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Page 22 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • August-September, 2018 Etihad launches FreshForward Etihad freighter in Year of Zayed livery Etihad freighter in Year of Zayed livery ParcelX to leverage blockchain technology GLOBAL Parcel Network Singapore’s soon-to-launch ParcelX platform will leverage blockchain technolo- gy to connect shippers, logistics service providers, logistics integrators and consumers through the architecture of a distributed and decentralised ledger system. It will be supported by the ParcelX Token (GPX) payment scheme. ParcelX is being built on top of an existing logis- tics network with an established market base in China, Korea and Japan and will charge zero com- mission on its services, allowing all participants to focus on their core competencies of building their businesses and making deliveries. ParcelX is listed on the RightBTC exchange in Du- bai, and the platform’s beta version is set for launch in Q4 2018, at which time the company’s existing businesses will migrate to the ParcelX network. Adelaide wins WAR 2019 ADELAIDE, Australia will stage the 25th annual World Aviation Routes (WAR) conference 21-24 September 2019. Organisers are expecting around 3,000 aviation personnel from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities at the gathering to discuss and develop new aviation routes and strategies. The conference is expected to inject more than $20 million into South Australia’s visitor economy. A record more than one million international pas- sengers passed through Adelaide Airport in the year to the end of June, 2018. ETIHAD Cargo www.etihadcargo.com has added to its portfolio of sector-specific cargo products. FreshForward strengthens the carrier’s support for the cold chain. Other recent launches have included FlightValet (automo- tive) and FlyCulture (arts and music). FreshForward ensures items such as fresh fruits, vegeta- bles, dairy, fish, meat and flowers move seamlessly across Etihad Cargo’s global network until they reach their final destination. Etihad Cargo transported over 90,000 tonnes of perish- ables over the last 12 months. Fruits and vegetables made up more than 37% of the total, whilst meat (15,000 tons), flowers (19,000 tons) and fish (8,000 tons) were the other major categories carried. TIACA in Mexico growth initiative THE INTERNATIONAL Air Cargo Association (TIACA) will work with Amacarga, the Mexican association of freight for- warders, to grow the Association’s presence in Latin Ameri- ca and support the air cargo community in the region. As part of the partnership, the two organisations will cooperate on signature events including TIACA’s Air Cargo Forums 2018 and 2020, as well as explore joint training and networking initiatives. “Mexico is a very important country which has seen rapid economic growth in recent years, and we are keen to forge closer links with the region to help promote and represent its expanding air cargo community,” said Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA’s secretary general. “We believe closer collaboration will help exporters and importers in the region find new markets and will encour- age the development of new airfreight links both within Latin America and between the rest of the world.” The Association is keen to build its presence in Latin America as part of its increased focus on areas which are outside the major airfreight markets, aiming to support the growth of airfreight and unify global standards throughout the world. Amacarga was established more than 30 years ago and now has almost 300 members in Mexico. Mexican air freight traffic is growing faster than average at +9.5 per cent in the year to May 2018 compared with +5.3 per cent global average growth, and both parties believe there is a lot of potential throughout the region to expand airfreight services and develop new markets for exports. TIACA’s 29th Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition takes place in Toronto, Canada 16-18 October 2018 at the Metro Toron- to Convention Centre.