In a surprise move Tim Strauss is leaving Air Canada Cargo to join Amerijet International as its chief executive officer. The announcement was made by Amerijet with Strauss to join effective 17 August and based at the company’s headquarters in Miami.
Strauss, presently responsible for Air Canada’s cargo business, brings substantial experience to the new role, having also worked at Northwest/Delta Cargo, Hawaiian Airlines Cargo, and Emery Worldwide. He has considerable experience in both the commercial and operational areas of the air cargo business.
Vic Karjian, Amerijet’s current CEO, will become executive chairman of Amerijet and will focus his efforts on the company’s strategic planning, key partnerships and growth objectives, continuing to build upon the strategic vision that he brought to the Company in 2016.
The succession will take effect during a period of profitable growth for Amerijet as it continues to evolve from a regional player in the all‐cargo air logistics business to becoming a global air cargo provider to its customers across scheduled service, charter and ACMI/CMI operations.
Expanding its global reach, Amerijet received its ETOPs certification from the FAA in early 2020 and commenced scheduled non‐stop operations from Miami (MIA) to Brussels (BRU), connecting points beyond Belgium through a European road feeder service as well as providing capacity between Europe and the Company’s extensive network throughout the Caribbean, Central & South America and Mexico.
“Tim brings an enormous amount of expertise and experience to Amerijet and will be a key driver of our future success,” says Karjian. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him as we continue the company’s growth as a leading global air cargo provider.”
Amerijet International Airlines operates its own dedicated freighter fleet of B767 aircraft – including one B767-200SF and six B767-300ERF – throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, and Western Europe. The Company provides its service region with more than 7,300 dedicated freighter flights annually. In addition to scheduled service flights, Amerijet offers worldwide long‐ and short‐term ACMI and full‐service charters.
Amerijet’s global network, including interline partners and general sales agents, reaches 476 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The carrier offers transportation solutions for customers shipping time‐sensitive, valuable, hazardous, temperature‐controlled and other cargo types.