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Virgin Atlantic Cargo will resume service to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Monday, October 29, after a three-year hiatus. The carrier, which will operate daily passenger and cargo flights to Mumbai from its London Heathrow hub, will perform the route on Airbus A330 aircraft.
Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has landed the first freighter at Quito’s new Mariscal Sucre International Airport, which is slated to open in late February.
Singapore Changi Airport welcomed 153,700 tonnes of cargo in September, a 0.4-percent, year-over-year, decline. Cargo traffic at Changi also dipped slightly from a nine-month perspective, falling 0.3 percent, year-over-year, to 1.84 million tonnes. Changi officials blamed this slight drop on lower consumption rates among major economies.
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering delivered 50 tonnes of medical equipment, valued at more than $1 million, from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Hanoi, Vietnam, on a Boeing 747-400F. Medical supplies were donated to Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital from the surplus of equipment following the recent closure of Denver’s St. Anthony Central Hospital and relocation to a new facility.
IAG Cargo has launched a specialty service for freight forwarders operating at Heathrow. The Cargo Connector service, which is dedicated to shipments under 300 kilograms, will allow forwarders to have goods picked up and delivered to the airport by IAG Cargo. “Cargo Connector is an important product for us, as it addresses two of our key strategic priorities: improving our small consignment proposition and making it easier for our customers to do business with us. Freight forwarders will be able to benefit from a service that helps their operations without having to pay any costs whatsoever,” Andy Jaye of IAG Cargo said in a statement.
HNA Group has purchased 48-percent stake in Aigle Azur, France’s second-largest airline. The deal marks the first time a Chinese aviation company has invested in a European airline, according to press release.
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