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First direct China-Africa freight service from KLM and Kenya Airways


KLM and Kenya Airways are to launch the first direct freighter service between mainland China and Kenya in a joint operation to be run by KQ Cargo, bearing the slogan "Hunting for Business" written in Chinese.
The cargo arm of Kenya Airways, KQ Cargo, will deploy its first freighter with a capacity of 120 tonnes of a Boeing 747-400F to be named the Safari Connection. The service will fly to Amsterdam, Guangzhou, Nairobi, UAE, Lagos, Nairobi and back to Amsterdam.
KQ Cargo CEO Titus Naikuni said the service will connect China's key industrial zone in Guangdong province with key African markets. "Our plan is to be the main distributor of cargo from Asia in Africa, with Nigeria as one of our major destinations."
The freighter will boost the airline's robust fiscal 2011 volumes which hit 56,000 tonnes with a third quarter 6.2 per cent uptick in cargo and capacity increase of 6.5 per cent year on year.
Despite a slump in global air cargo and a sluggish year of freight volumes for the region, said AAPA director Andrew Herdman, he is optimistic of "tentative signs of recovery in the US and continuing positive momentum here in Asia."
The African carrier aims to grow its freighter fleet by 12 over a decade with part wholly-owned and others leased to prevent over-reliance on its passenger fleet's belly capacity, according to the Shipping Gazette.

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