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The Week in brief

By Hpanchal on September 2, 2011
  • Lao Airlines has purchased two A320s, marking the first time the flag carrier of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has partnered with Airbus. Lao Airlines will utilize the aircraft on flights linking Vientiane to Southeast Asia, including Singapore and Bangkok.
  • Emirates SkyCargo has acquired its third Boeing 777 freighter to be utilized on its thrice-weekly freight route between Brazil’s Viracopos-Campinas International Airport and São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. The aircraft also fits Emirates’ specifications, considering the carrier’s cargo team collaborated with Boeing to develop it.
  • Global Aviation Holdings subsidiary World Airways has inked a deal with Asiana Airways to fly one Boeing 747-400 on its behalf on a full-time basis. World Airways will operate the 747-400 on Asiana’s routes from its Incheon International Airport hub to the U.S. West Coast. It’s an agreement World Airways Chief Commercial Officer Brian Bauer endorses wholeheartedly. “World Airways welcomes the opportunity to fly for Asiana and build on the close cooperation we have shared for more than 10 years,” he said in a statement. “Our Boeing 747-400 freighter fleet is well suited to support Asiana’s impressive cargo network growth.”
  • British Airways has transported humanitarian supplies to the famine-stricken Horn of Africa, where more than 500,000 people are at direct risk of starvation. The Boeing 747 freighter carried aid from both Oxfam and UNICEF, including 5,000 meters of pipe to supply water to Ethiopia’s Dolo Ado refugee camp and emergency food and medical supplies.
  • FedEx Freight has expanded its reach in North America by opening new centers in Toluca, Puebla and Veracruz, Mexico. Representatives for the less-than-truckload (LTL) company say these additional facilities have enabled it to slash transit times in half for shipments to Mexico’s southeast region. FedEx Freight also attributes this success to its partnership with Auto Lineas America and access to 15 service centers.
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