These past three months have been busy, but we have reached many important milestones. First of all, construction of our new cargo terminal started according to the plan, and on June 30, we held a cornerstone laying ceremony. Around 70 people, consisting of key stakeholders and Finnair representatives, celebrated this big milestone with us.
The main motive for the event was to celebrate the successful start of construction, but we also had another reason to rejoice: Finnair Cargo is the first airline in the world to receive IATA’s new CEIV Pharma certification!
In Finland it is customary to bury a time capsule inside the foundation at the cornerstone laying ceremony to give an idea of what life was like during the time of construction. Following this tradition, we placed our own time capsule in the terminal foundation. Inside, we hid a print copy of the local newspaper, one Finnair Cargo brochure, and one printed Air Waybill (AWB). I hope that by the time our new terminal is opened in 2017, paper AWBs will already be a thing of the past.
Furthermore, we have finalized the Material Handling System (MHS) selection, and signed a contract with Lödige Industries on June 15. I have not kept track of all the details that need to be planned and cross-checked between the MHS and terminal, but I know that a great deal of engineering expertise is needed.
The official name of our state-of-the-art cargo terminal was also revealed in the cornerstone laying ceremony: COOL Nordic Cargo-Hub. We received plenty of great suggestions in our internal naming contest, and the chosen name is a combination of those entries.
The name of Finnair’s headquarters is HOTT (House of Travel and Transport), and it is only natural that the terminal follows the same logic. ‘Cool’, of course, refers to the dedicated areas for Pharma and Perishables. We also feel that the modern warehouse automation, production planning, and process steering are all pretty cool, plus the fact that the terminal will have a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) certificate. This guarantees that it has been built following environmentally friendly methods and principles. What’s more, the name is also appropriate considering what the weather is often like in the Nordic countries.
I am looking forward to seeing the status at the construction site when I return to the office after my summer holidays. So far, the progress has been fast.
Below are some pictures from the cornerstone laying ceremony, and from the site in early July.
Finnair's Chief Commercial Officer Juha Järvinen (left) and Finnair's VP Head of Cargo Antti Kuusenmaki filled the time capsule with memorabilia items from 2015.
Finnair's President and CEO Pekka Vauramo (left) and Juha Järvinen buried the capsule in the new terminal's foundation.
Photos from the cornerstone laying ceremony by Valtteri Kantanen
Photos from the construction site by Ari Soinola
Director Cargo Excellence, Finland