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Scanning the Horizon: 15-19 Mar

Brussels Airport welcomed 165,000 passengers in February, a decrease of 90%, while cargo volumes record a 21% growth


Yet another example highlighting the strengthening of air cargo segment in aviation industry - Brussels Airport recorded an unprecedented growth in freight demand due to several reasons:

  • Growing COVID-19 vaccine transportation

  • Arrival of new airlines throughout 2020: Sichuan, HongYuan, Amerijet, VirginAtlantic

  • Cargo flights moved to Brussels from congested nearby cargo airports

  • Scheduled airlines like Qatar, Singapore Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines increasing volumes

  • DHL Express adding new routes to their network

UN Sustainable Development Goals: How companies stack Up

Source: Visual Capitalist via WEF

Out of 8'550 companies measured for their alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the MSCI All Country World Index, only 0.2% of companies were strongly aligned. Created in 2012, the UN SDGs provide a framework for a more sustainable future by 2030 that have been adopted by 193 countries globally.

Image source: World Economic Forum

The 17 UN SDGs are designed to achieve three primary objectives by 2030:

  • Protect the planet

  • End poverty

  • Create prosperity and peace for all

These 3 steps can help elevate more women to leadership positions

Source: Fact Company

A recent report on gender balance in C-suite found that only "30% of junior female managers reported having sponsors or mentors, further diminishing prospects for advancement." The article argues these three steps can help women progress better to leadership positions:

  1. Keeping track of female leaders and transparently and regularly reporting on the numbers

  2. Creating a culture of leadership coaches

  3. Women stepping up and taking opportunities without "waiting for their turn"

Jet Zero launches €17.5 million competition to reduce aviation emissions

Source: Biofuels International

The Green Fuel, Green Skies competition, part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, is aiming to support UK companies which employ new technologies to convert household rubbish, waste wood and excess electricity into sustainable aviation fuel.

According to the article, compared to conventional fuels, alternative aviation fuels can provide savings of up to 70% and this industry has a potential of creating up to 11'500 jobs.

Pelican BioThermal wins major accolades at APAC Bioprocessing Excellence Awards

Source: Biospectrum Asia

The winner of TIACA's Air Cargo Sustainability Awards 2020, Pelican BioThermal won the Best Temperature Control Packaging Provider - Passive category at the annual Asia Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards 2021, for the third time in a row.

Drone delivery provider Flytrex lands $9M to scale US operations

Source: Freight Waves

Flytrex, currently conducting a drone delivery pilot with Walmart, has landed $9.3 million in additional funding to expand its operations and finalize Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for drone deliveries.

This is yet another drone delivery company on our radar, a fast growing industry, that L.E.K. Consulting predicts will make 30% of same-day package deliveries by 2040.


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