Cargo will operate direct Brussels-US flights under landmark agreement
17 November 2007
and Belgium have concluded a landmark revision to the air services agreement for
cargo services, under which SIA Cargo will operate flights between third countries
without originating from, or returning to, Singapore, utilising seventh freedom
the revised agreement in place, Singapore Airlines Cargo will commence B747-400
freighter services from November 1, 2007, operating once weekly between Brussels
and Chicago, and twice weekly circular routings from Brussels to Chicago to Los
Angeles and back to Brussels.
Goh Choon Phong, president
of SIA Cargo, said these new seventh freedom traffic rights would enable Singapore
Airlines Cargo to more effectively serve the Europe-US freight market. "Specifically,
we can now operate more frequencies between these markets without having to increase
frequencies between Singapore and Europe," he said.
also said that the adoption of such liberal agreements was good for the airfreight
industry, as it allowed carriers to match capacity to markets where the demand
for exports exists. Airlines can thus be more responsive to the market needs and
also utilise aircraft resources more efficiently.
Cargo now flies to 74 cities in 39 countries.
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