Geodis launches Hong Kong–Mexico freighter service

By Damian Brett

Freight forwarder Geodis has launched a weekly airfreight service between Hong Kong and Mexico and hopes to soon increase frequencies.

The company said the charter service, named AirDirect Mexico, was a “completely new, non-stop service” that would provide customers with a “highly reliable solution” and secured capacity.

Geodis did not reveal which airline would operate the flights but said they would be flown utilising B747-400ERF and MD-11F aircraft.

Executive vice president for freight forwarding, Eric Martin-Neuville, said: “We have been encouraged by the initial bookings that we have received for our inaugural flight and expect these to rise to a threshold volume where a second, and eventually, a third flight per week, will be established.”

Robert Krautheim, regional head of sales for freight forwarding in the Americas, added: “[Our] consistency combined with access to premier widebody aircraft cargo capacity means our clients will enjoy better lead times and a reliable supply chain for dangerous goods, lithium batteries, and general cargo.”

As well as the airfreight service, the forwarder has also launched its own road network in South Asia, providing scheduled services with day-definite transit times to all major destinations in the region.

Hong Kong is Geodis’ hub for China and Southeast Asia originated cargo heading to Mexico, Latin America, the US and Europe. It also provides daily scheduled intra-Mexican deliveries to all locations in the country.

“This new service will ensure just-in-time service and space commitment through an Own Controlled Network (OCN) allowing GEODIS’ customers to meet and exceed their consumers’ expectations,” the company added.

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