INFOline for September 11, 2014
Good afternoon, everyone. This is John Starkovich with the ABX Air INFOline for September 11, 2014.
Safety Promotion refers to the collection of activities undertaken by our organization to promote a positive safety culture. Safety has been a Core Value at ABX for many years. Our implementation of a Safety Management System will refresh and improve our commitment to that core value. As part of our SMS implementation, a Safety Culture Survey will be conducted and every ABX employee will be invited to participate. This survey will conducted through Survey Monkey, a confidential and reliable survey vendor. The Safety Culture Survey will benchmark our current safety culture against future surveys and determine areas where additional attention or resources are needed. We will repeat this survey every two years to measure improvements in our organizational culture. Please look for the survey in your email. It will be distributed next week.
ABX Air has established an SMS Safety Hotline that includes email and voice mail capabilities. This service can be used by ABX employees, vendors, or contract employees. Confidential safety reports can be sent to email@example.com or by calling the SMS Safety Hotline at 1-937-366-3000 and leaving a voice mail message. All reports will be kept confidential. Emails and identified voice mail messages will receive a reply. Completely anonymous reports can be submitted to WeTip, a neutral third-party service providing 24-hour, 365-day service at 1-800-782-7246 or by visiting their web site at www.wetip.com.
Our on-time service performance for DHL for the month of September, subject to verification, is 98.41 percent. Similarly, for the third quarter of 2014, on time performance to date is at 98.38 percent, all subject to verification.
The month of September marks some milestones for a number of ABX Air employees, and we want to recognize the following employees for their years of service. Congratulations to Maintenance AOG Specialist Vince Elliot for 35 Years and to Reliability Analyst Ross Stewart for 25 years. Celebrating 20 years are Flight crewmembers Steve Hart, Tom Jones, Damiene Nelson, Ray Rapert, Gunter Reitmeister, and Kendall Shumaker. LAX Line Maintenance Rep. Peter Elody is marking 10 years with ABX Air.
Flu shots will again be available on-site at Wilmington Air Park (ILN) in the Administration Building on Wednesday, October 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You and your covered dependents (14 years old and over) can attend. You must have your UHC insurance card with you and a completed form. Flu shots also are available at any participating UHC pharmacy if these dates are not available for you.
Today marks the 13th year since the tragedy of 9/11. Please kindly take a moment to honor the heroes, victims, and families with a moment of reflection. It is a time for remembering those who died, those who served, those who carry on, and the lessons learned. Never Forget.
In the September 5 edition of the Cargo Facts Update, it was reported that cargo traffic and yield rose in July. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its air freight market analysis for July 2014, showing an overall 5.8 percent increase in worldwide cargo traffic. The growth came on the back of a 6.4 percent increase in international traffic, while domestic traffic was up 1.9 percent. For the first seven months of 2014, IATA reported total cargo traffic up 4.4 percent.
In another article in Cargo Facts Update, the Association of European Airlines (AEA) reported that its member carriers’ July freight traffic was up 1.0 percent year-over-year. This is an improvement over the 1.2 percent decline in June, but well down from the 6 to 7 percent gains reported in the first quarter of 2014. Two major trade lanes – the North Atlantic and the Asia-Pacific – account for 70 percent of European carriers’ freight traffic. In July, they showed quite different results, with traffic up 3.3 percent on the North Atlantic lane, and down 0.9 percent on the Asia-Pacific lane. For the first seven months of 2014, AEA member carriers’ freight traffic was up 3.6 percent.
That is all for this week’s INFOline. Thank you for all you do to make ABX Air a success. Take care.