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First OPENAP meeting held in Abu Dhabi

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Over 100 delegates met with experts from the air cargo supply chain in Abu Dhabi for the first Neutral Air Partner OPENAP Global Meeting from 25 - 28 September. The event took place at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, giving delegates the chance to meet with air cargo experts, coming together to explore partnering opportunities, jointly develop innovative air cargo products and services, and acquire knowledge from industry professionals. Neutral Air Partner (NAP) founder and chief executive officer, Christos Spyrou presented the NAP project with a detailed overview of its objectives, member's benefits, innovation tools and what is coming soon in the world of NAP air cargo networking. NAP's strategic partners, Acex, AirBridge-Cargo Airlines, Astral Aviation, Descartes and create the most powerful grouping of air cargo specialists; set new standards of excellence. The second OPENAP will take place from 24 - 27 September 2017 in Asia.

OAG were also on hand to share insights with useful information regarding the challenges and future of the air cargo industry. There were two days of face-to-face meetings, with over 1,000 taking place between companies across the supply chain including sales agents, consolidators, time critical and express service firms as well as carriers. Delegates traveled from a number of countries including Argentina, China, Germany, India, Kenya, Turkey and the UK. The organisation says it has nine objectives, to inject a greater degree of advanced air cargo expertise; revive specialization and sales focus; drive buying power across the supply chain; build competitive advantages through tailor made IT tools; empower performance and optimize results; deliver extensive knowledge through training programs and workshops; improve risk profile and cash flow management;

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  • It was a refreshing event also from airline prospective in regards to the quality of the delegates gathered from around the globe, the industry expertise in airfreight ,and consequently the buying power such a group of smaller sized market players can bring to a carrier. The innovative approach , linked with a platform of air cargo community tools tool can deliver added value to the supply chain, and differentiate themselves from the mass .We as Air Bridge Cargo are supportive to innovation in our industry to every single customer, and we are looking forward to the positive developments of NAP together with ABC as their carrier.

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    • Georges Bewer
    • VP EMEA for Airbridge Cargo
  • We as Aerotrans ,are offering neutral freight services to the trade and our customers are airlines , IATA agents and general freight forwarders .Neutral Air Partner is the right platform for our company to explore partnering opportunities with like- minded air cargo experts around the world ,and to develop new services and innovative products for our customers, We are allready seeing the results interacting with a number of members and we look forward to a long term relationship with NAP.

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    • Michael Jaench
    • Aerotrans Germany
  • Universal Global Logistics, S.A.U., attended the NAP kick off meeting in Abu Dhabi last September. UGL is one of the leading Spanish Freight Forwarders and belongs to Noatum Logistics, the logistics division of Marmedsa Noatum Maritime, present in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco and Chile. “ We had the chance to gather another companies also specialized in airfreight industry, as well as in the different topics which this business include, such as cool chain service, AOG, dangerous goods, etc. As forwarding company we have strong presence in our market, being part of a freight purchasing pool stated in the 3rd position in Spanish IATA ranking , we find NAP network as a chance to develop every kind of air transport business among other specialist companies” says Sergio Escobar –Business and process coordinator for UGL.

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    • Sergio Escobar
    • Business and process coordinator for UGL.
  • I had the honor of attending the first NAP annual meeting held in Abu Dhabi, the organization, network and the topics addressed, fully satisfied our expectations, our group participated the event with 3 executives and we ve decided to support Neutral Air Partner in nine countries in Latin America where we have our own offices., we are looking forward to grow our air cargo business together with NAP in this new experience “ says Carlos Madama , VP of Grupo RAS - a leading freight & logistics group based in Latin America with 45 offices in 10 countries and 800 members in 5 divisions.

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    • Carlos Madama
    • VP of Grupo RAS
  • Attending the NAP global meeting in Abu Dhabi has been a great success . It has been a great pleasure to meet so many airfreight professionals whom understand the importance of being Neutral, whilst offering your service towards the forwarding industry.Within 2 months, we already have seen the benefits of our membership , and we are now able to offer more neutral freight services and consolidation solutions to our European customers “ says Ronald Sierat from N.F.S Airfreight ( Neutral Freight Service BV ) a leading and independent neutral airfreight wholesaler & consolidator based at Schiphol airport ( AMS ) main gateway for Europe.

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    • Ronald Sierat
    • N.F.S Airfreight
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