New China- Europe/NA services for China S
China Southern Airlines kicked off its new twice weekly freighter service from China to Amsterdam last month, serving the route with a B777-200F. Originating at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, this is China Sourthern’s first Chongqing-Shanghai (Pudong)- Amsterdam-Chongqing scheduled freighter service. The new service follows the inking of a strategic cooperation agreement with Chongqing Municipal Government in May this year.
October 1, 2011
New China- Europe/NA services for China S
China Southern Airlines kicked off its new twice weekly freighter service from China to Amsterdam last month, serving the route with a B777-200F. Originating at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, this is China Sourthern’s first Chongqing-Shanghai (Pudong)- Amsterdam-Chongqing scheduled freighter service. The new service follows the inking of a strategic cooperation agreement with Chongqing Municipal Government in May this year. According to the carrier, this new service will speed up the creation of Chongqing as an air cargo hub, as well as boost the development of high-tech industry in Chongqing. Cargo transhipped from Chongqing to Shanghai will then be carried onwards to Chicago and Los Angeles by China Southern’s maindeck service, which it says will offer “more choices to customers and bridging Chongqing directly with Europe and North America.” To facilitate this service, Chongqing Airlines, a subsidiary company of China Southern, the Chongqing airport authority, customs office, as well as other related local governmental departments have set up a project team to assess operation facilities and capacities. “As a strategic partner of Chongqing Municipal Government, China Southern Airlines launched this cargo service to support the development of high tech industry in Chongqing,” said He Zongkai, EVP of China Southern. He also pointed out that this new freighter service will improve China Southern’s competitiveness in the southwestern China cargo market. In the 12th Five-year Plan of Chongqing Industrial Transformation and Upgrade, the Chongqing Municipal Government aims to promote the information technology industry and accelerate industrial restructuring. Currently HP, Acer, Asus, Quanta, Wistron, Pega, Inventec, Foxconn and Dompal have established manufacturing facilities in Chongqing, accounting for 90 per cent of total global computer production. The Chongqing Municipal Government has set itself the goal of developing the city into Asia’s largest notebook computer manufacturing base. China Southern has also reached a cooperation agreement with HP, becoming one of HP’s preferred air carriers. Meanwhile, China Southern started, in late August, what it says is the only maindeck service between China and Canada with the launch of its Shanghai- Vancouver freighter service. The service operates Shanghai-Los Angeles-Vancouver-Shanghai four times weekly with B777-200F equipment. “The B777F is an efficient freighter type with long range, comparatively more payload and less fuel consumed, and it has greatly enhanced China Southern Cargo’s competitive advantage on intercontinental freighter routes,” said He.The carrier offers diversified products on the route, including live animals, dangerous goods, express, BUP, DDS as well as charter service. By contracted trucking service and interline agreement with Canada’s CargoJet, the route extends to 13 cities in Canada and US including Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle and Portland. He Zongkai said that this new freighter service “further strengthens China Southern Cargo’s footprint in North America and diversifies the product offerings to our customers.” He said the launch of this route will give a boost to the local economy, employment and the bilateral economic and trade relations between China and Canada. The new freighter service is China Southern Cargo’s second co-terminalised freighter route, with the carrier saying it will pursue a network planning strategy of combining direct flights with coterminalisation arrangements, linking major air freight destinations at home with overseas key freight markets, in order to provide “more diversified and more flexible choices for customers.” China Southern Cargo, SkyTeam Cargo member, operates five B777- 200Fs, two B747-400Fs, with plans to expand its freighter fleet to eight by introducing one more B777 -200Fs by the end of 2011.