Legendary Air Freight Executive to Keynote AirCargo 2014 Conference

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Former American Airlines cargo operations head Bill Boesch to share experiences in addressing private sector and government logistics and security challenges.

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Boesch served as Director of U.S. Aviation Policy for the White House Commission on Aviation Security and was involved in the troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bill Boesch, whose 50-year career in freight logistics includes top management positions at the world's largest air cargo operations as well as leadership in high-level logistics and security projects for the U.S. government, will give the keynote address at AirCargo 2014, the premier trade show and expo for the air freight industry.

The event, sponsored by the Airforwarders Association, the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers Association, the Express Delivery & Logistics Association (XLA) and the Airports Council International - North America, will take place at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida from March 30 to April 1, 2014. Online registration is available at http://www.aircargoconference.com.

During his presentation to more than 900 expected attendees, Boesch will share his in-depth knowledge and experiences from his long career in the movement of air and ground freight, forming global trade alliances and leading high-level U.S. government logistics and security projects, including those associated with the drawdown of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For nearly a decade, Boesch headed air cargo operations at American Airlines, during which time the company became a world leader in the air cargo and logistics business, forming cargo alliances with major carriers, developing new cargo products and working with the U.S. Postal Service in its successful deregulation efforts. Prior to that he held senior positions at Pan American World Airways, Emery Worldwide, Flying Tiger Airlines, and Seaboard World Airlines. After his retirement from American, he served as CEO of DHL Global Mail and reorganized the company's U.S. operation awhile leading the company out of its financial difficulties.

In his government involvement, Boesch served as Director of U.S. Aviation Policy for the White House Commission on Aviation Security and has worked in high-level government logistics and security projects including terrorist attack planning and analysis. Boesch was also part of the extensive on site planning and support of the Iraq drawdown and was involved in the Afghanistan drawdown. He has worked on all aspects of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) from both the airline and government perspectives, and is presently working on a study to revamp CRAF within the changing U.S. airline industry.

Each year, the AirCargo conference and expo brings together a virtual "who's who" of the industry within the airfreight forwarding, express delivery, airport cargo management and expedited motor carrier industries. The 2014 program will include professionals from across the industry sharing their insider knowledge in an open session environment, as well as more than 100 exhibitors on the trade show floor.

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About the Airforwarders Association

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents nearly 400 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 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 http://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 http://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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