I am very proud of how our team has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. China has produced a significant amount of PPE for shipment around the world. Thanks to our strong and experienced team, we have been able to handle all of these extra shipments and get these critical supplies to where they are most needed.
NGO handles parts for the 787. More than 30% of all B787 aircrafts are built from parts that are made in Japan. The main wings, fuselage and the wingbox are all manufactured in the vicinity of NGO. We then ship the parts to Everett, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina using our Boeing Dreamlifter (LCF) aircrafts.
Golden Week and Christmas affect our business the most. Golden Week is a collection of national holidays that fall within seven days, which include:
Our staff works in shifts, so they have days off, which are equally distributed throughout these holidays. We all work hard to keep the airplanes moving safely for our customers. Regardless of the country in which they are based, our staff always thinks outside the box to overcome any challenges.
Our team includes 16 Ground Operations staff members across 11 stations: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), Hangzhou International Airport (HGH), Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH), Changsha Huanghua International Airport (CSX), Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), Narita International Airport (NRT), Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX), Nanchang Changbei International Airport (KHN), Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO) and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG). We also have other airports we don’t have a station, so our staff would travel to cover the flights and also receive support from local vendor companies throughout the region, which helps us ensure that everything runs seamlessly for our customers.
Atlas has been flying in NGO since 2010 and Polar since 2013
When I was younger and lived in Los Angeles, my father took me to airshows. While the airshows themselves did not motivate me at that particular time, the experience of seeing them remained with me. When I graduated from high school and was getting ready to decide on which direction to move towards in my life, working with airplanes felt natural to me. I enrolled in a technical college where I majored in airport business. I loved the movie Top Gun, which also inspired me to get into aviation!
At Atlas, there are opportunities to broaden horizons, expand skillsets, and learn new skills outside of your current job and responsibilities. Opening up new stations is always challenging and interesting. The most memorable time for me was when we opened up NGO. At the time, NGO was only a charter station. My first task was to open an office to handle the LCF flights. The office was small; it did not even have windows. It was a tough undertaking but it was an incredible experience. I learned so much! Today, NGO has grown to handle the LCF and Polar 767 and 747s and now our office has many large windows with plenty of sunshine.
My native language is Japanese and the word I would use to describe my experience at Atlas would be “挑戦” which roughly translates to “challenge” in English.