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   Vol. 21 No. 8
Monday February 14, 2022

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     We were saddened to learn of the death of Alfred Kuehlewind this past weekend in Los Angeles.
     In 1974 Alfred opened Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI) as a one-man office in Los Angeles specializing in perishables products, especially strawberries to Europe by air.
     In 1981 the CFI Hilo office opened with focus on pineapples, papayas and flowers.
After that came CFI San Francisco In 1998 and MIA in 2003, Anchorage and Seattle in 2007, New York in 2012 Chicago and Boston in 2016, with focus expanded to seafood and finally in 2017, CFI became part of Kuehne+Nagel.
     In October 2019 The Air Cargo Association of Hawaii presented Alfred Kuehlewind with Air Cargo Person of the Year at their annual Air Cargo Day event in Honolulu.
     Fred Spencer of TransPacific Associates and the President of the Hawaiian Air Cargo Association said of his friend and former employer at CFI:
     “Alfred was a partner in the air cargo community here for many years.
     “He always took the time to assist shippers on The Big Island here but beyond that he helped growers develop markets and systems to keep their goods moving.
     “Beyond all else he was a good friend to everyone.
     “He will be missed.”
     “I began,” Alfred said, “with an investment of just $1000.00.
     “We built our company to 14 locations in eight States and 400 employees,” Alfred Kuehlewind said in 2019 in his quiet subdued voice.
     “I owe my success,” he assured, “to the great group of people we gathered across our system.
     “I have no doubt about that.”
     Indication of the impact his CFI had on Swiss giant Kuehne+Nagel with its 9,000 employees can be seen in the spike K+N had, driven in some part by CFI perishable business worldwide in 2019.
     “He was a true gentleman,” said his friend and colleague Tim O’Neill, former VP Cargo The Americas, Alitalia, currently serving as Director EZ Italy / EZ Europe.
     “It’s hard to know where to start with Alfred’s life,” said Chris Connell (left) who works at Commodity and of course is a genial presence at trade shows for the company.
     “He grew up in war-torn Germany and strongly believed in what was known as the 'American Dream'.”
     Arriving in the United States, knowing very little of the English language and with less than twenty dollars in his pocket, he embarked on a journey that would become the start of his dream and ultimately end as his proud legacy.
     “CFI was more than a company to Alfred, it was his extended family.
     “If you asked him how he accomplished so much, he’d tell you it was because of the people who surrounded him. Alfred would talk about the people who mentored him, friends in the industry that helped open a door, employees that stepped up to support his dream and somehow fail to take much credit for what it all turned into as he lead the way.
     “Alfred prided himself on bringing a family feels to the company. Something, over his entire career, he continued to discuss as the company grew into something larger than he could’ve imagined.
     “Alfred always believed there wasn’t anything we couldn’t accomplish if we worked together. He never met a challenge he wasn’t willing to take on and wouldn’t quit or accept failure as an option.”
     Here are some thoughts we share about Albert:

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Sue Lamy     Sue Lamy, Director, Global Business Development-Wen Parker Logistics:   “Another Legend leaves us.”
     Michael Randall Director International Sales - West at Pilot Freight Services:  “A truly nice man.”
     Rod M Director Cargo USA at APG USA:  “Full speed ahead with tailwinds from the Blue Skies, RIP Alfred!”
     F. Dave McInerney Director Sales and Marketing SAB at SENATOR INTERNATIONAL Freight Forwarding: “God Bless. Wishing comfort and strength to the family.”

Ingo Zimmer and Paul Breburda

ATC Award     You cannot mask that, during these lockdown times, Ingo Zimmer, CEO and his global Team ATC GSSA are holding the relationships developed over the years across an expanding roster of service partners "even closer," as Ingo puts it.
     Everybody is watching this wunderkind company that has taken the spirit and innovation lead in the global GSSA market with its compelling solutions and staff of professionally trained and seasoned account executives, many who have served in both the airline and freight forwarder role.
     These days, without a doubt, of all GSSA services it is exactly these words that have resonated across company lines in the global GSSA landscape where as 2022 continues, ATC is out front and pulling away.
     “There is no secret sauce at ATC,” Ingo declares, and no empty promises either.
     “It’s all about people and service delivery with no excuses,” Ingo said.
     “Every day ATC reminds our partners that we never forget how important they are.”
     We were thinking about Ingo and the impact Team ATC has had on the global market.
     It may seem a small thing but Ingo Zimmer has always believed that the human contact between people in cargo is a key driver in what he never stops referring to as “our people to people business”.
     This month in a reversal of sorts, the good work and smile ATC sends out came back as carriers served by ATC stepped up to show their appreciation.
     Earlier this month Global GSSA partner Kuwait Airways Cargo presented Ingo the airline’s prestigious Award for “Outstanding Performance” at a ceremony in Kuwait.

S.F. Abdullah Al Awadhi, N.A. Khursheed, M.A. El Ariss. B. Singaravelou, Ingo Zimmer and Mr. A. Alhaimy

     In the picture from left are S.F. Abdullah Al Awadhi, N.A. Khursheed, M.A. El Ariss. B. Singaravelou, Ingo Zimmer and Mr. A. Alhaimy.
     Just last week in Frankfurt, ATC was named Best General Sales Agent Award 2021 from Sichuan Airlines. Pictured with the award in lead photo above is Ingo with Paul Breburda, ATC Vice President Commercial.

NOLA Straightens Up
And Flies Right

Dan Muscatello  After taking some time to decompress and think about AirCargo 2022, I wanted to offer a perspective on what I thought was a very good conference, as well as what I consider to be a couple of very important takeaways. Before that however, my compliments to Brandon Fried and his team of planners for the event. I was able to get a little bit of a peek behind the curtain over the past year, and observed first hand, the time and effort that pulling together the conference under the best of circumstances require. In the midst of Covid with all its personal and operational complications, and with conferences cancelling all over, the New Orleans get together was a tremendous success and testament to the planning staff.
  Some observations:

  1.  The Conference panels expanded from traditional operating issues to discussions that sought to broaden perspectives on issues of critical importance such as human trafficking, sustainability, mergers and acquisitions, to name a few.A focused look at the future of the industry is essential to its continuing success,
  2.  There is an increasing understanding that the challenges that face air cargo cannot be solved by a single industry segment and that there are clear overlapping operational impediments and opportunities that can and should be addressed together.
  3.  The most immediate step that stakeholders can take to improve operations is basic, relatively inexpensive, and easy to implement. Communicate! Stakeholders need to realize the importance of day-to-day communications. Airport cargo committees that meet regularly, can substantially benefit all elements of cargo operations and planning. Eventually there will be sophisticated electronic communications networks that weave things tightly together, but the first thing to do is talk.
  4.  Lastly, as we look at the $25 billion allocated to airports under the Infrastructure Bill, there is enormous (and justified) concern that only a very small percentage of those funds will be allocated to air cargo, which, even prior to the pandemic, was confronted by numerous challenges to modernize and add airside and landside infrastructure and facilities, to the fastest growing aviation segment.
For air cargo, the future looks bright as long as stakeholders are pragmatic partners working for the common cause. A conference like AirCargo 2022 was an important step in moving the dialogue in the right direction.
Dan Muscatello

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Shahani Boteju Suriyarachch     We take a moment to salute one among us who has been both a leader and an example of a truly great career in air cargo.
     We know of and have admired the effort of Shahani Boteju Suriyarachchi, and actually had lost touch until her lovely face popped up on Linkedin.
     So, greetings to Shahani, who serves today as Freighter Operations Officer at Qatar Airways in Los Angeles.
     Linkedin tells us, and we know and admire her pioneering effort for women in air cargo for more than 25 years’ experience related to Cargo Operations, Administration, Business Support, Marketing & Sales, Training and IT in air and sea cargo.
     Shahani once said something that seems to us especially significant as 2022 flies along:
     “Rapid change is good, then you don’t get time to think too much.
     “Take change positively and the result will benefit you,” she said.
     “When I joined Emirates in 1994, under Ram Menen’s guidance we were like a flock of birds learning to fly.
     Now at Qatar Cargo, our top executive Guillaume Halleaux is such a wonderful soul, very down to earth.
     “Resembles Ram in ways . . . just wonderful.”
     Amen to that sister, and thanks Shahani, for making us all look good.

Geoffrey Arend and John Lennon

     My Nothing Box, that I bought in 1961 from Hammacher Schlemmer in Manhattan, a dancing light display that does nothing else stopped working.
     This thing costs $25 bucks and it operated on a self-contained power supply that was supposed to run out of battery after one year.
     So all of that happened, but then I thought who can afford to throw 25 bucks away so I opened It up and soldered another set of batteries into it and it performed perfectly with a new set of batteries annually for 61 consecutive years.
     Every February around Valentine’s Day I changed out the batteries and my Nothing Box kept on going, and going, and going doing, well-Nothing!
     Last February with maybe too much time to think about it during lockdown, I changed out the batteries, but this time substituted lithium for alkaline.
     Big mistake.
     My Nothing Box took some kind of jolt.
     Whilst the dancing light display still dances, only three of the eight bulbs are showing up for the action.
     Fortunately we are a large diverse family, so am in contact with Cousin Obi to see if a repair can be achieved.
     Obi builds sound systems (Khan Audio) and is a top flight engineer for musical groups.
     So I think I will include this picture of John Lennon 58 years ago when he arrived with The Beatles for the Ed Sullivan TV Show and took the U.S. and the world by storm.
    Looking at this picture of John in 1964, and me this week before I wrote this, confirms that once upon a time we had Nothing in common.

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     Our regular readers have been putting up with our penchant for musical playlists for years or for at least as long as YouTube & Spotify have been around.
     Recently I heard the Neil Young pulled his music off of Spotify because he doesn’t like a broadcaster named Joe Rogan who some say may be the most popular podcaster in the world.
     Of all the pop artists the most enduring to me and the greatest of all time as an individual, a trio, a quartet, a sextet or big band (and at one time or another he was the driver of the best of all those) is Benny Goodman, the immortal BenG.
     I remember one day in the lobby of the Marine Air Terminal (MAT) at LaGuardia I walked over to Joe Bell’s newsstand where Herb Borrelli the airport maintenance guru in 1983 was taking a break with a couple others involved in a pretty good card game. Standing square in front of the Fruit Loops & M&Ms was BenG talking to Joe waiting for his private jet to take him somewhere.
     I was speechless.
     We had music playing in the MAT lobby, but that day we were featuring “Music For Airports” by Brian Eno (one to not miss).
     What could I say, given another day it would have been BenG anything.
     BenG, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa changed music forever in 1937 playing in the Madhattan Room of the Hotel Pennsylvania across the street from Penn Station.
     There were still people in the 1970s at that hotel who remembered those performances that also went out across the nation on CBS Radio and were heard by millions.
     Now square in front of me was BenG himself and I simply could not speak.
That doesn’t happen often so for a few moments as he talked I thought about this great musician that brought more musical people to the fore and together, and later individually created the greatest pop music of the 20th century.
     BenG was just too cool. He was from another planet and we are damn lucky he happened to dropped in for a visit in our world.
     Sometimes you are better off speechless.
     But things being what they are in 2022, here are five favorites from BenG that (God Forbid) I hope never go missing.
     BenG Loves You
     Happy Valentines Day!

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