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   Vol. 19 No. 49
Tuesday June 30, 2020
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EMO Trans Stands Against Racism

“With the current events concerning racism and its effect on our daily lives it is time to clearly state which side we are on,” writes Joachim Frigger EMO Trans Chairman Friday June 26.
     “EMO Trans stands with all of those that oppose racism and discrimination of any kind.
     “We believe in the diversity of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, experiences, and the inclusion of people regardless of their race, color, gender, language, national origin, religion, orientation or age.

Core Values

     Emo Trans at our core is a logistics company and our purpose is to bring people, ideas, and goods from a beautifully diverse and interesting world together.
     “We firmly believe that the more people know about each other, through exchanges made between different cultures, the more we all realize that we are also the same.”

Stand Against Racism in 2020

     “EMO Trans believes that kindness and acceptance are the paths forward.
     “We are a global company that is composed of many different races and ethnicities and we acknowledge that we are not perfect.
     “Standing against racism and discrimination is an exploration that requires us to look within, as well as outward.
     “Emo Trans is deeply affected by the current global protests and fully support the intentions of all anti-racism movements.
     “We feel,” Jo Frigger said, “that peaceful demonstrations are an important inalienable human right, and stand with those who march in that spirit.”

Tolerance Driving Change

     “From the Board of Directors on down, we will always act to educate and remedy any discriminatory behavior as soon as it is made known.
     “Reforms are needed in many areas and we are prepared to do our part.
     “We are currently working on ideas, in addition to tolerance training methods that we already employ, on how to best educate our organization by taking things further.

Advancing Change

     “We will conscientiously identify, discuss, and confront issues of racism and discrimination and the impacts they have on the organization, our systems, and our people.
     “Emo Trans will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover within EMO Trans and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process.

Unique Moment In History

     “This process will be a journey and it is the learning along the way that makes this work worth all of our efforts.
     “My view is that anything that keeps this movement in time as part of the public conversation is ultimately a positive thing,” Jo Frigger declared.

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What Is Next For U.S. Airports

     While most of the conversation lately has centered on what the world of airlines, forwarders and other players in air cargo will look like moving ahead, here are some thoughts from Dan Muscatello, an expert in airport Cargo and Logistics strategy and planning.
     Dan brings an impressive portfolio of more than 40 years of experience, in both the public and private sectors.
     He has been a development strategist for both the business and physical facility planning of air cargo complexes, and the integration of ancillary and supporting logistics services and what make airport air cargo operationally and financially feasible.
     So here we are in the midst of the COVID-19 global challenge, with an airport air cargo perspective from “Dan, the Airport Cargo Man,” offering some plain talk about challenges that are confronting airports as well as some solutions for happy landings, financially and strategically moving ahead in 2020.

Out Of Control Change

     “The main issue for airports,” Dan contends, “is that so much of future cargo operations is beyond their control.
     “It’s important to note that airports in general, and airport organizations have developed detailed plans for how to protect personnel involved with the handling of cargo. But the problem in the changing logistics landscape that they are now facing, is figuring out if and how the cargo will arrive at their airport. Airlines have reduced their passenger operations by as much as 90% or more, and major routes have been scaled back. The result is that many of these remaining flights are extremely dependent on belly cargo for revenue, and a number of passenger aircraft have been converted to freighters. While we all believe that these situations will begin to reverse themselves, it may be several years before things begin to settle into a new normal.
     “The airlines have recently been allocated a $25 billion part grant, part loan bailout to help with their recovery. Airports, that are of course dependent on the carriers for revenue, received $10 billion in federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants in the two trillion-dollar stimulus bill passed in March. These funds will be distributed to airports utilizing existing formulas.
     “The American Association of Airport Executives indicated that the infusion will assist airports that are "reeling from the impacts of coronavirus and the precipitous decline in travel that has occurred in a matter of a few short weeks." The money is intended to help retain staff, avoid defaults on bonds, deliver key capital programs, and assist with recovery efforts. While this seems like a substantial boost, it must be put in context.
     “Earlier this year, the Airports Council International estimated that North American airports will have approximately $125 billion in infrastructure needs that must be addressed over the next five years. When combined with the recent, ongoing, and projected future losses, the deferral of non-critical maintenance, and the reductions in traffic, the future will be lean. It therefore becomes imperative that airports identify every opportunity to enhance revenues and reduce costs for themselves, and their partners.
     “It seems unlikely that passenger volumes and revenues will see 2019 levels for years. The virus will have a scarring effect on many potential business and leisure travelers. New vacation destinations reachable by car will become more popular and fewer people will be inclined to wander too far from home. Businesses will have developed a new reliance on video conferences and the facilities for this type of communication have expanded exponentially in the present crisis; the very demonstrable cost and time savings will have an impact on business travel.
     “Overarching these considerations is the financial aspect that will severely curtail travel by air for a population that has taken a heavy hit. It’s also very likely that as we emerge from the pandemic, a number of less financially profitable routes to secondary airports will be gone. Fewer passenger flights translate to less belly cargo and a greater reliance on freighters and trucking.
     “Cargo statistics for the first quarter seem to indicate that overall volumes remained relatively flat, but the transport element shifted strongly to trucking and freighters. This is due to several factors. The most obvious is the reduction in belly capacity, but the virus “stay at home” containment strategies and the closing of non-essential retail have accelerated the growth of e-commerce. An added boost to the volumes has come from the shipment of medical supplies both domestically and internationally. The shift has been strongly felt at a number of airports—Anchorage, Seattle, and Chicago are just a few of the facilities impacted heavily by the freighter emphasis. The second quarter initial numbers also show only very little change year over year, although results vary regionally. So where do these changes leave airports?
     “Airports provide the facilities, landside access, and aeronautical infrastructure to accommodate the movement of goods by air. A substantial number of airports have historically built facilities that cater to belly cargo operations with minimal or no aircraft apron. With a continuing reduction in belly cargo capacity and a reliance on freighters, there is a likelihood that for these airports there will be a substantial loss of cargo volumes and an underutilization of the cargo facilities if they do not have available ramp. This would also have a potential impact on the regional logistics distribution and ground delivery systems. Conversely, airports with apron capacity, may be confronted with unanticipated demand for cargo handling and lack adequate facility capacity and landside access to accommodate the volumes.
     “The increased tonnage would also have a substantial impact on regional distribution systems. The bottom line is that the industry will, over the near-term, see some fairly significant changes. The questions are how long will the changes last and how can the evolution of the industry be best addressed?
     “My friend Brandon Fried continually reminds me that freight forwarders are some of the smartest people in the industry. Regardless of the circumstances, they are built to adapt and find the most cost effective and efficient way to deliver shipments to their customers. They work hand-in-glove with other critical elements of the air cargo industry—the carriers, truckers, government agencies, customs brokers, and the diverse universe of shippers, to meet the global needs of the industry.
     “Integrators and e-commerce giants carry an increasingly greater percentage of the world’s cargo volumes and have their own unique operating dynamics and requirements.
     “Historically, airports have been the landlords that provide the facilities and infrastructure with (other than few exceptions) limited interaction (by design) other than leasing. Several of the larger gateways have cargo committees that work well together in addressing day-to-day issues: what they may be facing over the next several months could be very different. So what can the industry reasonably expect – above all, the need for flexibility.

     •  New cargo facilities and infrastructure should be configured to accommodate cargo handling and the interface between airside and landside operations.
     •  Landside cargo infrastructure will need to accommodate increased trucking activity with appropriate staging, maneuvering, and roadway geometry to eliminate choke points.
     •  Building technology will continue to add efficiencies. Physical planning must reflect and accommodate this.
     •  Cargo screening and clearance processes will become increasingly automated requiring close working relationships with government agencies.
     •  Cargo handling companies will assume larger roles in the management and operation of cargo facilities.
     •  The experience of regional customs brokers and freight forwarders will facilitate throughput.

     “It will be critical that the physical platforms that airports provide are compatible with any changes to regional and industry shipping changes, and the best way for this to happen is through solid communication. On the surface it sounds pretty straightforward, but candid discussion can be an issue. Segments of the industry tend to be parochial about operations. Some firms may need to bite the bullet and extend themselves to facilitate the assurance of a rational plan for the airport to meet industry requirements.
     “All that being said, airports have an opportunity to help themselves and their partners. As the common point where industry segments and their operations come together, it seems logical for airports to take the lead either through their existing committees, or through the assembly of multi-disciplinary Cargo Response Teams to address the issues as soon as possible.
     “Now is the time to first look at the challenges that existed prior to the virus, assess how they have changed and can be addressed, and then take a comprehensive look at building a framework that addresses the long-term needs of the regional air cargo community.
     “It’s still too soon to see where the future will take us, but that future is taking shape now and it’s not too soon to begin to open up a dialogue that will keep airports and their partners ahead of the curve.”
Dan Muscatello

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     When the immortal air cargo journalist and Air Cargo News FlyingTypers Special Commentaries Editor, the late Richard Malkin penned his forward-thinking book “Boxcars In The Sky” in 1948, he could have hardly imagined 2020, when more boxes than people would ride topside in passenger aircraft as has happened for the past four months.
     So right now when it comes to ULDs—the modern day boxcars, we stay in touch with Bob Rogers, a person that has thought about these things for most of his life examining all possibilities and today as the spirit and guiding force of ULD CARE.
     Sometimes you can imagine if Bob had his way, he might even live in a can and listen to the patter of rain on the tin roof as he thinks his next big thoughts.

Some Dreamers But Montreal?

Urs Wiesendanger and Bob Rogers      The ULD CARE organization founded in 2010 and based in Montreal with people like Bob Rogers who serves as Secretary/Treasurer and Urs Wiesendanger who is President, is dedicated to the advancement and proper use of ULDs and has issued papers on that very subject, and even has a big annual convention every September. In 2020, like many other events, the September Annual ULD CARE conference has been cancelled.
     Speaking from Hong Kong, Bob Rogers says, “here in Hong Kong, with our previous experience from SARS we pretty much dodged the bullet, with only 1000+ cases, of COVID which probably 50% arrived from overseas and I think just six deaths.
     “At the same time restrictions on activities and movements have been quite limited, and those that have been in place are now pretty well lifted, so life is kind of completely normal except of course there is a 99.999% use of masks wherever you go (this is just Hong Kong DNA and in fact in my opinion has contributed enormously to us getting through this so lightly) and no trips anywhere,” Bob reports.

The Good & The Ugly

     “One of the ugliest parts of the past months is of course the almost complete shutdown of our enormous airport and airline industry.
     “From where we live we actually can see a certain number of the arriving flights.      “Fortunately the in and out is from sufficient height so that we don't suffer from the noise, but these days the skies are awfully empty except for B- 747’s that one always knows are filled with cargo.”

Hong Kong Can-Do

     “Having lived in Hong Kong for over 40 years,” Bob confides, “and becoming totally immersed in its can-do spirit, I have every confidence that we will be bouncing back.
     “The return probably will not quite as fast as we might hope, but equally not as slow as some people might think.”

ULDs In The Sky

     “So I look forward to the day when our skies are full again, above and below decks with the return to more normal operations worldwide so that once again we will see our business thriving.
     ““The ULD Annual gathering slated for Vienna, September 21-24 is of course cancelled, but we plan to reschedule.
     ““Please check for updates,” Bob Rogers said.

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Jill Carries A Truckload

Jill Maschmeier

  The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) recognized Jill Maschmeier who serves as the Director of Safety/Compliance at National Carriers, Inc. with the “TCA Safety Professional of the Year 2020 Clare C. Casey Award.”
  The late Clare Casey was a safety professional who transformed truck safety procedures at TCA as a pioneering force for the first annual Safety & Security Division meeting in 1982.
  The announcement was made online (how else) during TCA’s Virtual Safety & Security Meeting on Wednesday, June 24.
  Mike Rinehart, Vice President of Finance, National Carriers, Inc. said, “Jill’s motto is that every day we always can learn something that we can pass on to our co-workers and family. Righ now she is working for education and safety awareness during the current COVID-19 crisis.”
  In a conversation with Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking Association, Jill addressed the challenges of being in an industry that is predominantly male.
  Jill said, “I think, women in general when they are in a male-based industry just have to work twice as hard to be considered half as good, but once you get past that and people realize you mean business and you really can do a great job at what you are doing, then you have the respect. It just takes a little longer.
  “The beauty about women in trucking is we’re moms, we are doing a lot of different things, wearing many hats, we are wonderful multitaskers. We just get the job done.
  “In this industry every day is exciting, there is always something new. I think the realization that everything you get arrives on a truck is something most people don’t don't even consider.
  “Driving a truck is a very hard job, I did not have that awareness until I started working here. I have the greatest respect for the men and women who drive trucks.
  “I would like women to know that in addition to driving a rig, there are so many other opportunities for them in the trucking industry,” Jill added.
  Jill is passionate about community service. She assists at a local food cupboard, is an advocate for a rape crisis and domestic violence center, volunteers at local police departments, and is an advocate for elder care.
  Well deserved, Jill.

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