MASkargo cuts Frankfurt, denies freighter sell off
With the cancellation of the Frankfurt flights, the cargo carrier plans to add two freighter flights to Amsterdam and has denied reports that it is planning on shedding its maindeck capacity.
May 11, 2015
By Denice Cabel
After Malaysia Airlines’ recent announcement that it would discontinue its passenger flights to Frankfurt effective 29 May, the airline’s cargo arm, MASKargo, has also decided to discontinue its three times a week freighter flights to Frankfurt from 31 May.
With the cancellation of the Frankfurt flights, the cargo carrier plans to add two freighter flights to Amsterdam, thus increasing the total number of cargo flights a week to Amsterdam to five from 31 May.
Keesjan de Vries, the regional cargo manager in Amsterdam, said in an interview with Bernama at the Transport/Logistics 2015 Fair held in Munich, said: “MAS operates a daily passenger flight to Amsterdam which also carries belly-hold cargo. The total cargo capacity to Amsterdam presently is around 370 tonnes a week, transported both on passenger planes and freighters. With the addition of the two freighter flights a week, the tonnage is expected to increase from 370 to roughly 570 tonnes a week.”
Meanwhile, MAS has described as “premature’’ speculation it is selling its A380s and freighters as it attempts to repair its ravaged balance sheet. MAS’ comments follow a report by US-based Leeham News that the carrier was offering for sale or l
ease all six of its A380s and four B777-200ERs along with its freighter fleet of two B747-400Fs and four A330-200Fs as it seeks to restructure.