Last week attendees in Miami at the 30th
Annual Cargo Network Services (CNS) Partnership, the American-based pioneer
air cargo organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between airlines
and forwarders, were introduced to a new look as CNS met its new President
Frédéric Leger has held several
inside jobs at IATA and is referred to as a “right hand man”
to IATA DG Willie Walsh.
Both are based and will continue to operate
“I’m very proud to walk in Tony
Calabrese’s footsteps, but also the footsteps of successes as we
open this 30th edition of The CNS Partnership Conference,” Mr. Leger
told the early morning gathering in Miami Monday August 31.
“We have a good agenda, opportunities
to network, and time for good fun.
“I'm pleased to inform you that we
have revived the CNS Focus Magazine that will be available by mail and
on a digital platform. “
Mr. Leger went on to thank the CNS Advisory
Board, all the sponsors and others, including PayCargo that stepped up
and provided the main dinner gathering as the conference wound down on
“I feel,” Frédéric
Leger said, “a sense of optimism because of course you're here and
also because the numbers for 2021 are good.
“But there are also other success
“Millions of people were locked down.
“Businesses were shuttered.
“Air cargo for the world became critical
for most basic consumer goods and even gained some fame for delivering
life-saving vaccines and the medical supplies.
“It's clear that air cargo is playing
a vital role in the world of today and tomorrow. By delivery of critical
life-saving supplies with innovative solutions, and by advancing the goal
for carbon neutral flights and sustainable alternative fuel advances,
air cargo will continue to demonstrate that it can do the impossible.”
We Like Mike
Noticably absent from the event was Mike
White, who retired last year after almost single-handedly lifting that
organization from a very deep rut during his term in office.
Amongst the dozen or so former CNS Presidents’,
Mike’s work is considered to be the greatest, comparable even to
Tony Calabrese, CNS founder.
Tradition at CNS has always allowed for
former Presidents to be invited to attend the Partnership, especially
to welcome a new President which made Mike’s absence all the more
Maybe COVID-19 caused his absence.
No doubt this 2021 Partnership attendance
figures were quite meager, although we did notice that H. Warren Jones,
a Past President was in the house on opening day.
In any event Mike (‘We Like Mike’)
beyond CNS or even IATA for that matter, is among the two of three most
popular figures anywhere in the world of air cargo, so we hope to see
him next June at the CNS Partnership wherever it is held.
We also wish bonne-chance for the ambitious
and very busy new CNS President Frédéric Leger.