Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Turkish Airlines Cargo makes room for penguins and lions

Turkish Airlines Cargo recently took on some rare passengers in the form of 20 Humboldt Penguins from the Riga Zoo in Latvia to the Public Oceanic Aquarium in China to be kept under better conditions for survival of the species.
Humboldt Penguins are one of the 11 penguin species threatened with extinction and listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, affiliated with the United Nations.
Turkish Cargo also transported six lion cubs to Bangladesh and 14 adult lions to China. Accompanied by IATA’s Live Animals Regulations certificated personnel and veterinarian, all animals were transported safely and humanely.
The thriving sub-brand of the flag carrier Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo, not only offers live animal transportation services to 120 countries worldwide, but also contributes to wildlife survival. In November 2017, Turkish Airlines signed the "United For Wildlife (Buckingham Palace) Declaration (UFW)" for the purpose of preventing illegal wildlife trade, highlighting itscognizance of the live animal transportation processes and animal rights.

Friday, January 5, 2018

WESSCO's Sharon Conway DeHerder retires

An industry professional with 30 years of experience, and a hand in developing some of the most
Sharon Conway DeHerder, Rick DeHerder and
furry friends savor a SoCal sunset
innovative and creative designs in amenities for airlines and cruise lines, started off 2018 with an announcement that she is retiring. 

Sharon Conway DeHerder, Executive Vice President of Business and Product Development at WESSCO International has moved to sunny San Diego, to the south of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, and is living “a new urban neighborhood lifestyle” with Rick DeHerder, her husband of 20 years. 

In recent years at WESSCO, Sharon has been involved in the development of a number of award winning amenity kits including First Class kits on American Airlines bearing the designs from Ray and Charles Eames; United Airlines’ Philosophy kit; Air Canada Escents Kit; Aeromexico’s Eco Chic Korres kit; and COPA’s Mola-inspired kit.

She also worked on an exclusive program for travel retail with toymaker Mattel featuring Travel Barbie® and Hot Wheels® backpacks. The initiative was a success, and later sold duty free on 10 airlines and airport shops around the world. WESSCO was also the first in the industry to offer a doctor clinical skincare line, Dr. Murad, on United and Cathay Pacific male and female kits.

Her accomplishments at WESSCO go back much further to her start as Account Manager of Cruise Lines and Hotels. Some of the exclusive gifts, supplied by WESSCO, were delighting passengers on the on the QE2 of Cunard, as well as Windstar and Seabourn lines. She has developed products for the buy-on-board market for Virgin America and American Airlines and played a critical role in opening up the Latin American market for WESSCO. 

The WESSCO International stand hums with activity at events around the world. Sharon’s presence, always in the middle of it all, will be missed.