AirBridgeCargo Airlines has launched thrice-weekly freight service to Chengdu International Airport. The route, which is performed by a Boeing 747-400 freighter, connects the capitol of the Sichuan province to major European destinations, including Moscow and Amsterdam.
AirBridgeCargo already has a routing through Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport and Moscow Domodedovo Airport on route to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Adding Chengdu to the schedule will help address Western China’s “thriving” high-tech industry, according to a press release.
“The direct delivery of high-end products from Europe will also help to satisfy Chengdu’s fast-developing consumer market,” the press release continued. AirBridgeCargo officials also anticipate that this route will increase the carrier’s access to inland China, which is developing at a considerable rate.
Credit this industrialization to China’s “Go West” campaign. Launched in 2000, this program sought to attract foreign investment and industrialize the nation’s underdeveloped western region. The rise of Chengdu and Chongqing has been attributed to the initiative, with both cities emerging as electronics and IT hotspots.
In July, UPS gave the region another boost with the launch of express service to Chengdu. With foreign trade in this city surging to $32.78 billion in 2010 — a 36-percent hike from 2009 — UPS International President Dan Brutto said the decision to address Chengdu’s growth was an easy one.
“China’s ‘Go West’ program is making it very attractive for companies to move production facilities to inland cities like Chengdu, and we believe the area is poised for accelerated growth in express shipping,” Brutto stated.