Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is optimising its flight network effective from the winter schedule starting 27 October, saying it aims to better match customer requirements and enhance its services.
This will include US routes where Narita (NRT)/ Chicago (ORD) will see later departure times in order to extend the acceptance time for export cargo to be delivered and uplifted on the same day. The later departures take effect from January 2020.
And also in January, arrival times from Chicago to Narita will be earlier, allowing import cargo to be recovered earlier at Narita Airport.
NCA’s Los Angeles service, currently operated through a code-share with Atlas Air, using B747-400F equipment will partially be replaced by larger freighters – B747-8F – operated by NCA.
“This replacement will increase capacity to accommodate more freighter-sized cargoes such as longer pieces, or over-wide crates,” NCA says. This will take effect with this winter schedule.
And the carrier will start a new direct flight from Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) to Chicago, commencing at one flight per week from 27 October. “We are seeking to increase the frequency of this service in the future,” NCA adds.
Saying it aims to “improve operational efficiency of the network”, NCA will suspend its around-the-world service (Nartia – Anchorage – Chicago – Frankfurt Hahn – Milano – Narita).
Some of these flights will be changed to Nartia – Anchorage – Chicago – Anchorage, returning the aircraft to Narita after Chicago, via Anchorage rather than continuing to Europe.
The last scheduled flight from Chicago to Frankfurt Hahn will be on 24 December and the last scheduled flight from Frankfurt Hahn to Narita will be on 25 of December.
NCA says its flights between Narita and Europe will be maintained at four flights per week (Narita – Amsterdam – Milano – Narita) and its services between Narita and Frankfurt will still be maintained by connecting the cargo from/to its own flights at Amsterdam Airport, even after the suspension of some services.
Meanwhile, “we will strengthen our service between NRT and Milano through strategic capacity arrangements with our partner airlines, in addition to our own flights,” the carrier says.
“We will continue our efforts to improve our on-time performance and operational quality by creating more spare hours on our aircraft rotations through optimisation of aircraft positioning, reviews of flight routes, and reduction of overall flight
Moving forward, NCA says it will continue its efforts “to maintain a stable scheduled network and simultaneously to expand charter transportation services including those between third countries by fully utilising our entire fleet which consist of eight B747-8F operated by NCA and B747-400F operated by Atlas, through strategic partnership with them.”
Since this most recent summer schedule 2019, NCA has reinstated the use of all eight B747–8 Freighters under the direct operation of NCA.
NCA also announced it is participating in the Narita Airport Community for IATA CEIV Pharma certification from October, 2019.
The Narita Airport Community is organised by NAA (Narita International Airport Corporation) and focuses on providing CEIV Pharma certifications for pharmaceutical air transportation.
“By acquiring a CEIV Pharma certification, NCA proves its comprehensive knowledge of GDP (appropriate logistics standards for medical / pharmaceutical logistics). In addition, NCA provides world-class transportation quality while handling air transportation for pharmaceuticals. NCA will continue to work to further improve transportation quality,” the carrier says.