Vol. 7  No. 73                                         WE COVER THE WORLD                                                                 Wednesday July 9, 2008

Tubbesing Out At CNS

     Jens Tubbesing is no longer President of Cargo Network Services (CNS) having exited the IATA USA organization in mid June as CNS was halfway between a move from Garden City, Long Island New York where CNS has been headquartered since its founding 20 years ago and Miami, Florida where it is now based.
     Jens Tubbesing lasted as top executive of CNS for two years having left the organization “for personal reasons,” CNS said in a statement.

Aleks Popovich

Jens Tubbesing

     “We will name a new president this Fall after consultation with our board, Aleks Popovich, IATA Head of Cargo told Flying Typers.
     “We appreciate Jens’ effort for us and wish him well,” Mr. Popovich emphasized.
     Aleks Popovich will serve as interim President of CNS until later this year.
     Jens Tubbesing can only be compared to Tony Calabrese, his predecessor who was both a founding father of the organization and, until he retired two years ago, its only President.
     Just prior to his departure from CNS, I met with Mr. Tubbesing who arrived at a Queens, New York restaurant in one of those fuel-smart compact cars in blazing orange.
     He is a determined, trim study out of the car as he slips into his suit jacket in one motion while admitting he is on the go, dawn-to-dusk and beyond.
     But if the old phrase “no dust on me,” is replaced in 2008 by “neutral carbon footprint,” you can see it all at once in Jens Tubbesing.
     Prior to joining CNS, Jens worked in a variety of positions at several forwarders, Schenker, EGL and ABX Logistics. He was most recently president and chief executive of ABX Logistics USA.
     Tubbesing’s departure was sudden and unexpected. In his short time with CNS he had responsibility for a growing list of IATA projects, including the CNS Partnership Conference, the Road Show initiative and Cargo 2000.
     Jens is at home in Texas with his wife and three young children.
     We wish him well.

China Wire

Fuel will increase costs by more than 20 billion Yuan for Chinese domestic airlines this year. Revenue will be down 2 billion Yuan, Shanghai Daily reported. Meantime domestic China carriers have upped fuel surcharge by as much as 50 percent to offset surging oil prices . . . . Qatar Airways opened an office this month in Chengdu, the airline's fourth office on mainland China following Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou that opened this past March . . . . Hainan Airlines added B737 services July 9 from Ningbo to Dalian, Hailaer, Qingdao and Zhangjiajie . . . . Meantime fearing overcapacity, China's National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) says airlines in China need NDRC approval if they wish to add aircraft. Clampdown will include close scrutiny of airlines financial strength, manpower, pilot core etc.  . . . . JeJu (Join & Joy) Air, Korea's first budget carrier opens its first international route to Hiroshima, Japan today July 11. www.jejuair.net

DHL's Big Lift To Myanmar

The United Nations said 2.4 million people were still critically short of aid after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, and relief agencies warned that the most vulnerable survivors are in critical need of help.
Contribute To United Nations Myanmar Rel

     “Air Cargo Days,” held at Leipzig Halle Airport, home of DHL last month , the world continued recalling a theme struck at the Berlin Air Show also held last month, remembering The Big Lift in Germany that began in June sixty years ago and continued from air bases in the west to a besieged 1948 Berlin City.
     But now comes word that DHL, the Deutsche Post subsidiary has since mid-May been continually delivering innovative wings of mercy in Yangon (Rangoon) with a disaster response team (DRT), specially trained and equipped to help in the catastrophe that befell Myanmar.
     Yangon is the commercial capital of Myanmar, formerly Burma that continues to suffer grievously from Cyclone Nagris.
     Convoys of trucks laden with relief supplies need about 20 minutes to bring the aid arriving at Yangon Airport to a big inland warehouse managed by DHL.
     Since mid-May, a team of four DHL specialists have been on the spot to co-ordinate the disaster management logistics process in the south-east Asian country.
     This work is accomplished with the support of local laborers and donated equipment under an agreement with the UN.
     But the situation here is grim.
     "Comparing Myanmar with previous missions like the earthquakes in Pakistan and Peru or the Tsunami in Sri Lanka, this has been the hardest job so far," says coordinator Chris Weeks in a telephone call with Air Cargo News FlyingTypers.
     "The lack of infrastructure is one of the obstacles and does not really support the job of our people there," adds Susanne Meier, the manager responsible for organizing Deutsche Post World Net's work alongside the UN.
     “The processes are very difficult to plan because there is hardly any communication network,” she added.
     "In case we need urgent information or want to pass it on to others, we have to jump into the car and talk to the people face to face," is how DHL's Weeks describes the daily practice.
     "There's no way we can just pick up the cell phone and ring somebody up."
     As a result, DHL does not know in advance how many freighters with aid supplies on board are landing in Yangon and what kind of goods they exactly have on board.
     Presently, an average of between three and five flights a day arrive in Myanmar's capital.
     They carry practically everything into the country: food, beverages, blankets, tents, equipment for moving collapsed huts and or medical supplies.
     Urgently needed aid since thousands of people are still sticking it out in the Myanmar Delta areas worst affected by the floods.
     After days of hesitation by the military government, the aid is slowly getting on its way.
     DHL and its DRT team were able to get to work here relatively quickly because of the global partnership with the United Nations Office for Coordination of the Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) signed in 2005.
          In the aftermath of natural disasters like earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions, nearby airports face the sudden challenge of handling the enormous amount of unplanned incoming aid relief.
     DHL Disaster Response Teams were built to coordinate the logistics on the very spot.
     Therefore, three operation centers worldwide have been set up: in Singapore, Florida and Dubai.
     In case of a catastrophe a team of volunteers will be sent with a UN mandate into the areas of the emergency to coordinate logistics at the airports and accelerate the flow of incoming goods to the affected areas.
     At Yangon airport however, there was no warehouse space available to store, sort and hand over the shipments to the non-governmental aid organizations like the Red Cross and others.
     So the UN was temporarily handed over a 3.000 square meter warehouse of a private rice exporter for storing and sorting the incoming goods.
     For transporting relief items onward to the Delta region, around thirty trucks are available, each able to load a maximum of twelve tons.
     However a huge problem is the fuel shortage and the skyrocketing high costs of diesel.
     Recently French oil company Total rushed in and guaranteed a large donation of fuel for keeping the supply chain going from the warehouse to the devastated Delta areas.
     Besides the lack of communication infrastructure, the political obstacles piled up by the military government and the fuel shortage a further 'peculiarity' of Myanmar is the absence of any press people that normally document such aid activities.
     DHL's mandate in Myanmar under the UN aegis is to run for another three weeks, tasking DHL staff among other things to teach local personnel the basics of air freight and warehousing.
     "When we leave here, we will have trained the people on the spot so that they can organize incoming aid supplies smoothly without our direct assistance," Chris Weeks said in a voice filled with hope.
     Hope is something to keep alive when talking about Myanmar these days.
Heiner Siegmund

Flight Path
Barnes Dance

     Florence "Pancho" Barnes, left, poses with Amelia Earhart at Clover Field in Santa Monica in 1929. The two pioneer aviators were friends and competitors. Barnes is the subject of a Speaker Series program saluting the 80th anniversary of LAX, August 7 at 10 a.m., at the Flight Path Learning Center in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy. Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free.
     Non-profit Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency, which operates LAX, operates the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum.
     For information call (310) 215-5291 or visit the museum website at http://www.flightpath.us.