"Two Unequal Brothers" entrevista a Werner Quiring para la revista oficial de LH

Tenemos el placer de compartir con Uds la interesante entrevista a nuestro compañero Werner Quiring y su hermano Walter Quiring por la revista ONE de Lufthansa Cargo, tras de los casi 40 años que ambos dedicaron a Lufthansa Cargo en diferentes roles y con diferentes responsabilidades siempre en la busqueda de la mejor performance y siempre en una vision optimistica. Two brothers, two cities...One Company!! Les dejamos un pequeño extracto de la entrevista en su version original:

All finished. The loading hatch is closed,
and Werner Quiring and his colleagues
have done their work. All 20 horses are on
board the MD-11F that is waiting patiently on the
apron at Montevideo Airport (MVD). The freighter
takes off at 13:02, local time. A mere half an hour
or so later, the aircraft lowers its 170 metric tons
onto the asphalt at Ezeiza International Airport
(EZE) on the edge of the Argentine capital, Buenos
Aires. Here, Werner’s brother, Walter Quiring, takes
over: checks, loading, customs clearance, takeoff.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, the two sons of
German immigrants hand over the baton of the South
America rotation to each other in this way.
Two brothers, two cities, one company. Or at
least, so it appears. To their customers, the two
tall brothers are also two handling employees of
Cargo. However, unlike Walter, Werner does not
work at – but only for – Lufthansa Cargo. It was
decided in 2003 to stop using staff employed
directly by Lufthansa at the Montevideo station.
At that time, freight was transported between
Buenos Aires and Montevideo by truck. Demand
was too low and salaries were too high, so the
idea was that a handling agent would restore the
balance. Six employees, three of them former
Cargo Lufthanseats, now work for HansaLog. The
name stands resplendent in Lufthansa yellow on
the service provider’s home page, and next to it is
a stylized V-shaped bird in a yellow circle. They are
still true to their roots. Lufthansa pays a commission
for sales; and in handling, HansaLog is paid
for every kilogram moved and for each flight that
passes through customs in export and import. In
theory, the handling agent can offer its services to
any airline in Montevideo, besides Lufthansa Cargo.
In practice, this happens only with United Airlines,
for there is not enough demand.
Not an easy decision
“Leave the company completely or carry on as a
handling agent – those were the choices at that
time,” Werner says, recalling the agonizing weeks
leading up to the end of Lufthansa’s presence in
Montevideo. The latter option meant less security
and a lower salary. “But with a labor market as
small as ours, it was an easy decision. You had
to do it, so you did it,” adds Werner, a family man
now aged 60. Business is good at the moment, but
what if Lufthansa decides that the South American
rotation is no longer viable? “Then, of course, we
shall be in trouble,” he says. “But we always hope
for the best!”


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