Slovakian air freight carrier Air Cargo Global yesterday (17 January) started a new Boeing 747-440F route between Oslo Airport and Tianjin Airport in China to meet demand for Norwegian seafood.
Initially the route will depart twice weekly on Thursday and Saturday, leaving Oslo Airport at 07.15h (local time).
“We aim to step up to three weekly departures from March, if the market responds well to the increased capacity,” said Air Cargo Global chief commercial officer, Peter Scholten.
It is demand for Norwegian seafood that is behind Air Cargo Global’s Norwegian effort.
“We have reached an agreement with Fish Forever, a major Chinese trading company that specialises in fish. They contacted us wanting to look into the possibility of importing fresh Norwegian seafood directly to China, because demand for high quality fresh fish is on the increase in the Chinese market,” Scholten said.
“At the same we have had a good partnership with Avinor who has helped us to make this happen. We really appreciate it. We’re looking forward to starting this route, which we believe will be a success.”
Scholten also points out that the freight balance between Asia and Europe is more even now than previously.
“Previously, most of the air freight was from Asia to Europe. However, thanks to Norwegian seafood, among other things, there is a more even balance of freight going in both directions. From a business point of view this is of course a positive development,” he says.
Norwegian airport oeprator Avinor wants to enable the growing Norwegian seafood industry to reach its markets in a fast and efficient manner.
“It is very pleasing that Air Cargo Global is now able to offer direct freight capacity to China, a market that has an ever-increasing need for a supply of fresh Norwegian seafood,” said Avinor director of cargo, Martin Langaas.
“With this route we contribute to Norwegian exporters getting their products quickly and efficiently onto the market, so that the seafood is served as fresh as possible. This is important for the seafood industry, and will contribute to value creation in Norway.”