The cooperation both airlines have engaged in started last April by operating one weekly Cargolux flight to Muscat and beyond. Now, the capacity was doubled by a second weekly service
that leads to Chennai. This was announced at an event in Muscat, attended by more than 100 customers.
The second weekly service which operated for the first time on Tuesday 11 August, doesn’t seem to be the end of the flagpole in the relation between Cargolux and Oman Air. This was indicated by
Niek van der Weide – EVP Sales & Marketing, Cargolux Airlines when saying:
“India will be a very important market for Cargolux in the future and we will look at further expansion soon with the planned addition of Bombay as a second destination within the country.”
The cooperation was originally established to enable Oman Air and Cargolux to jointly access new freighter destinations, capitalize on additional cargo services offered to the market, increase both airlines’ revenues and contribute to the development of Oman’s logistics hub.
The agreement allows Cargolux to utilize Oman Air’s lower deck capacity of their passenger fleet for feeder services, predominantly on routes within the Middle East, to/from Southeast Asia and East Africa. Of particular interest from Cargolux’s point of view is India, where Oman Air currently flies to 11 airports. Conversely, the Omani carrier can fast expand its cargo business through the partnership with main deck carrier Cargolux, without having to invest themselves in metal.
WY praises the collaboration with CV
Mafoodh Al Harthy, Chief Officer Sales at Oman Air, commented: “We are pleased to announce that Oman Air and Cargolux will now operate two full freighter flights from Chennai to Muscat and on to Europe. The new service will enable us to strengthen our presence within the Indian market by accessing the industrial belts of South India.”
Mr Al Harthy went on to say that this new service will generate increased cargo traffic that will not only attract important revenue streams, but will also demonstrate to the global market the modern cargo infrastructure offered at the Omani airports.
“We look forward to seeing our new services to Chennai rapidly becoming a cornerstone for the transportation of cargo between India, the Middle East and Europe,” the manager emphasized.
Muscat is becoming an additional Cargolux hub
It is anticipated that the partnership will build on the success of the newly-launched activities by expanding air freight services from Oman to destinations in China, Europe, Africa and the United States.
Niek van der Weide further added: “The importance and value of the cooperation and partnership with Oman Air which made the reintroduction of cargo services to India possible will increase to 2 weekly flights ex Chennai.”