The Italian subsidiary of freight carrier Cargolux has started roundtrips between Milan and Zhengzhou. The weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter flights stop over at the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on their way to and from the Chinese city.
That’s something quite new in the history, which spans 45 years, of the freight airline: commercial stops at a Russian airport. Novosibirsk, states ‘Cargolux in their announcement published today
(15 June), is “an important Russian gateway for flowers, garments and machinery.” However, it’s not the parent company based at the Grand Duchy that is servicing the Siberian airport for the
first time, but the Italian daughter company with its headquarters in Milan.
Main all-cargo carrier at Milan Malpensa
“For Cargolux Italia and the Cargolux group, the new flight to Zhengzhou and Novosibirsk represent the consolidation of their presence in the Italian market with the first flight to the province of Henan and Novosibirsk”, says Pierandrea Galli CEO and Accountable Manager of Cargolux Italia, “and this is in addition to the flights already conducted from Italy, to top destinations such as Hong Kong, Osaka, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The new service underlines the status of Cargolux Italia as the main all-cargo carrier at Malpensa and main supporter of Italian customers during a time of economic recovery for Italian exports.”
Flight C8 8755 leaves Milan each Saturday at 4 a.m. and arrives in Novosibirsk at 2:15 p.m. local. The Jumbo freighter takes off from Novosibirsk 90 minutes later arriving in Zhengzhou at 10:15 p.m. The return flight, C8 8766, leaves Zhengzhou on Sunday mornings shortly after midnight and arrives in Novosibirsk at 3:15 a.m. where the aircraft departs one hour later heading to Milan landing at its home base Malpensa at 6:25 a.m. local time.
C8 speaks of a “great opportunity”
“This new flight represents a new service for Malpensa, in connecting the two destinations for the first time”, says Andrea Tucci, VP of Aviation Business Development. “The direct connection to Zhengzhou is a great opportunity for Malpensa and the surrounding region to improve freight distribution in the Chinese market through Cargolux’s new hub.
In addition to its Italian subsidiary, parent company Cargolux Airlines International operates 9 weekly flights between Luxembourg Findel and Zhengzhou. This is not the end of the line, head of communication Moa Sigurdardottir confirms. “There are more flights to come!”
Heiner Siegmund / Michael Taweel
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