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Cathay boosts Indian freighter coverage 3

Forwarder launches

door-to-door offering

Brokers work to secure customer loyalty


HONG KONG-based Cathay Pacific Airways is to further expand its presence in India with the launch of a new twice-weekly freighter service to Hyderabad on 17 May. The new link will make Cathay the

first airline to offer an air cargo service linking India’s fourth-most populous

city through its Hong Kong hub with East and North Asia. In addition, the carrier will com-

mence a third weekly freighter flight to Bengaluru on the same date, in order to meet high demand for capac- ity to and from India’s leading infor- mation technology hub.

8 Eastern European

market gains strength


New York works to keep up to speed

A statement from the carrier said

the launch of the new Hyderabad service and the added frequency to Bengaluru will give shippers more choice and flexibility for connecting to the airline’s international cargo net- work through the Hong Kong hub. Cathay Pacific director cargo Nick

Rhodes said: “India is an increasingly important market for our cargo busi- ness. Hyderabad is one of the major hubs for the manufacturing of phar- maceuticals in India, accounting for around one-third of the country’s pre- scription drug production, so we ex- pect a strong demand for our specialised Pharma LIFT products and services. “For Bengaluru, we have been see-

ing increasing demand since we launched our freighter service last Au- gust and we believe the time is right for an additional flight each week.” The Hyderabad service will route

Qantas launches Chongqing and Chicago all-cargo connection

QANTAS FREIGHT has launched a scheduled weekly freighter service linking Sydney with the Chinese man- ufacturing hub of Chongqing. The freighter then continues via

Shanghai to Chicago before returning to Sydney. The new connection represents a

further boost to the carrier’s Asian footprint, says Qantas Freight Enter- prises executive manager Lisa Brock. “Qantas Freight Enterprises has the

flexibility through its integrated net- work of Qantas, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia and freighter services to respond to the needs of its customers and changing

manufacturing trends in the region,” she said. “This new service also strengthens

Qantas Freight Enterprises’ freighter programme by improving aircraft utilisation and adding network reach across mainland China,” Brock added.

Hong Kong - Delhi - Bengaluru - Hyderabad - Hong Kong every Thursday, and on a Hong Kong - Chennai - Hyderabad - Hong Kong routeing on Sundays. The third weekly flight to Ben-

galuru will operate via Mumbai on Saturdays, in addition to the current flights every Monday and Thursday. “The launch of these new flights

will reinforce Cathay Pacific’s posi- tion as one of the biggest air freight

operators in India,” Rhodes added. The schedule enhancements will

see Cathay Pacific Cargo operating 19 freighter flights a week to five major commercial cities in India: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru

and Hyderabad. n Cathay Pacific carried 144,140 tonnes of cargo in March, a drop of 10.7 percent on the same month last year. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne-km, fell 2.9 percent.

Swissport: mobile track-and-trace option

SWISSPORT International claims to be the first globally independent air freight han- dler to have begun offering an advanced track-and-trace service for its cargo part- ners via their mobile phones. Swissport’s Freightfinder track-and-

trace function has long been available via the main Internet browsers, but it is now accessible via smartphone and tablet. John Batten, executive vice president of

global cargo at Swissport, comments: “This kind of technology is otherwise only available to one or two of the leading major global airlines.” He added: “This is a really useful innova-

tion that is giving us a nice competitive advantage, demonstrating the value of our ability as a large, well-backed organisation to invest in innovation and new technology and lead the field in profession- alising the air cargo handling sector.”

Batten: “giving us a nice competitive advantage”


23 April 2012

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