The prevailing answer we received in Air Cargo World’s quest to pin down the industry’s appeal comes down to one word: “people.”
“It is a business of people. You will meet many people from different countries in the world, and it is fun,” said Alex Wei, vice president of cargo at China Airlines. “Boring is not found in our dictionary.”
The niche nature of air cargo translates into an intimacy within the global network that is not found in other international industries. As a result, a connection made at an industry event in Shanghai can just as likely be seen at a conference in Johannesburg.
“How many other industries provide almost a daily opportunity to meet people around the world, learn a little about their culture, and perhaps even get to visit their offices in other countries?” asked Hellmann’s Patterson. “I have friends all over the world.”