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Page 22 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC SEPT, 2019 eVTOl freighter gets more grunt WHEN an entrepreneurial startup talks about revolutionising the aviation sector, disrupting the logistics market and ‘re-imaging personal air transportation’, our industry’s reaction is most likely to be along the lines of: Ho-hum, we’ve heard that before – and nothing much was delivered. (Think cargo-carrying blimps, bio- fuel and drone cargo delivery.) But Airspace Experience Technologies www.iflyasx.com is different. It is developing a tilt-wing eVTOL aircraft working with ‘substantial and respected’ freight forwarding and handling group TPS Logistics www.tpslogis- tics.com to produce a unit with profit-making potential. Both are located in Detroit. The ASX team is developing its tilt-wing eVTOL aircraft the MOBi-One, while TPS Logistics is focused on the business of facilitating logistics and freight transportation solu- tions leveraging cloud based, customisable technology with actionable business analytics to help companies streamline their logistics opera- tions and grow. “We want to con- tinue to provide current and future customers with the highest-value logistics experience,” said Parker Stallard, executive vice president at TPS Logistics. “By leveraging our deep knowl- edge in logistics data and business models, we can ensure that the specifications of the ASX aircraft will support emergency response and other logistics services more efficiently and cost-effectively than traditional helicopters.” Through the introduction of TPS analytics and data to the devel- opment process, ASX will further refine MOBi-One specifications to align with different cargo and profiles as well as optimise air- craft range and payload require- ments. “By working together with TPS Logistics we plan to revolutionise cargo transport, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing capacity starting in the mid-west with demonstration flights as early as 2022,” said Anita Sengup- ta, co-founder and chief product officer at ASX. Tigers expands its Doozee ties HONG Kong-based Tigers is expanding its collaboration with Doozee by rolling out the freight rate quote engine across its internal networks in Europe and the USA in time for the Christmas shipping peak season. Tigers has been working with USA-based Doozee since March of this year, following a trial on Australia-China trade lanes. Doozee works with existing rate management platforms and in- corporates a built-in rate manage- ment platform to generate quotes in less than a minute for all types of freight, including air, ocean, ground, and local charges. Doozee is available in 12 dif- ferent languages and contains a rule-based inference engine that transparently balances all of the factors needed to choose the right shipping solution. AMAZON PrIME AIr rEPOrT Hedge & Associates has published its newest report, focusing on Amazon Prime Air and its US domestic route network. This 30-page report recaps the development of the network and compares it to the U.S . air systems of integrators DHL, FedEx and UPS. As Amazon continues to grow its air network, it is increasingly competing with the incumbent express integrators. It is unclear whether Amazon will build out its independent air capability to the ubiquity of FedEx’s and UPS’ networks as the cost/benefit ratio rises as each incrementally thinner route is added. The report also includes useful supplemental information in the appendices. The intended audience for this report is: Aircraft lessors and owners, freighter conversion houses, aircraft traders, investors, and more broadly, anyone with an interest in e-commerce air logistics. We believe this is the first publicly available resource that offers this depth of analytical coverage. The new report can be purchased now for just US$500 at www.hedgeandassoc.com or order by email to email@example.com.