Officials from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. announced that Hactl SuperTerminal 1 will transition to a new airfreight management system in December. This modernization is a key part of Hactl’s HK$240million initiative to renovate its freight-handling facilities.
COSAC-Plus, which will replace the technology Hactl has utilized for the past 17 years, will expedite Customs’ clearance and facilitate improved integration with airlines’ systems. It will also offer better cargo-tracking features than its predecessors, COSAC and COSAC2, a Hactl spokesman said.
HACTL solutions’ director, Tan Chee Hong, concurs. “The original COSAC was a groundbreaking system, which took Hactl to the forefront of its industry in 1976, and began a tradition of innovation that continues to this day,” he said in a statement. “COSAC-Plus builds on the impressive functions and abilities of its two predecessors, and presents a greatly enhanced system in a modern, user-friendly format that will make users much more productive.”
COSAC2, which was deployed at Hactl in 1994, brought new innovations to the field by providing forwarders and government officials with web-based connections and enabling electronic Customs clearance. The system was then upgraded four years later to accommodate operations at Hactl’s Chek Lap Kok SuperTerminal 1.
COSAC-Plus brings even more modernization by including an open architecture, multilinguality and personalization, the Hactl spokesman said. The third-generation system also features a full web interface and online help, he revealed.
It’s all about streamlining operations and improving the customer experience, Hactl Managing Director Mark Whitehead explained. “Although the current system remains fully viable, and continues to place us ahead of many companies in our business, the new features of COSAC-Plus, its added flexibility and the vastly improved user experience will make this a worthy successor,” he stated.
Hactl also got a big boost on October 16 with the welcoming of the inaugural Boeing 747-8F commercial flight into Hong Kong. Boeing’s launch customer Cargolux flew the 134-tonne-payload aircraft into Hong Kong from its Luxembourg hub before routing through Baku, Azerbaijan and Budapest. It’s a route that will be performed four times a week, a Hactl spokesman said.
Hactl Executive Director Lilian Chan believes this service will tremendously boost the airfreight terminal’s operations. “It’s a great honor to be the first handling agent outside Cargolux’s Luxembourg base to turn round this exciting new aircraft,” she said in a statement. “Its extra capacity is very noticeable for us as handlers.”
“We congratulate Cargolux on yet another first in their distinguished history, and wish them every success with the launch of their enhanced services to and from Hong Kong,” Chan continued.