AMI Office Opens in Miami
Sixth US branch opens up South America for Air Menzies International
Air Menzies International has taken a major step forward in developing its business in South America, with the opening of a new office in Miami and the establishment of a strategic partnership with Craft Group: a Brazil-based neutral ocean- and air freight wholesaler and NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier).
This is the sixth AMI branch in the USA, alongside; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. AMI Miami will serve the local airfreight agent community as well as acting as the control centre for transhipments between AMI’s US and Global networks and South America.
Mike Pattinson, AMI VP in USA stated: “We are tremendously excited about the potential for our new office in Miami, and this new alliance with Craft. Miami is a cost-effective gateway linking South America with the USA and the world, but it demands a solid presence on the spot to manage the transhipment process. AMI now has that presence.”
Founded in 1997, Craft has 600 staff working at established offices in 27 centres throughout Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Craft will handle and clear AMI imports to these countries, as well as selling AMI’s global network of direct and via-Miami services.
Priscilla Bueno, Craft Group’s Corporate Airfreight Director added: “This collaboration with AMI opens up many new opportunities in both directions. We gain access to AMI’s impressive global coverage both for exports and imports, and we can also help AMI to develop in South America through our robust operational presence in ten countries, enhanced by our strong sales resource and local market knowledge.”
AHS and Menzies Aviation Extend Partnership
Aviation Handling Services (AHS) and Menzies Aviation have agreed to extend their ongoing partnership for an additional 5 years until 2022.
Beginning in 2003, this partnership facilitated the expansion of the Menzies network in West and Central Africa and the Middle East with additional stations emerging in Cotonou (Benin), Accra (Ghana), Bangui (Central African Republic), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Amman (Jordan).
Russell Doane, SVP AMEI, said: “We are happy to renew our partnership with our longstanding partner AHS. We are not only looking forward to the consolidation of our existing position in Africa but to the continuous expansion of our footprint on this challenging continent via our joint approach. We are working hard together towards the opening of some new AHS / Menzies stations in the near future.’’
Amongst the many advantages of this agreement, AHS will continue to benefit from Menzies Aviation’s expertise in terms of Safety, Security and Quality that sets its stations amongst the best in the Menzies network with no CAT A aircraft and personal incidents in 2014 and 2015.