Air Canada takes new air freight chief from Alaska Air Cargo
AIR CANADA has named Jason Berry, former head of Alaska Air Cargo, to lead its cargo division, following the departure of Tim Strauss for Amerijet
29 November 2020 - 19:00
Mr Berry is currently president of McGee Air Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, where he spent seven years most recently as head of cargo.
During his tenure, Alaska became the first US passenger carrier to operate freighters in recent years.
There was some surprise at the external appointment at Air Canada, which has amassed an impressive cargo team under Mr Strauss and his predecessor Lise-Marie Turpin, and has been led in the interim by 20-year Air Canada veteran Vito Cerone.
Mr Berry, while having no international experience, has worked in the northern American region, and his introduction of freighters into Alaska's fleet could be useful to Air Canada, which told London's Loadstar that it was converting two 767s into full freighters, and may add another four to its fleet at a later date.
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