The new service, which will operate four times a week with an average payload capacity of between 30 and 40 tonnes and is expected to capitalise on the increasing numbers of cross-border e-commerce shipments being transported from China into the southeast-Asian markets, along with consumer goods and perishables.
The Malaysian carrier, which is based at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur, intends to expand its network to additional destinations within the Asia-Pacific region, including within China and other neighbouring countries later this year, the carrier said in a statement.
Group managing director of Raya Airways Mohamad Najib Ishak, said: 'We are thrilled to expand our logistics solutions and time-sensitive services into China, one of the world's largest and fastest growing air cargo markets. With Nanning being the gateway to the ASEAN countries, and increasing cross-border e-commerce goods being transported from China into southeast-Asian markets, this route expansion is timely. It will support the increasing demand of cargo services from consumers and merchants, whilst offering us with an opportunity to create and provide a seamless logistics network driven by efficient service.'
The cargo carrier - which has a fleet comprising three B767-200Fs and one B737-400F - operates scheduled domestic and regional airfreight flights, express delivery services into major regional hubs including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong as well as important commercial centres in east Malaysia, such as Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Labuan.
Founded in November 1993, Raya also provides charter opportunities, ground handling, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, and works closely with logistics providers, integrators DHL and UPS, and also other airlines such as Air Macau.