Cargolux adds 16th Asia Pacific link as touches down in Jakarta

posted on 26th June 2019 by Justin Burns

Cargolux Airlines has added a new freigher connection to Jakarta in Indonesia – the 16th destination in the carrier’s Asia Pacific network.

The inaugural Boeing 747F flight took place on 23 June and the aircraft was welcomed by a traditional water salute following touchdown. The route will operate once a week.

The flight leaves Luxembourg on Sunday and arrives in Jakarta on Monday. The rotation then continues through Hong Kong and Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) before returning to Luxembourg on Tuesday morning.

Cargolux is the only cargo carrier to offer a direct main deck connection between Europe and Indonesia. The carrier said this, coupled with the company’s fleet of 747 freighters, allows it to cater for a wide variety of commodities, as well as off-size freight such as oil and gas industry equipment, machinery, spare parts or aircraft engines.

The main cargo transiting through the area will include apparel, footwear, pharmaceuticals perishables and live animals.

Cargolux’s executive vice president sales & marketing, Domenico Ceci said: “This new frequency contributes to enhancing our service offering in the South-East Asian region and better connecting us with our customers in the area.

“Jakarta is an influential commercial center, and we look forward to building local partnerships and furthering the city’s establishment as a global business gateway.”

The weekly scheduled freighter will further strengthen Cargolux’s footprint in the Asia-Pacific region and enable the development of commercial relations between Europe and Indonesia.

Cargolux has actually been doing business in Jakarta for over 23 years, mostly through partnerships and interline agreements so far. The airline did operate four charter flights, two inbound and two outbound, to CGK in 2018 ahead of the Asian Games.