Jade disappointment for Copenhagen

Two out of three ain’t bad, as the saying goes, but it was nevertheless a disappointment for Copenhagen Airport that after landing new widebody freighter services from Air China and China Airlines last year, it missed outon its third target, Jade Cargo International. Jade has decided in February to use its third B747-400ERF to launch […]


Two out of three ain’t bad, as the saying goes, but it was nevertheless a disappointment for Copenhagen Airport that after landing new widebody freighter services from Air China and China Airlines last year, it missed outon its third target, Jade Cargo International.

Jade has decided in February to use its third B747-400ERF to launch freighter services to Stockholm, capping a successful run for the Swedish airport that has also seen it win freighter services from Korean Air andCathay Pacifi c since last August.

The return to operations of Great Wall Airlines have also affected Copenhagen indirectly, with Singapore Airlines reducing its freighter calls at the Danish airport from eight to seven weekly on the summer schedule. The reason is that the eighth frequency was being operated by one of the Great Wall aircraft, its livery covered over temporarily with aSingapore Airlines banner.

Still, the thrice weekly B747-200F services from Air China, started in September, and three weekly MD-11Fs from China Cargo Airlines, started in January, have provided a substantialboost to Copenhagen’s fortunes.

The former service helped boost the airport’s cargo throughput by 7 percent to 380,000 tonnes in 2006, and though Lars Korup, Copenhagen’s head of cargo, is not making any fi rm predictions for 2007 yet, he expects ChinaCargo to produce further growth.