It is almost an ode with which Claus Richter says goodbye to his colleague, Fokko Doyen, who is retiring from active service at the end of December. The two Lufthansa Cargo pilots have worked together for the airline for many years.
“When I am asked which of my colleagues I associate most with the MD-11F, it is without a doubt Fokko Doyen. Fokko, like our MD-11F, has consistently delivered outstanding performance over many
years and was incredibly popular with the entire staff at all times.
Saying goodbye to Fokko as a colleague is therefore not easy.
Our joint history began when I became Accountable Manager at Lufthansa Cargo almost thirteen years ago, in January 2008. At that time, I met Fokko Doyen in his function as Chief of the MD-11F
fleet. He impressed me tremendously with his extraordinary empathy. Together, we managed crises that welded us together. At the same time, over all these years, we have always exchanged views
openly and honestly, and sometimes also, full of respect, rubbed shoulders to come to the best decision professionally.
Fokko has always been held in the highest regard and has certainly shaped the culture in our company in a lasting way. Whether in his role as Fleet Chief, Flight Captain, Type Rate Instructor, Examiner, Line Checker, or in the simulator, Fokko has always and everywhere created a very motivating and positive environment of trust.
Fokko will remain a part of Lufthansa Cargo even after the end of his active career in our company, because even more than to the MD-11F, he is linked to Cargo Human Care. What he has created there to date, in addition to his many occupational tasks, and with what dedication and intensity he cares for it - that too has left a deep impression on me since my first visit to the facilities in Nairobi. I am very happy that he will remain with Lufthansa Cargo in the future through CHC.
Dear Fokko, it has always been a great pleasure to work with you.
I thank you very much for our time together and wish you only the best for your personal future.”
Author: Cpt. Claus Richter, Accountable Manager Lufthansa Cargo
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