China Southern Airlines has become the first airline from the mainland of China to join Cargo 2000 and to commit to its program to improve the quality of air cargo.
Overall, it is the 30th international airline to join Cargo 2000. The group also includes 15 of the world’s leading freight forwarding organizations as well as ground handlers, road feeder services operators, technology providers and airports.
A SkyTeam Cargo member, China Southern operates a fleet of five B777-200F and two B747-400F and plans to introduce a further B777-200F by the end of 2011. The airline currently offers six intercontinental freighter routes from Shanghai to Los Angeles, Vancouver, Chicago, Amsterdam, Vienna and Frankfurt and from Guangzhou to Amsterdam, with a total of 26 flights a week.
Mattijs ten Brink, Chairman of Cargo 2000, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome China Southern Airlines as our newest member of the Cargo 2000 initiative. As one of mainland China's leading cargo players, the airline’s decision to join our membership provides a clear indication that the quest for quality is indeed a global pursuit. We look forward to their participation and input within the group over the coming years."
Mr. Luo Laijun, SVP China Southern Cargo, said that by joining Cargo 2000, China Southern will implement an efficient process and quality management system to have a better control of its cargo handling process and to enhance customer satisfaction with improved service.
“Having China Southern Airlines as members of Cargo 2000 is a significant milestone for our group as a whole. We hope that as our very first member carrier from the mainland, they have set a standard that will only further encourage participation from other key players within the air transport in China. We look forward to an ever increasing membership representation, focused on quality service delivery throughout this most important of markets for any mode of transport," added Tom Presnail, Cargo 2000’s Director Asia & The Americas.
Cargo 2000’s full airline membership is AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Cargo Airlines Ltd, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta Airlines, Egyptair, Etihad, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Korean Airlines, Lufthansa, Martinair, Polar Air Cargo, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, Saudi Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss WorldCargo, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.