Qatar Executive to exhibit at leading business aviation show in Dubai
Qatar Executive, the corporate jet division of Qatar Airways, is once again taking part in the Middle East’s leading business aviation show MEBA in Dubai.
The prestigious three-day show will take place at the Dubai World Central Al-Maktoum International Airport from 8 to 11 December, giving Qatar Executive the opportunity to showcase its brand-new Bombardier Global 5000 Vision, which features one of the widest and most spacious cabins among super-large business jets flying today.
Qatar Executive’s Global 5000 Vision features an elegant two cabin configuration with a separate galley, allowing discrete service and maximum comfort for up to 13 passengers.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Since its inception five years ago, Qatar Executive has risen to be a leader in air chartered services for individuals, families, businesses, corporations and governments alike, and continues to exponentially grow to provide guests a differential level of service and convenience.
“As part of Qatar Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, Qatar Executive’s guests are assured an exemplary and personalised level of service. It is therefore of the utmost importance that our fleet of private jets and service on board is of the highest and most luxurious quality in the world.”
Doha-based Qatar Executive will use the event to promote its growing business aviation service portfolio and raise interest for its new General Aviation Terminal, which is currently being constructed at the new Hamad International Airport and is set to open in the first half of 2015.
The new state-of-the-art facility will exclusively cater to business jets and promises to be a beacon of luxury design, refined customer service and innovative travel technology in order to meet the requirements of VIP travellers.
The company’s highlights will be promoted against the background of Qatar Airways’ recent ground-breaking agreement with Gulfstream for the order of up to 20 aircraft, including Gulfstream’s all-new G500 and the G650ER. The Memorandum of Understanding, signed last month, marks the beginning of a new relationship between Qatar Airways and the jet manufacturer and signals a next step for Qatar Executive's relatively young and buoyant history.
Executive Vice President of Qatar Executive, David Edwards said: “MEBA is a key industry event for us and provides the perfect platform to promote our growing service portfolio to a wide audience including business leaders, government officials and individuals interested in private charter aircraft. We look forward to a productive show, plenty of networking and strengthening relationships with our customers and business partners.”
Having recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, Qatar Executive will further use the show to promote not just its charter operation, but also its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in Doha. As a Bombardier Authorised Service Facility (ASF) in the Middle East, Qatar Executive holds a wide range of maintenance approvals, such as from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) as well as EASA Part 145 Line and Base certification to support European and Qatari-registered Bombardier aircraft.
In addition, Qatar Executive has regulatory approvals from the Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority as well as the Cayman Islands to conduct maintenance services for Bombardier Challenger 604, 605 and Global series aircraft.
Founded in 2009, Qatar Executive today operates a wholly-owned all-Bombardier fleet of eight aircraft, comprising three Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and one Global XRS; a number set to grow in the near future when the new Gulfstream aircraft will join the operation.
In addition, Qatar Executive has a growing aircraft management fleet, providing services to a number of high net worth individuals in the region.
For more information on the division, please visit: www.qatarexec.com.qa
FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles
FedEx is embarking on an expanded test of autonomous, driver-less delivery vehicles to develop its last-mile logistics.
The US logistics firm piloted autonomous vehicles from Nuro in April this year, and the pair will now explore that further in a multi-year partnership. Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partnerships, said the collaboration "will enable innovative, industry-first product offerings that will better everyday life and help make communities safer and greener".
FedEx will explore a variety of on-road use cases for the autonomous fleet, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries, going beyond more traditional applications of the technology in single-route movement of goods from A-B. Exponential growth in ecommerce is spurring its broader experimentation in new autonomy solutions, Fed-Ex says, both in-warehouse and on-road.
“FedEx was built on innovation, and it continues to be an integral part of our culture and business strategy,” said Rebecca Yeung, Vice President, Advanced Technology and Innovation, FedEx Corporation. “We are excited to collaborate with an industry leader like Nuro as we continue to explore the use of autonomous technologies within our operations.”
The changing role of couriers
Unlike structured delivery networks, operating under long-term partnerships and contracts, agility is where couriers deliver true value - and their ability to deftly solve last-mile fulfilment has most acutely been felt during the pandemic. For the billions of people around the world forced to stay at home to protect themselves and their communities from the spreading COVID-19 virus, couriers have been a constant. They may have been the only knock at the door some people experienced for weeks or months at a time.
But the last-mile has been uprooted by a boom in ecommerce, a shift that has been most apparent in the UK, US, China and Japan, according to the Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2021 by Apex Insight. These are markets with dominant economies and populations used to running their lives with a tap of a screen or double-click of a mouse.
“Getting last mile delivery right has long been a challenge for retailers,” says Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail at Capgemini. “In 2019, 97% of retail organisations felt their last-mile delivery models were not sustainable for full-scale implementation across all locations. Despite increasing demand from customers, companies were struggling to make the last mile profitable and efficient.”
Jacobs says that the pandemic alleviated some of these stresses in the short term. With no other option, consumers were understanding and tolerant, if not entirely happy, with longer delivery times and less transparent tracking. “But, as extremely high delivery demand continues to be normal, customers will expect brands to contract their delivery times,” he adds.
Last mile's role in ESG
Demand and volume weren’t the only things that have changed during the pandemic - businesses looked closer to home and as a result became more sustainable. Bricks and mortar stores were transformed from mini-showrooms to quasi-fulfilment centres. Online retailers and other businesses sought local solutions to ship more faster. In densely populated London, UK alone, Accenture found that delivery van emissions dropped by 17%, while Chicago, USA and Sydney, Australia saw similar emissions savings.