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Page 18 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 CAA okays Air NZ’s handling of cargo issue - but all are aware it could have been serious NEW Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authori- ty (CAA) has said it is happy with the way Air NZ dealt with a cargo loading issue on a flight from Nadi to Auck- land late last year. A recently-leaked internal report on the incident indicated a senior staffer in Nadi was the subject of an employment review which recommended he be given a final warning. A CAA spokesperson said the agency had been given a copy of the internal report by Air NZ, which had reported the incident. The aircraft was within weight and balance limitations, so there were no safety concerns, ex- plained the CAA spokes- person who confirmed the agency was satisfied with the findings. No formal investigation will be launched. Rick Nelson, Air NZ’s GM cargo, said he was confident the carrier’s global cargo operation was in good shape. “While the safety of this flight was not compromised, there was a clear breach of normal process on this occasion and we take the matter very seriously,” he stressed. Air NZ had “conducted a thorough review and has taken the appropriate steps to address this matter with the staff member involved and our ground handling agent in Nadi”. Air NZ’s review was a normal ‘best practice’ action undertaken to ensure there was no systemic failing at its Nadi station, in- volving either the airline or the ground handler. It was leaked to Fairfax Me- dia by an unidentified person, either in Air NZ or CAA. The incident involved a B777 which was loading 13 cargo ULDs in belly-holds, much of it perishables. The ground handler’s weighing equipment became inoperative and a senior Nadi-based staffer with Air NZ gave the go-ahead by phone to work from the AWB weights rather than delay the aircraft further awaiting repairs of the faulty equipment. The cargo included perishables for trans-shipment to Australia and the UK. The staffer admitted he had made the call for commercial reasons. While the aircraft was still en route he alerted Air NZ’s Auckland Airport freight base that the ULDs had not been weighed prior to loading. Global Harmonized System under its sixth review Rick Nelson, Air NZ’s GM cargo THE LATEST round of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, a key factor in international trade, is now under way. Usually called simply the Harmo- nized System, this is a multi-purpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). The system is used by more than 200 countries, including Australia and NZ, as a basis for Customs tariffs and the collection of international trade statistics. In order to keep pace with develop- ments in international trading patterns, the Harmonized System is kept under review and a major update is made every five years. This involves input from any user of the system, channelled via the national Customs agency. The sixth review cycle is now active. Its results will be effective from January 1 2022. Industry invited to London’s Runways meet RUNWAYS, a conference on the UK’s aviation infrastructure, will take place 06-07 July at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London. The first day will feature the Air- ports Commission final report and Sir Howard Davies’ runway recommenda- tions for airports in the south east of England and will provide an opportu- nity for in-depth analysis and reaction from key figures from government, the aviation industry, business, envi- ronmental, local communities and the travelling public. Day two will look at the ‘what next?’ in terms of strategic planning implica- tions for any new airport or runways at existing airports. Additionally it will look at the opti- misation of existing resources in the interim period, and the generation of additional capacity through techno- logical innovation - topics that will be of particular interest to the industry’s advisors and supply chain. Runways UK is expected to attract a large airline and airport infrastructure audience, including suppliers and other partners. MASkargo opts for LMS system MALAYSIAN air cargo carrier MASkar- go has switched to the cloud-based Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS) to manage its domestic and international cargo services. Under the deal with Malaysian Airline System Berhad, Unisys will replace MASkargo’s current in-house main- frame-based system with the cloud- based LMS service. “We selected the Unisys cloud-based cargo solution because it is quick to implement, and provides access to an enhanced system that is continuously updated,” said Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, acting chief executive of MASkar- go.