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Vol. 20 No. 2             TUESDAY JANUARY 19, 2021

Our Martin Changed Air Cargo
    If you want to learn about August Martin, the great air cargo pilot who flew for Seaboard World Airlines during the 1950’s, and was also the first black man to captain a U.S. flag air cargo plane, you better plan on either using your old Funk & Wagnall’s Encyclopedia, or visiting the wonderful high school located near JFK International Airport in Queens, New York named in honor of the air pioneer.

Chuckles for January 19, 2020

Vaccine Arriving On Global Runways
    Having spent most of my life in logistics, when we started talking about COVID-19 vaccines in the springtime last year, I was anticipating the greatest logistics challenge of our times: delivering COVID19 vaccines as soon as available to thousands if not millions of Point of use (POU’s) [see below] all over the world.

Operation Warp Speed USA
    First vaccines were distributed Sunday December 13th, and as of January 15, according to the U.S. federal government 31.2 million doses have been delivered to states, territories and federal agencies.

Vol. 20 No. 1             MONDAY JANUARY 11, 2021

We Are Stronger Together
    When Jan Krems began his tenure four years ago as President at United Airlines Worldwide Cargo we wrote:
    “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 when we sat down and talked to Jan Krems, President of United Cargo.”

Chuckles for January 11, 2020

Get It On Volker
    The airwaves are crowded with vaccine stories and people all over the world rushing to deliver that life-saving serum to a weary world parted from loved ones because gathering with the most important people to you in the world, we are told, can be deadly.

When Cargo Qares
    Every time I watch the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind” I think about Clark Gable finally packing it in and leaving Vivian Leigh.
    But then I imagine Clark’s character ‘Rhett Butler’ the next day sending a text message to Vivian’s ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ saying something like:
    “Is it Ok if I come over so we can hang out?”

Vol. 19 No. 78             THURSDAY DECEMBER 31, 2020

Now A GPO Working On The Railroads
    There is a celebration this week in New York City. The nearly three quarters of a million people that are mostly commuters going to and from work in New York & New Jersey have been forced to travel pre-pandemic through Pennsylvania (Penn) Station in Manhattan, a daily subterranean dismal railroad encounter since the misdirected destruction in 1963 of the monumental Beaux Arts 1910 version of Penn Station (right). These commuters will get some relief beginning later this week when a new passenger experience begins on January 1.

Chuckles for December 31, 2020

I am an airport kid
    I grew up at the Marine Air Terminal in New York City. At the time I was unaware of the unique perspective it afforded me—how few children gestated in the belly of a great, round terminal, nourished by ephemera and the hollow, high-topped sound of cavernous spaces carved in marble. I was a wild thing in a civilized cave, hiding behind wooden benches salvaged and meticulously arranged by my father, who recognized their beauty and inherent historical value, and saved them from the garbage heap. Each had a steel propeller inlaid in its sides, as if at some miracle moment the propellers would thrust outward from the wood, rotate frontwise, and the benches would steal away in flight.

Vol. 19 No. 77             MONDAY DECEMBER 28, 2020

2020—The Year That Changed Our World
    As we reach the end of what can be recalled in sympathetic terms as the year that changed our world, amidst the devastation and chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stricken planet earth, thanks to you, dear readers, for sharing with us this epoch true life adventure called air cargo.

2020 In Pictures

Vol. 19 No. 76             THURSDAY DECEMBER 24, 2020

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.

Chuckles for December 24, 2020

Take A Laugh Break
    In the photo in The Christmas Story far left, next to Flossie who created today’s story, is her husband Anthony Atamanuik.
    Anthony has gained world attention for his portrayal of Donald J. Trump on the Comedy Central series “The President Show” that is easily found on YouTube and also on Comedy Central worldwide.

Vol. 19 No. 75             MONDAY DECEMBER 14, 2020

Air Cargo Future Full of Presents
    Here are some fast facts:
    Right now ten FedEx B777 freighters are equipped with special rails for military pallets.
    The movement for a second dose of vaccine to combat the COVID-19 pandemic will go through the first quarter of 2021.
    Syringes are being flown in from China.
    Rubber gloves from Vietnam.

Chuckles for December 14, 2020

Vol. 19 No. 74             WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9, 2020

The Flying Cool Warehouse
    Andreas Seitz is the outspoken and at times ebullient Managing Director of DoKaSch. DoKaSch is located about an hour from Frankfurt Airport in Montabaur, a picturesque German village with a big yellow Castle looking over the town.
    DoKaSch has been in the container business for more than 30 years and in temperature controlled solutions since 2013.
    The company says that has it just what you are looking for in Pharma Transit 2020.

Qatar Cargo Doggone Great
    Qatar Airways Cargo goes thrice weekly Monday, Tuesday, Thursday with B777-300 passenger freighters to Harstad-Narvik Airport (EVE) located up north in Norway starting next week on December 14.
Seafood and Salmon are on the consignment menu for exports, plus 50 additional tons are available for uplift every week for imports from Qatar Cargo’s global network into Harstad-Narvik Airport.

Stanley Lim, The Perennial

    During the National Day Awards on of August 9th, 2020, the BBM – The Public Service Star (Bar) Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Lintang) - was bestowed upon Mr. Stanley Lim (STANLEY LIM PBM, BBM, MCILT) by the President of the Republic of Singapore. In Singapore, Stanley is the Council Member of the Singapore Logistics Association and Chairman of Internationalization. He is the Hon. Secretary of the ASEAN Federation of Forwarders Associations, as well as Director, Global Agency Development, in Addicon Logistics Management (S) Pte Ltd. Stanley has also been my first FIATA President, when I was working in Zurich.

Chuck Yeager and a Stick of Beemans

     The news of the death of Charles E. ‘Chuck’ Yeager at 97 years of age on December 7, 2020 marks the passing of the world’s first “Rocket Man”.
     It was Chuck Yeager who piloted the Bell X1 supersonic aircraft on October 14, 1947, the first airplane to fly faster than the speed of sound.
     Chuck Yeager reached a speed of 1,127 kilometers (700 miles) per hour, Mach 1.06, at an altitude of 13,000 meters (43,000 feet).

Vol. 19 No. 73             TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 2020

Competition All In The Family
     The dynamic industry leading lady profiled here is our very own Keshav (FIATA Board) Tanna's wife.
     Hema Tanna runs her own cargo business along with her brother.
     Although Keshav has mentioned, “funnily we are competitors,” for India Logistics, the Tanna family is a powerful force for good up and down the line.

Chuckles for December 1, 2020

Southwest Cargo is Wally World

    If you count up the years Wally Devereaux, Southwest Airlines Managing Director Cargo and Charters, and a 28-year veteran of the carrier has been a force in air cargo, it is for half that tenure, fourteen years. But to look at him you might think he is a new kid on the block.     Wally is a youthful and energetic "Mohair Sam" which is language from the 1940s that was often used to describe someone who is smart, easy going and always comfortable in his clothes. Here the Texas-born and bred native talks about Southwest Cargo at full strength the way it ought to be, and he speaks with some spirit and élan telling us the way it is right now.

The Front Paige Situation in Atlanta

     Elliott Paige is Airport Director, Air Service Development for Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia,
     Always smart with good ideas, engaging and outspoken, here Elliott offers the lowdown on living and prospering during the pandemic.
     “ATL is not doing too horrible. Passenger numbers moved from 453,362 in
April to 3,124,231 in September and growing. As a comparison, in September,
pre-COVID, we had 8,733,259 passengers. 

Letters to the Editor

     We reached back out to our old friend Mike Webber, who predicted Glyn's ascent to the job in FlyingTypers several weeks ago. In that piece, Webber noted that he had applied for the position but was already dismissing the possibility. Webber laughed saying, "a day after that interview ran, I received a form email advising that the selection committee had moved on with other candidates. I'm sure it was coincidental but the timing did amuse me. Once that the TIACA selection committee extended the application period until just after Glyn announced he would be available, I was ready to place my bet on him. Having the eminently qualified Mike White also become available was about all that remained of drama."

Vol. 19 No. 72             FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Easy to Remember, So Hard to Forget
     In less than two weeks the curtain will ring down on a career that has endured for nearly 46 years at an airline, or since Gerald Ford was U.S. President and Helmut Schmidt served as Chancellor of The Federal Republic of Germany.
     In Frankfurt when Heide Enfield packs it in and retires on November 30 and says her last farewell, she will also ring down the curtain on a family affiliation in the airline business that dates back almost as far as the creation and development of post 1950s modern commercial aviation in Germany.
     Along the way Heide has served in many roles with distinction at Lufthansa, but nothing grander or more cutting edge, than her role as Head of Marketing at Lufthansa Cargo Charter.

Chuckles for November 20, 2020

Brush up Your Flemish

     Peter Gerber says goodbye to Lufthansa Cargo and moves to the post of CEO of Brussels Airlines effective March 1, 2021. Meantime Dorothea von Boxberg becomes the first female top executive of Lufthansa Cargo in history as new Chief Executive Officer and Chairwoman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG.

Hugh @ TIACA: The Real Story

     The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), an organization that has been searching for a savior to lead it out of a long slow decline may have reached the promised land, as Glyn Hughes retiring IATA Head of Cargo picks up the sword, assuming day to day responsibility for the Florida-based industry group on February 1, 2021.
     The posting could not be more important for organized air cargo.

And Now for Something Completely Different

     We reached back out to our old friend Mike Webber, who predicted Glyn's ascent to the job in FlyingTypers several weeks ago. In that piece, Webber noted that he had applied for the position but was already dismissing the possibility. Webber laughed saying, "a day after that interview ran, I received a form email advising that the selection committee had moved on with other candidates. I'm sure it was coincidental but the timing did amuse me. Once that the TIACA selection committee extended the application period until just after Glyn announced he would be available, I was ready to place my bet on him. Having the eminently qualified Mike White also become available was about all that remained of drama."

What Became Small? Continued

     We continue our series reaching out to industry folks about the changes they've perceived in 2020, a year of rapid and constant fluctuation and anticipation.

Vol. 19 No. 71             TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2020

What Became Small in 2020?
     2020 is a year of big challenges.
     As we talk to air cargo industry people, here comes a thoughtful and at times humorous perspective of life today.

Chuckles for November 10, 2020

Are You Having Any Fun?

     This is Elaine Stritch, the ultimate Broadway musical star.
     I have loved her ever since listening to this song on an early long-playing record during the 1950s.
     Elaine, who continued to perform until her passing half dozen years ago, was sassy and bold all through her professional life.

Vol. 19 No. 70             MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2020

Bubbling Up After Everything Changed
     Often these days we hear the words:
     “We are OK, safe inside of our bubble.”
     I have often wondered how secure some of these perceived ‘bubbles” are.
     We are also reminded of our Son Geoffrey II about 20 years ago, the day he left Queens, New York and headed out to Hollywood where he starred as Flipper Boy in his first big production movie titled Bubble Boy.
     Today I guess we all live in some kind of bubble and like the Bubble Boy in Geoffrey’s movie, we all have to learn how to live, breathe, think and move around for some time longer inside it.

Chuckles for November 2, 2020

Autumn Serenade 2020

     Although “September Song” is standard for this time of year for some people, another bit of music written during the same period (the 1940s) titled “Autumn Serenade” has always been a favorite because it simply feels like autumn in words and music.

Simple Pleasure Returns

     While looking for the upside as the global safety quarantine machine continues everywhere in one form or another, it occurs chocolate lovers who might order candy from time to time this fall have a window of opportunity to load up on sweets, and feel less guilty about it.
     Halloween in American neighborhoods, where the doorbell ringing is followed by cries of “Trick or Treat” this October 31, 2020 was surely impacted by the general nervousness about social contact that continues, (we had 3 trick or treaters).

James Bond Forever

     Sean Connery died this past weekend at 90.
     More than any other, Mr. Connery as James Bond in the movies “Dr. No”, “Goldfinger”, and “From Russia With Love” defined the style and excitement of a generation.


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