Air China Cargo has commenced Boeing 747-400 freight service to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The service, which routes through Chengdu or Chonqing and returns to Shanghai via Tianjin, is initially operating on a five-times-weekly basis, although Air China Cargo has the option for up to 10 weekly flights from Schiphol airport.
According to a press release, some of Air China Cargo’s flights to Schiphol are replacing Frankfurt Airport freight routes. The carrier was attracted to Schiphol airport’s extensive road-feeder network, which will allow Air China Cargo to expand its coverage of the European sector.
And, Europe, Air China Cargo’s Huang Bin said, has been on the carrier’s radar for a while. “This is now the third Air China Cargo freighter route serving Europe, which demonstrates our pioneering spirit in the current market recovery, and our great confidence in the prospects for the air cargo market between China and the Netherlands,” he said in a statement.
Enno Osinga, senior vice president of Schiphol Cargo, also spoke out about Air China Cargo’s new service, praising it for “strengthening Schiphol’s links with China.” In fact, he revealed, the airport now has six cargo carriers serving the Chinese market, as well as 112 weekly flights to and from China’s top 10 freight airports.
“Schiphol’s strategic location, active encouragement of logistics activity and proactive measures to facilitate efficient flow of cargo are clearly making it the European airport of choice for major freight carriers,” Osinga said in a statement.