LIÉGE, Belgium-based CAL Cargo Airlines is expanding its reach with a series of B747-200 freighter flights to Greater Moncton, Canada.
The initial service, with a full payload of temperature-controlled seafood shipments (lobsters) and industrial goods, is a manifestation of the company’s 2014 strategy, focusing on North America, says a spokesperson.
Originating at JFK, it was the first B747 to land on Atlantic Canada’s Greater Moncton International Airport’s newly extended 10,000-ft runway.
The flight, containing a full payload, then flew to Liége where it was handled by CAL’s wholly-owned ground handling agent, LACHS.
"CAL is a global player in temperature-controlled airfreight and this is an exciting new opportunity for us," says Eyal Zagagi, group chief executive.
Apart from lengthening its runway, Greater Moncton is also planning a new air cargo village complex.
“Being a transhipment airport for cargo represents a great opportunity for exporters from the region to access European and Asian markets for time-sensitive goods,” says Rob Robichaud, chief executive of Greater Moncton International Airport.
Established in 1976, CAL is a privately owned group with offices around the world and a strong network of GSAs. It currently operates seven B747-200F flights a week between Tel Aviv and Liége.
Services include scheduled air routes as well as ad-hoc and charter missions, as well as trucking and ground handling.
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