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Page 26 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2017 ABC to lift Liege B747 services to 12 a week EUROPE’s Liege Airport, Belgium is now a freighter call for AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC). starting with its northern winter schedule, ABC will gradual- ly increase cargo capacity there to 12 B747 flights per week. “Liege is situated at the heart of the Paris - Amsterdam – Frankfurt golden triangle, and attracts freight volumes ‘like a magnet’, accumulating general cargo as well as special ship- ments,” said sergey Lazarev, general director of AirBridge- Cargo Airlines. “We have a long history of co-operation with Liege airport via Atran Airlines (part of Volga-Dnepr Group) and now are taking our partnership to a new level.” With the introduction of Liege, the carrier’s European desti- nations total rises to 13. Liege Airport operates 24/7 and specialises in express freight, e-commerce, pharmaceutical and perishables prod- ucts as well as live animals. Liege Airport’s the Flexport® is less than one day by truck from the largest European cities, thus reaching around 400 million consumers. AirBridgeCargo will grow its operations from Liege to up to 12 services a week this winter. Hactl and Virgin continue a long- term partnership CARGO ground handling at hong Kong International for Virgin Australia’s new Mel- bourne route is the broadening of a tradition for hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (hactl). It has looked after cargo on Virgin Atlantic flights since that carrier began services to and from London heathrow in 1994. Virgin Australia initiated its hong Kong route on July 5, using A332 aircraft with 14 tonnes of belly-hold capacity. Cargo sales are being handled by Virgin Atlantic, which also sells space on Virgin Australia LA routes ex sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Mark Whitehead, hactl’s chief executive said: “There is strong demand for air cargo capacity from hong Kong to Australia, driv- en increasingly by e-commerce and the new services are well placed to tap into growing perishables traffic from Australia destined for hong Kong and China.” It’s been a good year for hactl: The cargo handler signed VietJet early this year, has added several awards to the trophy wall and – as reported in our e-news feed – out- performed the overall hong Kong market by notching up an impressive 16.6 per cent increase in handled tonnage during the first half of calendar 2017. hactl attributed the results to a number of factors including continuing modal shift from sea to air, overflow from mainland Chi- nese airports and the constant strengthening of e-commerce traffic. Huge Melbourne-Brisbane rail project will have freight focus AUsTRALIA’s A$10 billion Melbourne-Brisbane 1700-kilo- metre inland rail project is the commonwealth’s biggest rail project in 100 years. The federal government has committed A$8.4 billion equity investment to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for the project, which is predicted to benefit a wide range of in- dustries and create intermodal facilities and logistic hubs in strategic locations as well as increase industrial land values near the rail route. Major players including Linfox, Ceva Logistics, Toll hold- ings, DB schenker, DhL and others are expected to use the new service.