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Page 18 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2016 IN a move to assist greek rescue teams working to search for refugees and migrants crossing the Aegean Sea, Air New Zealand Cargo has helped move a lifeboat and engine from New Zealand to greece. The rigid inflatable lifeboat and its engine weighing some 240 kgs was donated by the Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving patrol based in Henderson, New Zealand and was sent to Life- guard Hellas, which will use it for both patrols and emergency call-outs. Co-ordinated by London operations supervisor at Air New Zealand Cargo Nadeem Butt, the lifeboat was first flown from Auckland to London. On arrival it was transferred to dnata City at London Heathrow to he handed over to John Kwijuka from Van Swi- eten Air Cargo who oversaw its final journey to the island of Lesbos. The lifeboat arrived safely. Bethells Beach lifeguards team leader, Adrian Jenkins has since organised a charity fundraising page with the aim of rais- ing further funds for the New Zealand life guard team to be able to assist their counterparts in greece and has already raised more than NZ$10,0000. You can find out more by visiting: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/pro- ject-lifeguard-hellas’ Adds Jenkins: “We have over 80 years of patrolling and experience among our team based at Henderson on New Zealand’s west coast, so by joining the lifeguard team in greece, we’re doing our part to stop as many people from drowning as possible. this was a challenge we just couldn’t ignore”. “From the Bethells team in New Zealand wanting to help the plight of the refugees through to the delivery of the lifeboat in Lesbos took just 10 days and we are delighted to have played our part in its safe delivery and it was a privilege to help in this worthy cause,” said Butt. Concludes John Kwijuka: “ensur- ing the lifeboat got to its destination as quickly as possible, securely and easily was the basis of supporting this life-saving cause”. L-R are Nadeem Butt , Operations Supervisor at Air New Zealand Cargo with John Kwijuka from Van Swieten Air Cargo, Alexandru Mihailenco of DHL Freight and Colin Andrews the DHL driver who delivered the lifeboat. Air NZ Cargo moves lifeboat to Lesbos to assist in refugee crisis Emirates adds more China destinations DUBAI-based airline emirates has launched new B777-200LR services from Dubai to Yinchuan and Zheng- zhou, two cities in Midwest China. This service expands the carrier’s destination offering on the mainland to five, including Beijing, Shanghai, and guangzhou. From a cargo perspective, the 777-200LR offers 14 tonnes of cargo capacity in the belly-hold. Popular com- modities expected to be transported on these services include electronics, such as mobile phones from Zheng- zhou, and agricultural products such as goji berries and cashmere from Yinchuan. emirates flights to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou will depart on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Dubai as eK326 at 02:50hrs, arriving at Yinchuan Hedong International Air- port at 13:35hrs. The service will then depart from Yinchuan at 15:35hrs and arrive at Zhengzhou Xinzheng Interna- tional Airport at 17:15hrs. The return flight, eK327, will depart Zhengzhou at 21:15hrs, arriving at Yinchuan at 23:00hrs. It will then depart Yinchuan at 00:40hrs, arriving in Dubai at 04:30hrs local time the next day. Taskforce Icarus targets air cargo WITH an appropriately aviation-linked operational name – Joint Taskforce Icarus – the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and Victo- ria Police have worked together on investigating the importation of crystal methamphetamine through internation- al air cargo. The taskforce also targets the inter- national mail stream. In late April, officers detected a suspicious cargo consignment at Mel- bourne Airport. This turned out to be crystal meth or ice. Follow-up investigations led to the ar- rest of two young men, one Taiwanese and the other a PRC national.