First we lost Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (2 March 1931 – 30 August 2022) and then the Queen (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022). We thus had to say goodbye to two personalities who significantly shaped the 20th century, became icons of an era and witnesses of the age – their age. We bow to Mikhail Gorbachev and Elizabeth II and pause for a moment.
The world keeps turning, however. After all, standing still is deadly – for the transport industry more than for others – except for logistics real estate (see page 9). Because we can all now travel again it should be particularly lively at the various events taking place, with the active participation of the ITJ, pretty much in every corner of the world in the second half of September.
Editor-in-chief Christian Doepgen will first participate in the Fiata World Congress in Busan (South Korea). We published preliminary coverage of the conference in our last issue (ITJ 36-38 / 2022). Thereafter he’ll be present at the Swiss Air Cargo Day in Zurich on 28 September. Iata is holding its World Cargo Symposium in London at the same time, where we will also be present at a second event that explains our focus on the air cargo sector in this issue.
Both meetings appealed to me too, of course, but when two quarrel, the third rejoices, as the saying goes. In this case this means that I’m honoured to travel to the Breakbulk Houston event. I’ll take a few copies of this issue’s Breakbulk / Heavylift Special with me, a supplement well worthy of the event, I’m sure. I’ll be back soon with fresh impressions from the industry.
Last but not least, my colleague Jutta Iten is going to Sorrento at the same time, where the Grimaldi Group is hosting its Euromed Convention this year. I’m looking forward to the news that this networking event has in store for maritime transport. You can look forward to our reports from Italy for you.
Here’s to a stimulating read!
Head of airfreight