Thursday, July 21, 2011

AirBridgeCargo and Garuda Recognise Freight Cargo Agents

New Contracts and Awards for Handler and GSA
Shipping News Feature

FRANKFURT / UAE – Russian freight airline AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has extended its agreement with Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) for cargo handling at Frankfurt/Main Airport until 2016. ABC has also increased the length of its ground handling operations contract with Fraport Ground Services to 2016.

Ludwig Hamburger, Regional Director Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, said:

“The professional cooperation of the last three years showed us that we have found reliable partners in Fraport Cargo Services as well as in Fraport Ground Services. Above all, due to the exceptional commitment of their employees, we can ensure a high quality of service and successfully fulfil the high level standards of our airline. Now we have extended the agreements by five years and we are looking forward to continuing our cooperation.”

AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of the Volga-Dnepr group of companies which specialize in charter and scheduled air freight services, connects Frankfurt/Main 15 times a week with Moscow. Connecting flights are offered from its hubs at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports to destinations including Almaty, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. 

In addition to the ABC announcement Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, presented their UAE General Sales Agent (GSA), Air Cargo Trader (ACT), with a token of appreciation in recognition of their beneficial partnership in the country at a recent ceremony.

Garuda Indonesia’s Dubai Station Manager, Taufik Hidayat, presented the token to ACT, represented by Sales Manager, Blesy George.

“We are pleased with the solid relationship that we share with ACT, which has helped us gain a strong presence in the UAE,” stated Taufik.

Garuda Indonesia also credits the representation of ACT for the success of Garuda Indonesia’s first year in the UAE, which was marked in June this year.

“ACT has high credibility and extensive experience in the UAE,” stated Taufik.

“These, coupled with Garuda Indonesia’s market leverage, have helped us successfully meet our first year goals,” he added.

During their first year in partnership, Garuda Indonesia and ACT charted daily freight cargo capacity of 12 tons.

Garuda Indonesia offers daily west-bound transit to Amsterdam from Dubai via an Airbus A330 and distribution of European traffic via trucking arrangements from Amsterdam. East-bound cargo is carried from Amsterdam to Jakarta via Dubai, connecting into the Far eastern network of Garuda, including international destinations such as Australia, Japan, and China, as well as domestic cities in Indonesia.

Commenting on the token presented by Garuda Indonesia, Blesy said:

“We thank Garuda Indonesia for recognizing the success of our partnership. This is just the beginning. We can surely expect greater success in the future.”

(pic: Air Cargo Trader’s Sales Manager, Blesy George, accepts the token of appreciation from Garuda Indonesia’s Dubai Station Manager, Taufik Hidayat.)