Hactl adds two carriers

HONG Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has signed a contract to handle cargo for S7 Airlines and Silk Way Airlines.

Both airlines started services into Hong Kong (China) on 2 November. Azerbaijan’s Silk Way began twice-weekly freighter services on a 744F aircraft operating Hong Kong–Baku (Azerbaijan)–Istanbul (Turkey) –Milan Malpensa (Italy), returning by the same route.

Silk Way’s all-freighter fleet comprises 16 aircraft: two 747-400Fs, eight Il-76s, two Stage 4-compliant Il-76 90SWs and four An-12s. The airline is expected to receive an additional 767-300F by mid-2012, when new routings will be developed. The carrier operates scheduled and charter flights to over 50 destinations, including points in Afghanistan, Iraq and west Kazakhstan.

Hactl provides the airline with cargo handling services including physical cargo handling, air cargo documentation and ramp handling services.

“We have great hopes for Hong Kong, as the latest addition to our growing international freighter network via central Asia,” Nidjat Babayev, business development deputy director of Silk Way Airlines, said.

Hact is also providing services for Siberia’s S7 Airlines’ A320 belly cargo to Hong Kong from Vladivostok (Russia).

“With initially limited capacity for cargo on this new service, we will focus on high-yield traffic and interlining. Hactl’s impressive express facilities, and the large number of carriers handled within their facility, create interesting opportunities for us,” China and southeast Asia general manager Vadim Shevalye comments.

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