China Southern rapidly grows to a dozen B777Fs

China Southern Cargo – a member of the SkyTeam Cargo alliance – has added two new B777 Freighters to its fleet on 27 June and by end-July will welcome its 12th B777-200F giving it the largest fleet of that type in China and tied with Emirates SkyCargo as the largest B777-200F fleet in the world. With this new hardware the carrier will begin new services to the US and Europe. By B. Collamat.

The new freighters will be put into operation in early July on the routes from China to the US and Europe, the carrier said in a statement.

The US route will see Guangzhou- Los Angeles served four times per week, while the Europe route will see Guangzhou-Paris-Vienna increased to three times weekly. The upscaling of that route comes very quickly on the heals of its inauguration on 21 June. A day earlier on 20 June the carrier had also launched a new Guangzhou-London (Stansted)- Frankfurt route, also relying on B777F equipment.

With the new London and Paris freighter destinations, the number of maindeck destinations of China Southern Cargo in Europe total five, including Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Vienna. With this newly added freighter capacity plus belly capacity on passenger flights, China Southern will be able to offer nearly 1,200 tonnes of cargo capacity from Guangzhou to Europe on a weekly basis – more once the increase in frequency on the Guangzhou-Paris-Vienna route is factored in.

Through cooperation with ground handling agencies, truck companies, and airlines partners, China Southern has built up a distribution network centered around the five destinations.

This has enabled the carrier to transfer cargo to more than 100 cities around Europe, offering ‘same-day’ and ‘second-day’ delivery service. At the same time, value added services such as BUP delivery, full truck delivery, DG and temperature controlled transportation can be offered, the carrier said.