EASTERN EUROPE AIR CARGO SUPPLEMENT~ Czech Air optimistic about its first Asian service

Since launching a scheduled, long-haul, all-cargo service to Asia in November last year ¨C the first time in its history - Czech Airlines is optimistic that this service will open significant new opportunities.

While the weekly Prague-Dubai-Hong Kong round-trip routing is being operated by an Emirates SkyCargo B747-200F, Czech Airlines Cargo (CSA Cargo) is responsible for filling more than a half of the freighter’s capacity.

“Interesting opportunities are opening up for us with this product; we will off er new destinations in Asia and our income from cargo carriage will increase significantly,” said Czech Airlines’ Vice- President for Sales, Petr Rehák.

“In 2007, we carried 25,500 tonnes of cargo, which constitutes a 3 per cent increase compared to 2006,” he said.

Emirates happy with alliance
“We are delighted to code-share with Czech Airlines and off er our customers in the Czech Republic direct freighter connections to the two strategically important cities of Dubai and Hong Kong,” said Emirates’ senior vice president cargo, Hiran Perera.

“Czech traders can rest assured that their exports and imports will now quickly and conveniently connect with our vast network in East Asia, Australasia, the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa,” he added.

Besides offering this cargo carriage option to its traditional business partners, Czech Airlines expects to tap the growing number of Asian companies that are seeking to do business with Eastern Europe.