Issue 8 2019 - FBJNA

AIT Worldwide Logistics Marks 40 Years in Business

AIT Worldwide Logistics officially achieved 40 years in business on September 4. Four decades aſter opening its doors in the Chicago suburbs as a domestic freight forwarder, AIT has catapulted to continent- spanning success and is now a leading global supply chain management provider with more than 60 locations around the world. “I’m so proud to cross this milestone,” said AIT’s President

and CEO, Vaughn Moore. “Forty years is an accomplishment that simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful customers, dedicated partners and, of course, our expert, talented people all across the globe.” “Our people are what makes

us great,” he added. “They’re the reason we’ve been able to execute on our global growth strategy so diligently over the past

few years, and why I’m

confident we have many more years of success and growth ahead of us.” AIT went public in August

with its largest acquisition to date, picking up Unitrans International


a Los Angeles-based freight forwarder with expertise in a variety of specialized services. That move followed two deals last year to acquire food logistics forwarder WorldFresh Express and U.K.-

Atlas Air Worldwide to Expand in New York

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

recently announced the

renewal and extension of its corporate headquarters lease in Purchase, N.Y. Atlas’ plans in New York include creating 100

additional jobs and

enhancing headquarters offices to accommodate its growing employee base and strategic business growth. Empire State Development

Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate

Eric Gertler said, “Companies are choosing to stay and foster growth in New York thanks to the state’s skilled workforce, favorable economic environment and robust business assistance programs, and

Atlas Air’s will bring 100 new jobs

expansion to

the Mid-Hudson region while maintaining a thriving headquarters in Purchase.” Atlas

has maintained its headquarters in New York since

2000. “New York is our home and

we are excited to strengthen our ties and expand our company in this dynamic, thriving state,” said William J. Flynn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “We will continue to grow our team of talented, world-class, customer- focused employees in New York and throughout our global network.” Atlas currently employs 568

based ConneXion World Cargo in October 2018 and December 2018, respectively. Throughout its history, AIT

has sought to not only grow, but also to actively engage with the community, Moore added, noting that AIT and its teammates helped raise more than $620,000 for the American Cancer Society since 2000 and more than $120,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital since 2017.

professionals in New York. Atlas expects to retain those positions and create 100 additional jobs in New York over the next five years. Globally, the company employs more than 3,500 aviation professionals. In addition to its New York

headquarters, the company maintains operations centers near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, in Anchorage, Alaska, and Hong Kong; a training center in Miami, Florida; and key logistics centers around the world, including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, to support its global network.

Port NOLA Sees Record Volumes, Bold Vision for Future Growth

Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans

(Port NOLA)

President and CEO, and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation (NOPB) CEO, highlighted the successes of the agencies’ diverse business profile in 2019, and focused on the opportunities ahead at the annual State of the Port address hosted by the International Freight Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans. Christian


key short- and long-term strategies to capitalize on current momentum and to create opportunities in the future. In the address titled “Opportunity Calls, We Answer,” Christian attributed the successes to collaboration and partnerships, while

emphasizing there is more

work to be done. “Because of your efforts, our

collective efforts, your Port of New Orleans is thriving. But I am here to tell you we can achieve much more together,” Christian said. “Opportunity is calling. Actually, opportunity is not just calling; it is banging at the door and demanding that we answer.” Christian


continued momentum across all four business lines: cargo, rail, industrial real estate and cruise. Port NOLA moved more

containers in fiscal year 2019 than at any time in its history at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal – totaling 619,353 TEUs, up 12% from the previous year. Port NOLA has now seen

double-digit growth in total container volumes for two consecutive years, led by loaded import growth which was up 7.3% in fiscal year 2019. Christian announced that

this growth also led to Port NOLA attracting a new direct- Asia container service. MSC’s Lone Star Express service will call weekly at Port NOLA later this month. The new service


strengthens New Orleans’ direct connectivity with Far East markets and offers more options to the Port’s customers. This will be the second direct-Asia service via New Orleans in addition to CMA CGM’s PEX 3 service. Maersk and ZIM will both partner on the new service, which will appeal to resin producers and

traders, furniture and other retail importers, as well as temperature sensitive goods – especially frozen poultry because of fast export transit times, such as 25 days from Busan, Korea and 32 days to Busan. “Asia is our fastest-growing

containerized trade lane, and we appreciate the commitment from MSC, Maersk and ZIM to Port NOLA and our shippers,” said Christian. To effectively manage

growing container volumes, Port NOLA has embarked on a $100 million expansion plan that includes the order of four new 100-foot gauge container gantry cranes that can more efficiently work larger ships in the 8,000 to 9,500-TEU

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News Roundup

Airports Council International (ACI) recently named Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) as the fastest-growing airport in the world for 2018 for airports that handled more than 250,000 metric tons of air cargo. In its recent ACI World Airport Traffic Report, the organization revealed the top airports for passengers, cargo and aircraſt movements and highlighted the world’s fastest-growing airports for 2018. ACI noted that RFD has positioned itself as an e-commerce freight hub for online retail giant Amazon and the airport’s traffic grew 56.6 percent in 2018. In 2018, RFD saw more than 2.1 billion pounds of cargo moving through the airport. That number builds on the record- breaking 50% increase recorded in 2017, when nearly 1.4 billion pounds of cargo traveled through the airport.

Celine Hourcade will join The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) as Project Manager from September 2019, supporting the Association’s transformation program. The first two priorities for Hourcade will be the development of TIACA’s Sustainability Program, including the first Sustainability Award, and the delivery of the Cargo Service Quality (CSQ) objectives for the tool, which went live in February 2019. She will head up further projects as the Association continues to roll out new transformation initiatives as part of an ongoing drive to grow the organization and deliver a reinvigorated value proposition for members.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. congratulates and thanks the United States government

for its long-standing efforts

to persuade the European Union to enter into a stand-alone agreement allowing U.S. air carriers to provide wet-lease, or ACMI (aircraſt, crew, maintenance and insurance), services to European carriers. The U.S.-EU agreement eliminates one- sided, short-term time constraints that severely limited the ability of U.S. carriers to provide ACMI service in Europe, while European carriers were under no such restrictions in the United States.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. announced the renewal and extension of its corporate headquarters lease in Purchase, N.Y. Atlas’ plans in New York include creating 100 additional jobs and enhancing headquarters offices to accommodate its growing employee base and strategic business growth.

Delta Cargo has appointed Rob Walpole as Vice President - Cargo Operations and Logistics. This new position, reporting to Shawn Cole, will see Walpole lead Delta Cargo’s global operations and Delta Logistics Control Center teams. Walpole comes to Delta Cargo from DP World, a Dubai-based global port operator, where he served as Chief Operating Officer - Global Logistics and Supply Chain.

Effective September, Saudi Airlines Cargo has added extra freighter flights to Europe, the US, and Africa. The second additional weekly freighter flight operates on Tuesday and Thursday to JFK via Liege Airport (LGG), Belgium by a B747- 400F aircraſt. Meanwhile, its Nairobi-Europe service will be increased by four weekly flights to 11 per week. These flights are operated by a mix of B747Fs and B777Fs. In addition, the company added an additional flight to Khartoum International Airport, Sudan via a B777F.

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics- intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Air New Zealand, which operates a global network providing passenger and cargo services to, from and within New Zealand, is using the Descartes Core™ Unit Load Device (ULD) Tracking solution to automatically monitor the real-time location of international mail, parcel and cargo shipments while they are in the air and on the ground.

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