Munich, 5th June 2013 - China Cargo Airlines （CCA), a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, Ltd., officially joined the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance today during the Air Cargo Europe exposition at the Munich Germany Trade Fair Center, becoming the 11th member carrier of the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance.
Mr. Zhu Yimin, President of China Cargo Airlines, Mr. Kyoo Won Kang, Sr. Vice President of Korean Air Cargo and Mr. Erik Varwijk, Managing Director of KLM, representing the SkyTeam Cargo Executive Board, signed the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance Agreement during a press conference to announce the union.
“SkyTeam Cargo is a unique global Cargo Alliance with high growth and vibrancy and is highly recognized by its customer-focused freight products with uniform standards as well as its unique one roof program,” noted Mr. Shan Chuanbo，Senior Vice President Alliances of China Eastern Airlines. “CCA Joining SkyTeam Cargo Alliance is a strategic decision combined with the development plan of CCA against the backdrop of global air liberalization and Alliance development. Joining SkyTeam Cargo will allow CCA to enjoy economy of scale benefits and enlarge its flight network, while upgrading its international competitiveness in compliance with the middle and long term strategic interests of CCA.”
Mr. Chong Choy, Vice President of Alliances at Air France KLM Cargo and Chairman of SkyTeam Cargo, welcomed CCA to the Alliance, saying “The members of SkyTeam Cargo are delighted to welcome CCA, China's first all-cargo airline operating dedicated freight services, as the newest member of our growing alliance. With the entry of China Cargo Airlines into the alliance, we have an unrivaled presence in the Greater China region, having already welcomed China Southern and China Airlines in the past few years. We are expecting stronger global synergy among members. Also, customers will be able to experience a wider benefit from our alliance” said Mr. Choy.
Mr. Wang Xiting, Vice General Consul of Chinese Consulate-General in Munich Germany, attended the joining ceremony and expressed the congratulations to CCA. He said “CCA will become even more competitive upon joining into the SkyTeam Cargo family.”
About China Cargo Airlines
China Cargo Airlines (CCA), established in 1998, is located in Shanghai, the most developed China metropolis at the center of the Yangtze River Delta. CCA currently possesses 14 cargo routes and operates belly spaces from China Eastern Airlines. Relying on the networks of China Eastern Airlines, CCA has extended to more than 200 destinations to provide air cargo services for customers from all over the world.
About SkyTeam Cargo
SkyTeam Cargo, launched in September 2000, includes members Aeroflot Cargo, Aeromexico Cargo, Air France Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo, KLM Cargo, and Korean Air Cargo. The airlines’ cargo divisions partnered to provide customers with access to a global route network, standardized operational processes, and “one roof” warehouse handling services. The components of SkyTeam Cargo ensure seamless cargo coordination and delivery throughout the alliance’s global network. The unique product portfolio range is commonly offered by all eleven airline partners to their customers.