Cargoitalia ’ Italy’s new all-cargo carrier ’ celebrated the launch of its first scheduled freighter service between Milan and Hong Kong on 10th September 2009, in collaboration with its newly-appointed handling agent Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl).
To commemorate the launch of the new service, Cargoitalia and Hactl jointly hosted an inaugural ceremony at SuperTerminal 1, the headquarters of Hactl at the Hong Kong International Airport. Over 100 guests including dignitaries and members of the Hong Kong air cargo community attended the gala event.
Cargoitalia’s first scheduled service follows the airline’s trial charter flight to Hong Kong in late July. Cargoitalia will now operate twice-weekly scheduled MD-11SF freighter services between Milan and Hong Kong, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Hactl is providing Cargoitalia with physical cargo handling, air cargo documentation, ramp handling and crew transportation services at the Hong Kong International Airport. Says Lilian Chan, General Manager, Marketing and Customer Service of Hactl: ‘We are very proud to have been appointed by Cargoitalia, we extend our warmest welcome, and we congratulate the carrier on its successful launch.
‘Cargoitalia’s appointment of Hactl as its cargo partner signifies the strong ties and mutual trust between both companies. We will strive to add value to the airline throughout the supply chain, raising its overall competitiveness and contributing to its success.’
Roberto Gilardoni, Commercial Director’of Cargoitalia, says: ‘This is a tremendously encouraging start to our scheduled operations, and we sincerely thank the airfreight communities in both Hong Kong and Italy for their support and trust.
‘We are delighted to have Hactl as our physical handling partner in Hong Kong. Its well-deserved reputation for efficiency, security and customer service will make a major contribution to the future success of our business in the region.’