ChinaReview Cathay takes e-AWB beyond home base
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific introduced electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) in Singa- pore and Malaysia on 2 April, as part of its efforts to improve efficiency and operate in a more environmentally friendly way. The airline had already
switched to e-AWBs in its home market on 1 January 2011, and Cathay Pacific direc- tor cargo Nick Rhodes pointed out that the carrier is the first airline to implement e-AWBs at locations outside its home base. He remarked: “The e-AWB
extend these benefits to cus- tomers in Singapore and Malaysia.” Cathay Pacific is working
Rhodes highlights “improved operational efficiency”
programme has brought improved opera- tional efficiency and accuracy for the air freight industry in Hong Kong and we are delighted to
with Global Logistic System HK to implement the e-AWB across the carrier’s entire net- work by 2014, in line with the goal set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that is leading the drive for paperless air freight. nA new freighter connection between Hong Kong and Zhengzhou on the Chinese mainland was launched on 28 March when Cathay Pacific began twice-weekly flights,
operating B747-400F equipment, on a Hong Kong - Shanghai - Zhengzhou - Hong Kong routeing.
ICCS enhances regional logistics co-operation
Freight handler International Cargo Centre Shenzhen (ICCS) welcomed over 20 guests from the logistics industry in Hong Kong and Macau on 23 March. The delegation visited ICCS as part of the
‘1st Shenzhen airport customs affairs and busi- ness study tour of Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Region’ jointly hosted by Shen- zhen Aviation Transportation Association and Tradelink Co Ltd. The purpose of the tour was to further
understanding of the development and current situation of Shenzhen airport, and to explain
the logistics-related policies and regulations of the mainland so as to strengthen co-operation within the Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau logistics industry. Later that same month, ICCS played host to
a group of students majoring in logistics and transportation industries. As the only joint-venture airport cargo centre
in southern China, ICCS currently provides handling services for 16 airlines including UPS, Uni Air, FedEx, Korean Air and China Airlines. The handler processed 5,785 tons of air freight in March, down by 20.8 percent year-on-year.
Beijing-headquartered carrier Air China transported 96,627 tonnes of cargo in March, repre- senting a decline of 8.1 percent over the same month of last year. The carrier said that its cargo
load factor dropped by 2.1 per- centage points to 58.8 percent for the month. Meanwhile Air China’s cargo capacity also decreased during the period, to a total of 615.8 million available freight tonne-km. Following on from an encouraging February
in which traffic, capacity and the load factor had all risen year-on-year, the March results seem to be more in line with the “significant downturn in air cargo traffic” that Air China experienced last year.
The carrier reported 4.4 billion revenue
freight tonne-km for 2011, down by 2.5 per- cent year-on-year. The yield for last year also dropped, by 3.5
percent – but capacity was up by 2 percent com- pared to 2010.
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SHANGHAI AIRPORT Authority, Shanghai Inter- national Airport Co, Air China and Cathay Pacific have entered into a joint venture to establish a ground handling company in Shanghai known as Shanghai International Airport Services Co.
BEIJING CAPITAL International Airport recorded a total of 88,230 aircraft movements in January and February, a rise of 5.9 percent year-on-year.
AIR MACAU has doubled the frequency of its Tokyo flights from two to four times a week for the summer schedule. The service will go daily
from 3 July. Also this summer, Air Macau has added a fourth frequency to its Taiyuan flights.
LOGISTICS WAREHOUSEand distribution centre developer Gazeley is to build its first Magna Park in China this year, as part of an agreement with the Tianjin Baodi Economic Development Area. The 600,000m2
facility is to open next summer.
IRAN’S MAHAN AIRhas increased the frequency of its A300-600 flights between Tehran and Shanghai to three a week; the new sched- ule began on 11 April.
30 April 2012
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