Panalpina starts serving Dubai World Central

PANALPINA has started flying regular airfreight services connecting Luxembourg with the new Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport and on to Hong Kong (China).

Claus Schmidt, Panalpina’s Middle East area manager, said: “This service is a milestone in Panalpina’s growth plans in the region. It links our new Middle East distribution centre at DWC with our network in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. It also allows us to offer our customers a unique and highly flexible solution for time sensitive airfreight, including fast turnaround times from cargo arrival to delivery.”

It has also introduced an express air service from Hong Kong via Huntsville/Alabama (US) to São Paulo (Brazil). As with the transatlantic service ‘Dixie Jet’, Panalpina uses Boeing 747-400F aircraft operated by Atlas Air.

“This transportation leg is being added due to the high demand for fast and reliable connections from Asia to Brazil,” said Karl Weyeneth (above), chief operating officer of the Panalpina Group.

Matthias Frey, head of Panalpina’s Own Controlled Network, added that “we need stable own controlled capacity in order to provide first class links to South America and have thus established a concept linking various stations in Asia with North America and Brazil directly”.

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