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Cathay Pacific celebrates first freighter service to Shanghai

28 Jan 2005


Cathay Pacific Airways this morning celebrated the success of its first freighter service to Shanghai. Flight CX050 departed Hong Kong at 11pm yesterday and arrived at Shanghai airport on schedule this morning. The airline’s first return service from Shanghai also arrived back in Hong Kong today.

The flight’s arrival marked an important milestone in Cathay Pacific’s ongoing effort to strengthen Hong Kong as a global logistics hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland. The now daily Boeing 747-200F service will funnel goods through Hong Kong to and from major markets in Asia, the United States and Europe. The airline also plans to add additional freighter frequencies to Shanghai in the near future.

Shanghai joins Beijing as the second Mainland city that Cathay Pacific serves.
The network will extend to three cities when the airline launches a thrice-weekly passenger service to Xiamen at the end of February.

Cathay Pacific Director and General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "With the launch of the new freighter service to Shanghai, we will connect the Mainland's commercial capital to destinations throughout our network and further strengthen Hong Kong as a global logistics hub and gateway to the Mainland. I would like to thank all of our staff whose hard work made the launch of our new service a smooth one.”

Cathay Pacific Director and General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison together with the airline's cargo team celebrate the arrival of the airline's first freighter at Shanghai airport.