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Vol. 20 No. 7             TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021

Basil Brings The Rainbow To FIATA
    So, there we all were in October 2019 in South Africa, that extraordinarily beautiful part of the world.
    The FIATA World Congress was being conducted with a huge crowd as Cape Town welcomed delegates to the Annual FIATA World Congress at the downtown convention center.

Chuckles for February 23, 2021

Where Nights Are Brighter Than Day
    Nearly three million people live and work in Qatar, a peninsula shaped somewhat like a Dover Sole, that declared its independence in 1971. Its capital is Doha and perhaps many of you have heard of Doha apropos the famous Doha Round trade talks (the Doha Development Agenda) which were launched in November 2001. Coming two months after 9/11, the Agenda did not have a smooth ride into the new millennium and got stuck somewhere in the “modalities” blues after 2015.

The Wings Of Man
     “The Wings of Man” as Eastern Airlines branded itself, took off thirty years ago this past January 17 and has not been heard of much since.
     It was great while it lasted, from 1926 until 1991, some 60 plus years, but a series of management challenges and overwhelming labor problems spelled doom for the original company

Vol. 20 No. 6             TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2021

Boubby & Life With A Grin
    Once upon a time in Amsterdam, a team of people the stars fell on operated KLM Cargo.
    This group went out and changed air cargo all over the world and their impact endures yet today at KLM and elsewhere.

Chuckles for February 16, 2021

Did Turkish Cargo Webinar Deliver The Goods?
    Last week Turkish Cargo Talks, a three-hour webinar went out worldwide.
    We watched it.
    Here is our take.

Kölner Karneval Going On
    Right now all around the world a season of special celebrations begins.
    Last week came Lunar New Year.
    This week was Valentine’s Day followed by President’s Day.

Vol. 20 No. 5             MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Can Cargo Talks Walk The Walk?
    “Hey FlyingTypers thanks, a lot of people are talking about what you wrote about us.”
    We thought about those oft-repeated words of encouragement to us and launched FlyingTalkers, a weekly podcast every Monday for air cargo almost 2 years ago.

Chuckles for February 8, 2021

Rates Clobber India Flower Exports
    But not this year . . .
    The flower farms at Bengaluru, Pune and a few other places are alive with color but this has not brought smiles to the growers and exporters.
Reason: Covid-19 and its aftermath.

Letters—Desperately Seeking Networking
    Good morning Geoffrey,
    This can either be a very belated New Year's wishes for the western New Year or an early New Year's wishes for the Chinese New Year although it is considered bad luck to wish anybody happy New Year ahead of the actual New Year's Day for a Chinese New Year!!!

Live A Little
    Kung Hei Fat Choy, is a Cantonese Hong Kong greeting that many people say at Lunar New Year.
    The words mean “wishing you to make lots of money or a fortune.”
    Lunar New Year begins this week on February 12. “The Year of the Ox” celebration continues for 15 days.

Vol. 20 No. 4             TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2021

Desperately Seeking Networking
    OK you are desperate to get out to a meeting.
    But hear this . . . it is February, a grim anniversary of the world in the grip of COVID-19, and the pandemic is still raging everywhere.
    So do the math, and take a reality check:

Chuckles for February 2, 2020

Why Lionel Matters
    Most people in air cargo transportation know Lionel van der Walt for the time he served as President of Cargo Network Services (CNS).
    A short term perhaps, but it was Lionel who came to CNS as an agent of change and delivered a much-needed shot in the arm that favorably impacted the pioneering global organization dedicated to advancing the airline/forwarder partnership.

Top Cargo Readies for V-Day 2021
    Here is the top performing cargo-in-cabin airline operation in the world that today has been engineered and delivered to United Airlines by Jan Krems and his team.
Q.  Are you concerned that due to vaccine shipments, there may be space restrictions as we approach Valentine’s Day and Easter 2021?
A. We truly value our customers and we will always try to find solutions that work for them. Of course, there is a strong focus on transporting the vaccines to where they need to go, but we will work closely with all our customers to meet their needs. We

Vol. 20 No. 3             MONDAY JANUARY 24, 2021

Take A Tip From The Tulips
    Last year in early March as the COVID-19 began raging and we were all locked down wondering what would happen next, the tulip beds springing back to life around our home sent their quiet message of life and renewal and beauty.

Chuckles for January 24, 2020

Petal To The Metal
    In this COVID-19 lockdown late January of 2021 as we receive notes of greetings and good wishes for Christmas cards that were sent in early December, we have been thinking, based on the slowdown in the U.S. mail service maybe it is not too early despite the snowfall and cold to think about flowers.
    Always a big part of the Valentine’s Day celebration now less than one month away, we are wondering if space demand for floral shipments that always cube out before they weigh out will be severely impacted by demands to move vaccines?

Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt Facility Revamp
    Now in 2021 the Lufthansa Cargo facility at Frankfurt with lineage that dates back to the early 1970s when the place was boasted as ‘the world’s largest air cargo hall’, gets refreshed one more time.

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."


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