Power 25 2021: Bernd Struck, Senior Vice President, UAE Cargo and DWC Airline Services, dnata, Ranks 13
Struck leads dnata’s cargo business in the UAE as well as the airline services unit at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai South. Before joining the Emirates Group in 2006 his career in aviation covered positions across the globe with Lufthansa, British Caledonian, American, United Airlines and Fraport.
Struck holds his current role since 2014 and is also chairman of Dubai Express/Freightworks, PAL Airport Logistics and Bollore Logistics LLC.
dnata continues to deliver reliable and safe air services to support and create value for airline customers amid COVID-19 challenges.
Although passenger flights were significantly reduced globally, air cargo demand remained stable and dnata quickly adapted its operations and continued to work closely with partners to maintain global trade and the flow of essential goods including PPE, life-saving medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.
In response to the strong air cargo market demand for the rapid, reliable, and efficient transportation of essential commodities, several airlines introduced additional cargo capacity by using passenger aircraft with seats fully or partially removed from the cabin. To adapt to changing customer needs, dnata enhanced services, improved processes, and trained employees to handle passenger planes carrying cargo safely and efficiently only.
dnata continued to invest in innovative products, new technology and digitalisation, and rolled out a just-in-time freight handling platform across its Dubai cargo operations. A cloud-based platform, Appointment and Dock Management (ADM) significantly improves operational efficiency and ensures end-to-end transparency of the entire cargo journey.
Moving forward, dnata will continue to enhance its operations to offer more value to customers. In partnership with Kale Logistics, it will redevelop its cargo community platform, Calogi, to provide one-stop services, including appointment and customs services management, to the air cargo community.
dnata will also cooperate closely with the Dubai government and local stakeholders to support the 21st-century reincarnation of silk road traffic and optimise sea/air traffic through the emirate by introducing automation and pricing schemes.