|Vol. 22 No. 22||
Monday June 26, 2023
Ever wonder why the folks in Anchorage, Alaska named their airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport?
Theodore F. Stevens was a powerful advocate for Alaska Industry while serving in the United States Senate for 40 years between 1968-2009.
He got things done and that included brokering legislation that opened areas of the State that made the Trans Alaska Pipeline possible in 1977.
But in 2023, you can only imagine the blow back Stevens must have endured.
This politician, born in Indianapolis who attended Harvard Law, migrated just like millions of other Americans to the adventure and promise of Alaska. But he was the real deal; after the tanker Exxon Valdez spilled some 10.9 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989, Stevens introduced a bill to allocate more federal money to cleanup efforts, arguing that Exxon Corporation had not done enough.
They build them tough and expansive up in Alaska, and when passion with a purpose comes into focus, great things can happen.
So word from ANC, everybody’s favorite stopover airport on the Great Circle to and from Asia and North America, that NorthLink Aviation which holds a 55-year lease to develop the 120-acre South Park Cargo Campus at ANC and Kale Logistics Solutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to build the next generation of digital cargo infrastructure at ANC is simply stunning. Kale Logistics Solutions is a company that has figured out the digital answer to keep things moving at airports all over the world including the busiest, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
“It is a proud moment for Kale to partner with NorthLink at the world’s third-busiest cargo airport," says Co-Founder and CEO of Kale Logistics Solutions, Amar ‘Action Jackson’ More of the air cargo airport digital age.
“We are excited by the possibilities that Anchorage offers, and even more excited by NorthLink’s bold vision and passion. We firmly believe that technology is no longer a ‘nice to have’ or a ‘necessary evil,’ but indeed is a business driver for the logistics industry. We look forward to a productive journey with NorthLink.”
Sean Dolan, CEO, NorthLink Aviation, as Amar noted, shares the passion:
“Technology is essential to building world-class air cargo infrastructure. Immensely excited and grateful that NorthLink Aviation is partnering with the amazing team at Kale Logistics Solutions as we build the digital infrastructure to expand Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport as a global logistics hub for cross border e-commerce and express freight.
“A special thank you to Amar More whose expertise, leadership and work ethic are unmatched,” Sean proclaimed.
To that we can only wonder if at some point HJIA gets around to putting Amar up in bronze somewhere saluting ‘Action Jackson’, the man from Kale, that by golly forever speeded up cargo at the USA’s busiest airport.
run into a day when the “sun refuses to shine”?
Saurav Chakraborty (L), Chief Executive Officer at LORDS Freight by Mahindra Logistics Limited and Head Global Cross Border Solutions at Mahindra Logistics and (R) Rampraveen Swaminathan, Chief Executive Officer at Mahindra Group are giving truth to their slogan “Igniting Logistics” as MLL lands in Dubai.
When you think about it in a largely self congratulating world, here come some inventive, well-connected quietly confident entrepreneurs out of India setting up a deal: using for a change, Dubai, which has grown powerful and effective.
Turn about fair play? Indeed, and not for nothing, the road ahead in this highly competitive world will be anything but a walk in the park . . . Dubai gives nothing away, and there is a lot of competition, but now finally the Indians have landed and set up shop.
Mumbai-based Mahindra Logistics Ltd. (MLL), a part of India’s Mahindra Group, the Mumbai-based Indian multinational conglomerate with operations in more than 100 countries. has become the first Indian company to start cargo charter operations from Dubai.
MLL provides technology enabled integrated solutions for 3PL, Express and cross-border supply chain management. The company does freight forwarding and related value-added services serving over 55 lanes across the world. MLL is partnering with customers in electronics, consumer durables, pharma and engineering for the cargo charter operations.
What is important to note is the choice of Dubai by MLL.
Dubai is strategically important: It became India’s third largest trading partner in 2021-22 and with the signing of the India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), bilateral trade is set to grow.
In fact, it has been a year since the CEPA was signed and business has grown by 27.5%. Business from India and UAE have already started leveraging upon the duty waivers and enhanced market access offered under the CEPA. During the first eight months from April-November 2022 bilateral trade between the two countries grew to $57.8 billion from $45.3 billion during the same period of the previous year – a growth of 27.5 per cent in percentage terms and an increase of$12.5 billion in value terms. During the same period, India’s exports to the UAE saw a growth of 19.32 per cent, reaching $20.8 billion from $17.45 billion, an increase of $3.35 billion in value terms.
In addition to its presence as a global hub, Dubai has turned into a regional trading hub.
In fact, MLL’s Managing Director & CEO, Rampraveen Swaminathan said how the CEPA agreement had led to a 14% annual increase in bilateral trade. It has created new trade opportunities and registered a multi-year high in exports from India to the UAE.
“The UAE, and Dubai, provide us a great launchpad to develop the business.” Saurav Chakraborty added that the company had chosen Dubai as the location for the air charter brokerage business “due to the unparalleled access and connectivity it provides”.
Chakraborty also said that the charter business would be an independent division serving customers and partners across multiple vertical and geographies.
“We are going to target the segment of foreign-to-foreign movement, say from Shanghai to Istanbul.
“So, the world,” Chakraborty said confidentially, “is going to be ours.”
“I have always wanted to work with the best team of worldwide professionals under one banner. And that is ATC Aviation Services AG. The opportunity I have been given will allow me to showcase my strengths and passion for the air industry with my experience of 27 years. This new beginning with an international company will allow me to also deal with the diversity of global culture. And challenges only makes me stronger. I’m happy to join the great skilled team at ATC.”
As Deputy General Manager for Turkish Cargo in India for a decade plus 11 months, a leading “Woman in Air Cargo” and total professional by any measure joins the best GSSA in the business. Jane Vaz of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India is now Manager Sales India for ATC Aviation Services AG.
Jane Vaz created history of sorts when she became the first lady President of the Air Cargo Club of Bombay. And all those who know her, are well aware that she does not take her job lightly. After all, she has been in the cargo game for a long time.
Jane brings to ATC and to the shipping community a wealth of knowledge and success during a lifetime as a true pioneer of India air cargo.
Before joining ATC and before departing Turkish Cargo, she was handling cargo for Etihad Cargo and her primary responsibility was to generate sales and fill the belly capacity of the flights. And, even before that she was with South African Airways (Cargo) for nine years. The lady is a hands-on person and is well aware of the loading patterns on a wide variety of aircraft having handled the B-747-SP, the B747-200, the B-747-200(F) and the AB-340-200 among others.
After all these years, what is it that keeps Jane Vaz excited about the cargo industry and especially now having joined ATC a company of aviation professionals considered by airlines all over the world as the best GSSA in the planet?
“The ever-growing digitalization has been opening new avenues of global connectivity every day, and has at the same time increased efficiency and sustainability.”
Jane also hits the button as a leading woman in air cargo declaring:
“If we overcome our internal barriers and ability to self-promote, we (women) can see immense growth and equal opportunity. Time management, work-life balance and creating a good support network to help ourselves will give us the right balance.”
“The cargo industry," Jane Vaz says, "has evolved and grown providing lot of opportunities to women.
“Now, it solely depends on us to recognize and grow with our inner strengths and abilities.”
“Wowser”, we say!
Good going, ATC.
We will continue to follow "ATC & Jane On A Plane", a great story out of India from ATC, a company gauging real talent as the way to build a great future which looks better every day.
On May 1 Canadian singer/songwriter and absolute perfectionist Gordon Lightfoot died.
I still have a bright memory of a Lightfoot performance my son laid out at our feet in New York City’s Legendary Town Hall one fine day in May almost four years ago May 15, 2019.
“He left us without ever having made a bad song, and every time I listened to one of them, wished it would last forever,” Bob Dylan graciously said.
Lightfoot’s music is still with us as it is on dozens of albums and was also recorded by Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Grateful Dead, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Eric Clapton.
The Band’s great Robbie Robertson said Gordon Lightfoot “is a cultural treasure of the Canadian nation.”
‘If You Could Read My Mind’, ‘Sundown’, ‘Carefree Highway’, ‘Early Morning Rain’, and ‘Rainy Day People’, Lightfoot was born in Canada and began singing in the local church and taught himself piano and guitar, playing in large pop-folk ensembles across Canada, and studying at the Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles.
In 1975 Lightfoot wrote ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, a song about the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.
When we saw him, his regular backups that had remained with him through thick and thin were there as he gallantly performed all the tunes, and some new ones as well.
Some members of the audience used to attending concerts of mega volumes were anxious.
Town Hall, to its credit, brings great artists to their audience all the time. I recall seeing Elaine Stritch in the same venue and feeling the same wonderful passion from the crowd going back to Gordo.
Later a few of us gathered at P.J. Clarke’s.
The voice wafted over the place spreading the loneliest early morning feeling in the world that has been rattling in my brain since I first heard it in 1966:
“This old airport got me down
It’s no earthly place to be.
And I’m stuck here on the ground.
Cold and drunk as I can be.
You can’t hop a jet plane, like you can a freight train.
So I best be on my way,
In the early morning rain.”
So long Gordo and thanks Geoffrey II.
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