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Big news this summer included word up that ever-expanding ATC Aviation
purchased Pacific Feeder Services (PFS) effectively changing the
GSSA landscape in Latin America.
As ATC CEO Ingo Zimmer tells it, ATC
and PFS have created “the perfect symbiosis for the South American
Now as summer in Germany continued its last
gasp with yet another warm, lazy-hazy day, the story was ATC 2018 with
a dramatic new look, branding the rocketing GSSA, whilst celebrating its
greening of the transportation universe with an Oktoberfest kickoff party
for airlines and forwarders alike.
Ingo Zimmer greeted more than 800 guests
unveiling the new look ATC corporate logo artwork, in a simple ceremony
welcoming everyone for an evening of fun, frolic and camaraderie.
“We take this occasion to present
our new company logo to you as we enjoy traditional Bavarian food,”
Ingo proclaimed and the party rolled on.
The venue was “Anglerheim Mörfelden,”
a lovely, quiet, green space nestled in the woods against Mörfelden
Lake, a fisherman’s favorite.
The ATC Oktoberfest on September 19 rang
all the bells and whistles, with dirndls on the ladies and lederhosen
on the men, as everyone took a step back to celebrate the year, and traditions
with pied piper Ingo Zimmer as the Grand Marshall.
As mentioned ATC Oktoberfest included a
nice balance of airlines and their prime customers, the freight forwarders.
“Everywhere in the world we serve,
ATC is made up of not only experienced airline people, but many of our
executives, myself included, started in the freight forwarding industry,”
“We also train our reservation and
customer service staff extensively to recognize the value and importance
of the freight forwarder.
“That makes us especially sensitive
to the demands and expectations of shippers and forwarders—down
on the ground, shipment for shipment—as the airline’s most
important customer is our top priority.
“We know what the forwarders’
expectations are, as we speak the language of the forwarder,” Ingo
the comfortable Mörfelden Lodge is a table with a small sign that
pays homage to its inhabitants with the lyrical dedication, “table
for fishermen, hunters & liars.”
Outside in our quiet, forested setting,
ATC arranged photo booths, a coffee cart, a shooting gallery, a rodeo
bull, and even a contest that offered a decompression convention by allowing
participants to let it all hang out,whilst pounding a nail into a log
with a shot of Jägermeister offered as incentive.
But this day there was a buzz of excitement
and a palpable, collective release of everyday concerns in the air as
a local band played on.
Oktober Food Festival
. . . All the food is delicious in Frankfurt, but special attention
must be paid to the mushrooms. Grown on the hills around Frankfurt
and harvested at this time, alongside the various sweet and dry
white grapes that make the Riesling wines, they simply can’t
be beat. Exceptional small trumpet Pfifferling mushrooms (also known
as chanterelles) cooked in a cream sauce are out of this world,
and good on the plate all by themselves—even without the delectable
pork loin and dumpling.
If you ever come this way, do look for these mushrooms.
Just like German Spargel, which are grown in Bavaria and served
everywhere when Air Cargo Europe is held in Munich in May, both
are completely unique to this country and simply divine.
At the ATC Oktoberfest, Chef Hermann Pommer came out
of retirement one last time to prepare all the delicacies, before
returning back to Graz, Austria. He told us, "I have been cooking
since1958 and this is one event I will miss."
the food tent heaping plates of local delights include everything traditional
fare from Bavarian chicken and Weisswurst to Leberkäse with potato
salad and other delights. For dessert, the Apfelstrudel and Chocolate
Mousse were the cap to a perfect evening.
And of course, wherever you turned beer
and local wines were never too far to reach.
“This is our sixth Oktoberfest gathering
and for all of us a gathering of people in the community that we work
with and admire daily,” said Dagmar Hanau, ATC Marketing Manager.
“The end of summer is a good time
to take stock of things as winter approaches, and to say a simple thank
you, to the people who support our efforts and mean so much to us,”