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Lachs gets Horse Inn contract in Liege
Liege Air Cargo Handling Services (LACHS) has won a three year contract to manage the so called ‘Horse Inn’ at Liege Airport.
The Horse Inn was created for the well-being of horses which are to be transported by air from LGG and also as an accommodation for them whilst in transit by road.
The facility cost in total €2.6 million.
LACHS runs dedicated horse charters as well as arranging the transport of the animals on line flights. The company claims a widespread experience in this field and LACHS General Manager, Yossi Shoukroun stated “the transport of horses for pleasure and sport is a rapidly growing market, and air travel makes the horse’s lives easier.“
Liege Airport has also recruited the help of two well-known show jumping experts, Gregory Wathelet and Felix-Marie Brasseur, who have been asked to help promote LGG as a leading airport for horse transportation.
Hong Kong’s Hactl reaches 40
The Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) is now celebrating its 40th birthday.
Formed in May of 1976, Hactl is one of the first independent airport handlers, which lead the trend for airlines to move from self-handling and outsource to companies such as Hactl.
The original Hactl warehouse was opened at the old HKG Kai Tak Airport.
Already after the first six months after start up, Hactl was handling a total of 40 airlines, 15 freighters and over 750 tonnes of cargo daily.
The then Kai Tak-based handler quickly moved into being one of the world’s top ten handlers.
A second terminal was opened despite tight space, at Kai Tak in 1991.
When Chep Lap Kok Airport was moved to in 1998, Hactl had already invested a massive US$1 billion in a new state-of-the-art cargo handling terminal.
It has 3,500 ULD storage positions along with 10,000 loose cargo handling storage bays.
What will the next 40 years bring?
Kerry Logistics takes Apex Maritime
The U.S.-based Apex Maritime along with their affiliated companies (APEX), who have their HQ in San Francisco, have been taken over by Kerry Logistics, who are said to be Asia’s leading logistics service provider.
APEX which was founded back in 1990 is one of the top three so called Non-vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCC) ranked by Asia to U.S. import volumes.
The acquisition is seen as being an important part of Kerry Logistics long-term expansion in international freight forwarding.
Kerry, with its core operations in Asia, sees this move as being important in strengthening their international service capability within the region
Jan de Rijk renews AF-KL cargo Scandinavia contract
Air France-KLM Cargo seems happy with Jan de Rijk Logistics as their partner for road feeder services in Scandinavia.
The Franco-Dutch carrier has just renewed the present trucking contract for a further undisclosed period with de Rijk.
They will connect the Amsterdam hub with the many AF-KL cargo stations in Denmark and Sweden by operating daily overnight LTL services between the three countries.
Jan de Rijk is no stranger to Scandinavia as they already offer daily LTL services from there to the Netherlands for various industrial clients.
The de Rijk service network covers not only Sweden and Denmark, but the whole Scandinavian area.
Qantas Cargo adds Dallas/Fort Worth to its network
The Australian carrier says that DFW will be added to its dedicated Boeing 747-400F network as of June 9th.
The 747 freighters that Qantas Cargo use are operated by Atlas Air.
The Dallas stop is part of a triangular routing from Australia, through China and onto the USA.
Qantas also has traffic rights for cargo transportation from China to the USA and claims to have a five percent hold on that market segment.
The flight will arrive Thursday mornings in DFW as it is claimed that a mid-week service is more suitable for deliveries into the U.S. from China for electronics, e-Commerce and general cargo.
Qantas also has daily Sydney - Dallas Fort Worth Airbus A380 passenger flights which carry considerable tonnage on the route.
Gareth Evans, QF International and Freight CEO, sees this as being an ideal way to offer main-deck capacity for oversize shipments such as mining and aerospace equipment.
John Mc Donagh