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   Vol. 22 No. 44
Friday December 15, 2023


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James Nguyen, Nhu (Jolina) Nguyen, Roland Quah, Mike Oslansky, Dung (Diana) Vu, Thao (Emmy) Nguyen, Linh (Lynn) Nguyen,Chanh (Pablo) Vo

     Busy Making Merry . . . Later Merry got tired and went home, but the party went on anyway.
     Here the great Mike Oslansky in the middle as usual signals A-OK visiting the team at World Alliance GSA based in SGN proclaiming:
     “Had a great visit with the World Alliance GSA Team in SGN who lovingly represent Jan Krems and the people of United Cargo.
     What a great team!”
     Indeed in photo above from left are James Nguyen, Nhu (Jolina) Nguyen, Roland Quah, Mike Oslansky, Dung (Diana) Vu, Thao (Emmy) Nguyen, Linh (Lynn) Nguyen,Chanh (Pablo) Vo, the folks that make the going great in air cargo to and from Vietnam.
     With over 36 years of diverse air cargo experience, Mike Oslansky formed a consultancy business, MaWB Services, LLC, in 2020 specializing in air cargo and other related businesses. Prior to MAWB Services, Mike was an executive at United Airlines Cargo for over 33 years in areas such as sales, marketing, business development, technology, operations planning, customer service, and product development. Mike was involved in many transformative projects at United including the launch of a new technology platform in 2013 (UC360), the integration of United and Continental Airlines Cargo in 2012 into a single IT platform as well as the launch of unitedcargo.com in 1999.
     Mike has a true passion for air cargo and is always looking for solutions that advance the industry.
     Mike lives in Chicago, Illinois.
     Someone remarked that Mike might some day settle down to a working retirement in SE Asia.
     Makes me think about the time I spent on a 13 months all-expense paid tour with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
     My friend the cartoonist Walt Kelly scribbled a note with a picture of his character “Pogo” on a napkin as we sat inside Bleecks next to our jobs at the old New York Herald Tribune in Manhattan after we learned the Vietnam War draft had my number. “Hope that Saigon soon will be bygone,” Walt wrote almost six decades ago.
     I wonder about my friends, especially the fellow soldiers in my life, some dead, some living, and where they are today all these years later, and also the French expatriates and Viet nationals that took us in for a taste of home during that one Christmas, when we were there many decades ago.
     It feels good that after all that uproar, loss of life and tearing part of the world that we once knew, Vietnam today is a strong trading partner and friend of USA.
     Love this picture of Mike in an Ao Dai (Ao gam) traditional Vietnamese shirt, with some smiling faces at Christmas.
Geoffrey Arend

chuckles for December 15, 2023

Brandon Fried

     A few days ago I started receiving Adventszeit messages from Zurich, where I lived during my collaboration with FIATA (2011-2017). The Swiss are consistent and cherish their traditions, so when you start receiving their messages in the beginning of December you know that the holidays are approaching and you should get ready.
     Geoffrey and Sabiha are always glad to prepare some special reading for the FlyingTypers in this period, to make their readers happy whilst waiting for the New Year. Together we decided to reach out to some of our aficionados and gather their comments and wishes. The holidays always seem far away and all of a sudden tomorrow is Christmas, so you need to use a bit of timing. When you talk of punctuality and time perception, the Swiss probably take the podium, but next in line you could probably place Americans. Accordingly, our good friend Brandon Fried replied with a very meaningful proposition among the first ones received: please read his “letter to Santa” here below and you will get a good idea of what is to be expected in the next few months of the year, from a USA perspective.
     It should be noted that we are looking at nearly half of the world going to the polls one way or another in 2024. This probably means some changes going forward. It will be a turning point in many countries; even though guessing political results is not one of my favorite sidelines, it is difficult to keep a distance and throttle your doubts. In any case this can hardly be described as a peaceful period; we are torn between skepticism and anxiety, expecting the unexpected. In this light Brandon’s words may even sound reassuring and this makes it such a welcome reading for me. So, ladies and gentlemen let me give you: An Executive Director's Perspective: The Airforwarders Association's Wishlist for 2024, presented as a letter to Santa.

Dear Santa,

     I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits as the holiday season approaches. As we stand on the brink of 2024—a year marked by significant global events and elections—I wanted to share the Airforwarders Association's aspirations for the airfreight industry. Amidst the complexities of political transitions, we remain optimistic about cultivating a resilient and prosperous air forwarding sector.

*  Emphasis on Sustainable Practices:

     We fervently wish for a global commitment to sustainable practices within the airfreight industry. Environmental consciousness is taking center stage, and we encourage industry players to adopt eco-friendly initiatives voluntarily. Whether through fuel-efficient aircraft, investments in alternative fuels, or green logistics solutions, a sustainable future is within reach.
     *Example:* We draw inspiration from collaborative efforts within the industry, such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) initiatives undertaken by major airlines.      These initiatives, driven by industry understanding and commitment, serve as models for a more sustainable airfreight ecosystem. These sustainability initiatives should remain voluntary, driven by industry commitment rather than being imposed by unfunded and unattainable government mandates. Further, we encourage governments worldwide to assist in SAF production by providing the necessary funding for refining infrastructure and industry adoption incentives.

*  Technological Advancements and Digital Transformation:

     Our hope is for increased investment in digital technologies like blockchain, IoT, and AI, driving efficiency and transparency in air forwarding operations. These advancements are essential to streamline processes, reduce delays, and enhance overall supply chain visibility.
     *Example:* Pilot projects showcasing the implementation of AI technology in supply chains have demonstrated its potential to enhance traceability, reduce fraud, and improve collaboration among stakeholders.

*  Resilience and Agility in the Face of Global Challenges:

     Recognizing the inevitability of disruptions, we hope for a continued emphasis on building resilience and agility in supply chains. This focus will empower airforwarders to navigate unforeseen challenges with adaptability and innovation.
     *Example:* The industry's response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic exemplified the importance of resilience. Companies adapted swiftly, demonstrating the capacity to meet shifting demands and implementing innovative solutions to maintain the flow of goods.

*  International Collaboration for Regulatory Harmonization:

      Harmonization of international regulations is paramount for a seamless and efficient airfreight network. Our wish is for increased collaboration among nations to streamline customs and security procedures, reduce bureaucratic hurdles, and create a conducive environment for international trade.
     *Example:* Initiatives like the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) and World Customs Organization's (WCO) toward Trade Facilitation aim to simplify and harmonize customs procedures globally, fostering a more efficient cross-border movement of goods. Further, air cargo security requirements should harmonize globally with consistent rules for screening and handling of cargo.

*  Investment in Workforce Development:

     The backbone of the airforwarding industry is a skilled and adaptable workforce. We hope for increased investment in training and education programs, equipping professionals with the skills necessary to navigate the evolving landscape of airfreight.
     *Example:* Collaborative industry-led training programs and partnerships with educational institutions can bridge the skills gap, ensuring a well-prepared workforce for the future.
     As we navigate the challenges and opportunities that 2024 will undoubtedly bring, the Airforwarders Association remains committed to advocating for policies and initiatives that foster a resilient, sustainable, and innovative airfreight industry.
     Thank you for considering our perspective, and we look forward to continued collaboration and progress in the coming year.

Best regards,
Brandon Fried
Executive Director
Airforwarders Association

     That was a good reality check in my view and I daresay it is quite a feat considering its nature as a list of desiderata.
     On the other hand, if you wish to be a bit more pungent in your observation you could actually argue that some of Brandon’s hopes have been there in our wishes for quite some time and despite the relevant and meaningful debate, not much has been achieved yet, in particular if you consider issues regarding the environment. In this light I must say aviation starts in disadvantage. As Brandon correctly observed is it very difficult to dispose of fossil fuels in aviation but we hope SAF will be of assistance. In other modes of transport perhaps more could have been done in time, but progress has not been extraordinary there either. Similarly, we could observe in IT and digitalization, where the instruments have been there for a long time now, progress is possibly slower than we could expect and would have wished.
     On this point we have already informed our readers when reporting on TIACA’s summit. There will be more to read in future though, as we plan to receive additional input from other “usual suspects” of ours. It is in the pipeline, stay tuned!
     With this, it is now my turn now to wish all our readers a good Advertszeit period, followed by peaceful and enjoyable holidays.
Marco L. Sorgetti

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Leif lundstrom, Eero Ahola, Vinnie Pannullo, Leevi Ekman, Kari Tikkanen, Erik Byman

     Finnair, founded 100 years ago on November 1, 1923, and branded Aero OY, started operations with a single Junkers 13 aircraft.
     But for us, Finnair began 52 years ago at JFK International, when Vinnie Pannullo was the AY cargo guy. Later Kari Tikkanen came into the picture and carried Finnair Cargo for close to 20 years into modern times.
Pasi Nopanen     At Finnair in HEL, Eero Ahola was a grand master of the cargo form and was both a great man and a good friend as was Leif Lundstrom. Along the way Erik Byman, Leevi Ekman, Pertti Mero and Pasi Nopanen (left) opened doors everywhere.
     After the big thaw in Russia, as the Berlin Wall fell, Finnair had the ticket to discover a brave new world.
     The atmosphere was electric, including travel from Helsinki to the former Soviet Union by air or bus via Vyborg (Little Helsinki) and across the water to Tallinn where Skype was founded, and elsewhere in the emerging Baltic States.
Helsinki to Tallinn and onto Moscow and beyond—the early 1990s still shimmer in memory as a thrilling journey to adventure and discovery.
     TransRussia, a trade show held in Moscow at the VVR every year was always a particularly enlightening experience.
     The road into Moscow from the airport had some steel barricades in the center of the highway and a small marker in Russian recalling the furthest penetration into Russia by the Germans in WW II, the spires of the Kremlin faintly visible off in the distance.
     The cannons Napoleon left in retreat from Moscow were still on sentry duty at an entrance to the Kremlin.
     The salmon-colored home of Chekhov in Moscow, all remain wonderful memories.
     I particularly recall the breathtaking afternoons that turned into evenings at The Seurasaari Open Air Museum in the middle of Helsinki, reached by walking across a fretted white bridge, where homes and artifacts and boats from Lapland and other locations in Finland, some hundreds of years old have been carefully brought and preserved forever.
     Finland also produced Eero Saarinen who designed The Jefferson Arch in St. Louis and, of course the TWA Terminal at JFK International, which is now a hotel.
     In 1939, Finnair was on display at The New York World's Fair promoting planned scheduled services for 1940 from Helsinki to New York City via four-engined, high-flying Focke-Wulf 200 Condor passenger aircraft.
     In 1938, an FW-200 flew nonstop from Berlin to New York City scaring the hell out of Pan Am, which was at that time operating big lumbering Boeing B314 flying boats across the pond.
     Minus the world at war, Finnair would have been flying non-stop, HEL-LGA in 1940!
Gabriela Hiitola, Anna-Maria Kirchner     Today in a tough business climate as others, more notably SAS, fall by the wayside, Finnair Cargo offers fast, high-quality transport between Asia, Europe and North America through its Helsinki hub.
     “Finnair Cargo specializes in temperature-controlled cargo, such as pharmaceuticals as well as seafood and other perishables,” said Gabriela Hiitola the first female leader of Finnair Cargo.
     Finnair Cargo moves pharmaceuticals as well as the aforementioned perishables through its state-of-the-art COOL Nordic Cargo Hub at Helsinki Airport using modern technology and data monitoring systems to radically improve transparency and efficiency of air cargo shipping.
     This year, yet another dynamic distaff business leader joined the team when Anna-Maria Kirchner was appointed Head of Global Sales on September 15.
     So happy Centennial birthday, Finnair, and heartfelt thanks for the memories.
     May you always continue as a genuine treasure of an airline, not only for your accomplishments, but also for your inspirational independence and style.

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     It occurs to us after so many (48) holiday seasons at Christmas, sharing the air cargo news, this time of year it might be fun to review a “what we have observed and recorded during all those years about the Holiday Season”.
     Here is one right from the heart, a video from Heathrow Airport lovely and sweet that first aired seven years ago and still works.
     We shall continue here to look through our digital files as 2023 winds down to include some “Best of 2023 “ stories that also include further holiday greetings moving forward into 2024.
     Also upcoming on tap during December 2023 is another exclusive in our long-read deep-dish format stories titled “A Winter’s Tale—What Happened to Alitalia?” to appear here on December 27.
     Meantime we wish our readers A Blessed Christmastide and our best wishes for a Happy & Prosperous 2024!
Geoffrey & Sabiha

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