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Vol. 19 No. 71             FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2020

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


Chuckles for November 20, 2020


Brush up Your Flemish

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

Hugh @ TIACA: The Real Story

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

And Now for Something Completely Different

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

What Became Small? Continued

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


Vol. 19 No. 71             TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2020

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


Chuckles for November 10, 2020


Are You Having Any Fun?

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


Vol. 19 No. 70             MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2020

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


Chuckles for November 2, 2020


Autumn Serenade 2020

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

Simple Pleasure Returns

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

James Bond Forever

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


Vol. 19 No. 69             THURSDAY OCTOBER 29, 2020

CNS Departures Means Industry Suffers


Chuckles for October 29, 2020


Women in Charge: A Dart from the Heart

     This June just past – at the height of the pandemic lockdown in India – there was a quiet celebration in the Chennai-based Blue Dart Aviation family (which is part of DHL eCommerce Solutions) celebrating its 24th anniversary on June 17.
     Managing Director Tulsi Nowlakha Mirchandaney crossed a huge milestone.

Envirotainer Puts Pharma on Ice

     Unless you have been living on the moon, or accidentally been locked up in a cool box since 1985, Envirotainer has been the go-to way to move pharma and most other cold-chain commodities for the past 35 years.
     In the air with more than 6,000 active temperature-controlled containers in the fleet at Envirotainer, all container types are FAA and EASA certified.
     The company reports that right now it is shipping around 2 million doses of medicines per day for all major pharmaceutical manufacturers covering more than 2,000 pharma trade lanes in over 100 countries at 300 airports.

BUD Makes Time for Fun Run

     What do you do when the airport is empty as compared to non-coronavirus times?
     How about a feel-good activity for charity?
     That is exactly what happened at BUD as the Hungarian gateway Runway Run took off for the eighth straight year on October 19.


Vol. 19 No. 68             WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2020

IATA Sends a Confusing Cargo Message
     During the War of 1812 after The United States Navy defeated the British Navy in The Battle of Lake Erie, Master Commandant Oliver Perry wrote to his superior:
     “We have met the enemy and they are ours.”
     More than 150 years later NY Herald Tribune cartoonist Walt Kelly, concerned with man-made pollution and debris in our forests drew an early sustainability poster of his famous Pogo character picking up debris in a forest, with the caption:
     “We Have Met the Enemy And He Is Us.”


Chuckles for October 21, 2020


Kari Tikkanen, Tracer of Lost Overcharges

     A shipment is ordered, the goods arrived on time safe and sound flown or shipped as booked, and everybody is happy.
     Only maybe a decimal point shifted or an extra zero took a reasonable rate and billed the shipper a lot of money.
     Maybe easy to catch for smaller shippers for sure.
     But what about the big corporate guys or perhaps the medium sized volume shipper.

I Happen to Like New York

     Once upon a time, up at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, there was a piano player/singer named Bobby Short.
     No other city had Bobby Short, who until he landed another gig in heaven a few years ago, sang and beat the hell out of his piano nightly into the wee small hours entertaining adoring crowds for a couple decades inside The Carlyle Café.
     Bobby was so good, he lived to see a street near the Carlyle named after him.


Vol. 19 No. 67             TUESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2020

Will CNS Be There When We Need It?
     When it comes to air cargo, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) seems to be adapting a bunker mentality in 2020 as top management and other key personnel connected to air cargo are retiring in droves.
     Glyn Hughes, IATA Head of Cargo departs IATA in January, and Mike White, President of IATA Cargo Network Services (CNS) will depart by year’s end.


Chuckles for October 13, 2020


Air Cargo & Vaccine Distribution

     Throughout modern history in general, and this pandemic crisis in particular, air cargo has played a vital role in the delivery of critical supplies and equipment on a global basis. As the pharmaceutical industry dedicates its resources to the creation of an effective vaccine, one of the greatest challenges will be the design and implementation of an efficient distribution system that will address the demanding logistical requirements. Airports and their partners will be critical elements in the planning and operations.

Ready for Frozen Logistics

     Last month The New York Times reported that some COVID-19 vaccines may have to be shipped at temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees F, raises the thought that the challenge of getting the life-saving serums could be infinitely more complex than originally believed.
     But before we spin ourselves into another “can we deliver?” frenzy, we think a bit of level-headed look about is in order. At arm’s length may be some solutions, including as example, a company out there called Coldco Frozen Fulfillment Solutions.

Back to Life

     We heard on the radio that soon travelers could be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a flight and then after landing whilst travelling between New York City and London.
     The idea is to avoid that mandatory two-week confinement which might encourage short stay business and pleasure travel. Florida’s airports are doing rapid tests and the prospect of continued innovative thinking will certainly be better than the punch in the nose our industry has taken from the ongoing pandemic.


Vol. 19 No. 66             WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7, 2020

Mike White Stepping Down as CNS President
     Cargo Network Services President Mike White is stepping down from that post at the end of 2020, having decided to retire from IATA CNS to pursue other interests.
  “Steady” Mike stepped up the CNS President post in 2018 (We Like Mike) and actually had advanced the momentum of his immediate predecessor with innovative annual CNS Partnership Conferences and other initiatives.


Chuckles for October 7, 2020


United Nations Forschung for COVID

     Dr. Jan Hoffmann is Chief, Trade Logistics Branch in the Division on Technology and Logistics at UNCTAD. In different capacities through our careers, I have been able to meet with Jan Hoffmann several times. Becoming acquainted with Jan has been both a privilege and a discovery for me.
     If one looks at the assembly of impressions and observations Jan has been able to put together, starting from his oblique way of looking at international trade in his worldwide journey through haircuts, one soon understands that one is dealing with a strongly original thinker.

Hong Kong is Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

     Despite what you have read or may think you know about Hong Kong reports of that gateway and world money center’s demise deserve a closer look:
     “It’s not over, in fact Hong Kong’s exit from the world stage is simply not going to happen,” Hong Kong-based Bob Rogers, who also is the driving force of the global organization ULD CARES told me.
     “I think one would have to get up very early in the morning to find somebody who doesn't have good memories of Hong Kong. I arrived here on the 29th of December 1974 and while I had a job I certainly never imagined that I would still be here, approaching 46 years later.”

Pumping Traffic for October 7, 2020

Welcome Back

     If you had not guessed it yet, the airport that reflects the community best is Miami International.
     From its sprawling air cargo center where mammoth reefers are masquerading as cargo transfer facilities, to its long corridors up and down the central passenger areas filled with Cuban coffee stands with Latin finger food to the always sunny and lilting rhythm of people, language and outright hospitality, MIA has it all going on.


Vol. 19 No. 65             FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 2020

Readers Write About CNS
     We heard from the cargo diaspora about how they felt about CNS—its integral role in the world of air cargo, its potential future, and what the community might do to keep the spirit of the event alive and thriving.


Chuckles for October 2, 2020


Virgin Exportese Adds Milano and Pakistan

     Virgin Atlantic Cargo is extending its cargo-only network to Italy, with twice-weekly services Saturday September 12, connecting London Heathrow and Milan.
  The VS Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 flights from London every Thursday and Sunday add up to 200 tons of cargo capacity a week for shippers via Milan’s Malpensa Airport.

More Homemade Freighters

     Cathay Cargo has taken the seats out of a couple B777-300ERs. Our story on Finnair last week reported on AY doing much the same thing with its A330s. Now Cathay is flying cargo charters from Hanoi via Hong Kong to Pittsburgh . . . lots of fanfare for a two-month deal.
  But let’s hear it for PIT; they found a shipper and Cathay may have discovered some local sponsorship as well.

Qatar Cargo Lands Kirsten

     At a time when almost no one is hiring, here comes word that Kirsten De Bruijn has joined Qatar Cargo as Senior Vice President, Cargo Sales and Network Planning.
 “The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the need for flexibility and agility. It has also fast-tracked demand for digitalization.

Pandemic Delayed Medical Dispensary

     In a peculiar twist, Cargo Human Care (CHC), under the leadership of the great former Lufthansa Chief Cargo pilot Fokko Doyan (Fokko ditched his chief pilot post so he could devote more time to this charity, although he still flies an MD-11F for the carrier), found itself with a medical facility that had to wait to open because of COVID-19.
     After its completion at the end of February 2020, the dispensary was to be handed over to the Itolish Primary School and the Kilgoris. Unfortunately, the handover could not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Vol. 19 No. 64             FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

Why CNS Partnership?
     “IATA and Cargo Network Services (CNS) must recognize that CNS needs to maintain a strong voice for the airline forwarder partnership,” said Jan Krems, President of United Airlines Cargo.
  “Right now thankfully, we seem to be at the doorstep for the hoped for vaccine that will deliver us from the global COVID-19 nightmare.
  “The CNS Partnership is and will remain a vital force for good as the industry works to get things back to normal.”


Letters to the Editor for September 25, 2020


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.
     Glyn Hughes, Head of Cargo, and others in both locations have taken packages and are out.
     Is Cargo Network Services (CNS) next? Do we stand to lose the expertise of Mike White and his team?


Vol. 19 No. 63             MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Ethel: An Aviation Guiding Light
     On September 25, 2020, Ethel Lund Pattison will retire.
     Let me state matter-of-factly that we will not see anyone quite like her again.
     Her retirement won’t be accompanied by the multi-million dollar rewards bestowed upon pampered airline executives for the accomplishment of losing billions of dollars.
     So let us resolve that at least her retirement will garner the respectful attention that Ethel deserves.


Chuckles for September 21, 2020


Helicopter Lady Up Where She Belongs

     A logistics professional with over 22 years of experience, Mumbai-based Chaitaly Mehta is the first woman in the family business – a third generation customs broker and a second generation freight forwarder who is at the helm of operations in her family-owned business, EKF Global Logistics (formerly Express Kargo Forwarders Private Limited).
     Her ability as a natural problem solver and keen observer has allowed her to quickly learn the tricks of the trade and carve out a niche for herself in this dynamic sector. Armed with a law degree, Mehta is sought out amongst her peers for her ability to objectively look at situations and provide valuable advice.

China is Once in the Future

     The old phrase “you can never go home again” can be applied to the recent growing separation between the U.S. and China.
  There is no doubt, however, that China is tied into the world economy and there is no turning back.
  A quick look at China courtesy of a satellite shows a country obliterated by pollution, driven by clogged roads and factories puffing away, which prove that the business engine is back and goods are going somewhere as we approach the Christmas rush.

Letters to the Editor for September 21, 2020



Vol. 19 No. 62             MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Trust and the Market
     In case you have been at the shore all summer with no phone or computer, air cargo is not only doing very well right now, in fact not since the wild days of the China build up a couple of decades ago have rates been as sky high.
     Do the math. When the pandemic struck if you could get 4 bucks a kilo you might have been a local hero,
     Right now, ex-China rates are as high as $25 per kilo.


Chuckles for September 14, 2020


Street Smart Cargo Show
     It’s time to Fall Back!
     It’s a great time of year, when the first hint of a shift in the weather and shorter days advance the sense of renewal.
     Sorry, but this move toward laptop webinars with six people crowded on a screen has gotten old in a hurry.
     I think face-to-face from a distance with the loved ones works: we enjoy seeing Uncle Claude, young Obhishek, Nilu and Zahir via Zoom.

The Indispensible Sherpas
     
Nils Haupt is top corporate communications officer at Hapag-Lloyd AG, the fifth biggest container shipping line worldwide.
  Nils served in the same position at Lufthansa Cargo between 2002 and 2012. Here, he brings an enlightened, objective view for today and tomorrow.

Cargo on Fire Worldwide
     
Isaac Nijankin will always be recalled as “Mr. Air Cargo” for his legendary run at pioneering Varig Brazilian Airlines. Founded in 1927, it ended just short of 80 years of leadership in 2006.
     Later, Isaac served at Cargo Air Lines. During a distinguished thirty-plus year air cargo career, he guided the fortunes of Varig Cargo and initiated and supported various efforts to advance the industry.
     Isaac was a key pro-industry source who was very instrumental at the start-up of TIACA and CNS.
     Now retired, he is still thinking about these things . . .

Harold Hagans Lit the Sky Above Atlanta
     
A great man of the logistics business, both in Atlanta and worldwide, Harold Hagans, died September 10. He was 82 years old.
     Harold and Gail Hagans created Atlanta Customs Brokers (ACB) in the early 1980’s and grew it from a small customs brokerage operations to a legendary international freight forwarder and customs brokerage firm that is today, as their slogan says “locally grown, internationally known”.

Vol. 19 No. 61             SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2020

Time & the River
     There is an ad on TV playing right now in America from a company that says it can look up my Dad’s military record and send me details.
    It ran during a news report marking 75 years since the end of World War II.


Chuckles for September 5, 2020


Air Cargo Took off Above the Himalayas
     If you want to know exactly when the defining time occurred for air cargo in the 20th century, and what led to its development, just cast a line back seventy-eight years ago and you will discover that modern air cargo was born in India and China.
     Today, as air cargo’s future is increasingly connected to these two ancient countries, it can be said that what is old is new again.

Why FlyingTypers
     It is also worth mentioning that the publication that you are reading worldwide today called Flying Typers can trace its name back to the days of the AVG.


Vol. 19 No. 60             MONDAY AUGUST 31, 2020

True Confessions of a Freight Forwarder
      Marco Leonardo Sorgetti was a practicing freight forwarder in Turin, Ital,y before he pivoted to organized air cargo. He sold his company in 2000, worked for the Italian federation (FEDESPEDI) and then joined CLECAT, the European Freight Forwarder Federation as Director. In 2012 Marco became Director General of FIATA, the international association of 40,000 Freight Forwarder member organizations. He retired in 2017, but has remained active in the logistics field.
     Marco is always soft spoken, smart and steadfast. What we like most about Marco is that he is a good listener with a wealth of ideas and he is always willing to share with everyone. Here he answers our questions and shares his thoughts.


Chuckles for August 31, 2020



Vol. 19 No. 59             MONDAY AUGUST 24, 2020

Days of Futures Past: What to Do Now
     Forty-five years ago we endeavored to create a publication unlike any other in the air cargo industry. I learned something important early on in our effort:
     In order to have a clearer vision of what lies ahead, we must deal with what happened before.
     So, the first order of business at FlyingTypers has always been to cast a clear line to the history of air cargo.


Chuckles for August 24, 2020


Pandemic Pulled Blanket Off World Economy

     "If ever there is a perfect storm, this is it! The Covid-19 pandemic makes every other crisis that we called a perfect storm during that time (e.g. 2008/09 market crash etc.), look like a walk in the park.
     Having gone thru our own share of wars, market crashes, epidemics and pandemics, even though this time around the air cargo industry came into its own to support the world, I am quite happy to sit this one out and watch it all playing out from a gallery seat."

Dave Brooks Look for Opportunities

     Dave Brooks assumed command of American Airlines Cargo in 1996 and continued at that post for one month short of 16 years retiring in 2016. Dave, out of the gate, let the charge for innovation at American Airlines Cargo, making AA Cargo the first U.S. flag airline to offer e-freight internationally.
     Today Dave serves as a non executive director at Saudia Cargo
     Ask Dave Brooks what he would like to see happen in cargo 2020 and the answer is immediate.

Cargo 1000 Goes American

     American Airlines said the carrier will operate 1,000 cargo only flights in September serving 32 cities; a plan that began as an experiment has now grown exponentially over the last 6 months.
   “We didn’t have a playbook. We’d never done this before,” the carrier said.
   “We began to explore how much cargo we could take if we couldn’t transport passengers.”

United Krems, a Cargo Superstar

     United Airlines Cargo has flown than 5,000 cargo-only flights since March 19.
   Amidst all the bad news of layoffs and forced early retirement, Jan Krems President, United Cargo has demonstrated in vivid results what a dedicated, inventive and no limits, all out air cargo professional can do, given a broad canvas.
   There are passenger freighters at UA today that have moved mountains, not just boxes, transporting more than 170 million pounds of cargo, including medical supplies and other cargo around the world.


Vol. 19 No. 58             TUESDAY AUGUST 18, 2020

Imagine Freeze Dried Vaccine
     Sometimes in the process of getting it there, when air cargo delivery must meet the need, factoring in all the variables including new possibilities can be illuminating, enlightening, and ultimately even helpful.
     Here we look briefly into the expanded usage of a process called lyophilization.


Chuckles for August 18, 2020

Letter From Brandon


Why, Peter?

     Up pops cargo pro Peter Scholten, now serving as CCO for London-based Air One that serves as sales agent for   Aerotranscargo, an all-cargo outfit based in Sharjah, fielding four B7474Fs.


Vol. 19 No. 57             MONDAY AUGUST 10, 2020

Pharma Readies Vaccine Solution
     Workers in the fields of life sciences and transportation are laboring diligently to discover a COVID-19 vaccine and researching the means of moving that vaccine to restore the balance of normal life all over the world.


Chuckles for August 10, 2020

Hamill, Prince of the City

     Pete Hamill has died.
     The reporter covered everything from boxing to politics and once wrote, “I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning.” In 2020 the City that he loved as much as he could weeps for the loss.
     To my mind, Pete was the greatest and most heartfelt chronicler of New York City life. He talked about and wrote the most revealing yet romantic tales during an era that gave us Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and Norman Mailer.

Summer Cooler

     We take a break as Summer 2020 is really in full bloom.
      In Frankfurt, ATC CEO Ingo Zimmer and his team of Dog Days bosses including (L) Tobi, the wonder dog and Aretha (r) are moving supplies as business is slowly winding itself back up to some kind off new normal.


Vol. 19 No. 56             MONDAY AUGUST 3, 2020

Vaccines Can Get it on American
     American Airlines Cargo is opened wide and declaring it is “ready to deliver” vaccine and therapies to combat the global pandemic.
     “While the production of a COVID-19 vaccine remains unclear, we are inspired that experts and scientists around the world are working together to beat COVID-19,” Jessica Tyler, President of American Cargo told FlyingTypers in an exclusive interview.


Letters to the Editor for August 3, 2020

India China Boycott Takes Hold

     In the beginning of July, when FedEx and DHL stopped picking up cargo from China for India, it was not surprising. If the Corona Virus pandemic made transportation difficult, the situation with the bloody conflict in the Galwan Valley (bordering the Indian state of Ladakh and China) on June 15, 2020 that saw the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers, made India’s relations with China even worse.

Good Guy Retires in a Minute

     Good guy Richard “Dick” Dougherty, Project Manager – EDI American Airlines Cargo eBusiness Strategy, has stepped down from his post at American Airlines Cargo.
     Aside from his responsibilities at AA Cargo, Dick was heavily involved with C2K in a very fundamental fashion; he was both a participant and a big thinker, as well as being the guy who meticulously took the minutes of each meeting.

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