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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL -MAY, 2018 • Page 23 uberchat... Golden showers takes on new meaning YoU’vE heard about golden showers? (no? Ask someone else then.) Recently there was a golden shower that was only too solid. An An-12 freighter lifted ponderously from the runway at Yakutsk, Siberia, one day in March carrying nine tonnes of gold and platinum ingots as well as uncut diamonds, the hard work of Chukota Mining and Geological company, which is majori- ty-owned by Canadian Kinross Gold. Unfortunately the load, said to be worth around US$380 million (some reports put it as high as $500m), had been stowed rather haphazardly and began to slide. the ingots whacked the tail loading door off (it fell on a second-hand car sales yard – there must be a joke in there somewhere) and the ingots and diamonds distributed themselves along the runway and across nearby countryside. At least they can’t punish the erring load staff by sending them to Siberia. Passenger makes a B of an error AS everyone in the aviation business is well aware, the IAtA codes for airports around the world can occasionally be a little confusing if you aren’t aware of their background. You’ve got to be careful using codes, too. Recently a passenger flying from Mumbai to Brisbane marked their bag ‘BoMB to Bris- bane’. Mumbai’s IAtA code remains BoM after all these years but there’s definitely no final B. the Australian feds reacted as they had to by sealing off the carousel area and inspecting the bag. Judg- ment was that it involved a well-meaning idiot rather than a terrorist. But you can’t be too LAX about these things. This OTA has some tech to fix AMonG the crowds of on-line travel booking agencies (otAs) competing for a slice of the cake, there’s one that uses auto- matic location identification (not to be depended on, inci- dentally) of the user’s computer to offer cheap flights from that point. So if you’re working or living in some far-flung spot you’ll be offered flights from there even if the local strip can’t stretch much beyond a C172. the click-through button de- picts a snazzy looking jet to carry you. only trouble is, the pic of late has been of a tu-104 freighter. the company is based in Clichy, Paris but has a large number of localised web sites including au and nz domains. Jettainer tests an enhanced digital version GERMAnY-based outsourced ULD man- agement company Jettainer has started testing its enhanced digital container. the company has revised the original de- vice specifications and equipped the unit with new functions. the focus now is on registering and recording shocks and damage as well as temperature changes. Initially, 100 units will be tested in order to assess functionality and data quality. the main objective is for the incoming sensory data to provide reliable information about whether and what kind of damage is pres- ent. this allows the following maintenance and repair processes to be better planned and accelerated, which will help optimise overall efficiency. “the technical possibilities of the digital container enable us to reduce the time and financial expenditure for repair measures. With 90,000 units in use world wide, this has enormous potential,” said Carsten Hernig, managing director of Jettainer, adding: “At the same time, the new containers also increase our ability to identify the orig- inators of the damage. And that helps us to motivate people to more-responsibly handle the ULDs.” Boeing delivers its first B737-800BCF uSA-based plane maker Boeing has delivered its first of four B737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs) to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). They are destined for carrier West Atlantic. West Atlantic’s chief executive Fredrik Groth said: “The additional capacity and efficiency offered by this new aircraft will deliver real benefit for our customers. In total, the company will operate 23 Boeing B737 freighter aircraft after the four are in service. “The B737-800BCF brings customers the next generation of freighters,” said Mike Fleming, vice president Commercial Services, Boeing Global Services. The B737-800BCF has a payload of up to 23.9 tonnes and a range of 3,750 km, more than many other standard-body freighters. Boeing now has 45 orders and commitments from seven customers for the type.