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   Vol. 20 No. 33
Monday August 30, 2021


Airport Scene

     We continue to observe lockdown as Delta Variant & COVID-19 has made travel a non-entry for us at this time. We look forward to 2022, when we are assured that the world is safe and our ability to move more easily will be back.
     As CNS gets underway this weekend in Florida, (August 29-31) featuring Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA, on his first public mission with gravitas after his appointment, I would gladly ask him questions regarding the IATA approach.
     Brandon Fried of the Airforwarders Association will appear as moderator of the talk with Willie, and it will be interesting see whether Brandon will neutrally stick to his role as moderator or will let himself go and ask anything of substance.
     I said to myself: why shouldn't we send some thoughts out there? So here are some questions that both personalities might reflect upon. We would be more than happy to continue this conversation and include replies here.

Questions for Willie Walsh & Brandon Fried

     1.  Starting with Air Cargo, is One Record the totem for which IATA decided to ditch its IATA FIATA program? Was the entire IATA FIATA negotiation just a straddle strategy?
     2.  Regarding their negotiating power with the airlines, many forwarders say they are worse off today than they were ten years ago, is this correct?
     3.  Why are U.S. forwarders different from the rest of the world, why have they not had any interest in joining forces in FIATA? If forwarders were united globally, could this have a different significance for IATA?
     4.   Airlines have suffered during the pandemic, and IATA was not very vocal, appearing to be at crossroads. Discussing health measures with authorities, in particular with the WHO, was not always as straightforward as IATA’s mission statement boldly declares. What is missing in IATA for it to establish itself as the reference model in a global emergency?
     5.  With few exceptions, the balance of power in the market between traditional airlines, who are typical IATA members, and other operators has changed substantially in recent years and is still changing. Is this conversion reflecting the attitude of the traditional airlines or IATA’s deficiencies?
     6.  For many years, airlines publicized their services with an aura of wealth, consumption, luxury and even a lack of consideration. Has the time come for operating with consciousness, with total respect of society and environment, or are we carelessly flying into the abyss? What are YOU, Willie doing to show the way?
     7.  How important is air cargo to IATA? What cargo issues will be discussed at the next IATA Board of Governors meeting?
     8.  What does CNS mean to IATA?
     9.  What is the importance of the Airforwarders Association to IATA?

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Pumping Traffic22 carriers at Newark Airport's main air cargo handling Buildings 339-340 are about to be displaced and right now are scrambling for space as walking papers are sure to follow a deal the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey made allowing Amazon complete control of those buildings.
     At this time it might be useful to look at some numbers to see how goes the cargo business EWR & JFK. In 2000, JFK was the #6 cargo airport in the world and #3 in the U.S. EWR was also in the world’s top 20 at #18 and was #9 in the U.S. Since then, JFK finished 2020 as the #9 airport in the U.S. and EWR has fallen to #12 in the U.S. EWR last appeared in the world top 20 in 2004, while JFK last made the world top 20 a decade later in 2014. Total annual cargo at JFK has decreased by 40% between 2000 and 2020 and by 38% at EWR during the same period. Compared with other international gateways in the U.S., total cargo grew by 10% at LAX, by 30% at MIA and by 36% at ORD for the same period.

Lufthansa Cargo Building, JFK Airport 261

     In related news, Building 261 at JFK International is being razed to make way for a new cargo center operated by Aeroterm, the company that had the 20-year lease on Buildings 339 and 340 which ended July 31. Here the VRH team gets ready to roll and tear the old place down amidst comments of “good bye and good riddance” amongst some feather brained wags in the cargo business.
     Well, here is another take. Lufthansa Building 261 changed air cargo forever when a Lufthansa B747 nose-loading aircraft landed there in 1972 and was plugged into the distinctive landside tower and was unloaded by automation into the terminal as part of the most advanced aircraft cargo handling equipment in the world. Sure, Building 261 was also the place of the Lufthansa Heist in 1978 that Martin Scorsese made a movie about titled “Goodfellas”. Maybe a decade ago Building 261 got old and Lufthansa B747 freighters were gone as the cargo airline departed for another building elsewhere at JFK Cargo. But history was made here, both groundbreaking and notorious that should not be forgot.
     There is a Bob’s furniture store on nearby Woodhaven Boulevard near JFK International that used to be the bowling alley that popularized that sport nationwide 50 years ago across America. Today there is a plaque on that furniture store entrance recalling the building’s history. The same kind of respect should be shown where we can trace important events in the history of air cargo. Building 261 and the people of Lufthansa Cargo should be afforded a small amount of space somewhere in the “new” Building 261 to remember the monumental change that occurred here just few months shy of 50 years ago . . .

     Virgin Cargo said to be delighted to be flying back to Shanghai and cabin loading under a brand new STC (Supplemental Type Certificate). “Through the amazing collaboration and teamwork and with the support of the Civil Aviation Authority and SWS Certification Services, we can now transport cargo in the cabin anywhere on the Virgin Atlantic network” . . .

DP World Boxby

     Forget simply a tiny home. Is this the small town of the future? Well no, it’s actually a Boxbay set up that completed testing recently at DP World at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai. Boxbay is a joint venture between DP World and German industrial engineering specialist SMS group. The system can hold 792 containers. More than 63,000 container moves have been completed since the facility was commissioned beginning this year.     According to DP World's statement, the test exceeded expectations, with Boxbay faster and more energy efficient than anticipated. What’s next? Boxbay with a view? Your move . . .

Air Astana

     Volker Dunkake, Group Manager Charter and Solutions at ATC Aviation Services AG of ATC Frankfurt reports, “We supported the loading of our new business forAir Astana service from FRA to NQZ on a A321 LR with a dedicated set up.”
     Volker assures, “how sweet it is!” . . .

QR Cargo Tap Shrestha, Prakash Karki and Manoj Adhikari     Tap rap on Qatar Nepal award. From left Tap Shrestha, Senior Cargo Sales Executive Nepal, Qatar Airways Cargo accepts Highest Uplift from Nepal award for 2020 from Prakash Karki, Immediate Past President NEFFA; Manoj Adhikari, President NEFFA. Nepal is a key market for the airline and it has been operating flights to its capital city, Kathmandu since 1997. The airline’s export market share in 2020 was 45% of the total exports from Nepal while imports constituted 44%.
     Qatar Airways Cargo currently operates double daily flights to and from Kathmandu for the month of August, offering more than 150 tonnes of cargo capacity each week, each way. Through its hub in Doha, the airline connects Nepal with important export destinations in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia . . .

Air Belgium Operation Red Kite

     Operation Red Kite Saves Belgians & Afghan Allies—people disembark off a chartered Air Belgium airplane carrying evacuated people from Afghanistan at the military airport in Melsbroek, Monday August 23, 2021. To connect with the Air Belgium passenger aircraft, the Belgians have mounted a military evacuation mission dubbed 'Operation Red Kite' that features utilizing smaller air cargo aircraft shuttling back and forth between Kabul and Islamabad, Pakistan to get Belgians and their families, and the Afghani interpreters, fixers and employees of human rights organizations to safety. Nice going, we say. Keep 'em Flying! . . .

     Someone once said "Less is More" But Amar More proves More is More! Right now Kale Logistics Solutions (pronounced Kahley) By Golly! is setting the pace in its mission to deliver unsurpassed IT solutions focused on the logistics and airport industry. Just ask Elliott Paige, M.Econ, IAP at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport or contact Kale CEO Amar More or Donna Mullins or Sheereedah Copening in the U.S. Good time to take a deep breath and get ready for 2022 when the real action of industry trade shows begins anew in earnest . . .

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CNS Pioneers

     Given these uncertain times, we recall what made Cargo Network Services a one of a kind successful organization.
     It was the many people who during the past 36 years gave of themselves in a genuine effort to make the air cargo industry better by supporting CNS.
     Guenter Rohrmann was a very dynamic board member and Chairman of CNS.
     During the early years, the CNS Board—both airlines and forwarder members—really gave the organization purpose.It was the CNS members who carried the ball and helped make things work.
Lise-Marie Turpin and Donna Mullins     People like Cotton Daly (TWA), Buz Whalen (JAL), Pat Phelan (Aer Lingus), Ed Moritz (British), Isaac Nijankin (Varig), Jerry Trimboli (SAS), Bill Boesch (AA), Dave Brooks (AA), Lise-Marie Turpin, Air Canada, Jim Friedel (NWA), and of course others, including brokers and forwarders like Donna Mullins, Joel Ditkowsky and the late Jo Frigger, EMO Trans, who was an ardent supporter of CNS.
     In 2020, with the pandemic raging, Jo Frigger said, Joachim Frigger“Our best work has been bringing the industry together. The formation of CNS always was and still is a great opportunity for meaningful dialogue between the airlines and freight forwarders.
     “We have always supported this goal and hope that going forward, a balanced view of all participants and their business interests can be maintained.
     “The advantage of close cooperation between partners becomes more evident in today's global markets, as geopolitical developments create a great deal of division and uncertainty for all involved.”
Tony Calabrese     Thinking CNS Partnership, it’s good to remember one more time, and in fact should never be forgotten, the dedication and hard work from the man who transmuted good ideas into a great transportation organization—Tony Calabrese.
     “When I started at CNS, the airlines and the forwarders, even the airlines and airlines, barely spoke to each other. What happened right from the very first Partnership Conference is that everybody discovered, through understanding, that our supposed differences were more myth than fact,” Tony said.
     “Recognizing that personal relationships are an important part of the way the industry does business, and our success in attracting key decision makers not just from the U.S., but from around the globe, we deliberately structured our program to allow people time to meet and conduct business without detracting from the main conference sessions.
     “Our business sessions were meant to stimulate debate and generate new ideas – to not allow people the opportunity to build on this would be doing them a disservice.
     “CNS takes considerable pride in the success of the Partnership Conference, and the role it has played in bringing together the prime movers of the air cargo industry to foster the development of airline/forwarder relationships.”

CNS Partnership Conference attendees

Richard Malkin     Richard Malkin, the dean of air cargo journalists in 2004 said, “Over the years the Partnership Conference, which sprang from Tony’s fertile mind, was recognized as one of the world industry’s best. Tony believed that CNS’ built-in membership of several thousand agents represented a live pool of prospects. There existed an area of common interest and values.
     “During the closing hours of the initial meeting, Tony and I were sitting next to each other at a dinner table chatting about the day’s highlights. He had an idea that he wanted to implement next year, and before he could get into the details, he was interrupted by an aide who handed him a sheet of paper. Tony glanced at it briefly, smiled, then the smile broadened into a grin.
     “Customer attendance 18% over airline attendance.”
 Mike White    Whereupon he leaned over to me and sweetly whispered in to my ear, “I told you so.”
     Not since Tony, has CNS had a more inventive and balanced advocate for air cargo and the airline forwarder shipper proposition than Mike White, who served as CNS President until late 2020.
     “I have known Tony for years and I always kept in my mind his words about the CNS Partnership event he started.
     “‘Mike,” he said, “we began this to bring parties together and never forget why the word partnership has made the event such a success.
     “So, we continued to carry on what Tony envisioned,” Mike White told me.

     Sad to report our colleague Steve Prince of Woodstock, Georgia died of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on Friday August 20, 2021.
     He was 72 years of age.
     His daughter Stephanie described his death from “a terrible disease, of which there is no cure.
     “He was such an amazing man, husband, father, and grandfather who will be terribly missed,” Stephanie wrote.
     Steve had served as publisher of Air Cargo World since 1991 and later he spent many years serving with the Board of TIACA promoting and bettering the cause of the air cargo industry.
     “He was a good friend and a gentleman,” said Ram Menen from his home in Luxembourg.
     “The industry has lost a great soul.
     “Steve will be missed by us all.”
     “May the good Lord bless Steve and grant strength to Steve’s wife Brenda and his children and grandchildren.
     “May his soul rest in peace," Ram concluded.
     “Mike White, former President of IATA Cargo Network Services (CNS) recalls:
     “Steve Prince was not just part of Air Cargo World, but was a real part of our overall air cargo family. I had the pleasure to meet with Steve at many events all over the world and I am saddened to learn that he has gone West!
     “Steve will truly be missed.”
     The family & friends of Steven Prince gathered Saturday, August 28th, 2021 at 10:00 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial Service.
     In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that a donation be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Steve’s honor. Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Honoring Steve Prince.

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