Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cargoitalia Adds Dubai And Chicago To Air Freight Routes

Resurrected Cargo Airline Continues to Expand Destination
Shipping News Feature

ITALY - Following the successful start to its scheduled operations in September 2009, Cargoitalia is adding two new freight destinations to its network. From January 16th, the airline commences a bi-weekly service to Dubai. This new stop on Cargoitalia’s Wednesday and Saturday service to Hong Kong replaces the outbound technical stop in Almaty, which is retained on inbound flights.

The Dubai service will carry cargo from Milan, and will also provide a through connection for traffic from Cargoitalia’s North American stations.

From the 21st January, Cargoitalia will also add Chicago to its Thursday trans-Atlantic service, now operating Milan – New York – Chicago – Milan; Chicago replaces the original Toronto stop. The Sunday trans-Atlantic service will continue to operate Milan – New York – Toronto – Milan.

Says Commercial Director Roberto Gilardoni: “These new destinations are designed to create more revenue opportunities from our existing operations, and to test demand.

“Subject to support for the revised services, and because our operations have now bedded in so well, we are considering stepping up trans-Atlantic operations with the addition of a Sunday service routing Milan – New York-Chicago –– Milan, plus a third weekly departure to Hong Kong.”

The new Cargoitalia is the result of amalgamating the original Cargoitalia (which suspended operations in 2008) with some of the assets of the Alitalia full cargo business, in April 2009.

In May 2009, the airline took delivery of its first MD11 freighter. In July it received its AOC, in August it took delivery of a second MD11F and commenced ad hoc charter operations, and in September started scheduled operations to Hong Kong, followed by New York and Toronto.

Cargoitalia is also scheduled to take on an additional MD11F aircraft for June 2010; this is likely to be deployed on services to and from Shanghai.

(pic: Roberto Gilardoni)