Air Charter Service has moved into larger premises in Beijing to enable the next step in its plans for expansion as the Chinese market continues to grow.
The new office is in the heart of the business district and will double the size of its previous premises.
ACS China managing director, Wanny Wu says: “This is an exciting time for the Chinese aviation industry, with the government’s plans to increase the number of airports from 220 to 260 by the end of 2020. When you think that the US has more than 5,000 airports and airfields, there is still a long way to go, but we are heading in the right direction.”
Private jets are proving more and more popular, with Wu saying: “Ten years ago it was still a novelty for people to use a business jet, but today it’s really starting to become a part of everyday life for hundreds of people. It’s also much easier to operate an aircraft in China today than it was ten years ago due, in part, to the gradual liberalisation of airspace.”
She adds: “There are more than one million millionaires in China, so our potential customer base is huge and will increase as people continue to learn of the benefits of private aviation.”
Air cargo is also booming, with Wu saying: “Our cargo operation has also gone from strength to strength – we doubled the size of our cargo team and saw triple-digit growth in charter numbers last year.
“We have ambitious expansion plans in China and in this new office we now have the space to triple the team size in the coming years.”
Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to London’s Gatwick Airport has touched down, making it the airline’s sixth gateway into the UK and the second one for London.
The double daily service is operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and for the summer, Qatar Airways will operate 95 flights to the UK a week, with six a day to London Heathrow, 16 a week to Gatwick and Manchester, daily flights to Cardiff and Edinburgh and seven a week to Birmingham.
The first flight, QR327 departs Doha at 08.30h and arrives in London at 13.30h, with the second service, QR329 leaving Doha at 02.10h and landing at 07.10h.
Between 15 June and 29 September there will be additional flights on Fridays and Saturdays, with QR331 departing Doha at 15.00h and arriving in London at 20.00h.
Flight QR328 will leave Gatwick at 15.25h, arriving in Doha at 00.05h, followed by flight number QR330 at 09.00h, which arrives at 17.40h.
They will be joined by QR332 departing at 21.30h and arriving at 06.10h on Fridays and Saturdays between 15 June and 29 September.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker says: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding its reach in both London and throughout the U.K. Earlier this month, we launched direct flights to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, clearly demonstrating our continued commitment to this market.
“We are very proud of our strong and extensive trade ties with the U.K. and look forward to offering our loyal passengers the chance to explore the newest and most exciting destinations within our global network.”
Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate adds: “This new route strengthens Gatwick’s growing long-haul network, which has more than 60 routes and we hope to grow it further still in coming months.”
‘Connect differently’ is the motto of Budapest, Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports as they present their cooperation at the Air Cargo China trade fair in Shanghai.
The three airports who form AviAlliance will present their common features and characteristics of their logistics hubs in a joint presentation at booth 521 in Hall N1 on 16 May.
The aim of the joint presence is to present the benefits of the three non-hub airports to the specialist public as a bundled package, following cooperation at the Air Cargo Europe exhibition in Munich in May 2017.
Hamburg Airport head of cargo, Alexander Muller says cargo does not have to be processed at major hubs, as smaller airports have benefits they can offer.
He says: “With efficient operational processes, a direct connection to the apron, and a multi-user concept, our Hamburg Airport Cargo Center, which opened in 2016, is ideally suited to provide efficient, tailored logistics solutions.
“In total, the HACC has capacity for around 150,000 tonnes of freight per year — more than double the volume handled in 2017. In cooperation with Düsseldorf and Budapest airports, our position is optimal.”
Budapest Airport director of cargo and property, Rene Droese says the Hungarian airport believes it is the best distribution point in Central and Eastern Europe, and its partnership with Dusseldorf and Hamburg will strengthen its position.
He says: “The air cargo relevant industrial output is booming in our region, including export and import cargo for the automotive, electronics, and pharmaceutical industries and the very important e-commerce market.
“Our cargo traffic increased by 39 per cent in two years at Budapest, our plan is to attract more freighter and belly cargo routes to our airport, and to hand over the brand new Cargo City in 2019 to provide an ideal environment for further cargo growth.”
Dusseldorf Airport Cargo managing director, Gerton Hulsman adds that due to Dusseldorf’s location with 18 million inhabitants and numerous pharmaceutical companies within a 100 kilometre radius, it was essential to undergo the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in Pharmaceutical Logistics programme.
He says: “It was clear that Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH officially became Germany’s first CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) certified company in order to guarantee a flawless cool chain for pharmaceutical products.
“Together with Budapest and Hamburg Airport we are looking forward to expand our networks, to arrange new cooperations and to present our CEIV certificate at the Air Cargo China in Shanghai.”
AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Shanghai Pudong Air Cargo Terminals (PACTL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the time and temperature sensitive shipment sectors.
The agreement will serve as a commitment to develop, expand and promote business cooperation in this area, and follows on from the strategic cooperation agreement signed by ABC and Shanghai Airport Authority in September 2017.
Both companies are IATA CEIV certified and the MoU focuses on enhancing operations for pharmaceutical shipment by optimising internal procedures, strengthening personnel skills, and leveraging IT technology to deliver the best customer experience and support patients around the world.
ABC general director, Sergey Lazarev says: “The pharmaceutical sector sets the high level of expectations for all supply chain stakeholders. Understanding the need for high-end services our customers expect us to provide, we work with forward-thinking and trustworthy partners.
“We are proud to have PACTL among our strategic partners, sharing the same values and business prospects towards the development of the pharmaceutical sector.”
PACTL vice president, Christian Haug adds: “Now it’s the right time to collaborate with AirBridgeCargo. PACTL’s IATA CEIV has been granted since the very beginning of 2016 and the PACTL Cool Center is the newest contribution to cool chain infrastructure for all temperature sensitive goods in PVG. The facility is about 3500m2 and with the capacity to handle 100,000 tons annually.
“Meanwhile, PACTL provides integrated, qualified, and reliable cool centre solutions, and advocate to eco-friendly concepts to improve the customer values. There’s no doubt that PACTL will assist AirBridgeCargo to coordinate with all parties for TTSP shipment handling and storage.”
Qatar Airways Cargo and Expo Freight Logistics have signed an agreement for weekly scheduled charter services flying a Boeing 777 Freighter between Dhaka and New York loaded with garments.
Through the QR Charter service, Qatar Airways commenced services with more than 100 tonnes of cargo capacity on 13 May and will continue for a period of one year.
The majority of apparel exports out of Dhaka consist of sportswear, lingerie, loungewear, bridal wear, workwear, swimwear and children’s clothes and will be transported to New York for retailers in the USA.
Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Guillaume Halleux says: “We are proud of our partnership with EFL and appreciate this long-term relationship, which demonstrates the trust placed by EFL in our services.
“Our expertise in freight charters enables us to customise our connectivity and services for our customers to most of the airports in the world. Utilising our renowned QR Charter service, we are able to offer tailor-made cargo solutions to our business partners.”
EFL founder and chairman, Hanif Yusoof adds: “We are pleased to announce this new service from Dhaka for our USA customers. Bangladesh has been a very attractive sourcing market for retailers and the development of better and faster supply chain solutions will further strengthen its reputation in the region.
“I would like to thank the team at Qatar Airways Cargo for their continued support and we look forward to developing more customised solutions for our key customers.”
Bangladesh is the second largest export of readymade garments and it is the country’s largest source of export earnings.