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Vol. 20 No. 43                                 MONDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2021

98 Years To HEL and Back
    Finnair, founded 98 years ago on November 1, 1923, and branded Aero OY, started operations with a single Junkers 13 aircraft.
    But for us, Finnair began 50 years ago at JFK International, when Vinnie Pannullo was the AY cargo guy and then later Kari Tikkanen came into the picture and carried Finnair Cargo for close to 20 years into modern times.


Alitalia—Wings Of Change
    
When I was very young I saw my linguistic aptitude as an advantage in the fascinating, cosmopolitan world of airlines. Just after college, I sent my application as flight attendant to Alitalia.     To my surprise, the entire interview, which took place a few months later, was held in Italian and my language skills were not examined. The examiner’s first question was: “who suggested you should apply for this job?” Clearly there had been no “suggestion” for me, so my application remained unfulfilled. I have happily worked in logistics and freight for the rest of my life.

Chuckles for November 8, 2021

API Gets It On Air Canada Cargo
    “We are thrilled to implement important technology for Air Canada Cargo and are excited about the role it will play in advancing the industry toward the digitization of processes, and indeed our business as a whole”, said Matthieu Casey, Senior Director, Global Sales and Revenue Optimization as Canada’s largest airline went live with its air cargo Application Programming Interface (API) solution.

Anti Airport Protests
    While you were sleeping, getting back to normal after surviving the worst, thank God, a reality check shows that there are still a lot of people out there that don’t want airports in the first place.

Cindy Harris Turkish Airlines Contest
Winner
    Cindy Harris from Indianapolis, Indiana packed her bag and came to New York City. On Tuesday October 27, Cindy imagined she might like the view from the top of New York City’s iconic Empire State Building where she found herself amidst the Run Up Contest

Sky Bar Halloween Best
    It was Halloween in New York City and the kids were out.
    Our home is the one with with the Sky Bars, a candy made in small batches off and on in Boston since 1938.


Launching Krishi Udan 2.0
    Winner by a Dose . . . SpiceJet unveiled a special aircraft livery in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 to mark 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines delivered.

Vol. 20 No. 42                                  TUESDAY OCTOBER 26, 2021

Exiting Air Cargo
    These days retirements are not uncommon as some top people move out of the airline industry driven by the unforgiving downward pressure of the absolutely terrible airline passenger business brought on and moved forward by the global COVID-19 pandemic.


IndiGo The Strong Silent Type Speaks Out
    
IndiGo, India’s top carrier by market share, has been known to be the strong and silent one. It innovates quietly and moves on.
    However, on one count, IndiGo has been a late starter, having lost the advantage to first mover SpiceJet, in initiating a freighter business.

Chuckles for October 26, 2021

Is The Forwarder A Partner?
    Ah, The Hope of Bygone Days
    What happened to the airline /forwarder partnership as announced by IATA and FIATA in Dublin in October 2016?

Demise of Alitalia?
    In a nutshell, politicians, trade unions and rapacious entrepreneurs managed to taint . . .

Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn Files For Insolvency

    When The Best Laid Plans Needs Planes . . . Flughafen Frankfurt -Hahn Gmbh filed for insolvency

Letters For Peter Hansen
    Such sad news. I remember Peter well – such a lovely man.
    He was one of the few who took me under his wing when he realized how new I was to New York, and especially how JFK worked.

Vol. 20 No. 41                                  WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021

Peter Hansen Pulled Air Cargo Up By The Bootstraps
    You look at this picture.
    Here is Peter Hansen.
    Does he look familiar?
    Well he should, because before he died on September 9th in Cape Town, South Africa, for almost four decades from the dawn of modern air cargo, Peter was most important, and amongst his peers a very respected, down on the ground, innovative air cargo builder of the last century.


Sullivan's Travels 1941 & 2022
    
There has been some speculation about where and when the IATA yearly mandated meeting of member airline cargo executives, now branded ‘The World Cargo Symposium (WCS)’ that just concluded last week in Dublin, Ireland, might be held in 2022?
    People we spoke to say the event could be conducted any time, but odds makers bet mid-year next.

Chuckles for October 20, 2021

Inside Moves At Qatar Cargo
    Centerstage in Dublin at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, QR Head of Cargo Guillaume Halleux delivered a sobering message of the threat that exists in shipping lithium batteries, concluding that something must be done before something really awful occurs airborne.

On The Freight-Pay Beam
    Lionel van der Walt, Global Chief Commercial Officer, and the PayCargo team on the half shell during International Air Transport Association IATA’s 2021 World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Dublin, Ireland, an event mostly attended by northern Europeans.
    The Team met with FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations Director General Dr. Stephane Graber as new exclusive online payment platform for FIATA members, called Freight-Pay rolls out worldwide.

Sorting Cargo In A Gutter Near You
    Near our home in Queens, New York on Radnor Road in a park setting where children attend classes at PS 178 The Holliswood School, the action during the weekdays in early mornings recently are a half dozen ordinary station wagon vehicles gathered amidst hundreds of Amazon packages strewn all over the pavement, sidewalk and even in the gutter.

'Tis Autumn In New York
    Walking Lulu in the park near our home, I noticed last Monday that the big grey bubble enclosures now cover the tennis courts, a sure sign Summer '21 is gone.
    Tough luck for the dog as she now can no longer feast on the bright green tennis balls that lay in fair territory in the open grass beyond the courts.

Vol. 20 No. 40                                  WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2021

Why Did IFACP Deal Go Up In Smoke
    You remember the announcement in 2016 that at long last IATA and FIATA would engage in a partnership that would do many things?
    “To meet the evolving needs of the air cargo industry and better reflect the change in relationships and the transformed role of the freight forwarder, IATA and FIATA joined forces to review, refine, and re-engineer the current Cargo Agency Program and to develop a new and modernized Program. The IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) is the result. It recognizes that the vast majority of forwarders are no longer ‘selling-agents’ for and on behalf of airlines but are ‘purchasing customers’ of airlines and their business relationship is often that of a buyer and seller.”


ATC Heart To Heart Wins Friends & Influences People
    
Very quietly without a lot of drums and trumpets Ingo Zimmer, CEO and his global team at ATC, the fast-rising GSSA have captured the center of a growing market by exhibiting even-handed dependable results for a growing number of the world’s cargo carriers.

Chuckles for October 13, 2021

Truck Queues Solved Forever More
    First you need to know how to say Kale.
    It’s “Kah-Lee” this brand spelled Kale.
    Now you have it . . . It’s Kale By Golly.
    The rest is More—Amar More, company CEO, who explains to logisticians that with his program, “the only thing you have to lose is the wait!

BRU Warehouse Debuts Minus The Masks
    This snapshot has been taken a million times around the world. But after the COVID-19 punch in the nose of the past 18 months it’s nice to see industry builders back, minus the masks!

Letters for October 13, 2021
Hi Geoffrey,
    Very nice article with Jens Roemer regarding the current
challenges in the shipping industry.
    I would like to make the point that a lot of the drama seems to be around shortages and mispositioning of shipping containers.

Vol. 20 No. 39                                   MONDAY OCTOBER 11, 2021

PayCargo On Fire Worldwide
    IATA’s World Cargo Symposium (WCS), having made a quick pivot less than a month ago away from a scheduled WCS in Istanbul in favor of the Emerald Isle is taking place in Dublin this week.


Krems United Tops U.S. Cargo
     
Several years ago, in the saloon of a Las Vegas hotel where an air cargo industry convention was being held, a lusty debate took on the proportions of a high-decibel shouting match. The subject in shrill dispute: has the air cargo industry achieved a solid state of maturity? The question rocked the barroom.

Chuckles for October 11, 2021

Too Cool McCool Is Ireland Cargo
     The quick move of IATA’s World Cargo Symposium from a venue in IST to DUB at last minute brought to the fore the always engaging agility and ability of Ireland to not only handle a big show on short notice but also to have some bright and brighter people ready, willing and able to share point of view.
     Ian McCool may not be on the program at WCS, but lucky for air cargo we caught up with him last week.

How A Delayed Flight Changed History
     Many people would not be aware that a very lucky meeting after a delayed flight at Shannon Airport in 1958, resulted in the start of the industrialization of modern Ireland.
     Richard (Dick) Malkin, pioneer air cargo journalist (Flying Typers), landed at Shannon Airport to do a story on the all-cargo Seaboard World Airways hub.

TATA Sons Regain Air India
     Tata Sons acquired Air India Limited on Friday. A bid of 18,000 crore rupees (USD$2.4 billion) did the trick as Tata bought back the airline it sold to the Indian government more than half a century ago.

Vol. 20 No. 38                                   MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2021

Air Cargo On The Agenda At IATA AGM
    Just nine days before a pared down International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium (WCS) opens in Dublin on October 12, the really big IATA show—The 77th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) opened for business in Boston on Sunday October 3 and runs through October 5.


A Pair Of Laser Eyes Looking At The Port
     
Jens Roemer, Chair of the Working Group Sea (WGS) of FIATA, is a person on the go: Jens and I checked the first part of this interview from his parent’s house in Hamburg, Germany, his hometown, during a short break. The rest was done whilst he was travelling back to Antwerp, where he lives and works.

Chuckles for October 4, 2021

Giant Reefer For Air Canada Cargo @ YYZ
     As Air Canada Cargo gets ready to receive the first of eight B767 all-cargo freighters during Q4 of this year, in a landmark move as the only major North American combination carrier in the past two decades to go long and deep, Matthieu Casey, Senior Director Global Sales & Revenue Optimization is very optimistic:

Bingeworthy
     Bingeworthy . . . Final Season of “Goliath”, the series on Amazon Prime features a stellar cast headed up by Billie Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Nina Arianda, William Hurt, J.K.Simmons & Geoffrey Arend II.

Vol. 20 No. 37                                  WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

Chrome Jerome For Lyon
    Now everything flies between Lyon, France and the world, and to hear Qatar Cargo tell it, the carrier, has struck gold with its service.
    “Qatar Airways Cargo is proud to be celebrating its first anniversary of serving Lyon, also on behalf of our passenger division who would have been carrying this flag under normal circumstances.


Cargo LAX Goes From Bad To Worse
     
“As the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach go from bad to worse we now have LAX at a near breaking point with airfreight storage in some cases costing at 24 hours after arrival in excess of $1.00 kg per day.
     “Hang on as this is going to get much more chaotic before it gets better.”

Chuckles for September 29, 2021

Webber Factfinding As Airports Signal Change
     A conference perk that we miss is the opportunity to dine with friends we don’t otherwise see often. One came to us recently when Austin-based airport planner Michael Webber (Mike) was in town assisting The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on cargo efforts at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Mighty Wind Of Human Spirit
     In our home today lives a small table bust of Albert Schweitzer that has been in our family for nearly 70 years.
     I was looking at Schweitzer the other day and thinking about what he said about the human spirit:
     “In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
     “It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
     “We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Elliott Paige On 911
     On 9/11/2001, I was in Geneva, Switzerland working at the Development Division of the World Trade Organization Secretariat. I had transitioned from an internship to a short-term contract and I was working at that time doing a paper on the participation of African countries in world trade.

Big Don Lamy Says Goodbye
     Writing about Peter Lamy in this issue came with the sad news that his father Don Lamy, a major factor in U.S. cargo for many years died of leukemia on March 11, 2021 at age 84.
     In addition to his son Peter and daughter Susan, Don leaves his two grandchildren Don Lamy and Keith Lamy.

Vol. 20 No. 36                                     THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Airline Problems Began Before COVID-19
    William R. Boesch is an air cargo pioneer, and also an accomplished leader across a distinguished and exemplary 50 years’ career. Bill served as President of American Airlines Cargo, which he prominently put on the world stage during the era of Robert Crandall, the inventor of the Frequent Flyer programme. Crandall and Cargo were sitting either side of the aviation chessboard, while Bill Boesch was trying his luck with the belly space.


Time To Exit The TSA
     Two-fisted presentation from Mike White in Los Angeles to a soldout luncheon of the Los Angeles Air Cargo Association (LAACA).
     Mike’s personal experience on air cargo security, prior to 9-11 and after 9-11 were on the menu.

Chuckles for September 23, 2021
    Longest bridge on an airport in the world is Sky Bridge at HKIA connecting Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse.

Flossie Arend on 911
     I remember waking up on the morning of 9/11 and wishing I could go back to sleep. I was a junior in college and had chosen to have early morning classes on Tuesdays - a big mistake for me as I naturally kept night owl hours. My dorm apartment was relatively quiet when I got out of bed, but I could hear the television on in the living room; this was a normal occurrence as my actor student roommates were always up early and put the television on while they had breakfast and got ready for the day.

Vol. 20 No. 35                                     THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Escape From The World Trade Center
    As the twentieth September 11th since the World Trade Center tragedy in New York City is upon us, somber memorial services and recollections continue around the world recalling that terrible day.
    We remember being at home when the doorbell rang on September 13, and there stood our friend Jim Larsen, Manager of Air Cargo Business Development for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.


Vol. 20 No. 34                                   TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

Laurent Bernet A Life Well-Lived
    Laurent Bernet, a genuinely lovely human being and a great pioneer of air cargo in France and beyond, died on July 7 in Paris. He had been battling cancer for the past decade.
    “Laurent was a lovely man and a great colleague,” said United Cargo President Jan Krems, “For sure we miss him.”


Nothing To Lose But The Wait
     
Boston Logan International Airport air cargo stakeholders have some congestion challenges, but help is on the way as Massport, the airport operator have teamed up with Kale Information Solutions the wunderkind Airport Community System (ACS) that streamlines the entire export and import process for all airport cargo stakeholders.

Chuckles for September 7, 2021

First From Fred New CNS President
     Last week attendees in Miami at the 30th Annual Cargo Network Services (CNS) Partnership, the American-based pioneer air cargo organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between airlines and forwarders, were introduced to a new look as CNS met its new President Frédéric Leger.

Brandon Fried With Willie Walsh
     Airlines Might Cease To Exist, Says International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s Willie Walsh.
     With Brandon Fried Head of the U.S. based The Airforwarders Association Association (l) is Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA as the Cargo Network Services Corp. (CNS) Partnership Conference in Miami took off early shortly after sunrise Monday August 30 for a half hour meeting on stage from 08:10 to 08:40.

AA Cargo Lauds Miami CNS Partnership
     Jessica Tyler President of American Airlines Cargo, who just back from CNS Partnership that concluded August 31st, is over the moon (in Miami) as Wednesday dawned deep in the heart of Texas, the home of AA Cargo:

More From CNS
     From Jason Berry, VP Air Canada Cargo reporting from Montreal:
     “Regretfully, we made a last minute decision to refrain from sending any of our out of country staff.

Airline Problems Began Long Before COVID-19
     Bill Boesch is a true air cargo pioneer having served in top cargo posts at Seaboard World, Pan American, American Airlines Cargo, Emery, DHL and elsewhere. One of my fondest memories of Bill is inside a container with Julie Kupersmit, founder of Containair manufacturing company in New York.

Little Into Big On National Aviation Day
     Celebrating National Aviation Day last month brought to mind a story to share.
     In the U.S. National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the holiday in 1939. Here FDR is pictured in Dayton, Ohio with Orville Wright after he issued a Presidential proclamation, designating the anniversary of Wright’s birthday (August 19) to be National Aviation Day.
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