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 .
Doubt COVID-19 has completely changed the landscape of the world today.
Until things normalize, in the short-term, people will be more cautious
which will result in major flight reductions and less capacity.
Less capacity will now more than ever challenge air cargo
to be inventive and entrepreneurial in managing what will certainly also
be increased demand as business gets back to normal.
Right now forwarders and large shippers are looking to cargo
companies to charter aircraft to move their goods when capacity is not
there . . . and this appears to be the trend moving forward.
Air cargo has always been a critical component to the supply
chain, from its inception it has always been the "go to" solution
in getting time sensitive and time critical shipments (i.e. vaccines and
PPE, pharmaceuticals, donor organs) to their destinations, efficiently
As companies realize the continued growth of air cargo and
how it benefits the global community, we should concentrate our effort
toward developing ways air cargo can better adapt to supply and demand.
At some airlines cargo has always been treated as a third
wheel. Passenger movement always holds more value.
However during this protracted meltdown in the COVI-9 lockdown
worldwide, we have seen how quickly airlines working in total survival
can convert more PAX aircraft to cargo.
Right now cargo is the story, and in many cases is on a par
or even outstripping PAX activity, but I have my doubts how long this
For the all-cargo carriers many of those companies have seen
their prospects rebound as some brought mothballed aircraft back from
Right now and into the future, demand is there and with the
prospects of needed vaccines and therapeutics and restocking, plus the
upcoming holidays ahead, air cargo should remain center stage reaping
the benefit of enhanced visibility and profits for a long time to come.
Despite the global ordeal and the terrible suffering and loss
of life, we are battling through what feels to many as the perfect storms.
But with compassion and determination and reaching out to
each other and lending
a helping hand, air cargo will do what it always does as we will find
a way with heart and soul to deliver.