INFOline for December 4, 2014
Good afternoon, everyone. This is John Starkovich with the ABX Air INFOline for December 4, 2014.
Todd Kramer has joined the Safety Department this week as the new Manager of Flight Safety Programs for ABX Air. Todd holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and was a recent employee of AirNet Systems in Columbus, Ohio where he worked as an Air Ambulance Pilot flying the Lear 35. As a pilot Todd contributed to AirNet’s safety culture on a regular basis and will use that experience to become an asset in his new role at ABX. Please welcome Todd aboard at your earliest opportunity.
The Autumn edition of the ABX SafetyLine newsletter is being distributed to the pilot and management group this week. This edition contains several interesting articles and includes a summary of the results of the Safety Culture Survey conducted in October. Please take time to read this important Safety publication. The articles are not only informative and helpful but also serve as a reminder that safety issues may arise from inadvertent lapses that, if caught and prevented by other employees being attentive in their duties, leads to a safer environment for all of us.
ABX is currently conducting an assessment of our Management System, Internal Audit / Evaluation Program, and our Corporate Emergency Response Plan, as set forth in our Safety Management System. The results will be presented to and reviewed by ABX senior management and the compliance managers of flight, maintenance, and ground operations during their January meeting.
The FAA AFS Safety Assurance System is the combination of people, processes, and technology that will become the new oversight system for 14 Code CFR parts 121, 135, and 145 certificate holders. This system is replacing the older Air Transportation Oversight System. The new system is scheduled to be effective in April of 2015. Our East Michigan Certificate Management Team will be trained in January and then provide implementation guidance to ABX Air.
Our on-time service performance for DHL for November came in at 98.64% and for the month of December so far is at 98.03%, subject to verification. Similarly, for the fourth quarter of 2014, on-time performance to date is at 98.48%, again subject to verification.
The month of December marks some milestones for a number of ABX Air employees that we want to recognize. Congratulations to Vice President of Flight Bob Gray for 35 years of service; and to Human Resources Director Jeff Walling and 767 Captain Dan Graves who are celebrating 25 years of service. Lead Line Maintenance Representative Juan Montes has hit his 10-year anniversary, and Crew Planner David Forsyth will reach his 5th year anniversary this month. Congratulations to these employees, and thank you for your service on behalf of ABX Air.
While almost all of the events for the Charity Drive have concluded, you can still submit a form for payroll deduction or lump sum contribution to assist those that are less fortunate than we are by contributing to one of the four covered charities. We have not met our goal and your consideration and generosity is much appreciated.
Would like to go off the board a little here and share something that was passed on to me earlier today. I will not the share the name as I did not get permission to even share this story. One of the lucky winners of a charity basket took a look at the Christmas list items that they had yet to get and noticed that one of the electronic items they had won and initially intended as a gift for a family member had been covered in other ways. So the family decided to take that item and gift it to a friend of the family that would not have had the means to purchase such an item. Now that is what the season is about and that is, to me, what a typical ABX Air employee is all about... "paying it forward".
In a press release out of Singapore on Nov. 6, 2014, DHL announced the launch of an industry first intra-Asia express service. It offers the first one-day express service to and from Vietnam’s capital and connects key growth economies of Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong with flights through Bangkok, Hanoi, and Hong Kong. It is the latest enhancement to DHL’s Asia air network. The flight commenced on November 3, connecting Bangkok, Hanoi, and Hong Kong five times per week. Utilizing a newly converted Boeing B737-400SF freighter featuring a gross payload of 21 tons, the route will be operated by K-Mile Air of Thailand, a partner of DHL. The new route shortens the transit time for intra-Asia shipments to and from Hanoi to one day, allowing businesses and consumers to enjoy earliest arrival time and latest departure time to and out of the city, respectively. Its introduction also eases congestion faced by DHL’s bustling hub in Hong Kong. This intra-Asia flight is DHL’s response to the increased trade opportunities within Asia and its commitment to support customers tapping on these opportunities.
In the November 26 edition of Cargo Facts Update, it was reported in part that a US-Mexico aviation deal could expand North American cargo service. A new liberalized aviation agreement negotiated between Mexico and the US, and scheduled to become effective by January 2016, would remove limits on the number of airlines that can provide passenger or cargo service between destinations in both countries. If ratified, new carriers would be allowed to enter previously restricted routes in the US-Mexico market, while incumbents would gain freedom to fly to additional city pairs. The US Department of Transportation said the agreement would provide "unlimited market access for US and Mexican air carriers, improved intermodal rights, pricing flexibility, and other important commercial rights." The agreement would also have an impact beyond the two countries, due to the inclusion of fifth freedom rights, allowing US and Mexican airlines to pick up passengers and/or freight in the other country and carry on to a third country.
That is all for this week’s INFOline. Thank you for all you do to make ABX Air a success. Take care.