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   Vol. 15  No. 51
Tuesday July 5, 2016

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The Forgotten Man

On June 25th President Tsai Ing-wen stopped in Miami, Florida, en route from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Panama.
     While in Miami, Tsai said she is willing to find out whether China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest air carrier, would be willing to provide direct passenger flight services to the Florida city.

Geoffrey Arend and Peter Yap    As she spoke, my thoughts drifted back to 1994, when I found myself in Taiwan sitting at lunch with Peter Yap, who was the top cargo executive for China Airlines Cargo.
    At one point, Peter looked at me and said:
    “The trouble today is finding markets that offer great growth potential and also support from the local gateway.
    “Very rare,” Peter said.
    “Taiwanese people love to eat fish and we cannot get enough of it, competing with Europe and elsewhere.”
    I looked at Peter, who was eager to do business, and thought about Miami. Our company had personally served the gateway since 1975 with distribution of our Air Cargo News publication. We delivered ACN to the cargo area at Miami, back when it was located in the part of the airport that served the U.S. Army during World War II.
    The place was called Miami International Air Depot, or MIAD.
    I also thought about the two detailed history books we created about the airport after Amaury Zuriarrain (executive director at Miami Dade College today) brought us in to meet General Manager Richard Judy. He gave us the green light for the first book and later a second book about cargo at MIA, created for Miami Aviation Director Gary Dellapa.
    I looked at Peter and said:
    “Peter, come to Miami, bring a freighter into South Florida where all the fish you need will swim right into the airplane, and you will make history.”
    That is exactly what Mr. Yap did about two years later, and the rest, as they say, is history.
    But before CAL could fly to MIA, they needed to get permissions and that meant overcoming objections from FedEx and others.
    So for two years we wrote stories and tracked Peter’s progress.
    Every time he came to Washington to realize those flights, we created a story supporting CAL and Miami Dade.
    Peter Yap was a most interesting character—an executive who was as colorful as you can imagine in air cargo.
    He was a true pioneer who sized up opportunities and went for them.
    He put his money where his mouth was, too.
    Peter wanted to help build China Airlines Cargo into a world power and he needed airplanes, but the airline was not about to buy a fleet at that time.
Peter Yap and Michael Chowdry
When Michael Chowdry (right) brought Golden, Colorado-based Atlas Air to the fore providing aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) for cargo executives with better things to do, the very first customer for this new idea was China Airlines Peter Yap (left).

    Atlas Air had been founded by Michael Chowdry, who built his ACMI company with new, giant freighters.
    Atlas needed contracts for several airplanes, so Peter and Michael worked out a deal and China Airlines leased a fleet of B747Fs from Atlas.
    Peter and Michael were quite a couple.
    It was all straight business, of course, but both loved Jackie Chan movies, so it was not unusual for them to do a deal and then, with the pressure lifted, repair to a local theater to watch a movie and let the action speak for itself.
    We thought about Peter Yap as we read about the President of Taiwan arriving on that China Airlines stopover passenger flight between Miami and Taipei last week.
    As the red carpets were rolled out and the real possibilities of scheduled passenger service between two great cities advanced, we thought of the cargo guy who led the way more than 20 years earlier with an original idea to deliver some fish to the home market.
    Peter Yap started the ball rolling for Miami, delivering the gateway’s first Asian flag carrier.
    Although many great airlines followed, China Airlines Cargo was first, and Peter Yap made that happen.
    Nobody mentioned his name in Miami on June 25th.
    Truth be told, we have been out of touch with Peter for some time, although we were once very close.
    We tried reaching out to some folks who knew Peter, but came up empty.
    We hope Peter is OK.

Yap Team and Arend Family
1997—Memories “made in air cargo” . . . One of the delights of our lives was corralling as many kids as we could and then repairing to The Golden Pond in Kew Gardens, New York, with Peter and the China Airlines Team for a bit of dim-sum and a wonderful dinner with good food, friends, and laughter.
Pictured from left are Eddie Chou, Sabiha Arend, Brendan Furlong, Peter Yap, Geoffrey Arend II, Emily Arend, James Liu, Peter Wei and Edward Sung,

     One of the greatest aspects of what we do is in telling the story of the lives of air cargo’s people.
    We are, after all, messengers. To have been part of moving the industry forward, and to have lived long enough to share these stories is surely the sweetest reward anyone might imagine.
    Peter, if you are out there, get in touch.
    It’s been too long since we have seen your kind face.


Smart Kargo South Of The Border

   SmartKargo’s state-of-the-art, Cloud-based platform has expanded its reach south of the border, down Mexico way.
   SmartKargo, the rapidly expanding company is now providing cargo management for Mexico City-based Volaris, Mexico’s second largest airline. Volaris serving 22 U.S. destinations with cargo service to markets throughout Mexico and Central America will use the SmartKargo platform. Included in the management solution is one-screen booking interface, flexible pricing, user-friendly interface, and 24/7 call support from the SmartKargo team.
   SmartKargo CEO Milind Tavshikar said “SmartKargo’s cloud-based solution is ideal for an airline such as Volaris, who needed a quick implementation to capture the system’s many benefits without a large investment in infrastructure. Since our Cargo ERP system is based upon the Microsoft Azure global cloud infrastructure, every partner in the Volaris Airlines cargo chain will have instant access to shipment information, mobility via any smartphone, tablet, or other device, and instant business intelligence for decision support.”
   SmartKargo developed a ‘go live’ system that deployed in a record-setting 27 days.
   “Our new air cargo system will possess state-of-the-art functionality for mobility with instant visibility of shipment information for our customers. At the same time, the system will provide Volaris with instant business intelligence to help us grow our business and serve customers better. The system is flexible and easily scalable, providing easy integration with future technologies,” said Volaris Chief Commercial Officer Holger Blankenstein.
   Volaris joins a growing set of airlines that include Hawaiian Airlines, SpiceJet, Oman Air, Norwegian Cargo, and more.

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DHL Awards

   DHL held its 16th DHL Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Conference in Miami June 20-22, and may have scored an industry first, giving almost everybody who attended an award.
   The Carrier Award for Reliability and Excellence went to American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Swiss International Air Lines, and United Cargo.
   In fact, the presser we received—while mentioning the airlines by name—failed to list any people by name, except for (from left) Angelos Orfanos, President, Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation and David Bang, Global Head of DHL Temperature Management.
   Let’s see if we can help identify the rest of the people in the picture.
   Continuing from left—Angel Ramirez from United Airlines, Ashwin Bhat from Swiss WorldCargo, and Fred Ruggiero from Cathay Pacific. Then the tall guy is none other than Jim Butler, President, American Airlines Cargo, whom FT wrote extensively about last week; and next to him is Ingo-Alexander Rahn, Global Head of Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding.
   “It makes us very proud that we have been awarded by DHL, and it encourages us to further improve on these core values and continue finding innovative solutions for our clients,” Ashwin said.
   We assume “ditto” was the sentiment from everyone else.
   Congratulations to all.

Chuckles for July 5, 2016

Air Cargo News 40th Anniversary Issue

Marco Rohrer

OpenQuoteThe long-anticipated Panama Canal expansion opened on June 26, theoretically doubling capacity for the storied waterway.
   Much larger vessels will be able to pass through the canal, and it’s expected that 10-20 percent of total cargo volume will shift from West Coast to East Coast ports.
   There are some question marks regarding the design, functionality, and safety of
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the new locks.
    We’ll soon find out if they stand up to heavy daily use.

(Editor’s Note) Much has been written, claims have been made, and corks have popped. But leave it to the logisticians out on the line to sum up the millions of dollars spent in very few words.

Eid Family Time

   Tomorrow is Eid Ul Fitr, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan..
   Muslims usually start the day with dawn prayers and cemetery visits to pay their respects, with families visiting each other and children receiving presents of new clothes, toys, shoes, and haircuts.
   We wish our readers worldwide Eid Mubarak.


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