China’s Sichuan Airlines Cargo will begin operating full freighter flights at Brussels Airport from end-April using A330-200F aircraft.
By the end of April, Sichuan Airlines – which has been expanding its freighter fleet with the purchase of A330 freighters, will kick off three flights a week, gradually increasing the number to six per week by 2020.
The Chinese carrier, based at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDU), has chosen Brussels Airport as its first full-cargo destination in Europe. “We are thrilled to welcome Sichuan Airlines Cargo to Brussels Airport,” says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
“In addition to being our first Chinese full-freighter airline, it will provide us with a direct link to Chengdu Airport, which has been chosen as the new hub for SF Express, one of the main e-commerce operators in China. Sichuan Airlines strengthens our network in the centre of China, and also supports our medium to long-term e-commerce strategy,” he adds.
With 732,000 tonnes of cargo in 2018, Brussels Airport has become a key European cargo hub. Its strategic location at the heart of Europe and its ideal connections with the highway network are key elements in attracting new partners, the airport says.
After welcoming three new full-freighter airlines in 2018, “Brussels Airport is starting off 2019 in a great way with the arrival of Sichuan Airlines Cargo, whose presence is bound to attract other companies over the following months, strengthening Brussels Airport’s position as a logistics hub,” the airport says.