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Nippon Cargo Airlines to start Tokyo-Taipei route in Q1

JAPAN's Nippon Cargo Airlines is to launch twice weekly freighter service from Narita International Airport in Tokyo to Taipei in Taiwan in the first quarter in response to customers' requests

14 January 2020 - 19:00

JAPAN's Nippon Cargo Airlines is to launch twice weekly freighter service from Narita International Airport in Tokyo to Taipei in Taiwan in the first quarter in response to customers' requests.

Flexport, the San Francisco-based freight forwarder, will be the launch customer under a block space agreement, executive vice president and global head of air freight Neel Shah confirmed. The service is part of a larger diversification strategy for Southeast Asia Flexport, New York's FreightWaves reported.



NCA owns eight Boeing 747-8 and five 747-400 freighters, which have been assigned to Atlas Air to operate on its behalf. Japan's sole dedicated all-cargo carrier manages all sales, routes, and cargo operations, but outsources the 747-400 flying and maintenance after Japanese authorities grounded its fleet in mid-2018 for alleged failure to report bird strikes and keep accurate maintenance records.



The NCA flights from Taipei will fly to Tokyo, from where the shipments will connect with freighters to Chicago, New York, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline makes 25 departures weekly from Narita to the US.



In the two largest US gateways, Los Angeles and Chicago, NCA has the benefit of operating from its own leased warehouse on airport property that is directly controlled and managed by NCA.


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