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27th Jul 2001, 02:22
Atlas Air launch London and HK offices

After perusing the local markets, Atlas Air said it will open regional offices in London and Hong Kong. (7/26/2001)

The cargo carrier has appointed Robert van de Weg, former vice president of air logistics at KLM Cargo, to head its regional office in Stansted, England. He will join Atlas on Aug. 2 as regional vice president of sales and marketing for Europe, Africa the Middle East and South Asia. van de Weg reports to Stan Wraight, senior vice president of sales and marketing.

“Robert knows the freighter market well, and he knows Atlas Air well. He comes to us with intimate knowledge and a close working relationship with several of our customers,” Wraight said.

Furthermore, Atlas also recently hired Tony Carder as the company’s new regional customer service and charter sales manager for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. He is based at Stansted and will report to van de Weg.

Donald Hickey, Atlas’s senior vice president of marketing, Asia/Pacific, retired in June, and has not yet been replaced. Hickey was based in the U.S. Atlas plans to name a director for the Hong Kong office by the end of August, although a staff is already working there, including a regional finance director.

According to Rachel Berry, a spokeswoman at Atlas headquarters in Purchase, N.Y., said the local liaisons will be able to respond immediately to customer needs because they are in the same time zone. “It will also allow us to identify emerging markets earlier,” she added

27th Jul 2001, 13:35
Tony Carder - previously Channel Express Sales Manager.

Anyone know anything about the other names ?


27th Jul 2001, 16:15
Yes. Don Hickey, formerly Boeing Engineer (was involved with the Cargo Door modification programme), asked by Michael Chowdry in person to move to Atlas. He's the one who got the Asian contracts together with Michael. Seems he did leave because he could not work for Wraight (but that is an unconfirmed rumour). According to well informed people this was no 'retirement'!

Stanley is the top sales guy for Atlas, ex KLM, so Robert knows him. Some people like Stanley, others hate him, no in between.

Actually, all these people are Atlas Holdings (or whatever they call it) and have to try to sell. Probably very difficult if you have to explain to your customer that the newest company you have bought is your customer's competition. Will be fun to watch, but if I were a pilot at Atlas or Polar I'd run as fast as I can.

27th Jul 2001, 21:48
At the moment, there is no difference between "Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings" and "Atlas Air, Inc." at the top executive level. Though there may be 2 companies on paper in some Delaware courthouse, the same people run both of them. Only when they talk about GSS or Polar Air Cargo do they actually begin to don their AAWH hats; otherwise, it's all the same!

28th Jul 2001, 03:07
How many crewmembers are really furloughed;
was it 95 or 195? Cargo News reports that Lan Chile will release one -200 at year's
end. How many birds are parked right now?
I heard that Polar also will furlough another 60, probably more when the -100s are junked. Are you guys worried about the Polar purchase and eventual seniority merger?

Beaver Driver
28th Jul 2001, 10:36
The furloughs to date are:
107 Atlas (not AACS) crew members.
60 Polar Crewmembers (although furloughed before the purchase announcement)
200 Atlas (not AACS) ground staff permanantly laid off.
We are "concerned" about a possible merger of the seniority lists, but right now we are more concerned with our Polar brothers fate, and what the Lorenzo clones in Atlas management have in store for them.

28th Jul 2001, 19:46
Rodger that. Bottom line is that the U.S. is in a recession and the rest of the World is slowly catching a cold. Echoing yesterday's Delta Air's CEO Mullin's statement; that the airline business is in a deeper than anticipated slump, that he believes the overall economy has reached bottom, but that he doesn't see a turn until well into next year.

What will save many pilots from additional furloughs will be the FAA's plan of tighter pilot duty limitations, requiring more crews.


29th Jul 2001, 17:24
Beaver Driver,
I'm sure you folks at Atlas are expecting management to employ more underhanded tactics in your fight for a contract. I was in JFK recently and talked to some of the Polar crews. There seems to be some talk of Atlas moving four or five of your 200s to Polar's certificate. I can't imagine that would be acceptable, not with many of your crews currently on furlough. Can you shed any light on the subject? It seems your Polar brothers are placing lots of hope on the fact the rumors are true. From an outsider, it appears to me Atlas management is planning on playing the two companies against each other.

Glue Ball,
Yep, I agree, the new crew duty policies will save a few jobs. One interesting fact I've noticed. ACMI carriers such as the one with whom I'm employed, are vigorously looking for new "interpretations" of existing rules. This in an effort to circumvent the new policies. They've been pretty ingenious so far. It's amazing to see to what they'll stoop to get their way. Let's just hope the new policies are vigorously enforced by the FAA.

Beaver Driver
29th Jul 2001, 21:16
Who knows what management will try to do with aircraft and contracts. The one thing, however, we are sure they will do is try to get both groups of pilots all pissed off at each other. Divide and conquer is the Atlas managers rule of thumb. The rumor you speak of is an obvious attempt to do just that. Both pilot groups are in constant communication and are comitted to preventing this kind of management tactic.

[ 29 July 2001: Message edited by: Beaver Driver ]

30th Jul 2001, 03:10
Beaver Driver,
You are exactly right, management always resorts to the divide and conquer tactic. I guess the 200 story is probably the start. It happened much quicker than I would have imagined. You guys stay on your toes and don't let the b----rds get you down.

31st Jul 2001, 07:59
Whatever happens, don't expect the FAA to "vigorously enforce" any crew duty regulation. They never have, and never will. Many is the 36+ hour duty day I've done, and no amount of bitching to the FAA ever amounted to squat. Refusing to fly after more than 24 hours on duty has cost me a job though.

Fair enough, vote with your feet!

3rd Aug 2001, 22:57
Fly on the home land for a FAR 121 company
16hrs duty max.
14hrs duty max,for most ALPA carriers :cool:

4th Aug 2001, 05:48
FAR 121 International, suddenly a different ballgame...FAR 125 oooops, no rules(almost).