MAB Kargo launches Guangzhou freighter

04 / 11 / 2016

Malaysia’s MAB Kargo has launched a twice weekly Airbus A330 freighter service to Guangzhou from its Kuala Lumpur hub in order to strengthen its footprint in eastern China.

The new service by the airfreight arm of Malaysia Airlines will call at Guangzhou every Tuesday and Thursday with 60 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight.

MAB Kargo said that the service will “tap the increasing cargo movements between Guangzhou Baiyun airport and Kuala Lumpur” with key exports that include perishables, predominantly seafood, as well as general airfreight.

News of the Guangzhou expansion comes just four days after MAB Kargo launched twice weekly A330 freighter services to Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) in China, adding to its rapidly growing network of 23 dedicated cargo routes.

Chongqing is a well-known hub for the export of high value electronic goods, and is located close to manufacturing factilities for Apple, Asus and Hewlett-Packard.

MAB Kargo recently added a third A330 freighter to its fleet as part of a policy to stop operating Boeing 747 freighters.

In March this year, MAB Kargo and Azerbaijan's Silk Way West Airlines cargo carrier signed a Memorandum of Cooperation that saw both airlines leveraging on each other's aircraft fleet and network in different regions of the world.

The strategic partnership between the two air cargo players entails a block space agreement (BSA) on a twice weekly route to and from Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam via Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Azerbaijan.