AirCargo 2015 Second Press Release

Press Release

Final Preparations Underway for Air Freight Industry Conference in New Orleans 

AirCargo 2015 to Feature Learning and Networking Sessions, Keynote by Houston Astros Owner Jim Crane 

 (WASHINGTON) - More than 800 professionals from across the air freight supply chain will gather in New Orleans in two weeks to discuss trends, challenges, opportunities and the future of the air cargo industry at the industry's premier conference and trade show, AirCargo 2015.

The event, which brings together airlines, airport authorities, freight forwarders and expediting companies, along with the vendors who support them, will take place March 1-3 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

The agenda for the event includes a broad range of learning and networking opportunities, most notably a session with Transportation Security Administration officials on current air cargo security threat awareness and the upcoming changes to the Indirect Air Carrier security program, as well as a presentation by Dan Muscatello, former head of cargo operations for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, on how airports can stay in the air cargo facility development game.

Other highlights of the learning program include sessions on changes in government import and export programs, strategies for surviving government enforcement actions, a  "What keeps you up at night?" session with airlines, forwarders, truckers, airports and government regulators in attendance, and several others on legal and regulatory compliance.

Jim Crane, the Houston Astros owner who built his wealth and success on revolutionizing air cargo, will deliver the Keynote address in which he will discuss his cutting-edge strategies for moving freight and building enormously successful companies that do it.  The program will kick off on Sunday, March 1, with an industry-focused women's networking session moderated by Doug Brittin, Secretary General of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

The event is sponsored by the Airforwarders Association, the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers Association, the Express Delivery & Logistics Association and the Airports Council International - North America.  Online registration is available at www.aircargoconference.com.

About the Airforwarders Association

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents more than 360 member companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain. The association's members range from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large companies employing more than 1,000 people and business models varying from domestic to worldwide freight forwarding operations. In short, they are the travel agents for freight shipments, moving cargo in the timeliest and most cost efficient manner whether it is carried on aircraft, truck, rail or ship. For more information, visit the association's website at www.airforwarders.org.

About the Air and Expedited Motor Carrier Association
The Air and Expedited Motor Carrier Association (AEMCA) is a national trade organization that has represented the interests of the Air and Expedited Freight Trucking Community for 45 years.  AEMCA members offer a variety of important ground transportation services that support and enhance the products made available to the Freight Forwarding community.  These include airport-to-airport, local air and expedited pick-up and delivery, same-day dedicated and time definite delivery services.  For more information, visit www.aemca.org.

About the Express Delivery & Logistics Association (XLA)
XLA is the voice of the express delivery, postal and logistics industry. The Association is driven and focused on providing targeted member service and best-in-class advocacy on the issues that impact members' bottom lines. XLA members represent all aspects of the express delivery, postal and logistics industry, from companies that are engaged in the expedited, door-to-door delivery of high-priority shipments both domestically and internationally to airline, consultant and companies who provide services and products utilized by the express operators. For more information, visit www.expressassociation.org.

About the Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA)
Airports Council International - North America represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  More than 340 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.  For more information, visit aci-na.org.

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