Saturday, October 19, 2013

New Air Cargo Agent Appointed as Carrier Extends Freight Interests

Overseas GSSA Selected for National Airline
Shipping News Feature

TURKEY – SAUDI ARABIA – Following the recent appointment of Heavyweight Air Express FZCO as the cargo management company for nasair, the Saudi Arabian national carrier, Heavyweight has in turn now appointed leading Turkish cargo general sales and support agency (GSSA) Kargosistem, as its sub-GSSA to represent nasair’s flights from Turkey. Since its launch in the Kingdom in 2007 nasair has transported more than 12 million passengers on over 110,000 flights to date and, as with other carriers, offers freight services using the belly holds of it twenty five strong fleet.

Currently nasair flies twice weekly from Istanbul to Jeddah, and daily to Riyadh (from Istanbul on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; on other days from Adana), using A320 aircraft. From its twin hubs of Jeddah and Riyadh, nasair operates over 950 flights per week to and from 88 domestic and international destinations throughout the Middle East. Kargosistem Chairman Demir Ozerman, commented:

“We are delighted to work with our long-standing strategic partners Heavyweight in promoting this exciting young carrier. Initially we plan to concentrate on the nasair services to Jeddah and Riyadh. Once these are established in the Turkish cargo market, we will turn our attention to transhipment opportunities throughout nasair’s growing network.

“Particularly interesting are the services to Dubai, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Amman. Although the A320 aircraft have limited capacity and are bulk-loaded, we see good potential for commodities such as textiles, leather products, small furniture and household goods.”

The current nasair fleet of B747, A320, and Embraer 190/195 aircraft is one of the regions youngest and the company has a further twenty one on order. Established in 1996, Kargosistem operates from its office in Istanbul and represents Aerosurlog (CSA), Air Transat, AV Airlines, Coyne Airways, DHL Aviation, Kenya Airways and Olympic Air; the group also acts as Turkish sub-GSA for eleven other offline carriers. In May 2013, it was named 'GSSA of the Year' in the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year awards.