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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2015 • Page 23 “That growth has continued and we now represent 11 on and off line airlines,” added Lindmark who has been company chairman for the past three years. If - and when - retirement becomes a reality, the MCH Aviation boss said he would miss the people and friends in the industry but would while away the hours walking on the beach with his partner. He will also visit family in Sweden. of different countries and cultures.” However, he rejected any suggestion that Australia was lagging behind in any world wide aspects of the air cargo industry: “Sure, it is not a large air freight market by world standards, but innovation, in particu- lar finding ways to move perishable cargo such as crayfish, meat, fish and fruit to distant markets has been something that should be recognised, as it was a challenge at the time. Lindmark joined MCH Aviation as chief executive officer in 2004 and was appointed a director of the company a year later. “In a very short time, MCH was established as a viable airline gsa and by the end of 2007 we had offices in all major Australian cities – ADL/BNE/ MEL/PER/SYD – as well as AKL, with more than 30 employees. Wire cages tobea no-no FROM January 1 next year Qantas Freight will not be accepting pets presented in wire cages for domestic air freighting. This applies to all pet shippers: individual owners, breeders and animal transportation agencies. “Over recent years Qantas Freight has flagged to industry organisations that the use of wire cages for pet transportation will be phased out,” explained Greg Hoy, manager freight compliance and assurance for Qantas Freight. “Wire cages have a significantly higher in- cident rate of damaging the fuselage of our aircraft, contributing to higher maintenance and repair costs along with subsequent flight delays. Wire cages also offer the animal very limited protection from environmental ele- ments that may be incurred during transfer to and from the aircraft.” From the beginning of 2016 Qantas will re- quire all pets presented for transportation to be in containers that comply with the current edition of IATA’s Live Animal Regulations. Qantas Freight sell plastic pet containers suitable for most domestic cats and dogs at domestic freight terminals in Australia. Hoy said that “there are a limited number of specific breeds that will continue to be accepted in approved cages that are of a stronger design. This includes police dogs, guard dogs, military dogs and American Staffordshire terriers.” Many customers had already moved away from wire cages, he noted. SATS in cool initiative SINGAPORE handling company SATS has announced an initiative to ‘deepen its cold chain talent pool’ and ‘transform cargo ac- ceptance’ at Changi airport. The SATS Coolport Academy will be an independent training institute, offering IATA certified and other related courses to raise the standards of cold-chain handling. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) already has appointed SATS Coolport to be its regional training partner in pharma- ceutical handling. It will be the first in Asia to offer IATA-certified cold-chain related courses. The Coolport Academy will also offer re- lated training programs to SATS joint venture companies across Asia and link with local institutes of higher education. United Airlines started services to Australia in 1986. The carrier saw a strong demand growth for flower exports from Victoria to Los Angeles since the early 1990s, beginning at 100 boxes a year, each weighing 15-20 kgs. By 2006, that figure had shot up to 1000 boxes – the equivalent of a 20-tonne cargo payload on a B747. This achievement resulted in Lindmark being awarded United Pacific Division Sales Person of the Year.