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S1:E167 | 20th November 2020

The Weekend Show with Chris Notter and Steven Dickson (part 32)

Another week and more Monday good news in regard to Vaccines.

This will be a topic of great interest and will feature in all media for the good and possible not so positive reasons.

Now it looks as if there will be a number of Vaccine options available and to meet various challenges – general handling capabilities will be influenced by the vaccine requirements.
This means that the eyes of the world will be upon our coordinated efforts and collaboration. This really is the time to show our united strength.

Media focus will be immense, and we cannot afford to allow any failings. From Freezer to Arm we need to be at our best. Zero spoilage. Security will be a focus as will detecting fake equipment and even vaccines.
Pfizer files for emergency FDA approval and once given could be distributed to every US state 24 hours later – tough target set as with UK and all inoculations done by April for all adults. The light is most definitely starting to shine brighter in what has been a very dark tunnel.

• Press / media event in Brussels – Swissport at its Brussels Pharma Centre along with Brussels Airport and Air Cargo Belgium as well as specialist handler Hazgo showing how vaccines will be handled and protected within the cool-chain.
• Menzies handling of Russian Vaccine in BUD.
• TK Cargo carrying Chinese Vaccine to Brazil

Alaska Air Cargo in partnership with HAECO cabin solutions have got FAA approval to load special containers on pax seats for essential goods like mail, medical equipment, e-com. Who knows, maybe there will be joint – people and containers on the same flights in the future to optimise revenues until confidence returns.

IAG benefits from more realistic pricing of Air Europa

United covid-safe trial is great news – NY Newark to London Heathrow – free rapid results testing

SkylightcAIR – update

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to fly again

New digital event on pharma has started and will be released in early December.

A little banter about media and the current series of the Crown.

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Chris Notter started his career with H.M.Customs & Excise before moving into Freight Forwarding. He then entered the Airline side of the business, spending 29 years with German Carrier Lufthansa. Chris always references Lufthansa as being “the best possible training platform that anyone could have been given in their early career years.” Since leaving Lufthansa, Chris has held senior leading industry roles including -Head of Cargo with Etihad, both VP of Operations at the HUB and VP of Network with Qatar Airways. More recently and during some 5 years with Saudi Cargo, he has held the position of VP Network Operations as well as Chief Ground Handling Officer. Since early 2019, Chris has once again returned to Consultancy as well as hosting the EVA Podcast series.