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Flexport opts for new operator to provide freighter flights


San Francisco, California-based freight forwarder Flexport has switched its transpacific air charter operation from Western Global to a service run by Plus Logistics, a Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) subsidiary, and Atlas Air.
A Flexport spokesperson said the switch was made on July 8 without a single missed flight. Atlas Air operates five Boeing 747-400 freighters on behalf of NCA.
The spokesperson explained that the production Boeing 747-400F freighters offered by Atlas are able to carry an extra 10 tonnes of cargo per flight, which equates to an increase in capacity of around 9 per cent compared with the previous operation.
It also has the ability to carry oversized cargo because of its nose door capability. There were also some service issues with the previous operation, the company said.
Flexport first launched twice-weekly scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Los Angeles in April 2018 through a three-year deal with Western Global.
The forwarder also offers a service between Hong Kong and Chicago O'Hare.
At the time, the company said that the move would allow it to control freight from end to end at a fair and predictable rate as well as guaranteed capacity.
This was not the forwarder's first foray into cargo flights. In late 2017, the forwarder had chartered capacity as it sought to beat capacity constraints caused by a peak season rush, reports London's Air Cargo News.

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