Kales reports strong demand for Great Wall

Demand for Great Wall Airlines’B747 freighter service out of Amsterdamhas bounced back rapidly followingits resumption of services on 25January, according to its GSA in theNetherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland,Kales Group. Owner Peter Kales says the flightswere already 50 percent full eastboundby the end of the second week operations,and he predicts that the flightswill be full […]


Demand for Great Wall Airlines’B747 freighter service out of Amsterdamhas bounced back rapidly followingits resumption of services on 25January, according to its GSA in theNetherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland,Kales Group.

Owner Peter Kales says the flightswere already 50 percent full eastboundby the end of the second week operations,and he predicts that the flightswill be full during March.

"To get such load factors at reasonableyields at one of the quietest timesof the year for air cargo shows justhow loyal customers have been to thisservice," he says. "The flights have beensupported from all over the continent,from Finland to Italy and Spain, andlarge forwarders such as Expeditors,DHL, Kuehne & Nagel and Schenkeralso sent us cargo immediately, so weare very confident about the future."

In June and July, before the carrierwas grounded by US sanctions againstits former parent company, Great Wallwas achieving 70-80 percent load factorsout of Europe.

As well as Shanghai, the flights alsoserve Incheon, and demand for thelatter destination has helped fill the aircraft."We have had loyal support fromthe typical agents to Korea, and we arenow getting certificated to start movingwafer-machines for the semiconductorindustry into Korea and China, which isa major product needing frequencies,direct uplift and the high performanceand personal attention that we cangive," says Kales.