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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • AUG-SEPT 2016 • Page 23 uberchat... QAntAs has been good grounding for a lot of people in the Asia-Pacific aviation, cargo and logistics sector. An example is Geoff Bowmaker who leveraged his Qantas experiences – although for those who remember him in his young days he probably gave as much as he got – to consult for other carriers as far afield as the South Pacific and Africa. He’s best known as the Brisbane-based chief executive of Nauru Airlines, taking that feisty little airline from a challeng- ing period through a rebirth and now solidity in its operations, governance and strategy... somewhat different to its rather ephemeral early days with a big fleet and not much direction. Nauru Airlines has extended its Pacific network cautiously of late and now it’s considering purchase of a second freighter to handle growing demand on Nauru itself, much of it associ- ated with the Australian immigration camps. # still with Qantas, big ups to the group staffers who are going to flyPink during october in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. FlyPink was devised by QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie who was inspired by the carrier’s aircraft painted pink to promote the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It got under way last year with more than 3000 Qantas Group air crew – includ- ing the freighter jockeys – s w apping their normal gold epaulettes for pink. This year they will be joined by cabin crew with pink wing badges, customer service agents wearing pink ribbons and ground crew in pink hats. Look for FlyPink snack boxes and cupcakes, too. McHaffie hopes the initiative will raise over A$100,000. She’s also keen for it to be adopted and adapted by other carriers around the world. Some already do the pink thing – we reported last year on Aloha Air Cargo in Hawaii which went pink in a big way. # oCeAniA’s only MA60 is back in operation in the King- dom of tonga, albeit flying only limited services between Nuku’alofa’s Fua’amotu Airport and Vava’u. The China-built aircraft – a gift to Tonga from the PRC - has long been im- mured in controversy, partly because NZ held back some aid funds to encourage Tonga to have the plane fully certified. A lot of rather unpleasant things were said about the type by so-called experts, some of them unfair and untrue. Hopefully it will now settle down as a work-horse in the kingdom. ing productivity enhancement through the adoption of advanced technologies,” said Dickson Ho, HKTDC prin- cipal economist (Asian and Emerging Markets). “It is also worth noting that Iran has maintained a reasonably large domestic manufacturing industry despite many years of international sanctions. This means Iran is quite different from many other emerging markets and FDI investors in Iran can have the added option of upgrading existing facil- ities on top of building new infrastructure, thus diminishing initial capital requirements. Furthermore, the government is committed to providing a host of incentives to foreign investors, many of which are sector-specific.” Iran has a population of nearly 80 million and more than 60 per cent of its citizens are aged 30 or under, making Iran one of the largest consumer markets in MENA with strong growth potential for imported goods. Throughout the sanctions period, Iran’s large middle class maintained a strong preference for foreign products, which is expected to further strengthen in the post-UN sanctions era, as trade and banking normalisation eases related business activity. “With UN sanctions now lifted, Iran’s retail landscape is likely to experience rapid changes in response to the pent up demand for authentic, high-quality imported goods, including electronics, telecom products and parts, watches and clocks, jewellery, clothing and other consumer prod- ucts,” said Ho, who also warned of potential risks to Hong Kong exporters. “Companies should carefully consider their next steps and be mindful of the remaining sanctions on Iran. This, combined with many legacy issues in Iran, will continue to present some uncertainty in the short-term, and hurdles for overseas companies to overcome,” he said. Ciobo on Iran business mission seeking to rebuild relationships Steven Ciobo, Australia’s minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment has headed a business mission to Iran, hoping to begin rebuilding Australia’s commercial relationship. The Austrade office in Tehran, which has been closed since 2010 will be reopened. With a population of almost 80 million people and a GDP of about US$393 billion, Iran’s re-engagement into the global economy offers many opportunities. Travelling with Ciobo were 20 representatives of Austral- ian companies in health, water management, agribusiness and food, mining, education and training. While in Iran, Ciobo met with Iranian government minis- ters, including the minister for Industry, Mines and Trade, Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, and key representatives of Iranian business. Iran has been isolated from the global economy for a decade due to sanctions. Sanctions were eased in January this year following implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.