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Page 24 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2017 B&H to WCA B&h Worldwide has joined WCA’s Time Critical network, the world’s largest independent freight for- warder grouping. Joining the specialist part of the WCA will give the B&h team access to a wider group of agents with aerospace and time critical logistics requirements. U-Freight grows ThE U-FREIGhT Group (UFL) has expanded its business in Taiwan. The hong Kong-based freight forwarding and logistics company has established U-Freight Logistics in Taiwan as part of the group’s ongoing development of e-com- merce logistics services around the world. The new Taiwanese company is based in Taipei and will be an inde- pendent subsidiary of the U-Freight Group, working alongside U-Freight Taiwan, which has been in opera- tion for more than 30 years. Canny Lin has transferred from U-Freight Taiwan to the new com- pany and will oversee its opera- tions as general manager. GAC into Hidd GAC BAhRAIN has opened its new warehouse and office building as part of its long-term strategic planning in response to anticipated growth of the Kingdom’s logistics sector. The 3,200 square metre, 3,019-pal- let position ambient racked ware- house in hidd, Bahrain Investment Wharf, replaces the company’s previous leased facility in salmabad. United returns Us-based United Airlines has re- sumed seasonal B777-300 flights be- tween san Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand. The carrier will operate the route six days per week until 17 Decem- ber 2017 and then daily through to 22 March 2018. ACS stays in relief mode As of late October, Air Charter service (ACs) had arranged more than 130 flights in response to the hurricanes that ravaged the Caribbean and some of the southern states in the Us, transporting both passengers and cargo. Justin Bowman, chief executive ACs said: “Our Us offices were already busy arranging charters in the aftermath of hurricane harvey in Texas when hurricanes Irma and Maria left a path of destruction across the Atlantic Basin. We are still arranging charters every day to send aid to those affected. so far we have arranged more than 130 flights, evacuating groups of peo- ple and carrying a total of almost 3,000 tonnes of humanitarian cargo in the past four weeks. “We have ACs staff on the ground in san Juan, helping to co-ordinate aircraft movements and ensuring the aid gets to those who need it as quickly as possible. We also have arranged charters for various American specialist freight forwarders as well as the British government’s Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence – one of which was a helicopter on board an Antonov 124 aircraft. The helicopter has since been used to distribute aid more effectively as many of the airports in the area were badly damaged and unable to accept fixed wing aircraft. “The majority of the cargo has been a mix of relief goods such as shel- ter kits, water bottles and ration packs for the victims left homeless on islands such as Barbados and Puerto Rico. “In the lead up to the hurricanes hitting, our passenger division was also working hard, chartering more than 20 aircraft to evacuate groups of people from the region.” STL sees more charter flights IN the Us, the st Louis Lambert International Airport (sTL), Missouri reports a boom in cargo charter activity in 2017. For the year to date, the airport has recorded a 30 per cent increase in freight charters compared with the same period in 2016. The av- erage weight of cargo on flights has increased almost four-fold to 20,857 kgs. In september, the airport also saw its two heaviest charter move- ments in some years: 98,264 kgs and 105,665 kgs, uplifted by 747-8F aircraft operated by AirBridge Cargo. These were the first-ever oper- ations into sTL by the 747-8F. sTL also recently saw the first An-124 to visit the airport of the in five years. The mainstay of the charter flights has been the region’s automotive and aerospace industries.