INFOline for November 5, 2015
Good afternoon, everyone. This is John Starkovich with the ABX Air INFOline for November 5, 2015.
Due to positive feedback from several groups, we have elected to keep the ABX SafetyLine newsletter a publication for sharing ASAP and FOQA safety information exclusively with our pilot group. Based on the implementation of our Safety Management System and our desire to promote our SMS, we will be distributing a separate quarterly SMS publication to the entire employee group to provide insight and information about our SMS Implementation Plan. We also will share examples of hazards identified through safety reporting, risk assessment, risk mitigation, SMS training, and other relevant information. We need your help in naming the publication and are holding a contest. The winner will be determined by myself and the executive staff, and will be selected without knowledge of the name of the submitter. Please email your entry to Elizabeth Habermehl, who will provide the selection team with the title submissions without names. The winner will receive 50 charity raffle tickets donated by the Safety department. The deadline for submissions will be 4:00 p.m. on November 24, with the charity drawing being held on December 8.
ABX Air welcomes Russ Megargle as our new Principal Operations Inspector. Russ is a very experienced operations inspector and has been assigned to the East Michigan Flight Standards office for many years. If you come across Russ in the performance of your duties, please join me in welcoming him to the ABX Air Certificate Management Team.
Our on-time service performance for DHL for the month of November, subject to verification, is 98.06%. Similarly, for the 4th quarter of 2015, we are at 97.79% on time performance to date, all subject to verification.
ATSG has announced an investor conference call to review 3rd quarter financial results ended September 30, 2015. The call will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Company released the financials after market close on Thursday, November 5, 2015. The release is available on the company web site at www.atsginc.com, and you also can listen to a webcast of the investors call at that web site. Alternatively, the call–in number is 888-895-5479 with pass code 41077146 or you can listen to a recording of the webcast for up to 30 days, again, via the atsginc.com web site. I encourage all ABX Air employees to please take advantage of these resources and the opportunity to hear from our senior executive management on the financial progress of ATSG so far in 2015.
For the month of November, we have a number of ABX folks that are celebrating milestone anniversaries. First, Captains Randy Yarborough, Mark Jurkowski, Dave Rustan and First Officer Randy Peterson will have been with ABX for 25 years this month. In Accounting, Angie Truman reached 20 years of service, and 767 First Officer Brian Stieber has been here for 15 years. Congratulations to all of the above ABX employees, and thank you for your contributions in making ABX successful over the years. Your service to ABX Air is sincerely appreciated.
The month of November is Open Enrollment for your medical and other health benefits. Please visit the Benefits Self Service on the ABX Air Intranet to make changes to your benefits or to make elections. If you take no action, you will be renewed automatically with your current coverages; however, we encourage you to go to the Self Service site and review what you are presently signed up to receive. It allows you a chance to reconsider your current choices and confirm that there are no errors.
The Fall Charity Drive has begun. On Friday, November 6, AMES is again sponsoring its Pancake Breakfast starting at 6 a.m. in the 1005 Hangar. The price is whatever you chose to contribute, and you not only help others by your contribution, but you get to enjoy a delicious breakfast alongside your fellow employees. The food and company is great, so please take part.
In addition to the holiday basket raffle and the other upcoming fundraising events, we also are collecting toys and/or donations for the Ho Ho Shop, which is the local charity that provides gifts for disadvantaged families for Christmas. This year we are collecting new toys for the Ho Ho Shop. Folks may bring their unwrapped toys to the donation boxes placed throughout ATSG, including in the Administration Building lobby by the turnstiles, in the back lobby, in the AMES Hangar 1005 break room, in Hangar 1003, and at LGSTX starting November 6. Please contact Tracey Dykes at ext. 62134 or Judy Branham at ext. 62388 with questions or to make a monetary donation.
An article that appeared in the October 5 edition of Air Cargo News reported that DHL Express has said it is not too bothered about the potential takeover of TNT by FedEx as it concentrates on its own business. A spokesperson for DHL said it was "fairly ambivalent" about the takeover bid despite the European Commission's in-depth investigation into the deal due to competition concerns. The Commission initially had 90 working days to investigate the proposed acquisition but has now extended it by 30 days until January 13, 2016. The investigation is not expected to alter the timeline of the deal, which has a projected completion during the first half of next year.
Next week on November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Happy Veterans Day to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, and thank you for the sacrifices you have made to serve in the military and defend the freedoms that we all too often take for granted. On behalf of ABX Air and the senior management team, please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of our veterans and their families.
That is all for this week’s INFOline. Thank you for all you do to make ABX Air a success. Take care.