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Family Aid 2020
   Vol. 19 No. 56
Monday August 3, 2020
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Vaccines on American

Jessica TylerAmerican Airlines Cargo is opened wide and declaring it is “ready to deliver” vaccine and therapies to combat the global pandemic.
     “While the production of a COVID-19 vaccine remains unclear, we are inspired that experts and scientists around the world are working together to beat COVID-19,” Jessica Tyler, President of American Cargo told FlyingTypers in an exclusive interview.

All Hands-On Deck

     No doubt the deluge of demand for any therapeutic deliverance from the scourge of the world will be overwhelming.
     Earlier this year American made history naming Jessica Tyler as President of Cargo for the biggest airline in the world. Right now at that airline, you can feel a can do air of steely determination as the carrier soldiers through crushing downward pressure brought on by the pandemic.
     Not since World War II raged in 1944, and AA Cargo launched the first all-cargo transcontinental flights from LaGuardia-New York to Burbank, has the world seen the kind of upheaval everywhere all at once.
     But now the airline that invented the ULD, and branded it The Paul Bunyan Box, is squaring up and embracing the job ahead in 2020, while ready to deliver the hoped for, and some say quite near vaccine aboard its global fleet.

Cooperation Will Spell Relief

     “As one of the leading cargo airlines, we too will work with our industry peers in a collaborative effort to mobilize any potential vaccine around the world,” Jessica said softly.
     “No doubt distribution will require a concerted effort — partnering with manufacturers and other carriers to map out a successful logistics blueprint.”

Increasing Cargo Airlift Every Day

     “At American, our cargo team is nimble and creative, and regularly meets increased demand.
     “Since resuming cargo-only flights in March, we’ve expanded our network to meet customer needs related to COVID-19.
     “Our cargo-only schedule started with more than 20 widebody flights in March and has since grown to nearly 450 total cargo-only widebody flights in August with plans for continued growth.
     “Despite the pandemic, many of our widebody aircraft remain in service to provide additional cargo capacity.”

More Belly Space Coming Back

     “We recently returned more than 200 aircraft to the skies in support of the country’s largest domestic passenger schedule.
     “This expanded schedule also provides additional cargo capacity to our network, showing that our team can quickly mobilize to add aircraft should a spike in supply chain demand occur,” Jessica Tyler said.

Experience World’s Largest Airline

     “American Airlines Cargo regularly ships vaccines and has already been active in shipping COVID-19 vaccine trials.
     “Our ExpediteTC product provides temperature-controlled handling, which is often needed when transporting vaccinations, and our customers trust us to deliver these sensitive shipments.
     “Temperature-controlled environments can be crucial when distributing vaccines.”

Gauging Temperatures

     “If a COVID-19 vaccination is temperature sensitive, each shipment will be heavily coordinated and actively monitored from origin to destination. “Historically, many vaccines cannot be stored in locations without climate control, as the efficacy of those doses could be impacted.
     “Our team can configure the network of cooler space already in our cargo terminals for such vaccine storage.”

Commitment from the Ground Up

     “As medical professionals work to end the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing the network and cargo products that help keep the world moving, and in this case, playing an important role in contributing to the world’s health,” Jessica Tyler declared.

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India Boycotts China Goods

      In the beginning of July, when FedEx and DHL stopped picking up cargo from China for India, it was not surprising. If the Corona Virus pandemic made transportation difficult, the situation with the bloody conflict in the Galwan Valley (bordering the Indian state of Ladakh and China) on June 15, 2020 that saw the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers, made India’s relations with China even worse.

Backlogs Beyond Our Control

      The announcement of the move to stop picking up cargo from China was due to “recent delays in customs clearance of shipments into India,” from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
      FedEx also pointed out that it was “currently facing backlogs beyond our control, leading to congestion at our facilities.”
      While DHL and FedEx have explained the reason for the delays, there is another very important reason.

Clash With India

      The Galwan clash saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government of India talking about enforcing economic measures against China.
      There have been plans to hike tariffs and increase import duty.
      Soon after Galwan, India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps.

India Boycotts China

      On the ground, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), representing 70 million traders and 40,000 trade associations in the country has been spearheading a ‘Boycott China’ campaign.

Boycott Could Go Total

      A recent survey conducted by LocalCircles, a whopping 87 percent (of the more than 32,000 responses from people across 235 districts in the country) said they were willing to boycott all Chinese goods for the next one year. Among these goods are mobile phones, electronic items, raw material and spare parts.

Piles Of Cargo Building

      China is India’s biggest importer, supplying 14 percent of India’s imports and is also its largest trading partner. The boycott move has seen Chinese shipments piling up in the country. In fact, other than the non-supply of mobile phones, the situation in the pharma industry has taken a turn for the worse.

Pharma Endangered

      Sometime ago, the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) sent an urgent letter to the Department of Pharmaceuticals in the government wanting to know why raw material, intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients were not being cleared. The council said “the reasons were not given to the industry at all.”
      Towards the end of June, for example, more than 4,000 tons of cargo from China and Hong Kong was held up at Bangalore Airport by the Customs department for nearly a week.

Knitwear Gets Stretched

      However, garment exporters got some relief when the ‘unofficial’ ban on Chinese goods was lifted in July.
      According to the Tiruppur Exporters Association (Tiruppur exports knitwear and ready-mades worth almost USD$475 million every month) around 90 percent of accessories, including buttons, zips and chains come from China.       Production was hit severely with the ‘unofficial ban.’ According to sources in Customs, the reason for the delay in the clearance of shipments was the insistence of 100 percent inspection of shipments from China.

The Never Ending Story

      The ban has not ended yet and many freight forwarders are of the opinion that till bilateral ties are sorted out—border talks with China are still on— this off and on ban will continue.
      Many pointed out that till the leaders of the two nations talked to one another, which because of public sentiment doesn’t seem to be a possibility soon, the situation will remain the same.
Tirthankar Ghosh

newsletter graphicRE: Dog Days of Summer


  I do not have a dog photo to send you; however, I have collected James Thurber’s books for many years and have attached my favorite of his dog cartoons. It was published in his 1943 book Men, Women and Dogs (the title pretty much tells you what the book is about).
  BTW, my wife and I have been passing our sequestration binging on “Madam Secretary” (100+ episodes). Please pass on my thanks to your young Geoffrey for helping us get through these trying times.

Best regards,
Dick Dougherty
Retired, AA Cargo

chuckles for August 3, 2020

Dear Reader,

  Being stuck in one spot for most of this year, an occasional tale of hope can be uplifting.
  So we thought to share this letter and story.
  Dick Dougherty is someone who walks into a room and the place lights up because he is there.
  We are so pleased to learn that after nearly five decades in air cargo he is alive and well and enjoying his retirement.
  But air cargo is still followed. For Dick that song has ended, but the melody lingers on.
  It is also great to think good guys finish first!
  Here is what we wrote about Dick in 2012 . . .

Geoffrey Arend II in Madam Secretary Geoffrey

PS. Geoffrey II (in photo, right) appears in the coming season of Goliath where he co-stars with Billie Bob Thornton. Goliath, seen in USA on HULU, stopped filming when the pandemic shut down Hollywood, but vows to complete final episodes for the new season when things open up.
  Madam Secretary in its entirety, with five seasons of over 100 episodes is currently airing on Netflix worldwide.


Dick Dougherty     Good guy Richard “Dick” Dougherty, Project Manager – EDI American Airlines Cargo eBusiness Strategy, has stepped down from his post at American Airlines Cargo.
     Aside from his responsibilities at AA Cargo, Dick was heavily involved with C2K in a very fundamental fashion; he was both a participant and a big thinker, as well as being the guy who meticulously took the minutes of each meeting.
     “After 68 years on earth, 47 years in the airline industry—17 years at Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA), 3 years at Capitol Airlines, 4 years at Aspen Airways and 23 years at American Airlines, I am retiring,” Dick said simply… although it seems there’s no way to simplify the richness of that lengthy experience.
     “My wife Sharon (who retired from Lockheed Martin last month) and I plan to travel, annoy our granddaughters and generally enjoy life.
     “Both of us have been evaluating doing some contracting work in our respective fields to keep involved, but we have no immediate plans right now.
     “While I am looking forward to this next chapter, I am going to miss everyone I’ve worked with over the past decades,” Dick Dougherty concluded.

Dick Dougherty

     Dave Brooks, President of American Airlines Cargo, had this to say:
     “I’ve worked with Dick for over 20 years, and he’s one of those guys who everybody wants on their project.
     “Even though his current expertise has been helping AA and the entire industry with the nuts and bolts of performance measurement, he brought to the table over 45 years of experience in all aspects of the commercial aviation industry.
     “We wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement; we’ll probably need to hire 4 or 5 guys to replace him!”
     To that we add many happen returns and all good wishes.

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