Monday, June 20, 2011

Cargo on the Upbeat

Neelam Mathews
June 20, 2011

Cathay Pacific Airways has launched direct bi-weekly freighter service between Chennai and Frankfurt. 

The service will operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays in addition to the four freighter services Cathay Pacific currently operates from Chennai to Hong Kong. These freighters will continue onwards to Manchester on Wednesday and Brussels on Thursday, making Cathay Pacific Cargo online to three European destinations from South India. 

“India is shining -a growing economic super-power and has always been a big focus for Cathay Pacific Cargo.   We have grown in the country over the last few years and today we are the biggest freighter operator in India. Ever since we launched freighter services from Chennai to Hong Kong in 2006, the route has always performed well. With South India becoming the industrial hub of the country we are thrilled to commence freighter services from Chennai to Frankfurt,.” Tom Wright, General Manager – India, Middle East, Africa & Pakistan said.

Meanwhile, air cargo ground handling provider Delhi Cargo Services Center (DCSC), SPV of Delhi International Airport Pvt. Ltd. and Cargo Service Center India Pvt. Ltd. has signed up Siemens Limited to set up a state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment for the Integrated Cargo Complex at Delhi International Airport. 

Siemens Mobility Division will outfit the main terminal – T1 with air cargo handling solution which will include Automatic Storage and Retrieval System, Cargo Workstation, Pallet and Container Storage and Handling System, all managed and controlled by high-level IT systems. Siemens Mobility Division will also supply high-end automation, Elevating Transfer Vehicles (ETV), Transfer Vehicles (TV), shuttles and hoists for fast movement of unit loading devices. High-end software that interfaces with other IT systems will ensure faster clearance of cargo. 

Starting with a mechanized handling system, in a span of four years, T1 will be largely automated in its operations with a capacity to handle more than 600,000 MT of cargo annually. Siemens will also maintain the system initially for a period of 2 years.


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