Singapore Airlines Cargo and China Cargo Airlines have inked a deal to begin operating joint freighters services between Singapore Changi Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport on June 26. The amalgamation of services comes 18 months after SIA Cargo purchased a 16-percent stake in the Chinese freight carrier.
“We have anticipated a greater partnership with China Cargo Airlines since we signed the joint venture agreement in 2010,” SIA Cargo President Tan Kai Ping said in a statement. “The new joint service agreement provides more flexibility and better services to customers as it provides more choices of flights for air cargo shipments between Singapore and China.”
Zhu Yimin, president of China Cargo Airlines, agreed, stating that the joint services will enable SIA Cargo and China Cargo Airlines to “tap into each other’s networks” via their respective hubs in Singapore and Shanghai. For SIA Cargo, this means better connectivity to domestic China, he said, while China Cargo Airlines will benefit from better access to Africa, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East via SIA Cargo’s routings.
Yimin said this will then “provide a more comprehensive and extensive network for customers of both airlines.”
The launch of joint services isn’t the only initiative undertaken by SIA Cargo and China Cargo Airlines, however. The carriers are also looking to improve transshipment times in Shanghai and Singapore via more integrated ground-handling services, and to enhance system integration, according to a press release.