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   Vol. 18 No. 30
Wednesday April 24, 2019

Lionel van der Walt

When Lionel van der Walt departed IATA CNS a couple of years ago, our industry lost a great leader, although we got lucky again right away, when Mike White stepped up to take the presidency. Mike has carried forward admirably, assembling and hosting a huge Annual Partnership Conference about to take off in Miami on May 5.
     A very cool way to get it on Latino in Miami and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, while networking with some old friends and making new ones, we say. www.cnsc.net
     But this is about Lionel who, after jumping from CNS, assumed command of RCI, Inc., recently rebranded as the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), an international nonprofit association of professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design.

Keeps Pulling Me Back

     But guess what? Air cargo has also pulled Lionel back.
     In addition to his duties at IIBEC, Mr. van der Walt also serves as a member of the Board of Directors at fast growing PayCargo.
     PayCargo CEO Eduardo Del Riego cited van der Walt’s “passionate leadership and one-of-a-kind international business acumen,” as factors in the decision to want Lionel on the Board.

All About Relationships

     But some things that Lionel had to say about relationships caught our attention.
     As we continue to gather at various points around the world, Lionel van der Walt shares some words worth considering.

Air Cargo Is About People

     “People are the most important resource we have in a world of constant and fast-paced change.
     “Helping them to grow, learn and be successful means a lot to me, and in my experience, is an approach that always leads to outstanding results.
     “My philosophy is to encourage team members and colleagues to be bold and always challenge the status quo.
     “This naturally leads to taking calculated risks, and failures at times.
     “However, my experience has also been that many short-term failures have led to long-term successes.
     “So I support innovation and making mistakes, as long as we make informed decisions, learn from those experiences, and most importantly, not repeat the mistakes.

Military Formations

     “One of the defining moments in my career was when I completed my officer’s training in the South African Air Force.
     “Many of the principles I apply, both at work and in my day-to-day life, were developed there.
     “This included an affinity for character traits such as integrity, team-work, loyalty, respect, self-discipline and a strong results focus.
     “But my background also includes some intolerance though, as I do not abide deceit, selfish, self-centered behavior, gossip and other similarly destructive behavior.
     “At the start of my career, I considered myself to be an operations manager. However, over time I realized that my passion and strengths are strategy and general management.

Growth Ever Evolving

     “I never thought of myself as a sales person, but soon came to realize that almost every action in my day-to-day activity is a sell, be it the sale of a product or service, or the selling of my thoughts and ideas.”
Geoffrey Arend

     We posed the same questions to a pair of top managers in our business today—an airline air cargo chieftain and the executive director of a top U.S. freight forwarder organization.
     Some fun here, and a moment to kick back before the year moves forward, first at CNS in Miami, May 5-7, and then on to Air Cargo Europe in Munich, June 4-7.      Enjoy the ride!

Go Go Guillaume HalleuxGuillaume Halleux
Chief Officer Cargo
Qatar Airways

Go Go Guillaume

What have you been up to?
     Busy. Can’t tell though…

What are you most passionate about?
     People, working with them, working on them.

What's on your playlist?
     A wide mix of music, from Gregorian chants (helps meditation) to French rap. Also Bach and Jazz.

Name three qualities that got you to where you are today.
     Passion definitely #1

What change would you like to see in air cargo?
     Transparency, automation. Move away from stone age (for the most part we transact today the same way we did when I joined this industry).

What do you love most about your work?
     People again.
     Driving teams to a common goal.

     My job is to create the conditions so my teams over perform.

If you could solve one problem in air cargo, what would it be?
     If I had a magic wand I would solve the Lithium battery risk.

Brandon Fried Gets ItBrandon Fried
Executive Director

Airforwarders Association

Brandon Gets It

What have you been up to?
     I’d rather not say. My wife may see this. Just kidding!
     Actually, I have spent the last month traveling to several meetings and conferences throughout the country, providing the airfreight forwarder perspective to many cargo transportation groups. Today I am on my way to participate in the Customs Brokers' annual conference in San Antonio and then to Louisville to join the U.S. Department of Commerce's Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness meeting there. It's a busy time!
     We also just moved our headquarters to the Willard Office Building, one block closer to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. We are really in the middle of the action now!

What are you most passionate about?
     In addition to my lovely wife and a great family, I am partial to my red 1987 Mercedes 560 SL roadster.
     Also, I really love flying around the country, spending time with Airforwarders Association members and learning how I can help clear obstacles in Washington and thus make them more successful. It's a great job that never gets boring.

What's on your playlist?
     Easier to tell you what isn’t but I am really partial to Motown, James Taylor, and smooth jazz.

Name three qualities that got you to where you are today.
     My late father was a lawyer who taught me not to be a man of success but a man of value. Hopefully, I have imparted this wisdom upon my two grown children but I am passionate about advancing the industry that has served me well. He also taught me to be nice because you never know what the next person may be experiencing.      Finally, if passionate about your job, you will never work a day in your life.

What change would you like to see in air cargo?
     None! The industry thrives when faced with change and uncertainty. Keeps us on our toes.

What do you love most about your work?
     The people! Especially the Airforwarders Association Board of Directors which comprises some of the brightest, most accomplished folks in our industry.

Chuckles For April 24, 2019

AFKLMP and Marcel de Nooijer

     “Our latest partnership with WebCargo stipulates time and again that our strategy ‘be there, where the customer is’, is the right one,” said Marcel de Nooijer, Executive Vice President of Air France-KLM Cargo & managing director Martinair Holland NV.
     A new deal had just been announced between Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) and Web Cargo by Freightos.
    But you hear claims and counterclaims as we all know. so Flying Typers decided to check this deal out.
    There were a surprising number of good comments, with one from a CEO of a total logistics forwarder with scores of offices all over the world summing it up, getting right to the point:
     “We have very positive feedback from our offices which are using this system.
     “We just wish more airlines would implement such a system.”
     The partners say, the benefit to forwarders is an instant view of live rates, assess capacity availability, and secure cargo bookings on specific flights in real-time.
     “Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is committed to be a leading player in transforming our industry online.
     “Our online platform myCargo exemplifies our ambition ‘to be easy to do business with’” Marcel de Nooijer assures.

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  Today the Memphis-based integrator lists 142 A300/A310s, with about half of them mothballed.
  Good to recall that 50 years ago the innovative Airbus Industrie was formally created, launching the A300 performing its maiden flight in 1972, and entering service with Air France in May 1974.
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  It set totally new standards in the industry. The innovative two-man glass cockpit was implemented on the A310, launched in July 1978, entering service in April 1983 with Lufthansa and Swissair.
  "Time has proven to us that the A300s and A310s were excellent choices for our fleet," said Jim Parker, senior vice president of air operations at FedEx Express.
  Jim was boss of all air operations at FedEx until he retired in 2017 after 41 years of service.
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