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Vol. 15 No. 13                FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016

When LAX Landed The Beatles
     
Here is a break in the day’s occupation and an extra special issue for all you lovers celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
   When The Beatles arrived in Los Angeles time stood still. It’s now fifty-two years later and our dear friend Michael Webber is helping us remember the event.


AFKLMP Pharma Celebrate CEIV
      Bram Gräber, Executive Vice President of Air France/KLM/Martinair Cargo prioritizes the Pharma business as “a top concern for our airline group.”
     “In an increasingly demanding environment for time and temperature sensitive shipments, adding the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Certification (CEIV) this week reconfirms our commitment to offering the highest possible quality standards in support of our customers’ business activities.

Chuckles for February 12, 2016


Coo Coo For Keukenhof Returns
    Snow continues to visit us in the northeast, but our trustiest weatherman, the groundhog, has forecast an early spring, so we should soon be amid a flurry of flowers rather than snowflakes. The promise of warm weather couldn’t come at a better time, too, with the month of love already a week underway and the desire for fresh-cut flowers only growing. 



Vol. 15 No. 12                WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Drones Outnumber Airplanes
     
On December 21 the U.S. FAA began drone registration, and right now they are awfully glad they did.
      As of today, the number of drones potentially flying in U.S. skies outnumber the number of piloted aircraft—including private and commercial crafts—as more than 325,000 people have registered their drones as of last Friday.


Can't We Talk It Over?
      Indian exporters will benefit from a new gateway in the south of the country.
      At least, that is the plan.
      Visakhapatnam International Airport has chalked out plans to boost domestic cargo and will hopefully see full-scale operations by the end of February 2016.
      Now that the airport operator, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has finalized a private entity, Delex Cargo India, to operate the cargo terminal, moves have begun to start international cargo operations. 

Chuckles for February 10, 2016


Etihad Into The Light
    Although it has often found itself caught up in rows with regulators and competitors (mainly in Europe) about how it has funded and managed its expansion, there is no doubt that Etihad, alongside Qatar and Emirates, is a major star in the world of air freight even when markets are stubbornly slow.


Recharge Lithium SoC
    On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, our story “Recharge Lithium in 2016” reported that an Addendum to IATA’s 57th edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) mandates April 1, 2016, as the date a maximum state of charge (SoC) of 30 percent rule would be applicable for all lithium ion batteries “shipped or contained in or packed with equipment.”
    That sentence should have read lithium ion batteries (UN 3480) “shipped by themselves must be at no more than 30 percent SoC” (not including the words “shipped or contained in equipment”).



Vol. 15 No. 11                MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Jan Krems Sexy Cargo
     
Winston Churchill said of Franklin Roosevelt that “meeting him was like uncorking your first bottle of champagne,” which is exactly what it felt like to us recently when we sat down and talked to Jan Krems, President of United Cargo.
     Face to face, Jan comes across as a broad thinker and a brilliant air cargo mind. But he also seems a very approachable guy who knows how to both motivate people and thinking, and have some fun as well.


Letter To The Editor for February 8, 2016
     Being a retired old cargo boy, I would like to wish you the best for 2016 in good health, etc.
  I am an ex-Seaboard sales-manager, ex-Seaboard general manager and the last director of the Benelux and Scandinavia.
  Also I thank you very much for your article “Schiphol Enigma,” published in July 2012 of your famous cargo publication.

Year Of The Fire Monkey
    Last night Americans may have celebrated their grand old tradition of tossing a pigskin around and tackling each other needlessly (as far as I’m concerned), but today is Chinese New Year. 
   This Chinese New Year is the year of the Fire Monkey, which is an accurate descriptor for what fortunetellers say will be an unpredictable year ahead.


It's Your Fortune Cookie



Vol. 15 No. 10                WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2016

Recharge Lithium In 2016
     
IATA recently issued an addendum to their published 57th edition of the IATA DGR.
     Lithium batteries continue to give headaches to shippers and operators alike.
     Aside from numerous new and amended operator variations, the first Addendum for the 57th edition of the IATA DGR mandates a maximum SoC of 30 percent applicable to all Lithium Ion and Lithium polymer batteries shipped or contained in or packed with equipment.


Hope Floats
      Although it happened at the height of Christmastide and it might have sailed right by many of us, the largest container ship to ever make port in North America arrived in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.
      After making its maiden voyage from China, where it was built, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin docked before dawn with its cargo. 

In The Picture
      USA Trucking… From The Pacific Standard Magazine website comes this interesting infographic created by Shaye Anderson that captures the comings and goings of the USA trucking industry.


Chuckles for February 3, 2016


Regarding Pete Spaulding
     It seems more like a hundred years ago that we said goodbye to Pete Spaulding. I first met Pete when he worked for TMA but got to know him more when he joined Summit. He was always fun to be around and was not afraid to tell you exactly what he was thinking. 


Mardi Gras Know What It Means
     Angel Crowley, Manager of the Duck Inn in Evansville, Indiana, is pairing corn with a pound of freshly steamed crawfish for a New Orleans-style meal. It’s a delectable offering for the sell-out crowd queuing up outside. The crowd and the meal are the result of her advanced preparations—six months ago she pre-ordered 1,500 pounds of crawfish and 400 pounds of shrimp from a merchant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just for the occasion.
     Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, takes place next week on February 8.



Vol. 15 No. 09                 MONDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2016

October 19, 2015


Ray Ray At JFK
    On Thursday, January 28, Ray Curtis was the guest speaker at JFK Air Cargo Association. He told a packed house of 200 people that Delta is dedicated to maintaining its position as “New York’s hometown airline.”
     “I asked, ‘what do you need Delta Cargo to do?’” 

Chuckles for February 01, 2016


Big Day For SWISS International
   It was a big day in Switzerland as SWISS International just received the first of nine B777-300ERs on January 29, 2016. Harry Hohmeister, Chief Executive Officer of SWISS, shook hands with Boeing’s Bob Whittington when the deal was made in 2013. Also pictured are (r) Marcel Klaus, Chief SWISS Financial Officer and Rainer Hiltebrand, Chief Operation Officer.


Thanks For The Memories
     An intrepid cargo community leader in Atlanta, our dear friend Donna Mullins (right) reports:
     “The Atlanta International Forwarders & Brokers Association’s (AIFBA) February 9, 2016, luncheon (12-2pm $45 members, $65 non-members) at Atlanta Airport Marriott (Best Road) will not only be informative, it will also be an opportunity for the community to wish several of our stellar government officials a farewell as they journey out of the work day into the ‘whatever they want to do’ day.


Letter To The Editor - Remembering Peter Spaulding
     A worker carefully lifts a travel crate containing an 8-year-old male Sumatran rhino named Harapan (Hope). Harapan flew as air cargo to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, after arrival at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. 



Vol. 15 No. 08                 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27, 2016

EMO Trans Looks Good Down Under
     Preparing a story about Ian Ahern, Managing Director (and pioneer) of EMO Trans Australia, we are instantly struck by his bearing, sense of place, force in fact, and straightforward answers:
     “Where is your CV?” we ask.
     “I am afraid I don’t have one—Jo (Frigger, CEO of EMO Trans) might start to worry if I did!” he smiles.


Here Comes Cargo Hub Chennai
     Air cargo stakeholders all across India are hoping that 2016 will be the year when air cargo will be viewed not merely as a money-spinner, but also as a separate entity with as much respect passenger services command.
     That hope comes from government moves to boost cargo.
     The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have initiated programs that will help the growth of air cargo—both domestic and international—in the country. 

Chuckles for January 27, 2016


SkyCargo Stems From Valentines
     ‘Play me Hearts and Flowers,’ as the saying goes but no doubt in about a little over two weeks, the order of the day will be romance as an early indicator (along with pitchers and catchers showing up for Spring Training in Baseball) that a new season of romance and hope is tipping off.
     But we wonder what the season of love means to air cargo?

Vol. 15 No. 07                 MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2016

Regarding A Frozen Weekend
     Here a group of men play football in the snow at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
     The U.S. east coast from Washington, D.C. to New York City was slammed with record snow, shutting down all airports, banning motorists, and closing bridges, tunnels, and almost every form of transportation. 


From Phlat To Phat
    A pre-Chinese New Year peak season? Air freight managers certainly hope so. But while some Asian markets could see dynamic growth in 2016, the overall market is expected to be relatively flat.
    China’s official holiday celebrations to mark Lunar New Year in 2016 are due to start on February 7th and last until the 13th, but in reality many workers in coastal factories will depart for distant villages earlier than the 7th and return far later, if they return at all. 

The Art Of The Move
    
AF/KL/MP Cargo flew works by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian from Amsterdam to Brazil last week.
    Two shipments with a total of 70 famous works by renowned Dutch painter Piet Mondrian were packed and shipped for Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague’s museum of modern art) aboard KLM’s scheduled B-777 service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Sao Paulo in Brazil.



Chuckles for January 25, 2016


The Wow Factor
     Next time someone tells you that “somebody will always want to start up an airline,” believe it.
     Welcome to age of the super low-cost carrier! WOW Air has announced it will be flying four days a week from LAX to Iceland for as low as $99 each way.
     Wow Air, which joins Europe’s other super low-cost Norwegian Air, said it is also offering $199 flights for travelers who stopover in Iceland and then continue on to London, Paris, Berlin, and 18 other European destinations. 


Pumping Traffic for January 25, 2016
    Delta Airlines landed high, wide, and handsome in 2015 and will (sources say) show the love, sharing $1.5 billion between employees, shareholders, and customers next month just ahead of Valentines Day on February 12. As the oil slick costs continue to shrink, estimates see as much as $3 billion in fuel cost savings at DL during 2016...



Vol. 15 No. 06                 THURSDAY JANUARY 21, 2016

Delta Cargo Rallies In Atlanta
     “It’s our time to get together in an atmosphere of extending thanks, working together, comparing notes, and looking ahead,” said Ray Curtis, Delta Air Lines Cargo VP Global Sales, as the big Atlanta-based carrier came out running for 2016 this week as it hosts its Annual Global Sales Meeting. 


Gemütlichkeit On Marietta Street
    The weather had just decided to shift to winter in Atlanta, Georgia, this week, and as the mercury plummeted for states across the Eastern U.S., Delta Cargo’s Annual Global Sales Meeting lifted off with everyone safe within the friendly confines of a warm downtown restaurant.

Chuckles for January 21, 2016


ATC Goes Single Pfeil
       “Our customers, especially those customers we represent across regions, will now be able to fully realize the benefits of management and systems integration within our two largest regions, Europe and the United States, and beyond,” said Ingo Zimmer, CEO of ATC Incorporated. The fast-growing GSA announced Timothy Pfeil had been named Vice President and North American Managing Director, assuming the post formerly held by Don Cochran.


Pharma & Healthcare Logic
    “Besides the regulatory landscape becoming more and more complex when it comes to the transportation of pharmaceutical products, the industry demands for more and more customized solutions and we believe that with our vertical industry approach and the choice of the right business partners such as Cargologic we are on the right track to meet the needs of the industry,” said Susanne Wellauer, Swiss WorldCargo’s Vertical Industry Manager Pharma & Healthcare. 


Pumping Traffic for January 21, 2016
    Air France has opened an A380 route from Paris CDG into Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City on January 12, bringing the big bird to that city for the first time. 



Vol. 15 No. 05                 MONDAY JANUARY 18, 2015

AirBridgeCargo Back To The Future
     Ask Denis Ilin, CEO of AirBridgeCargo, what is new and needs to be shared with the global air cargo business as 2016 starts, and his answer is upbeat and immediate.
     “In 2015 we have successfully continued our strategy of fleet and network expansion based on maintaining a high level of service and schedule reliability. 


Fruit Logistica Is Peachy Keen
    While many air cargo businesses are paying close attention to perishables, and industry publications and event organizers strive to attract hundreds of delegates to their conferences, companies that crave real action and market intelligence might do well by going to Berlin next month for Fruit Logistica, occurring February 3-5 at The Berlin ExpoCenter and City Cube.

Chuckles for January 18, 2016


King Of Concourse E
       Getting stuck at the airport is often an interminable experience. It’s enough to pass through the welter of airport security, losing shoes and sometimes dignity to an impassive TSA crew, only to find oneself with few options for food aside from boiled-in-a-bag offal or questionable, plastic-entombed sandwiches.


Martin Luther King & Chicken Soup
     I remember one Martin Luther King Day standing and drinking a coffee at the counter while looking over the lunch buffet at Rocky's Coffee Shop inside the Marine Air Terminal.
   I looked up and lo and behold there was the Rev. Jesse Jackson surfing the buffet as well.
   I noticed that he was sniffling and said in his direction, “Happy King's Day.
   “Reverend Father, it sounds to me like you have a cold.” 



Vol. 15 No. 04                 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13, 2016

Air Berlin's Winter Of Discontent
     
Clouds are thickening above Air Berlin and their deep-pocket investor Etihad Airways as 2016 gets underway.
      The Administrative Court in Braunschweig, North Rhine-Westphalia, ruled on December 30th, 2015, in favor of the German air transport watchdog LBA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt; the German CAA) supporting LBA’s decision not to authorize 29 Etihad Airways (EY) codeshare flights operated with Air Berlin (AB).



Chuckles for January 13, 2016

View From The Bridge
   
I am a firm believer that air transportation is needed, but I also think that the level or type of aircraft utilized to carry freight and potential return in terms of market share and additional factors—including in price and time requirements—needs to be analyzed to gain proper perspective when forming a correct overview of air cargo in 2016. 
    First up as we begin 2016 and this series of articles, let’s consider air cargo transported on passenger airlines.


Pumping Traffic for January 13, 2016
   French Kiss . . . Well, this is the year TIACA attempts its comeback with one of the larger and more important air cargo industry events: The Air Cargo Forum & Exhibition (ACF) takes place in Paris from October 26-28.


Where Snow Is Not Just Another 4-Letter Word
     In April the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NEC/AAAE) will hold its International Snow Symposium in Buffalo, New York. It’s the 50th time this event has been staged since it took off in 1966.
    Holding a snow event in Buffalo is always a good idea—it snows all winter in BUF, a result of both the natural path of the winter weather and the “Lake Effect” snowstorms that blow in off of the eastern edge of Lake Erie.


Letters To The Editor for January 13, 2016
    Congratulations on 40 years of ACN/FlyingTypers. An entire generation enjoyed and benefited from your publication. Thank you for the memories.



Vol. 15 No. 03                 MONDAY JANUARY 11, 2016

Lufthansa Cargo Hapag Lloyd Bel Étage
         FlyingTypers has learned that German transportation giants Lufthansa Cargo and Hapag-Lloyd AG will meet on January 14 at Hapag’s headquarters in Ballindamm (Hamburg) for a meeting titled “Air Freight Meets Sea Freight.”


Chuckles for January 11, 2016

Best Moustache in Air Cargo
    
   Worldwide Flight Services announces an agreement to acquire USA handling company Consolidated Aviation Services (CAS) for an “undisclosed sum” starting the new year with further consolidation in handling. In November 2015, WFS completed its acquisition of a 51% shareholding in Fraport Cargo Services.


Ocean Narrows Service Gap
       Heavy consignments and growing service options as heavy rigs offload cargo after arrival at Port of Los Angeles. Catch a Wave . . . Jake Ferguson rides a wave in Sunset Beach, Calif., as loaded cargo ships are anchored outside the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.


Four Decades Vital Voices
     1990. Joseph Le Louarn, regional director of customs at Roissy, France...2001. Pierre J. Jeanniot, director general, International Air transport Association...2006. Kenneth M. "Joe" Fralick, vice president-Cargo World Airways...1998. Richard Brannon, American Airlines’ managing director – Cargo Alliances and Industry Affairs.



Vol. 15 No. 02                 THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2016

United Heats Up The Cool Chain
         “Our TempControl Center at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) represents United Cargo’s commitment to providing the best service possible to perishable and cool chain shippers and our commitment to remain a worldwide leader in the transport of pharmaceuticals and other temperature-controlled commodities,” said United Cargo President Jan Krems at a gala ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 6.


Pradeep Star Of India Rising
    One of the outstanding founding fathers of Emirates Sky Cargo, Pradeep Kumar retired from his post as DSVP Revenue Optimization late last year to return to India and the closeness of aging parents and his family. He now reappears on the cargo scene in January 2016 as senior vice president cargo at Jet Airways. 

IATA WCS Kicks Off Show Season
    
  Let’s face it—there are plenty of places in the world holding cargo events in 2016 where you can take your hard-earned money.
      But keeping it in your own backyard might be a better idea, if showing up at JFK, LHR, DXB, FRA, LAX, MIA, ATL, or any of the dozens of other gateways is local to you. They all feature lively and effective air cargo organizations that meet monthly and have done great things to build our industry for years.


Chuckles for January 7, 2016


Air Cargo With No Regrets
     This is one lady who had the courage and determination to move to air cargo, and she has not regretted it. 
     Meet Abhilasha Koul. 
     As part of Cathay Pacific Cargo based in New Delhi, she slipped into the cargo domain more than a dozen years ago. 
     That was the beginning of her ‘love affair.’ 


Saying Goodbye And Hello
     Before we can all say hello to the new hotel at JFK, we must say goodbye to the terminal that was. Thousands gathered at JFK International in New York late last year for an “Open House” to say goodbye to the iconic TWA Flight Center.
   The “living sculpture,” designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen in 1962, has remained vacant since TWA went out of business in 2001.



Vol. 15 No. 01                 TUESDAY JANUARY 5, 2016

October 19, 2015


Ethiopian Kassa Your Kassa
    “India has a special place for Ethiopian Airlines’ cargo business,” said Berhanu Kassa, Director Global Cargo Sales & Services, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, when he was recently in Delhi to meet cargo agents and thank them for their business in 2015. 
     ACNFT managed to get him away from his meeting to find out Ethiopian’s cargo plans in general and India, in particular. Pointing to his airline’s age-old contacts with India, he said, “Ethiopian Airlines has been in India for over 40 years, connecting the sub-continent to all African nations in its wide network. 

Ralph Arend: White House Lens
    
Ralph Arend is in Washington, D.C., as Creative Director for NowThis News, which interviewed U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
   Ralph has created more than 100 videos for FlyingTypers since 2005, when this publication pioneered the first video coverage in air cargo.


Battered Image For Thai
 The rather tranquil picture of a beautiful Thai Airways International aircraft gently cruising on its way to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok is clobbered by reports from Thailand of a year (2015) that many would rather forget. 


Chuckles for January 5, 2016


Importance of Jan Meurer
     The artist Paul Simon wrote, “The mother and child reunion, is only a motion away.”
     As we get older that meaning extends to include friends who once were front and center in our everyday life, but somehow have melted away in the swirl of creeping years and geography.
     Another truism you may have heard: “When you are old and it's cold and nobody cares much if you live or die, the one consolation is a bit of money that may get you by.”


Letters To The Editor
     About Drones . . . You and I are old enough to remember MAD Magazine. I recall they did an article on the future when everyone would use private airplanes in the same quantity and frequency as cars. 
  The cartoon showed a sky full of vehicles. I have a similar nightmare vision of drones. We have filled the roads and clogged up our cities, and now will fill the skies with these monsters. I dread it, as they are a menace and need strict controls.



Vol. 14 No. 100                 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 30, 2015

ATC Lands GOL Opens Brazil
    ATC Aviation Services is GOL Linhas Aéreas’ new General Sales Agent for Brazil. One of the largest airlines in Brazil, GOL currently operates into 54 airports in the country and 13 international airports, with a total of 850 daily flights (domestic and international) and a fleet of 137 aircraft. 


High Times USA
     Drones under the tree have suddenly gone airborne in America, creating a blizzard of robots, although the maximum height and distance allowed is 400 feet and five miles from home. 


Finnair Team Building
     
  “I warmly welcome Fredrik to Finnair Cargo; he’s the right person to lead our global cargo sales team supporting Finnair Cargo’s growth,” said Janne Tarvainen, Finnair VP Head of Cargo since November 1, as Fredrik Wildtgrube takes over as Finnair Cargo’s Head of Global Sales, effective January 11, 2016.  


Chuckles for December 30, 2015 - A


Pumping Traffic
     
Big finish to 2015 for airplane stories—Boeing stock took a hit after reports that Delta picked up a used B777-200 for a mere $7 million USD, amidst a glut of used aircraft of that type parked out in the desert. At the same time, China Southern Airlines Co. signed a deal with Boeing worth over $10 billion for 110 planes on Thursday. Boeing, you might recall, recently hooked up with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. to build an aircraft completion center in China for Boeing 737s.


Chuckles for December 30, 2015 - B



Vol. 14 No. 99                 THURSDAY DECEMBER 24, 2015

A Christmas Story
     Every year around this time, I struggle to find new words to offer to our loyal FlyingTypers’ readers. I am not immune to the warm responses inspired by our annual Christmas story, and I would be posturing if I said it doesn’t feel good to know it is so well received. However, the pressure mounts to say something new; to not rehash the things you already know; to provide some meaningful insight into our holiday gathering. 


Michael's Christmas Playlist
    Our Christmas playlist for 2015 features 25 favorites created by Michael Kelly, Cargo Communications Manager from United Airlines.
     Michael includes pop vocals, big band, rhythm & blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, country, folk, world music, and even jazz, revealing a deep love and understanding of uplifting seasonal music that crosses all lines to spread the joy. 


Homeward Bound: Pups In Peril
     
 The holiday season is filled with many traditions, but none so universal as the adoption of a Christmas pet. It saddens us to know there are so many animals in need of a good home. This year, if you can't adopt an animal in need, why not help those still waiting for a home? 


Chuckles for December 24, 2015
     
 

 


Vol. 14 No. 98                 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16, 2015

Celebrating 40 Years - History Alive
    In 1975, air cargo celebrated every new terminal and aircraft. The day Trans International Airlines (TIA) and World Airways took delivery of their B747s, the press flew around the skies and everybody ate cake.
   Seaboard World Airways was in business at JFK and everybody loved Seaboard and we did too. After all, SWA, like Air Cargo News, was a New York, hometown original.

   In 1975, the editorial idea of ACN was to cover the air cargo business as an objective, believable voice in air cargo.




Vol. 14 No. 97                 FRIDAY DECEMBER 11, 2015

They All Know Jack
    They threw a going away party for Jack Lampinski, Senior Director of the Americas at SWISS WorldCargo. Jack is retiring at the end of this month after 35 years at SWISS.
     The gala was held at the beautiful Plattdeutsche Beer Garden near JFK International Airport. Three of the carrier’s top cargo managers from past and present were amongst a throng of friends, family, and customers, all of whom had taken some time away from the busy Christmas season to show up for an old friend and say goodbye.



AA Cargo December Chill Out
    With the year nearing its close, we’re taking a moment to look back at 2015 and ahead to 2016 with Tom Grubb, American Airlines Manager Cold Chain Strategy.
      “The year 2015 has been a very busy year for all of the numerous activities related to our merger finalization as well as cold chain initiatives.
 


Oh Susana Can TAME Cargo
     
 Susana Estrada does not mince her words.
     Straightforward and direct, Susana is the Director Cargo Systemwide for TAME, an airline with daily A330 flights from JFK to Quito, Ecuador, and A330 dailies from Ft. Lauderdale to Ecuador and beyond, interconnecting 800 flights to 32 destinations in South America.  


Chuckles for December 11, 2015


Ho, Ho, Ho December Agents Meet
     
The Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI), the only national association representing the Air Cargo Industry in India, is holding its 42nd annual Convention in Ho Chi Minh City next week (December 16-19, 2015).



Vol. 14 No. 96                 TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 2015

New CNS President Named
    Although the announcement is yet to made, Lionel Van der Walt, longtime house employee of IATA, has been named president of Cargo Network Services (CNS), and appears to have been handed a hot potato as the revolving door continues spinning at CNS.


Turkish Airlines Kushimoto Arrives
     Japanese and Turkish people pose for a photo in front of a special Turkish Airlines plane named “Kushimoto,” which arrived in Tokyo at Narita Airport Monday Nov. 30, 2015. The arrival marked the release of a movie titled Ertugšrul 1890, recognizing the long-standing historic friendship between Turkey and Japan. 


Peak Just A Bump In The Night
     
Did November see the return of a traditional peak season, or simply a minor bump before a return to bearish normality? At this stage the jury is out, but the smart money is on the latter.
     Congestion at major export hubs in Asia was evident through the first few weeks of the month, suggesting that new electronics product launches and holiday season demand finally gave air freight operators something to cheer.  


Quote Of The Day - Carsten Wirths
     “Thanks to the Lufthansa/ANA Cargo Joint Venture, we can connect our European network with direct connections to Japan and the continental de-feeder flights of ANA,” said Carsten Wirths, Area Manager Europe and Africa for Lufthansa Cargo.


Chuckles for December 1, 2015


SriLankan Hub In The Ocean
     
Apart from the leading Middle East cargo giants, not many carriers have been able to post the sort of freight growth rates SriLankan Airlines has managed in recent years. Mr. Chamara Ranasinghe, Head of Cargo, told FlyingTypers that despite the competitive pressures felt both from rival airlines and alternative shipment modes, UL managed to increase its volumes at an average of 5 percent year on year over the last five years.


Move Over, Boeing & Airbus
     
Move over, Boeing & Airbus. Here comes the ARJ21 jet at the airport in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province on November 29, 2015. 



Vol. 14 No. 95                 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2015

Angel On My Shoulders
    They say the battle for air cargo is won or lost in the last quarter mile between the cargo facility and the aircraft hold.
     Nobody has to tell that to Vice President, United Cargo Global Operations Angel Ramirez.



The Six Who Did Not Return
     A 12-man crew delivering a routine air cargo shipment of construction materials from Oslo to Bamako Mali aboard a Volga Dneper AN-124-100 aircraft were ruthlessly attacked as they billeted overnight inside the Bamako Mali Radisson Blu Hotel last Friday. 


Security Needs Unified Approach
    
The cowardly attacks by ISIS terrorists in the heart of Europe continue to raise more questions than answers. 
     Common sense demands that describing the attackers as “Muslim terrorists” is a gross insult to the roughly 1.6 billion Muslim faithful who want nothing to do with the perverted interpretations brought forward by ISIS Jihadists. 


Chuckles for November 25, 2015


Thanksgiving in America
     Thanksgiving in America is held every fourth Thursday in November, and is the best of all the holidays that gather families and friends around a common celebration.
     Personalities aside, this is one holiday that is a no-pressure deal.



Vol. 14 No. 94                 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2015

Healthy Supply Chains Wanting
    When talking Pharma, nearly everybody has a plan, a cooler, a flight, or a better idea. The Air Freight industry is always seeking supply chain solutions to serve the health care business. But the air cargo industry may have been given an important tool on the road to deeper development into health care. 


Charge of Lithium Transports
     As we continue our exclusive, in-depth coverage of the never-ending story of Lithium Batteries and air cargo, it should be noted that as recently as last week, FT wrote about the ICAO DGP's decision to essentially not introduce further limitations regarding the transport of lithium batteries.
      Although the joint paper presented by ICCAIA and IFALPA was rebuffed out of hand, other measures have been adopted.


People @aircargoamericas
    
One thing can be said for people in air cargo: they know how to have a good time, and you could see the good time they were having at Air Cargo Americas in Miami.
     Of course, it gets late early at Air Cargo Americas, with the partying starting at the show’s opening—the Latin rhythms always deliver an on-time take off to the big events.

Chuckles for November 19, 2015


Le Beaujolais Est Arrivé
     Each year on the third Thursday of November, at precisely one minute after midnight, thousands and thousands of bottles of the fruity Beaujolais Nouveau begin their race to the villages and towns of France and the rest of the world. 



Vol. 14 No. 93                 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Does IATA CEIV Hold Water?
    Lately we have been hearing about the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV).
     To date, a few carriers have embraced CEIV Pharma and two gateways—BRU and MIA—have announced certification as well. 
     But what is CEIV Pharma?



Chuckles for November 17, 2015

Atlanta Customs Brokers Host Turkey Feast
    
On Friday, November 20, in Atlanta, Georgia, a grand airport tradition occurs as Atlanta Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders throw open their doors for a couple of hours starting at high noon to share the love. It’s an open house where everybody is invited for a free, old-fashioned turkey dinner.

People @ Air Cargo Americas
    Managing Director of AA Cargo's Latin America Sales Division Carmen Taylor (L) and President of World Trade Center Miami Charlotte Gallogly have individually had tremendous impact not only on Miami and Latin America, but on the history of air cargo as well.  
    "Everybody thinks that DHL is just an express carrier, but we are here to say DHL Aviation moves all types of big and small consignments," said Sales & Customer Services Manager Martha De Almeida Santos and Business Development Director Xavier Cerruto.


Elegy For Paris
     We stand with France as deep sadness, grief, alarm, and resolve spread around the world after the senseless terrorist attacks and random murders in Paris on Friday, November 13. 



Vol. 14 No. 92                 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2015

October 19, 2015


AAPA Into Ring of Fire
   On Friday this week the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines hosts its grandly titled Assembly of Presidents meeting at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bali, Indonesia. The timing is not fortuitous.
    Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, one of the busiest in South East Asia due to the island’s draw as a global tourism destination of some renown, has only been open intermittently since the start of November. The cause? An erupting volcano on the neighboring island of Lombok.

Qatar Cargo Pharma Express
    
“Qatar Airways is delighted to add Pharma Express routes from India, with service now operating from Mumbai via Ahmedabad to Doha on Tuesdays and Fridays and from Hyderabad to Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays,” Chief Officer Cargo Ulrich Ogiermann said.


Dart Delays Additional Freighter
   “Our new daily flight to Bologna combines not only our world-class service, but also convenient access to this important Italian gateway from across our global network,” said Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Commercial Operations Worldwide Thierry Antinori, as EK opened its fourth Italian gateway on November 3.


Chuckles for November 12, 2015


Sumatran Rhino Back Home
     A worker carefully lifts a travel crate containing an 8-year-old male Sumatran rhino named Harapan (Hope). Harapan flew as air cargo to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, after arrival at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. 


Better News Rising
      International Airlines Group (IAG), owner of both Iberia and British Airlines, raised their outlook of profit for 2015 late last month following better-than-expected 3rd quarter results and stronger flight demands during the summer. 


Move Over Air Berlin
     At Berlin Schoenefeld Airport (L-R) Ryanair Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs, Brandenburg Airport Coordinator Rainer Bretschneider, and an unidentified flight attendant cut the ribbon on a new Ryanair base last week. 



Vol. 14 No. 91                 TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Sultan of SkyCargo Opens Dubai South
    
   Nothing was about to stop Emirates SkyCargo Divisional Senior Vice President Nabil Sultan as he hit the road on Tuesday, November 10, and moved swiftly down the long wide super highway between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) for the launch of Emirates SkyCargo’s new freighter home, Emirates SkyCentral.


An Arabia We Need To Know
   Dubai Skyline in 2002 re-imagined in 2015.
   Skyscrapers cut the background along the Sheikh Zayed Highway while pink flamingos look for food by the Creek at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Chuckles for November 10, 2015


Ciao Bologna
   “Our new daily flight to Bologna combines not only our world-class service, but also convenient access to this important Italian gateway from across our global network,” said Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Commercial Operations Worldwide Thierry Antinori, as EK opened its fourth Italian gateway on November 3.


Letter To The Editor: IATA's New President
     Recently the doors at IATA Cargo seem to be revolving, at least when it comes to air cargo executives.
     A couple of years back Jens Tubbesing departed the CNS presidency almost overnight, and without warning.


Veteran's Day Stands For One
     Once upon a time, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the first Veteran’s Day was observed in America to honor all the people that served in World War I—the war to end all wars.
     Although wars have certainly not ended, and since 1918, when WW I ceased fire, there have been multiple occurrences of conflict, we can and will still celebrate the lives of those we lost and love.



Vol. 14 No. 90                 MONDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2015

Assault on Batteries Fails
    
   A Pyrrhic victory occurs when the winner of a fight suffers such losses that their win is actually comparable to a defeat.
     No doubt, losses in that measure negate or outweigh any achievement that may have been the goal of the conflict in the first place.


Dubai Air Show Takes Off
   The Dubai Air Show opened Sunday amidst expectations of building up aircraft orderbooks, acrobatics above the desert, and a Gala Closing Dinner on Palm Island starring Katy Perry.
   The five-day event (November 8-12) always sells lots of aircraft (both commercial and military) and opens a portal for Dubai to showcase itself. 

Chuckles for November 9, 2015


View From The Bridge
    Once upon a time, Pan American World Airways’ pilots and crew marched in formation towards waiting aircraft and the action was observed as an integral part of the journey.
     Today, although much has changed, pilots and crew still get and deserve respect for what they do as they think about the safety of everyone who flies.


Troops 2 Trade
      At times, the gracious effort some community-minded people in air cargo extend toward bettering both our business and the world around us is really amazing.


Living In The Age Of Airplanes
     A new film, Living In The Age of Airplanes, narrated by Harrison Ford, debuted this month across America in select Imax theaters and digital venues.


Happy Diwali
     “Looking for Enlightenment? Sparkling magic at Diwali--brilliantly beautiful India,” proclaimed Lufthansa of this imaginative view, as Lufthansa “Gets It On Diwali!”
      November 11 begins Diwali (Divali, Dipawali, Deepavali, Dipabali), the festival of lights, and a grand family holiday in India. 

Lufthansa Happy Diwali



Vol. 14 No. 89                  THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2015

Butler Blockbuster At Air Cargo Americas
    
   At the Air & SeaCargo Americas luncheon in Miami on Wednesday, a large cross-section of the global air cargo industry was offered a clear vision of the world of tomorrow according to Jim Butler, president of American Cargo, the biggest airline in the world.
     Mr. Butler has been mostly silent since he was named to the top AA Cargo post in 2013, laying back during the USAir into American Airlines era and preferring instead to allow for a learning curve whilst combining the forces of two cargo departments into one greater airline.


Living On A Cloud
   Living On A Cloud . . . Cloud-based IT solution SmartKargo executives Jay Shelat, Milind Tavshikar, and Vladimir Camacho are seen at Air Cargo Americas. They report interest is running high in the great new solution offering.

Chuckles for November 5, 2015


Miami International First U.S. CEIV Pharma Hub
    At Air & SeaCargo Americas this week in Miami officials jump for joy after IATA designated Miami International Airport as the first CEIV Pharma freight hub in the U.S. joining (BRU) as the only two gateways to carry that designation in the world.


Letter To The Editor Re: 60 Minutes With The Chief
    As the children of Salim and Maha Salaam we are honored and proud that even after 20 years since Salim left MEA, there are still distinguished gentlemen such as your good-self who remember him for what he stood for and believed in, and for that we thank you for your kind and sincere words.



Vol. 14 No. 88                  WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2015

Turkish Cargo Went Live With Its New IT System
    
   Turkish Airlines opened up sensational new daily service connecting Miami to Istanbul October 25, and also went live last month with its new generation iCargo system, delivering software solution COMIS (Cargo Operations Management and Information System) to the carrier’s global offering.


Harald Has A Handle On Cargo Security
   The timeframe leading up to Christmastide—when the air cargo community exhales a long, deep breath, taking stock of 2015 while planning ahead for 2016—is once again here.
     Recently, while standing and waiting for a full-body scan pre-flight and hoping that the prescription pills in my pocket didn’t set off the damn thing, I started thinking about who I know in air cargo who has done a stellar job to raise cargo security awareness.

Chuckles for November 4, 2015


Air At BDP Is Soaring
    Unlike many of its peers, U.S.-based global logistics provider BDP International has seen air cargo demand soar this year, although the company’s bullish run has slowed as West Coast port congestion has been addressed. Senior Vice President of Global Air Freight at BDP Gary Phelps told FlyingTypers the company’s air cargo division had seen strong growth in the first half of the year compared to the same period of 2014. 


EVA Freighter Disappearing Act
    EVA Air (BR), the largest privately owned Taiwanese airline, has stopped their former thrice-weekly 747-400ERF freighter flights into Frankfurt, Germany, citing “lack of demand” and “a better yield for Asia–US-bound flights.”
     With the withdrawal of the FRA-bound freighters, BR’s last main deck capacity into Europe is gone and the remaining uplift capacity of their 777 and 747 passenger versions out of Vienna (VIE), Amsterdam (SPL), and London (LHR) is but a fraction the former sizable uplift capacity of BR in the European cargo market.


All Animals Go To Heaven
    Noah’s Ark has met its match. Decalcomania has transformed the world’s biggest airplane, and the results are stunning.
   Emirates has covered two of its A380s with images of endangered animals. The carrier says it is going full throttle to raise awareness in a world that has driven some species of wildlife to the point of extinction.



Vol. 14 No. 87                  MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2015

Carmen Taylor's Air Cargo For All Seasons
    
  A couple years back, in 2012, Carmen Taylor, managing director of AA Cargo’s Latin America sales division, which includes South America, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and the southeast region of the United States, was recognized by Miami World Trade Center for “exceptional leadership in promoting and enhancing free trade and international business.”


60 Minutes With The Chief
   Perhaps the most interesting part of our time in Qatar last week was the power-hour we spent face-to-face with Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, the man that everyone at Qatar Airways calls “Chief.”
     As part of a major air cargo press gaggle at a 45-minute conference and then “an invited guest” for ten minutes of time in a small room with the Chief, we gained incredible insight into what makes QR Cargo great.

Hartsfield Puts Lamp On Cargo
   Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General Manager Miguel Southwell talked to the local Chamber of Commerce recently about air cargo, according to The Gwinnett Daily Post.
   “If you think of an airport as a plant, someplace where you process planes and people, you’re missing the point,” Southwell said. 



US Airways 1939 Over The Rainbow
   The last US Airways flight departed from Philadelphia International Airport at 10:36 a.m. on Friday, October 16, making scheduled stops in Charlotte, North Carolina, Phoenix, and San Francisco before returning as a red-eye flight back to Philadelphia on Saturday.
   All future flights will fly under the American Airlines banner, following the completion of a merger announced in 2013.



Vol. 14 No. 86                  THURSDAY OCTOBER 29, 2015

Qatar Plans Handling 7 Million Tons
    
  Qatar Air Cargo held a media day on October 27 in Doha and His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways also known as “The Chief” showed up to deliver the news.
     According to the latest IATA international FTK figures, Qatar Airways Cargo is now the third largest international cargo airline in the world. 


Looking For Cargo Positives
    In recent months FlyingTypers has found it hard to find bulls in the air freight market amid the welter of negative sentiment from economists, trade experts, and transport demand analysts. 
   Cathy Roberson, who recently founded her own think-tank, Logistics Trends & Insights LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia, is not exactly a bull on air freight. 


Qatar Doha CTF Is A Beautiful Thing
    Qatar offers a broad canvas about which to write, from its remarkable journey as an advanced, ancient culture to serving as an outpost of the developing global world to arriving center stage as one of the fastest growing, most dynamic cities on the planet. 
     The best way to take the pulse of Doha Cargo and the city it inhabits is to take a walk and talk to the people.


China Consolidation
     Air China and China Southern Airlines are shown here on a computer in Tianjin, China, on October 22, 2015. China is considering combining some operations of the nation’s three biggest airlines as part of a broad reform of its state-owned enterprises, according to people familiar with the move. 



Vol. 14 No. 85                  MONDAY OCTOBER 26, 2015

Going Postal Has Never Been Better
    
  Unless you are sending letters and packages from Mars, you probably have a favorite story about an encounter with the post office no matter where you are in the world.
      For the purposes of this story, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is the focus.


New Step Every Day
   You have to look closely at this great photo to spot Qatar Airways dynamic Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
   He may be standing still on the stairway, but Mr. Al Baker seems to take new steps every day, adding lively debate to the transportation conversation.


Maureen O'Hara: A Life Well Lived
   My friend, the movie star Maureen O’Hara, died on Saturday, October 24, at age 95. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho.
      Maureen made lots of movies—in fact, she was probably in more hits than anyone else of her time. Her notable movies include How Green Was My Valley,Miracle on 34th StreetThe Quiet Man, and scores more.
     She was a real beauty, body and soul.



Vol. 14 No. 84                  FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2015

Cumulus Raids & Collateral Damage
    
  The widely reported cargo business raid codenamed “Cumulus” occurred in Germany on Wednesday, October 7, and involved some 1,200 police and customs officers raiding 150 premises. They swept the offices of ground handlers, forwarders, and airlines in Frankfurt (FRA), Germany’s most important cargo hub, and also Munich (MUC), Stuttgart (STR), and Leipzig (LEJ).


Wish We Said That
   “We are, aside from preparing show logistics and business planning aspects of Air Cargo Americas, also in the midst of gearing up for Super Sunday, this Sunday, the 25th when we have a full day of special programs and inaugurals at MIA.

United Moving On Up
    “This award is particularly gratifying because it was voted on by our customers,” said Jan Krems, president of United Cargo and vice president United Airlines. 
   “United Cargo team members and sales and service partners worldwide are dedicated to delivering business friendly service, and we’re pleased that our customers acknowledge our global commitment to the highest standards of quality.”



FIATA Online Learning Curve
   “When the FIATA presidency approached me last year to serve as chairman of the newly formed FIATA Logistics Academy, (FLA) I did not hesitate,” Issa Baluch told FlyingTypers.
    “They viewed my association with Harvard University and MIT as key in taking this vision of embracing the young professionals and the need to train the new generation of logisticians in our sector.”



Sorting Out Cables From Greece
     Timeo, danaos, et dona ferentes is a Latin phrase from the writings of Virgil; it literally means “Fear the Danaans—the Greek—even when they bear gifts.” 
     In fact, it is a warning made to the citizens of Troja who brought in the wooden Trojan horse they thought was a donation to the Gods. The rest of the story is legend—Ulysses, accompanied by other Greek heroes, climbed out from a hiding place in the horse’s womb to fall upon the defenseless city at night, thus ending the 10-year Trojan War. 



Our Big Fat Greek Airports
     Talk about a shotgun marriage… While you were away this summer, Fraport swooped down and took over operations at 14 Greek Airports...



Vol. 14 No. 83                  MONDAY OCTOBER 19, 2015

October 19, 2015


LH Climate Care Standard of the World
   “Regrettably, as the aviation industry we have a severe image problem, since we are publicly blamed as one of the worst polluters worldwide causing noise, dirt, and ultimately global warming by emitting huge amounts of greenhouse gases. 
     “It’s time to change these widespread sentiments by communicating proactively the many environmental and technical achievements the aviation industry came up with in recent years and will go on contributing in the times ahead.




India At Home Drives Growth
     Blame India’s tech-savvy Prime Minister for the e-tail boom, but Narendra Modi’s push for smart cities and his love for social media have encouraged mouse-chasing Indians to go clickety-click from the confines of their homes. 
     The result? Domestic cargo has been experiencing growth and even low-cost carriers, with their constraints of quick turnaround times at airports, are going all out to get express cargo packages.



Vol. 14 No. 82                  THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, 2015

GAC Orange Colors Cargo
    
  Despite the huge fluctuations in the ocean market, air freight is still a more challenging market from a logistics management perspective, according to one leading 3PL.


Creating A Great Cargo Airport
    What makes an airport “great” for cargo? 
     I guess it depends on who you are and where you are in the logistics chain because the playing field changes considerably if the focus is transfer activity versus origin and destination, or belly cargo versus freighter. 


Hot Lunch October
    The place to be if you are in New York City on October 22 is at the JFK Air Cargo Monthly Luncheon at Hilton JFK Airport. From 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM the tariff for a drink, lunch, and a speech is $45. 


Chuckles for October 15, 2015


Picture of the Day
     Wowser! It’s just like working inside some kind of Bauhaus masterpiece! Marking an historic first, flight attendants stand in stark contrast inside a Finnair Airbus A350 XWB as it arrived in Hamburg, Germany, this week on October 11, 2015. 




Vol. 14 No. 81                  TUESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2015

Frank Sumatra & Cargo Vision 2015
    
 The razing of vast swathes of pristine Indonesian forest in Sumatra and Kalimantan by palm oil companies has left both locals and the city dwellers of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore smothered in smog clouds. 


Delta Cargo Keys Miami
    “No matter how you say it, the Delta Cargo team is all for Latin America and will appear in full force at Air & Sea Cargo Americas, running November 4-6 in Miami. 
   “We will be exhibiting with our joint venture partners Air France and KLM, whom we work with closely to provide an expanded network and a seamless product for our customers.”



TempControl Towers Above All
   
 Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Hamburg (HAM) are now United Cargo TempControl addresses, bringing the number of certified locations worldwide to 55 and counting.
   United connects TXL with daily Boeing 767s from Newark Liberty (EWR). 
   HAM is served daily from EWR via B757s, but will be revamped to B767 dailies on October 25.


From Pitching Rooms to Pitching Back
     Sanjay Aiyer likes to take risks. He quit the comfort of a job in a top hotel chain to follow his passion: becoming part of KLM’s cargo division at Mumbai. In the eight years he spent with the carrier, Aiyer learned the intricacies of the air cargo trade and in 2005, launched his own forwarding organization, Blue Bird Logistics, headquartered in Delhi.


Less Help When More Is Needed
   
 Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) (or hazardous materials regulations, as they are called in the U.S.), regardless of transport mode, are not easy to understand, and there is quite some background knowledge one must possess in order to correctly apply the regulations. 



Vol. 14 No. 80                  THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2015

Miami Cargo Warms Up The World
    
 The biennial Air & Sea Cargo Americas (ACA) is just around the corner, launching in just three weeks (November 4-6) in beautiful Miami, Florida.
    Originally set as an alternative to the TIACA ACF, the two-day gathering provides a predictable amount of excitement by keeping close to its roots and aiming for achievable results. 


High, Wide & Pinksome/Belle of Azerbaijan
    Delta recently repainted its iconic “Pink Plane,” a B767-400, in advance of the airline's 11th Annual “Breast Cancer One” survivor flight.
    The flight carried more than 140 employee breast cancer survivors aboard Delta’s first international route from New York City to Mexico City on Oct. 1.



FIATA Pushes WTO TFA
   
 The World Trade Organization currently has 161 members, but only 19 have ratified the 2013 “Bali Package” Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
     The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of members have completed their domestic ratification process.
     Despite a rather steep hill to climb, FIATA hosted a debate at World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva aimed at getting to the heart of implementation, combining a panel of representatives from ICC, ITC, UNCTAD, WCO, and WTO. 


Top 10 Quotes from American Manufacturers
     In their September “Report on Business,” The Institute For Supply Management (ISM) in Arizona noted: 
    “New orders, production, and employment [are] growing whilst supplier deliveries slowed as inventories were contracting.



Vol. 14 No. 79                  MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2015

The China World's Factory Slows
    
The contraction of China’s imports and exports this past summer has some industry observers wondering if it could be a sign of things to come for the air freight community.
     Although exports to the U.S. were steady over the two-month period compared to 2014, there were alarming declines of goods moving out of the ‘world’s factory’ both to developed and emerging markets. .


Too Cool For School
     It may not be the biggest conference on the global agenda, but last week in Basel the “Pharmaceuticals in the Cool Chain” Conference from the Cool Chain Association included some thoughtful discussion.
     The two-day event ran October 1 and 2 and featured an on-site visit to the Swissport pharma operation at Basel as well as an exhibition area in which participants could browse and network.



Brussels Sprouts at DLH JV Takes Off
   
  On October 25 the Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo joint venture starts with daily direct flights from BRU to TYO, beginning with an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. 
     “An 8:50 pm takeoff from BUR arrives at Narita at 4:10 pm the following day,” Lufthansa said. 


Punjabi Demands Amritsar
     The Punjabi diaspora numbering around 10 million—with the highest numbers in Britain, North America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East—have been demanding direct air links with Amritsar, the only city with an international airport in the state of Punjab. 
Amritsar is not only the spiritual and cultural center for the Sikh religion, it is also the main gateway for the state.



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