The Week in brief
Etihad Crystal Cargo has extended its partnership with World Airways via a multiyear contract. Under the new agreement, World Airways will provide Etihad with two MD-11 freighters for its European, Asian and African routes. To Etihad Crystal Cargo Senior Vice President Roy Kinnear, it’s a deal that will impact freight operations tremendously. “These two World Airways MD-11 freighters will help us maintain the cargo capacity we require as we sustainably grow our successful cargo business,” Kinnear said in a statement.
Swissport International announced the three-year extension of its cargo-handling contacts with TNT and Icelandair at Belgium’s Liège Airport. Patrick Minsart, general manager at Swissport Belgium, said this contract renewal speaks volumes about his company’s freight-handling capacity. “Extending our cooperation with TNT and Icelandair is confirmation and recognition of our progress in Belgium,” he said in a statement.
Damco announced that it has been awarded a contract to manage Marks & Spencer’s Mainland China hub. Richard Morgan, chief commercial officer for Damco UK and Ireland, said this new partnership will benefit both companies tremendously. “International business is a key growth area for Marks & Spencer, and this hub operation will provide them with a strong supply-chain platform to support that growth along with a competitive supply cost,” he said in a statement. Each year, Southeast Asian vendors send approximately 5 million items to Marks & Spencer stores worldwide.
Southern Air Holdings has opened an office in Cologne. Oliver Gritz, who serves as managing director, Europe, believes the new location will boost business greatly. “The opening of our new office in Germany reflects the considerable opportunities Southern Air is seeing in the country and across Western Europe,” he said in a statement. “There is considerable demand for our aircraft and service offerings and, as such, we are already engaged in dialogue with a number of exciting potential partners. We look forward to continue growing our business in this region and to a successful future.”
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