Ram Menen, one of the best-known figures in the global airfreight industry, is to stand down as divisional senior VP of Emirates Skycargo. He has headed the carrier’s cargo operation ever since its launch in 1985, and has said he will take early retirement in June.
Menen not only helped take Emirates to the top of the world league in international cargo terms, but was also central to the development of Dubai as a major global airfreight hub. He has worked for many years to raise air cargo’s profile through his involvement in industry associations, a contribution he has suggested he will continue to make.
After beginning his aviation career in 1976 at Kuwait Airways, Menen later managed British Airway’s cargo operations in Kuwait. An engineer by training, he was responsible in 1986 for developing the LD36 unit load device, which significantly improved lower-deck capacity and flew on Emirates’ first A310-300 in 1987.
Menen was a founding member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), and was president and chairman of its board 1995-96. He was inducted into the TIACA Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the air cargo industry, specifically his championing of international air cargo liberalization and his drive to improve IT. He chaired IATA’s Cargo Committee from 2008 to 2011.