FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx, and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, demonstrated its industry expertise at the Dubai Airshow 2017. As the official courier sponsor of the event, FedEx showcased two of its leading product offerings—Aerospace Solutions and SenseAware.
Taarek Hinedi, vice president of FedEx Express Middle East Operations, said: “We’re here to connect with our customers, and to introduce our solutions such as the SenseAware, which our clients from the aviation sector can take advantage of. In addition, we also have the FedEx Aerospace Solutions.”
FedEx Aerospace Solutions is a comprehensive portfolio of customisable services targeted specifically for the aviation industry, encompassing a wide range of services—from shipping a critical part overnight to get a grounded plane flying again, to coordinating the arrival of shipments at overhaul facilities and more. SenseAware, on the other hand, is a multi-sensor device that provides the possibility to transform supply chains, inventory management, compliance programs, and shipment security.
Hinedi explained: “SenseAware is a device that can monitor everything with regards to a shipment: the movement, the location of the shipment at any given point of time, and so on. Customers can choose whether they want to receive shipment details on a minute-to-minute basis, or an hourly or six-hourly basis. They can also check the temperatures within the shipments, whether any boxes were opened during transport, shock levels and even barometric pressure. There’s a lot of technology in this magnificent little box, that our customers can use to their advantage.”
SenseAware devices are designed to suspend transmission of data during flight, although they continue to monitor and store data. Upon landing, SenseAware devices transmit all the data accumulated during flight (except location information). All of this may give customers the opportunity to intervene and control their shipment before reaching its final destination. Customers also benefit from a documented audit trail for regulatory processes, as well as the global expertise of FedEx for quick customs clearance.
Hinedi added: “It just gives the shipper an ultimate control over their shipping patterns, and helps the customer make a decision regarding what they need to do along the way, with regards to aircrafts on ground, as well as other industries like e-Commerce, healthcare, artifact shipments, and so forth.”
Present at the show also was the third generation Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, featuring a state-of-the-art, fully accredited eye hospital with technology that can transmit live surgeries around the world in 2D and 3D. The aircraft was donated by FedEx, and was open to tours for all visitors.
Hinedi commented: “We’re very pleased to be able to support efforts such as Orbis, with whom we’ve been associated for over 35 years now. It is a fully fitted-out and efficient hospital, which can go into communities where people don’t normally get access to eye care, enabling them to save sight worldwide.”