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Page 8 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015 Milk run trial for Schiphol Airport A nEW ‘milk run’ concept being trialled in Amsterdam aims to improve shipment deliveries - replacing forwarders’ own truck collections from handling agents with a single delivery from the handling agent to multiple forwarders’ facilities. The project - by members of the Schiphol logistics community - aims to optimise the inbound supply chain at Schiphol and reduce CO2 by streamlin- ing import deliveries. This will reduce truck traffic on and around the airport, allowing forwarders to use their vehicles and drivers for other, more-profitable activities. The launch partners in the new service include DHL, Panalpina, nippon Express, Menzies (the handling agent triallist and scheme manager), Bos Logistics (which provides the collection and de- livery service on behalf of Menzies) and community system provider Cargonaut. Another 10 forwarders will take part in later trials. The milk run system will incorporate an on line portal that enables all partic- ipants to monitor shipments prior to arrival at Schiphol through to delivery, improving transparency to the entire import process. Luc Scheidel, commercial director of Cargonaut said: “innovation has been achieved through commitment and collaboration from the industry, and the launch partners have co-funded the initiative. Dimitri Brink, business unit manager for Panalpina in Amsterdam said: “The milk run is already exceeding our ex- pectations, freeing up our vehicles and drivers, and giving us earlier access to import freight. if this success can be extended to all imports through Schiphol, it will score yet another ad- vantage for the airport in its role as a major gateway for Europe.” To date, the number of vehicle move- ments used to handle import traffic be- tween the participants has been reduced by 30 per cent, with load factors increas- ing from an average 25 per cent to more than 60 per cent. The pilot will run until the end of 2015, when a full evaluation will take place. if the trial is considered a success, the eventual aim is to operate a similar facility for export cargo. The milk run team, from left to the right: Jeroen Dekker (DhL); Dimitri Brink (Panalpina); Thierry huizing (Air Cargo Netherlands); Jeroen Giling (Menzies); Frank Bos Jr (Bos Logistics); Martijn Kuiken (Cargonaut) New west China cargo airline to take to the air at long last one of the B733Fs acquired by NCA iT’s been a long time coming, but ningxia Cargo Airlines (nCA) is set to start operations in September, fulfilling its long-held intention to be west Chi- na’s first dedicated air cargo carrier. The project was ‘making progress’ as far back as April 2012, only to hit regulatory obstacles. in May, nCA filed with CAAC’s southwest regional administration for a public air operator’s certificate. This was granted in June. nCA is launching with three B733 freighters purchased from Zhejiang Loong Airlines. it will use these primarily on do- mestic and regional services (includ- ing Hong kong, Taiwan and Macau), but has big plans to expand, both its aircraft fleet and geographically. Long- haul services and wide-bodied freight- ers are already being talked about.