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Volume 13, June 2014 | Contents

Dangerous liaisons bookmark
Many small shippers are unaware of the rules which apply to the shipment of dangerous goods; even major multinationals often fail to comply. But with more regulation on its way, it’s time all forwarders and shippers became compliant, finds Martin Roebuck
Dear Des bookmark
Des Vertannes joined British Airways World Cargo in 1970 as a cargo sales manager. Since then he has worked his way up through Air Canada, Menzies Aviation, Gulf Air and Etihad, finally taking on the role of global head of cargo for IATA. Known for his charm, patience and tolerance, he has worked tirelessly to improve the fortunes of the industry in challenging times. He is set to retire in June – but continues to have a vision for the future of air cargo. He talks to Alexandra Lennane
Editor's note – June 2014 bookmark
Know more, grow more
It is with great sadness that the industry will watch IATA’s global head of cargo, Des Vertannes, retire. Dedicated, personable and persuasive, he will be much missed on a personal level by many. But perhaps more importantly for the industry as a whole, with him goes a vast wealth of experience.
Fresh thinking bookmark
New products demanded by expanding consumer markets around the world means that perishables do not need to be a low-yield commodity. Will Waters reports
Green sky thinking bookmark
Retailers and consumers are demanding that products are shipped in an environmentally friendly way. Although the airline industry has set itself high targets of efficiency, it must now fight imbalanced regulations and ensure that it uses a common methodology for calculating emissions – an approach that will benefit the carriers with the most fuel-efficient aircraft. Martin Roebuck reports
Leading lights – June 2014 bookmark
John Johnston
CEO, CHAMP Cargosystems
Living the American dream bookmark
It has been in bankruptcy proceedings, is merging with another carrier, and is on its third head of cargo in less than two years. Yet, despite this, volumes are growing, the integration has so far been smooth, and American Airlines Cargo’s cherished customers are happy. Alexandra Lennane asks new president Jim Butler if it’s time to lead the carrier into more innovative territory
Netting growth in Norway bookmark
Declining markets in Denmark, Sweden and Finland are balanced by expanding salmon exports from Norway, reports Will Waters from this year’s Nordic Air Cargo Symposium in Stockholm
New modes of thinking bookmark
From drones to airships, new flying vehicles are being developed. But are they likely to succeed commercially, and do they represent an opportunity or a threat? Ian Putzger finds out
Rising star – Patrick Fitz bookmark
Patrick Fitz, 34. was nominated by Susanne Kühn, marketing and business development manager, Airpas Aviation
June 2014