Joint maindeck ops for SIA Cargo, China Cargo

Singapore Airlines Cargo and China Cargo Airlines will operate joint freighter services between Singapore and Shanghai from 26 June 2012. The new joint services will utilise one B747-400F of SIA Cargo once a week and two China Cargo MD11F aircraft twice a week between Shanghai Hongqiao and Shanghai Pudong International Airports and Singapore Changi Airport.


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Singapore Airlines Cargo and China Cargo Airlines will operate joint freighter services between Singapore and Shanghai from 26 June 2012. The new joint services will utilise one B747-400F of SIA Cargo once a week and two China Cargo MD11F aircraft twice a week between Shanghai Hongqiao and Shanghai Pudong International Airports and Singapore Changi Airport.

“We have anticipated a greater partnership with China Cargo Airlines since we signed the joint venture agreement in 2010,” said Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo’s president, Tan Kai Ping. “The new joint service agreement provides more flexibility and better services to customers as it provides more choices of flights for air cargo shipments between Singapore and China.”

China Cargo Airlines’ president, Zhu Yimin, added: “The joint freighter services will enable the two airlines to tap into each other’s network through our hubs at Shanghai and Singapore. There will be more direct access to destinations in domestic China on China Cargo’s network whilst we will be able to tap on Singapore Airlines Cargo’s network in the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Latin America, thereby providing a more  comprehensive and extensive network for customers of both airlines.”

The joint freighter services are part of wide-ranging initiatives between the two airlines. These include enhanced system
integration and more integrated ground handling at the carriers’ respective hubs at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai and Singapore Changi Airport to improve transhipment times. SIA
Cargo owns a 16 per cent equity interest in Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines along with Eva Air which holds a 16 per cent share. The carrier started as a joint venture between China Eastern Airlines and China Ocean Shipping which reduced their stakes from 70 to 51 per cent and 30 to 17 per cent respectively,
following the acquisition of shares by SIA and Eva. In 2011 China Cargo Airlines merged and began rebranding Great Wall Airlines and Shanghai Airlines Cargo into, the China Cargo Airlines brand.