Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another US Destination For Italian All Cargo Air Freight Carrier

Cargoitalia Adds Atlanta to its Schedule
Shipping News Feature

ITALY – US – Cargo only freight airline Cargoitalia has extended its services to the USA and will commence MD11 freighter services from Milan to Atlanta on February 2nd, providing the only through main deck cargo link between the two cities. The new service will be twice weekly from Milan using the company’s 90-tonne capacity MD11 freighters, arriving Monday and Thursday. Both services will operate via New York JFK, while return flights will route direct from Atlanta to Milan.

Cargoitalia’s new Atlanta-Milan services will be marketed by Heavyweight Air Express, which represents the airline throughout the USA. Heavyweight previously sold the airline’s capacity in the Atlanta area using road feeder services to connect to its flights from Chicago. Heavyweight will also use the new flights to market Cargoitalia’s Dubai and Sharjah services via its Milan hub.

Cargoitalia Commercial Director Roberto Gilardoni was delighted to announce the addition to the company’s established services saying:

“Atlanta is one of the most important air cargo gateways in the USA, and therefore a must-have city in our growing network. The new Atlanta services open up the important Texas market with its oil-related industry, along with the rest of the Southern states. We also now have the ability to serve Miami overnight, which in turn creates potential for interline agreements with carriers serving central and South America.”

Cargoitalia introduced their New York service in 2009 and after its successful addition to the schedule last year the Chicago service will now receive its first upgrade to direct services from Milan on Thursdays (replacing the previous routing via New York), with a continuation of flights via New York on Saturdays. New York continues with twice-weekly direct services from Milan, on Wednesday and Sunday. The Mayor of the City of Atlanta felt compelled to comment on the new route saying:

“Our freight forwarders have been asking for more airlift capacity to Europe. Cargoitalia is a world-class, all-cargo airline that meets this need, and I am confident it will serve our customers well in the years to come. Air cargo has a huge economic impact on Atlanta and the metropolitan area, and I am committed to growing this vital business sector.”

In addition to the ad hoc freight charters which Cargoitalia offers the airline is considering the addition of a third frequency from Milan to Shanghai subject to market conditions.