Steve Janasov's INFOline | December 19, 2013
Good afternoon, everyone. This is Steve Janasov with the ABX Air INFOline for December 19, 2013.
We are now in the full swing of winter operations and the ‘holiday season peak’ that holds a special place in our rich history as an airline. It seems that winter has come early this year in many parts of the world. So whether you’re a crewmember conducting a non-precision approach in a mountainous foreign land, a mechanic changing a light on the tail in the middle of the night, or an office specialist making your way to work in the snow and ice; please pause and take an extra second or two to incorporate ‘safety’ in every task you undertake. Keeping yourself safe keeps ABX Air safe, operational, and attractive to those contemplating our services. As stated on our Safety Policy, “We are serious about safety. We care for one another and always promote the practice of safe work habits.” We each have to live those words daily to make them a reality. This is the heart of our Safety Management System.
ABX Air met the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's December 1 deadline for conducting ‘Global Harmonization Training’ for all employees who routinely come in contact with hazardous materials as part of their employment. OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align us with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The most significant change is that MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) will be replaced with SDS (Safety Data Sheets) that are depicted in a globally agreed format. OSHA is phasing in this requirement over several years: December 2013 through June 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the ABX Air Safety Department.
Congratulations to B767 Captain Walter Liverman who is celebrating his 25th anniversary with ABX Air. Also congratulations to Terry Wilkin, Manager of Corporate Security, who is celebrating 10 years with Air Transport Services Group.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the ATSG/ABX Air Holiday Charity Drive and Ho-Ho Shop! It was great to see that we exceeded our goal. It’s still not too late to contribute to the drive via payroll deduction. As stated once by Mother Teresa, "Charity is a fruit in season at all times and within the reach of every hand," so please consider a contribution, if you're able; you’ll be glad you did.
Thanks also to Jan Woolums for arranging for the crew treats at CVG and the ATSG management team that made our annual Christmas Carry-in lunch in Wilmington a delicious success. It’s fitting for those who work side-by-side to share food, fellowship, and good wishes for one another as we conclude this busy year and embark upon another.
According to the December 13 edition of Cargo Facts Update, ABX parent company Air Transport Services Group and Sweden-based West Atlantic reached an agreement under which ATSG will acquire a 25% interest in West Atlantic, with the deal expected to close on January 2, 2014. West Atlantic, the largest operator of regional aircraft in Europe, is the parent of all-cargo carriers Atlantic Airlines and West Air Sweden. Its 40-unit fleet includes thirty-three ATPFs, four 737-300Fs, and three CRJ200PFs. The article notes that the first stage of the relationship will see West Atlantic leasing a 767-200F from ATSG in the first quarter of 2014 for a contract already signed with an unnamed customer. Cargo Facts reports West Atlantic believes the European market will see sufficient growth in 2014 to require at least two further 767 freighters.
In addition, Cargo Facts reports the International Air Transport Association published a new five–year forecast for the 2013–2017 period. During the five years, IATA predicts international air freight volumes worldwide will grow at an annual rate of 3.2%. Key points in the forecast include:
China will surpass Germany to become the second largest air freight market (behind the U.S.) by 2017, although with both China and the U.S. adding about 1 million tonnes over the period, the gap between them will remain about the same. Please note that IATA treats China and Hong Kong as separate markets.
IATA predicts that the imbalance in annual freight traffic flows from Asia to North America will reach 1.1 million tonnes in 2017.
The fast growing region during the forecast period will be Africa, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.0%. Growth in other regions, in descending order will be; the Middle East (3.8%), Latin America (3.8%), Asia-Pacific (3.5%), North America (2.7%), and Europe (2.4%).
That is all for this week’s INFOline. Thanks for taking the time to listen. Merry Christmas and a blessed and safe New Year to all!