All Nippon Airways
ANA said it concluded a cargo codeshare agreement with Star Alliance partner Asiana to take effect April 1. It covers 18 weekly flights--10 operated by ANA, eight by Asiana--between Japan and Korea and is the first such accord between the two countries. ANA also agreed to link frequent-flier programs with future Star member Swiss International Air Lines as the first step in a strategic partnership set to begin April 1 when Swiss becomes a member. Mar 16, 2006
Cargolux emerged as the unidentified customer that placed an order for two new 747-400Fs this month. The Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline simultaneously confirmed it canceled the introduction of a used dash 400F scheduled to join its fleet this year, as that aircraft has been sold in the meantime. The new aircraft, valued at $450 million at list prices, will be delivered in summer 2007 and summer 2008 and will fill the gap until delivery of the carrier's 747-8F fleet starting in September 2009. Cargolux is the new freighter's launch customer and has announced firm orders for 10 and purchase rights for an additional 10. It currently operates 14 747-400Fs. "The 747 freighters play an important part in our business model," President and CEO Ulrich Ogiermann said. "The performance level of the 747-400 freighter within our worldwide network is a cornerstone of our results these last years. With the introduction of the 747-8 freighter by the end of 2009, Cargolux will enter a new era of increased operational efficiency, of further improved environmental performance and of an enlarged potential for better products to benefit our customers." Mar 13, 2006
Cargolux will add a third weekly frequency to its Hong Kong-Barcelona-Luxembourg service from March. Mar 17, 2006
Cathay Pacific Airways is looking at a variety of options for its growing freighter fleet, according to COO Tony Tyler, who said that the airline likes the 747-400BCF and may convert six options to firm orders. "If and when we do, we are likely to convert some of our own 747-400s but not all, because we will still need the passenger lift," he said. In the longer term, he said Cathay will "look at the 747-8F as well as other options such as the...