Canadian cargo duo launch South American freighter link
11 / 06 / 2016
Air Canada Cargo and Canada-based aircraft lessor and operator Cargojet have operated their first freighter flight to Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru, with a Cargojet B767-300F aircraft.
The new Air Canada Cargo flights will provide 52 tonnes of net cargo capacity and will also include flights to Mexico City.
Under the arrangement, Air Canada Cargo plans to introduce dedicated freighter service to Europe from Toronto in the second half of 2016.
"We’re very excited with today’s start-up of Air Canada Cargo service to Colombia and Peru, with Mexico City service starting this weekend," said Lise-Marie Turpin, vice president, Air Canada Cargo.
She added: "Working with Cargojet, we are able to leverage and build upon Air Canada’s extensive North American and international network to offer the only dedicated freighter service between Canada and Latin America.
“We look forward to continuing to grow our dedicated freighter network to Europe later this year."
Ajay Virmani, president and chief executive of Cargojet, said "This first flight is the beginning of a strategic relationship with Air Canada. It allows us to optimize our overall freighter aircraft utilization and to expand our range of services and customer base with Air Canada."
An interview with Cargojet senior management will feature in the next issue of Freighters World, a sister publication to Air Cargo News, published in June.