CAL Cargo Airlines began a new scheduled Boeing 747F service on Monday (15 July) into Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The carrier’s chairman, Offer Gilboa said: “We have found that Bush Airport market and surrounding area with its focus on the oil and gas industry, auto parts, medical equipment as well as the high-tech industry, aligns with our group strategy.”
“By adding Bush Airport to our current state-side network of highly desirable locations – including JFK International in New York and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta – the addition will greatly benefit our expansion efforts in the US. We are also excited to offer greater connectivity via our main hub in Liege.
“Through our global network which includes Ben Gurion Airport, Larnaca International Airport as well as Oslo Airport we can provide immediate accessibility to all of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.”
In 2018, Bush Airport for the first saw time handled more than 500,000 tonnes of cargo and Houston aviation director, Mario Diaz said the arrival of CAL is “yet another step fostering future growth in cargo operations”.
CAL is part of the Challenge Group that includes ACE Belgium Freighters, the recently launched Belgian AOC, LACHS (ground handling agent and the group operational centre in Liege) and Challenge Air Cargo (ACE Belgium Freighters’ commercial arm/GSA).
The Challenge Group operates four B747-400Fs and offers scheduled routes to JFK, Mexico City, Ben Gurion, Oslo, Liege and Larnaca, as well as ad-hoc and charter missions.