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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • FEB - MARCH 2017 • Page 13 Are you getting your Aircargo news daily? Thursday, 02 March 2017 Antonov to the rescue after Swiss jet blows an engine ANTONOV Airlines has deliv- ered a new engine to a B777-300 grounded in Iqaluit in the Canadi- an Arctic, following an emergency landing by the jet. Tuesday, 28 Februar y 2017 IAG Cargo to boost partner agreements EUROPE’s IAG Cargo (IAG is the parent of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus) has prom- ised more and better technology to boost efficiencies and improve its product offerings. Air NZ opts for Unisys’ CPS AIR New Zealand is now on Unisys Cargo Portal Services (CPS), allowing its freight forwarder cli- ents to book and track shipments on line. Monday, 27 February 2017 Qantas, El Al ink code-share agreement Following the signing of a new air service agreement between the two countries and subject to regulatory approvals, Australia’s Qantas and Israel’s El Al are on track for a code share agreement. Qatar takes top cargo award Doha-based Qatar Airways Cargo has been named Global Cargo Airline of the Year in South Africa. Africa a gold mine in the making Thursday, 23 Febr uar y 2017 AFRICA’s air cargo industry will need to overcome poor infra- structure and regulatory challeng- es to take full advantage of its growing population, young demo- graphic and rising e-commerce demand, industry experts say. Ecojet freighter could make the type viable RUSSIA’s Frigate Ecojet isn’t given a very high chance by many western pundits of moving into production but if the uniquely-designed aircraft does progress beyond design, research and development it is likely a freighter version would contribute heavily to the type’s commercial viabil- ity. The aircraft’s conceptual design is the work of a private Moscow-based company, Rosavia. Several of its senior engineers and technicians come from Russia’s iconic aircraft design bureaux which have created some of the world’s best known – and biggest –freighters. The Frigate Ecojet is based on an almost revo- lutionary aerodynamic and structural design which creates a sort of oval or elliptical fuselage. This delivers a wider than usual passenger cabin, allowing three aisles. In the belly there’s more flexibility for cargo loading. The project is predicat- ed on the need for medi- um-range, lighter wide-body aircraft with reduced fuel requirements to keep operational costs low. Two passenger/cargo versions are envisaged: The 300 which will hold 300 revenue passengers but have a limited range of only 3500km and the 250 with a reduced payload but range of 4500-5000km. A freighter version could again leverage the fuselage breadth by loading 40 LD-3 units on the upper deck and six P1P pallets on the lower. The Rosavia team report they have had a lot of interest but there are no firm orders or options to date. There has been talk of the project moving to a European base to en- courage western investment and allow immediate access to EASA certi- fication (and thence to FAA) rather than having to work for the EASA tick after gaining Russian approvals, a duplication in many respects.