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Vol. 13 No. 32                      Monday April 14, 2014            

Call For Universal Cargo Security Rules

   Bahrain Exclusive—This week Issa Baluch planned to devote at least the first few days of his Spring Break (off from his teaching duties at Harvard University in Boston) to travel to the ICAO/WTO meetings.
     But alas, struck down with a cruel flu tht has left him speechless, the “Enhancing Air Cargo Security and Facilitation,” panel that tips off Wednesday morning will have to settle with Mr. Baluch, who serves as a Member of the Board for the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) discussing his view of an integrated cargo system to facilitate the safe and secure transport of goods by air, in these pages, whilst recovering.
    



Hong Kong Period Of Adjustment
  Cathay Pacific Airways is struggling to bolster air cargo volumes even as it expands its service network. But with a major fleet renewal program underway and analysts claiming its freight division is acting as a drag on Group profits, improvement will be needed this year.

News Shorts
Planespotters track Sichuan Airlines aircraft as it approaches Taipei Songshan Airport.

Information as you never see it at Flughafen-Stuttgart.

Happy Days . . . Cebu Pacific Air President Lance Gokongwei, left, and Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang flash the


Remembering Pan Am 812
   In Bali, Discovery Events is organizing what promises to be a most memorable and unique commemoration of the 107 lives lost 40 years ago in the crash of a Pan American B707-321 April 22, 1974 in Tinga Tinga, North Bali.

Great Moments Weekend of April 11
A poignant pre-match moment occurred last Sunday at a soccer stadium in Liverpool, just as global excitement is heating up for FIFA World Cup matches beginning in Brazil this June.

 

Vol. 13 No. 31                      Tuesday April 8, 2014            

Air Cargo News For April 8, 2014
Air Cargo News For March 31, 2014


Richard Malkin In His Own Write—Pre-Jet Air Cargo Part 3
  To Our Readers
     The series of articles, Pre-Jet Air Cargo, is a condensed history of the opening phase of the infant air cargo industry’s first generation—a period that is unfamiliar to most of the current crop of men and women comprising the industry. The text is based on a broad scope of authoritative sources—highlighting the more significant events, official actions, technical developments, and professional comment.


Chuckles For April 8, 2014

Christian Haug On Daily LH B777F Service Shanghai-Frankfurt
"We are strengthening our position in China considerably through the use of the best freighter.

 

Vol. 13 No. 32                      Monday April 14, 2014            

Malaysia Air Quits USA
Malaysian Air Group

October 2004—Julie Johansson, cargo manager North America, third from right with her Los Angeles staff.

   Add Malaysia Airlines (in both passenger and cargo) as succumbing to business pressure and competition by withdrawing line service from North America later this month.


Tracking 8th World Cargo Symposium Sessions
  Exclusive—FlyingTypers provides unique insight into the WCS Sessions. Did IATA WCS Sessions deliver?
    “It would have been good to have seen Tony Tyler (left) as a keynote speaker at World Cargo Symposium,” said Patrick Murray, Head of Calogi and IT Guru, as he recalled IATA Cargo Week in Los Angeles in March.
    “As ever, the presence of the IATA top executives no doubt clearly underlines IATA’s commitment to the cargo business.


Italian Court Slaps EmiratesEmirates Malpensa
   The Wall Street Journal reports Italy’s administrative court in Rome ruled on Thursday in favor of Assaereo, an airline association that represents Alitalia and other Italian airlines.

ICAO Could Jolt Lithium
   Even the Energizer rabbit will feel the heat if the ICAO panel that met up in Montreal all this week comes down hard (as expected) on the cargo and pax transport of lithium batteries.
   The 14-member ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) is mostly government appointed from the leading trading nations – plus some key industry stakeholders such as IATA and PRBA who enjoy observer status.

Chasing The Modal Shift Part II
   In the years since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis it is has been commonly assumed that there has been a drift of cargo from air to ocean solutions and, on the Asia-Europe trade lane, to new and ever improving intermodal solutions via Russia or Central Asia.
    While much of the evidence is circumstantial and exact data is difficult to come

Chuckles For April 14, 2014

Aeroscraft Will Change Air Cargo
   Earlier this month at Air Cargo 2014 in Orlando, Florida, keynoter and forward-thinking air cargo stalwart Bill Boesch spoke of fleets of airships.

 

Vol. 13 No. 31                      Tuesday April 8, 2014            

Air Cargo News For April 8, 2014
Air Cargo News For March 31, 2014


Richard Malkin In His Own Write—Pre-Jet Air Cargo Part 3
  To Our Readers
     The series of articles, Pre-Jet Air Cargo, is a condensed history of the opening phase of the infant air cargo industry’s first generation—a period that is unfamiliar to most of the current crop of men and women comprising the industry. The text is based on a broad scope of authoritative sources—highlighting the more significant events, official actions, technical developments, and professional comment.


Chuckles For April 8, 2014

Christian Haug On Daily LH B777F Service Shanghai-Frankfurt
"We are strengthening our position in China considerably through the use of the best freighter.

 

Vol. 13 No. 30                      Thursday April 3, 2014            

ATC's Big Open In South America
   First time this week in Sao Paulo, ATC Aviation Services, the fast growing global cargo GSSA with offices in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, “is now also targeting growth in South America,” according to company CEO Ingo Zimmer.


Sabine WiedemannWhere Security Is Not A Rigmarole
  Frankfurt Germany’s Commerzbank Arena is all about business, as cargo security took center stage April 1 in a confrontation that suffered no fools.
   The local Bundesliga soccer team that populates the venue might have spent the day thinking about their future, but for the hard working, business-challenged air cargo industry, tomorrow hung on today, as "Recognize Risks – Build Alliances" brought Sabine Wiedemann, head of group security at Daimler AG Stuttgart, to emphasize the theme—the need for partnerships throughout the supply chain.


Quote Of The Day
  "The new terminal and facilities are a key part of our growth plans.

The Importance Of Clive
The big show was in town and although Hermes Aviation operates right nearby out at LAX, what really drove long time air cargo pro Clive Langeveldt, Hermes Aviation President, to World Cargo Symposium were the customers.
“We had set up a GSA Track which is actually an IATA premier spot to bring our business into the conversation at WCS.”

Chuckles For April 3, 2014

ACC3 Asia Late Risks It
   Supply chain players in Asia risk being late to meet the requirements of the EU’s new air cargo security regime, which comes into force on July 1, according to leading industry representatives.
   Starting July 1, the EU’s new rules require carriers transporting cargo or mail into the EU from a non-EU airport to have their operations independently

 

Vol. 13 No. 29                     Monday March 31, 2014            

Vertannes Out At IATA
    According to a published report Des Vertannes will leave his post as IATA Head of Cargo in June.



Boesch Futurecast At AirCargo 2014
  Bill Boesch, who served as top management at American Airlines Cargo from 1988-1998 and during an amazing four decade-plus career on the front lines of air cargo went on to build logistics services and save troops’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, stepped center-stage with a view of our industry and some forward thinking, as keynote speaker at the AirCargo 2014 held this week in Orlando, Florida.

AirCargo 2014 Two-Fisted Startup
The two fisted start up of AirCargo 2014 Annual Conference held all this week in Orlando, Florida included a deep dish encounter on Sunday March 30 in the form of a couple hours of power with Marilyn Sherman who is both motivational speaker and also especially interested in advancing women’s issues.

Chuckles For April 3, 2014

Remembering The Great Larry Rodberg
   Richard Malkin, the man who invented modern air cargo journalism, has breakfast with me in a diner near his home in Queens every two weeks.
Nearing 101 years old, Malkin is writing again; here is a link to the most recent story that we published.

Kudos To Saudia Cargo
Say Hello To My Little Friends . . . Saudia Cargo flew on the wild side from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) moving 141 animals including giraffe, kudu, hartebeest, gemsbok, impala, springbok, blesbok and duiker to the Riyadh Zoological Garden.

United Adds Long Haul Frequencies
New “left side” USA connections via SFO, as United added a Taipei daily (B777) and a daily (B747) flight SFO/ FRA. UA goes twice daily (B777) frequency SFO/LHR .


India And Africa Over Easy
   India’s interest to connect with Africa has seen a rise. It is not that it was not there earlier, but it has, of late, grown. The reason: trade with Africa is one-way with hardly any exports coming into India. Air cargo stakeholders pointed out to ACNFT that the freight prices on the India-Africa route will continue to be on the high side simply because carriers found the routes uneconomical.

Face Of The Franchise
   Was looking at the picture of our daughter Christina on the cover of Time Magazine this week and thought that we often forget to express our feelings until it is too late.

 

Vol. 13 No. 28                       Wednesday March 26, 2014            

Karl Ulrich Garnadt videoOutside The Box
Inside Lufthansa Cargo

   Lufthansa Cargo held an annual rite of spring in Frankfurt this week as hosts of a big press gathering to reveal numbers, talk about the year gone by, and venture a look ahead at 2014.
   Lufthansa Cargo also said goodbye to Karl Ulrich Garnadt, who moves to the top position at Lufthansa Passenger next to CEO Carsten Spohr on May 1st.


Christoph HerchenheinEverything On Ice And Nice
   Just prior to the main event, its annual numbers press conference, Lufthansa Cargo put its Perishable Center on the half shell.
   “We have made the investment and have grown our business and capabilities here in every aspect of this business,” said Christoph Herchenhein, (left) Management Director Perishable Center, revealing a flow chart of activities at the center.


Rube GoldbergTurkish Delight
   Move over, Rube Goldberg: Turkish Cargo connects the world in this video where each piece (like the company) falls perfectly into place.
   It’s inventive, clever, and delivers a great message for air cargo.


Chuckles For March 26, 2014

IATA Digital Ready For Primetime?
  Late last month on February 26th, IATA released the 2nd Edition of its Cargo XML Manual and Toolkit.
   Add this latest entry to a number of manuals published by IATA, some of them well known and recognized, such as the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
   Cargo XML is priced at a hefty $999 ($649 for members).

 

Vol. 13 No. 27                     Wednesday March 23, 2014            

SkyCargo Readies Biggest Move
   (Los Angeles) Although the May 1, 2014, deadline for Emirates SkyCargo to move from combined freighter & belly operations at DXB to freighters only at nearby Dubai World Central (DWC) is rapidly approaching, Nabil Sultan, Emirates SkyCargo Divisional Senior Vice President, is here to tell you that long before the hour strikes for the operational split, cargo will be testing the new secure link between the gateways to make sure everything is sorted.


Contact & Connections From The Heart
  If you didn’t know Jim Bellinder, Vice President, United Cargo Sales, was indeed a sales guy, just put him in the middle of the presentations at any event and watch the room come alive as he gets up and speaks his piece.
  Jim is engaging to be sure, but his real strength is the human contact he makes with the audience, whether it’s a small group at an airport sales club or (most recently) as a principal speaker at EMO Trans’ Annual General Meeting this week in Puerto Rico.


AchimMartinkaLufthansa Cargo In The Americas
  FlyingTypers spoke with Achim Martinka, Vice President Lufthansa Cargo The Americas regarding current developments in the Americas, which he oversees from the Atlanta head office.
  “We are satisfied with the start into this year, which was clearly better than in 2013. But it is still too early to say that the entire year will be good; some customers are still skeptical. We'll see; for the time being we are moderately optimistic.


EMO Group San Juan
Why Are These People Smiling?
    Many who fled the 20s temperatures of Northeastern USA have found themselves suddenly luxuriating in 80-degree weather, as soft trade winds promise days and nights of business-laced enchantment.

EMO Trans Latin American Panel

EMO LATAM Look
   L to R— Julio Fernandez, EMO Trans Sales Manager-LATAM/Caribbean; Rolando E. Alvarez V, President UPCARGO, Inc.; Miguel Guardado, Director Administrative-SERCOGUA Group; Julio Avila, Commercial Director SERCOGUA Group and Orlando Yanez, Director General/CEO SYNCRO LOGISTICS.


JFK Cargo Day March 27
  Once more, the Annual Air Cargo Association Air Cargo Expo at JFK International Airport comes to New York City on Thursday March 27, and surprise! Brandon Fried is not the guest speaker.




Vol. 13 No. 26                              Monday March 17, 2014            

Irish Cargo Gets Competitive With It
   “Summer 2014 will see Aer Lingus further expand its network into the U.S. with a new service to San Francisco,” said Peter O’Neill, Director Cargo at Aer Lingus.
   We like this guy immediately.
   Not only are the Irish bringing their grand St. Patrick’s Day Parade to New York today, but after a brutal 2013-14 winter, Peter says the right thing when he reminds us that summer is just around the corner.


EMO Big Mo In SJU
  As EMO Trans readies its 13th Annual Meeting, which begins this week in the warmth of beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico, company CEO Joachim “Jo” Frigger reports that with a few days in a warmer climate his troops can gather themselves, compare notes, land on the same page, and get fit for what promises to be another banner year for the company.


Chuckles For March 17, 2014


Fred's Future Forgot A Billion People
   The great Joseph Czyzyk, CEO & Founder of Mercury Group Los Angeles, was present during the “Supply Chain” track at IATA World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles last week to deliver some words.
   Jo Frigger, CEO of EMO Trans, another self-made man who went out and built a big international logistics company from humble beginnings off the main runways of JFK on a street called Rockaway Boulevard, set the table for the discussion as moderator at World Cargo Symposium, and was followed by presentations from UPS, Intel, and Hewlett Packard.

Where In The World Was Tony Tyler
   At WCS in Los Angeles last week, IATA served up a ball for the air cargo industry to chase in that widely reported, “Call for Cut in Transit Times” ‘initiative.’
   Our thought is that using the theme of cutting transit times as an IATA rally at their biggest annual air cargo gathering raises even bigger questions as

 

Vol. 13 No. 25                          Wednesday March 12, 2014            

Peter GerberLufthansa Cargo Gerber Baby
May Day will be significant in German aviation as Karl Ulrich Garnadt, (right) CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Cargo moves to the passenger side as Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines.
   He succeeds Carsten Spohr, who will become Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Group, also on May 1.
   Peter Gerber (left) takes up the post of CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Cargo AG.


Ray CurtisRay Puts The Lamp On Boston Seafood Show
  Ray Curtis (right) gets excited about attending air cargo industry events, but when it comes to choices he really gets worked up about show venues that also offer an opportunity to do some good, lasting business.
   So while the big thoughts this week are being sprung and sung in Los Angeles, Delta Cargo’s vice-president of sales muses about the gigantic Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America.
   Scheduled for Boston Convention Center March 16-18, it is the largest seafood trade event in North America.


Quotable Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Robert D. Isom, Jr., COO, American Airlines

Fred Smith, FedEx CEO


Chuckles For March 12, 2014

Honoring Jacques Ancher
  Live From IATA World Cargo Symposium this week in Los Angeles, Oliver Evans, Chief Officer Swiss World Cargo and Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) will talk about a very special event: Jacques Ancher (KLM),

Marco Rohrer and Jo FriggerEMO Trans California Home
    Top session Wednesday 0830 at IATA WCS is titled “Supply Chain Management” chaired by EMO Trans Chairman and CEO Jo Frigger (pictured right) in Los Angeles with EMO Trans President Marco Rohrer.
     Panel brings together people from Hewlett Packard, Intel, UPS and several ground handling companies.


Vol. 13 No. 24                               Tuesday March 11, 2014            

Jim ButlerButler Cargo's New American Way
  Jim Butler, the relaxed, plain-speaking new President of American Airlines Cargo, squares the ball up on the tee as World Cargo Symposium opens in Los Angeles this week, declaring:
   “I want everyone to know American Airlines Cargo is committed to the industry.


Let's Take A Powder To Boston For Chowder
   “We are extremely upbeat about our new Boston service.
   “From the moment we first announced plans to connect Massachusetts to our global network, we received a strong and positive response from travellers and our business customers—not only in the U.S., but also in our home market of the


Chuckles For March 11, 2014

Chasing The Modal Shift
   In Europe, cars more often than not come with a standard gearbox instead of automatic. So in the course of accelerating, one must “shift up,” e.g. change the gears from the lowest to the highest.
   If you shift up too late, your fuel consumption goes up and your engine revs out of the optimal range, causing unnecessary wear and tear. If, however, you shift down too late, you will not be able to use your engine’s braking function when going downhill or have insufficient torque when going uphill.

Turkish Cargo WCS Opus
  Meet Turkish Airlines Cargo’s Selcuk Gencaslan Regional Cargo Marketing Manager the Americas and Sarper Ozpercin Regional Operations Manager Americas as TK and the entire Turkish delegation in Los Angeles bring news of yet another start up city in USA as Boston/Istanbul opens May 12.

Flying High To Los Angeles
    Say hello to Frank Cutler, LAX-based B767/757 Captain and Anna Lenhoff Methot, the First Officer, both of whom brought us to Los Angeles today with the greeting:
   “We love to fly this B757 aircraft; it’s like a sports car in the air.
   “So thanks for empowering us to do what we love,” Captain Frank said.

 

Vol. 13 No. 23                               Monday March 10, 2014            

Something In The Air At United Cargo
   “There’s a new spirit of optimism and a momentum toward innovation within the United Cargo team – and our customers are sensing this as well,” said Robbie Anderson, President-United Cargo as Air Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles takes off this week.
    “This is an offshoot of many positive developments in the new year and a number of enhancements that are either in planning or in place.



Star Trek Smith's California Sojourn
   On April 17, 1973, fourteen French Dassault Falcon planes took off from Memphis International Airport and delivered 186 packages to twenty-five U.S. cities along the east coast.
   Those first flights not only marked the beginning of FedEx Express, but also the start of the express industry as a whole.

David FielderACC3 What Happens Next
   With the deadline for compliance with new European security requirements looming, FlyingTypers has teamed up with FIATA’s David Fielder, Chairman of the FIATA’s Advisory Body on Security Matters, to help explain to forwarders exactly what they need to understand before ACC3 enters into force on July 1.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates SkyCargo DSVPEmirates SkyCargo Adds Africa Freighter
   “Africa is a key growth region for Emirates SkyCargo and the additional capacity and frequency of a scheduled freighter service will create new opportunities for businesses in Tunisia and Cote D’Ivoire,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo as scheduled weekly (Mondays) B777F begins service

Inspiring Change For Women In Air Cargo
   March 8, 2014, is International Women’s Day. Every year, the month of March takes on a theme; this year, the theme is Inspiring Change.
   It’s ironic, then, that in 2014 we’ve found so many women in positions of power who wish to recede into the background when it comes to their gender.    Acknowledge me for my work, they say, and not for my gender.

RE: FIATA Outlines Modern Times
Dear Geoffrey,
   Thanks for the very nice article you published; I really think that the readers of FlyingTypers will have a better understanding for FIATA after they read it.

 

Vol. 13 No. 22                               Wednesday March 5, 2014            

Air Cargo News For March 5, 2014
    Air Cargo News For March 5, 2014


Has Air Freight Finally Crossed The Rubicon?
   As full year data for 2013 is released, it is becoming ever clearer that global air freight markets swung upwards in the final quarter. Analysts forecast more of the same in the months ahead, although as previously explained in FlyingTypers, expect a skewing of the figures in January and February due to the moveable feast (more like famine from an air cargo perspective!) that is Chinese New Year.


LH Freighter To Milan
   
Milan Malpensa Airport was added to the Lufthansa Cargo freighter network March 5 with twice weekly services via MD-11 freighters and newly delivered Boeing 777Fs.
   Milano now also serves as stopover for Lufthansa Cargo flights returning to Frankfurt from Cairo.

View From The Tower
   “Control Tower” is something new from United Cargo that Peggy Guse, Cargo Director of Sales Strategy, Marketing and Customer Service, says will greatly enhance the planning and management of temperature-sensitive cargo shipped via their TempControl service.

FIATA Outlines Modern Times
   Today’s international trade demands the traded goods arrive just in time—safely, securely, in an increasingly sustainable manner and, more than ever, at reasonable costs.
   Economic factors are not just keywords; they set the new “norm” throughout the logistics industry.


Calogi Keeps On Trucking
   The Dubai cargo business continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, putting pressure on local stakeholders to do things smarter.

Chuckles For March 5, 2015

 

Vol. 13 No. 21                               Monday March 3, 2014            

Berlin A Bowl Of Cherries
    While most of air cargo that attends events were networking and thinking big thoughts at Air Cargo India in Mumbai, Fruit Logistica in Berlin was doing business like crazy, setting records for innovation and attendance by more than 60,000 as the top transportation and commodity event in Europe in 2014.


Issan Waiting In The Wings—Women In Charge
   (Thailand Exclusive)—When thinking about Thailand, most people inside and outside the industry focus upon Bangkok—Khrung Thep, the city of Angels. Some may even recall the Golden Triangle-cum-hill tribal area of Chiang Mai, or the holiday destinations Pattaya or Phuket.


Face Off
   Here are two opinions on FlyingTypers coverage this week, "Voices From UPS Flight 1354."
   Since in many ways we are a family, FlyingTypers people follow familiar patterns, including occasionally disagreeing.
   You too are invited to join us.
   What do you think?

Seaboard World Airlines—Thanks For The Memories
Geoffrey,
   All too often we forget the people and companies that set the foundation for the growth and success of air cargo.
   Letting the Seaboard sign fall into disrepair is an indication of this. I, for one, will gladly send the NY Port Authority the money to fix the sign. It is just that we all need to respect the people and companies that have preceded us.

Chuckles For March 3, 2014

Weathering Fat Tuesday
   Tomorrow March 4 is “Fat Tuesday” in many parts of the world, with celebrations including a series of big Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans, ending the last day before the beginning of The Lenten Season that leads up to Eastertide.

 

Vol. 13 No. 20                               Wednesday February 26, 2014            

Voices From UPS Flight 1354
    UPS Airlines Flight 1354 was a scheduled cargo flight from Louisville International Airport to Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport.
   On August 14, 2013, the aircraft flying this route—a UPS Airlines Airbus A300-600F—crashed and burst into flames short of the runway on approach to Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport in the US state of Alabama.


Airlift Stems For The Love Of Women
   International Women’s Month is celebrated around the world during the month of March.
   The theme for International Women’s Day on March 8th is “Inspiring Change.”


Qantas At A Loss
   Qantas could slash as many as 3,000 jobs in a plan to strip $2 billion in costs. Tomorrow it will reveal half-year results, which could be as much as $300 million according to statements issued by the airline last December.

Changi Struggles With Stagnation
   Singapore Changi Airport has again extended a range of financial incentives as part of its decade long drive to try and boost its cargo throughput and hold on to its existing business.

Jacques Ancher Save The Date
   Jacques Ancher will be named to the TIACA Hall Of Fame at the association's executive summit in Istanbul on April 24, 2014. Join to honor Jacques by registering here.

Chuckles For February 26, 2014

And Now For Geoffrey Arend 2
   Geoffrey Arend has signed on as a series regular opposite Tea Leoni and Tim Daly in CBS’ drama pilot Madam Secretary.

 

Vol. 13 No. 19                               Monday February 24, 2014            

William DuffAlways The Great Bill Duff
    The notice was brief:
    “Bill Duff, who served as Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s trusted financial expert during the early development of the emirate, passed away on Friday February 14, 2014, at his residence in Jumeirah .
   He was 92.



Nabil Sultan, Emirates SkyCargo DSVPEmirates SkyCargo Freight Switcheroo
   Emirates SkyCargo freighters will be based at Al Maktoum International Airport beginning May 1 just as belly cargo operations will continue to operate from Dubai International Airport.

New Look Cargo & Logistics
   A veritable treasure trove of reports released in the second half of January unveiled a new look at the cargo and logistics industry, which is on the brink of positivity after two years of heavy slogging against structural and economic headwinds.

Southwest Europe Cargo Meets
   Stop the world—we want to get off!
   Somebody finally held an air cargo industry event without Gala Awards?
   IATA Cargo Aviation Day held recently in Zagreb heard a blitz of numbers (what else?) claiming that the annual turnover of goods transported across the globe is about US$ 6.4 trillion, or 35 percent of the global traffic share in all cargo transport.

There was bad news for travellers at Frankfurt International Airport Saturday as thousands of passengers were delayed because of a lightning strike by private security company members of Union Verdi, petitioning for a pay raise.

 

Vol. 13 No. 18 BullDog Edition           Tuesday February 18, 2014            

Prosecutors Raid Lufthansa Frankfurt
   The words from a Lufthansa Cargo spokesman to FlyingTypers were terse:
   “During the course of investigations by the prosecutor’s office against, among others, an employee of Lufthansa Cargo, various company offices were searched today at the Frankfurt base.


Bill Gottlieb FIATAThomas Sim FIATAICAO/FIATA DG Develops Standards
    Bill Gottlieb, (left) Honorable Member of the Board of FIATA and Thomas Sim, (right) Chairman of the FIATA Advisory Body Vocational Training, approach 2014 with a full agenda and some exciting news as the ICAO/FIATA Dangerous Goods by Air Training Program has seen tremendous developments since its inception two years ago.

 

Vol. 13 No. 16                               Friday February 14, 2014            

Delta Hearts Days Night—Profit Sharing Valentine
   
Tony Charaf is an optimist.
   When the Delta Airlines Senior Vice President and Chief Cargo Officer speaks, it doesn’t matter what the current situation is—you get the clear sense that he is both in the moment but also able to look ahead, weighing options and never allowing things to get out of hand.


Carsten In His Own Words
    Recent announcement that Carsten Spohr has been named as Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa brought to mind an interview we conducted with him in Leipzig a few years back, as the company Aerologic (the cooperation between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL) was launched.

Ken Mbogo
Everybody's Valentine
    “Over the last year, Saudia Cargo has significantly increased its scheduled capacity in the Kenyan export market by 40 percent,” commented Ken Mbogo, Regional Sales Director Africa, as Saudia Cargo

Blowin' In The Wind
   The biggest worry for the airlines industry right now is probably cargo. Air cargo continues to be weak and for the big airlines in this region (Asia), it is a very important component of their revenue,” IATA Director General Tony Tyler told a news conference at the Singapore Airshow.


Winter Games Showcase Logistics
   It may seem peculiar reading this from someone in snow-locked New York City, but this week all we can do is pray for snow in Sochi, Russia.
   Right now, teams from around the world are in Sochi with dreams of bringing home glory and gold medals during the 17 (Feb 7-23) days of winter events and 9 days of Paralympic games.

Emirates SkyCargo India Group
Themes Like Old Times . . . Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, center left with Pradeep Kumar, Emirates Senior Vice President Cargo Revenue Optimization and Systems (holding award) and a great cross section of the Emirates SkyCargo team received ‘International Cargo Airline of the Year’ at Air Cargo India 2014 last week in Mumbai.

Playlist—For The Birds February 14

Shirley TempleSo Long Shirley
   Shirley Temple, who died Tuesday at age 85, was once a gigantic child movie star who later became an American icon and a US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1990.
  In 2014 she may be best known as a favorite drink of the fast class, who belly up for a sweet Shirley Temple, little umbrellas in the drink and all.

 

Vol. 13 No. 15                               Monday February 10, 2014            

Emirates Taipei launchEmirates Launches Daily Taipei Service

   Takes The Cake . . . Emirates launches daily B777-300ER services from Dubai to Taipei Monday.
In the picture (L) Edwin Lau, Emirates Vice President Hong Kong & Taiwan; Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East; His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group; Nabil Sultan, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo and Mr Yin Chen-Pong, Chairman of Taipei Taoyuan Airport Authority.


India Cargo Agents Draw Line In The Sand
   The 2014 edition of Air Cargo India last week in Mumbai may be recalled as the event where the Air Cargo Agents Association (ACAAI)—the body representing the air cargo agents in the country—stood its ground. ACAAI did not back down and actually took off the gloves, engaging in a verbal fist fight with IATA and some others, including TIACA and even a well-known industry icon.
   “Freight Forwarder Perspective In Indian Scenario” only lasted one hour and forty five minutes, presented just before lunch last Wednesday, February 5.

Chang Soo JungIncheon A Roll
   FlyingTypers recently caught up with Chang-Soo Jung, President and CEO of Incheon Airport. Along with the port of Busan and its world leading container terminals, Incheon International Airport is the key to South Korea’s continuing ability to punch above its weight in global trading terms. Indeed, the airport has ranked second globally in terms of international freight handled since 2006, trailing only Hong Kong International Airport.

Special Commentaries—Tear Down The Walls
   Most recently airlines as principals, have stepped up CASS and e-freight presenting the same to the forwarders as well cooked and ready to be served.
   But in order for things to work, several other things need to happen, the least of which should be an effort by the carrier to recruit support by approaching forwarders as equals and stakeholders.


Chuckles For February 10, 2014

Aer Lingus Boston Service Where Boston Goes Green
“A welcome addition to our freight capacity between Ireland and Boston,” said Peter O’Neill, Director of Cargo, as Aer Lingus launched its inaugural Boeing B757 service from Shannon to Boston.

RE: Beatles Day At JFK
Dear Geoffrey,
   Just wanted to comment on Air Cargo News/FlyingTypers.
   I have been reading your media throughout the years with always great interest.

Air Tahiti Nui Dreamin'
   A $400USD camera with the ability to take fisheye, wide angle images and video makes this view fun and fantastic.

 

Vol. 13 No. 14                               Friday February 7, 2014            

Beatles 1964 JFK Arrival
The Beatles—In 1964 We Got Our Ticket To Ride


Beatles Day At JFK Airport
   The mannered manager of the English band whose name few had previously heard had a message for all those present in the conference room at JFK's International Arrivals Building (IAB, now Terminal 4). Speaking to mostly seasoned representatives of Pan American Airways, the Port Authority, and the New York Police Department, Brian Epstein could not have found an audience less likely to believe that they were weeks from experiencing a crowd unlike anything they had seen before.

Flowers Get Franco Dutch With It
   Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo adds extra capacity for Valentine's Day.
With more more than 800 tons of flowers moving to Europe from Kenya (NBO) and Andean countries (UIO and BOG), the additional capacity is aimed primarily at supplying the British, Dutch and Russian markets with fresh cut flowers.

 

Vol. 13 No. 13                               Wednesday February 5, 2014            

LunarNewYear2014
Worldwide Lunar New Year Celebrations 2014


Trade Kicks Up At Horse Latitudes
Gong Hei Fat Choi Happy Chinese New  Year wherever you are, as Chinese Lunar New Year, the “Year of the Horse” begins in China and is celebrated around the world.
   As you read this, many in Taiwan and Hong Kong have reopened for work, but the “big soup dumpling” of Mainland China remains almost entirely on holiday until next week.

Going Places—Best In Show 2014
   Time to to once again be active on the conference circuit, but make sure to pick the events that hold the most promise of furthering the industry agenda while at the same time allowing for ample opportunity to network and develop new business opportunities.

India Déjà Vu All Over Again

   India’s only air cargo show -- Air Cargo India 2014 – took off on its fifth foray yesterday (February 4, 2014) at the country’s commercial capital of Mumbai.
   The event opened amidst a lot of expectations and hopes for a resurgent air cargo industry driven by an active India market after a Luke warm 2013.


Chuckles For February 5, 2014

Air Malta's Valentine

   ‘The Air Malta Love Plane’ is back following last year’s resounding success, offering couples a round trip over the Sicilian coastline and Mount Etna by night.

Flossie Arend Mr. Chips
Always Year Of The Dog
   You don't have to convince us that cocker spaniels are smart. We've had cocker spaniels in our house for over a decade and know from first-hand experience—if there's some treat or toy they want to get their paws on, no matter how hidden, they will find a way.

 

Vol. 13 No. 12                               Monday February 3, 2014            

Fire On A Baggage Belt
   A bag checked by a passenger booked on Bangkok Airways flight PG931 bound for Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Tuesday, January 28th caught fire while being placed on a conveyor belt by a baggage handler.
   The preliminary result of the investigation carried out by the Thai CAA, the airport authority of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International airport and


Andreas Otto Lufthansa CargoLufthansa Trending
Upward With It

   We joined Dr. Andreas Otto, member of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Cargo, for his annual “Meet The Trends” event in Frankfurt on January 30, just after he had hosted a two-day customer conference.
   The events were held at The Aircraft at Burghof, featuring a lively, stylized aircraft interior, that we imagined could also serve as a unique and uplifting venue for a wedding or all-night dance party.

Chuckles For February 3, 2014

Aruba Jamaica WN Goes Kokomo
Maybe it’s because we experience a kind of “cabin fever” in the U.S.A. around this time of year, as for all of January we found ourselves frozen amid Arctic air and snowfall, but Southwest Airlines that changed the domestic landscape here, now will ramp up international services beginning July 1.

Eastern Mulls Return
    Last week a group in Miami, which reportedly included some Chinese investors, filed for obtaining a 121 certificate. Eastern Airlines, which once filled up airports like MIA & ATL (pictured circa 1990) and single-handedly invented the “Air Shuttle” concept (between LGA and DCA), attempts a Summer of 2014 start up.

 

Vol. 13 No. 11                               Friday January 31, 2014            


Drinking LaGuardia
   I’m sitting at a bar in the basement of the Central Terminal Building (CTB) at LaGuardia Airport, in a space that used to be home to Manufacturers Hanover Trust Bank, reminiscing on a time that I thought would never go away.


Pierce Another Heart
      What happened to Tim Peirce?
     They took my friend’s airport away. It was a place where he grew up and then managed for 23 years, and that broke his heart, and he died.
     It's been 14 years, and it's taken me this long to finally share these words.

 

Vol. 13 No. 10                               Wednesday January 29, 2014            

air cargo news May 16, 2013 Container homes
Air Cargo News For January 29, 2014


Did Cargo Report Earn Its Wings
   A recent joint press release by the industry triumvirate—TIACA/IATA/FIATA (no mention of GACAG), plus ICAO—reported that after “a two-year research project… the so called ‘higher-skills’, which include leadership, team-building as well as market and financial analysis techniques…” concluded that the “availability of air cargo-focused programs that teach these higher-level skills is limited.”

Why Panalpina USA Is A Company To Watch In 2014
Benno Forster Panalpina Vice President USA

Benno Forster
Area Head Air Freight USA, Senior Vice President
Panalpina World Transport

   "I want to highlight our U.S. gateway, Huntsville, AL, with our B747-800F’s.
   When Mercedes-Benz announced in 1993 that it would be opening a plant in Alabama, it was a milestone.     


Chuckles For January 29, 2014

Concor Accord A Concorde
   (Mumbai Exclusive) India’s air cargo sector started the year on a questionable note when the government-controlled Container Corporation of India (CONCOR, created in 1998 to provide, according to its website, efficient and reliable multi-

 

Vol. 13 No. 9                               Monday January 27, 2014            

Where Fruit Freshens February
 
  There are a number of well-known industry events that we have on our personal radar—even if we choose not to attend—for which we receive in-depth media coverage in all industry publications, such as the IATA World Cargo Symposium, Air Cargo Americas, and Air Cargo Europe every other year at Transport Logistik.


Tough Shaking Freighter Hangover
“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” the doctor used to say back in simpler times. Here, SkyKing talks of freighters and the lingering impact of lift as the industry struggles to work itself back into profits in 2014.

Chuckles For January 22, 2014

Reefer Madness Strikes India Perishables
   Even as the pharma sector in India has captured a large slice of the air cargo pie, the government has seized the opportunity to push exports of fruits and vegetables.

RE:  Richard Malkin In His Own Write
Geoffrey: What a wonderful article from a man at any age, let alone from a person 101 years old. His memory of the early days of air freight is simply amazing. The repros of the old air cargo ads also were quite interesting. As a matter of fact, I found them more interesting than current ones.

 

Vol. 13 No. 8                               Wednesday January 22, 2014            

air cargo news May 16, 2013 Container homes
Air Cargo News For January 20, 2014


Snapshot—Company To Watch In 2014
Go Figure Jo Frigger

   Sometimes it’s tough to figure out how some people build success.
But not with Joachim “Jo” Frigger.
   This transportation executive has been building a company called EMO Trans for most of his adult life and has successfully moved up in the transportation arts from apprentice to grand master.

Down In The Dumps?
   “We have reviewed our long-haul freighter program following the merger of British Airways and Iberia freight businesses to create IAG Cargo,” Steve Gunning, CEO of IAG Cargo, said.
   “We are delighted to reach an agreement with Qatar Airways.
“This new partnership is an important step forward for us and enhances our relationship with Qatar.

Saudia Cargo Donates Lift

   Saudia Airlines Cargo Co. signed an agreement with the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation offering free

FIATA Engages UN Enviro Meet
You can credit FIATA as a present and accounted voice for transport and commerce at The United Nations earlier this month, as the 7th UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (SDG) took place in New York City.
FIATA underscored the common goal held by many that logistics and transport both need to listen and be heard when drafting SDGs for the post 2015 development agenda.

Chuckles For January 22, 2014

Overcapacity Blights High Seas Trade
   Overcapacity was the main blight for shipping lines last year. But with a huge number of ships due for delivery, there is likely to be little respite for managers trying to boost utilization rates in 2014 unless lay-ups become more fashionable or the various proposed super-alliances such as P3 between Maersk, MSC, and CMA-CGM lead to more efficient methods of managing capacity.

 

Vol. 13 No. 7                               Monday January 20, 2014            

Richard Malkin—On Air Cargo Marketing

   
Air transport had to wait for decades before it could prove that the carriage of heavy, bulky freight was a natural for the airplane.
   
A few short years later, America’s commercial airlines, hand in hand with the Air Force, kept a blockaded Berlin alive with a duplicated mass airlift of dazzling performance


Chuckles For January 20, 2014

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 airplane, 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 City named in honor of the air pioneer.



Vol. 13 No. 6                               FRIday January 17, 2014

Hiran Speaks 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 20 years aboard Emirates SkyCargo.


Snapshot—Company To Watch In 2014
Peter Scholten, VP Commercial Saudia Cargo

  
“Good question, but our answer may be even better!
  “Saudia Cargo customers will benefit as the airline further grows our passenger network with new B777-300 aircraft and opens new routes to Los Angeles and Manchester.

Jim Bellinder United CArgoJim Bellinder, VP Sales United Cargo
“United Cargo is a company to watch in 2014 because we’ve worked through the transformation of the past few years and we’re now executing a stable, consistent process and technology.

Dr. Andreas Otto, Executive Board Member Product & Sales, Lufthansa Cargo
   “Although the airfreight industry has seen better times, we will stick to our Lufthansa Cargo2020 strategy.
   “Large investments are being made to digitize our processes (e.g. eAWB, ebooking) and modernize our IT, sales channels, and our fleet (two further Boeing 777 freighters to come).


Jim Butler, President American Airlines Cargo

jim butler American Airlines Cargo US Airways Cargo DFW Hong Kong Shanghai IATA“Right now as 2014 begins, we also launch a big year for the new American Airlines Cargo.
“In December we began our journey to become the world’s largest airline, allowing us to offer our customers an even larger global network and even more capacity.


Chuckles For January 17, 2014

Platinum Name Change To ATC Aviation Services
   ATC Aviation Services has completed the integration of Platinum Air Cargo in the United States.
   All nine U.S. Platinum offices are now trading as ATC Aviation Services (USA) LLC.




Vol. 13 No. 5                               Wednesday January 15, 2014

American Airlines Cargo Takes Off For Tomorrow
   
Ask Jim Butler, President of American Airlines Cargo, what the customer can expect from the newly formed biggest airline in the world and the freshman manager handles that question with the determination and ease of a seasoned veteran:
   “It’s an exciting time for our customers.
   “In December, we officially closed our merger with US Airways and began our journey toward building the world’s largest airline.


Snapshot—Company To Watch In 2014
Uli Ogiermann, Chief Cargo Officer Qatar Airways

  
“Substantially increased capacity with new freighters and wide body capacity added to our network.
  “New destinations to be announced, with service from a new Cargo Terminal in operation to further improve quality of the hub in Doha.

Oliver Evans, Chairman TIACA
   “TIACA is a great institution that brings together and binds the widest spread of companies in the industry (large and small, every stakeholder group, from all over the world) to drive the industry agenda and create great networking events.


Chuckles For January 15, 2014

India Says Give Us Five
   (New Delhi Exclusive) It’s that time of the year: to look back, and, perhaps take a cautious look ahead.
     While the air cargo sector faced a harrowing time, stakeholders in India tightened belts and looked at ways to tackle the challenges. At the end of 2013, the air cargo sector emerged with the feeling that the present infrastructure available to the stakeholders in India still needs a huge amount of work.

Ah, Maurice
   Sir Maurice Flanagan, one of the founders of Emirates Airline, retired to London (Kensington) earlier last year.
  
Always plainspoken, Maurice was asked recently by Management Today to recall his career:




Vol. 13 No. 4                              Monday January 13, 2014

Trade Fine For Better Business
   
On January 10, Switzerland’s Competition Commission (Comco) fined 11 airlines 11 million Swiss francs ($12 million USD) for operating an air freight cartel between 2000 and 2005.
 


Peak Portends Improved 2014
   
After a tough first three quarters, inventory renewals in Europe and the U.S.—allied to a return to a traditional peak-season spike in demand—saw Asia’s air freight sector finish the year strongly and with ample cause to expect a more prosperous 2014, albeit one marked by small gains rather than a return to the good times of yore.

Chuckles For January 13, 2014

Where In The World Is Issa Baluch
No doubt about it, when Issa Baluch stepped down and quit the Board of TIACA in protest late in 2013, the impact was felt throughout the air cargo industry and continues to reverberate into early 2014.

SFO No Fault Towers Above All
   San Francisco International Airport (SFO) tops all airports January 14, 2014 as the final topping out beam festooned with an evergreen tree and an American Flag are hoisted in place.    

Bottoms Up Airplanes
   People sending bread & butter gifts for holiday hosting this Christmas past might consider an oversized coffee table book titled AirCraft-The Airplane as Art.



Vol. 13 No. 3                              Friday January 10, 2014

A Different Face Of Pakistan
A Different Face Of Pakistan
   


Oliver Twist On TIACA 2014
   
It will be a year of discovery; new board members, a great world meeting, plus an unparalleled push into new frontiers for    The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Chairman Oliver Evans hits the ground running.
   Evans, if nothing else, seems determined, even fearless as he and his team at TIACA are reforming TIACA forever.

Lufthansa B777F BOM Away
   Lufthansa Cargo lands its new Boeing 777F Jambo Kenya in Asia for the first time as Mumbai gets 90 tons on Thursday at 03:08 am, with no one even breaking a sweat.
   Lufthansa says two of the five B777s ordered are already being used in scheduled operations between Europe and North America.

Call For Action
 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it is “inexcusable” that New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports have not been redeveloped to keep pace with the best international gateways.

Chuckles For January 10, 2014

Fish Fry Southwest
   Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison shake hands. Southwest Airlines debuts its newest specialty plane, Penguin One, in celebration of 25 years of partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Orlando, FL.

JEH Tops U.S. Department Of Homeland Security
   Once upon a time, the top political patronage job in the USA was serving as U.S. Postmaster General.
   But today, USPS is in such financial dire straits, even the power guys and election fixers don’t want the job.

Thank You, Gracias, Obrigado, Merci, Danke Je Wel
   While many of us are giving thanks to the old year and getting into 2014, I would like to suggest that we also consider and appreciate the people who make business and vacation time possible, and who ensured all those gadgets under the Christmas tree were actually available in stores in time for the annual global celebration.



Vol. 13 No. 2                              Wednesday January 8, 2014

If You Knew Robbie Anderson
   
"I believe United Cargo customers will experience a more creative and collaborative partner in 2014,” said Robbie Anderson, President for United Cargo, in a year opening interview exclusively for FlyingTypers.


Core Craf Carriers Final Departure
  T
he rapid U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in 2012 and now Afghanistan has left many of the airlines that have been serving the DoD almost exclusively since 1991 fighting for their very survival. We all know that the one of the largest and longest serving core carriers in the CRAF program, Evergreen, went belly up last month and ceased operation, grounding their fleet of 13 Boeing 747 aircraft. We believe others will join them in the near future. The most likely candidate to join Evergreen in the desert parking lot will be World Airways. Having filed for bankruptcy protection last month for the second time in less than 12 months doesn’t instill a lot of confidence they can survive.

No Time To Horse Around
   In 2013 Jettainer introduced a new, collapsible “Horse Stall” container, which allows for loading on the lower deck, adds upstairs main-deck space, and increases efficiency.
   Units include sidewalls of lightweight composite material, saving weight and fuel.

California Dreaming On Such A Mom & Pop
   Many small- to mid-sized freight forwarders are not generally portrayed as “Mom & Pop” operations, but they share many of the attributes of small businesses competing in a very tough economic climate.
   The “Mom & Pop” forwarder, like other small businessmen and women, must wear many hats.

Chuckles For January 8, 2014

Six Degrees
   Yesterday (January 7) the outside temperature in New York City dipped to six degrees.
   Sitting inside (of course) we started thinking about “Six degrees of separation,” the theory that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. Essentially, a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.



Vol. 13 No. 1                              Monday January 6, 2014

Air Cargo News For January 6, 2014
  
A Different Face Of Pakistan


Richard Malkin's Air Cargo—Pre-Jet Era Part I
 
  In my preceding article entitled The Founding Forties, I devoted the space to a streamlined overview of the earliest forces that wove the fabric of a brand new industry—air cargo.
   Hard on its heels is this piece, the first in a series of articles that will encompass the pre-jet era dating from the budding industry’s beginnings in 1945 to the ensuing decade-and-a-half.

Scrooges Look Backward, Not Forward (er)
  While airport and airline data in late 2013 showed a marked improvement and most analysts predict an improved market in 2014, leading forwarders are surprisingly downbeat.
   Peter Orange, (right) Regional Manager Freight Sales in the Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent for GAC, said a major problem for those in the air freight sector is that structural-innovation in Asia in technology and electronics is leading to new products that are smaller and lighter, resulting in smaller volumes being moved.

Chuckles For January 6, 2014

RE:   A Christmas Story
Hello Geoffrey,
   A lovely Christmas story, thanks for sharing.
   Best wishes to you and the family this Christmas and all the best for 2014.
   Keep up the good work with FlyingTypers.

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