Full freighter schedule back at Cathay Pacific Cargo

posted on 30th June 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Full freighter schedule back at Cathay Pacific Cargo

Cathay Pacific Cargo’ Director Tom Owen has announced that they are back to full schedule.

“I am pleased to report that step by step we are emerging from what has been a very challenging time for the business.

“Through the toughest points we have always tried to put as much cargo capacity as we can into the market, so now is an exciting time for us as we start to rebuild our overall network and schedule.

“The big news for this month is the resumption of our full freighter schedule.

“We will be operating between 90 to 100 freighters each week.

“For the Americas that means about 35 transpacific freighters a week, and there will be a daily freighter service to Europe.

“We’re also planning to operate more than 500 cargo-only-passenger flights a month around the region, which will also provide strong lift over the next few months to feed our reactivated long-haul freighter services.

“Although we have some short-term challenges due to crew constraints with our Chinese Mainland schedule, our operations teams are working to build schedule integrity through the summer.

“We are delighted that we can finally put this capacity back into the long-haul market and we owe our Operations and Planning teams a huge debt of thanks for getting this up and running so quickly.

“As well as being able to offer a better service, the income is very important for us as an airline group because our passenger flight capacity is still constrained – but that too is starting to rebuild over the coming months.

“The other big news this month was welcoming Swiss WorldCargo into our joint business with Lufthansa Cargo.

“The inclusion of Swiss WorldCargo brings the number of destinations we can now feed through Zurich up to 90, and over time this expansion will make us stronger as a carrier to and from Europe.

“Our new online booking system, Click & Ship, has now been turned on in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland.

“The full global rollout, which is on schedule, will allow everyone to reap the benefits of 24/7 sales, make the booking experience easier and widen our distribution.

“So far, it has been received really positively by the market, which is great to hear.

“Recently, we published our annual Sustainable Development Report, which outlines our accomplishments and our objectives on environmental issues, our people and the communities we serve.

“The biggest of the challenges, which was again endorsed at this year’s IATA Annual General Meeting, is aviation’s journey towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“We know that carbon reduction is an important topic for our customers, and while there are more initiatives to come this year, you can see some of the highlights from the report here.

“I’m proud of our commitment to sustainability and delighted that our efforts so far have been recognised by the Air Cargo News Awards 2022 where we have been shortlisted for the Air Cargo Environment Award.

“At this particular moment, there is some pressure from more cargo belly capacity returning to the market, and some potential economic headwinds that may impact consumer confidence.

“But we are rebuilding our schedule and network with that same confidence in the coming months we felt 40 years ago when we invested in our first Boeing 747 freighter.

“I’d like to finish with a quick reminder that voting in this year’s AFLAS Awards closes on 30 June.

“We would be very grateful for your vote to help Cathay Pacific Cargo retain its position as Best Air Cargo Carrier – Asia.

“The public vote is also open in the Best Cargo Airline Asia category in the Air Cargo News Awards 2022.

“You can click through to the voting from the picture panels under the story links below. Thank you.”