are crowded with vaccine stories and people all over the world
rushing to deliver that life-saving serum to a weary world parted from loved
ones because gathering with the most important people to you in the world,
we are told, can be deadly.
a time Volker Dunkake was a key instrument in the continued success of Lufthansa
Charter, a can-do guy that never seems overwhelmed, and always gets the
Right now Volker is doing what
he does best, and better than most others in our business, serving as Group
Manager Charter & Solutions for Ingo Zimmer’s ATC GSSA located
in the center of the action at Cargo City Sud at Frankfurt Airport.
Get It On Volker
It On Volker’ is what we can say if you’ve got something to
move and want it shipped worry free.
There is no secret sauce here. Volker’s
raison de etre, harkens back to a time when results-driven cargo executives
were the product of a lifetime of best practices and great training. People
like Volker and Thomas Baumert, Volker’s team partner and ATC CEO
Ingo Zimmer are all a cut above, simply the best in the business.
‘Get It On Volker’ is the clarion
call here and the invitation to ride ATC all the way in 2021.
The Global Force
“We have formed a global taskforce
headed by Thomas Baumert and myself in the Frankfurt office,” Volker
“Since early last September our team
has been preparing solutions for the global vaccine distribution,”
“Nobody that we deal with has been
left in the dark to wonder what is next.
“The best surprise is no surprise,
so all relevant stakeholders have been identified and contacted including
shippers, agents, ground handlers, airlines, container providers and trucking
companies,” Volker declared.
“Leaving no stone unturned, our taskforce
is coordinating the worldwide pharma activities in the ATC global organization.
“On the regional levels, ATC country
managers and their pharma experts on site are empowered and responsible
for local contacts and the implementation of the respective solutions.
“The main origins for production are
in Europe, India, Brazil, Korea, China and the USA.
“Together with its airline partners,
ATC GSSA impacts upwards of 300,000 tons of annual capacity and serves
more than 500 destinations globally.
“Our dialogue with ATC airline partners
has been underway and ongoing for some time now, to insure every aspect
of the supply chain is charged up, ready and well prepared for the international
“In other words, trust ATC.
“We can do it all and are ready, willing
and able to create and handle any solution using charter capacities on
freighters and Preighters,” Volker said.
Ingo Zimmer, Group CEO ATC Aviation Services
is animated as vaccine distribution launched.
“We are well aware of the importance
of our role in the COVID-19 supply and we take it very seriously.”
Biggest Air Cargo In A Lifetime
distribution of the vaccines is most probably the biggest challenge for
the movement of humanitarian relief goods we have ever seen,” Ingo
“Governments have been in the lead
for ordering and distributing the vaccines to their people.
“Hence priorities have been set up
for national carriers to free up capacities for the vaccine distribution
and commercial cargo will have to get in line.
“ATC supports every component of our
airline partners’ preparation and we have their back in every aspect
of this challenging time.
“Of course, managing the cool chain
as well as the security factor in these movements is an enormous responsibility.
“As example we have worked furiously
to secure all the information, including everything down to the smallest
details. Most importantly we are mindful of the expectations of everyone
in the supply chain and have formulated best practices in order to meet
any and all challenges.
“Needed solutions have been developed
for temperature requirements, routes, and expected daily export volumes.
“With the collaboration and cooperation
of all stakeholders, solutions for this challenging distribution campaign
is something that we have been working on since last September,”
Volker Dunkake said.
“We needed to focus on a speedy temperature
controlled transport to get these goods to destination in line with GDP
“Working with our airlines and the
stakeholders, like Shipper/GHA/Trucker we continue to define the specific
requirements to meet all standards in order to be prepared for any contingency,”
Thomas Baumert assured.