year 2015 marks our 40th year in the world of air cargo news reporting—first
as Air Cargo News and now
stewardship of Air Cargo News FlyingTypers hasn't changed
since 1975, and while that is an impressive feat, what is even more
remarkable is that in 2015 we have been fortunate to present the
writings of the nearly 102-year-old Richard Malkin, who remains
the first air cargo reporter in history (circa 1942) and now serves
as FlyingTypers' Senior Editor.
Richard begins a remembrance of events in an exclusive year-long
series, "Echoes 1975-2015."
It was not the kind of a year to inspire cheerful
souls. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
had a stranglehold on the world oil market, and the airlines were
put to a serious test.
There was that economic phenomenon, stagflation,
and America were in its grid. Some airlines were studying plans
to reduce services: others were reviewing expansion plans.
all was not dark. At Air Express International, a new division was
introduced—Fashionair—to serve the wearing apparel industry.
Among a series of significant appointments was young Günter
Rohrmann, vice president–Germany, who eventually went on to
And, yes, FlyingTypers’ daddy,
Air Cargo News, burst onto the air cargo scene.