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Vol. 20 No. 14             MONDAY APRIL 12, 2021

The Lost Year of 2020
     Sitting in my car on a short masked-up trip from our home last week, I noticed a building in nearby Rego Park, Queens with the words “The Lost Battalion” inscribed in limestone atop the structure.
     The art deco design of the place confirmed my suspicion that it was built by WPA labor in the 1930s Roosevelt years.

Chuckles for April 12, 2021

Vol. 20 No. 13             THURSDAY APRIL 1, 2021

AGI Has A Handle On Air Belgium Atlanta
    Air Belgium is operating four A330-200Fs for the French CMA CGM Group that just launched its cargo airline division and began thrice weekly all-cargo operations Liege-Atlanta where AGI is providing the ramp and warehouse services.

Trieste—The HHLA Land Between Hamburg and Hong Kong
     This is the period of the year when FIATA Members meet face to face in Zurich at the Headquarters’ session. In 2021 the format had to change due to the pandemic, so the novel FIATA WEEK meeting ran for all registered Members swiftly and flawlessly: on-line only, a useful time to see old friends and listen to old and new topics that are central for FIATA and the entire forwarding sector.

Chuckles for April 1, 2021

Outstanding People Make Our Business Better
     As late 2001 turned into 2002, I had just left airport consulting firm LeighFisher Associates to start my own cargo-focused firm and was managing (on a part-time consulting basis) air cargo affairs for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), which needed supplemental support and I was available. Not only was it financially helpful to my then-fledgling firm but I gained invaluable insight into how an effective trade association operated and how associations cooperate when circumstances require.

Our Prayer
     As Holy Week 2021 continued with Holi, Passover, Good Friday and Eastertide, a grand tradition continued in Saalfeld, Germany where the Christina and Volker Kraft family celebrate the season with their tree decorated with 10,000 Easter eggs.

Vol. 20 No. 12             WEDNESDAY MARCH 24, 2021

No Silence For Bad Behaviour
     Say hello to Priyanka Ann Saini.
     Priyanka is Chief Strategy Officer, Charlie Pesti where she handles the hefty responsibility of serving as marketing strategist for logistics, shipping, and supply chain solutions.

Chuckles for March 24, 2021

Will Trade Shows & Face-To-Face Come Back?
    The quick answer is of course they will. Right now while you are reading this story COVID-19 vaccines continue to arrive in doses by the millions almost everywhere on earth. At the same time eager cargo events are reaching out entreating us to join a webinar or attend a trade show convention or a regional meeting.

Vol. 20 No. 11             MONDAY MARCH 22, 2021

What It Means To Be #1 In 2021
    Qatar Airways Cargo, in case you missed it, was already the largest cargo carrier by FTKs in in the world of 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.
    But QR was not about to lean back and rest on its laurels, rather management in Doha doubled-down as the carrier became fastest out of the gate as COVID-19 smacked the airline industry square in the jaw a year ago.

Chuckles for March 22, 2021

ANA Back To Munich
     In Germany, where General Sales Agent ATC Aviation Services AG represents ANA Cargo, the carrier will resume flights to Munich with two cargo-only flights between Munich, Germany, and Tokyo (Haneda), Japan starting on March 26th and 28th, 2021 via a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a 35-ton lower deck capacity.

Blue Dart All-Women Service Center Mumbai
     And none are about to be judged as just one of the boys!
     Blue Dart, the India express company that at one time was managed and driven in large part by a pioneering woman named Tulsi Mirchandaney and then bought by DHL, said that it is operating the first 100% women-run service center in Navi Mumbai.

McCools Too Cool For School
     I received a letter with a photograph enclosed, from John Ryan, the old cargo pro.
     John is an air cargo builder. From 1987 until 2004, he and Angelo Pusateri put Virgin Atlantic Cargo on the map in the Americas.

Vol. 20 No. 10             MONDAY MARCH 15, 2021

    “When we review 2020,” Ingo Zimmer, CEO of leading global innovator ATC Aviation Services, the GSSA force in European Cargo that has grown into the global leader during the past dozen years, “we first remember all the people who suffered and died during this terrible pandemic.

WOXOF & Where Is Air Cargo Now?
    In aviation the letters spoken as a word reporting atmospheric conditions is WOXOF.
"Weather: Overcast, Ceiling Obscured, Visibility Zero in Fog."
    Pronounced like it looks: "WOXOF," when spoken most often gets the same response from everyone, especially pilots: “you're not getting me up in that.”

Happy St. Patrick's Day
     There may be always an Ireland and, beyond that lovely prospect, a special day this week as the first flowers of spring are peeking out of the ground as we celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Wednesday March 17th.

Vol. 20 No. 9             TUESDAY MARCH 8, 2021

Let's All Choose To Challenge
    Today marks the 110th Anniversary of International Women's Day, and we here at Air Cargo News FlyingTypers recognize and appreciate the achievements of women, in both air cargo and the world at large.

Chuckles for March 8, 2021

Where A Woman Leads Air Cargo
    Just in time for International Women’s Day, Dorothea von Boxberg, Chairperson of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Cargo sticks out her happy face amongst us reporting, 2020 delivered the best results in history for the air cargo airline in Frankfurt.

Vol. 20 No. 8             TUESDAY MARCH 2, 2021

Charlie In A Box & 100% Screening
    After the air cargo security measures were put into place after 9/11, most of the security measures for 100% screening were placed on the flights carrying passengers and cargo. Almost 20 years later, measures are moving forward under new TSA regulations that will require 100% screening on international freighter flights departing the United States.

Chuckles for March 2, 2021

Here Comes Regulating U.S. Skies
    Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana decided a couple years ago that he wanted to be President, but settled to being named U.S. Secretary of Transportation February 3 in the Biden era.

Wings Of Hope
     Although this publicity gag has become almost routine, the larger reality is pondering just how long it will take to get reliable COVID-19 vaccines to the world.

Voyage Of Discovery
     I received a letter with a photograph enclosed, from John Ryan, the old cargo pro.
     John is an air cargo builder. From 1987 until 2004, he and Angelo Pusateri put Virgin Atlantic Cargo on the map in the Americas.

In Memoriam
     Last week FlyingTypers offered a profile of the life and times of Basil Pietersen, the third African born President of the global freight forwarders’ organization FIATA, which is the reference body for all airfreight forwarders in the world.

Vol. 20 No. 7             TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021

Basil Brings The Rainbow To FIATA
    So, there we all were in October 2019 in South Africa, that extraordinarily beautiful part of the world.
    The FIATA World Congress was being conducted with a huge crowd as Cape Town welcomed delegates to the Annual FIATA World Congress at the downtown convention center.

Chuckles for February 23, 2021

Where Nights Are Brighter Than Day
    Nearly three million people live and work in Qatar, a peninsula shaped somewhat like a Dover Sole, that declared its independence in 1971. Its capital is Doha and perhaps many of you have heard of Doha apropos the famous Doha Round trade talks (the Doha Development Agenda) which were launched in November 2001. Coming two months after 9/11, the Agenda did not have a smooth ride into the new millennium and got stuck somewhere in the “modalities” blues after 2015.

The Wings Of Man
     “The Wings of Man” as Eastern Airlines branded itself, took off thirty years ago this past January 17 and has not been heard of much since.
     It was great while it lasted, from 1926 until 1991, some 60 plus years, but a series of management challenges and overwhelming labor problems spelled doom for the original company

Vol. 20 No. 6             TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2021

Boubby & Life With A Grin
    Once upon a time in Amsterdam, a team of people the stars fell on operated KLM Cargo.
    This group went out and changed air cargo all over the world and their impact endures yet today at KLM and elsewhere.

Chuckles for February 16, 2021

Did Turkish Cargo Webinar Deliver The Goods?
    Last week Turkish Cargo Talks, a three-hour webinar went out worldwide.
    We watched it.
    Here is our take.

Kölner Karneval Going On
    Right now all around the world a season of special celebrations begins.
    Last week came Lunar New Year.
    This week was Valentine’s Day followed by President’s Day.

Vol. 20 No. 5             MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Can Cargo Talks Walk The Walk?
    “Hey FlyingTypers thanks, a lot of people are talking about what you wrote about us.”
    We thought about those oft-repeated words of encouragement to us and launched FlyingTalkers, a weekly podcast every Monday for air cargo almost 2 years ago.

Chuckles for February 8, 2021

Rates Clobber India Flower Exports
    But not this year . . .
    The flower farms at Bengaluru, Pune and a few other places are alive with color but this has not brought smiles to the growers and exporters.
Reason: Covid-19 and its aftermath.

Letters—Desperately Seeking Networking
    Good morning Geoffrey,
    This can either be a very belated New Year's wishes for the western New Year or an early New Year's wishes for the Chinese New Year although it is considered bad luck to wish anybody happy New Year ahead of the actual New Year's Day for a Chinese New Year!!!

Live A Little
    Kung Hei Fat Choy, is a Cantonese Hong Kong greeting that many people say at Lunar New Year.
    The words mean “wishing you to make lots of money or a fortune.”
    Lunar New Year begins this week on February 12. “The Year of the Ox” celebration continues for 15 days.

Vol. 20 No. 4             TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2021

Desperately Seeking Networking
    OK you are desperate to get out to a meeting.
    But hear this . . . it is February, a grim anniversary of the world in the grip of COVID-19, and the pandemic is still raging everywhere.
    So do the math, and take a reality check:

Chuckles for February 2, 2020

Why Lionel Matters
    Most people in air cargo transportation know Lionel van der Walt for the time he served as President of Cargo Network Services (CNS).
    A short term perhaps, but it was Lionel who came to CNS as an agent of change and delivered a much-needed shot in the arm that favorably impacted the pioneering global organization dedicated to advancing the airline/forwarder partnership.

Top Cargo Readies for V-Day 2021
    Here is the top performing cargo-in-cabin airline operation in the world that today has been engineered and delivered to United Airlines by Jan Krems and his team.
Q.  Are you concerned that due to vaccine shipments, there may be space restrictions as we approach Valentine’s Day and Easter 2021?
A. We truly value our customers and we will always try to find solutions that work for them. Of course, there is a strong focus on transporting the vaccines to where they need to go, but we will work closely with all our customers to meet their needs. We


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