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He’s been out of the industry for a few months now, but Des Vertannes, former head of IATA Cargo, was forced to don a tie once more this week to collect a prize awarded by Martin Schröder for individuals who have distinguished themselves in the Dutch air freight sector. Mr Vertannes won the prize, founded by the Martinair creator, for his “huge contribution to the air cargo world, especially because “he put transit times on the agenda”. In his parting shot as IATA chief, Mr Vertannes called on the industry to shorten transit times by 48 hours. He verified to The Loadstar that it was only his third time wearing a tie since retirement in June.