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Volume 13, June 2014 | Contents

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
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
Rising star – Patrick Fitz bookmark
Patrick Fitz, 34. was nominated by Susanne Kühn, marketing and business development manager, Airpas Aviation
June 2014