May 17, 2020

Kenya Airways is world's first to attain 3 IATA certificates

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Kenya Airways(KQ) Pride Centre has become the first centre in the world to have attained all three IATA certifications, following the presentation of a...

Kenya Airways (KQ) Pride Centre has become the first centre in the world to have attained all three IATA certifications, following the presentation of a new certification by which designates the centre as an IATA Accredited Training School.

The new certification allows KQ Pride Centre to deliver endorsed training programmes in the field of Dangerous Goods Regulations to shippers, freight forwarders, airlines and governments.

In 2011, the institution was certified by IATA as an Approved Training Centre to offer IATA Training Programmes in the fields of aviation, travel and tourism, cargo and dangerous goods regulations. The centre also holds the Regional Training Partners certification that allows it to offer a selection of IATA classroom courses and diploma programmes delivered by IATA instructors with IATA course material, allowing participants to enjoy a similar learning experience to that of any IATA Training Centre in the world.

This is the third certification that KQ Pride Centre has received from IATA, making it the only centre globally to have attained all three IATA certifications. Kenya Airways Group managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Titus Naikuni, said:

“The conferment of the certification was an important recognition of the centre’s overall ability to provide quality training that meets strict criteria as set out by IATA, leading industry experts and member airlines. This is a huge endorsement of our efforts to deliver quality training that meets international aviation standards and recognition of KQ Pride Centre as a global training facility of excellence. We welcome individuals, organisations, airlines and governments to take advantage of our expertise to build their own competencies.”

Congratulating KQ Pride Centre, the Head of Global Partnership and Learning Innovation at IATA, Ismail Albaidhani, said: “We are very proud that Kenya Airways is IATA’s first and only global training partner to embark on all three partnership programmes with IATA [Approved Training Centre (ATC), Regional Training Partners (RTP) and now Accredited Training School (ATS)]. This truly is an indicator of KQ’s commitment to developing the people of our industry in all the related segments and it gives us true pleasure to work with you closely on the three partnership programmes.”

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 

 

Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

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Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely
 

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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