learned recently that Cathay Pacific Cargo is now branded Cathay Cargo
Cathay Cargo’s online
publication still branded Cargo Clan has been published for 48 years
in various formats. The magazine went digital in March 2017.
Clan Magazine was a lavishly produced report in both the English and
Chinese language. It included market news, instructional shipment
information, IATA reports, and of course stories about what’s
up at Cathay Pacific Cargo.
Clan Magazine had a less than stellar run up during a time long ago
and far away when every issue (published quarterly) included a gatefold
flip out (Playboy Magazine style) of a different woman with the evocative
title “Freight Mate.”
the time, it was acceptable to allow an otherwise pleasant collection
of stories, charts, and market reports to include a pin up.
those years of the magazine and their female gatefold, we wrote about
our disdain for the feature, driven in no small part by our conversation
with some great ladies of air cargo, including Dolores Hofman, a pioneering
woman in air cargo.
In 1968, Dolores
had the courage to follow her dream and operated a forklift inside
Building 67 at JFK International Airport.
it was a time when almost every cargo warehouse, airline, trucker,
broker, and freight forwarder was the domain of men, and “calendars”
featuring women in various stages of undress were plastered on walls
and break rooms.
As we commemorate
International Women's Day, we note that Cargo Clan Magazine did discontinue
“Freight Mate” at least a dozen years ago, preferring
to feature more serious interviews and head shot graphics of its female
In the picture Volume
7 No. 4 1982 is Freightmate Astrid Staker. Pondering 48 years of Cargo
Clan is a lot of history that offers us valuable insights into where
we’ve been and how much the air cargo industry has evolved with