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   Vol. 21 No. 41
Thursday November 3, 2022

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Michael Chowdry

     Michael Chowdry, one of the most successful people in the history of air cargo founded Atlas Air 30 years ago.
     The Pakistani native began flying in 1993 with one 747 freighter.
     Today Atlas is the largest ACMI operator on the planet.
     It's been 21 years since that sad day on January 24, 2001 when Mike, who was only 46, died with Jeff Cole, a reporter on board, whilst piloting his jet in Watkins, Colorado.
     "I'm Jazzy and all I want to do is fly," were among the first words Mike Chowdry said to Linda, who became his wife and business partner and created this book.
     Here she affectionately has assembled an immensely detailed history of Jazzy.
     But the lingering impression is sweeter than just cold facts, and more reminiscent of like what Ginger Rogers did in her movies dancing with Fred Astaire.
     "All the steps Fred did, Ginger was in high heels, dancing backwards!"
     Linda's nearly 400-page immigrant’s memoir recounts the life of a young Pakistani man who came to America with a driving love and ambition to make a difference in aviation. Through challenges, he soared to the very heights and practically invented the ACMI business.
     Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Jazzy unleashed his passion, ultimately building a successful company with a solid foundation, today's giant Atlas Air Worldwide.
     People recall Mike sleeping in his car at JFK International during the early years, always on the job, never taking no for an answer.
     Those were heady days of change and excitement.
     You can for a moment imagine the sculpture of Atlas that sits in front of Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue in Manhattan winking and coming to life as Mike Chowdry drove by one day, and from there it was a small step up onto the tail of that first B747 freighter.
     Most people think that the sculpture of Atlas holds up the Earth but Ovid and writers of the ancients and now Jazzy's actions in the modern world reaffirm, Atlas holds up the sky.
     As The International Air Cargo Association TIACA, November 8 in Miami Beach brings the next big thing in air cargo, filling exhibition halls for three days—an event with software companies and others, it's good to recall a founding father from another time of dramatic change in air cargo.
     Here in Miami, United Airline's Jan Krems, a true airline genius will be on the half shell so you can talk to him and see if some of it rubs off.
     World beaters like the inimitable Amar More, Kale Logistics Solutions will chart and explain the future of the first and last mile on the ground; Ingo Zimmer will once again define what makes ATC Aviation Services AG the best GSSA in the world and Eduardo Del Riego and Michael White of PayCargo will expand understanding of the new way to pay and settle up payments worldwide.
     "No Man's Son" Kindle Unlimited -Free. Also available on Amazon in Paperback -$14.72.

Peter Yap and Geoffrey Arend

     Once upon a time in 1994 I found myself in Taipei, Taiwan sitting at lunch with Peter Yap, who was the top cargo executive for China Airlines Cargo.
     At one point, Peter looked at me and said:
     “The trouble today is finding markets that offer great growth potential and also support from the local gateway.
     “Very rare,” Peter said.
     “Taiwanese people love to eat fish and we cannot get enough of it, competing with Europe and elsewhere.”
     I looked at Peter, who was eager to do business, and thought about Miami.
     Our company had personally served and followed the gateway since 1975 with distribution of our Air Cargo News publication. We delivered ACN to the cargo area at Miami, back when it was located in the part of the airport that served the U.S. Army during World War II.
     The place was called Miami International Air Depot, or MIAD.
     I also thought about the two detailed history books we created about the airport after Amaury Zuriarrain brought us in to meet General Manager Richard Judy.
     Legendary Dick Judy green lit the first book and later an all-cargo book about MIA Cargo created for Miami Aviation Director Gary Dellapa.
     I looked at Peter and said:
     “Peter, come to Miami, bring a freighter into South Florida where all the fish you need will swim right into the airplane, and you will make history.”
     That is exactly what Mr. Yap did about three years later, and the rest, as they say, is history.
     But before CAL could fly to MIA, they needed to get permissions and that meant overcoming objections from FedEx and others.
     So for three years we wrote stories and tracked Peter’s progress.
     Every time he came to Washington to realize those flights, we created a story supporting CAL and Miami Dade.
     Peter Yap was a most interesting character—an executive who was as colorful as you can imagine in air cargo.
     He was a true pioneer who sized up opportunities and went for them.
     He put his money where his mouth was, too.
     Peter wanted to help build China Airlines Cargo into a world power and he needed airplanes, but the airline was not about to buy a fleet at that time.
Peter Yap and Michael Chowdry     Peter Yap met Michael Chowdry, when Michael Chowdry (right) brought Golden, Colorado-based Atlas Air to the fore providing aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) for cargo executives with better things to do. The very first customer for this new idea was China Airlines Peter Yap (left).
     Atlas needed contracts for several airplanes, so Peter and Michael worked out a deal and China Airlines leased a fleet of B747Fs from Atlas.
     Peter and Michael were quite a couple.
     It was all straight business, of course, but in a unique coincidence both loved Jackie Chan movies, so occasionally when they could, it was not unusual for them to do a deal and then, with the pressure lifted, repair to a local movie theater to watch a movie and let the action speak for itself.
     It’s lovely to think that these Captains of Industry knew how to relax and enjoy each other’s company!
     We thought about Peter Yap as we celebrated the life of “Jazzy” Chowdry in the book, “No One’s Son” created by his wife Linda detailed here as Atlas Air Worldwide marks 30 years of service.
     As a great world resource, no doubt the red carpets will be rolled out as 2023 unfolds, but let’s not forget the cargo guy who led the way for Miami Air Cargo To Asia as a customer for Atlas with an original idea, to deliver some fish to the home market.
     Peter Yap started the ball rolling for Miami, delivering the gateway’s first scheduled Asian flag carrier.
     Although many great airlines followed, China Airlines Cargo was first, and Peter Yap made that happen.
     One of the greatest aspects of what we do is in telling the story of the lives of air cargo’s people.
     We are, after all, messengers. To have been part of moving the industry forward, and to have lived long enough to share these stories is surely the sweetest reward anyone might imagine.

Eddie Chou, Sabiha Arend, Brendan Furlong, Peter Yap, Geoffrey Arend II, Emily Arend, James Liu, Peter Wei and Edward Sung.

chuckles for November 3, 2022

     The International Air Cargo Association TIACA Air Cargo Forum (ACF) begins on November 8 Election Day across the U.S., which means to attend the first day of TIACA, unless you can figure out how to get to an absentee voting center, how will you be in two places at the same time a week from this Tuesday?
     “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting,” President Frankie Roosevelt declared.
     The American custom of weekday voting began in 1845, when Congress passed a Federal Law designating the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November as Election Day.
     So why did the organizers of Air Cargo Forum and the trade show company schedule a U.S.-based ACF Tuesday November 8 of all days ?
     Couldn’t they have waited one day and launched ACF on Wednesday November 9?
     Perhaps in this “global village” we all live in these days, planners' first rule might be brushing up on their local calendars?
     You can bet that the Air Cargo Europe show and other events that this mega-trade show company puts up would never open on say October 3, which is German Unity Day!
     It would be unthinkable to open Air Cargo India or Air Cargo China during Diwali Festivities or Lunar New Year Celebrations.
     So pay attention Air Cargo Forum, and sharpen up here. The country that brought the rule of law to the rights of the common man, the one that is at the top of the list of places in the world where people want to live, witness in 2022 more than 5 million people have waded across rivers and made every conceivable effort to get here, wants and needs a day to vote.
     Here is a plus of good timing.
     Next week suppose the ACF event ended on a Friday?
     Might encourage at least a few attendees to weekend in Miami and take in a truly wonderful and culturally outstanding "in town” experience.
     A trip to Miami Beach without a stop into Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, a fixture there since it opened in 1913 and Woodrow Wilson was President, is like a day without sunshine.
     Elsewhere Miami City Hall is located at Dinner Key in the exact building where Pan American World Airways launched its Flying Boat Base during the 1930s.
     Today that beautiful Delano & Aldrich-designed building, the original passenger terminal near the water serves as Miami City Hall where the City Council meets in the old passenger lobby.
     Later repair to a breathtaking National Historic Landmark, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
     Vizcaya is a former 1916 waterfront estate home with 32 decorated rooms and 10 acres of formal gardens.
     Finally enjoy drinks and stuffed eggs at @Michael's Genuine, a great neighborhood spot and the best restaurant in Miami.
     And if you can, don’t forget to vote November 8.

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Ethiopian Cargo

     One of the few carriers to remain profitable after the Covid pandemic, Ethiopian Airlines has worked out expansion plans. Building on its more than 50-year presence in India (Ethiopian started flying to Delhi in 1966 and recently completed 50 years of service to Mumbai), “The Star of Africa” Ethiopian Airlines has acquired rights to operate 35 flights per week to the country.
Mesfin Tasew     The carrier wants to add 5 more destinations in India in addition to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. It started flights to Bengaluru in October 2019 but had to suspend services due to Covid. Operations to Chennai began in July with flights thrice a week while the Delhi and Mumbai services were increased to twice daily.
India is of prime importance to Ethiopian and CEO Mesfin Tasew said: “Ethiopian Airlines is a significant player in connecting India and Africa and beyond. The recommencement of flights connects the important ICT hub of Bengaluru to the ever-expanding Ethiopian network in addition to our flights to the capital New Delhi and Mumbai.” The CEO was speaking on the resumption of flights to Bengaluru.
     Ethiopian today is operating on a positive cash positive note we hear and one of its mainstays has been cargo. Cargo-generated revenue greatly helps the carrier to remain financially stable. The carrier has strengthened its cargo unit and its freighters continue to operate to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmedabad.

Tigist Eshetu

FlyingTypers talked to Mrs. Tigist Eshetu, Regional Director India Subcontinent, Ethiopian Airlines stationed in Mumbai.
     She knows her stuff, having an active hand in also looking after the cargo operations of the carrier.

FT:   We understand that Ethiopian Airlines relied heavily on cargo demand during the pandemic and, even within India, continues to fly freighters to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. How important is cargo for Ethiopian from India?
TE:   During the pandemic, passenger service sharply declined and we relied on Cargo business for survival. Fortunately, India has been one of our key cargo destinations as it is a huge pharma manufacturing country. The demand for export has been very consistent during the entire pandemic, hence, like other carriers Ethiopian explored this opportunity and deployed its freighters as per the demand.

FT:  Ethiopian Airlines has acquired rights to operate up to 35 flights per week to India. From the cargo perspective, other than the cities you fly your freighters to now, have you plans to touch other cities? How do you view future prospects in India?
TE:   India, as a manufacturing hub for pharma, vaccines, fabrics & garments, machinery & spares, is a major market. Ethiopian plans to increase its cargo handling capacity adding more frequency and destinations in India.
     As countries reopen their borders and the aviation business recovers, we plan to expand our services to other additional destinations in India, and get closer to our customers in Asia. We are growing our destinations and fleet size and reach customers across the globe with the highest quality customer service.

FT:  Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services operated 61 scheduled flights to transport 3,200 tons of time-sensitive pharmaceutical kits directly to U.S. and Canada. That brings me to Pharma. How important is pharma for Ethiopian Cargo specially from India?
TE:    It remains a globally accepted fact that India remains a major pharma/vaccine hub. In fact, India has been termed as “World’s Pharmacy” recently. India was one of few countries whose Covid vaccine was accepted globally, although mostly it was government-controlled aid to other countries and very little commercial export. Hyderabad has been a major manufacturing hub for pharma. Ethiopian capitalized on its modern pharma wing and transported pharmaceuticals to and from India during the pandemic.

FT:  We also understand that Ethiopian wants to do commercial tie-ups with domestic carriers. Will that include cargo?
TE:   Yes, Ethiopian already has commercial tie up with Blue Dart whose services are considered for domestic uplift and we keep on collaborating with domestic carriers to provide better access and quality service to our customers.

FT:  What will differentiate the services of Ethiopian Cargo from the others in India now?
TE:   Our connectivity to the heart of every African port makes our services fast and reliable. Ethiopian flies to more than 60 destinations in Africa and has exclusive access to certain ports in the continent.
Tirthankar Ghosh

Pumping TrafficEtihad Cargo in partnership with Etihad Airport Services and Abu Dhabi Airports to launch a new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical cool chain facility. The facility will will double Abu Dhabi Airport’s cool chain storage capacity and enhance the airport’s capabilities for the storage, handling and transportation of cool chain products. Etihad Cargo's customers will benefit from the carrier's International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma Martin Drewcertification for pharmaceutical and life science. Martin Drew, (left) Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group. "This joint venture located at Etihad Cargo’s hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport provides the perfect location to link the Middle East to not only Asia and Europe, but also the U.S. and Africa, so life-saving medicines and the latest treatments can be transported seamlessly around the world to those that need them the most.”. . . Hans HicklerHans Hickler (right) joins Seko Logistics as president of the Americas where he will oversee the company’s development plans in the region. Hickler will have operating authority and responsibility for the Americas Region including people growth and commercial development, operations and customer experience, cash management and compliance and regulatory. Based in Fort Lauderdale, he will report directly to chief executive James Gagne and chief operating officer – international, Steen Christensen. Well known in the logistics industry he has worked with Seko over the last seven years in an advisory role, and prior to that he was with Agility Logistics and before that at DHL. Hickler said: “I’m excited to be at the company full-time after working for several years as a strategic thought partner. I’m looking forward to being a part of such an aspirational and forward-thinking organization.” . . . Lufthansa Cargo’s seven sales regions are now mapped into five, enhancing the focus on the customer, simplifying the structure to increase speed to market and
Marcel Kling, Oliver von Goetz, Stephanie Abeler, Dr. Andre Schulz and J. Florian Pfaff

support the new phase of growth at the company. Stephanie Abeler, formerly Head of “Sales & Handling Midwest USA”, takes over the responsibilities of the newly created America, a merged region of North and South America. She will remain based in Chicago. A single European region consisting of Eastern & Northern Europe and Western Europe will now be headed by Oliver von Götz in Frankfurt. Achim MartinkaThe region of Middle East & Africa will be expanded to include the markets of South Asia & the CIS region and is headed by Dr. André Schulz, based in Frankfurt. Achim Martinka, who has headed Lufthansa Cargo's German sales as Vice President Germany has expanded his area of responsibility to include the markets Austria and Switzerland, thus leading the newly created DACH sales region. The structure of the Asia Pacific region (except for the South Asia market) remain the responsibility of J. Florian Pfaff based in Singapore. Digital Sales, which was previously a head office function is now defined as a customer-facing function led by Marcel Kling. All managers of the Sales Regions as well as Digital Sales will report to Ashwin Bhat, the Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa Cargo.

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