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Page 22 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JAN-FEB , 2019 WA’s Tinley sets out govt’s plans to drive China trade beyond record A$61.5bn NEWLY-appointed Asian Engage- ment minister Peter Tinley has acknowledged the importance of Western Australia’s relationship with China and emphasised the business opportunities. The State’s trade with the Asian giant has grown exponentially since 2006-07 - to the point that merchandise exports to China were valued at A$61.5 billion in 2017-18. Forecasts are that within a gen- eration, Asian markets will dom- inate the global economy. China is expected to be the world’s biggest economy by 2030, and the top four also will include India and Indonesia. “In order to compete success- fully on the world’s stage, WA must do business in the world’s fast- est-growing and most-competi- tive economic region,” said Tinley. “My role as Asian Engagement minister is to support the State’s business sector to leverage eco- nomic opportunities and drive our trade relationship with China to greater levels. “Building strong, resilient, sus- tainable and mutually-beneficial networks and relationships with the Chinese community in WA will play a critical role in helping to ensure our future. “To that end, the McGowan gov- ernment is focused on boosting growth in three key areas: Increas- ing WA’s exports, attracting Asian investment and diversifying the State’s economy.” Atran adds a 737-400BCF ATRAN Airlines, the Russian air express carrier within Volga-Dne- pr Group, has taken delivery of a B737-400 BCF, increasing its fleet to four freighters. The new aircraft will support the growing e-commerce shipments that now constitute a major part of Atran’s traffic. The B737-400 BCF will be deployed on existing routes between Russia, the CIS and Europe and will guarantee dedicated airlift for mail and ex- press goods. “The B737-400 BCF forms the backbone of our unified fleet and is ideal for mid- and short-haul distances thanks to its character- istics and technical capabilities. “With an additional freighter in our fleet, we will be able to cater to the needs of our customers in the most-effective manner, guar- anteeing speed, schedule integri- ty and much-needed capacity in the market,” stated Dmitry Ob- sharov, general director for Atran Airlines. The freighter can carry up to 23 tons of cargo with a flight range of 3,700 kilometres. It is equipped with a maindeck side cargo door and a loading system enabling it to stow 11 standard aviation pallets (2235x3175 mm) and containers in the cargo compartment. Atran’s enlarged fleet will also facilitate the cargo growth of Volga-Dnepr Group, which com- prises Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Air- BridgeCargo Airlines and Atran Airlines. By joining forces, the companies will be able to pro- vide diversified logistics solu- tions to customers with various types of cargo including over- sized and super heavy, pharma, live animals, dangerous goods and e-commerce shipments. The additional aircraft will support the carrier’s growth. AIRCARGO BRIEFS... AirAsia X, the long-haul affiliate of AirAsia, and Unilode Aviation Solutions have extended their ULD management agreement until 2023, for the second time in their 10-year partnership... TLX Cargo and Emball have partnered to allow pharmaceu- tical companies and airlines to have a single point of contact for the thermal protection of their shipments...Pelican BioThermal has opened a new network station and service centre in Los Angeles...Ceva Logistics has renewed its part- nership with Fincantieri in Italy for an additional three years. Trieste-based Fincantieri is one of the world’s top 10 shipbuild- ers for both commercial and military vessels.