When Building 151 on Hangar Road JFK International
Airport opened in early 1991, Rudy Auslander having been involved earlier
with Japan Airlines Cargo moved to Japan Airlines Systems that built and
operated the first vertical logistics transfer facility on an airport
JAL 151, located behind the old Pan Am Maintenance
Hangar 14 (now JFK HQ The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey)
featured an 11-story container storage/retrieval system, and offices for
several companies. The tower is an airport landmark, seen in the rear
of the aerial photograph.
In New York City on September 28,
2004, Olivier Bijaoui, president and chief executive officer of Worldwide
Flight Services (WFS) sat down with Kazuto Yamamoto, Japan Airlines,
vice president and general manager cargo the Americas, to sign the
multi-year agreement of WFS take over handling and marketing of JAL
Management Corp.’s huge building 151/Hangar 14 air cargo complex
at JFK International Airport in New York, Mr. Yamamoto declared the
event “a new beginning for both companies.”
“We are very pleased at this new
accord, our team is first rate. We eat sleep and drink air cargo with
dedication to be the best,” Olivier Bijaoui said.
At the signing—back row left to
right, Dennis Esnes, Regional VP, New York region, WFS; Barry D. Nassberg,
Executive VP & CEO, WFS; John Gemmell, Senior VP Sales WFS; Michael
Duffy, Senior VP No. America WFS; Mike Buckley, Staff VP & Regional
Manager Freight & Mail Eastern Region No. America, Japan Airlines
and Guido DiGiandomenico, VP Airline Sales, WFS.
Front Row seated left to right, Olivier P. Bijaoui, President &
CEO, WFS; Kazuto Yamamoto, VP & General Manager, Cargo The Americas,
Japan Airlines and Rudy Auslander, President, Japan Airlines Management
and will to succeed coupled with the tenacious drive of Japan Airlines
Management Corp.’s Rudy Auslander resulted in changing old Pan
American Hangar 14 into a cargo and office complex colossus at JFK
International Airport, New York.
Have some lovely memories of our dear
friend Vincent Chabrol who for longer than you might have thought
possible served as U.S. Cargo Chief for Royal Air Maroc.
Vince, a former Seaboard World Airways
Cargo pro also was a charter tenant of Building 151 along with his
service partner, Marie at Royal Air Maroc.
Vince is OK, these days living in the
Wilds of Manhattan.
In 2004 Building 151/Hangar 14 handled upward
of 200,000 tons annually, about 20% of the gateway’s total throughput
with room to go to an excess of 250,000 tons.
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
just completed a very successful year-long ACS Truck Slot Management proving
program teaming up with Kale Logistics Solutions, (see Donna Mullins story
Now with land scarce, especially at airports,
vertical logistics facilities, although slow to develop in USA, after
becoming a fact of life in Europe & Asia, are trending up at locations
like New York, Chicago, Miami and Seattle and elsewhere.
For the record, New York has several projects
underway including in Brooklyn, The Bronx, off airport at JFK, and elsewhere.
A New York-based real estate services firm
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL Inc.) that sells and rents verticals
just published a report titled “Multi-Story Warehouses and Their
Towering Future,” available here.
While we leave it to you, dear reader to
decide if “Warehouse” or “Verticals” is the best
way to describe these buildings, our take is that the word “Warehouse”
should be ditched when referring to anything at an airport.
“Warehouse” has always sounded
to us in air cargo like "Neverland" for a business that thrives
How about "Transfer Facilities or maybe
Vertical Transfer to describe?