New Italian cargo carrier takes to the skies
01 / 09 / 2021
By Damian Brett
New Italian cargo carrier Aliscargo has started flying twice-weekly to China.
The new carrier received its AOC on July 21 and its first commercial flight took place between Milan Malpensa and Jinan on August 18 utilising a B777-200 in a preighter configuration.
Since the first flight, the carrier has been operating the Milan-Jinan flight twice per week and has also operated a spot charter flight to Gaborone.
Aliscargo also took delivery of its second B777-200 preighter aircraft on August 20.
The airline eventually hopes to launch services to North America and has two well-known industry names amongst its management team: chief executive Francesco Rebaudo and chief commercial officer Ulrich Ogiermann.
In July, chairman Fulvio Gismondi said the company was hoping to capitalise on the bouyant air cargo market: “Airfreight transport in the world during the two-year period 2020-2021, with the high need for urgent shipments of medical supplies for the pandemic, recorded a surge in significant volumes and turnover compared to previous years.
“A trend that has also been reinforced by the continuous and constant expansion of e-commerce. Today, the need to offer customised cargo services, depending on the product and the destination, is increasingly being verified.”