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Aircraft chartering from the Shorts Belfast to the Hybrid Airships

Posted By Admin, Friday, April 21, 2017


Aircraft chartering from the Shorts Belfast to the Hybrid Airships


The aircraft charter industry has seen some big changes since I started in 1987. The Shorts Belfast was in the late 1980’s the largest commercially available aircraft, that could take off within a few hours’ notice to fly urgent car parts through Europe or outsized cargo worldwide. With the entry of Russian and Ukrainian aircraft in the early 1990’s the niche priced Belfast’s days came to an end.


The charter market grew at an incredible rate with the influx of many new names such as Antonov Ilyushin Myra Ruslan and new numbers AN124 AN225 IL76 AN12 AN24 AN26 and many others. What had previously only been possible with the limited amount of Western made niche aircraft, like the Belfast, Merchantman, Hercules and Guppy was now readily available, with increased capabilities and most importantly huge amounts of flexibility.


Today the niche and outsized charter market is still the home for the Russian and Ukranian aircraft. Looking into the future, maybe very soon Hybrid Airships will be competing with Antonov’s and Ilyushin’s and be among the answers to the niche and outsized charter market of tomorrow.


The aircraft chartering industry has grown over the last years, in some cases, major global airlines have increased capacity to allow for more dedicated charter business either for single or for regular charters.


In my opinion operational flexibility and a “yes we can” attitude is a must, for any aircraft operator wanting to be successful in this dynamic part of the air cargo industry. TIACA membership includes many of the world’s leading air charter operators and charter brokers. Being part of TIACA is vital to keeping up to date with industry regulations that include issues affecting aircraft chartering.


Russi Batliwala
CEO Chapman Freeborn group of companies

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Air Cargo Professional Development workshop - Alaska

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 20, 2017

Join us at The International Air Cargo Association’s Air Cargo Professional Development workshop at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska from August 29th to September 1st


Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) is the proud host of this workshop in conjunction with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI).


What is the Air Cargo Professional Development Program (ACPD)?


The air cargo industry needs a new source of qualified managers to address and resolve new challenges.


The ACPD is designed to develop the next generation of leaders, as part of TIACA’s educational commitment to the air cargo industry.


Thethree-and-a-halfday workshop will address the current needs of the industry and will offer participants the practical information and skills they need to succeed on a day-to- day basis. By providing a backdrop for participants to raise questions with senior industry leaders, and build connections through networking, this workshop will initiate the process of change required for industry development and growth.


For event details and registration,

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TIACA meets with IATA and Cargo iQ

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 20, 2017


TIACA Secretary General Vladimir Zubkov met on 11 April in Geneva with Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo and Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director Cargo iQ. Wide issues of cooperation were covered, including enhancement of GACAG activities, more substantive dialog with the shippers and freight forwarders associations, and ways of reducing the duration of air cargo deliveries to the consignee.


Special attention was given to the actively developing Cargo iQ programmes and fields of joint interest. It was accepted that the data which is derived from Cargo iQ is to be used not only to signal problems, but to lead to the development of solutions.


It was agreed to set up several meetings with participation of the shippers and freight forwarders associations at the Air Cargo Europe in Munich in May.


Vladimir Zubkov met with the staff of the IATA Cargo division and discussed issues of training of young professionals and potential for coordination of similar programmes of IATA and TIACA.

Visit served to better understanding of the common objectives of the two major air cargo association

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View from the Board by Kwang-Soo Lee

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 20, 2017

The South Korean economy is under changing economic times as international trade becomes increasing challenging under new worldwide regulations. As Incheon airport has seen a decrease in some areas of passenger travel due to new limitations, our cargo sector has seen limited impact but concern remains. China was Korea’s number one trading partner in 2016 and while this relationship is important to us, we welcome the opportunity to expand to new markets to expand economic growth in South Korea.


In the past five years total and transshipment cargo volume to and from China, as well as its portion to total volume at Incheon Airport has consistently increased. As of March 2017, the percentage of total volume to and from China in proportion to total volume at Incheon Airport decreased by 0.9% and transshipment increased by 2.3%. However, because we are witnessing around 10% increase YoY in total volume handled at our airport, in absolute terms cargo volume to and from China has increased so far this year.


Air cargo items to and from China at Incheon Airport are mainly intermediary and capital goods such as semiconductors and electronic parts, which are critical to Chinese economic development. However, there is still a possibility that consumer goods such as cosmetics and clothing may be impacted by new trade regulations and thus Incheon Airport is actively investing in a strong marketing campaign to show not just the value of what South Korea can offer but the what the Incheon Airport can offer working with all on its issues we face in air cargo to further the development of this great industry.


On the other hand, Incheon Airport ranked 2nd in total cargo volume in 2016 according to ACI statistics. Despite economic recessions, a total of 2.71 million tons was handled, making it the largest ever volume handled since the opening of our airport. We plan to build upon this feat through pursuing new business models, providing timely infrastructure and making efforts to improve logistics processes and investment conditions.


As a board member, I am glad to see that the emphasis is now made on the expansion in cooperation with ICAO and ACI. I look forward to many changes and growth of TIACA in the days ahead.



Kwang-Soo Lee

Incheon International Airport

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Building upon the Declaration on the Development of Air Cargo in Africa

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 7, 2017

Please join us at The Second ICAO Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa,

June 27-29th in Addis Ababa.This Meeting is the 2nd conference-type event built upon the Declaration on the Development of Air Cargo in Africa, adopted in Lomé, Togo, on 7 August 2014 (the “Lomé Declaration”). Prior to the Meeting in Addis Ababa, on June 26th there will be another important event - the Global Perishable Conference hosted by the Cool Chain Association. This conference will coincide with the official opening of the most modern air cargo terminal in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Visitis organized.


The “Lome Declaration” of 2014 with participants from 22 States, international organizations and aviation stakeholders, decided to take action for the sustainable development of air cargo in Africa in several key areas liberalization of market access and air carrier ownership and control; cooperation throughout the cargo supply chain; security and facilitation; funding for infrastructure and intermodal integration; support to remote or peripheral destinations; taxes and user charges; capacity-building for qualified personnel; fleet modernization; and adherence to international instruments.


The Second ICAO Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa Conference will allow policy-makers, air transport regulators, representatives from the aviation industry and other stakeholders, to review progress towards implementation of the Lomé Declaration, identify challenges and opportunities, and agree on a Road map for priority actions, as well as building on the decisions of the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly (October 2016). It will also contribute to the cooperative activities between ICAO, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).


Additional details on the event and also information on discount air travel can be found at:


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Second ICAO Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 24, 2017

TIACA in partnership with “STAT Times” will cooperate with ICAO tobring the air cargo industry and regulators together at

the 2nd ICAO Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa.


hosted by theEthiopian Civil Aviation Authority



Building on the Air Cargo Development in Africa Initiative, the meeting will address the sustainable development of air cargo in Africa in several key areas including:

 liberalization of market access and air carrier ownership and control; cooperation throughout the cargo supply chain; security & facilitation; funding for infrastructure and intermodal integration; support to remote or peripheral destinations; taxes and user charges; capacity-building for qualifies personnel; fleet modernization; and adherence to international instruments.


This high-level event will contribute to the cooperative activities between ICAO and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), as well as several other international organizations.

Registration will be open 
Monday, March 27, 2017.


For more information on the event,click here...



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Growth Opportunities in Air Cargo

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 3, 2017

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Growth Opportunities in Air Cargo


Emerging Markets Outlook Clouded By Populism, Trade Backlash But Remain Attractive



One of the key challenges we face in our industry is arguably the reality of slowing growth in the air cargo industry.


There are many underlying factors that have impacted growth over the years and shifted our industry from what some termed as the “The Golden Age” of air cargo, driven by China, the Tech industry, and globalization, to a new reality of what could be called “The Commoditized Age” of air cargo. This new reality is primarily driven by the peaking of global trade, increased demand on standardization and the use of technology.


With these dynamics one must ask, where are the next growth opportunities that one must consider?


In our annual Emerging Logistics Index report that we have published over the last 7 years, it highlighted that emerging markets provide such potential for growth and sentiment remains quite positive despite some issues that are causing concern. The underlying trends for the continued growth potential include population growth, increasing wealth, and education amongst others.


The report, which ranks the world’s 50 leading emerging markets by size, business conditions, infrastructure and transport connections and surveys more than 800 global logistics and supply chain executives, provides an annual snapshot of industry sentiment on these emerging markets.


Some of the key highlights that I would like to share with you include:


  • India was a standout in the survey and country rankings. Logistics professionals picked India as the emerging market with the most logistics potential and the country where their companies are most likely to invest.
  • Robust growth and long-anticipated tax and economic reform helped push India to No. 2 in the Index and impressed the logistics executives surveyed. Even so, India’s surprise decision to remove high-denomination banknotes from circulation and encourage cashless payments could be jarring for the economy in 2017.
  • China, the world’s second-largest economy, remains the world’s leading emerging market. In the survey, supply chain executives identified the direction of China’s economy as the factor most likely to drive global economic and trade growth in 2017. Seventy-six percent said China’s economy is slowing, but only 17% said the slowdown is significantly hurting the transport and logistics sector. Sixty-six percent said lower growth will not alter their plans in China.
  • UAE, No. 3 overall in the Index, again topped the rankings in the areas of business climate, and in logistics infrastructure and transport connections. Gulf countries UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait claimed six of the top 10 spots for best business conditions.
  • However, despite these positives, nearly 69% of logistics professionals say they worry about a retreat from free trade in 2017 following the UK’s Brexit vote and the collapse of global and regional trade talks, a new survey shows.
  • Africa’s biggest economies – Nigeria and South Africa – were among the countries that fell most sharply in the Index. Smaller African markets – Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya – improved their rankings in 2017.


The survey was clear that companies are concerned that anti-globalization feeling and populist policies in the UK and United States could spread and harm trade in emerging markets that rely heavily on exports.


However emerging markets will continue to deliver much higher growth rates. And with their higher growth rates, emerging markets will continue to be attractive markets, although they will continue to provide their own set of challenges that one must take into consideration.




By Essa Al-Saleh

President and CEO, Agility Global Integrated Logistics

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TIACA to partner with ICAO to hold a joint conference in Ethiopia this summer.

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 17, 2017

TIACA to partner with ICAO to hold a joint conference in Ethiopia this summer.




This week I worked in Ethiopia together with the team of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), headed by Director of Air Transport Boubacar Djibo on the preparation of the 2nd Air Cargo Africa Meeting planned for June 27-29th in Addis Ababa.


Ethiopian Airlines headed by their CEO Tewolde GebreMariam together with the Civil Aviation Authorities will be hosting this prestigious event with the goal of bringing together regulators, airlines, forwarders, shippers and others to share knowledge on the value of air cargo and the development of air cargo potential in Africa.


Boubacar Djibo and I met with the Director of Civil Aviation and with the Deputy Minister of Transport of Ethiopia who guaranteed full cooperation and support for this joint ICAO-TIACA event. 


Thanks to this newly developed alliance, TIACA will be in a position to provide the region with much-needed support and guidance on the importance of air cargo not just for Ethiopia but for the region that is developing much needed logistical and capacity building solutions.


We will be informing TIACA members of the progress in preparation for this event and invite you to contact us if interested in providing support and input to the agenda and the exhibition.



Vladimir D. Zubkov
Secretary General

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A new TIACA initiative aims to help develop our industry’s most valued asset: young professionals

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 10, 2017



A new TIACA initiative aims to help develop our industry’s most valued asset: young professionals



Next week - from February 13 to the 17th– young professionalsfrom various air cargo supply chain companies will visit each other's businesses with the goal of analyzing and improving the ways in which air cargo cooperates. Promoting cohesion with constructive suggestions will help further improvements in our industry.


Companies taking part include Jan de Rijk Logistics, Air France KLM, Tosoh, Valeant / Baush & Lomb, Agility and Swissport. Air Cargo Netherlands is also assisting in this initiative.


If successful, this initiative will be the start of much more to follow where we can develop young talent to be the leaders oftomorrow. This program is unique since it involves a vertical integration of supply chain with complete openness and transparency.


It has become more difficult to discover and develop cultivate talent, especially in small and medium-sized companies. This way we can think of possible internships with various supply chain companies so that we not only secure the future of talent, but also improve the cooperation with air cargo as a whole. Further development of this program will be discussed in the Education and Research Committee and the TIACA Board.


Vladimir Zubkov

Secretary General


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Turnberry Isle 2017 Sponsorships Now Available

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 3, 2017

Partnered with

Supply Chain & Logistics Summits Americas



For more information, contact: Kenneth

or Warren





The International Air Cargo Association Executive Summit

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Air Cargo Forum 2018 Toronto Website Launch

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 3, 2017

TIACA’s biennial International Air Cargo Forum & Exhibition is the premier air cargo industry event.


Over 3,000 air cargo decision makers and more than 300 exhibitors from around the world gather at ACF to network and address current industry challenges and opportunities.The ACF is a cost-effective way to network your business to thousands of leaders and buyers from across the entire air cargo supply chain.


ACF is the perfect opportunity to promote and launch new products and services and to interact with potential and existing customers, partners and suppliers.

  • Provides a unique platform for the exchange of ideas, views and solutions to the many issues that our industry faces on a daily basis
  • A great opportunity to build relationships with potential vendors and buyers
  • Promotes ‘face to face’ interaction assuring that attendees leave with more than just a brochure… A positive experience is by far the best method of attaining consumer's interest
  • Ideal for anyone looking to increase productivity or boost efficiency
  • Panels and workshops designed to educate & promote solution-minded discussions as well as deliberating over future industry trends



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Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association to Partner with TIACA for Toronto Air Cargo Forum

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 3, 2017

Partnership with Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association and Multimodal Americas announced as Vladimir Zubkov takes to the helm of TIACA

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders’ Association (CIFFA)will partner withTIACA and Multimodal Americas at theAir Cargo Forum (ACF) in Toronto in October 16-18 2018.


The announcement comes as Vladimir Zubkov formally takes the helm as TIACA’s new Secretary General, replacing Doug Brittin, who retired at the end of last year.


CIFFA, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018, will take part in the exhibition and host a conference complimenting the seminars and workshops organized by TIACA and Multimodal Americas.


“TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum provides a platform for all sectors of the industry to network, do business, and learn from the experts,” said Zubkov.


“Our partnership with CIFFA and Multimodal Americas strengthens the event, and we will be working together in the months to come to put together a compelling program.


“We are looking forward to the many opportunities this collaboration will deliver for all of our members and for the industry at large.”


Ruth Snowden of CIFFA, Robert Jervis, and Vladimir Zubkov met in Miami this week to formalize the partnership.


“Our mandate is to deliver value to membership”, said Ruth Snowden, Executive Director, CIFFA.


“With this global event and CIFFA’s conference focus on innovation and inspiration, everyone who attends will come away enriched.”


Established in 1948, CIFFA represents some 260 international freight forwarding firms across Canada.


Clarion Events owners of both the Multimodal UK Exhibition and the Supply Chain and Logistics Summit, will launch its new Multimodal Americas show alongside the 2018 ACF.


The exhibition will showcase leading logistics and transport companies over a three-day event, which will also include a series of seminars and practical workshops.


“We are excited to be extending the reach of the Multimodal franchise and delighted to be working both with TIACA and CIFFA,” said Robert Jervis, Logistics Portfolio Director, Clarion Events.


TIACA’s last ACF took place in Paris, France, in October 2016, and was attended by more than 3,000 delegates visiting over 300 exhibitors from leading companies including Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Incheon International Airport, and Air Charter Service.


For more information and to book a stand at the 2018 AFC

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View from the Board - Shippers on-board for KPIs in Air Cargo

Posted By Admin, Friday, January 27, 2017
Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017

on-board for KPIs in Air Cargo 


The recent Air Cargo Forum in Paris, France highlighted the fact that shippers are fully engaged in TIACA. As a representative of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) in the Board of TIACA, I will endeavor not only to advocate the interest of all shippers in air cargo but also to promote actions which serve this interest.

TIACA's Shippers’ Advisory Committee was created to bring together large international shippers with different backgrounds (e.g. perishables, pharma, chemicals), to contribute to the TIACA agenda by delivering medium and long term views on what should be implemented by stakeholders to improve their performance of air cargo supply chains. This Committee will publish their first white paper on air freight in the coming weeks.

Finally, shippers had the opportunity at the ACF in Paris to get in direct touch with the air cargo market through exhibiting and by participating in various workshops where they discussed shippers’ concerns and delivered a vision of how the market could adapt, becoming an even more appealing modality for shippers.

The ESC's open debate on how the industry can work together to make a smarter supply chain was a highlight of the ACF. This unique session also allowed for carriers, forwarders, and airports to voice their needs in return, in order to further improve the shippers’ business case in air cargo.

One of the arguments expressed by the market was that shippers should focus more on key performance indicators (KPIs) in the market. In this respect, CargoiQ was brought in as a system that would allow shippers more control and visibility on some KPIs for carriers, forwarders, and airports. It was recommended that shippers should put CargoiQ in their RFQs for the system to gain further traction in the market.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed at the ACF between the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF), to which ESC belongs, and CargoiQ. This was so that the two organizations could work together to ensure this system involves shippers, and would eventually involve the entire air cargo supply chain from consignor to consignee. It is the ultimate tool in air cargo to create transparency on key indicators such as temperature, time, quality, and handling. This creates a major step in shippers’ involvement in the market and leaves plenty of opportunities to work on the goals of visibility for the coming years.



Denis Choumert


European Shippers' Council

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View from the Board - Flying safely with Lithium Batteries on board.

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 16, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017

Flying safely with Lithium Batteries on board.


The Dangerous Goods regulations for 2017 include additional safety measures for air transportation of lithium batteries. Regulations of lithium batteries are continuously discussed, amended, and changed following safety concerns and incidents in order to continuously assess and mitigate transport risks. Regulators set up structured and defined responsibilities to stakeholders involved in air transportation of lithium batteries. Certain airlines may apply additional limitations on lithium battery transport based on their own considerations and risk assessment.


 TIACA points out that compliance begins with lithium battery manufacturers and shippers much before the transport of the shipment itself.  manufacturers and shippers are responsible for complying with design, testing, and preparation of batteries prior to and during battery production in order to ensure that the batteries perform and withstand air transport conditions. Recent experiences and reports about lithium battery transport show how crucial manufacturer and shipper compliance with the regulations is and the consequences of non-compliance on air transport. Looking forward to a new year of collaboration, TIACA encourages members and partners to join efforts, raise awareness, share, and exchange knowledge so that we can safely and successfully continue to transport lithium batteries by air.

Lucas Kuehner
Global head of Air Freight

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Secretary General's Update - Best Wishes for the New Year

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 13, 2017


Best Wishes for the New Year



In starting this year as Secretary General of TIACA, I will prioritize the objectives that are based on my assessment of what the current and prospective members expect from our unique organization.


A top interest of our members, which has never changed, is that TIACA represents them well in government circles and that organizations like the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), World Customs Organization (WCO), and other regulators in the United States and EU understand the concerns of the air cargo industry as they develop policy. TIACA takes part in the major regulatory meetings, but in recent years we have achieved the next level of collaboration – top officials from ICAO, the EU, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and WCO take an active part in the major TIACA meetings. Now, we need to move even further ahead – to forge a real partnership in the development and implementation of regulatory material and in procedures on the ground.


Another important focus of our work is to create favorable conditions for our members to build more business opportunities and to gain access to new business partners. We need more actively promote our industry to economic and global trade leaders. We all know that 35% of international trade by value is supported by the air cargo sector. But there is another very impressive figure which appeared in December 2016 in the Study on Air Transport and Global Value Chains, commissioned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For the first time, the study quantified the relationship between air cargo connectivity and a State’s participation in global trade. The study suggested that a one percent increase in air cargo connectivity is associated with a 6.3% increase in trade. That’s what I want to bring to the attention of State administrations, the WCO, and financial institutions. They have to turn their attention to one of the main facilitators of global trade, air cargo.


Another important issue is achieving compatibility in procedures and regulations throughout air cargo supply chains. We don’t have a reliable mechanism which connects the regulators closely enough to people working in the field. It’s one of the priorities, and I have started consultations with the heads of some international organizations about new avenues for cooperation.  And this goes hand in hand with training and even mere awareness of the importance of air cargo within the global economy.


Safety & Security needs an innovative approach in several key aspects and one of them globally harmonized Advance Data information procedures and unification of the requirements to trusted operators (there are different names for those in different countries).


There is a need for innovation not only in the technological field but in the way we evaluate success (or otherwise) of the work of cargo units at airports and other units in the supply chain. We have a very suitable project for joint development with ACI and ICAO. ACI has an Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program to measure passenger satisfaction, which helps airports compete and enables them to measure themselves against other airports and identify strong and weak points. Cargo facilities do not have an equivalent. And they should. Now is the time to develop such a program.


Another important note - many initiatives come from the TIACA Board, and Board members take a keen interest in their implementation. Expect more after our next Board meeting!


We also need to reassess the way we use the energy and knowledge which comes out of the industry conferences and other meetings. We need to strive for greater involvement of the regulators and associated international organizations to the development of practical solutions, methodologies, and projects which we talk about in our events.


And all this can be better achieved if we promote the culture of working together, engaging all the participants in the air cargo supply chain in one transparent and unimpeded process. It should become the preferred method of work in the air cargo industry.



Wishing all of you success and prosperity in 2017!



Vladimir D. Zubkov
Secretary General

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