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JonnyKnoxville 12-14-2012 04:19 AM

Originally Posted by cloudsmoker (Post 1311139)
All good news on the hiring front. On a side note from a do you guys pack for 17 days???

I pack for 8 days. Start on day one with the clean clothes on my back with 8 days in the bag. Do laundry when I run out of clean clothes the first time. I go home when I run out of clean clothes the second time.

Convenient places that I have found to do laundry (please add to the list if you guys have come across others):


EMB_Driver2002 12-14-2012 07:27 AM

I'd add CVG (Hilton Crew Room) and RMS (basement of the Cristine with the beer vending machine)

Originally Posted by JonnyKnoxville (Post 1311528)
I pack for 8 days. Start on day one with the clean clothes on my back with 8 days in the bag. Do laundry when I run out of clean clothes the first time. I go home when I run out of clean clothes the second time.

Convenient places that I have found to do laundry (please add to the list if you guys have come across others):


JerrySpringer 12-14-2012 07:36 AM

NRT basement....

captainv 12-14-2012 08:48 AM

J F'n K! (what else are you gonna do there?)

Whale Driver 12-14-2012 10:11 AM

Originally Posted by EMB_Driver2002 (Post 1311661)
..........RMS (basement of the Cristine with the beer vending machine)

Beer vending machines? :eek: Man I gotta start paying attention.

JonnyKnoxville 12-14-2012 12:48 PM

Air Cargo Slowdown Puts Squeeze on Specialist Carriers - Bloomberg

Air Cargo Slowdown Puts Squeeze on Specialist Carriers

By Robert Wall - Dec 14, 2012 116 AM ET

Dedicated air-freight operators are struggling to remain viable as a sluggish economy undermines their ability to compete with the cargo space on offer from carriers focused on the more buoyant passenger market.
Companies such as Cargolux Airlines International SA, Europe’s top freight-only carrier, are reviewing their business models, while Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA), which runs a cargo-only unit alongside its passenger routes, has idled planes.

Tony Tyler, chief executive officer of the International Air Transport Association. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Dubai-based Emirates may overtake Lufthansa as the world’s biggest cargo-carrying passenger airline next year on the strength of its passenger-plane orders alone. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

An employee walks towards a Lufthansa Cargo freight container at Rhein-Main airport in Frankfurt. Photographer: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg
The utilization of freighter aircraft has slumped below 42 percent as capacity far outstrips demand, the International Air Transport Association said yesterday. That’s forcing cargo specialists to target marginal markets where they don’t have to compete with hold space available from passenger operators.

“For the pure freight guys it is going to be tough,” Niko Herrmann, an aviation specialist at Oliver Wyman in Zurich, said in an interview. “Carriers may be forced to seek partnerships and consolidate to gain scale, or to exit the market.”

Recent examples of partnerships prompted by tougher markets include a linkup between AirBridgeCargo Airlines, the scheduled freight division of Russian heavy-lift specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines, and Air Cargo Germany GmbH, Herrman said.

Forecasts from IATA, which represents 240 airlines, suggest there’s little chance of an earnings rebound in the $70 billion market any time soon, with cargo yields, a measure of prices, expected to drop 2 percent this year and 1.5 percent in 2013.

FedEx, UPS

As the economic crisis drags into a fifth year, planes are flying with only 44 percent of cargo space taken up, including belly capacity on passenger jets, with the market essentially “stagnant,” IATA Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said.

Volumes of high-value goods, a staple of international air freight, have declined as people rein in spending, said Rafael Echevarne, economics director at Airports Council International.

While overall freight demand remains flat, air shipments have contracted by 1.2 percent this year, according to ACI. That’s been reflected at major hubs, with a 13.1 percent slump at Anchorage in Alaska, a base for FedEx Corp. (FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), the two biggest cargo carriers with volumes of 6.87 million tons and 4.64 million tons respectively last year.
Incheon airport, the main hub for Korean Air Lines Co. (003490), had a 1.9 percent fall. The carrier ranks fourth worldwide by cargo tonnage and second among companies that are also passenger operators, behind Cologne, Germany-based Lufthansa.

Even where demand for high-end products remains robust, manufacturers such as Apple Inc. (AAPL) are still switching to less costly surface transport for some shipments of items such as iPhones and iPads, making customers wait, Wyman’s Herrmann said.


Cargo-only operators have responded by targeting “whole new product flows” in markets such as Turkey, Africa and South America, Bill Flynn, CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. (AAWW), told investors last month. Purchase, New York-based Atlas is the world’s largest operator of Boeing Co. (BA) 747 freighters.

Herrmann said that while adding new markets and being “very smart” about optimizing route networks can aid independent carriers, pockets of growth tend to be quickly flooded with capacity, driving down prices and profitability.
That’s fostering mergers, he said, citing the 49 percent stake in Frankfurt Hahn-airport-based Air Cargo Germany taken by AirBridgeCargo this year. Following the deal ACG’s fleet of four 747 freighters grew to six with the transfer of two jets from its Russian investor, according to a statement issued Sept. 11.

Gulf Orders

Fresh opportunities are likely to become harder to find as IATA’s projection of 5.3 percent compound annual growth in travel encourages carriers to extend record aircraft orders.

Though spurred by passenger demand, models such as Airbus SAS’s (EAD) A350 and the Boeing 787, as well as older 777s and A330s, offer ample hold space that will deepen the cargo-capacity glut.
“These aircraft are cargo-friendly in terms of available belly-hold capacity per seat,” said Marco Bloemen, an aviation analyst at Seabury Group. “With the number expected, capacity augmentation will be significant for four years at least.”

Boeing’s assembly lines are churning out 777s at a record pace of 8.3 a month and are due to produce 10 787s over the same period. Airbus is likewise ramping up A330 output to 10 a month, also a record, and may go to 11 on the strength of China orders.

Dubai-based Emirates, the No. 1 operator of both the 777 and Airbus A380 superjumbo, may overtake Lufthansa as the world’s biggest cargo-carrying passenger airline next year on the strength of its passenger-plane orders alone.

Emirates will already offer 4.1 percent capacity than Lufthansa this year, excluding the latter’s Swiss unit, Andreas Otto, the German company’s head of cargo sales, said this month.

Cargolux Review

Flagging demand and a night-flight ban in Frankfurt led sales at the Lufthansa Cargo business to slump 9.7 percent in the first nine months, with operating profit tumbling 62 percent to 66 million euros ($86 million). The carrier has responded by grounding capacity equal to two of its Boeing MD-11 freighters.
Independents are also feeling the pinch. Luxembourg-based Cargolux has initiated a review that may include job cuts, and Qatar Airways Ltd. is seeking to sell a 35 percent holding following a spat with the duchy’s government over strategy.

Qatar Air, the second-biggest Gulf carrier, bought its stake only last year as part of a push to become a major freight operator by 2015. Cargolux, founded in 1970 and the first operator of Boeing’s 747-8 freighter, lost $18 million in 2011 and has been unprofitable in three of the past four years.
Even though air-cargo demand is expected to increase 1.4 percent next year, that will provide little boost to an industry that has suffered a 2 percent decline in 2012, IATA’s Tyler said. The market has lost about half a decade’s growth during the slump, with volumes back at 2007 levels, IATA figures show.

In 2013, Atlas’s Flynn sees a “slight contraction” versus 2012, with demand sluggish in the first half and improving in the second, though like IATA, he expects a strong revival in the longer term, buoyed by Asian growth. The question is whether today’s cargo specialists will be around the reap the benefits.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Wall in London at [email protected]
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at [email protected]; Benedikt Kammel at [email protected]

TimmyR 12-14-2012 06:38 PM

Originally Posted by JerrySpringer (Post 1310343)
There will be a shrimp boil Sunday @ 1700ish at the grill for the new hires.

Welcome to the zoo!

Sounds tasty. Thanks for the heads-up and invite. I'll plan to stop on by.


744driver 12-15-2012 09:37 AM

New base award and realignment was just posted...

16 new 744 Captains
14 new 767 Captains

24 ANC 744 new hire positions
24 CVG 744 new hire positions
2 HSV 744 new hire positions
6 LAX 744 new hire positions
56 Total 744 new hire positions

24 Total 767 new hire positions

And lots of base changes (mostly FOs)...

Good luck to the swimmers, and those still waiting for a call

JT400 12-15-2012 09:39 AM

C'mon dude. This has NOTHING to do with hiring and is a boring article. Coudn't you have just sent a link . For ch$%st sake!!! What a waste of space Johnny!!

RunnerMark 12-15-2012 12:02 PM

Woohoo!!! 56 new hires. I like it. Maybe I can move from a nobody to a pool boy :D
And yes, I agree with JT, post a link next time, or start a new thread....

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