Dutch airline KLM has operated what is considered to be the world’s first commercial passenger flight on sustainable synthetic kerosene.




Dutch airline KLM has operated what is considered to be the world’s first commercial passenger flight on sustainable synthetic kerosene.

The flight from Amsterdam to Madrid used an admixture of 500 litres of this type of fuel, the company said. Shell has produced synthetic kerosene in its research centre in Amsterdam based on carbon dioxide, water, solar and wind energy.

The Dutch government has supported various initiatives, including the construction of the first European factory for sustainable biokerosene.

Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer of KLM, said: “The transition from fossil fuel to sustainable alternatives is one of the largest challenges in aviation. Fleet renewal contributed significantly to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, but the upscaling of production and the use of sustainable aviation fuel will make the biggest difference for the current generation of aircraft.”

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, commented: “I hope that, in these turbulent times for aviation, this will inspire people in the sector to continue on this course.”


Source: Energy Live News



Air Cargo Europe is the international industry event gathering for the global air freight industry is taking place in Munich since 2003.

Air Cargo Europe is the most important centrally located business platform for the air cargo sector. This is where international air cargo professionals come to network, make new contacts, develop upcoming markets and explore joint business potential.

In 2021, the event will be held online on May 4-6.


Get more information and register to participate on the Air Cargo Europe website.



Qatar Airways Cargo has joined WebCargo marking a big step in the carrier digitalisation.

Forwarders globally will soon be able to conduct real-time eBookings, access live rates, and see available capacity with Qatar Airways Cargo via the service of WebCargo, a Freightos Group company, providing critical agility as supply chains contend with COVID-19’s impact and disruption.

Rollout will begin with France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa and Spain on 7 February 2021.

As part of the launch, Qatar Airways Cargo will be offering the most competitive rates on WebCargo by introducing a discount scheme to forwarders*, resulting in an average saving of USD0.06/kg for the first 20,000 shipments booked via the platform in these countries.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Guillaume Halleux, commented: “We are pleased to partner with WebCargo to provide true agility and digital connectivity for our customers. As a leading global carrier, we rely on constant innovation and digitalisation across all our operations in order to provide our best-in-class customer service.

During the past months, we have introduced several digitalisation initiatives such as online rate distribution, ad hoc rate automation, track and trace and availability via API. The future of air cargo is indeed digital and this change will definitely bring in efficiency across the supply chain.”

Freightos Group CEO Mr. Zvi Schrieber, added: “Digitalisation is a crucial step in powering agile supply chains in a rapidly changing world. We’re incredibly proud that Qatar Airways Cargo, the largest cargo airline in the world – has selected WebCargo”.


Source: Air Cargo Week



DHL company starts the international distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. For the provision of its citizens the government of Israel received the first batch of the vaccine with flights operated by DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding last week. The first DHL Express aircraft touched down at the Ben-Gurion International Airport Tel Aviv last Wednesday morning and was received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. DHL Global Forwarding, the international freight specialist arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group, also dedicated a charter flight for additional supplies of vaccine doses, which arrived at the Ben-Gurion airport on December 10, at 3.00 PM local time – with more to follow.

“After numerous month of preparation we are happy that our mission of vaccine distribution has now started and we could contribute our logistics expertise and capabilities to make vaccine accessible worldwide”, says Travis Cobb, Head of Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express. “The current crisis has shown how indispensable international logistics networks are for ensuring that societies have the necessary personal protective equipment and test kits to secure their health. Now we are embarking on the next step in our common fight against the coronavirus. Our teams across 220 countries and territories and our global network as the backbone of cross-border Express logistics is ready – to deliver anytime and anywhere.”




DHL’s portfolio for the healthcare industry includes 150+ pharmacists, 20+ clinical trials depots, 100+ certified stations, 160+ GDP-qualified warehouses, 135+ medical express sites.

On a global scale logistics providers are challenged to establish medical supply chain rapidly to deliver vaccines of unprecedented amount of more than 10bn doses worldwide – also in regions with less developed logistics infrastructures, where ~3bn people live.

With an aircraft fleet of more than 260 dedicated planes, numerous partner airlines and a network spanning more than 220 countries and territories DHL is optimally equipped and prepared for a worldwide supply of COVID-19 vaccines.


Source: DHL



In 2020, airlines received 566 large Airbus passenger aircraft:

This is 34% less than in 2019, when users received 863 aircraft manufactured by the concern from Toulouse. To overcome the restrictions on international flights, the Airbus team implemented an electronic delivery solution that covered more than 25% of aircraft transferred in 2020, allowing customers to receive them while minimizing the need to arrive at Airbus facilities.

“Working together with our customers has allowed us to get through a difficult year. Airbus teams, customers and suppliers have come together in the face of adversity to achieve this result. We also thank our partners and governments for their strong support of the aviation sector. Building on deliveries in 2020, we We are cautiously optimistic about 2021, although we face significant challenges and uncertainties in the short term, ”said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury.

In 2020, Airbus received a total of 383 new aircraft orders:

After canceling orders for 115 aircraft by December 31, 2020, Airbus had 7,184 aircraft in its order book. The financial results of the entire concern 2020 from Toulouse will be announced on February 18, 2021.


Source: Aviation24



Due to the active spread in the UK of a new variety of COVID-19, a number of European countries have decided to cancel or restrict transport links with this country.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced that Germany will stop accepting flights from the UK from Monday.

France will temporarily suspend traffic from the UK due to the situation with the new COVID-19 mutation.

The authorities in Belgium and the Netherlands on Sunday announced a temporary suspension of air and rail links with the UK for fear of introducing a new type of virus to continental Europe. The Dutch authorities have decided not to accept passenger flights from the UK from Sunday until January 1.

The Italian authorities also announced the suspension of flights with the UK. In addition, it is prohibited to enter Italy for people who have visited British territory in the past two weeks.

The Baltic countries joined the restrictions. The Lithuanian government has suspended all passenger flights from this country from early Monday morning, on Sunday evening at an urgently convened government meeting, it was decided to stop all passenger flights in this direction from 4 am on December 21 to 24 hours on December 31.

The Estonian government at the meeting supported the proposal to suspend air links with Great Britain by the end of the year.

Latvia is also preparing to suspend passenger traffic with the UK.

In turn, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said that the spread of the recently discovered and more contagious form of coronavirus could not be controlled, and a strict quarantine regime to contain it could remain in place for several months.





The United States has begun distributing the vaccine, which is produced by the American company Pfizer in cooperation with Germany’s BioNTech SE, to hospitals and distribution centers. This is the largest such project since the end of World War II, given the need to store the vaccine at significant sub-zero temperatures.

Commercial passenger airlines have already joined in the transportation of the vaccine: American Airlines transported the first batch of vaccines from Chicago to Miami on December 13 on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft; earlier, United Airlines made a series of cargo flights to deliver the vaccine from Brussels to Chicago. The airline noted that one flight 777-200 can transport more than a million doses of the drug.

The largest American companies for express delivery of goods and mail – FedEx and UPS – are developing their own logistics schemes. Competitors are coordinating their actions, they have divided the territory of the United States in half in such a way that each will serve 25 states. FedEx said shipping the vaccine is a priority over commercial shipping during the Christmas and New Years season, with FedEx Express air fleet operations, while cargo and mail will be transported primarily by road.


Source: Freight Waves

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On December 6, the Ukrainian airline Windrose operated its first flight to North Macedonia on the Kiev-Skopje route. The flight was operated by Embraer 145. АТR 72-600 is also used on the route.

Flights will be operated twice a week – on Thursdays and Sundays. Departure from Boryspil airport will be carried out at 10:50, arrival in Skopje – at 12:00. In the opposite direction, the plane will depart at 12:50, and arrive in Kiev at 16:10.

As the Ambassador of Ukraine to North Macedonia Natalya Zadorozhnyuk noted at the ceremony of welcoming the first flight to Skopje, this is the first direct flight on the Kiev-Skopje-Kiev route in the history of relations between the countries.

“The launch of the new scheduled Kiev-Skopje route is a historic milestone for Macedonian aviation, as Macedonia and Ukraine are linked by air for the first time in history. the airlines’ plans to expand their route network. Despite the crisis, the Macedonian market has won today and we are grateful to Windrose for their decision, “- commented Metin Batak, CEO of TAV Macedonia, which operates Skopje Airport.




Source: CTS



The Board of Directors of Turkish Airlines has decided to spin off a division specializing in air cargo transportation into an independent legal unit. This step was taken to capitalize on the increased demand.

The new subsidiary, 100% owned by Turkish Airlines, will continue to operate under the Turkish Cargo brand.

The company aims at fast and ambitious development: by 2023, Turkish Cargo plans to become one of the five largest air cargo carriers in the world. The independent status of the unit will further allow Turkish Airlines to consider the possibilities of strategic participation in the company of foreign partners.

Already, Turkish Cargo operates flights to 300 destinations in 127 countries, including the transportation of goods in the baggage compartments of the parent company’s passenger airliners. The total carrying capacity makes it possible to transport up to 4 million tons annually.

The route network, served by dedicated cargo aircraft, now includes 95 airports and is expected to grow to 120 by 2023.

Turkish Cargo fleet consists of ten Airbus A330-200F, two A310F, one A300, six Boeing 777F and four B-747-400F. Some of these aircraft are operated under a wet lease agreement with Istanbul-based operator ACT Airlines.


Source: CTS