Hactl chosen to handle Hong Kong express cargo airline

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YTO Cargo Airlines (YG), the aircraft operating arm of Chinese courier firm YTO Express, has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited as its handling agent in Hong Kong.

YG commenced operations in September 2015, and launched its newest route, from Wuxi to Hong Kong, on January 29 this year. The new, four-times-a-week service is operated using a newly acquired 30-tonne capacity B757-200F, which joins the airline’s existing fleet of seven B737-300Fs. Further B757Fs are due for delivery this year.

Hactl will provide ramp and terminal handling services for all YG flights through Hong Kong – the airline’s first international destination. It plans to add scheduled flights to the Philippines, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Macau in due course.

YG’s parent, Shanghai-based YTO Express, is now the parcel carrier with the second largest network coverage in China (after China Post), handling 20m parcels per day. YTO Express is one of 14 partners that work closely with Alibaba’s Cainiao logistics subsidiary.

Chairman & President of YTO Express, Mr Weijiao YU, says: “We are very excited about our new services to Hong Kong, marking the beginning of the next stage in our global expansion plans. Hactl’s considerable experience in handling express operators and e-commerce shipments makes it our ideal service partner.”

Mark Whitehead, Chief Executive of Hactl, commented: “We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to assist YTO Cargo Airlines in this important stage of their development, and look forward to creating a successful partnership.”

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