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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • AUGUST-SEPTEMBER • Page 25 uberchat... Lawyering up on animal cargo glitches WE Uberchatters don’t want a reputation for needing an animal report every time, but we must record a follow-up on Simon the giant bunny. You’ll recall that Simon didn’t survive a journey from the UK to Kansas City via Chicago. A group of Iowa businessmen is now suing United Airlines for unspecified damages. They had planned to show Simon at the Iowa State Fair and sell associated merchandise. But wait, there’s more....US rapper Schoolboy Q also is unhappy with United. His dog Yeeerndamean was switched with another pup on a stopover in Denver and Schoolboy Q was given someone else’s dog on arrival in Burbank. He texted CNN (as you do) saying: “My little dog been moving around since the AM, prolly has pee and number 2 all in his cage smh. I plan to sue.” United refunded the ticket. Blockade affects cargo flow AIR services in the South Pacific are occasionally hampered by a difficulty seldom encountered in Australia and NZ: Blockaded airports. This is usually by landowners seeking compensation, but PNG’s Mt Hagen Airport was closed for days in late July due to protests about alleged electoral fraud. PNG’s national election was beset with problems which impacted on regional economies and the national transport infrastructure. Mesh ‘stunning’ in control of TPP WE read this news headline with interest: Had President Trump, annoyed at tales of a possible TPP renaissance minus the USA, discovered another means of blocking the multi-national trade agreement? Another blow to the transport sector? But it turns out TPP has another meaning: Tomato potato psyllid. A NZ plant research organisation has developed a fine plastic mesh which keeps the little nasties out. Not only is it hugely more effective than insecticides it also addresses the problem of eventual resistance to chemical treatment. DELTA Cargo has approved the Envirotainer RAP e2 in its domes- tic and international widebody aircraft. This container is suitable for shipments requiring strict temperature control between +0°C and +20°C. The approval of the Envirotain- er RAP e2 enhances Delta’s Pharma product offering. The active container expands flight options beyond those using the Envirotain- er RAP t2, as it does not require dry ice as a coolant and provides significantly more capacity for goods than the Envirotainer RKN e1. Delta okays Envirotainer RAP e2 X2 team ‘moved mountains’ to get AirAsia X jet back in the air AIRASIA X recently had an A330 grounded in Perth, Western Aus- tralia due to a mid-flight engine failure. Replacement parts including an engine had to be sent from all over the world to Perth fast to get the aircraft back into service. X2* member AGX chartered an Ilyushin Il-76 from Kuala Lum- pur International Airport and a B747 from Singapore. This was necessary to move the Trent 700 Rolls Royce engine. Trent 700 engines have a length and diameter of 5.639m and 2.47m respec- tively. They weigh 6,160 kg. Each engine has a list price of around US$23.25 million. Another X2 member Royale International chartered a second 747 from Hong Kong to move the engine nose cowl from Xiamen to Singapore which was then picked up by team AGX to be delivered to Perth. The nose cowl itself weighed a massive 11 tons. A major challenge faced during this move was finding space - and it had to travel on a freighter aircraft. Another challenge was the limited options of transfer into Perth. Another X2 member Executive Air and Sea Logistics had to move the thrust reversals from the Charles De Gaulle Airport in France to Perth. A third X2 member JAG – UFS had to move every other single spare part required from the head quarters in London, UK to Perth. X2 member AWA moved the remaining spare parts and equip- ment from headquarters in USA to Perth. “It was amazing to see fellow X2 members come together from around the world to work in unison to get the aircraft operational as soon as possible,” said Prabhu Raken, key account manager for AGX. “I want to thank and compliment the experts at Royale Inter- national, Executive Air and Sea, JAG-UFS, AWA & AGX Philippines. It was great to work with such professionals.” X2 founder and chief executive Richard Overton said: “This was an amazing collaboration showing the benefit of network opera- tions where speed and efficiency is critical to a successful out- come.This shows the level of professionalism within the X2 net- work. And it is cases like this that make me proud of having started X2.” *Formed in 2012, X2 Logistics Networks is a global logistics net- work of independent freight-forwarders.