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Family Aid 2020
   Vol. 19 No. 42
Thursday May 21, 2020
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Jacques Ancher

“I do not believe that the air cargo industry will change. The significant changes which will take place in the airline industry will be determined by passenger-related issues.”
Jacques Ancher, Amsterdam, Netherlands May 9, 2020.

A Thought Leader for All Times

  “I am still fascinated by this business.
  “If you stand back and take the full view of air cargo, what is in clear focus is that this is a multi-billon dollar business driven by a large, dedicated group that includes the best, most prestigious companies in the world.
  “Air cargo is really and truly golden.
  “Although I have gotten along in years since I retired from KLM, I cannot understand why this beautiful cargo industry is still treated in some cases as a stepchild.
  “We must be doing something wrong,” said Jacques Ancher in 2014 as he was inducted in to the TIACA Hall of Fame. Jacques served as Executive Vice President of KLM Cargo from 1990 to 2001.

Who is Jacques Ancher?

  “Jacques brought a remarkable ability to reduce difficult issues to common terms, and he sought to maintain a reasonable balance among carrier, forwarder, and customer in a wildly competitive universe,” Richard Malkin told me one morning at breakfast in 2014.

Who was Richard Malkin?

Richard Malkin  Mr. Malkin, who was 101 at the time, was founding editor of Cargo Airlift Magazine in 1942 until 1978 and was awarded the highest recognition of the Dutch government for his work.
  From age 100 until he turned 104, Mr. Malkin served as FlyingTypers Editor Special Commentaries.
  “In negotiations, his was the exacting language of a businessman, not of the manager of a glamorous service,” Mr. Malkin said about Jacques.
  “It was Shakespeare who said that nothing is good without respect, and clearly Jacques reflects the respect and appreciation of a selfless career devoted to reaching the targets and setting new goals for an industry intent on growth and profitability.”

Sabiha Arend, Ram Menen, Malou Menen, Ashok Thomas and Bill Boesch

Ram Menen who invented air cargo for Emirates Airline and then led the Dubai carrier before retiring seven years ago joins the COVID-19 and air cargo story.
     “Surveying the air cargo event landscape for the remainder of 2020,” Ram said,” my guess is cargo events folks are a bit more optimistic than everybody else, namely the attendees.”

Hold Off On Trade Shows

     “Right now as the global pandemic continues to rage, I am not too sure if this optimism is well placed as travel and large gathering of people, I reckon, will not be encouraged for at least a year until a vaccine appears or at least we can feel our efforts to mitigate this global scourge are achieved, and millions of folks are vaccinated.
     “My thought is that it is better for all to cancel earlier than last moment to avoid huge costs.
     “But all of us should look, give full marks for optimism and then do what we have to do.”

Making It Happen

     “The COVID-19 pandemic has given credence to IATA Cargo’s slogan “Air cargo makes it happen”.
     “The global airline industry has always allowed cargo to be overshadowed by the passenger business.
     “But now sadly, the tables have turned at least in the short run and maybe longer as criticality of the logistics and transportation industry have been clearly established, given that their mainstay passenger business has been brought down to its knees like never before.”

Happy Days Are Here Again?

     “For several airlines, cargo is generating some cash to help sustain their companies. The passenger traffic is likely to take a few years to come back, so most passenger airlines are likely to turn to cargo to keep themselves afloat.
     “This would mean that cargo should be in the driver’s seat at least for the next 3-4 years.
     “Having said that, memories are short and once the pax traffic is back, most airline focus will turn back to pax-related issues which could sideline cargo priorities again.”

Progressives Get It

     “More progressive airlines like Lufthansa, Emirates, Qatar, Cathay, Singapore, Korean etc. will continue to give due attention to cargo as they have in the past.
     “It will be up to the leadership in the cargo departments to keep reminding what cargo did when the chips were down and let their pax peers not forget the value that air cargo brings to the airlines, airports and, the world.”

Cargo Delivers Ability To Function

     “The fact remains that without logistics, the front liners, be they in medical, an army at war, for that matter, all aspects of life, would not be able to function.
     “The folks in logistics and transportation in general are the unsung heroes.”

Cargo Bellies Up To CIC

     “Cargo in the cabin and bellies work well when the supply and demand is tipped towards demand.
     “This is not the first time that pax aircraft have been used for Cargo In Cabin (CIC) operations and this is not going to be the last.
     “The cost of using pax aircraft for cargo only missions is more expensive than production freighters.
     “In pax CIC cargo-only operation, the entire route revenue has to come from a lot lower tonnage as the available payload on a pax aircraft is up to 40-50% lower than that of a production freighter.”

CIC Elevates Breakeven

     “So the breakeven and unit cost becomes a lot higher.
     “Hence, moving cargo in this manner requires higher rates to be viable.
Aircraft such as B777-300ERF can carry up to 60 plus tons in their bellies.
     “That is why some pax aircraft are called freighters in disguise or the invisible freighters.”

PPE Cubes Out

     “To achieve true revenue success you need to have high density cargo.
     “However, in the current scenario, equipment like PPE, ventilators and other medical equipment/accessories tend to be very volumetric, cubing out before weighing out.
     “Added to density in bellies, cabin loading for mail and less dense consignments makes sense to achieve better tonnage flights.”

Delays & Manpower Drive CIC

     “Loading in the cabin works when we are in desperate situations as it is virtually bulk loading in the cabin, which is extremely manpower intensive and an inefficient high cost operation for the ground handlers. CIC also requires extended ground times which further adds to cost.”

CIC Fade Away?

     “So, once the pax operations start coming back, the attractiveness of cabin loading is likely to fade.
     “It is probable that most airlines are going to shrink their operations to match the pax demand resulting in lower capacity supply in the cargo market.”

Higher Rates Might Hold Over

     “Lower capacity as things go, could mean that air cargo rates are likely to be on the higher side for the near to medium term.
     “This has a knock-on effect on the economy and the cost of goods and services in the market are likely to be higher for the foreseeable future in comparison to the pre-Covid-19 days.
     “Put another way, we have all got to get used to a higher cost of living for a few years.”

Air Cargo Could Get Railroaded

     “What the air cargo industry has got to be careful about is the loss of traffic to rail, especially on the China/Europe routes.
     “In a high demand, short supply situation, cargo generally can take a week to 10 days to get to destination.
     “This makes the 14-17 days rail transit times from China to Europe a viable option at a lot lower cost.
     “In the past, we used to see migration from air to sea.
     “This time around we are likely to see migration from air and sea to rail.
     “So while our business is making hay while the sun shines, we all need to think about the future and try and sustain the growth of the traditional trade lanes business, which could also be affected by the reshoring of supply chains.”

Global Heroes For All Seasons

     “In a quite stressful time there are many heroes that I admire, however, in my book, the biggest heroes are the teams that help the front-liners to keep humankind and the world safe and secure.
     “These are the unsung heroes of the international, domestic and local logistics and transportation companies, including those involved in last mile deliveries.
     “Without those dear hearts and gentle people, the wheels of commerce would come to a grinding halt.
     “And yes I do believe will get through this time!” Ram Menen assures.

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Truckers Calendar

  Here is an at home activity to bring out the artists in our next generations.
  In the U.S., The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is accepting entries for their annual calendar, inviting children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12) to use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads.
  Winners will see their art on thousands of calendars in 2021 and there are some other prizes as well.
  Complete rules and other information and deadlines (June 26, 2020) here.

Some Inside Tips . . .

  The art must show a truck and/or a bus.
  Make sure all drivers and passengers in all vehicles are shown wearing seat belts.
  There are no limitations on the number of overall vehicles in the artwork, including cars.
  But the scene depicted should be similar to a real-life road situation.
  Hint: Make sure you put a lot of room between the big truck/big bus and the car or bicycle, so they are not too close.

Smiling Faces Going Places

  In creating artwork, children should use one of the following:
  Draw a truck driver or bus driver smiling at a person who is in a car traveling safely or on a bicycle riding safely on the road. Hint: Make sure the person in the car or bike rider sees the truck or bus driver too!

Picture Safety First

  Draw a truck or bus making a turn in a busy street. Hint: Make sure the other cars and people are giving the large truck or bus a lot of room and are not too close.
  Good luck getting into the picture!

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Jack and Sharon Zembeck

Hi Geoffrey,

  My good friend and a guy that really knew air cargo, Jack Zembeck passed away on Sunday, April 15, at age 79.
  Jack was manager of cargo sales for the original Frontier Airlines. I worked as a cargo senior agent in Denver for Frontier and worked closely with Jack. After Frontier in 1986 he went to America West Airlines and then worked for several companies afterwards.
  Jack came to Denver from Jamaica, NY, and filled our 737 and Convair 580 aircraft with cargo. His forwarder and airline background made him a guy that I could go to for answers. He knew his customers and how to max out an airplane with cargo.
  I last saw Jack at the JFK Air Cargo day in Howard Beach a couple of years ago. We swapped stories and he was always aware of the market. He was a New Yorker in and out, but really loved the west.
  He will be missed.

Mike White
Cargo Network Services

  Jack served at Air Express International Wings & Wheels [Guenter Rohrmann], was a forwarding pioneer, and prior to that worked at Airborne Freight.
  Later Jack moved into airline cargo at Trans World Airlines (TWA), Frontier, and, as Mike mentions, America West. A New Yorker and graduate of Queens College, Jack knew his stuff and was air cargo through and through. He was likeable and always welcoming and willing to go deep dish and share his thoughts toward the betterment of our industry.
  Best of all, Jack was fun to talk and share stories with.
  He was a people person who helped others and shared what he knew, but he was also willing to learn.
  We honor Jack’s life and marvel at how he coped losing his beloved first wife, Linda, a decade ago in May 2010, and mourn his passing. We send his wife, Sharon Hutton Zembeck, his three children and their families every affection at this time.

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The Music Man

     Next Monday is Memorial Day in America. The federal holiday honors and mourns military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
     The holiday, which is always observed on the last Monday in May, falls a little early in 2020, but that is good because this year it feels like we have all been fighting a war.
     We should pause and say prayers for our soldiers, as the country has done since 1870.
     But this year, let’s include everyone who has fought and been lost in the battle against COVID-19.
     Memorial Day is also the official beginning of the summer season.
     The time when state parks and beaches open, and the kids are finishing up the school year for summer.
     Out in the backyard the BBQ is dusted off and the stores shed racks of ribs, hot dogs, chips and pretzels as those traditional summer foods go centerstage.      The portable radio is set and tuned for the baseball game, and ice buckets are loaded with beer and placed within arm’s reach.
     But alas, in a world turned upside down, kids are already home and while the backyard can still function, in most towns big and small the parade—usually the centerpiece of this seasonal celebration—looks like a goner.
     Earlier this year in New York City, officials cancelled the St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 17) for the first time in more that 250 years.
     Unfortunately, things haven’t opened up much since then, so there are no parades for Memorial Day in New York or many other places.
     But here we offer a parade that you can link up to your flat screen TV.
     The music just at the conclusion of the movie The Music Man starring Robert Preston includes one of the more rousing parades that you are ever likely to see.
     So, stick with this presentation; it starts off slow, befitting the general mood today in our COVID-19 world.
     Here are some musicians who seem to be having trouble getting into tune, just like many of us right now.
     But then all of a sudden, the movie suspends disbelief, picks up its game, and gets into a parade that dreams are made of.
     I like that just as the music ends here, so does the film finale!
     Makes you want to quash the quarantine and get outside!
     Try it.
     Happy Memorial Day 2020!

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