Turkish Cargo flies into Stansted

Turkish Cargo has launched an all-cargo connection linking its Istanbul hub to London Stansted Airport.

The three times a week Airbus A330 freighter service flies into Stansted on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Different routes are operated on different flights, taking in way points such as Johannesburg in South Africa, Nairobi in Kenya, Khartoum in Sudan, Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia, Maastricht in the Netherlands and Izmir in Turkey.

According to Turkish Cargo, it expects that the new service out of Stanstedill feed the Middle East region, Africa and Asia markets.

Turkish expects to carry a wide range of British exports out of the UK on the service, including machinery, military equipment, automobiles, car parts and chemicals.

It expects to be flying into the UK mainly precious stones and gold, plastic products, automobiles, crude oil, turbo jets, smart phones and pharmaceuticals.

Stansted represents only the latest addition to the Turkish Cargo freighter network. It added Kigali in Rwanda and Muscat in Oman in August to the list of destinations served by its A330-200F, and Mexico City to its B777F network in Mexico on October 3.

And, in September, Turkish Airlines confirmed that it is to establish a new cargo unit that will serve as part of the previously announced strategic partnership with China’s ZTO Express (the world’s largest parcel distributor) and Hong Kong-based GSSA PAL Air.

Indonesia’s Cardig Air adds to its freighter fleet

Indonesian all-cargo operator Cardig Air has leased a Boeing 737-400F from leasing and specialist MRO organisation Vallair.

Following conversion in the US, final compliance checks were carried out at Vallair’s facility in Montpellier, France before the aircraft was delivered to Jakarta mid-May.

Head of Vallair’s cargo conversions business unit, Peter Koster, said the plane would operate between Jakarta, Saigon and Shenzhen in Southern China.

He added: “There is strong potential in the Southeast Asian airfreight market with rapidly increasing connections to the Chinese mainland. We have supported Cardig Air in their move from operating a B737-300F to the B737-400F model with increased cargo capacity. We are confident that our on-going assistance will help to underpin their development and build a long term business partnership.”

Cardig Air has two bases in west and east Indonesia and operates domestic, regional and international cargo scheduled and charter services with B737-300 and 400 freighter aircraft.

Its fleet also includes several Airbus and Boeing aircraft that have been recently been purchased and are currently on lease for passenger operations but form part of the feeder stock for its cargo conversion programme.

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