18. 11. 2004 - Czech Airlines to handle jumbo freighters for China Airlines
Prague, 18 November 2004
Czech Airlines will provide complete handling services for modern China Airlines Boeing 747-400F cargo airplanes as of today. China Airlines is the first airline to have regular long-haul cargo transport to Prague-Ruzyně airport.
In regards to the new handling services for China Airlines, Milan Dorko, CSA Cargo Director, says: “One of the reasons why the Taiwanese carrier selected Czech Airlines as its handling agent is the modern CSA Cargo Terminal which opened in January 2004, which has the capacity and equipment to rank it among the most modern cargo terminals in central Europe.”
In addition to the ground handling of its airplanes, Czech Airlines provides handling services for many international air carriers at Prague-Ruzyně Airport, and now it will provide handling services for the China Airlines’ Boeing 747-400F freighters twice a week. The jumbo will operate on Taipei (Thai-wan) – Luxemburg – Prague – Taipei route, arriving in Prague on Thursdays and Sundays. One handling of a Boeing 747– 400F (which holds approximately 40 tons of goods) will take about 90 minutes.
China Airlines will join the 22 airlines regularly operating to Prague, such as, for example, Air France, Alitalia, Korean Air, and Aeroflot, to whom CSA has been providing complete handling for many years.
This new cargo service, launched due to an increased European demand for Asian products, provides a fast and economical solution for the shipment of goods from Asia to Europe. Considering the extensive cargo network of China Airlines in Southern and Western Europe, the addition of Prague represents a move into the Eastern-European market. China Airlines currently operates 13 weekly cargo flights to Europe and is ranked 7th in the world in terms of international cargo carried. In 2003, China Airlines carried 4.73 billion freight ton kilometres (FTK).
The general sales agent of China Airlines – A.S.N. Aircargo Service Network, Ltd. – will represent the airline here in the Czech Republic.