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Page 20 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JUNE, 2019 IN the US Pacific Northwest it’s become as big a tradition as the annual global release of Beaujolais Nouveau in late November... and it is significant in air cargo terms, too. This is the first shipment of fresh Copper River salmon for sale in the Pacific North- west and beyond, marking the beginning of the salmon season. On May 17 a B737-700F from the Alaska Air Cargo www.alaskair.com fleet – painted as a giant salmon and known as Salmon-Thir- ty-Salmon – touched down in Seattle with 18,000 pounds of the fish. By noon a total of 50,000 pounds had been dispatched from Alaska for Seattle and other US ports. Following tradition, the first Copper River salmon was kissed on arrival. “Supporting the Alaska seafood industry has been a core part of the airline's history,” said Jason Berry, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. Premium fish cargo tradition maintained, first salmon of the season kissed on Seattle arrival “We applaud the state of Alaska and our seafood partners for setting the standard for sustaina- ble fishing practices, which allows salmon lovers to enjoy some of the best fish in the world.” Seafood processors and Alaska Airlines follow rigorous cold-chain standards – including an annual training program - to provide a temperature-controlled environ- ment for correct food handling. The goal is to keep seafood mov- ing rapidly throughout the jour- ney on Alaska Airlines and main- tain a consistent temperature range from the time it leaves the water to when it arrives at stores and restaurants. Alaska Air Cargo partners with the state’s three largest seafood processors - Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods and Cop- per River Seafoods – on the annual salmon delivery operation. Stubbings BIFA chair for a two-year term JOHN Stubbings has succeeded Mark Bromley as national chair of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) for a two-year term. Bromley becomes immediate past chair for a two-year term. In addition, Rachel Morley, general manager for operations at BIFA member company Spatial Global has been elected vice-chair by the BIFA Board. Morley was appointed a director of BIFA in 2017 and chairs the trade association’s Midlands region. Sir Peter Bottomley mp remains as BIFA president. Stubbings has been associated with BIFA for many years and current- ly is group director and company secretary at the Woodland Group. He is also chair of BIFA’s Legal and Insurance Policy Group. Joining the Board as a director is Charles Hogg, commercial director of Unsworth Global Logistics. Hogg is currently chair of BIFA’s Maritime, Road and Rail Policy Group. He replaces An- drew Melton of Ligentia, who has stepped down after 14 years’ service on the Board. Melton will continue to assist BIFA in a Council role as vice president. Rachel Morley and John Stubbings Unilode extends TUI agreement OUTSOURCED Unit Load Device (ULD) company Unilode Aviation and the TUI Group airlines have renewed their agreement for the supply and management of con- tainers and pallets for another 10-year term.