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Camilla Gram

Camilla Gram is new Head of Global Sales & Marketing for SAS Cargo Group.
  On the way up Camilla had served as Head of Sales Scandinavia & Europe.
Plenty is at stake, with maybe 20 tons of cargo on any SAS long-haul flight, for both the carrier and Camilla who has been described as “a driving force in how SAS Cargo successfully navigated throughout the pandemic."
  How Gram will turn to tons can be felt in her unabashed enthusiasm for her new assignment.
  “SAS Cargo is a great place to work," Camilla told Scandinavian Traveller.
  “It’s fantastic, because you know who everyone is and you have some kind of relation to each of them.
  “Our culture is characterized by an informal tone and a good sense of humor.”
  Gram points out that SAS Cargo has benefited from a number of young people joining the organization in recent years.
  “We’ve had this generation shift and I think that makes for a really dynamic organization, with a healthy and solid foundation.
  “That’s important,” she explains, “because air cargo has, for so long, been a conservative, slow-to-change industry.
  “These days that’s not good enough.
  “We have certain areas we believe are key to success going forward,” Gram says.“Mobility, of course. And transparency, through the entire value chain. Shipping cargo involves a lot of people, it’s a big value chain and it’s complex. Convenience is key – it needs to be hassle-free for the customer. Personalization too, making sure the products and services we offer are customized to meet the specific needs and preferences of each customer.”
  Even though Camilla Gram says it usually only takes a moment to explain what she does to people outside the industry, conversations end up being enlightening.
  “Whenever I say I work at SAS Cargo, people tend to look surprised. It’s kind of a new world to them,” she says.
  “Then, they always want to know, ‘What do you ship?’
  "Last year I had a great answer.
  "Well you heard about the pandas coming to Copenhagen Zoo from China?
  "They flew with SAS Cargo.”

  SAS launched overseas flights 75 years ago on August 1, 1946 flying from Stockholm, Sweden to Idlewild Airport (today JFK) in New York City.
  The tradition for building cargo into SAS took off with that first flight and shortly thereafter hit the big time as a major resource, after the airline landed Jerome Trimboli to head SAS’s cargo fortunes at JFK.
  That pioneering tradition continues today, as SAS Cargo shines with ranks filled by bright, young, energetic logisiticians, with Camilla Gram as Head of Global Sales & Marketing.

Jerry Trimboli
     A sad parade is passing by the little bird sitting on our window ledge right now as some missing people lost in the shutdown, pandemic and passing time have left us tip-toeing quietly into eternity.
     But how dare they “go gentle into that good night.”
     Here we recall the life of Jerome “Jerry” Trimboli, the exceptional air cargo builder who served and guided the fortunes of SAS Cargo for more than 30 years.
     Jerry died February 3, 2020 (he was born November 3, 1933) leaving behind Dolores, his beloved wife of 62 years, two daughters, a son and a big hearty family including eight grandchildren.
     There is a very beautiful homage to Jerry with pictures that our (late) editor Richard Malkin wrote and we presented six years ago in 2015 that begins like this:
     Had the Fates been a little kinder to his earliest aspirations, Jerry Trimboli, a slugging outfielder, would have had a better opportunity of landing a slot on the Yankees or Cincinnati Reds.
     But despite visions of baseball glory (and fat checks), the Vergilian counsel that the Fates would lay down the right path to the future held true to Trimboli’s career. Destiny is unshakeable. Thus, in 1958, he was to exchange a bat and glove for a highly visible role in the booming new international air cargo industry.
     His was a calm, consistent, well-reasoned industry voice, not always in step with IATA ideology.
     Even after years of retirement, he was inclined to regard the air cargo process as considerably more than a static job.
     “There is a route to professionalization which combines elements of experience, knowledge, relationships, and reputation,” Jerry Trimboli said.
     “The path traveled toward authentic professionalization is not much different in the air freight forwarder industry,” he added, “but overseas the process starts with careful internships.”
     Jerry was a renaissance air cargo man solidly in support of the educated, supple, professionalism and procedural practices, especially in the current, more complex business/service environment.

     In the Richard Malkin article the grouping of candid photos is Jerry on the early modern air cargo conference circuit from CNS to IATA and at venues elsewhere in the world where he actually blazed the trail that hundreds of thousands of others would later travel.
     But of all our favorites in picture here is Jerry and Dolores, as we remember them, very much in love and full of life.
Jerry and Dolores Trimboli

About Jerry

     Jerry joined Scandinavian Airlines in 1955 and started humbly as a warehouse man loading planes while attending Brooklyn College at night and majoring in economics. He also had time to earn his meteorology license. He met Dolores Scolo in 1955, and they were married on June 14, 1958. Jerry later recalled it was love at first sight.
     At work, Jerry continued up the ranks, being promoted to airport cargo manager, then to salesman, district sales manager, and finally culminating in Director of Cargo for North America, a title he held for 30 years.

      Following his tenure at Scandinavian Airlines, in 1985 Jerry began his own consulting business and also helped to launch InterJet Systems Inc., in Jamaica, NY serving as president. Jerry retired from InterJet in 2006, but continued his consulting business while enjoying time with his family.
     In retirement, Jerry enjoyed reading, painting, playing golf, watching the Yankees, gardening and raising tomatoes, and of course, playing Santa Claus every Christmas for his eight grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.
     Jerry had a full and adventurous life, and he will be missed so very dearly and remembered forever.
     “The rest of those departed cannot steady the unrest of those who follow,” is the very memorable quote from the character Jamal in the movie 'Finding Forrester'.
     This year it seems like no other; we have spent a lot of time recalling the lives of people of our industry who died.
     Dear Jerry Trimboli, this holiday season we think of the sad moments in 2021, of the loss of Joachim Frigger, Buz Whalen, Peter Hansen and Dave Sharma.
     Great people who made a difference is the common denominator here.
     I think about these people that I knew in my life joining the long list of others gone before, and have decided that each one did things with their lives that made our air cargo industry better and the world a better place to live.
     Jerry, we will keep you close to our heart forever.

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The New  YorkerChristmas 2026
     Never mind 2021, what will Christmas look like in five years?
     According to Huffington Post, which talked to Paul Hunter, a professor, who is an expert in infectious diseases at the University of East Anglia; the professor thinks it’s too early for anyone to say if Covid will be impacting Christmas in five years’ time, as it depends on so many factors. But he does agree with some others that vaccines will not be enough to control the pandemic on its own.
     “What was probably the last big Coronavirus pandemic was in 1890, 130 years ago, and that really lasted four to five years in total,” Prof. Hunter said. “That virus (betacoronavirus OC43) is still around, but today is just another cause of the common cold. But this time around with Covid, we have had vaccines and we did social distancing, so that time scale could be extended.”
     The prospect of another cause of the common cold would seem to be an improvement under the current COVID circumstances.
     Meanwhile down at the waterfront, it looks like all-hands on deck unloading the ships that go down to sea on the cover of the current The New Yorker Magazine.
     You wouldn't expect St. Nick to let a kid down, would you?
     Speaking of living in doubt . . . The JFK Air Cargo Association Holiday Party scheduled to make its big comeback December 16 in New York City has been cancelled as concerns over rising cases of COVID, and people frankly looking for one less thing to worry about.
     Never doubt that the party animals look for their first chance and will run for daylight.

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Oliver and Liz Evans

     One of the nicest people we (or you) could ever hope to meet or get to know is Oliver Evans who served as Chief Cargo Officer at Swiss WorldCargo - Air cargo division of SWISS for half a lifetime before stepping back, retiring, and then reemerging as Head of Global Development at Matternet, a ground breaking drone delivery service based in Menlo Park, California that most recently was swooping from the sky to deliver life-saving vaccines.
     Oliver, also liking Switzerland, continues to live there.
     Not only live there but if he has his way there will be drones yodeling from the top of the Matterhorn someday.
     The thing about Oliver is that he is the tallest guy in the room at 6’4”.
     He commands respect for height and how he carries himself.
     But he is a gentle giant. In all the years we knew him and before that of him, he always spoke barely above a whisper; we never heard him raise his voice.
     The other thing was/is Oliver’s sense of working for the air cargo community.
     Oliver was always in on the formation of everything and frankly as the go-to-guy, everybody could count on, even in a pinch to add voice and reason and foresightedness into any situation.
     I think the last time anybody heard anything from SWISS WorldCargo before the mighty Lufthansa combine took over, were the last words he spoke for that wonderful airline.
     When he departed SWISS, our industry lost a community-minded air cargo builder.
     I exhaled when I learned he wasn’t going to become an air cargo writer as so often happens; truth be told he is a terrific writer, clear, concise and fun to read as well.
     So you can imagine my joy having connected again with Oliver via Linkedin:

     “Dear Geoffrey, Thank you so much for your kind message: what a nice surprise! I trust you and Sabiha are very well. We are all well, and managing despite the challenges and inconveniences brought on by COVID. Switzerland is treating us very well. I hope to have a chance to see you next year when we reschedule a road trip planned from Montreal to New York 2 years ago already, and cancelled twice!
     Very best wishes, Oliver.

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Atlanta Customs Brokers

     They got a lot of women at work at Atlanta Customs Brokers just off the main runways at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
     What you may not know that they also have a hell of a lot of heart.
     In fact Atlanta Customs Brokers can be thought of as a company that is a pillar of the community.
     You see for the past dozen plus years, all the way back to when the late Harold Hagans was still the boss of the place, Atlanta Customs Brokers has thrown open its doors to the public, bidding all welcome just before Thanksgiving for a deep fried in peanut oil old fashioned turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
     But alas the COVID demon has wheedled its way into cancelling the community turkey dinner now for the past two years.
     The good news is that from all signs, including mood and attitude, it looks like 2022 will be the year to get back to this wonderfully sublime bit of Southern hospitality (fingers crossed).
     We spoke to Jeff Smith, the lone male in the above picture (what are the odds of that?) who said, “everybody hopes next November Atlanta Customs Brokers will host the biggest ATL Cargo turkey fry ever.
     “We miss it too.
     “Our open house has become very much a part of our lives, a tradition here for all of us at Thanksgiving.
     “Elsewhere on the business front,” Jeff said, “we are holding our own.
     “At times we have had to scramble and take delays connected with supply & demand. But no doubt no different than everyone is currently experiencing,” Jeff noted.
     “Yes, there are a lot of people out there and we are here to help them,” Jeff Smith said.

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