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Geodis commits long-term air freight capacity to Asia-Europe corridor

FRENCH logistics giant Geodis has confirmed a two-way schedule of flights from China to Europe and back through to early 2021 as part of its AirDirect service, which is an own controlled network (OCN), leading

04 October 2020 - 19:00

FRENCH logistics giant Geodis has confirmed a two-way schedule of flights from China to Europe and back through to early 2021 as part of its AirDirect service, which is an own controlled network (OCN), leading.

The company originally instigated its full aircraft charter arrangements on this route in March with ad hoc flights and introduced a weekly timetable in June to meet the urgent need for air cargo capacity which had diminished due to the effects of the pandemic.



Now, with both freighter and passenger belly-hold space still in short supply, the logistics provider has announced a permanent schedule reaching into next year. Weekly direct flights will depart from Shanghai (PVG) every Monday and from Amsterdam (AMS) each Sunday to service what is expected to be a post-COVID resurgence in demand during what is traditionally a fourth quarter peak season.



The advent of the China-Europe-China service brings the company's total investment in Geodis' OCN to over EUR70 million (US$82 million). More than 400 flights have been successfully completed across Asia, Europe, North and Latin America to date.



Among the customers requiring such a service include a European auto manufacturer equipping its plant in China with sub-assembly parts.



In addition, Lenovo, a global leader in the manufacturing of personal computers, smartphones, workstations, computer servers and smart IoT devices, is one of Geodis' customers of its AirDirect Mexico service (Hong Kong/ Guadalajara) as well as its weekly direct flights from Shanghai-Amsterdam.



'It is vital for our customers in China to be not only assured of regular capacity but also that their freight partner is controlling the transport service network, including flight operations,' said Asia Pacific chief Onno Boots.



'In addition, we are exploring options to establish a connection between China and India, as well as linking Hong Kong and Singapore in the network. These efforts aim to provide a hub that will seamlessly link with our Geodis Asia Road Network.'



Said Geodis vice president Stanislas Brun: 'Both the Amsterdam and Shanghai hubs are ideal for coordinating multi-origin and destination cargoes. The regularity and reliability of this newly established service, coupled with the visibility provided by our IRIS systems technology, will help manufacturers and retailers rejuvenate their business as the global economy recovers post-Covid.'


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