China Cargo Airlines to join SkyTeam Cargo
Published: June 11, 2012
China Cargo Airlines MD11F. By Rob Finlayson
China Eastern Airlines’ (MU) subsidiary China Cargo Airlines (CK) is expected to become the second Chinese carrier to join the SkyTeam Cargo alliance as it aims to improve its global competitiveness. CK GM Zhu Yimin said the carrier would formally join the alliance by June 2013.
CK, China’s largest cargo carrier, operates a fleet of 19 aircraft on 16 domestic and international routes. The Shanghai-based carrier is moving forward with its strategic transition plan to become a logistics enterprise “instead of being just a cargo carrier. It is conducive for us to buildan international route network and improve our global competitiveness to join SkyTeam,” Zhu said.
SkyTeam Cargo has nine member carriers that include Aeroflot, Air France-KLM Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, Delta Cargo and Korean Air Cargo.