Archive for aprile 2013

Cargolux wins Air Cargo News Award

Luxembourg, 29th April 2013. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. was again honored as the ‘Best Freighter-Only Airline’ by British trade magazine Air Cargo News. The award was presented to the airline at the ‘30th Cargo Airline of the Year’ event that was held on 27th April 2013 at the Lancaster London Hotel. Votes were cast by the readers of Air Cargo News who are drawn from the global freight forwarding industry.
‘This prestigious award is a great honor and shows the level of appreciation and trust that Cargolux enjoys,’ said Richard Forson, Cargolux Interim President & CEO. ‘We are proud to be recognized for the ongoing commitment to quality and performance of the Cargolux employees and for their continued dedication to our customers. We are equally proud to be regarded as a leading player in the air cargo industry’.
Cargolux has repeatedly received industry awards that honor the best performing carriers across the globe. The readers of Air Cargo News have already awarded Cargolux the Best All-Cargo Carrier award for four consecutive years.

About Cargolux Airlines International
Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline with a modern and efficient fleet composed of 7 Boeing 747-8 freighters and 11 Boeing 747-400 freighters. The Cargolux worldwide network covers 90 destinations, 60 of which are served on scheduled all-cargo flights. The company has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries, and also offers an extensive global trucking network to more than 250 destinations as well as charter and aircraft maintenance services. Cargolux employs over 1,500 staff worldwide.

(Cargolux Press Office)

SEA, incontro con i vertici Gatwick per ViaMilano

Milano, 24 aprile 2013 – Ieri a Malpensa i membri della delegazione dell’aeroporto londinese di Gatwick hanno incontrato la squadra di SEA che lavora da più di un anno al ViaMilano, l’iniziativa che ha l’obiettivo di ampliare il numero dei collegamenti disponibili dallo scalo di Malpensa combinando voli di compagnie aeree diverse. Gli ospiti dell’aeroporto di Gatwick sono rimasti molto soddisfatti della visita e positivamente colpiti dal funzionamento del servizio ViaMilano che offre ai passeggeri in transito un’assistenza particolarmente efficace e integrata, offrendo inoltre vantaggi di spesa e di tempo. Gatwick è il secondo aeroporto del Regno Unito, con 200 destinazioni in 90 paesi registra un traffico di 34 milioni di passeggeri all’anno per collegamenti point-to-point di breve o lungo raggio. Sito a circa 40 chilometri a sud di Londra, Gatwick è la principale base di easyJet. La prima base continentale di easyJet è, invece, Malpensa dove è stato inventato e realizzato il modello ViaMilano cui ora si guarda con tanto interesse per replicare il successo anche in altri aeroporti. Il servizio ViaMilano, lanciato nel 2012, ha sviluppato un modello di transito per lo scalo di Milano Malpensa che, pur non avendo un vettore di riferimento, è in grado di offrire ai passeggeri provenienti da altri aeroporti italiani o europei comode connessioni per centinaia di destinazioni in Italia e nel resto del mondo. Un sistema unico che combina voli low-cost con voli di compagnie aeree tradizionali e che ha rappresentato una vera e propria rivoluzione nel settore dei viaggi. Ed è questa rivoluzione la chiave del successo del gradimento di ViaMilano che offre ai passeggeri una maggiore scelta di destinazioni, un’assistenza specifica, tante facilitazioni gratuite durante il transito e un risparmio di tempo e di denaro. Con una crescita nel primo trimestre 2013 pari al 40% rispetto allo stesso periodo dell’anno precedente, e oltre 250.000 passeggeri ViaMilano registrati dall’introduzione dell’innovativo servizio, Malpensa ha attirato l’interesse di diversi scali europei. Proprio ieri una delegazione dall’aeroporto di Gatwick si è recata a Malpensa per conoscere da vicino il funzionamento dell’innovativo servizio di flight connection offerto gratuitamente da SEA.

(Ufficio Stampa SEA)

Cargolux adds Tripoli to destinations portfolio

Luxembourg, 10th April 2013. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that it will introduce a new air cargo service to Tripoli, Libya’s capital and largest city. The first flight is scheduled for 16th April, followed by weekly services that will operate every Tuesday on the route Luxembourg – Tripoli – Johannesburg. With the political situation in Libya on a stabilizing path, demand for airfreight to and from the North African country is steadily growing, spurred by an economic development that is driven by the oil and gas industry. Thanks to its nose-door equipped 747 freighter fleet, Cargolux is well positioned to accommodate a modal shift from sea to air caused by rising demand for faster and safer transportation solutions. Other sectors targeted on the new service include pharmaceuticals and healthcare products as well as newspapers and general cargo. Cargolux’s African services have shown a positive trend with growing southbound freight flows. The addition of Tripoli serves to enhance the Cargolux network and to offer customers additional air cargo space to the growing markets in the region.

(Cargolux Press Office)

Emirates, Milan to New York service to launch in October

DUBAI, U.A.E., 8th April 2013: Connecting North America and mainland Europe, Emirates will launch a direct service between Milan and New York, the airline’s only trans-Atlantic service, from 1st October 2013.
Linking Italy directly with America, the new route will provide an important connection between Continental Europe and the U.S., allowing Emirates to capitalise on the significant traffic flow between these cities and giving both leisure and business travellers more choice and added convenience.
In addition to the existing passenger market between Milan and New York, Emirates has timed its flight schedule to ensure maximum connectivity for other key feeder markets. Customers looking to fly on the airline’s award-winning product will be able to seamlessly connect from points all over the U.S., including the West Coast, taking advantage of Emirates’ partnership with JetBlue, and across Europe, maximizing the airline’s frequent flyer partnership with easyJet.
“Operating a trans-Atlantic route has been on our agenda for some time. Having carefully monitored traffic flows we have identified strong demand for both a direct connection and, importantly, for the Emirates product. The route is currently underserved, particularly with a strong premium product offering this is where we see a clear opening for Emirates. We intend to capitalise on this opportunity, stimulating further demand and encouraging additional traffic flow in both directions,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates.
Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, the flight will be an extension of one of Emirates’ existing three daily, Dubai to Milan flights. The service will originate in Dubai with passengers then able to enjoy a stopover in Milan en-route to New York. On the return flight, passengers will have the option of stopping in Milan before continuing on to Dubai. This one-stop service has proved popular on other Emirates’ routes, giving passengers the opportunity to experience a new destination or to break their journey on longer trips.
The two cities share more than just their love of food, fashion and design, with New York being home to the largest Italian community in America. As well as offering excellent connections for business travellers or people visiting friends and family, this new service is expected to be popular with leisure travellers who can take in the sights of multiple cities with one convenient air ticket.
“This new route is the perfect marriage of two likeminded cities. Both destinations offer visitors a dynamic mix of culture and business and we are confident that this new service will not only facilitate travel in both directions, but will also create a greater exchange of business, trade and tourism,” added Mr. Clark.
The new service, an extension of Emirates three daily flights to Milan, home to the Emirates-sponsored football club AC Milan, will boost Emirates’ flights to New York to three daily.
“Since we launched services to New York in 2004, demand has grown steadily. We recently introduced a double daily A380 service on this route to meet the increased demand and now is the right time to launch an additional flight, operating via Milan. Not only do we see existing potential from expatriate traffic but we are also acutely aware of the business potential that can be tapped from the wider catchment areas, thanks to our convenient flight schedule,” added Mr. Clark.
Emirates will deploy its state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER on this route, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft will be equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice system, offering over 1,400 channels of in-flight entertainment, as well gourmet chef-prepared meals.
ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) has authorized the services between Milan and New York on an extra-bilateral basis and Emirates is confident that over the next 18 months an evaluation will demonstrate significant economic benefits for the Italian economy, exporters, tourism and airports.
“We greatly appreciate the support of ENAC and think it will have a very positive impact on the Italian air transport market and airports,” Mr Clark said.
In addition to passenger services, Emirates SkyCargo will offer a total of 38 tonnes of freight capacity between both cities each day.
Emirates flight EK205 will depart Dubai at 09:05hrs arriving in Milan at 13:50hrs, the flight will then depart Milan at 16:00hrs arriving in New York at 19:00hrs the same day. The return journey on flight EK206 will depart New York at 22:20hrs arriving in Milan at 12:15hrs the following day before departing for Dubai at 14:00hrs, touching down in Dubai at 22:05.

(Emirates Press Office)