AAR’s Nordisk Delivers the Industry’s Lightest Full-Aluminum Containers to Korean Air

Norway, August 18, 2014 — AAR’s Nordisk Aviation Products announced today it has started delivery of 400 Nordisk AluLite AKE air cargo containers to Korean Air. The Nordisk AluLite AKE weighs 65 kg and is the lightest-weight full-aluminium airfreight LD3 container in the industry.

“Korean Air continues to favour aluminium because of its simplicity in maintenance and greater recycling benefits. With the Nordisk AluLite, Korean Air also gets the lightest full aluminium AKE container available,” says Boon Yang Sim, Nordisk’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Asia Pacific and the People’s Republic of China. “Nordisk’s relationship with Korean Air began in 1979 and has leveraged Nordisk’s development of lighter containers for the past 35 years without compromising durability and quality.”

Nordisk is the leading supplier of air cargo containers and pallets in the industry., With more than 700,000 ULDs sold over 40 years, Nordisk ULDs are used by virtually every airline operating wide-body aircraft.

AAR (NYSE: AIR), with its Telair and Nordisk subsidiaries, offers a full line of main-deck and lower-deck cargo systems and a variety of baggage handling and freight solutions that enable increased payload and fuel savings. From the Nordisk Ultralite®, the lightest-weight container in the industry, to a patented Sliding Carpet® baggage loading system to specialized pallets, containers and air mobile shelters, AAR offers products with excellent strength-to-weight performance, high reliability and low total cost of ownership, backed by a global aftermarket support network.

About Nordisk Aviation Products

A subsidiary of aviation industry leader AAR CORP., Nordisk Aviation Products designs, manufactures and sells air cargo containers and pallets, also known as Unit Load Devices (ULD) to the global commercial aviation industry. Nordisk, established in 1970, has production facilities in Norway, China and the United States and has spare parts warehousing and sales offices across Europe, Asia, and the United States. Nordisk containers and pallets are flown by nearly every airline operating wide-bodied aircraft in the world, enabling their valuable cargo and baggage to be transported safely and securely. For more information visit www.nordisk-aviation.com or call + 852 2107 6668.

About AAR

AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

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Leading Air Cargo Company Selects Ultimate Software’s UltiPro for Unified Human Capital Management


Ultimate Software (ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that Air T Inc., a leading provider of delivery and services to the air express industry, has selected the cloud-based UltiPro solution to enhance its processes for human capital management (HCM).

North Carolina-based Air T provides air cargo services across eastern North America through its wholly owned subsidiaries Mountain Air Cargo, Inc. and CSA Air, Inc. The company also provides aviation ground support and other specialized industrial equipment products and services through its wholly owned subsidiaries Global Ground Support, LLC, based in Olathe, KS, and Global Aviation Services, LLC, which has operations across the U.S. Global’s primary customers include the U.S. military, passenger, and cargo airlines as well as airports in international markets.

Air T has been using multiple methods to handle its HR and payroll operations, including a payroll service bureau as well as other third-party systems. Without having a unified HCM solution, the company experienced a range of business challenges, such as inaccurate data, duplicate data entry, manual reconciliation, and a lack of customer support. Executives at Air T made the decision to move to cloud-based UltiPro in January 2014.

“Relying on multiple systems was not providing maximum value to our company or subsidiaries. We couldn’t trust that the data being produced was accurate,” said Kelly Corn, director of human resources at Air T Inc. “We wanted to be in partnership with an HCM vendor that is always making technology improvements and one that could provide us with high levels of customer support.”

“Ultimate Software was the standout of HCM providers that we evaluated. The fact that UltiPro is a unified HCM solution will be a major advantage to our teams, employees, and overall company. We can accelerate our HR, payroll, and talent processes, like time-to-hire and onboarding, as well as significantly reduce our administrative efforts. Plus, Ultimate is always evolving its technology with new functionality, more flexible delivery models, more responsive and collaborative customer service, and more overall value.”

Cloud-based UltiPro provides businesses like Air T cohesive HCM functionality, including HR, payroll, benefits enrollment, talent acquisition, talent management, time management, as well as strategic insight into multinational employees. HR-related teams, managers, executives, and employees have instant, 24-7 access to information and resources to quickly and effectively perform business activities. And because UltiPro provides companies with one system of record for workforce information, business intelligence is immediately available across all areas of HCM, such as by department, division, subsidiary, or country.

“One of the bigger wins for our business will be higher levels of accuracy and speed as well as increased hard- and soft-cost savings. One area that we’re especially excited about is improving our processes for performance management,” said Corn. “Managers can complete their evaluations much more easily and efficiently, and ultimately this makes the employee happier and more engaged, which is a significant advantage in today’s business climate. With the suite of tools available in UltiPro, we are looking forward to better talent retention and better talent management.”

“Plus, Ultimate impressed us right away by establishing a comfortable, collaborative working relationship with us. From the initial meetings, we realized Ultimate’s people really understood the unique needs of our business. Ultimate’s emphasis on the customer is huge for us, and it’s reassuring to know we have immediate access to an appointed account manager who is focused on our success.”

“Using multiple systems to handle HR, payroll, and talent operations presents considerable challenges, especially with a company within the complex transportation industry. Synchronizing HCM in one unified, centralized solution can result in countless business advantages,” said Chris Phenicie, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software. “Our customers experience higher levels of control, flexibility, accuracy, and support services as well as immediate, in-depth, strategic insight into their diverse workforce. We’re very pleased to add Air T to our expanding roster of customers, and we look forward to supporting its unique business with our cloud technology.”

About Ultimate Software

Ultimate Software is a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, with more than 17 million people records in the cloud. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, compensation, and time and labor management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and has more than 2,000 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2014, Ultimate was ranked #20 on FORTUNE’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For; ranked #8 on Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies; and recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix. Ultimate has 2,700 customers with employees in 150 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, Pep Boys, Texas Rangers Baseball, and Texas Roadhouse. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/leading-air-cargo-company-selects-194500899.html

O'Hare Sees Cargo Traffic Spike

Aug. 12–Chicago O’Hare International Airport has seen a spike in cargo volume during the first half of the year, adding to evidence that the freight business at O’Hare is recovering from the deep nationwide recession, an official said.

Air cargo volume at O’Hare increased 8.5 percent in the first six months of the year, compared to the same time period in 2013, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. In June 2014 alone, O’Hare’s cargo tonnage rose 11 percent over the same month last year, it said.

The airport has seen declining cargo volumes in recent years, according to department statistics, down about 0.6 percent in 2013 and down 4.1 percent in 2012.

“Air cargo creates billions of dollars in economic activity and supports thousands of jobs in the Chicago region,” said Rosemarie S. Andolino, aviation department commissioner. “This significant increase in cargo volume at our global gateway is a positive sign of recovery and growth following the global economic recession over the last few years that impacted cargo traffic at airports around the globe.”

She added that with capacity created by the airport’s modernization program and development of new cargo facilities, O’Hare “is well positioned to be one of the world’s leading hubs for air cargo.”

About 30 cargo carriers serve O’Hare, including many of the largest freight carriers from China, Europe and the Middle East, the aviation department said. Chicago is the top national gateway for air exports to China, with more than 25 percent of the market, the department said. Besides dedicated freight carriers, many of the passenger airlines that serve O’Hare carry cargo in the belly of their aircraft.

While Chicago is the second-largest U.S. airport, next to Atlanta, for airline passenger traffic, it ranked only sixth for cargo volume last year, according to Airports Council International. However, with about $115 billion worth of freight handled annually, O’Hare ranks second among U.S. airports for the monetary value of its air cargo, the aviation department said.

With more than 738,500 tons of cargo handled for the first half of 2014, O’Hare is on track to reach approximately 1.5 million tons for the year, the department said. That’s a level the airport hasn’t seen since 2011, according to department data.




Copyright 2014 – Chicago Tribune

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Middle East Cargo Growth Outpaces World Markets

Aug. 08–Middle Eastern cargo airlines continued to outpace global markets according to the latest figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Middle East carriers continue to expand strongly with a seven per cent air cargo growth in June and is up 10 per cent for the year-to-date, according to the IATA data for global air freight markets.

“At the half-way point of the year, it is clear that overall cargo demand is much stronger than in 2013. Carriers in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East have been the biggest beneficiaries of the improved market conditions. Europe is doing reasonably well, albeit still in recovery mode. The weak spot is the Americas,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s director-general and CEO.

Airlines in the region are capitalising on growth opportunities by expanding services to fast-growing emerging markets, such as Uganda and Mexico. Capacity expanded 8.6 per cent year-on-year.

IATA-released data for global air freight markets showed 2.3 per cent growth in demand (measured in freight tonne kilometers) over June 2013. That is slower than the 4.9 per cent growth reported for May.

Nevertheless, overall growth for the first six months of 2014 stands at 4.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2013. That is much stronger than the weak 1.4 per cent increase reported for the full-year 2013 over 2012 levels. The strengthened growth has been underpinned by improving global trade and stronger business activity over the past year.

Asia-Pacific airlines’ freight volume grew 4.9 per cent in June, continuing the trend of strengthening results following the declines in the first quarter of the year. For the year-to-date, Asia-Pacific cargo is up 4.6 per cent, and with Chinese manufacturing expanding again for the first time since December 2013, growth looks set to continue. Capacity expanded 4.3 per cent.

“The general improvement in the economic environment is always good news for air cargo. This may not however, be a recovery as usual. First there are a lot of risks out there — from conflicts and sanctions to potential national defaults and fear of the Ebola outbreak. Second, while air cargo is slowly emerging from two years in the doldrums time has not stood still. Logistics has become an even more intensely competitive sector. Shippers value faster end-to-end transit times, greater reliability and improved efficiency. More clearly than ever, the building blocks for the future of air cargo are found in global programs such as e-Freight and Cargo 2000. These are helping the entire value chain to deliver on the expectations of their customers,” said Tyler.

European carriers saw fre ight volumes fall 1.5 per cent compared to June 2013, possibly reflecting recent weakness in manufacturing and export activity. Overall, for the year-to-date, European cargo is up 3.2 per cent, a stronger performance than in 2013. Capacity in June rose 2.1 per cent.

North American airlines’ freight volumes declined 0.1 per cent, compared to June 2013, and for the year-to-date are up just 1.6 per cent. The overall performance may reflect the weakness in trade volumes that followed the severe weather events in the first quarter. Recent data points to much stronger business activity which could support stronger air cargo volumes in the months ahead. Capacity in June fell one per cent.

Latin American airlines suffered a sharp contraction of 3.4 per cent in June. The overall performance for the year-to-date has also been a disappointing -0.1 per cent, the only region to be in decline this year. Sluggish trade growth and in particular the weakness of the Brazilian economy is dragging down growth. Capacity in June was up by 1.6 per cent.

Copyright 2014 – Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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