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   Vol. 18 No. 77
Monday December 9, 2019

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Smartphones light up the night protests in Hong Kong, December 8, 2019.

  Just four months after Cathay Pacific's chief executive resigned, Hong Kong Airlines, the city's third largest carrier, is hanging onto its license by its finger nails due to a financial crisis, and is being allowed to survive now with government help.
  We began covering the Hong Kong protests earlier this year thinking, how long would this most important city of banking and commerce, and of course air cargo be strapped by pro-democracy protesters?
  The answer, as 2019 is ending, was loud and clear in the streets on Hong Kong, Sunday, December 8, 2019 as hundreds of thousands of freedom marchers came out to demonstrate.
  The throng included one woman who crawled, literally on hands and knees on the rough road surface—an apt metaphor for the arduous path traveled by Hong Kong’s protest movement in the past six months.
  “Her performance,” said one of her friends “is about the difficulty, or the repetitiveness, of demonstrations.
  “This is really a long-term struggle,” she said, and one that shows few, if any, signs of flagging.

The year 2019 will be remembered at Turkish Cargo as a year-long transition whilst the brand continued to build through major investments and expansion of destinations, among other factors.
     Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer explains.
     “Turkish Cargo, provides air cargo services to more than 300 destinations in 126 countries in the world.
     “After the relocation operation of Turkish Airlines, called the ’Great Move’, which took place 6 months ago, Turkish Cargo’s Dual Hub operations at Istanbul and Atatürk airports have been operating successfully.
     “Turkish Cargo continues its dynamic growth in the air cargo sector with its successful operations in Istanbul, a single-center mega hub that reaches over 60 capitals within a 7-hour flight distance and is the closest to the world's logistics center of gravity.

All Operations SmartIST By 2021

     “We plan to carry out all our operations at Istanbul Airport by 2021.
     “We managed to continue our “Dual Hub” operations both at Atatürk and Istanbul airports with 24/7 full capacity and with the same quality and care.
     “We also reached a good level of on time performance which represents the planned arrival/departure times.
     “This dual operation will continue until one of Turkish Cargo's most valuable and important investments, SmartIST is completed.
     “We aim to be one of the top five air cargo brands in the world with a total handling area of 185,000 m2 and an annual handling capacity of 4 million tons at Istanbul Airport.

Business Booming Up Nearly Nine Percent

     “According to the data disclosed in September by WACD immediately after the partial move to Istanbul Airport,” Turhan declared, “Turkish Cargo increased tonnage rate by 8.8 percent while the overall industry has shrunk by -5.4 percent.
     “Further, Turkish Cargo holds 7th position in the global air cargo market.
     “Turkish Cargo's tonnage market share amounted to 3.6 percent in 2018 and is expected to reach 4.0 percent in 2019 and 6.3 percent by 2023.”

Handling Turkish Cargo

     “The new cargo facility under construction, which is to be completed in two separate phases, will be equipped with IT developments and optimization, robotics automatic storage systems (ASRS-PCHS), as well as special cargo services PER - AVI and Express - E-commerce operational areas,” Turhan said.

Tunnel To Tomorrow

     “Thanks to the tunnels to be constructed, apron transportation will be provided quickly without interrupting the runways and taxiways.
     “In this way, the transfer time of the pallets from the warehouse to the aircraft and from the aircraft to the warehouse will be reduced.
     “Cargo aircraft parking positions close to our facility will provide faster cargo aircraft operation, and a separate distribution base to be installed close to passenger aircraft parking positions will enable more efficient management of short-linked (QRT-Quick Ramp Transfer) cargoes.

All The Bells & Whistles

     “We'll keep performing our operations with the help of our technology-assisted services such as inter-communication of all systems and operation participants via Iot & Big Data,” Turhan said.
     “Enhancing operational efficiency will continue thanks to UGV & UAV, while realizing more area and minimization of human-oriented operations. Shifting to digital processes from paper-based processes will continue thanks to e-freight advances,” Turhan promised.

Global Market Overview

     “The global air cargo industry,” Turhan Ozen assures,” keeps growing and evolving into new dimensions with the effect of the developing technology.
     “According to IATA data, the industry, which shows a growth that can be considered regular in terms of tonnage between 2009 and 2018, is expected to take a substantial share in the global trade operations going forward.
     “In line with the World Air Cargo Forecast, the global air cargo industry and the global cargo fleet are expected to grow by 4.2 percent and more than 75 percent on annual basis between 2018 and 2037.

Prediction of a Growing Market

     “We see that substantial developments and a positive acceleration are occurring in Turkey in step with the global air cargo developments and trends.
     “The data obtained by Eurocontrol shows that cargo, carried in Turkey between 2009 and 2018, has increased by 232 percent.

New Destinations Of Opportunities

     “As mentioned at the top here, with operations to more than 300 destinations, 88 of which are direct cargo destinations, we continue to improve our flight network while maintaining growth momentum in 126 countries around the world.
     “Looking ahead, Quito (Ecuador), Narita (Japan), Ouagadougou (B. Faso), Harare (Zimbabwe), Sharjah (UAE), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Maputo (Mozambique), Yangon (Myanmar), Dusseldorf (Germany) and Guadalajara (Mexico) will be added to the network and we aim to reach more than 120 direct cargo destinations by 2023.

Top Five Cargo By 2023

     “Our fleet of 347 aircraft, including 24 freighters and the newly-acquired six Boeing 777 aircraft, each with a capacity of carrying 102 tons will be serving the 88 direct cargo destinations.
     “In February and March 2020, Turkish Cargo will add on two more Boeing 777F cargo aircraft to the fleet.
     “To achieve our goal of becoming one of the five largest air cargo brands in the world by 2023, Turkish Cargo's fleet, facility and network investments will continue.

An Undeniable Growth Pattern

     “In 2017, we passed the 1 million-ton milestone,” Turhan Ozen said.
     “By 2018 that number increased to more than 1.4 million-tons.
     “So far everything has gone well and we plan to handle 1.6 million tons of air cargo by the end of the 2019.
     “Our goal is to be carrying at least 2 million tons of air cargo per year until 2023.
     “Yes, it is a challenging time, but all of us at Turkish Cargo are excited and motivated about what we are building.
     “Having located our hub at the center of gravity for logistics and being the cargo airline that flies to more countries than any other, we can outpace the competition and track long-term growth in a notoriously cyclical market by offering shippers competitive deals, routes and services.
     “That is why we are constantly renewing our fleet, and added new freighters over the past two years.
     “With these new 777F’s and 330-200F’s, we are increasing our cargo coverage, especially on long haul flights,” Turhan Ozen concluded.

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UPS, Will The Grinch Wear Brown

  In case you had not noticed, in the U.S. Thanksgiving came a little late this year so right now UPS & Fed Ex & USPS are playing catch up as the holiday rush comes hot and heavy.
So folks that traditionally leave it to the last minute might discover a Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) delivery may be their only option.

The Perfect Storm

  Last time this shortened shopping season occurred was in 2013, when these services were redlined by demand and bad weather with the end zone result—a public relations nightmare for express delivery.
  But in the past couple of years, UPS has added a half-dozen new sorting facilities in the U.S., and FedEx new handling equipment, and USPS new scanners.

Shoppers & Shippers Get A Move On

  But with six less shopping days until Christmas, and each service expecting about 30 million parcels a day at the height of the rush before Christmas, word up is that shoppers and shippers better move fast.
  UPS said it has been sending emails and social media alerts to customers.
  USPS said the postal service launched a direct mail campaign just before Thanksgiving to 100 million homes.
  That mailing by the way is regular SOP every year by USPS, but with an expected doubling of online buying in 2019, the upcoming crush could be considerable

Here Are Some Deadlines
U.S. Postal Service
Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground shipments
Dec. 18: Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail
Dec. 19: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 20: First Class
Dec. 21: Priority Mail; Also deadline for Alaska and Hawaii to the mainland through Priority Mail Express
Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express
Dec. 9: SmartPost
Dec. 16: Ground and home delivery
Dec. 19: Express Saver
Dec. 20: Two-day options
Dec. 23: Overnight options
Dec. 25: FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Direct and City Priority
  United Parcel Service
Dec. 13: Last day to ship some UPS Ground packages
Dec. 19: UPS 3 Day Select
Dec. 20: 2nd Day Air
Dec. 23: Next Day Air

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Christmas Trees for Troops

      It’s happening all over the world.
      As Christmas 2019 approaches, organized air cargo, at gateways here in the USA and abroad, is wrapping hearts and minds around helping others.
      Sure, the time is right for parties and celebrations but keeping a weather eye out for others is also very much in season for air cargo folks these days, as issues and challenges are put aside if only for a short while as the new year of 2020 approaches.
      But of course, business does march on.
Robert Keen and Geoffrey Arend      In London, as the British International Freight Association (BIFA) is out front with its big January awards glitter bash that includes a must-to-attend luncheon ceremony on Thursday January 16, 2020 at The Brewery.
      Robert “Peachy“ Keen (pictured here with Geoffrey Arend) was feted recently at a bow-tie party for his unerring dedication to building freight forwarding as an officer and gentleman at BIFA.
      A great supporter of FIATA and all-around good guy, Robert deserves every accolade and honor our industry can give this very great man . . .
      In New York, The Air Cargo Association at JFK International Airport will gather at Russo’s On The Bay in nearby Howard Beach, December 12 for a luncheon Christmas party. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift. . . .
      At LAX, The Los Angeles Air Cargo Association meets to ring in the season, also on Thursday December 12 at 11:30 at Los Angeles Marriott (Century Blvd) Contact: . . .
      At ORD O’Hare, the International Air Cargo Association of Chicago gathers December 10 from 11:15 until 1400 hours in Elk Grove Village at Belvedere Events. IACAC is affiliated with Toys for Tots, so everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. Contact: . . .
      In Atlanta, the Air Cargo Association (ACA) takes off on December 12 as well at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North at 11 AM. ACA is asking for clean new blankets or $10USD in cash . . .
      In Germany, Air Cargo Club Germany (ACD) meets December 12 to review the past and hopefully learn about the future with a presentation by Peter Gerber, CEO-Lufthansa Cargo.
      The meeting (and party) begins at 16:00 and goes until 19:30 at LSG Sky Chefs, Jean-Gardner-Batten-Strasse 5 (Gateway Gardens) Frankfurt am Main, 60549 Germany . . .
      On January 14 ( same time & venue) ACD will toast the New Year at their Annual General Meeting with Presidential Elections.
      Prost and Fröhliche Weihnachten, we say!

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 16th 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.

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Doolittle Raider Cole

      The attack took place less than five months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.
      Jimmy Doolittle moved from aviation hero and 1930s stunt pilot to immortality, leading an intrepid band of hero airmen on a daring raid of Tokyo, at a time when the morale and spirit of America was badly impacted by Pearl Harbor.
      When news broke that a force of B25 light bombers had taken off from the bobbing decks of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers under cover of darkness, flown all the way to Tokyo, and bombed the supposedly invincible Empire of Japan, it lifted the nation and gave the United States a badly needed shot in the arm.
      President Roosevelt thanked General Doolittle, awarding the airman the Congressional Medal of Honor.
      Every year after WWII, the 80 Tokyo Raiders would gather to remember and relive the past.
      But as time went on, The Tokyo Riders saw their numbers dwindle down to just one.
      This past April, Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, the copilot of General Jimmy Doolittle and the last of the 80 Tokyo Raiders, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas.
      He was 103.
      His last public appearance was April 18, 2017, when he alone represented his comrades for the raid’s 75th anniversary at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.
      As we recalled Pearl Harbor this past weekend on December 7, we again bid a fond farewell to the people, who lifted a nation in early 1942.
      But thinking about the Doolittle Raiders, there will always be one.
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