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   Vol. 19 No. 65
Friday October 2, 2020
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CNS Attendees

Dear Geoffrey,

Lionel van der Walt     Thank you for writing and sharing “Will IATA Take CNS Down?
     2020 has certainly been a challenging and difficult year for most folks around the globe, including many of our industry partners, colleagues and friends. Clearly, and as can be expected, IATA as the trade association representing the world’s airlines, is also feeling the pain and I assume has been forced by circumstances beyond their control to take steps to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19, similarly to many others. I am therefor not surprised by the news of possible restructuring and staff being offered voluntary redundancies. What does surprise and concern me is the loss of key cargo industry expertise at a time when it is most needed.
     As we all know, air cargo is the primary source of revenue for many carriers right now and the industry is set to face some daunting challenges in the days to come, including the coordination and delivery of the much anticipated vaccines. This is the industry’s opportunity to step up and shine, however, in order to do so effectively, associations such as IATA play a critical role by helping to coordinate a united response and having the expertise and leadership in place to lead the development of much needed meaningful standards, procedures, support etc. As an eternal optimist, I am hopeful that this has been given due consideration and that IATA has a plan in place.
     Also, knowing our industry, we have not seen the last of those key individuals who are leaving IATA. If I were a betting man, I would wager that they will be taking on leadership roles elsewhere soon. Hopefully I am right and their expertise and knowledge is not lost to the industry, but transferred to other areas where they can add new value.
     In terms of CNS, I highly doubt that IATA would consider closing the company down, just wouldn’t make sense from an industry support perspective in my humble opinion. Let’s leave it there and hope that I am correct on this one. If not, it would be very disappointing indeed. The support that Mike and the team provides across the industry is invaluable as highlighted in your article and as I am sure will also be validated by many of your readers.

All the best,
Lionel van der Walt
(Lionel van der Walt is CEO, Pay Cargo. He is immediate past President of CNS.)

Jessica TylerDear Geoffrey,

     IATA and CNS are critical to our industry and the role we play in the world, but guess what, these organizations are made up of incredibly talented people. If something happens that shakes up these entities or how they are organized or led, we – the talented people of this great industry - we WILL find a way. We always do.
     We is this industry and all the people in it and all the people in these governing bodies. We will figure it out. We is all of us.

Jessica Tyler
American Airlines Cargo

Dear Geoffrey,

     As Executive Director of the Airforwarders Association and Chairman of the CNS Advisory Board representing most forwarders with U.S. operations, I value our relationship with the CNS and the IATA organization. The enduring partnership between international airlines and forwarders enables both to work collaboratively to fulfill and create customer needs in today's competitive market.
Brandon Fried      Under the leadership and expertise of CNS President Mike White and IATA Cargo Director Glyn Hughes, international airlines and forwarders continue to achieve significant service milestones together. Our work demonstrates the importance of air cargo to shippers and global policymakers who regulate our industry and listen to us as a group. This team effort serves as the foundation of our ongoing mutual success.
     While we wish Glyn and those leaving IATA our best with their future endeavors, forwarders are concerned about the apparent loss of valuable cargo managers from the IATA organization. Cargo has proven to be more than ever during this dreadful pandemic, making capable and robust leadership within IATA critical to the success of our industry. While the impact of these departures on CNS in the United States is unclear, IATA and CNS must continue to demonstrate a commitment to air cargo with experienced and dedicated managers, not paper tigers filling these vacancies.
     The ongoing work of the CNS Advisory Board remains a key to continuous dialogue between international airlines and their forwarder customers. The Airforwarders Association remains committed to maintaining this mechanism as an essential path to communication. We look forward to continuing this effort by offering our assistance in managing an ongoing advisory dialogue with CNS and IATA during this transitional period.

Brandon Fried
Airforwarders Association

Ram Menen Dear Geoffrey,

     I don’t think CNS can be disbanded because of the U.S. legal regulatory framework requirements. Though CNS is an IATA entity, it has evolved into an industry partnership platform which is very critical to the functioning of the association in the U.S. The U.S. is a huge cargo market that IATA cannot ignore or mess around with.

Best regards,
Ram Menen


Wally DevereauxDear Geoffrey,

     I have the highest regard for CNS President Mike White and his team.

Wally Devereaux
Managing Director Cargo and Charters
Southwest Airlines



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Virgin Exportese Adds Milano and Pakistan

Dominic Kennedy  Virgin Atlantic Cargo is extending its cargo-only network to Italy, with twice-weekly services Saturday September 12, connecting London Heathrow and Milan.
  The VS Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 flights from London every Thursday and Sunday add up to 200 tons of cargo capacity a week for shippers via Milan’s Malpensa Airport.
  “Since our first cargo-only flight on March 22nd, we’ve operated over 1,800 of these services, helping our customers deliver nearly 50 million kilos of cargo and, in the process, provided a valuable source of revenue for Virgin Atlantic as we continue our recovery program,” Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo declared.
  Carlo Gonzata, Managing Director of ADP in Italy, is enthusiastic:
  “As Italy continues to rise from the pandemic, it is especially welcome news that Milan and its catchment area can now access direct capacity to and from the UK with Virgin Atlantic and seamless onward connections to major U.S. cities, and elsewhere.”
  In a related development VS said it will be launching flights between the UK and Pakistan in December 2020, operating three new routes; London Heathrow to Lahore; London Heathrow to Islamabad as well as Manchester to Islamabad.

Cathay Cargo at Pittsburgh
  Cathay Cargo has taken the seats out of a couple B777-300ERs. Our story on Finnair last week reported on AY doing much the same thing with its A330s. Now Cathay is flying cargo charters from Hanoi via Hong Kong to Pittsburgh . . . lots of fanfare for a two-month deal.
  But let’s hear it for PIT; they found a shipper and Cathay may have discovered some local sponsorship as well.
  The idea that main deck pax can load maybe another 12 tons is not outlandish and does make that aircraft and some others into viable freighters.
  The big hang up is not the floor . . . but the door.
  Maybe future aircraft builds should go back (or forward) to include a larger entrance/door to the deck that could convert a pax craft into a “Combi”?
  Assume after 2020, events in the world “can hit the fan” at any time.
  So why not think ahead?

Qatar Cargo Lands Kirsten
Kirsten De Bruijn

 At a time when almost no one is hiring, here comes word that Kirsten De Bruijn has joined Qatar Cargo as Senior Vice President, Cargo Sales and Network Planning.
 “The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the need for flexibility and agility. It has also fast-tracked demand for digitalization. Optimizing the utilization of freighters, the network, pricing and processes will mean embracing digital as the central vector of change. Qatar Airways is a world leader in this space and our ability to constantly adapt and adjust will continue to be part of the fundamental premise of our air cargo strategy,” said Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways.
 Kirsten most recently Vice President-Cargo Pricing and Interline, Emirates SkyCargo. worked at Airfrance KLM Martinair Cargo for 8 years in a variety of roles.
 “Part of my role,” Kirsten declared, “is to build a sense of team spirit and collective purpose. I like to hire people that are better at what they do than I am, so I can create the best team possible.”
 During her free time Kirsten said she enjoys traveling and sports.


Cargo Human Care Dispensary

     In a peculiar twist, Cargo Human Care (CHC), under the leadership of the great former Lufthansa Chief Cargo pilot Fokko Doyan (Fokko ditched his chief pilot post so he could devote more time to this charity, although he still flies an MD-11F for the carrier), found itself with a medical facility that had to wait to open because of COVID-19.
     After its completion at the end of February 2020, the dispensary was to be handed over to the Itolish Primary School and the Kilgoris. Unfortunately, the handover could not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
     Joachim Pfeffer, who planned the dispensary and took over construction management, was finally able to hand over the dispensary on August 4.
     The handover with Herr Pfeffer (fourth from left in the front row in photo above) and opening took place on August 4th, 2020, in the presence of the Local Chiefs, School Head Master, and School Board.
     Joachim handled everything, including assembling furniture that was brought from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara.
     The school has hired a clinical officer to operate the dispensary.
     Of course, the mission is to always try to exceed the need.
     So, the minute they got the green light (even before the handover), the dispensary supplied medication and treated the first patients this month.
     “Cargo Human Cares will continue to support the project,” Fokko Doyen assures.
     “As soon as funding is secured, a refrigerator will be purchased to store vaccines for the population.
     “At the same time, we are reaching out for help install a solar [power] system to ensure the power supply.”
     You can help here.

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