PACT BUILDS SOLID

Lo­cal cargo firm says syn­er­gies at­tained via col­lab­o­ra­tion ser­vice ben­e­fi­cial for its in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR

AIR-CARGO car­rier MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd says the syn­er­gies at­tained from a ser­vice col­lab­o­ra­tion with Azer­bai­jan’s Silk Way West Air­lines since March last year are ben­e­fi­cial for its in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions.

“We have good con­nec­tiv­ity from Baku Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Azer­bai­jan to Chicago with cargo flights op­er­at­ing on a B74-800 freighter once a week and an­other one fly­ing into JFK In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New York via Baku,” said chief ex­ec­u­tive Ah­mad Luqman Mohd Azmi.

He said the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the two air cargo play­ers en­tailed a block space agree­ment (BSA) on a twice weekly route to and from Kuala Lumpur and Am­s­ter­dam via the Baku Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

MAB Kargo has a fleet of three A330-200 freighters while Silk Way West op­er­ates three B747-800 and four B747400 air­craft.

Luqman said this solid net­work, built by both part­ners, would con­tinue to serve key Asian and Aus­tralian mar­kets with the Air­bus A330-200 freighters fleet.

The part­ner­ship with Silk Way West would al­low MAB Kargo to ex­pand to new des­ti­na­tions such as Baku and Tehran (Iran), and serve fa­mil­iar mar­kets such as Frankfurt, Malpensa, Vi­enna, Istanbul and New York, he said.

MAB Kargo car­ried some 204,118 tonnes of cargo last year, down from 293,075 tonnes in 2015.

He added that the 30 per cent de­cline re­sulted mainly from the ra­tion­al­i­sa­tion for pas­sen­ger and freighter net­work.

Com­ment­ing on the Brexit is­sue, Luqman said it would not af­fect MAB Kargo “be­cause we serve the United King­dom mar­ket di­rectly and not through the Euro­pean Union.”

PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI IS­MAIL

Part­ner­ship with Silk Way West will al­low MAB Kargo to ex­pand to new des­ti­na­tions such as Baku and Tehran.

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