INFOline for July 17, 2014
Good afternoon, everyone. This is John Starkovich with the ABX Air INFOline for July 17, 2014.
As we have advised in the past, Safety is treated as one of our highest priorities at ABX Air; and in March 2014, our Safety Policy was updated and accepted by the FAA as being Safety Management System (SMS) compliant. One pillar of SMS is Safety Promotion, which means safety is emphasized in our culture, our training, and our communications. The management here at ABX Air is committed to communicating our safety policy and to implement and operate under a Safety Management System. My signature and the signatures of our senior management team alongside our Safety and Compliance management is intended to reflect and demonstrate our common goal and our unity to improve safety practices here at ABX Air.
Read ABX Air's signed Safety & Security Policy online at www.myabx.com/employee policy/policies/safetyandsecurity.htm.
In previous INFOlines you were advised that the Department of Defense (DOD) through the Air Mobility Command (AMC) out of Scott Air Force Base did an audit in ILN of ABX Air operations as part of their mission to ensure safe, reliable, and compliant service by its vendors for the US military. The final written results of that audit arrived this week and confirmed that ABX Air successfully completed the audit and met the DOD’s requirements in all respects. Thanks to everyone for all of the hard work in preparing for the audit and in providing the information that the three-person audit team required during their visit. Your efforts are much appreciated, and the results confirm that ABX Air is doing things right.
Our on-time service performance for DHL for the month of July--which starts the third quarter--is 98.52%, subject to verification. Similarly, for the second quarter of 2014, on-time performance came in at 98.78%, all subject to verification. We finished June with a 98.92% on-time performance for DHL, subject to verification.
The Ice Cream Social sponsored by ABX Air as part of the ATSG Companies’ Charity fundraising events that was held on July 14 was huge success. I would like to thank Tracey Dykes and Judy Branham and their helpers for all of the work that they did preparing for and coordinating the event. They held the event during the day and then came out later in the evening, too, which was much appreciated by the employees. Just as important is a thank you to all of the employees of all of the companies who contributed and enjoyed an ice cream sundae. Over $700 was raised, and your generosity is much appreciated. Additionally, on July 3, $171 was raised in a Pre-4th of July Dessert Raffle. Our thanks to all who contributed desserts to the cause and to those that bought tickets.
Please mark your calendars for the Community Charity Car and Bike Show scheduled for August 9 (rain date of August 10), which will be held at the Welcome Center Parking Lot here at the Air Park. Spectator admission is free, and there will be food, raffles, door prizes and, of course, food and drinks. So plan on attending and visiting, and bring your appetite. Brady Templeton and Jim Savastano each took a turn at cooking up some great burgers last year, and everyone who attended had a great time. If you have questions or wish to volunteer, please call Tanya Woodford at 937-218-2218.
Some time in the next couple of weeks, all past and present eligible participants in the ABX Air Defined benefit pension plan who are not yet currently receiving benefit payments will receive in the mail an estimate of their pension benefits. These estimates are required by law and are issued every three years. Please look for it in the mail, and keep it in a safe place with your other important papers. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.
ABX Air had another first occur this week. Quentin Smith, a quality control specialist in Maintenance, retired on Friday, July 18, with 40 years of service. He is the first 40-year employee to retire and one of four who have marked 40 years of service for ABX Air so far. Steve Veness, Eric Plas, and Mike Wisniewski also celebrated their 40th anniversaries this year and will continue to rack up more time. To put that in perspective, 40 years ago gold hit a record of $121.25 an ounce; it is now running over $1,300 an ounce. The book Jaws was first published. The Six Million Dollar Man made its debut on television. Watergate and the Patty Hearst kidnapping dominated the news. And in December, Archie Griffin from Ohio State won the 40th Heisman Trophy. For those of us who were not very long out of high school at the time, it does not seem that long ago, but time sure seems to have “flown” by for us. We want to thank Quentin’s family for “sharing” him with ABX Air for all of these years, and we wish Quentin the very best for a long, happy, and healthy retirement, and thank him for all of his contributions to ABX Air.
In a June 23 press release, DHL Express announced a $177 million infrastructure investment in the Middle East and North Africa. The announcement included five new facilities to be on-stream the 4th quarter 2014 with the intent of strengthening its market leadership status in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. The new best-in-class facilities represent a major milestone for DHL’s fast growing Middle East and North Africa network bringing innovative new services, increased staffing, and air capacity. Together the investment allows DHL to offer customers in the region an unrivaled competitive advantage via best access to the global economy. Last year, DHL introduced two new flights to its Middle East network to Lebanon and Qatar, and DHL also has unveiled plans to grow its presence in Morocco. DHL has been a pioneer in the Middle East and North Africa logistics industry for more than 30 years, and currently operates over 260 service centers and service points across 15 countries in the region along with over 5,000 employees across the Middle East.
That is all for this week’s INFOline. Thank you for all you do to make ABX Air a success. Take care.