Air China Cargo has started scheduled all-cargo flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
The inaugural flight, which arrived Wednesday, follows ad-hoc charters to the Dutch airport in August.
The new Air China Cargo Boeing 747-400 services will initially operate five times weekly from Shanghai, via Chengdu or Chonqing. The flights return via Tianjin. The airline has slots for up to 10 flights per week from Amsterdam. Some of the new services into Schiphol replace flights to Frankfurt.
“This is now the third Air China Cargo freighter route serving Europe, which demonstrates our pioneering spirit in the current market recovery, and our great confidence in the prospects for the air cargo market between China and the Netherlands,” said Huang Bin, Air China Cargo’s executive vice president, in a statement.
With the arrival of Air China Cargo's freighter services, Schiphol is the only European airport to serve all three major Chinese freighter operators.
“Air China Cargo’s new service further strengthens Schiphol’s links with China; we now have six freighter operators serving China, and 112 flights per week to and from its top 10 cargo airports,” said Schiphol Cargo’s Senior Vice President Enno Osinga.
Air China has appointed Swissport as its ground handling agent at Schiphol.
Air China Cargo has 11 Boeing 747-400 freighters, operating from its twin hubs of Beijing and Shanghai to destinations including Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Copenhagen in Europe; New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas in the United States; Tokyo and Osaka in Japan; Chennai, India; and Taipei, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Chongqing and other major cities throughout Asia.