Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Freight Forwarding Client Helps Prompt New Scheduled Air Cargo Service

Munich Joins Regular Destination List for Europe's Only All Cargo Air Carrier
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LUXEMBOURG- US – GERMANY – Yesterday saw all freight airline Cargolux, commence a new, regular air cargo service between Atlanta and Munich via Luxembourg. Commencing on the eve of the Air Cargo Munich Exhibition and Conference, the latest addition to Cargolux’s expanding network of worldwide destinations will be served every Monday with a Boeing 747-400 Freighter prompted to some extent by the requirements of a German freight forwarding client.

While Cargolux has previously flown a number of charter flights from the Bavarian capital, this is the airline’s first regular airfreight service to and from Munich. Until now, the airline has relied on its trucking services to transport freight between its Luxembourg hub and Munich and earmarked for farther connections within its worldwide network. The main import customer for the new Cargolux service is the German freight forwarder Senator International Spedition GmbH, whose CEO, Tim-Oliver Kirschbaum, commented:

“Cargolux is a trusted and reliable partner who supports us in delivering first class global logistics services to our own customers. The Cargolux network offers us a wide array of options to accommodate with this weekly operation.”

The Munich airport administration is looking forward to finally have Cargolux on line. The airport has recently started a push to expand its air cargo activities and attract more all-cargo operators. In 2012, the Munich airport handled around 290,000 tonnes of airfreight and mail and Dr. Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, sees the new cargo service as yet another affirmation of the importance of Munich as an airfreight centre, saying:

“Every day, goods originating in Bavaria, other parts of southern Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe and Northern Italy are flown from our airport to destinations all over the world. We're looking forward to working together in the coming years with companies like Cargolux on the continuing development of Munich Airport as a cargo hub.”

Richard Forson, the Cargolux Interim President and CEO, said that the regular Munich service would give the company opportunities to consolidate general cargo intended for other areas in the Cargolux network with most import tonnage on the route emanating from The US and Asia.