Effective 27th November 2006, the Chinese cargo carrier Jade Cargo International will add three more destinations to its flight schedule. The second freighter, which has been delivered on 22nd November, is scheduled to operate three weekly flights from Shenzhen via Brescia in Northern Italy to Barcelona in Spain as well as three weekly flights from Shenzhen to Osaka in Japan .
The new freighter will depart from the airline’s hub Shenzhen in Southern China every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 18:50 local time for Brescia . Two hours after arrival at 01:55 the following day, the Boeing 747-400ERF takes off for Barcelona commencing its return flight to Shenzhen at 06:05 local time. Osaka will be served from Shenzhen every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 05:40 local time. In each case, the return flight to Shenzhen will depart the same day at 12:25 local time. The new destinations are open for booking.
Air Logistics Group has been selected by Jade Cargo International to represent the cargo carrier excusively in Spain and Portugal. Tokyo-based Air System Inc. has been appointed to represent the Chinese carrier in Japan . Swiss WorldCargo has already been appointed in July to represent Jade Cargo International in Italy .
On 21 st November, the new freighter with the Chinese registration B-2440 was delivered to Pegasus Aviation Finance Company by the aircraft manufacturer Boeing and, at the same time, leased for a twelve-year term by Jade Cargo International.
Additional to the new services to Japan and South Europe, Jade Cargo International is connecting Amsterdam four times a week and Seoul three times a week with its hub in Shenzhen, China.
Jade Cargo International’s third Boeing 747-400ERF freighter is due for delivery in February 2007. The airline has ordered a total of six aircraft of this type, which will enter service successively until January 2008. The Jade Cargo fleet is based at Baoan International Airport , Shenzhen in Southern China .
Jade Cargo International was founded as a joint venture between Shenzhen Airlines (51 per cent), Lufthansa Cargo (25 per cent) and DEG-Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (24 per cent). The airline currently has more than 200 employees.