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Vol. 20 No. 41                                  WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021

Peter Hansen Pulled Air Cargo Up The Bootstraps
    You look at this picture.
    Here is Peter Hansen.
    Does he look familiar?
    Well he should, because before he died on September 9th in Cape Town, South Africa, for almost four decades from the dawn of modern air cargo, Peter was most important, and amongst his peers a very respected, down on the ground, innovative air cargo builder of the last century.


Sullivan's Travels 1941 & 2022
    
There has been some speculation about where and when the IATA yearly mandated meeting of member airline cargo executives, now branded ‘The World Cargo Symposium (WCS)’ that just concluded last week in Dublin, Ireland, might be held in 2022?
    People we spoke to say the event could be conducted any time, but odds makers bet mid-year next.

Chuckles for October 20, 2021

Inside Moves At Qatar Cargo
    Centerstage in Dublin at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, QR Head of Cargo Guillaume Halleux delivered a sobering message of the threat that exists in shipping lithium batteries, concluding that something must be done before something really awful occurs airborne.

On The Freight-Pay Beam
    Lionel van der Walt, Global Chief Commercial Officer, and the PayCargo team on the half shell during International Air Transport Association IATA’s 2021 World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Dublin, Ireland, an event mostly attended by northern Europeans.
    The Team met with FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations Director General Dr. Stephane Graber as new exclusive online payment platform for FIATA members, called Freight-Pay rolls out worldwide.

Sorting Cargo In A Gutter Near You
    Near our home in Queens, New York on Radnor Road in a park setting where children attend classes at PS 178 The Holliswood School, the action during the weekdays in early mornings recently are a half dozen ordinary station wagon vehicles gathered amidst hundreds of Amazon packages strewn all over the pavement, sidewalk and even in the gutter.

'Tis Autumn In New York
    Walking Lulu in the park near our home, I noticed last Monday that the big grey bubble enclosures now cover the tennis courts, a sure sign Summer '21 is gone.
    Tough luck for the dog as she now can no longer feast on the bright green tennis balls that lay in fair territory in the open grass beyond the courts.

Vol. 20 No. 40                                  WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2021

Why Did IFACP Deal Go Up In Smoke
    You remember the announcement in 2016 that at long last IATA and FIATA would engage in a partnership that would do many things?
    “To meet the evolving needs of the air cargo industry and better reflect the change in relationships and the transformed role of the freight forwarder, IATA and FIATA joined forces to review, refine, and re-engineer the current Cargo Agency Program and to develop a new and modernized Program. The IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) is the result. It recognizes that the vast majority of forwarders are no longer ‘selling-agents’ for and on behalf of airlines but are ‘purchasing customers’ of airlines and their business relationship is often that of a buyer and seller.”


ATC Heart To Heart Wins Friends & Influences People
    
Very quietly without a lot of drums and trumpets Ingo Zimmer, CEO and his global team at ATC, the fast-rising GSSA have captured the center of a growing market by exhibiting even-handed dependable results for a growing number of the world’s cargo carriers.

Chuckles for October 13, 2021

Truck Queues Solved Forever More
    First you need to know how to say Kale.
    It’s “Kah-Lee” this brand spelled Kale.
    Now you have it . . . It’s Kale By Golly.
    The rest is More—Amar More, company CEO, who explains to logisticians that with his program, “the only thing you have to lose is the wait!

BRU Warehouse Debuts Minus The Masks
    This snapshot has been taken a million times around the world. But after the COVID-19 punch in the nose of the past 18 months it’s nice to see industry builders back, minus the masks!

Letters for October 13, 2021
Hi Geoffrey,
    Very nice article with Jens Roemer regarding the current
challenges in the shipping industry.
    I would like to make the point that a lot of the drama seems to be around shortages and mispositioning of shipping containers.

Vol. 20 No. 39                                   MONDAY OCTOBER 11, 2021

PayCargo On Fire Worldwide
    IATA’s World Cargo Symposium (WCS), having made a quick pivot less than a month ago away from a scheduled WCS in Istanbul in favor of the Emerald Isle is taking place in Dublin this week.


Krems United Tops U.S. Cargo
     
Several years ago, in the saloon of a Las Vegas hotel where an air cargo industry convention was being held, a lusty debate took on the proportions of a high-decibel shouting match. The subject in shrill dispute: has the air cargo industry achieved a solid state of maturity? The question rocked the barroom.

Chuckles for October 11, 2021

Too Cool McCool Is Ireland Cargo
     The quick move of IATA’s World Cargo Symposium from a venue in IST to DUB at last minute brought to the fore the always engaging agility and ability of Ireland to not only handle a big show on short notice but also to have some bright and brighter people ready, willing and able to share point of view.
     Ian McCool may not be on the program at WCS, but lucky for air cargo we caught up with him last week.

How A Delayed Flight Changed History
     Many people would not be aware that a very lucky meeting after a delayed flight at Shannon Airport in 1958, resulted in the start of the industrialization of modern Ireland.
     Richard (Dick) Malkin, pioneer air cargo journalist (Flying Typers), landed at Shannon Airport to do a story on the all-cargo Seaboard World Airways hub.

TATA Sons Regain Air India
     Tata Sons acquired Air India Limited on Friday. A bid of 18,000 crore rupees (USD$2.4 billion) did the trick as Tata bought back the airline it sold to the Indian government more than half a century ago.

Vol. 20 No. 38                                   MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2021

Air Cargo On The Agenda At IATA AGM
    Just nine days before a pared down International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium (WCS) opens in Dublin on October 12, the really big IATA show—The 77th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) opened for business in Boston on Sunday October 3 and runs through October 5.


A Pair Of Laser Eyes Looking At The Port
     
Jens Roemer, Chair of the Working Group Sea (WGS) of FIATA, is a person on the go: Jens and I checked the first part of this interview from his parent’s house in Hamburg, Germany, his hometown, during a short break. The rest was done whilst he was travelling back to Antwerp, where he lives and works.

Chuckles for October 4, 2021

Giant Reefer For Air Canada Cargo @ YYZ
     As Air Canada Cargo gets ready to receive the first of eight B767 all-cargo freighters during Q4 of this year, in a landmark move as the only major North American combination carrier in the past two decades to go long and deep, Matthieu Casey, Senior Director Global Sales & Revenue Optimization is very optimistic:

Bingeworthy
     Bingeworthy . . . Final Season of “Goliath”, the series on Amazon Prime features a stellar cast headed up by Billie Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Nina Arianda, William Hurt, J.K.Simmons & Geoffrey Arend II.

Vol. 20 No. 37                                  WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

Chrome Jerome For Lyon
    Now everything flies between Lyon, France and the world, and to hear Qatar Cargo tell it, the carrier, has struck gold with its service.
    “Qatar Airways Cargo is proud to be celebrating its first anniversary of serving Lyon, also on behalf of our passenger division who would have been carrying this flag under normal circumstances.


Cargo LAX Goes From Bad To Worse
     
“As the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach go from bad to worse we now have LAX at a near breaking point with airfreight storage in some cases costing at 24 hours after arrival in excess of $1.00 kg per day.
     “Hang on as this is going to get much more chaotic before it gets better.”

Chuckles for September 29, 2021

Webber Factfinding As Airports Signal Change
     A conference perk that we miss is the opportunity to dine with friends we don’t otherwise see often. One came to us recently when Austin-based airport planner Michael Webber (Mike) was in town assisting The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on cargo efforts at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Mighty Wind Of Human Spirit
     In our home today lives a small table bust of Albert Schweitzer that has been in our family for nearly 70 years.
     I was looking at Schweitzer the other day and thinking about what he said about the human spirit:
     “In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
     “It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
     “We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Elliott Paige On 911
     On 9/11/2001, I was in Geneva, Switzerland working at the Development Division of the World Trade Organization Secretariat. I had transitioned from an internship to a short-term contract and I was working at that time doing a paper on the participation of African countries in world trade.

Big Don Lamy Says Goodbye
     Writing about Peter Lamy in this issue came with the sad news that his father Don Lamy, a major factor in U.S. cargo for many years died of leukemia on March 11, 2021 at age 84.
     In addition to his son Peter and daughter Susan, Don leaves his two grandchildren Don Lamy and Keith Lamy.

Vol. 20 No. 36                                     THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Airline Problems Began Before COVID-19
    William R. Boesch is an air cargo pioneer, and also an accomplished leader across a distinguished and exemplary 50 years’ career. Bill served as President of American Airlines Cargo, which he prominently put on the world stage during the era of Robert Crandall, the inventor of the Frequent Flyer programme. Crandall and Cargo were sitting either side of the aviation chessboard, while Bill Boesch was trying his luck with the belly space.


Time To Exit The TSA
     Two-fisted presentation from Mike White in Los Angeles to a soldout luncheon of the Los Angeles Air Cargo Association (LAACA).
     Mike’s personal experience on air cargo security, prior to 9-11 and after 9-11 were on the menu.

Chuckles for September 23, 2021
    Longest bridge on an airport in the world is Sky Bridge at HKIA connecting Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse.

Flossie Arend on 911
     I remember waking up on the morning of 9/11 and wishing I could go back to sleep. I was a junior in college and had chosen to have early morning classes on Tuesdays - a big mistake for me as I naturally kept night owl hours. My dorm apartment was relatively quiet when I got out of bed, but I could hear the television on in the living room; this was a normal occurrence as my actor student roommates were always up early and put the television on while they had breakfast and got ready for the day.

Vol. 20 No. 35                                     THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Escape From The World Trade Center
    As the twentieth September 11th since the World Trade Center tragedy in New York City is upon us, somber memorial services and recollections continue around the world recalling that terrible day.
    We remember being at home when the doorbell rang on September 13, and there stood our friend Jim Larsen, Manager of Air Cargo Business Development for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.


Vol. 20 No. 34                                   TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

Laurent Bernet A Life Well-Lived
    Laurent Bernet, a genuinely lovely human being and a great pioneer of air cargo in France and beyond, died on July 7 in Paris. He had been battling cancer for the past decade.
    “Laurent was a lovely man and a great colleague,” said United Cargo President Jan Krems, “For sure we miss him.”


Nothing To Lose But The Wait
     
Boston Logan International Airport air cargo stakeholders have some congestion challenges, but help is on the way as Massport, the airport operator have teamed up with Kale Information Solutions the wunderkind Airport Community System (ACS) that streamlines the entire export and import process for all airport cargo stakeholders.

Chuckles for September 7, 2021

First From Fred New CNS President
     Last week attendees in Miami at the 30th Annual Cargo Network Services (CNS) Partnership, the American-based pioneer air cargo organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between airlines and forwarders, were introduced to a new look as CNS met its new President Frédéric Leger.

Brandon Fried With Willie Walsh
     Airlines Might Cease To Exist, Says International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s Willie Walsh.
     With Brandon Fried Head of the U.S. based The Airforwarders Association Association (l) is Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA as the Cargo Network Services Corp. (CNS) Partnership Conference in Miami took off early shortly after sunrise Monday August 30 for a half hour meeting on stage from 08:10 to 08:40.

AA Cargo Lauds Miami CNS Partnership
     Jessica Tyler President of American Airlines Cargo, who just back from CNS Partnership that concluded August 31st, is over the moon (in Miami) as Wednesday dawned deep in the heart of Texas, the home of AA Cargo:

More From CNS
     From Jason Berry, VP Air Canada Cargo reporting from Montreal:
     “Regretfully, we made a last minute decision to refrain from sending any of our out of country staff.

Airline Problems Began Long Before COVID-19
     Bill Boesch is a true air cargo pioneer having served in top cargo posts at Seaboard World, Pan American, American Airlines Cargo, Emery, DHL and elsewhere. One of my fondest memories of Bill is inside a container with Julie Kupersmit, founder of Containair manufacturing company in New York.

Little Into Big On National Aviation Day
     Celebrating National Aviation Day last month brought to mind a story to share.
     In the U.S. National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the holiday in 1939. Here FDR is pictured in Dayton, Ohio with Orville Wright after he issued a Presidential proclamation, designating the anniversary of Wright’s birthday (August 19) to be National Aviation Day.

Vol. 20 No. 33                                     MONDAY AUGUST 30, 2021

Questions for Willie Walsh at CNS Miami
    We continue to observe lockdown as Delta Variant & COVID-19 has made travel a non-entry for us at this time. We look forward to 2022, when we are assured that the world is safe and our ability to move more easily will be back.


Pumping Traffic for August 30, 2021
     
22 carriers at Newark Airport's main air cargo handling Buildings 339-340 are about to be displaced and right now are scrambling for space as walking papers are sure to follow a deal the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey made allowing Amazon complete control of those buildings.

Chuckles for August 30, 2021

CNS Partnership Celebrates 30 Years
     Given these uncertain times, we recall what made Cargo Network Services a one of a kind successful organization.
     It was the many people who during the past 36 years gave of themselves in a genuine effort to make the air cargo industry better by supporting CNS.

Steve Prince A Gentle Giant
     Sad to report our colleague Steve Prince of Woodstock, Georgia died of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on Friday August 20, 2021.
     He was 72 years of age.

Vol. 20 No. 32                                     MONDAY AUGUST 16, 2021

The Butler Did It
    Jim Butler, the youthful, energetic, just retired senior vice president airport operations and cargo from American Airlines in Dallas, barely misses a beat, having said goodbye and then hello in almost the same breath.


Will Amazon Dominate Newark Airport Cargo?
     
Amazon is cooking up a deal with the New York New Jersey Port Authority that, if enacted, could end up turning over 23 acres or the heart of Newark International Airport Air Cargo handling space via Buildings 339 and 340 to one company, Amazon, leaving almost every other cargo operator at the airport including 22 airlines, whistling in the wind.     

Chuckles for August 16, 2021

Closer Encounters Puts ATC Ahead
     You cannot mask that during these lockdown times, Ingo Zimmer, CEO and his global team at ATC GSSA are holding the relationships developed over the years across an expanding roster of service partners "even closer," as Ingo puts it.

PumpingTraffic for August 16, 2021
     You cannot mask that during these lockdown times, Ingo Zimmer, CEO and his global team at ATC GSSA are holding the relationships developed over the years across an expanding roster of service partners "even closer," as Ingo puts it.

Vol. 20 No. 31                                     WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11, 2021

Get Off Your Duff & Sell The Stuff
    Air Canada Cargo has announced it will add all-cargo aircraft to its fleet beginning later this year as the only North American combination carrier to do so in the near future.
That is great news for air cargo and means Air Canada is transforming an almost moribund North American cargo scene by turning the all-cargo freighter service potential into reality and, something to watch and be excited about.


Can We Releye on New Envirotainer?
     Everybody loves something new. Out comes a product with all the bells and whistles as the the flaks and p/r types open up their thesaurus looking for new superlatives.
     So here we separate the wheat from the chaff for an unbiased view from a guy that knows more about cans and where to kick them than anybody else.

Chuckles for August 11, 2021
    Longest bridge on an airport in the world is Sky Bridge at HKIA connecting Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse.

High-Flying Air Canada Promises More Of The Same
     When Air Canada Cargo put out the news late last month underscoring the best air cargo quarter the airline has ever seen we sat up and took immediate notice.

PumpingTraffic for August 11, 2021
     TIACA Executive Summit scheduled for November 8-10 in San Francisco is postponed and will take place on March 22-25, same location. Check for further developments here . . . Atlas Can’t Lift This?—Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings held an earnings call last Thursday but before that happened Robert Kirchner, trustee for the International Aviation Professionals (IAP), Teamsters Local 2750, sent out a call to arms over deeply-held beliefs amongst many Atlas pilots that company leadership “is

Report From The Chairman
     We have met dozens of public relations types during our half century on the air cargo beat.
     The best, most prolific and easily in tune, whenever the song is sung, is Nils Haupt.

Vol. 20 No. 30                                     WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4, 2021

Dr. Yang And The Optics Of Logistics
    We received news that at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) 54th Session, FIATA welcomed and supported the note produced by the UNCITRAL Secretariat on the preparatory work towards the development of a new international instrument on negotiable multimodal transport documents, and its crucial findings.


Chuckles for August 4, 2021

Sky Bridge At Hong Kong International Airport
    Longest bridge on an airport in the world is Sky Bridge at HKIA connecting Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse.

Memories Of A Trabi and Friedrich The Great
     Guess I should have kept the Trabi I bought in Berlin for USD$200 after arriving on the first DLH flight in 1989 from Newark to Berlin. As I recall we landed in Hamburg first, then onto BER. It was the first flight after acquiring Pan Am's routes that the German national airline made to Berlin. That inaugural flight carried the mayor of every city in the U.S. named Berlin. For more listen here.
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