Thursday, February 27, 2014

Launch Air Freight Customer for Heathrow’s New Cargo Handling Centre Announced

Flag Carrier to Move Operations After Seventeen Years
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UK – Air New Zealand Cargo has become the launch customer for dnata’s purpose-built cargo logistics centre at London’s Heathrow airport. The New Zealand flag carrier has moved into Unit Three of the new dnata City facility after seventeen years at its previous freight handling unit. Established in 1959, dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers, offering ground and cargo handling and other aviation related services.

With an average of 1400 tonnes throughput a month, dnata will provide two dedicated shift managers who will monitor Air New Zealand’s cargo products 24/7. In addition to its new airfreight warehouse, transportation and yard for airside operations, the carrier will also have access to dnata City’s purpose-built pets reception centre. Announcing the move Finlay McArthur, Regional Cargo Manager UK & Europe, commented:

“Being the launch customer for this state of the art facility shows we are really moving with the times. We have exceptional standards of customer service and we are confident that being handled through this new logistics centre will enable us to better serve our customers here at Heathrow.”

With the acquisition of the UK’s Plane Handling operation, which provided cargo handling at both Heathrow and Manchester airports, plus taking over Aviance’s services at Terminals 3 and 4 in Heathrow just three years ago, dnata established itself quickly, at Heathrow turning round 19,000 aircraft and handling over 320,000 tonnes of cargo each year and dnata’s Business Development Director – Cargo, Mohammed Akhlaq, observed:

“It’s great for us to have Air New Zealand one of our long standing partners as a launch carrier for the much anticipated opening of our dnata City development at London Heathrow. At dnata City we are keen to work with Air New Zealand to improve the speed, quality and efficiency for its customers through our investment in new facilities and technologies.”

Photo: Messrs McArthur and Akhlaq celebrate the agreement.