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Vol. 21 No. 27                    TUESDAY JULY 5, 2022

The Lady Declares The Time Is Now
     Talk about no guts, no glory, an overlooked, albeit quite courageous lady named Michelle DeFronzo has worked as an Airline Cargo Sales Agent (CSA) for 30 years.
     In 2000 she formed ImEx Cargo, a global logistics and air transport service provider.

Chuckles for July 5, 2022

High-Tech JFK Cargo System Debut
     When it comes to future thinking in air cargo, Phil Jensen, Vice President Business Development and Industry Relations at Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Donna Mullins, Vice President Kale Logistics Solutions are all smiles after a test collaboration of the partners' Kale-provided Community Cargo System recently at the WFS JFK Cargo Building 9 in New York.

Sally Takes Another Ride Into History
     They dedicated a statue to Sally Ride on Friday June 17 that now stands in the entrance courtyard of the Cradle Of Aviation Museum in Uniondale, Long Island, New York.
     Created by Colorado-based sculptors and brothers George Lundeen and Mark Lundeen, working with fellow artist, Joey Bainer, the seven foot tall statue is executed in bronze and gold.

The Boys Of Summer
     We’ve reached a fork in the road in New York City, as July 4th, 2022 found my New York Yankees, the most storied sports franchise in the world cooling on a rare day off, breaking a torrid winning streak so far this year, but still comfortably in first place with the best record in the sport.

Vol. 21 No. 26                    FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2022

The Human Rhapsody Of Rudy Auslander
     The firmament of bright lights in the transportation business flickered and dimmed when Rudy Auslander passed away at age 87 peacefully in his sleep on the morning of June 14th, 2022.

Vol. 21 No. 25                    THURSDAY JUNE 16, 2022

PayCargo Follow The Money
    Logistics payments and data infrastructure platform PayCargo has announced a new investment of up to $130M from funds managed by Blackstone Growth (BXG). BXG’s investment will support the company’s continued expansion both domestically and internationally, development of new products, as well as potential growth opportunities through M&A.

WeQare A Children's Song
    On Bedford Street in Manhattan is a wonderful ancient passage that runs for some blocks parallel to Hudson Street.
    There is a beautiful wooden frame home on Bedford Street right down the block from Chumley’s, a great writer's saloon and at one time a stop on the Underground Railroad that until the end of the U.S. Civil War worked to free slaves.

Chuckles for June 16, 2022

Ram Menen Looking At Tomorrow
     In late May we wrote of the enduring friendships formed by people in transportation that outlast companies, careers, and in the case of Ram Menen and Des Vertannes, still going strong with expansive thinking and on point after 40 years.
     We asked the gentlemen about some current issues in cargo.
     Here Ram Menen opens up on a variety of subjects.

Wear A Mask
     Need more proof that COVID is still out there? Although in some cases people are reluctant to come right out and say “I have COVID” we are getting reports from attendees of Cargo Network Services Corp. (CNS) held in Phoenix May 23-25 and also Air Cargo India Mumbai May 31-June 2, by people, who after flying home, a few days later are coming up sick, bitten by the pandemic despite being vaccinated several times . . .

Vol. 21 No. 24                    THURSDAY JUNE 9, 2022

May Was The Month That Was
    May Was The Month That Was whilst we registered a wind of change that will dictate our future in a way that perhaps was not expected. The proclamation made by U.S. President Biden was duly published, as it is usual since 1948, and ends with these ritual words:

ATC Best In Show
    One of the busiest people in Mumbai recently was the person who creates the awards and honorariums.
    We may wonder as example, if every panelist needs a citation for their attendance and participation in a talk session, but guess that is a personal choice.

Adani India Big Time Operator
The Adani Group, headed by Gautam Adani, has, in just over two years after entering the aviation space, become the largest operator in India. Through the Adani Airports Holding Limited (AAHL), it manages the airports at Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram (all the airports were won through a competitive bid that was announced in 2019). Adani also bought the Mumbai International Airport from the GVK group - today, it is the jewel in the crown. The six airports along with the Mumbai airport, handled nearly 80 million passengers in 2019-2020, approximately a quarter of India's total air traffic of 341 million.

Throwing Caution In The Wind
Air cargo trade show elbow and fist bumps, kisses and hugs and sharing food in what used to pass as normal behavior in a trade show setting anywhere, right now, may be premature and worse, might make you sick according to some people that we talked to in the past days.

Chuckles for June 9, 2022

D-Day In Bernay
     Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité On June 6
     On June 6 we recall D-Day in France during World War II when the Allies landed and it was the beginning of the end of Nazi rule of Europe.
     We especially recall three years ago when on June 6 more than 40 DC-3s that had first accompanied the landings in 1944 returned to the skies above the coast of France to mark the 75h Anniversary of the landings.

Vol. 21 No. 23                    TUESDAY MAY 31, 2022

Bharat Jamnadas Thakkar Was Heart, Wisdom & Passion
    The death of Bharat Jamnadas Thakkar, at age 66, Co-Founder and Joint MD, ZEUS Air Services Pvt Ltd, founded in 1986 in Mumbai has left the freight forwarders of India minus both a visionary top leader, and a lovely human being.

Another Opening Another Show
    As Air Cargo India gets ready, set, to go at Grand Hyatt, Santacruz, Mumbai today, May 31 through June 2 maybe someone can answer a big get India is out for as it strives to become “pharmacy of the world.”

ATC Hosts VIP Lounge At Air Cargo India
It is not unusual for people in air cargo to be in contact with their partners in business.
     But for the past few years business as usual has been unusual.
     Take the case of ATC, the fastest rising GSSA in the world based in Frankfurt Cargo City Sud and its CEO Ingo Zimmer.

Ram & Des In 2022 What Old Friends Do
You remember what you liked when we were all together prior to the COVID-19 separation.
     Being together and being there was always about “the networking”.
     Back in office when heads were put together, what aside from maybe a couple of contracts mattered from that last trade show?
     It was always the people.

Vol. 21 No. 22                    WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2022

Amar Is The Phoenix At CNS Partnership
    Amar More is the President and CEO of Kale Logistics, a company that has made its way through the airport and airfreight communities in the last 10+ years with great success, starting from the beginning and getting to very high results in terms of business and geographical coverage. Read on until the end to get acquainted with the number of communities that cooperate with Kale. Amar More’s presentation told us all that he knows about how community systems can transform an airport ecosystem into a more profitable, efficient and environmentally compliant business place.

Chuckles for May 25, 2022

Memorial Day 2022
The moon gives you light,
     And the bugles and the drums give you music,
     And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,
     My heart gives you love.

                                                  —Walt Whitman

Vol. 21 No. 21                    TUESDAY MAY 24, 2022

IATA & TIACA Sullivan & Hughes At FIATA Geneva
     On May 18th Dawit Woubishet, (left) the Ethiopian chairperson of the FIATA Air Freight Institute, introduced the themes of his session, 'Business Recovery (eCommerce, Digitalisation, COVID, etc.)' and 'Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI)', hosting a high-rank panel of speakers: James Hookham, Secretary-General, GSF, Glyn Hughes, Director General, TIACA, Brendan Sullivan, Global Head, Cargo, IATA and Cortney Robinson of ICAO, gathered in Geneva or participating from remote at the first face to face reunion of the FIATA community after the FWC in Cape Town in 2019.

Chuckles for May 24, 2022

Life Goes Down To Zero
Word Up May 22, 2022 . . . Having ducked COVID for what feels like a half a decade now, although guess it is only the past two years, we celebrated an evening out in Manhattan last week just as fat, dumb and happy as it gets after 47 years of marriage.
     Yesterday, Sabiha came down with COVID.

Vol. 21 No. 20                    TUESDAY MAY 17, 2022

Come May EMO Trans Delivers Spargel
    Our favorite yearly treat was delivered to New York City this week. Air cargo is once again delivering cases of the great German “royal vegetable,” spargel (white asparagus), once reserved for the upper classes. The German American Chamber of Commerce celebrates the season with its Annual White Asparagus Dinner that was held at The Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan.

Franceso Parisi Propels Trieste Port To The Future
On my way to collect Francesco Parisi from Turin’s train station on Friday 29th of April, I received an email from Geoffrey, which demanded: “Would so appreciate a story with Francesco. He is a beautiful human being . . . When he is in our issue he makes us all look good. Perhaps you can have him talk and predict ocean or something connected to gateway Trieste?”

Chuckles for May 17, 2022

LAACA Comeback At Proud Bird
The Proud Bird may no longer have a Golden Tail as it once had back in the glory days of Continental Airlines but for the air cargo community of Los Angeles May 12 was a once a year day as the Los Angeles Air Cargo Club hosted Air Cargo Day.

World Bee Day Is May 20
     Can’t come fast enough for a shipment of about 800 pounds of bees, or more than 5 million individual bees, that were being shipped by Delta Cargo to Alaska from Sacramento, California in early May that were left to die on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport according to EcoWatch.

India Superdog Takes A Bite Out Of Cargo
     India's air cargo received a thumping boost when the Harvard and Stanford Graduate School of Business-educated Jyotiraditya Scindia, the country's minister for Civil Aviation charted out a target: achieve 10 million metric tons of cargo by 2030 from the 3.1 mn metric tons at present.

Space The Future Lifting Cargo
The face of the future—lifting super heavy cargo payloads and passengers into space, on a mural in Brownsville, Texas created by PoPC.
     Once again part of the success of getting off the ground depends on action taken by aviators to get out of the environmental bullseye as the magnificent and huge SpaceX “Starship” works its way through the development process to eventually deposit heavyweight satellites into near earth orbit, and humans on the Moon and Mars.

Vol. 21 No. 19                    WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2022

Living Loving It's Just A Trade Show
    Living near a street named Utopia Parkway in New York City, I suspect something unexpected could happen anytime. My great city is a kind of utopia in its own way and loyally prepares you for the unexpected. No wonder something unusual can lurk between the trade show resort meeting rooms and the golf course.

Ramzan Ends New Beginnings At PIA
A Muslim woman with her hands painted with traditional henna prays during an Eid al-Fitr prayer, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramzan, at the historical Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Chuckles for May 4, 2022

Brussels Sprouts Needs 1,200 New Hires
Aviato, Brussels Airport’s job hub says it needs 1,200 new hires for all kinds of jobs at the airport.

India Ready For Take Off
     Overcoming challenges – the Coronavirus pandemic, rising costs and supply chain woes notwithstanding – the Indian aviation sector seems to be ready for a booming take-off. While most carriers faced huge losses, with the announcements of two new airlines coming soon, Akasa Air and a resurrected Jet Airways, there is optimism from the ground up. Along with the steady rise in passenger traffic, air cargo is making rapid strides.

This Birthday Is A Moveable Feast
     April 25th was all hands on deck around the Arend household as Sabiha celebrated her 70th birthday.
     True to character at a last-minute emergency she spent this important day in Kalamazoo, Michigan with daughter Florence caring for her ailing brother Ahsan, who thankfully is now well on his way to full recovery.

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