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   Vol. 17 No. 82
Thursday December 6, 2018

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President Erdogan New Istanbul Airport
Moment of Prayer . . . As we begin our look back at the outstanding events of 2018, a picture from Monday October 29 captured an unforgettable moment as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, (center), and Turkish officials prayed at the inauguration of the gleaming new aviation hub in Istanbul.
  The mega building project that President Erdogan has advanced fulfills his vision and dream of making Turkey a global player. President Erdogan announced that Istanbul Airport was open for operations on a special day — the 95th anniversary of Turkey's establishment as a republic following its war of independence.

Fitsum Abadi

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services Managing Director Fitsum Abadi was the man with a long queue at TIACA Toronto. The emerging national carrier of Africa continues to add partner airlines in countries far and wide across the dark continent, supported by an ambitious growth program that among other things features a joint venture with DHL, the addition of an expanded service offering, and also new advanced long and medium range aircraft joining the ultra modern Ethiopian fleet.
     With eight dedicated cargo aircraft, six B777-200F, two B757-200F, and more to come, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services is the largest cargo operator in Africa.

Ethiopian Cargo

Biggest In Africa

     “Just last year Ethiopian inaugurated a state-of-the-art cargo terminal built at its main hub in Addis Ababa that can move 600,000 tons annually.
     “That number jumps significantly to about a million tons annual throughput factoring in our total capacity at Addis Ababa.”
     Vision 2025 Ethiopian Cargo’s projection of itself predicts 19 dedicated freighter aircraft (11 B777, four B767-300, and four B737-800) by 2025.
     “For us, it is all about growth and expansion as we work to bring modern logistics to a burgeoning manufacturing base in Africa,” Fitsum Abadi declared.

DHL Deal

     Earlier this year Ethiopian Airlines Cargo & Logistics and DHL reached an agreement to jointly incorporate a logistics service company in Ethiopia.
     Ethiopian holds a 51 percent share while DHL own 49 percent in the joint venture logistics company. It makes sense at first glace, if for no other reason than DHL has enjoyed a long and positive shipping arrangement as an Ethiopian Cargo customer, to the tune of about $50 million annually.
     “We are seeking to provide seamless solutions to shippers across a multi-modal chain,” Fitsum said.

Adama Park

The Industrial Parks Initiative

     Straight out of the gate, the JV with offices in Addis Ababa and elsewhere is focused on delivering logistics services to manufacturers in the newly established industrial parks open and building throughout Ethiopia.
     Ethiopia has suffered from logistics inefficiencies that the carrier hopes the JV will help eliminate, especially the bottlenecks transporting goods from African manufacturers to and from Djibouti and onto European and American markets.
     But key to all of this will be the continued centralization of logistics activity in some 15 industrial parks.
     “Adama, which opened October 7, joins others like the flagship Hawassa Industrial Park and the Bole Lemi Industrial Park.
     Adama’s focus is textiles, apparel, vehicle assembly, and a food-processing cluster.
     “It is expected to open jobs vacancies, continuing a trend to produce significant amounts of products for export, while we in logistics accelerate support in every aspect needed.”
     No doubt that these parks serve as a foundation as Ethiopia drives to become Africa’s manufacturing hub.

Pharma When You Need It

     Of all the backgrounds you might meet in air cargo today, Fitsum Abadi’s, who was proud to be in Toronto, Canada, in October, might be one of the most unique. He came to air cargo as a former performance auditor for hospitals.
     Fitsum holds an MBBA from New Hampshire University.

The Abadi Family

     Fitsum is the father to five boys, and lives with his wife, Mekdes, and children, (clockwise) Michael, Biruk, Nathaniel, Ebenezer, and Abrahim.
     He admits that while family is the center of his life, “being at an airline is an addiction.”

Looking Ahead

     Dear reader, if you are starting to think that maybe you missed the collective genius at work in Africa today as Ethiopia and other countries move toward innovative transportation to support a growing manufacturing situation, you’ll get no argument from us. We’d just encourage you to stay tuned for more.
     “It’s all about One Africa-One Sky,” Fitsum insists.
     “As a country and as a continent we want to be both export and import driven so several forces—both in the private and government sectors—are working toward that goal.
     “Of course, we are a continent of rich resources and fertile land so we will continue to emerge, developing our way upward into international commerce.
     “Ethiopian Group will accelerate investment and be a partner to countries in Africa that see a great airline as a vital force in developing international commerce.
     “We are partnering a new paradigm for Africa,” Fitsum Abadi said.

chuckles for December 6, 2018

Dees Nursery Lifting Christmas

  Dees', a plant and flower nursery, is an old time, family business that has been located just off the main runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Oceanside, New York since 1958.
  Dees' spends most of the year selling plants and trees and lawn care products to people from all over the metropolitan area.
  But once a year for the past eight years now, Dees' chops down several hundred Christmas Trees from its big farm in Maine and, in partnership with DHL, sends the trees free of charge to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
  The Christmas Trees for Troops initiative was launched in December 2004 after local businessman Jim Adelis overheard a woman at Dees' Nursery near JFK inquiring about how to ship a Christmas tree to her son in Iraq.
  Adelis, whose son was stationed in Iraq at the time, reached out to DHL and the local community to deliver more than just a single tree.
  Usually the press pick-up of this event goes mostly to DHL and their big trailers and airplanes, and the helicopter with Santa aboard that shows up at Dees' for the Christmas tree shipment before the evergreens are sent to the airport for departure.
  This year Dees' donated 500 trees for troops overseas for the 15th consecutive year. Local students assisted in loading trees for shipment from JFK.
  The Dees' brothers, Joseph and Tom DiDominica, said “We will continue to provide these trees until the soldiers get home.
  “That is the least we can do to support our troops,” added brother Joe.
  Business is business, but these brothers bring home the real meaning of Christmas and make the Yuletide bright.
  Dees' is located at: 69 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572. (516) 678-3535. www.deesnursery.com

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