Sunday, November 23, 2014

Air Freight Service Takes Off at Speed for All Cargo Airline

10,000 Tonnes Recorded in a Mere Five Months
Shipping News Feature

LUXEMBOURG – CHINA – New air freight ventures can be somewhat speculative by their very nature but all cargo airline Cargolux seems to have got it right with its decision to commence a service from its Findel, Luxembourg hub to and from Zhengzhou. Barely five months after the start-up of air freight services between the two Cargolux celebrated the first 10,000 tonnes of good carried on the route.

Cargolux inaugurated flights to the Xinzheng International Airport, Zhengzhou in June 2014 and currently operates four weekly services. The fifth weekly flight will be introduced on 25 November. The company says the route has shown very positive developments and Cargolux plans to implement additional frequencies by the end of 2014 and the airline intends to eventually grow this route to operate multiple daily services.

IATA statics show that Zhengzhou’s Xinzheng International Airport, CGO, is the fastest growing cargo airport worldwide while Luxembourg is the fastest growing cargo airport in Europe. With a population of 1.4 billion, China has become the world’s second largest economy after the United States and is expected to become the largest economy in the world by 2024. Dirk Reich, Cargolux President & CEO commented:

“Today’s flight is a major milestone for Cargolux and our shareholder HNCA. We are proud to have reached this goal so fast and are happy to see the fulfilment of our vision for a fruitful cooperation with our Chinese partners. I also want to thank the Luxembourg government and the government of the Henan Province for their support and long-term commitment.”

The flight carrying the 10,000th tonne was celebrated by a ceremony attended, amongst others, by François Bausch, Luxembourg’s Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure. Also present was Paul Helminger, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cargolux who accompanied Dirk Reich on the company’s latest 747-8 freighter, named ‘City of Zhengzhou’ for the occasion.

Photo: Cargolux recently shipped its largest ever piece from Switzerland, this 48 tonne rotor destined to equip a generator in South Korea.