China’s belly capacities under utilised

China does not fully utilise its belly-hold cargo capacities in the light of the insufficient dedicated freighter services in the Mainland market, according to Swiss WorldCargo executive.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Transport Logistic Conference in Shanghai, Oliver Evans, chief cargo officer of Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) said unlike much of the China domestic market, Swiss WorldCargo, the airfreight division of Swiss, focused itself entirely on marketing the belly-hold cargo capacity of the Swiss fleet and also truck transportation between two ormore airports in the country.

“We focus on high yield items plus special needs of customers, including providing tailor-made solutions for products that generate higher added value,” said Bernd Maresch, director, head of cargo marketing & strategy at Swiss WorldCargo.

These include special services for valuables, temperature-controlled goods, express shipments, goods at risk of theft and airmail.

Swiss has positioned itself in the rapidly growing China market by launching a non-stop daily flight between Zurich and Shanghai in May this year, increasing Swiss WorldCargo’s capacity to and from China.

The service is provided using an A340-300 aircraft that offers 36 tonnes capacity per day through the Chinese city, the eighth largest city in the world. Aside from Shanghai, Swiss also flies to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and India in Asia. In total, it offers bellycapacity to over 150 destinations in over 80 countries.