Looking back at 2016…
2016 was a year with mixed feelings, a slow start and a good end. In the first quarter, we significantly handled less cargo due to the (temporary) move of Ethiopian Airlines from Brussels to Maastricht. After being Jet Airways’ European hub between India and America for many years, we lost them at the end of March. And March 22nd we were confronted with terroristic attacks at our airport, something we will not soon forget.
But as of the second half, we saw the first signs of recovery in our cargo volumes, especially in the full freighter segment. In April, we saw the return of Ethiopian Airlines Cargo to Brussels. In June, Etihad Cargo started operating full cargo flights to Brussels and at the end of the year, Air Algerie added freighter flights too. In the meantime Qatar Cargo further expanded its operation at Brussels too. This strong growth of full freighter traffic compensated the negative effects and sad events of the first quarter, ending the year with a growth of 1.1% compared to last year. Since September, we have seen month after month a double digit growth in our volumes.
And it is not just on the volumes we can write positive things. Also when it comes to further strengthening our position as leading pharma gateway, new steps have been taken. The introduction of the pharma transporter for conditioned transport airside or the setup of a new organisation with other airport communities called Pharma.Aero are just 2 examples. Other initiatives taken are in the field of digitisation, where different application are being build in our community cloud platform to facilitate our cargo processes and make BRUcargo not only the smartest but also most efficient cargo gateway in Europe. We are not there yet, but huge progress has been made and the results are exceeding our expectations.
Finally, we are very proud we saw Air Cargo Belgium being born in our cargo community. For the first time, all stakeholders could work together in one organisation with one agenda to the benefit of the entire cargo community. Within months, this organisation took a flying start with more members joining than we could have hoped for, a more challenging agenda than we were looking for but especially a better spirit and support we could have wished for. This community approach and organisation will truly be a differentiator in the development of BRUcargo for many years to come.
2017 will not be less busy or less challenging, but together, we are ready to face them and deal with them!
The road to digitization @ BRUcargo…
You have probably been reading about the BRUcloud in our previous newsletters? Let’s give you a short wrap-up. During the past months several applications moved from the drawing table towards the development teams. In 2017 it will all be about the roll-out and implementation!
Apps will create operational efficiency gains for the involved parties. They are all plugged-in into our open platform and feed the BRUcloud with operational data. Sharing data, that was never shared before, in our fragmented supply chain will eliminate duplication and create new insights.
The Slot Booking App, which will make the booking of a time slot to pick-up or drop-of freight at the GHA’s facilities possible, is the most important app on the roadmap for 2017. This app will open a lot of opportunities for next apps to be developed (operational follow-up, link to security compliance…). Please keep an eye on our newsletter to be updated about the implementation!
Welcome back Air Algerie!
After a break of six years, Air Algérie started operating full freighters again.
On Friday, 25th of November, the quick-change B737-700 touched wheels at Brussels Airport for its inaugural flight arriving from Algiers, Algeria.
The Brussels Airport cargo community is very happy Air Algérie has returned back to Brussels. Together with the airline we are looking forward to developing the specific opportunities of the Algerian home market along with the AH network.
Announcing the conversion of two B737-800 aircrafts for 2017, Air Algérie presently operates 2 flights a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
BRUcargo CEIV community certification program
18 companies operating at BRUcargo have been involved in the community certification program and will be CEIV certified. This makes BRU the biggest cargo community of CEIV certified operators, offering a strong guarantee for an unbroken cool chain from the moment the cargo is delivered at the airport until departure of the aircraft.
Recently FBLogistics and Singapore Airlines Cargo have successfully completed the certification program, affirming their capabilities in handling high value, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical cargo.
The President of SIA Cargo said: “the CEIV Pharma Certification reinforces SIA’s commitment to our customers from the pharmaceutical sector to deliver the highest standards of care and professionalism in handling their time and temperature sensitive shipments.”