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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2016 • Page 15 Virgin Atlantic and Delta sign long term UK dnata agreement VIRGIN Atlantic Cargo and Delta Car- go have signed long-term contracts with dnata to co-locate their cargo han- dling at London Heathrow, Manches- ter, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London Gatwick, where the carriers operate - and at six other UK regional airports, namely Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford and Newcastle. The new ‘one roof ’ handling strategy being rolled out across the UK further enhances the airlines’ joint venture partnership and promises more bene- fits for customers. The move is designed to provide easier single drop-off and collection points for customers of both airlines and will deliver longer-term benefits such as faster truck turnaround times at London Heathrow and enhanced services for premium products. For Virgin Atlantic, the new contract with dnata is a further extension of one of the longest-running cargo handling agreements in the UK, which first began in the late 1980s. The airline is dnata’s largest cargo customer in the UK, moving more than 200,000 tonnes of cargo per annum, and it has han- dling contracts with dnata in Dubai and Australia. In 2015, Virgin also awarded the majority of its UK domestic UK trucking business to dnata. John Lloyd, senior vice president Cargo at Virgin Atlantic said: “Our working relationship with dnata in London has such longevity because they not only consistently meet our stringent service level agreement but they also work with us to find other ways to deliver service improvements and efficiencies to our customers. Our ‘door waiting’ times at Heathrow, for example, are already among the best at the airport but with the new technolo- gy being developed, dnata is confident they can be reduced even further.” Delta Cargo will join Virgin Atlantic in the dedicated 200,000 square foot Cargo Point facility adjacent to London Heathrow’s World Cargo centre. In support of the new contracts, dnata is making a multi-million pound phased investment which will include advanced control point technologies to further improve handling times for cus- tomers’ trucks when delivering and collecting cargo. The new system, which uses geo-fencing and advance information on drivers and their vehicles, will make customer interaction with both carrier’s Heathrow cargo operations faster and more seamless. The new technology is currently being trialled by dnata ahead of its planned roll-out in Q1 2017. Since the start of their joint venture in 2014, Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo have also co-located cargo han- dling at eight gateways in North Amer- ica: Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York (JFK and EWR), Orlando and Washington Dulles. John Lloyd, senior vice president Cargo at Virgin atlantic FedEx urged to halt carriage of shark fins ACTIVISTS want US logistics giant FedEx to follow other carriers includ- ing UPS and ban the transportation of shark fins. More than 30 global airlines have imposed bans on the cargo, including Hong Kong airlines HK Express, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. Several shipping lines have done the same. At the heart of the matter are tests of whether fins are from a regulated species. A FedEx spokesperson said the com- pany was “opposed to the trafficking of animal parts obtained from the ex- ploitation of any species protected by law”, which was reflected in its service terms and conditions. “Our shipping guidelines and con- ditions of service are periodically reviewed and adjusted as laws and regulations change,” she added. About 70 million sharks are killed for their fins each year, conservationists say.