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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOVEMBER 2016 • Page 23 uberchat... FEW in the transport sector are likely to take pleasure in the debt-laden financial implosion of Hanjin shipping. An industry giant going belly-up for whatever reason is not a pretty sight. But there’s no doubting that air cargo benefited from the Hanjin mess as just-in-time supplier scenarios were jeop- ardised. In some cases Hanjin ships were close to destina- tion when the plug was pulled, anchoring outside port to avoid pre-emptive legal seizure. such was the case with the Hanjin Milano, dead in the water in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay with a cargo includ- ing material much needed by Ford Australia. Ironically, Ford was in the throes of closing its Broadmeadows plant. Wanting to avoid further loss of face, the company flew in replacements to allow the planned production schedule to continue to the bitter end. * AIR cargo doesn’t fare badly on youtube, although a brief scroll through the options suggests that postings in this category peaked three or four years ago. The principal reason we were looking was a recommendation to view a clip www.youtube.com/ watch?v=hsNM-0NpO4A from the Russian movie ‘Kandagar’, which is based on a real incident in Afghanistan in August 1995, when a sharjah-based Il-76TD freighter was forced to land at Kandahar Airport and the crew held hostage for over a year. The clip covers the crew’s dramatic seizure of the freighter and departure for freedom. The whole saga is recounted in detail in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airstan_ incident There’s a click-through to a backgrounder on the movie. * MILK run was once a widely-used term for flights with multiple stops. In the Netherlands, the schiphol Cargo community has chosen Milk Run as the name for an initia- tive that has cut CO2 initiatives by 30 per cent and halved truck movements in its first year. It is managed by Air Cargo Netherlands and evolved from a concept devised by two graduate students on work placement with the company. Major operators have come on board – Ceva Logistics is among the most recent – pooling truck capacity to shift cargo rapidly to and from forwarder facilities, using available space – in warehouses and trucks alike – far more efficiently. A milk run, in fact. Mixed results for SIA Cargo sINGAPORE Airlines cargo load factor (CLF) for October 2016 was 1.2 percentage points higher as cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) grew 7.7 per cent against capacity expansion of 5.7 per cent. CLF improved for East Asia, Americas and Europe route regions, while south West Pacific and West Asia and Africa routes registered declines in CLF as demand did not keep pace with capacity changes. Art of the Airport: 21 of the best DID you know that three quarters of a million people are in a plane somewhere right now? For most of us, the airport experience is to be endured rather than appreciated, but the architecture, design and facilities at newer airports have been described as ‘spectacular cathedrals of the jet age’. The Art of the Airport by Alexander Gutzmer, Lau- ra Frommberg and stefan Eiselin fea- tures 21 of the most attrac- tive airports of the world in a 192-page hard-cover book. From the centre of Middle earth (Wellington, New Zealand) to a pioneering artificial island (Kansai Interna- tional, Japan) the Art of the Airport sells for A$49.99 at bookshops.