Virgin adds Vancouver, new Japan GSA
Vancouver is the newest destination in Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s international network following the launch of four flights a week to London Heathrow in May, adding to its existing nine, long-haul destinations in the US.
June 10, 2012
Vancouver is the newest destination in Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s international network following the launch of four flights a week to London Heathrow in May, adding to its existing nine, long-haul destinations in the US. In May, Virgin Atlantic resumed weekly A340-600 flights between London Heathrow and Chicago having earlier also added a further three flights a week from San Francisco. Dan Parker, VP commercial at Virgin Atlantic Cargo noted that Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest industrial centres and has thriving business sectors such as software development, biotechnology, aerospace and perishables.” Meanwhile, in Japan one of Japan’s leading air cargo general sales agents, Western Associates Group, has established a new company, Gateway Partners Inc. (GPI), to provide dedicated representation for Virgin Atlantic Cargo. Gateway Partners will devote their time to working with the airline’s customers in Japan focusing on maximising freight, courier and express revenues for shipments carried on Virgin Atlantic’s daily flight from Narita to Heathrow. “Japan is an extremely important market for Virgin Atlantic and after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck north-east Japan in 2011, we have seen some improvement in recent months,” said Parker. “Exports to the UK and Europe remain challenging but cargo bound for the US has increased significantly. The recovery of the Japanese automobile market and the carriage of specific electronics products such as solar energy equipment are encouraging signs and we are confident GPI will also give us fresh outlook and approach in the market.”