|Vol. 19 No. 22||
Monday March 16, 2020
Today Monday March 16, Virgin Atlantic announced that as result of the COVID-19 pandemic and flight restrictions, the airline is putting “drastic measures in place to ensure cash is preserved, costs are controlled, and the future of the airline is safeguarded.”
Virgin Atlantic will park 75% of its fleet and reduce flights by 80% between March 17 and 26th.
“This will be subject to constant review as the situation evolves,” Virgin said.
“Our London Heathrow-Newark route will be permanently terminated with immediate effect.”
“The situation is deteriorating at pace and the airline has seen several days of negative bookings, driven by a huge volume of cancellations as customers choose to stay at home,” Virgin said, adding:
“Staff will be asked to take eight weeks unpaid leave over the next three months, with the cost spread over six months' salary, to drastically reduce costs without job losses.
“Significantly,” VS said, “the European Commission has announced a suspension of the ‘use it or lose it’ slot rules until June 30, 2020, enabling the airline to consolidate schedules and ground aircraft immediately.”
A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson commented:
“The aviation industry is facing unprecedented pressure. We are appealing to the Government for clear, decisive and unwavering support.
“Our industry needs emergency credit facilities to a value of £5-7.5bn, to bolster confidence and to prevent credit card processors from withholding customer payments.
“We also need slot alleviation for the full summer 2020 season, so we can match supply to demand – reducing costs and preventing unviable flying and corresponding CO2 emissions.
“With this support, airlines including Virgin Atlantic, can weather this storm and emerge in a position to assist the nation’s economic recovery and provide the passenger and cargo connectivity that business and people across the country rely on.”
As COVID-19 has shut down Italy talking of what is happening on the
ground in Italian logistics right now opens the door for a conversation
with some hardworking freight forwarders.
I am delighted to share ten outstanding
women I admire and tell you why for Women's History Month in 2020.
#2. Janet Jenkins, my Aunt. My first job in the industry was under her supervision. She taught me that “C” work is not acceptable and that I must do “A+” work. I learned business integrity and an eye for compliance from her. I strive in every way to do “A+” work because mediocre work doesn’t cut it. Thank you, Aunt Janet!
#3. Pam Osterland, one of the best bosses I ever had. She wouldn’t let me quit. Pam was the Regional VP and I was the District Manager. I was, well, doing mediocre work and I attributed that to some personal things at the time. However, mediocre is not acceptable, and with Pam, apparently quitting wasn’t either. She was having that talk with me about my performance and when she was done she simply asked, “So what are you going to do about it?” My reply, “I guess I’ll resign”. Her reply, “Quitting is not an option”. I learned a changed behavior is not obtained by leaving a situation, but rather accepting the flaw and being willing to make it better.
last, but certainly not least –
There are so many more women who have had
great and positive impacts on my life, both personally and professionally.
I can’t begin to thank them all. Had these women not taken an interest
in me, I would not be who I am today.
Donna Mullins' company
Donna Mullins International Solutions is an independent small company
that in 2020 is a bulwark of the air cargo community at ATL through its
hands-on support for the Atlanta Air Cargo Association and other local
airport building efforts. Recently Donna’s company became the Senior
Consulting Firm in North America in the Air Cargo Community Systems (ACS)
Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines
adds passenger configured B787-9s as cargo charters between Singapore
Changi and Guangzhou and Nanjing, China.
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