NCA and Singapore to form strategic cargo partnership

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) and Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a strategic partnership.
The proposed strategic partnership will build on existing block space arrangements between the two airlines that have been progressively expanded over the past five years.
As a first phase, NCA and SIA Cargo have agreed to introduce cargo codeshare services on routes between Tokyo and Singapore from the start of April 2018, subject to regulatory approval. When implemented, "customers of both carriers will enjoy added flexibility to better meet their needs," said the airlines in a joint statement.
NCA currently operates six weekly scheduled cargo flights to Singapore Changi Airport from Tokyo Narita International Airport using Boeing 747F aircraft while SIA Cargo connects Singapore to Tokyo with two daily flights to Narita International Airport, and three daily flights to Haneda Airport.
“NCA has maintained a continual  presence  in  Singapore  for  over  three  decades,  and we are excited to embark on new partnership initiatives with SIA Cargo under this agreement. The proposed codeshare service will pave the way for  future  ventures,  leading to greater customer satisfaction,” said NCA president &  chief executive,  Fukashi Sakamo.
SIA Cargo president Chin Yau Seng said: “We value our longstanding relationship with NCA. The signing of this MOU marks our commitment to explore synergies and mutually enhance our product and service offerings for the benefit of our customers. Our planned codeshare services between Tokyo and Singapore represent an important first step in building a strategic partnership between our companies.”
SIA Cargo revenue for the third quarter of the 2017-18 financial year was up S$88m on higher freight carriage (+4.4%) and yield (+12.1%).
Operating profit for SIA Cargo rose by $35m to $88m in the quarter (+66.0%). Expenditure was up $53m, partly due to a foreign exchange loss against a gain last year, higher staff costs, and higher depreciation from engine overhauls. Cargo load factor rose by 2.4 percentage points to 68.3%.
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Codeshare Services Operated Using Nippon Cargo Airlines Aircraft

Flight Number

Aircraft Type

Days of

Operation

Sector

KZ283/SQ7601

B747F

Monday

Narita – Kansai –

Singapore

KZ283/SQ7601

B747F

Tuesday

Narita – Kansai –

Singapore

KZ283/SQ7601

B747F

Wednesday

Narita – Kansai –

Singapore

KZ283/SQ7601

B747F

Thursday

Narita – Kansai –

Singapore

KZ283/SQ7601

B747F

Friday

Narita – Kansai –

Singapore

KZ263/SQ7601

B747F

Saturday

Narita – Singapore

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