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   Vol. 21 No. 47
Tuesday December 20, 2022

Face To Face

     Sitting at a red-light last week, I noticed a building in Queens with the words “The Lost Battalion” etched in the stone.
     That Lost Battalion homage from World War I made this Veteran from Vietnam think of what has been lost and also gained during the past few years in air cargo.
Glyn Hughes     The big and welcomed surprise in 2022 was overwhelming support and excitement that the TIACA Air Cargo Forum (ACF) under the aegis of Glyn Hughes (left) delivered at their well-attended and executed Air Cargo Forum at Miami Beach in early November.
     TIACA ACF defied nature and was successful facing down a threatening late season hurricane.
     Support for most trade shows in 2023 based on 2022 seems to be changing post pandemic.
     Where airlines at one time were the main drivers of revenue, at Miami TIACA Air Cargo Forum, the airlines were there, mostly with their people doing walk arounds and only a scant few airlines displaying, whilst airports, ground handlers, software companies and truckers offered the bulk of displays.
     It will be interesting to see in 2023 if enthusiasm continues and spreads for air cargo trade shows, or if the days when you had to climb up to a second floor of an airline trade show display, for example to see the big boss at Emirates is a thing of the past.
     Next year after Air Cargo Europe and a series of Award Dinners and day meetings suck most of the oxygen out of the first half of 2023, we will all find out what else budgets will allow for the rest of the year?
     For sure the grand production when airlines outdid each other to gain attention have most carriers preferring Face-to-Face encounters in private chalets, and hosting special events and dinners.
     We must admit our favorite was the welcoming effort to ACF from Alliance Ground International (AGI) that featured a "Hurricane Party" with drinks and comfort food and people that came together Face-to-Face and unlocked voltage, missing the day-to-day in air cargo since Face-To-Face gave way to COVID.
Warren Jones      Warren Jones, (right) who is taller than anybody else anyway, was host.
     The Jones Boy must have looked over the Hall and concluded that combating a nasty storm bearing down on Miami, and offering sanctuary and fellowship was just the right ticket and it was.
     There is hope that all the alternatives developed that kept air cargo in contact during the worst pandemic in the history of the world can now Face-to-Face prepare for the future.
     The Christmas music is playing, and 2022’s Auld Lang Syne will proclaim time to start all over again.
     But just before all of that happens, believe this:
     TIACA is the best hope of organized air cargo in the world today.
     You’ll feel better after sending your letter to Director General Glyn Hughes for that.
     TIACA reminded us as an industry who we are, and the way it ought to be Face-to-Face, a couple of weeks ago in Miami.

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JC Delen On The Case

     Now as the clock ticks down and the days grow short in 2022, good news for Boeing Aircraft comes in the form of a giant deal from United Airlines for 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 100 737 MAXs.
     The Chicago-based airline's order for 200 airplanes is valued at about $43 billion on paper at list prices.
     Boeing started out 2022, with a Netflix-produced, no-holds documentary laying out the once esteemed airplane builder, titled simply ”Downfall: The Case Against Boeing”.
     Of “Downfall,” Times of London movie critic Kevin Maher wrote:
     ”A sometimes ploddy (talking head, clip, graph, talking head, clip, diagram). The cumulative effect is powerful enough to suggest a new mantra for Boeing:
     “If it is Boeing, I ain’t going!”
     “Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” centers around those two Boeing B737 8 Max aircraft that crashed and killed all on board.
     The movie that came out in early 2022 and is still running on Neftlix worldwide was described by Rotten Tomatoes as “an exceptionally strong expose; one with a clear thesis, a powerful, direct argument to make, and implications that extend far beyond just Boeing."
     Dany Leigh, Critic at Large for The Financial Times wrote:
     “The film does not lose sight of the fact the real tragedy was the 346 lives lost on the two flights. Yet it also makes a powerful account of how even an excellent company can rot from the inside out.”
Col. Ralph O'Neill, Geoffrey Arend and Geoffrey Arend II      I recall sitting in the home of Ralph and Jane O’Neill one day, some 40 years ago in Atherton, California.
     Ralph, who founded The New York Rio & Buenos Aires Airline (NYRBA) was an American Ace flier who served in WW I, and post-war worked for Bill Boeing and Pratt & Whitney selling 1920s-era fighter aircraft and engines to dictators in Latin America.
     Jane met Ralph and fell in love with him when she worked at Boeing in Seattle as Bill Boeing’s Secretary. It was a time of great excitement and expectation for American aviation.
     In the early years Boeing Airplane Company and Boeing Aircraft & Transport, the manufacturer (predecessor of United Airlines) were part of the same company.
     But when Boeing introduced the first and very sleek B247 the USPS rule no longer would grant mail contracts to companies that owned airplane manufacturers and also an airline.
     No one could guess or suppose that the two companies would wake up one day in the next century headquartered in Chicago.
     Maybe the Boeing/United announcement can never again be the high-jinks circus emerging with the first nose loader B747F-200 live, that Tom Cole, the old publicity man at Boeing put out before they shipped that airplane to Pan Am Clipper Cargo.
     The tragic loss brought by Boeing's behavior should always be recalled as a cautionary tale.
View "Downfall: The Case Against Boeing"

Chuckles for December 20, 2022

     Have you ever seen pigs fly?
     Well I have, and I’m here today to tell you about a once upon a time flying circus from the USA to Nigeria.
     When I was a kid we sometimes ventured across the Hudson River . . . to New Jersey, Secaucus, to be exact.
     At that time Secaucus was famous for one thing, its pig farms.
     Well eventually into adulthood and my chosen profession as an air cargo operations specialist at Seaboard World Airlines and my reintroduction to the world of pigs.
     Seaboard, as many readers know, was the pioneering air cargo airline based at Idlewild Airport, today’s JFK that was bought by FedEx in 1980. That’s another story.
     To me Seaboard was wonderful people and fellow workers, the best in the business operation and my Cargo Transfer Facility was Building 260 at Kennedy International.
     But I went where the need was and this day we had signed an agreement to fly pigs from Richmond, Virginia to Lagos, Nigeria.
     A lot of pigs, a really big allotment of them, each of which weighed about 30 pounds each.
     Pigs, when under stress, scream.
     There were times during this movement that I was reminded of my last ride on the Cyclone Roller Coaster at the Coney Island Amusement Park.
     Well, as someone whose job it was to keep things moving at JFK Cargo, never let it be said that I would turn down any passenger, human or otherwise who was deemed capable of flying on one of our aircraft.
     So off we went to sunny Richmond to size up the shipment.
     It was a hot day . . . it was sunny and down right hot.
     We got to the airport; the trucks with the pigs were there and all the equipment we needed to load the little guys onto the aircraft was in place as well.
     So we hustled the passengers up the ramp and into the aircraft and of course during this entire time they are screaming their little hearts out.
     Finally there are just over 600 loaded and we are ready for push back.
     I’m thinking, it’s all going so well.
     We are on board, ready to close the doors, all we need is Customs to sign off on the manifest and we can go.
     I’m aware that it’s getting hot in the aircraft as we wait, and the little guys can’t take much stress or the high temperatures.
     Pigs don’t sweat; they can only control their body heat through their noses.
     I’m at the passenger door with the U.S. Customs inspector, awaiting his release, when a pig drops dead right in front of us.
     The inspector tells me to get his ear tag number so we can strike him off the manifest.
     I climb through the net, get the number and as I’m climbing back, another one bites the dust and the inspector tells me to get his number to which I say, in the very calmest voice I can muster:
     “Well sir, if you like we can sit here for the next 6 hours until we have killed the entire load or you can let me close the door, get airborne and employ our air conditioning system to get the temperature down to where it’s livable for our passengers.”
     Thankfully the inspector takes the easy way out, signs off on the manifest and away we go without further loss of life.
     Fast forward to 13 hours later, we're landing in Lagos.
     I have been with my little friends, and the flight crew, with enough time that we can all feel that this thing is about to be over.
     We look at each other in approval during the perfect landing. We are all smiles and nodding our heads at getting another job done.
     The door opens and I ask the ground handling supervisor about the ramp and he tells me: “actually there is no ramp, we just use the passenger stairs.”
     Now the pigs' legs are around 6 inches long and the stairs are about 12 inches high so each pig reaches the top of the stairs and tumbles all the way down to the tarmac and then is picked up and carried by hand onto the truck.
     This part of the move still puzzles me.
     By this time I had been on quite a few trips and I was still amazed at the way the animals were being handled. These little guys were our passengers and treating them right no matter what, was the rule at SWA.
     So all of us jumped in to help and slowed down the process in Lagos, which also guaranteed delivery of the shipment without incident.
     We left Lagos to go to Frankfurt, Germany where there would be a crew rest while the aircraft would be cleaned and readied for the flight back to New York.
     En route we passed over Algeria, where we were asked to identify ourselves by the Algerian authorities.
     The copilot replied routinely:
     “Yes, Seaboard 1021 en-route from Lagos to Frankfurt.”
     There was a long pause and then Algeria declared:
     “Seaboard, we have no record of overfly rights being secured for your flight.”
     Our copilot quickly replied: “You must be mistaken, our Frankfurt office always files this route.”
     The Captain peered ahead, out the cockpit window advising the protagonist:
     “The Mediterranean is just ahead . . . looks like we can get out of here and away from your air space in the next couple minutes.”
     At that point the voice came back and says:
     “Seaboard you are instructed to come down, if you do not we will send an escort to bring you down.”
     No heroes on our flight, so down we go for a smooth landing at Algiers where we are parked and an official comes up the steps and I open the passenger door.
     Well, you should have seen the look on this guy’s face when he got a good whiff of what I could estimate at around 2,000 pounds of pig manure that had been cooking in that aircraft for the past 20 hours. Unbelievable.
     In less time than it took him to get back to his office, gagging and coughing all the way I suspect, we receive word that we were OK to depart at once and we were gone.
     That experience was helpful in creating better live animal movement.
     We were developing air cargo into the successful multi-billon dollar modern industry it is today.
     And as I mentioned at the top, a lesson learned in Secaucus a long time ago; pigs make it clear they are in the building.
     They also leave their calling card when they depart . . .
Jim Larsen


   It’s Christmas. Let’s walk on the wild side. I’ll have a cosmo.
  These days as emotional support animals are popping up, a comment overheard, “You will not believe the pig I had to sit next to all the way to California.”

We have known Jim Larsen for as long as we have been in the air cargo business.
     Always a stand-up guy and air cargo pioneer to boot, Jimmy served at Seaboard World Airways, the great pioneer carrier that spawned many other air cargo greats like Bill Boesch, John Mahoney, Dick Jackson, Guenter Rohrmann and Vincent Chabrol, the list goes on.
     Jim later worked as Air Cargo Development Manager at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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John Scott Trotter, Ethel Merman and Bing Crosby

     It was Christmas 1942, 80 years ago Irving Berlin’s immortal song "White Christmas" debuted.
     John Scott Trotter (left), Ethel Merman, and Bing Crosby are pictured ready to do a radio show.
     John Scott arranged Bing’s rendition of “White Christmas,” which in 2022 is still the one or two best-selling musical recordings in the history of the world.
     Scott began playing piano with a school band that was formed at the University of North Carolina, where he wrote many of the arrangements.
     Scott and his partner Hal Kemp became famous almost overnight, playing aboard big, scheduled passenger ships crossing the Atlantic between New York and Southampton during the 1930s.
     The band, called The Hal Kemp Orchestra, was invited to play for Edward VIII— the year he was throwing a big party as the future King of England as he traveled from New York across the Atlantic. Later he renounced his throne “for the woman I love,” becoming the Duke of Windsor.
     At one point, the Prince, who fancied himself something of a musician (drums) joined the band; that simple gesture made headlines, and Hal and Scott became famous.
     John Scott wrote arrangements for many of the Kemp tunes. Some 700 were recorded, all at 78 rpm, before Hal’s untimely death in 1940, after which The Hal Kemp Orchestra was no more.
     John Scott kept on arranging music with Bing, who after White Christmas and the album of Christmas music that followed wouldn’t work without him. Up until the mid-1950s, Bing rarely allowed anyone else to arrange his music.
     The string of hit songs the duo created has never been matched.
     Bing Crosby said this about Trotter: “I'm not musically educated enough to really describe what he was in music terms. I just knew he was very good and he had marvelous taste,” der Bingle declared.
     Here is a celebration video of 80 years of “White Christmas".
     Scott delivered another arrangement featuring just Bing and guitarist genius Les Paul, that to me is Crosby's greatest recording ever, perfectly capturing our world in 1945 with all its hope and pathos.
     The tune written by Jules Styne and Sammy Chan is titled “It's Been A Long, Long Time".
     Merry Christmas!
     Happy Chanukah!
     May your days be merry and bright!

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