Air Canada has appointed Jason Berry, former head of Alaska Air Cargo, to lead its cargo team, following the departure of Tim Strauss to Amerijet.

Berry is currently president of McGee Air Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, where he spent seven years most recently as head of cargo. During his tenure, Alaska became the first US passenger carrier to operate freighters in recent years.

There was some surprise at the external appointment at Air Canada, which has amassed an impressive cargo team under Strauss and his predecessor Lise-Marie Turpin, and has been led in the interim by 20-year Air Canada veteran Vito Cerone.

“As a young boy, I would wake up early on the weekends and join my dad on the ramp to watch freighters being loaded. My first job in the industry was at Cargolux Airlines, while I was still in high school,” Berry said in a statement.

“What was supposed to be a part-time job to save money for college ended up becoming a life-long love affair with the industry. While I never expected to continue down the same poath as my family, after nearly 23 years, I couldn’t think of doing anything else,” he added.


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