Dec. 4, 2009 (China Knowledge) - China Southern Airlines Co<600029><1055><ZNH>, the largest airline by fleet size in the country, yesterday added two Boeing 777 jets to expand its services to Europe and the U.S., thus boosting its cargo capacity by 92%, the Shanghai Daily reported.
The Boeing 777 jets, each with the capacity of carrying 105.9 tons of goods, will fly two new routes: Shanghai to Frankfurt and Shanghai to Chicago.
Frankfurt is an important European destination. Forty three percent of exports from Europe and 21% of imports from China go through Frankfurt. Chicago is also a key city. The cargo volume on the Shanghai to Chicago route accounts for 30% of the total cargo volume departing from the Chinese city.
Han Wensheng, general manager of the carrier's Shanghai branch, said that the company saw cargo increase in the fourth quarter and hit a record high. However, the company was not sure whether the higher volume would last because it will depend on the situation next year.
The carrier will introduce four more B777s by 2011, increasing the size of its cargo fleet to eight aircraft, including two B747 jets.
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