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John Barnett: an airfreight pioneer

[ January 10, 2014   //   ]

John Barnett – who in 1979 founded Wexco Airfreight, one of the earliest UK airfreight general sales and services agencies – died on 8 January, following a long illness.

Peter Kales, chairman of the Kales Group, which eventually bought Wexco, said it was “a testament to his extraordinary hard work and professionalism that the company survived and prospered through many of the most difficult years in the industry’s history. At his retirement in 2010, the company became part of the Kales GSA network, but proudly retains its original name to this day.

“We wish to pay tribute to John’s dedication, professionalism, patience and fastidious attention to every small detail. His humour, humanity, charm and constant encouragement were an inspiration to all who had the honour to work with him. His high service standards and ethics earned him a reputation among his many client airlines that was second to none.

“The industry has lost a gentleman and a true professional. We have lost a trusted and much-loved colleague. John Barnett will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.”

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