Jade aims to turn Chengdu into key cargo hub

In early December Jade Cargo inked a strategic cooperation agreement with the Chengdu Municipal Government to help turn the province into an important aviation hub for Central and Western China. The airline plans to adopt a three-prong strategy to make Chengdu Shuangliu Airport a spring-board into Europe. Wong Joon San reports from Chengdu.

After carrying out an in-depth and thorough analysis of feedback obtained from freight forwarders and watching what others were doing, Jade Cargo decided that Chengdu, the capital and largest city in Sichuan province, offered the best location to build a central China hub to serve theEuropean market.

In line with this strategy, Jade Cargo launched a new cargo service from Amsterdam via Vienna to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport carrying a nearly full load on 1 December 2009. The twice a week service will be increased to three times a week in January, 2010.

Utilising a B747-400ERF freighter for the service, the aircraft has a payload of between 112-115 tonnes, with a maximum of 127 tonnes and will be carrying mostly general cargo such as high tech products, machinery from 20 tonnes, and garments, according to Jade Cargo CEO, Kay Kratky in an interview with Payload Asia after the signing ceremony with the Chengdu Municipal Government.

Agreement details
“Our agreement with the Chengdu Municipal Government is based on partnership and professionalism,” Kratky says, adding that Jade Cargo’s strategic plan is three fold: To continue to develop Chengdu and the Jade Cargo network one step at a time; to develop a dedicated cargo facility; and to bring Jade Cargo’s expertise and competency achieved in Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen to help Chengdu to become Central China’s aviation hub supported by a logistics interface.