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|Vol. 12 No. 46 Monday May 20, 2013|
NCA Tops ACA & JFK Thursday
Shawn McWhorter, the Chicago O’Hare-based President of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) North America has some big responsibilities.
Shawn addresses The JFK Cargo Association (ACA) Monthly Luncheon on Thursday, May 23, 2013. It begins with cocktails at 11:45 AM and continues with lunch until 2:00 PM at the New York Hilton JFK Airport Hotel (all are welcome: members, $40.00; non members, $50.00).
And The Language Of Freighters
Somehow, Hiran Perera has kept his youthful good looks and easygoing manner, even managing to appear amused and not overwhelmed at the increased attention he has received lately as Emirates SkyCargo Vice President Cargo, Freighters.
Maybe it’s the experience gained after nearly 19 years aboard Emirates SkyCargo.
Or perhaps it’s something in the water at home in his native Sri Lanka.
Whatever it is, as a key executive who has been with Emirates SkyCargo since it began its meteoric rise into the top 20 of world air cargo carriers (EK is now ranked in the top three), Hiran combines textbook knowledge and on-the-job experience with an even-handed, soft spoken style—no matter what whirlwind is sweeping through air cargo at the moment.
Emirates SkyCargo's fleet includes nine freighters, two 747-400ERF, and eight 777Fs that now serve 132 destinations in 77 countries on six continents.
For May 20, 2013
Airport Not Airborne
Expands Gulf Options
The pace of interest and investment potential gets yet another player, as one more well-heeled and determined Gulf State has decided to ambitiously drive itself into further development of world trade.
The Sultinate of Oman is at work creating multi-modal infrastructure whilst seeking investment in building greater inter-connectivity between rail, ship, and air.
For example, a new Muscat International Airport (under construction for completion in 2014) will add capacity and 21st century technologies to handle 12 million passengers and a cargo terminal throughput of 260,000 tons annually.
The air cargo industry is saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Flavio Renfer, Managing Partner/Principal of Covio S.A. Aviation Services, and Zurich-Kloten. He died after a brief illness, tragically and unexpectedly, on May 8th at the age of only 43.
|Vol. 12 No. 45 Thursday May 16, 2013|
Dutch With IAS
When it comes to being practical while also being Dutch, Jacques H.M. Heeremans has all bases covered. This long time GSA Managing Director (now GSSA) of Schiphol Airport-based Inter Aviation Services B.V. (IAS), a company he started which has remained happily independent and growing for the past 25 years, is one of the few, and perhaps only, big time handlers to employ an all-female sales force.
“It had to be,” easy-going Jacques admits:
For May 16, 2013
Zeit (Asparagus Time) Again
A once-a-year treat comes to New York City this week as air cargo delivers cases of the great German “royal vegetable” spargel (white asparagus), once reserved for only the upper classes. The German American Chamber of Commerce celebrates the season with its 10th Annual White Asparagus Dinner held this year at The Edison Ballroom.
Over Till It's Over
is not a good idea to ever count anybody out.
Love Of The Game
He began as part of the Seaboard World Airways “Foreign Legion” in Europe over forty years ago.
Today with SWA long gone, disappeared into Flying Tigers, which in turn was swallowed by Fed Ex, Vince Chabrol is still on the job humping and shipping air cargo JFK to Casablanca and beyond for Royal Air Maroc or RAM Cargo as the cargo division of the airline was branded in 2011.
Royal Air Maroc serves New York City with B767-300ERs and beyond CAS with B737F and belly lift.
|Vol. 12 No. 44 Monday May 13, 2013|
Care Kicks The Can In YVR
(Vancouver Exclusive)—The 2013 Annual ULD CARE Conference was last week in beautiful downtown Vancouver, adjacent to the venue hosting the annual IATA Ground Handling Council meeting.
With 74 participants from airlines and other ULD-related organizations, conferees learned that tremendous progress has been made in the 8 months since the September 2012 meeting in Shanghai.
Here today is the launch of the ULD CARE website (www.ULDCARE.com), plus the first edition of the ULD CARE e-newsletter and the launch of various groups tasked with ULD initiatives. South African Airlines, Tampa Cargo, and TAP Portugal joined the group for the first time.
A Paul Bunyan Box
AA Cargo can count many industry firsts: launching the first scheduled air cargo service in the world; the first air cargo tariff to establish service based on density, volume, value, and perishability; and (our favorite) the first Unit Load Device (ULD), known as the Paul Bunyan Box.
In 1958, American Airlines revolutionized the air cargo business by developing a container that could be carried on aircraft, minimizing the loading and unloading, branded “The Paul Bunyan Box.”
Truck Cuisine At CNS
You can imagine our surprise when we discovered the big VIP dinner at the CNS Partnership Conference was served up alfresco via a half-dozen food trucks. Perhaps it was perfectly fitting; they were indeed reminiscent of the trucks seen at cargo areas around JFK and MIA.
It was sweet to see the royalty of the global air cargo business queuing up for a cheese sandwich at one truck, a bowl of chili at another, pizza, ribs, what-have-you walking away from that chuckwagon circle of vehicles.
|Vol. 12 No. 43 Wednesday May 8, 2013|
Cream Social At CNS
It’s always a gathering with some Lindt Chocolate, or at CNS on this fine day in May, an “Ice Cream Social” is reward for the always hungry press.
There must be some reason that Lufthansa Group serves up its latest news with highly perishable refreshments, although at 90-plus degrees in Phoenix right now, it’s probably hotter than Dubai.
Maybe the ice cream is a subtle reminder to get the story out before it melts?
|Chuckles For May 8, 2013|
Guage At Delta CNS
Bellies Versus Freighters
As always, interesting debates in FlyingTypers, and I noted the dialogue re: Issa's comments and Bill’s remarks.
I think the debate is just about over re: freighters; they definitely have a future, as the integrators will always need them in bespoke logistics solutions for the product lines they have and want to develop over the coming years.
|Vol. 12 No. 42 Monday May 6, 2013|
|Chuckles For May 6, 2013|
Squeezes Chennai Cargo
There Life After CNS?
As far as we can tell, yes, life does indeed go on after you serve as CNS President.
Take the case of Tony Calabrese, who helped start up CNS and for a while looked like the only President the organization would ever have.
Tony (left) dominated the scene from 1986 until 2006 and today is happily retired.
Jens Tubbesing (right) served as CNS President after Tony departed and then went on to start up a GSA.
|More Chuckles For May 6, 2013|
|Vol. 12 No. 41 Sunday May 5, 2013|
For Cinco De Mayo
On the opening day of the IATA CNS Partnership Conference, “Five For Cinco de Mayo Aeromexico" affords us an opportunity to go “up close and personal” with Mauricio Nieto CEO of Aeromexico Cargo.
“As a Mexican, I think it is important to mention why we celebrate today.
“The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican armed forces over the French Army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.
“This anniversary is mainly a regional celebration of the Mexican state Capital City of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with significant Mexican population.
|Chuckles For May 5, 2013|
Embrace E-AWB Sort Of
Forwarders are ready to embrace the new Multilateral electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) standard agreed by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and IATA earlier this year, although some believe it will favor larger logistics operators.
Canada Builds Fleet And New Airline
Today Air Canada Cargo has the distinction of being led by a woman, Lise-Marie Turpin.
In fact, as Managing Director of Air Canada Cargo, Lise-Marie is the highest-ranking female air cargo leader in the Americas.
Lise-Marie Turpin was appointed Managing Director of Air Canada Cargo in September 2008.
She is responsible for all aspects of the cargo business for Air Canada.
Lise-Marie was previously responsible for the cargo operation system-wide as Senior Director, Cargo Services.
|More Chuckles For May 5, 2013|
Hosts IATA Ground And ULD Cares
As an industry first, these two Canadian-based groups, IATA Ground Handling Council and ULD CARE will run side-by-side meetings from May 5-8 in the Pacific Northwest with scheduled crossover participation.
The two meeting locations are within a few minutes of walking distance from each other, facing the harbor on the beautiful northeastern side of Vancouver.
Bellies Versus Freighters
I have much respect for Professor Issa Baluch, but I believe he is wrong in his statement:
“Actually, in air cargo the challenge is always belly space versus freighter capacity,” says Harvard Logistics Professor Issa Baluch in FlyingTypers last week.
Vol. 12 No. 40 Thursday May 2, 2013