Nicolas Danton, Regional Cargo Africa for Qatar Cargo
is surveying the scene at the just concluded FIATA World
Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.
Qatar Cargo landed Nic, who today can count
30 years in the business, about six years ago in November 2013.
Since then the soft-spoken executive has stepped
up and made things happen.
What it is about Nic Danton is, this great
cargo professional continues to deliver his specialty—the shipping
business to and from Africa as the Doha-based carrier moves into top of
the heap in global air cargo airlines.
A long-time air cargo professional who brings
first-hand knowledge from both sides of this business, having already
made a great reputation whilst at DHL and Expeditors, and prior to the
forwarder turn, at Lufthansa Cargo.
What you like about Nic right away is that
he is a no-pressure guy, who always seems to be leaning into and expanding
Worth mentioning in Nic’s impressive
work resume is that the Mauritius-born cargo specialist speaks English and
French fluently, worked for and alongside the legendary and great Peter
Rose, a true giant of this industry who took freight forwarding to another
level, founding and then operating Expeditors.
Nic’s experience in moving products
ranges from textiles to coal mining, oil and gas.
So, from both sides of the fence—the
airline and the forwarder, Nic understands what great service is and what
needs to be delivered and he manages to be knowledgeable with a velvet glove.
He has a genuine smile and manner that lets
it flow in any situation.
Anyone old enough to remember the big band
era in popular music might recall the easy crooning boy singer.
Not sure if Nic can carry a tune in a basket
but he sure could be the poster boy in 2019 for the “Mohair Sam”
of another era.
That particular attribute cannot be taken
Today with versatility, market knowledge and
just plain business decency, Nic has the Knack, anyway you look at it.
“Opening up Africa to the world for
trade is the every day mission and what we are doing at Qatar Cargo,”
“Building two-way traffic both into
Europe and via our hub in Doha is an exciting proposition right now.
“Our footprint is bigger and growing
faster, as we expand into new cities and are part of the drive to new markets.
“QR will open service to Gabarone in
December 2019 and Angola in March 2020,” Nic said.
“Our vision for Africa is quite clear:
“Here is the continent of opportunity
of the 21st century and QR leads the way with 22 online stations.
“No question that Qatar Cargo is the
go-to resource in Africa with high safety and security standards and great
customer service. Qatar Cargo is moved by people and our mission is to connect
Africa with the world, develop new products and support the emerging economies.”
Nic lives in Johannesburg with his wife Christel,
and Sacha, the youngest of the couple’s three children, while son
Samuel and daughter Charlotte attend Stellenbosch University in the Western
Cape province of South Africa.
Nic admits that his career has included quite
a few moves but characteristically he smiles and says softly:
“My family is just great—as we
move, they have always been onboard, perhaps a bit of a cry on arrival and
again on departure, but overall the experience has produced some lasting
friends all around for all of us.
“Qatar Cargo is growing at a record
“We are winning because Qatar Cargo
understands the human condition and steps up.
“As example, people can fill up two
big suitcases inbound and basically sell the contents at home.
“That might not be a big deal, but to
people working to take hold with new business enterprises, Qatar Airways
is paying attention,” Nic Danton said.