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Vol. 20 No. 22                                       MONDAY JUNE 11, 2021

PayCargo Firing Tip of CNS Iceberg
    The backroom whispers have always been there, even as legendary Tony Calabrese founded Cargo Network Services (CNS) thirty years ago as a landmark U.S. organization with the mission to create a middle ground between airlines and forwarders and shelter the partnership from anti-trust legislation in the U.S.
    “IATA doesn’t really like CNS.”

Will IATA Take CNS Down?
     We have been thinking about IATA as air cargo becomes more famous in the mainstream media in regards to COVID-19 PPE flight performance.
In the face of all the attention, IATA has shuttered all its cargo expertise in Geneva and Montreal.

Vol. 20 No. 21                                       MONDAY JUNE 7, 2021

Ring Down The Curtain On Cargo Shows 2021
    Many Happy Returns? Right now according to latest figures, France is operating about half the flights per day as compared to 2019 when things were more or less normal.
    Italy is at about 35%.

Pumping Traffic
     Take a Shot & Welcome Aboard! American Airlines dailies start up June 17 Madrid/Miami and Madrid/JFK for vaccinated passengers and cargo welcome . . .

Chuckles for June 7, 2021

Sky Electric Back To The Future Of Aviation
     Don’t be misled by the headline.
     The coming of electric powered airplanes is as sure as tomorrow. What form these birds will eventually take may be something between what we have known to be airplanes or what we know now to be rotary aircraft or even drones.

Listen! The Wind
     The idea of electric flight, which utilizes several motors and links to software has opened up thinking in aviation circles that maybe a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft might at last have a future.

Every Can Can
     As we go electric this issue, Saturday June 5th was the 47th World Environment Day.
     Here is what you can do this Summer here in the U.S., and if you think about it, really anywhere in the world to help the environment as we emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns.

Hands Across The Table
     “What is convention?
     “Just a bunch of salesmen hanging around (a trade show) telling each other stories.”

Vol. 20 No. 20                                       TUESDAY MAY 25, 2021

This Is My India Today
    Was I born in this India?
Every morning you wake up with hope that soon fritters away when you look at the newspaper, your WhatsApp group chats that speak of yet another death and extended family members, friends and acquaintances falling prey to Covid-19.

Living Cargo As Pandemic Cripples India
     FlyingTypers spoke to two professionals, one a marketing specialist and mother, and the other, a veteran forwarder to hear how they had been affected by the pandemic.
Priyanka Ann Saini

Pumping Traffic for May 25, 2021
     Turkish Airlines April 2021 international passenger count compared to 2019 at minus 61% as domestic flights were down about the same. THY still managed deliver a profit of $61 million . . . Counting nothing out—Air France-KLM,

Go Or No Go
     As announced in March 2020, the 30th CNS Partnership Conference initially planned to be held on April 25-27, has been pushed to the end of this summer: August 29-31. We will welcome you in sunny Miami at the JW Marriott Turnberry. Save the date!

Vol. 20 No. 19                                       TUESDAY MAY 18, 2021

Trade Show Reality Check
    We get it!
    Many of us are a bit tired of webinars and zoom calls.
    More than a few transportation people are chomping at the bit hankering to get on the road again; looking forward to days out on the hustings pressing the flesh, or bellying up to the bar swapping stories with old friends, whilst making some new ones.

The Underworld At IndiGo
     Indian aviation is passing through its most difficult phase.
     In a financial crunch even before the pandemic started, with the second run of Covid this time around, the aviation sector is predicted to see possible downsizing or as Reuters put it, “have their planes repossessed by lessors as a surge of COVID-19 infections roils travel.”

Chuckles for May 18, 2021

Executive Roulette @ Lufthansa Group
     “Executive Roulette,” or maybe were it true, “It Happened in Monte Carlo” would serve as a better headline here as from left, Dieter Vranckx, who was top executive at Brussels Airlines is now CEO of SWISS .

Sniffing Out Trouble
     June 30, 2021 is approaching fast when security rules change, meaning TSA will require all outbound international air cargo carried by commercial aircraft operators (passenger and all-cargo) to have enhanced security controls as directed by ICAO.

Vol. 20 No. 18                                       TUESDAY MAY 11, 2021

    Day and night we hear of the miracles of the vaccine beating back the Corona Virus.
Now we are into week 20 of 2021.

FIATA Up To The Minute
     Dr. Stéphane Graber is the new Director General at FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations. FIATA.
     Dr. Graber had served as Secretary General at STSA (Swiss Trading and Shipping Association), the national trade association for commodity trading, shipping industry and trade finance in Switzerland. He was also Chair and CEO at eGTSA, a company that successfully developed a digital communication platform for commodity trading companies and commodity trade-financing banks (TRAFEC).

Chuckles for May 11, 2021

Will India Agents Kiss the IATA CASS?
     Will the Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) accept the decision of the nine-year-old case that had been going on at the Competition Commission of India (CCI)?
     The CCI recently put an end to the case that had been going on since December 2012, nine years ago when the ACAAI said that IATA was guilty of anti-competitive practices. . . .

Pumping Traffic
     Turkey . . . sorry to report impacted by COVID-19 lockdown has caused the high-flying Turkish Airports to reverse earlier gains with flights down 26% during the past two weeks alone.

Vol. 20 No. 17                                       WEDNESDAY MAY 5, 2021

Respect The Mask
    Looking at the picture of the caring people of Qatar Cargo, including mon ami Guillaume Halleaux, Chief Officer Cargo, who is pictured far left just prior to the carrier leaning in with relief flights into COVID stricken India early this week, brings to mind the need of continuing to mask up, despite some reports and confusion here in America that mask time may be over.

Why No FIATA IATA Partnership Yet?
     When I think of airfreight these days I get a different reflection depending on the viewpoint, like entering Hendrix’s “Room Full of Mirrors” and I get dizzy, as though I was looking at it through the Pretenders’ dazzling version
In a way this is not surprising, if you look at the figures monthly published by ICAO.

Chuckles for May 5, 2021

Pumping Traffic
     Trips from USA to the rest of the world are surging driven by high inoculation figures. Now with bookings averaging 98 days before departure the rest of the world looks on, yearning to get COVID-19 shots into the arms of citizens . . .

Feliz Cinco De Mayo
     A mariachi band honors medical staff outside Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, as once again it’s Cinco De Mayo, which celebrates the Battle of the Puebla and victory for Mexican rebels over the baddies.

Vol. 20 No. 16                                       WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 2021

Jo Friggger Inspired Freight Forwarding
    EMO Trans Founder and Chairman, Joachim (Jo) Frigger, passed away unexpectedly April 19, 2021.
     Jo served EMO Trans for nearly 50 years as Chairman, CEO, President and the founder of EMO Trans USA.

Vol. 20 No. 15                                     MONDAY APRIL 19, 2021

Strong Voice Dramatic Company
    In March as Women’s History Month continued to march along, the world celebrated International Women’s Day March 8, and Jennifer Frigger-Latham, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at EMO Trans based in Long Island, New York was hard at work from home, away from the spotlight, with her husband Paul and the couple’s two small children.

Brandon Fried Is A Treasure
     Of all the transportation executives at all the companies serving air cargo no one is more public or more involved in supporting the cause of U.S. air forwarders than Brandon Fried.
     Brandon is a one-person passion field that carries forward a point of view about what’s new and what things mean to air cargo people all across the nation.

Chuckles for April 19, 2021

Philomena Sees Women As True Martyrs
     In Mumbai, India Philomena Pereira, Managing Director, P.V. Agencies Freight Forwarders Pvt Ltd (Customs Broker), Director, Grace Global Logistics (multimodal transport operator) and Partner, BBB Speed Services (a transport company) has seen it all.
     In the logistics and forwarding business for quite a few years, Pereira has helped break through what women have collectively smashed to smithereens—the glass ceiling, by approaching our male-dominated transportation industry with unusual skill, including having her priorities straight about what women have to go through – at home and at work.

Miami's New Frontier
     No masking the joy as Frontier Airlines celebrated the airline’s inaugural flight from Miami International Airport to San Salvador and Miami-Guatemala City April 12. Frontier is now serving both routes with twice-weekly service.

Vol. 20 No. 14                                       MONDAY APRIL 12, 2021

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

Chuckles for April 12, 2021

Vol. 20 No. 13                                       THURSDAY APRIL 1, 2021

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

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

Chuckles for April 1, 2021

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

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


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