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Page 20 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JUNE-JULY 2018 interview Continued from previous page No room at all for error bution Practice) status leaves no room for any level of mishandling by carriers that have been awarded accreditations like GDP or IATA CEIV Pharma. Obviously, if there are any com- panies still choosing to place high value, temperature-sensitive pharma shipments with carriers that are not able to demonstrate the processes required to achieve those statuses, then they may be open to the possibility of mishan- dling. However, our experience of phar- ma companies and their forward- ing partners is that they are very professional and knowledgeable, and they can easily identify the ‘haves’ from the ‘have nots’. Pharma business is making a really impor- tant contribution to our growth, but we clearly understand we have to earn that, based on our perfor- mance for every single shipment. Why have you changed cargo han- dling in Australia to Menzies? As we develop our services across Australia, we believe that Menzies Aviation is the right part- ner to help us achieve our goals in this market. The new three-year cargo handling contract is already under way. Menzies took over our handling operation in Melbourne on June 8, Brisbane followed 9 July and Sydney is 7 August. Are there likely to be any staff chang- es at VA? We recently announced that our chief executive Craig Kreeger will retire in January 2019. Craig will be replaced by an internal appoint- ment, Shai Weiss. Shai is currently chief commercial officer and has been with the airline since July 2014, having previously worked with a number of Virgin businesses. Cargo reported to Shai when he was chief financial officer back in 2016 and he’s a great champion of the contribution the team make to the overall business. What is your view on gender equality and how would it affect the air cargo business? Our people are at the heart of everything we do and are our greatest strength. I am pleased that within cargo our balance on gender equality is in fact that - balanced, with the proportion of males to fe- males within the majority of roles at all levels being equal. There is al- ways more we can do to and we’re committed to making a positive difference to create an even more inclusive culture at Virgin Atlantic. With the new VA/Air france group/Delta jv moving ahead, what changes are your customers likely to see? It is too early to say as we’re work- ing through the agreement , but we are excited at the prospect of what the extended JV could offer our cargo customers. FIATA RAP spotlights FWC-2018 Amit Kamat making the presentation at FIATA-RAP Conference FIATA leaders and the FIATA World Congress 2018 (FWC-2018) or- ganising team recently attended the FIATA RAP (Region Asia Pacif- ic) Conference held at Busan in South Korea. As a part of a series of pro- motional campaigns across the world, team FIATA and FFFAI (which is hosting FWC-2018, 26-29 September at Pullman Aerocity in New Delhi), interacted with the conference delegates to highlight chief features of this year’s mega show. In his presentation Amit Kamat, honorary secretary FFFAI and con- gress coordinator FWC-2018, elab- orated on the theme ‘The Future Starts Here’ and the importance of this international logistics con- ference, taking place in India for the first time. He emphasised the growing story of brand India as far as its economy, trade and commerce are concerned. Also present on this occasion were Babar Badat, president, FIATA; Stanley Lim, past president and chairman, congress committee FIATA; Elena Prim- itzhofer, congress coordinator, FIATA. Online delegate registration is open with Super Early Bird Registration closing 31 July. More than 1500 delegates from around the world will participate in FWC 2018. Delegates include Customs clearing agents, freight forwarders, logistics companies, infrastructure companies, tech- nology service providers, airlines, terminal operators, exporters and importers and government agencies.