Los Angeles, CA (April 15, 2009) — Mercury Air Cargo Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercury Air Group Inc., announced today that Steven Connolly has been hired as vice president of sales for Mercury World Cargo. Connolly will be responsible for growing the airline and logistics business for Mercury World Cargo, a FAA Part 135 certified carrier.
"Steve is a well respected cargo veteran. He has strong leadership qualities and long term relationships with freight forwarders and airlines. Steve will help us implement our aggressive growth strategy for Mercury World Cargo throughout the U.S. We were attracted to him because of his know-how and proven results," said Zack Vernikovsky, executive vice president of Mercury World Cargo.
Connolly brings more than 20 years of experience in air cargo sales with Mexicana, Aeromexpress and AeroUnion. He successfully implemented the commercial startup of AeroUnion at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), progressively increasing from five to fourteen weekly freighters, while also expanding service to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) with two weekly freighters. At Aeromexpress, Connolly established that carrier’s first ever scheduled B747 Freighter service from LAX to Internacional Benito Juarez (MEX) in Mexico City, achieving 100-percent load factors.
“Mercury is a name that is synonymous with success in the air cargo industry. I am delighted to become a part of Mercury World Cargo and join an exceptional team. I believe that together we will build Mercury World Cargo into an even greater leader in worldwide logistics,” said Connolly.
Mercury Air Cargo Inc. provides cargo handling and warehouse services, logistics services, air cargo charter and airline cargo sales worldwide. Mercury Air Cargo’s Hermes Aviation serves as a Cargo General Sales Agent (GSA) for a number of the largest international airlines with offices throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Hermes Aviation De Mexico is the largest GSA in Mexico, sourcing thousands of tons of cargo annually to and from Mexico, Central and South America. Mercury Air Cargo provides air cargo services in its own warehouse facilities on airports in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Montreal. Mercury Air Cargo, through Mercury World Cargo, is a FAA Part 135 certified carrier, a member of the International Airline Clearing House and a member of Cargo Network Services.