Happy Birthday at 84 years young to air
cargo pioneer, dreamer, and doer and a truly great human being in every
respect, Robert Arendal.
A major figure for the past half century
Bob brought experience in the air cargo industry, occupying various shipping
and air cargo management positions in Europe as well as the U.S. In 1970
when he became part of the management team that founded Cargolux Airlines
International SA, spending 29 years as Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing
and Cargo Services as well as Deputy CEO.
Mr. Arendal is a founding father and first
Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association TIACA. He is a past
President and presently a member of TIACA's President Council and entered
the legendary TIACA Hall of Fame in 1997.
Bob is co-founder of the Cool Chain Association
and has been its chairman for 10 years.
More recently, Mr. Arendal became a founding
member of the ‘Sustainable Biofuel Network,’ a group of stakeholders
facilitating aviation’s transition from fossil fuels to sustainable
and renewable alternative biofuels.
Bob did one outstanding thing all of us
who love this business can point to that impacts our industry yet today.
In 1992 the first Air Cargo Forum of TIACA
was held in Luxembourg ushering in the modern era of air cargo events.
To share a moment of the good that TIACA
brings in today and how far TIACA has come as an air cargo organization
just look at this spirited photo of The Women’s Caucus in 2018 at
the last major air cargo ACF event before the COVID pandemic.
As we look forward to getting back to normal
this year in Miami November 8-10, Air cargo again says a heartfelt “Thank
you, Bob Arendal and many more Happy Birthdays."