|Vol. 21 No. 9||
Monday February 28, 2022
The year of the Tiger has also ushered
in the fifth wave of COVID in Hong Kong.
You might think with the on again, off again of COVID variations still cropping up in the world, as example Hong Kong appears to be up to its ears in the COVID variant that terrorized the U.S. earlier this year right now, despite a few start ups, most purveyors of cargo industry trade shows should be cutting the companies that signed up for shows some slack until at least 2023, when if the creek don’t rise and prayers for no more variations of the pandemic cropping up, are answered.
That would be the timeline, as safest to inch back into life as we once knew it.
But when it comes to industry trade groups and especially industry publications there is no respite and also for some trade shows like Air Cargo Americas Show & Supply Chain Americas Conference upcoming in Miami March 8-10.
We are not doctors, but what we hear and have been told, is that if nothing else happens things will be fairly well open by mid-March in New York, but as you might also note things are not going well right now as mentioned at the top in Hong Kong one of the three most important money markets in the world amongst other things.
Indeed, COVID has declined worldwide but this week alone Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, France, Japan and a dozen other countries are setting records for infections.
Should you go to Miami?
Try and remember history as an important lesson.
It was The World Trade Center venue just off the main runways of MIA that hosted an Air Cargo Americas in 2009 attended by then Head of TSA Ed Kelly (pictured) who died shortly thereafter of Legionnaires Disease. (Why Did Ed Kelly Die?).
We are not suggesting anything more than, that people in the face of a deadly global pandemic cannot ignore warnings and that a tragedy like Ed Kelly should not be forgotten.
When you think about it, getting back to regular rhythm meaning the natural every other year schedule of Air Cargo Americas could mean the next one would be held in 2023.
At the very least, FlyingTypers thinks that the Air Cargo Americas show organizer and every other air cargo trade show held this year should consider canvassing attendees with a simple questionnaire, asking people of any health issues occurring post attendance that can then be accessed by attendees.
A good protocol to follow in the current environment.
There is nothing surer, something terrible happens, someone stands up and everybody gains strength. Heroic people in Ukraine with embattled Kyiv being likened to The Alamo.
Here is the story we have been following for the past few days of the faith and courage of Ilonka and Lionel van der Walt and their 24 year-old daughter Imma.
Imma checked into Duke University Medical Center in Durhan North Carolina on Monday February 21 and underwent dangerous radical brain surgery with long odds for survival in any kind of state, let alone word up that she checked out of the hospital less than four days later on Friday February 25th after nine hours under the knife.
Imma right now is at home beginning her recovery.
The operation left her hearing and vision challenged and the resulting need to recalibrate her balance when walking.
Imma has a massive headache but she is fighting that pain, which is lessening.
Doctors suggest that she could regain vision and that balance will be a learning exercise.
The hearing is another matter.
Eventually medicine could develop technologies that might restore her hearing.
But never say never.
In one week of devastating change, Imma has thoroughly beaten the odds and now this young girl has picked herself up, and with determination and courage beyond imagination is fighting back even harder, surrounded by family and friends to continue her life. Call it an angel on her shoulder or simply a miracle of someone almost overwhelmed by a bad thing, who beats the odds with a little help from her friends.
“What an incredible brave young lady! Dad Lionel exclaimed last Friday
“Today she was on linkedin, another sign how well she is doing!”
Words from a beleaguered father, who on Monday asked for prayers for his daughter and received an outpouring of love and affection from air cargo people all over the world that stopped counting kilos long enough to move heaven and earth!
Needless to say, Lionel and all the van der Walts have gone from that smallest place of hope to jumping over the moon.
Include many of you readers, who have been wearing your heart on a sleeve in moments of prayer, faith and inspiration for Imma.
“Thanks to everyone who prayed and expressed concern for Imma and all of us, with words of love and support,” Lionel said
That is the truest sentence I know right now and it sure feels good to write it connected to people in air cargo.
Today Airbus A-380 is by considered by some to be too big an aircraft.
How about an airplane that was thought to be too big in 1938?
The first prototype DC-4 flew on June 7, 1938.
Developed by Douglas for United Airlines, the airplane was basically an enlarged, more robust four-engine version of the DC-3 and could carry 42 people.
But the airplane designated DC-4E was withdrawn because it was thought to be too large with too much capacity for that time.
The first DC-4 A flew February 14, 1942 and the rest is history. Alitalia, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Pan American, KLM, SAS, Iberia, Swissair, Air France, TWA, Buffalo Airways, National Airlines, and Western Airlines were all key operators of the aircraft.
Today in 2022, Buffalo Airways, an all- cargo carrier based in Yellowknife is supplying remote villages in Northern Canada via DC-4 aircraft.
Happy 80th birthday, dear Douglas DC-4
Here EI-APK of Aer Turas is parked at Liverpool, October 5, 1967.
Aer Turas operated the aircraft for Alitalia Cargo.
This DC-4 was painted in full Alitalia regalia until (what else) AZ high flying DC-9-33F's arrived.
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