The U.S. cargo operator, Centurion Air Cargo based in Miami, will soon start operations to mainland China. The flights will be operated by Centurion’s subsidiary, SkyLease Cargo using a Boeing 747-400F from Centurion’s fleet of B747-400Fs and MD-11Fs.
The agreement allows Centurion to operate charter flights from the USA to mainland China.
This move results from the recent U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) exemption authority which allows SkyLease Cargo to operate scheduled cargo flights between the United States and Hong Kong via intermediate points and beyond to points in third countries.
It has not yet been revealed which mainland Chinese destinations will be served.
Centurion presently operates in the Far East to Tokyo (Narita) and Hong Kong.
Perishables are Centurion’s mainstay product
Founded in 1999 as Challenge Air Transport operating with the venerable B707C and DC8F, the carrier was renamed as Centurion Air Cargo in 2001.
Centurion also runs a large 51,000sqm warehouse in Miami which is divided into two sections. One with almost 15,000sqm is a Cooler Facility and the remaining 36,000sqm are dedicated to normal cargo handling.
The airline has many regular flights into South America and the carriage of perishables is one of its mainstay products.
The decision to build the cooling facilities was a necessary one in order to remain a player in the transport of perishables from Latin American countries.
John Mc Donagh