The Week in brief
- HNA Group, the parent company of Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express, has singed a five-year IT contract with Luxembourg-based CHAMP Cargosystems.The airlines will be the first based in Hong Kong to use the company's Cargospot tools. According to a press release, CHAMP provides airlines with "complete end-to-end control over the sale, operation and management of cargo."
- Cargoitalia is adding services to Hong Kong four times a week and routes to Shanghai three times a week from its base in Milan. The flights will make use of the carrier's three MD11 planes.
- After a 10-year presence in Slovakia, Air Logistics Group has opened an office in Bratislava, the company's 54th location in 31 countries. Marek Viktoriusz has been named branch manager.
- Further carving out a niche in the animal transportation market, AirBridgeCargo Airlines has flown 810 blue, shadow and silver foxes on a Boeing 747-200F flight from Helsinki, Finland, to Bejing. The carrier has previously transported breeding cows and pigs, elite horses, polar bears, walruses and dolphins. “This latest flight is a further demonstration of our expertise in the carriage of live animals on both scheduled and charter flights. The size and flexibility of our fleet means we are able to provide solutions for virtually any live animal shipment and this is reflected in the growing number of customer enquiries we are now receiving,” Tatyana Arslanova, the carrier's executive president, said in a statement.