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Tuesday September 24, 2019

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Asia Fruit Logistica (AFL) commercial director Wilfried Wollbold (far right) presents Impact Award to representatives of Yupaa Group. Hong Kong unrest caused dip in 2019 AFL attendance.

   Asia Fruit Logistica (AFL) 2019 was held in Hong Kong September 4-6 amidst the protests and unrest which have characterized life in the former Crown Colony, that still continue.
   The event, an offshoot of Fruit Logistica held in Berlin every year has consistently grown in Asia during the past several meetings.
   Although show attendance dropped 10% at the venue Asia World-Expo Hong Kong, AFL’s commercial director Wilfried Wollbold was upbeat:
   “We are sincerely grateful to all our exhibitors and trade visitors for joining this year’s edition under difficult circumstances. “We feel fortunate to be part of such a great and resilient industry.”

Where Are The Fruits?

   Delegates to AFL received the first copies of a statistical guide to Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable business covering 12 different markets, including Vietnam for the first time this year, as well as a global fruit map displaying the main trade lanes for fresh fruit imports to Asia.

How Do You Like Them Apples?

   Of course there were awards. Rockit Global won the ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ for its innovative miniature apples campaign in China.
   Indonesian importer Laris Manis Utama won the ‘Importer of the Year’, while Chinese food retailer Yonghui Superstores grew into ‘Produce Retailer of the Year’ and “Shazam!”, the AFL ‘Impact Award’ went to Indian importer-grower-distributor Yupaa Group.
   With China, Asia’s fast-growing fresh produce market is expected to account for over 50 percent of global consumer spending on fresh fruit and vegetables by 2030. AFL vows to return to the same venue in Hong Kong next year.
   AFL 2020 takes place at Asia World Expo Hong Kong September 23-25, 2020.

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“Looking at the 2019 business climate currently in place, ATC sees that in some countries we are slightly ahead and elsewhere a bit lower than we would like.
     “Tonnage average overall is somewhat the same as last year but yields are lower.
     “Without a doubt the challenge is a tough business year so we remain on our toes and close to our customers.
     “The best surprise in this climate is no surprise.
     “We have exciting plans and business contracts underway toward final agreement, as we continue our expansion in the months ahead,” said Ingo Zimmer, CEO of top GSSA ATC.
     “We are pleased to say that Air Astana has joined to ATC family and are here tonight."
     Air Astana is the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, based in Almaty where it operates scheduled, domestic and international services on 64 routes from its main hub.
     “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,” Ingo Zimmer told FlyingTypers.
     “We work strenuously to train our reservation and customer service staff to recognize the value and importance of the freight forwarder.
     “The result is, ATC is especially sensitive to the demands and expectations of fluctuating markets and their effect on shippers and forwarders—down on the ground, shipment for shipment.
     “We know what the forwarders’ expectations are, as we speak the language of the forwarder, the airline’s biggest customer,” Ingo said.

Oktoberfest Spectacular

     They say that cream rises to the top and that expression was evident all round as a soft, end of summer evening Oktoberfest in Frankfurt brought the most important transportation partners together last week on Wednesday, September 18, at “Anglerheim Moerfelden” located in a bosky dell quite close to Frankfurt Airport.
     Ingo Zimmer and Dagmar Hanau, Group Marketing Manager hosted their annual “ATC Oktoberfest” greeting more than 400 guests from all over Europe and some from destinations far and wide to attend this annual rite of passage celebratory event.
     Ingo’s greeting to the gathering was short and sweet as he proclaimed:
     “This is our 30th anniversary. ATC has grown since then and today represents 75 airline customers in 22 countries. Here in Germany, one of the biggest markets for ATC Aviation with 70 million kilos annually gives us reason to celebrate with you, our customers and colleagues. We thank you for your cooperation and continued support.”
     Gathered together for fun and frolic in traditional dress and under a gaily-lit ferris wheel that spun people aloft in the night, once again a grand tradition, the ATC Oktoberfest was the place to be in Frankfurt air cargo society last week for an unforgettable evening.
     There was great food, beer, music, ladies in dirndls and men in lederhosen, as everyone took a step back to celebrate the air cargo harvest of 2019 with pied piper Ingo Zimmer, and Grand Marshal and hostess extraordinaire Frau Hanau.
     Dagmar and her team of beautiful of young ladies, it should be noted, thought of everything.
     As a cool breeze settled upon the dell venue, heating lamps were ignited and soft blankets were in evidence everywhere for further comfort and relaxation of the diners.
     ATC is a family fraternity, no doubt, and everyone in their embrace is treated with care and attention.
     In the quiet, forested setting, ATC arranged dress up portrait booths, a coffee cart, and a shooting gallery. There was even a contest that offered relief from every day tension by pounding a nail into a log, with a shot of Jägermeister as reward.
     Everything was just right for the group that gathered around the beautiful small lakeside for the evening frolic while music filled the air.
     Inside the comfortable Mörfelden Lodge a place where the fisherman gather, is a table with a small sign that pays homage to its inhabitants with the lyrical dedication, “table for fishermen, hunters & liars.”
     From a series of gaily decorated tents that encircled a traditional German Beer Garden set up with colorful tables accented with bright tables clothes, small vases of flowers and baskets of pretzels, came heaping plates of local delights including traditional Bavarian fare of roasted chicken and Weisswurst to Leberkäse with potato salad and other delicacies.
     All the food was delicious and sumptuously prepared, but special attention must be paid to the heavenly mushrooms that filled plates this special evening.
     Grown on the hills around Frankfurt and harvested at this time, alongside the various sweet and dry white grapes that make the Riesling wines, the steaming hot cooked mushrooms served rich and bubbly simply can’t be beat.
     Presented in a cream sauce that to our taste is simply out of this world, the mushrooms achieve star quality and were outstanding on the plate as a meal all by themselves.
     And, of course, wherever you turned there was great German beer and local wines, plentifully perfect, and always within arm’s reach.
     But don’t just take our word for it. Here on this page we invite you, dear reader, to join some of the ATC Oktoberfest celebrants we spoke to as we share the feeling of this very special gathering with you as well.
     “The end of summer is a good time to take stock of things as winter approaches and to say a simple thank you in a relaxed and supple atmosphere, to the people who support our efforts and mean so much to us,” Ingo Zimmer declared.
     “This Oktoberfest gathering for all of us at ATC is a celebration of the people in the community that we work with and admire daily,” said Dagmar Hanau, ATC Group Marketing Manager.
     There was a good feeling here, a buzz of excitement in the air as the evening filled with friends, good food, and music for a party. Although scheduled to end at midnight, like a moveable feast, the fest just kept on giving, lasting well into the wee, small hours of the morning.

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Ajay Singh  SpiceXpress, SpiceJet’s cargo division leased a 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
  “We are expanding the markets we currently serve, particularly in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Bangladesh and the 737-800BCF is helping enable our strategic direction,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. Boeing said that it has 120 orders and commitments for the freighter and expects 17 units to be delivered in 2019.

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United Dorian Relief
Nearly 100 aid workers as well as 30,000 lbs. of relief supplies were on board United's employee driven humanitarian flight to the Bahamas.

     Dorian spun into the northeastern Bahamas as the most powerful Category 5 storm on record. Its eyewall passed directly over Great Abaco and its outer islands before stalling over Grand Bahama for nearly 40 hours. Powerful gusts topping 220 miles per hour destroyed or damaged almost every structure they encountered. Marsh Harbour International Airport was completely flooded for at least two days. At least 70,000 homes were destroyed – at a conservative estimate of 4 people per household, that represents 80% of the population. At 5 inhabitants per home, nearly the entire population would be rendered homeless.
     Most of us who read this in the news could scarcely imagine the scale of suffering this implies – we pause briefly and move on to the next story. Having personally spent time over there, I can assure you that Dorian devastated the islands, wrecking households and businesses, leaving nearly everyone without food, shelter, and medical care. The entire economic infrastructure of the country – roads, buildings, businesses and vehicles – has been destroyed.
     Amerijet, a 787 all-cargo schedule airline serving the Bahamas, recognized the urgent need and, despite the risk to its planes and people, immediately began flights of 787-300’s packed with aid supplies into an airport which had been under water only a day before.
     The U.S. military, as always, also answered the call. Few of us appreciate how rapidly and deliberately TRANSCOM and Air Mobility Command (AMC), the organizations responsible for the bulk of military air logistics, have always treated humanitarian disaster relief as an urgent mission. Ably led by Gen. Steve Lyons and Gen. Maryanne Miller, both commands immediately sprung into action, deploying teams to the islands in the storm’s immediate aftermath.
     Larger aircraft would have difficulty because of limited usable space at the airport, so even as work crews cleared the rubble, Gen. Miller took smaller C130 cargo aircraft off of other missions to deliver urgently needed supplies into the Bahamas to save lives and start the rebuilding process.
     AMC, which has the C-17s, larger aircraft capable of landing in austere conditions, piled them high with aid and started flying as many flights as the island infrastructure could support. Slower moving but more capacious ships loaded with relief supplies were also dispatched by TRANSCOM.
     It’s easy to equate military aircraft with fighting wars and destruction, but never forget that our men and women in uniform are also a lifeline for those struck by natural disasters, saving countless lives.
Bill Boesch

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