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   Vol. 19 No. 50
Saturday July 4, 2020
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Air Cargo Hope of the World
Workers prepared a shipment of rubber gloves, protective facemasks, and other medical equipment, that were shipped in February from Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai by Malaysian Airlines Cargo to assist aid workers in the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic.

We hear politicians claim that as COVID-19 infected the world in 2020, that their fast action in stopping flights and closing borders saved countless lives, and much of that is true.
     But looking for the real hero of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have to credit air cargo for saving the world.
     Think about it.
     The only thing that has been airborne in any real tonnage numbers for the past four months have been cargo aircraft including almost every freighter that can take off and land safely, and legions of passenger aircraft repurposed for cargo.
     And the only cargo anybody has carried is PPE and hospital equipment and supplies.
     In fact, right now cargo people are casting a wary eye on what is still left during the second half of 2020, because very little else is flying.

Usual Suspects Gone Missing

     Here in the U.S. and in Europe are reports that the usual suspects flying goods in and out of the China air cargo gravy train have dried up considerably, firstly because most stores are closed and secondly, also in no small measure because of an anti-‘Made in China’ sentiment rising almost everywhere in the world right now.
     But that is another story.

President Xi Called It

     Interestingly the country that unleashed COVID-19 also has a politician who best defined the pandemic better than any editorial writer or pundit.
     President Xi of China said bluntly in January:
     The virus is a demon and we cannot let this demon hide.”
     But alas here it is early July 2020 and, around the world, billions of people are still living in doubt, awaiting deliverance.

Air Cargo Saves The World

     Here from our files and imagination are some pictures of the wonderful, brave and heroic air cargo people all over the world that moved the goods and continue to work around the clock, transporting masks and gloves and medical equipment that have saved the lives of millions.

When There Is No Tomorrow

     Truly when there was, and in some cases, continues to be “no tomorrow”, air cargo not only did the job, moving medical supplies to every corner of the world, but persists daily, delivering like gangbusters.
     Our deepest and most sincere admiration and thanks to everyone who has served and continues this landmark relief effort.
     You make us all look good.
     We are very proud to be able to capture these moments and are in complete awe of your work as you depict aviation in the most favorable light every day.
     God speed everyone, be safe and keep ’em flying!

United at Denver
Way To Go . . . Come back to us . . . Rampees at United DEN, and nose job on aircraft says it all!

Janez Lenarcic, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Phillipe Goffin
EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic (L), the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) and the Belgium Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense Philippe Goffin (R) open a humanitarian bridge between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 7, 2020 at Brussels Airport, moving 40 tons of humanitarian cargo.

Nguyen Minh Vu
Nguyen Minh Vu, Ambassador of Vietnam, wearing a face flag mask delivers medical protective equipment to Central Germany Via Leipzig Halle International Airport.

Virgin thanks NHS
There is something instantly compelling and so wonderfully appealing in this picture of Virgin Atlantic people moving some medical supplies on a cargo in cabin VS flight from PVG to LHR last Friday April 3. Virgin Atlantic teamed up with Virgin Group’s not-for-profit foundation, Virgin Unite, to fly these flights, bringing in essential medical supplies and PPE equipment for NHS.

FRA Dollies
Hello Dollies. Trolleys appear like abstract art awaiting freight containers at Frankfurt Main. Without air cargo, FRA, which was the staging point in 1948 for the Berlin Airlift, would have closed down months ago. Instead every flight these days are saving lives carrying cargo.

Atlanta Feeding Truckers
Today when a random act of kindness and caring can often make the difference, Donna Mullins, Mullins International Solutions marshalled a brave band of ladies to venture out with face masks, rubber gloves and proper social distancing to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (HIJA) in Atlanta, where delivered food to truckers who had nowhere else to go.

Antonov AN-225 At Mirabel Airport
Crew gets ready to unload medical supplies from an Antonov AN-225 at Mirabel Airport in Mirabel, Quebec, Friday, May 1, 2020.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Dean Kamen at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), right, looks toward inventor and deep thinker Dean Kamen, aboard his Segway PT, a self-balancing personal transporter scooter, as a planeload of PPE from Shanghai, China, arrives at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Qatar Freighters for relief
Very early, as COVID-19 first inflicted its global devastation, five Qatar Airways Cargo freighters departed From Doha to China moving 300 tons of medical supplies donated by the airline to support relief efforts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as part of Qatar Airways’ voluntary offer of free air cargo transportation for medical relief aid organized by Chinese Embassies and Consulates worldwide. From those beginnings during the epidemic, QR has risen steadily to become the number one combination passenger and cargo airline in the world as of June 4.

Xi Jinping
You can say that again . . . “The virus is a demon and we cannot let this demon hide,” Chinese President Xi Jinping told WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus during their January 2020 meeting in Beijing.

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Christmas in June

  CLIVE Data Services, which began tracking air cargo numbers in 2018 had not seen anything impact the global airline industry in the way that COVID-19 has during the first five months of this year.
  But CLIVE Data does recognize the cargo move upward from PPE to more traditional shipments in June.
  Looking ahead, CLIVE Managing Director, Niall van de Wouw, an ex KLM Cargo guy is eschewing the crystal ball approach by taking a wait-and-see attitude for the remainder of 2020.
  “Load factor in June was at a level we did not see during normal peak Christmas periods, resulting in yields that were well above 2019 levels,” he commented.
  “Next test will be how an influx of ‘normal’ passenger flights, which are not driven by cargo demand, will impact load factors.”

Baseball and July 4
Gerritt Cole
    We’ve reached a fork in the road in New York City, as July 2020 finds some folks venturing out to dine al fresco at improvised sidewalk cafes, while others refuse to break quarantine.
     COVID lockdown continues for most, but the summer will not be denied as the most famous sports address in the world—Yankee Stadium in the Bronx—switched on the bright lights yesterday. Ace pitcher Gerrit Cole (above) took the mound, winding up to show that the delay of baseball season hadn’t affected his pitching game.
Emily Arend at Yankee Stadium     A shortened baseball season begins in 19 days all over the United States.
     Having baseball back feels like a blessing at this time.
     Now we can think about the boys of Summer.
     Now we can think about the game.
     Today July 4th the New York Yankees will hold their first full team workout in three months. Now the real countdown begins. Blessed baseball is coming back and The Boys of Summer will move through the remains of the year until Fall with that particular poetic grace. Watching baseball again will hopefully have the power to lift millions of cooped up, stressed out Americans.
     We realize that many of our readers around the world may not follow baseball and certainly U.S. football carries a much bigger audience.
George Carlin     The late, great George Carlin defined why baseball is so special:
“Baseball is different from any other sport, very different.
     “For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you score runs.
     “In most sports the ball, or object, is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball.
     “In fact, in baseball if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he's out; sometimes unintentionally, he's out.
     “Also, in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball, and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.
     “In most sports the team is run by a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager.
     “And only in baseball does the manager or coach wear the same clothing the players do.
     "In baseball the object is to go home!
     “And to be safe!
     “I hope I'll be safe at home!
     “Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror.
     “Baseball has no time limit:
     “We don't know when it's gonna end - might have extra innings.”

Baseball Versus Football

     George Carlin hits the “home run” here:
“In football you wear a helmet.
     “In baseball you wear a cap.
     “Football is concerned with downs - what down is it?
     “Baseball is concerned with ups - Who's up?
     “In football you receive a penalty.
     “In baseball you make an error.
     “In football the specialist comes in to kick.
     “In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.
     “Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.
     “Baseball has the sacrifice."

Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

     Walt Whitman, an American poet, essayist, journalist and humansit in his 1855 book of poems, titled "Leaves of Grass" said this about baseball:
     “I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game.
     “It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.”

      Now let the fabled words echo through the land.
     Happy Fourth. Play Ball 2020!

This one is for Emily. Youngest daughter Emily Parker (pictured above) enthuses,I'm so pumped for baseball to be back. I don't care that it's going to be short and strange."

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