Cargolux Italia takes up China route
(CS) The Italian subsidiary of Luxembourg freight airline Cargolux has started a weekly route from Milan to Zhengzhou, also including the company's first commercial service to Russia with a stop in Novosibirsk.
The first 747 freighter service left Milan on June 13, with the route planned specifically for the weekend to enable shipping of weekday production overseas. Goods transported on the route include Italian fashion goods, machinery and mechanical spare parts.
With Zhengzhou in Henan province involved in a dual hub agreement with Cargolux through Chinese shareholder HNCA, the airport is seen as a gateway to China. Cargolux first started regular flights to Zhengzhou a year ago, in June 2014.
Novosibirsk meanwhile in an important destination in Russia for transporting flowers, garments and machinery, a statement said.
“For Cargolux Italia and the Cargolux group, the new flight to Zhengzhou and Novosibirsk represent the consolidation of the presence in the Italian market with the first flight to the province of Henan and Novosibirsk”, Pierandrea Galli, CEO and Accountable Manager of Cargolux Italia, said.
The service adds to routes from Milan to Hong Kong, Osaka, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. “The new service underlines Cargolux Italia status as the main all-cargo carrier at Malpensa and main supporter of the Italian customers, in a time of economic recovery for Italian exports,” Galli added.
Cargolux Italia this year caused controversy among Luxembourg labour unions. After two planes were moved from the Luxembourg base to Italy, the LCGB and OGBL warned of outsourcing, demanding a written pledge by management to protect jobs in the Grand Duchy.
When a third plane was transferred in April, unions said this undermined negotiations for a new collective work agreement.
At the same time, concerns were raised over flight safety standards at Cargolux Italia in allegations denied by the parent company.