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Forwarder Comments on Lufthansa Strike

UTi's Vice President of Global Air Product responded to question about spikes in demand from other air shippers who may have been looking for capacity

April 4, 2014

In good supply chain logistics fashion, the industry anticipated the impact of the Lufthansa pilot strike and put contingency plans into motion. The fact that Lufthansa had advance notice of the three-day job action from the pilot’s union allowed the airline to put its own plans into motion, including notification to the industry.

UTi Vice President of Global Air Product Jerry Trimarco described the global forwarder’s experience. “Lufthansa provided the industry with notice of a potential pilot action between April 2 and 4. This allowed UTi the time to pursue alternative short term capacity arrangements that would ensure our clients’ supply chains continued to operate in an uninterrupted manner. This, coupled with the fact that Lufthansa maintained a majority of their freighter schedule, permitted us to manage alternate capacity in a seamless manner. “

Trimarco responded to World Trade 100’s question about spikes in demand from other air shippers who may have been looking for capacity by saying, “Our network design allows us additional flexibility to manage peak client demand through an interconnected gateway structure in The America’s and Europe and large Hub operations in Asia.”

The strike was expected to end as planned and, according to Trimarco, “Lufthansa will be positioning aircraft Friday [April 4] so as to ensure normal passenger operations commence on Saturday April 5.”

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