Hactl wins new freighter handling contract

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Hactl has been chosen to provide cargo handling services for Moscow-based carrier, Aviastar-Tu, for its new freighter services from eastern Russia to Hong Kong.

Aviastar-Tu has commenced operations from Tolmachevo to Hong Kong, utilising a Tupolev Tu-204C freighter aircraft with 28,500 kilogramme payload and 14 pallet positions. Currently, one freighter service is operated per week, with plans to add an extra frequency from Tolmachevo, and twice weekly flights from Vladivostok, amounting to four services a week by the end of 2017. All services are being operated for Russian Post.

Hactl is providing full ramp and terminal handling services for Aviastar-Tu. With cargo tonnages already up 16.6% in the first half year, the new contract will see Hactl’s already strong performance for 2017 improve further.

Dmitri Kovalenko, CEO of Aviastar-Tu, commented on the new partnership. “The contract for which we are operating these new flights is an important win for Aviastar-Tu. We are confident that Hactl’s considerable experience in mail handling, and their dedicated Express facilities, will enable us to provide our customer with the highest possible service standards.”

Adds Hactl Chief Executive, Mark Whitehead, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Aviastar-Tu to Hong Kong, and to the Hactl carrier community. This is an interesting new contract, as we believe it marks the Tu-204C’s first appearance in Hong Kong.”

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