Thursday, May 12, 2011

Panalpina Adds Second China to Alabama Air Freight Flight to Dragon Wings

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USA / CHINA - Forwarding and logistics group Panalpina has strengthened its own controlled air freight network with the addition of a second direct weekly cargo flight between Huntsville, Alabama and Hong Kong, the ‘Dragon Wings’ service.

Panalpina states that the addition also further strengthens their Brazilian Wings express service which offers an airport-to-airport transit time of 30 hours from Hong Kong via Huntsville to São Paulo in Brazil.

“The exclusive routing of a second flight from Hong Kong with a turnaround from Huntsville back to Hong Kong offers increased flexibility, reduced transport time and guaranteed delivery on the transpacific lane,” explains Matthias Frey, Head of Panalpina’s Own Controlled Network.

In common with its other air freight offerings, Panalpina will be utilising a Boeing 747-400F from Atlas Air, with whom Panalpina has enjoyed a good relationship for twenty years.

William J. Flynn, President and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide, said: “We are delighted that Panalpina has added another leg to its own controlled network. We are proud to deliver operational excellence and infrastructure and support Panalpina in delivering new solutions and value to its customers.”

Frey added: “Using the Boeing 747-400F for this route enables a strong focus on temperature sensitive cargo and pharmaceuticals transport. Coupled with Panalpina’s trusted road feeder service network, we can offer customers stable, own controlled air freight capacity linking Hong Kong with North America and Brazil directly”.

Panalpina’s own controlled air freight network in the U.S., provides flights regularly connecting Luxembourg, Dubai, South Africa, Hong Kong, North America and Latin America.