Demand driven by the ongoing resurgence of the global economy is leading cargo-partner to extend its regular charter services between Asia and Europe to year-end and also adding weekly groupage flights to the US and Vietnam.
Cargo-partner first began the regular charter services from Hong Kong (HKG) to Budapest (BUD) with two departures per week (one per week in the summer) in spring 2020. The move by the BUD-based the transport and logistics provider was aimed at helping customers maintain their supply chains.
In June 2021 this service was expanded through the introduction of weekly charter flights from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zhengzhou (CGO).
Cargo-partner has now taken the charter service further with the launch of a new weekly part-load charter programme from Vienna (VIE) to Chicago (ORD), due to what it says is increasing demand for air cargo solutions on this route.
“Vienna Airport serves as an ideal hub for Central and Eastern Europe, while Chicago is a strategic starting point for distribution in the US Midwest,” it says adding the service is suitable for general cargo of all types.
And since Spring, cargo-partner has also been offering a new groupage service with weekly departures from Hanoi (HAN) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Munich (MUC), Frankfurt and Vienna. This door-to-door solution includes pickup from any location in Vietnam and delivery to the final destination in Europe, it says.
Ad hoc charter demand strong
Beside the regular charter services, cargo-partner says it “continuously receives numerous ad-hoc requests for full and part-charter flights” to transport urgently needed goods as well as for specific on-board courier services.
“Cargo-partner has recognised the customer need for highly time-critical transports and can ensure immediate availability and the fastest response times for these requests,” cargo-partner CEO Stefan Krauter says.
The cargo-partner team in Slovakia recently organised two successful emergency charters from northeast China to Slovakia for a well-known automotive customer. Due to an unexpected delay in its supply chain, the customer urgently required the delivery of two large shipments to prevent a complete production shutdown at its European plant.
The solution provided by cargo-partner included pick-up and transport to Beijing (PEK) airport, customs clearance, air transport to Vienna and delivery to the production site. Scarce freight capacities and the fact that Bratislava Airport (BTS) was closed due to runway reconstruction made the short-notice transport a particular challenge, cargo-partner says.
This past winter and spring saw cargo-partner’s Czech branch handle several important medical shipments to contribute to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with the Shanghai branch, the company organised the transport of 5.5 million antigen tests. The first and most urgent 55 tonne shipment was handled by a door-to-door charter flight in just 72 hours.
After customs clearance, the shipment was sorted, repacked and palletised at the cargo-partner warehouse next to Prague Airport. The Czech Fire and Rescue Service then organised the final distribution of the test kits to schools throughout the country. The remaining two transports followed afterwards and a similar transport was completed in winter 2020, where cargo-partner chartered an Antonov An-124 to accommodate the size of the shipment.
More recently the cargo-partner team in Germany, together with their colleagues in China, organised two transports from Zhengzhou to Düsseldorf (DUS) using B747-400s for time-critical shipments of healthcare products and urgently needed goods for the automotive sector. Due to high demand from the region, one of the weekly charter flights from Zhengzhou was diverted directly to Düsseldorf Airport.