|Vol. 15 No. 51
Tuesday July 5, 2016
The Forgotten Man
On June 25th President Tsai Ing-wen stopped in Miami, Florida, en route from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Panama.
While in Miami, Tsai said she is willing to find out whether China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest air carrier, would be willing to provide direct passenger flight services to the Florida city.
As she spoke, my thoughts drifted back to 1994, when I found myself in Taiwan sitting at lunch with Peter Yap, who was the top cargo executive for China Airlines Cargo.
At one point, Peter looked at me and said:
“The trouble today is finding markets that offer great growth potential and also support from the local gateway.
“Very rare,” Peter said.
“Taiwanese people love to eat fish and we cannot get enough of it, competing with Europe and elsewhere.”
I looked at Peter, who was eager to do business, and thought about Miami. Our company had personally served the gateway since 1975 with distribution of our Air Cargo News publication. We delivered ACN to the cargo area at Miami, back when it was located in the part of the airport that served the U.S. Army during World War II.
The place was called Miami International Air Depot, or MIAD.
I also thought about the two detailed history books we created about the airport after Amaury Zuriarrain (executive director at Miami Dade College today) brought us in to meet General Manager Richard Judy. He gave us the green light for the first book and later a second book about cargo at MIA, created for Miami Aviation Director Gary Dellapa.
I looked at Peter and said:
“Peter, come to Miami, bring a freighter into South Florida where all the fish you need will swim right into the airplane, and you will make history.”
That is exactly what Mr. Yap did about two years later, and the rest, as they say, is history.
But before CAL could fly to MIA, they needed to get permissions and that meant overcoming objections from FedEx and others.
So for two years we wrote stories and tracked Peter’s progress.
Every time he came to Washington to realize those flights, we created a story supporting CAL and Miami Dade.
Peter Yap was a most interesting character—an executive who was as colorful as you can imagine in air cargo.
He was a true pioneer who sized up opportunities and went for them.
He put his money where his mouth was, too.
Peter wanted to help build China Airlines Cargo into a world power and he needed airplanes, but the airline was not about to buy a fleet at that time.
Atlas Air had been founded by Michael Chowdry, who built
his ACMI company with new, giant freighters.
of the greatest aspects of what we do is in telling
the story of the lives of air cargo’s people.
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