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Page 18 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC MAR-APR , 2019 COVER STORY Babcock chooses Volga- Dnepr and Panalpina to swap UK/Aust ‘copters VOLGA-Dnepr Airlines and logistics partner Panalpina have helped the Babcock multinational corporation by exchanging two helicopter types between companies located on the opposite sides of the globe – in the UK and Australia. The objective of the transportation was straightforward but required pre- cise planning and consistent co-ordi- nation between all the global teams involved to manage the deliveries of two Augusta Westland AW139 helicop- ters from the UK to their new home in Melbourne, Australia, and the transfer of two Sikorsky S-92 in the opposite direction from Darwin, Australia, to Aberdeen in Scotland. Due to airport specification re- quirements, Glasgow Prestwick was chosen as the UK point of departure for the AW139 helicopters as well as for the arrival of the S-92s. In the first stage of the project , two 5.5 ton, 16.7 -metre long Augusta West- land AW139 helicopters – safely wrapped and with dismounted blades – were delivered by road from Aberdeen to Prestwick, where Volga-Dnepr’s team of experts oversaw the precise loading process into the An-124 -100 using only the aircraft’s ramp. After unloading in Melbourne, the Antonov 124 departed for Darwin, where the two seven-ton S-92 helicopters were ready for loading ahead of their journey to join Babcock’s business unit in Aberdeen. This second flight was performed at the lower altitude of 8,000 metres to maintain the cargo hold pressure level requested by the customer. All dismantled parts were delivered together with the helicopters. Atran links Xi-an with Moscow RUSSIAN air express carrier Atran Airlines has launched a new route linking Xi’an, China, with Moscow, Russia. The first flight was op- erated by one of the carrier’s B 737-400SF freighters with further plans for B 737-800BCF deploy- ment to be able to guarantee up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight. Atran says Xi’an Xianyang International Airport offers less congestion and is keen to accom- modate the emerging growth of cross-border e-commerce ship- ments between China and Russia. “With global e-commerce growing at 20 per cent per year and forecast for a nearly 15 per cent uptick in Russia over the next three-to-four years, the demand for air cargo services will be high,” said Dmitry Obsharov, general director of Atran Airlines. “We are ready to guarantee this in close partnership with Russian Post and China Post. Being part of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, this ancient capital of China will un- dergo developments which will facilitate its transformation into a multi-modal hub with emerg- ing volumes going through the airport,” he added. DHL opens a humanitarian logistics centre DHL Global Forwarding has established what it calls a Global Competence Center for Humanitarian Logistics, headed by an executive with extensive freight forwarding, logistics and specialist humanitarian services experience. The centre offers non-governmental organisations, aid agencies and their suppliers and manufacturers a broad range of services including air and ocean freight, Customs clearance, warehousing and local distribution of humanitarian shipments. These services will be backed by control tower and data analytics services designed to offer heightened levels of freight visibility for humanitarian situations at any level of urgency and complexity. Organisations can also use the centre to tap into DHL Global Forwarding’s global network of freight connections for rapid, efficient transport of resources as well as sector-specific services including temperature- controlled and cold-chain shipments for life sciences and healthcare. Heading this new operation is Fatima Ait Bendawad (pictured), who has 15 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, the last nine of those years with DHL. Prior to that she worked at Kuehne + Nagel as emergency and relief manager and for Al Futtaim Logistics as account manager for humanitarian logistics. Dubai is a good choice for DHL’s new centre not only because of its strategic location but also because it is already home to the International Humanitarian City, the largest such hub world wide, from which nine UN agencies and 48 NGOs currently run logistics operations.