VIETNAM: Cargoitalia pleased with Vietnam service

Carogoitalia’s vice president for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Livio Arizzi, says he is satisfi ed with the fi rst month of operation of the privately-owned Italian cargo airline in Vietnam. "So far so good, we have been able to fulfi ll our allotment of 40 tonnes each fl ight and the prospects are good even […]


Carogoitalia’s vice president for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Livio Arizzi, says he is satisfi ed with the fi rst month of operation of the privately-owned Italian cargo airline in Vietnam. "So far so good, we have been able to fulfi ll our allotment of 40 tonnes each fl ight and the prospects are good even though we still have to promote ourselves more in this market," he says. Before joining Cargoitalia, which was established in 2005, Arizzi worked for twenty yearsfor Lufthansa and Condor.

Cargoitalia made its very fi rst scheduled fl ight to Ho Chi minh City on May 14, just two weeks after it received the green light from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV). Far East Aviation is Cargoitalia’s general sales agent for the Vietnam market.

Ho Chi Minh City is Cargoitalia’s sixth Asian destination, following the start of twice-weekly fl ights from Milan to Shanghai via Mumbai and Madras in February. It also fl ies to Dhaka in Bangladesh and Osaka, Japan.

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 2 am every Thursday and Friday, the MD11F, emblazoned with the Prada-designed white pelican, has all the cargo handling facilities for itself. "Everything runs smoothly here at this very early hour and we have on average a four-hour turnaround and then the freighter is on its way back to Dhaka and Dubai before touching down at Milan’s Malpensa International Airport," Arizzi says.