|Vol. 16 No. 54||
Thursday June 15, 2017
Amid all the pretzels, beer, big booth stands, and hopes and dreams of our every expanding industry at last month’s Air Cargo Europe, thoughts often drifted a bit wider as we said, “Hello, Germany.”
We were there in the thousands, acting local behind heaping plates of that particular May German delicacy, white asparagus (spargel). Between mouthfuls we thought global, wondering whether spargel could be a moveable feast, and if so how could we get this wonderful and special vegetable out to the rest of the world?
Imagining The Possibilities
Which brings us to Gisela Schork,
Regional Manager, Cargo Sales
– Germany and Switzerland
for American Airlines Cargo.
“For me starting in forwarding
like I did and moving into air
cargo offers experience on both
sides of the fence.
“First, last, and always,”
Gisela assures, “Frankfurt
(FRA) is a very important station
for us and our gateway into Germany.
“All of our Frankfurt-U.S.
services to Charlotte (CLT), Dallas/Fort
Worth (DFW), and PHL are comparably
“Recently (as mentioned
at the top), we’ve benefited
from WPS’s acquisition of
“We moved in 2016 and I
believe we are now delivering
the best customer service in the
Schork said, “is traditionally
a very strong pharma market, where
a sophisticated customer base
is looking for a seamless supply
chain for their products.
“Everybody from the ground
up and especially our dedicated
customer service team is always
reachable, and we benefit from
a very close relationship with
stakeholders in the forwarding industry.
“My team,” Gisela
smiles, “is not only focused
on Frankfurt, but all other German
“We are now customizing
certain products to better meet
(and exceed) our customers’
“As we do not approach shippers
with direct sales activities,
the forwarders are still, and
will continue to be, the prime
customers/partners for us,”
Gisela Schork insists.
“We should never forget
that air cargo is still a people
Go Clubbing… One of our favorite air cargo clubs, the Los Angeles Air Cargo Association (LAACA) hosted a very successful 2017 Air Cargo Day at the Manhattan Beach Marriott.
On June 8, at the LAACA Luncheon meeting, Aeronet Worldwide’s David Gibson (left) took the reigns from Amy Grat, (right) Chief Executive Officer at International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP), University of Southern California, as new LAACA President. Daniel L. Gardner, President of Trade Facilitators, Inc., was also present and delivered a speech entitled “How Amazon is Disrupting The Logistics World.”
LAACA annual membership dues are $100 for Standard Membership or $250 for Corporate Membership per calendar year. The Annual Membership drive starts this October for the coming new year.
LAACA does great work, has scholarship funds, and its members are involved in all kinds of community outreach.
Meeting/luncheons are held at the Belamar, a stylish hostelry located in Manhattan Beach with a sleek farm-to-table restaurant, on the second Thursday of the month in March, June, September, and December.
All are welcome.
The luncheon is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.
LAACA also holds “mixers” several times a year just for fun, including an annual trip to witness the LA Dodgers in action.
Assessing the year since the UK decided to exit the EU, British International Freight Association (BIFA) Director General Robert Keen walks softly but carries a big stick in Euro shipping circles. In the latest update/position of the British Freight Forwarders, he stated, “In the year since the Brexit vote, the UK has been in a period of great uncertainty on the political front and we hope that the new government of whatever hue is ready to confront the massive decisions that now need to be taken.
“Other than the huge issues concerning international trade surrounding Brexit negotiations, we urge the new government to stop procrastinating over the expansion of UK aviation capacity and move forward with the recommendations made by the Airports Commission to expand Heathrow airport.
“As the trade association that represents the UK’s freight forwarding community, BIFA will continue to lobby the new government to make sure that it understands that the UK’s freight forwarding community is the engine of Britain’s international trade.
“On Brexit, BIFA has avoided making speculative statements with so many unknowns, but in the run up to the UK’s exit we will be campaigning to ensure that the new government understands that overcomplicated trade procedures cannot overburden the movement of the UK’s visible import and export trade.
“We will be counting on the new government to show that the UK is still a confident, outward-looking trading nation, still capable of taking bold decisions that have a direct positive effect on the UK economy, its international connectivity, and reputation.”
Qatar Airways released startlingly positive numbers for its fiscal year and also addressed the recent blockade of air space and operations into Saudi Arabia and elsewhere as announced on June 1. It continues to operate to the rest of its network as per its published schedules with day-to-day adjustments for operational and commercial efficiencies.
Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker,
noted: “Our annual results
once again reflect the success
of our expansion and growth strategy
that has seen the Qatar Airways
Group grow from a small regional
airline into an aviation powerhouse
over the last two decades.
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