumes climbing 14.5 per cent year-over-year to 3.95 million TEU, while L.A. volumes slipped 3.9 per cent to 4.31 million TEU.The first-half growth was boosted by a June in which America's biggest ports saw their overall throughput rise 6.2 per cent to 1.48 million TEU year on year.Long Beach terminals saw throughput jump 14.2 per cent to 752,188 TEU in June, as laden inbound and outbound volumes rose 14.5 per cent and 14.3 per cent, respectively, and empties were up 13.6 per cent.
But throughput at main Kwai Tsing terminals increased 0.7 per cent year on year to 1.33 million TEU for the first time since January.Elsewhere in the Port of Hong Kong throughput plunged 20.5 per cent to 340,000 TEU.The big January increase offset double digit declines since resulting in a more modest first half drop of 3.7 per cent to 2.13 million TEU.With the high season coming over the next few months and the prospect of a Sino-US trade war, future container traffic appears uncertain.