London Mayor takes inspiration from Dubai Airport
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is looking to Dubai’s Jebel Airport as the solution to the UK’s aviation capacity dilemma, according to reports by arabiansupplychain.com.
During a visit to the Jebel Ali Port hosed by Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman at DP World, the mayor toured visited DP World’s flagship facility to gain insight into how the company’s massive London Gateway port and logistics park project is modelled on facilities in Dubai.
According to reports by arabiansupplychain.com, Johnson found inspiration in the Dubai facilities to solve capacity problems in London: "If you look at London's aviation capacity problems, I think you can see a very, very clear opportunity for us to find a synergy between the astonishing new [DP World parent company] Dubai World port in East London and the capacity of aviation as well," Johnson said in Dubai on Tuesday.
"If you look at what Dubai World is doing here in Dubai, it's the fusion of the maritime transport and the aviation capacity that really offers the potential for long-term competitiveness and growth.
"That is something we want to explore.”
During their meeting and a tour of the port, Mr Johnson was briefed on the technology-driven operational efficiencies that have placed Jebel Ali among the top ten container ports globally, and the world class infrastructure that DP World is putting in place at London Gateway, which is on target to open for business in the fourth quarter of 2013.
H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to show the Mayor of London our flagship facility. Jebel Ali port together with the free zone have both supported and driven the growth of Dubai and the UAE over the past four decades. We have modelled DP World London Gateway on Jebel Ali, knowing that a modern deep water port and logistics park close to the important London and South East market will bring direct benefits to the UK economy.”
He added: “Strong historic ties bind the UAE and the United Kingdom, and we believe the London Gateway project will further cement our excellent relations.”
When fully completed London Gateway will have six deep-water berths capable of hosting the world’s largest container ships, a 1 million sq metre logistics park
DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.