Air Canada Cargo’s Tim Strauss in surprise move to Amerijet

By Damian Brett

Tim Strauss

Air Canada Cargo’s Tim Strauss will become the new chief executive of freighter operator Amerijet from mid-August.

The air cargo stalwart will take up his new role on August 17, with current chief executive Vic Karjian who is becoming the company’s executive chairman.

Strauss is currently responsible for Air Canada’s cargo business and brings “a deep air cargo background” to the position, having also worked at Northwest/Delta Cargo, Hawaiian Airlines Cargo and Emery Worldwide.

He joined Air Canada in 2017 after several years at at the helm of Hawaiian Air Cargo.

“He has considerable experience in both the commercial and operational areas of the air cargo business,” Amerijet said.

“The succession will take effect during a period of profitable growth for Amerijet as it continues to evolve from a regional leader in the all‐cargo air logistics business to becoming a global air cargo provider to its customers across scheduled service, charter and ACMI/CMI operations, in addition to being an active participant in Air Mobility Command’s Civil Air Reserve Fleet programme,” it added.

Karjian said: “Tim brings an enormous amount of expertise and experience to Amerijet and will be a key driver of our future success.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him as we continue the company’s growth as a leading global air cargo provider.”

In his new role, Karjian will focus his efforts on the company’s strategic planning, key partnerships and growth objectives.

Amerijet received its extended-range twin-engine operational performance standards certification from the US FAA in early 2020.

Following the certification, the airline commenced scheduled non‐stop operations from Miami to Brussels, connecting points beyond Belgium through a European road feeder service as well as providing capacity between Europe and the Company’s extensive network throughout the Caribbean, Central and Latin America.

Amerijet operates its own dedicated freighter fleet of B767 aircraft and provides its service region with more than 7,300 dedicated freighter flights annually.

Amerijet’s global network, including interline partners and general sales agents, reaches 476 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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