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CFL boss ‘delighted’ with Thai Airways deal to boost UK-APAC shipments

Matthew Ware, chief executive, CFL
photo_camera Matthew Ware, chief executive, CFL

Heathrow Airport’s only on-site express courier handler CFL has agreed a three-year deal with Thai Airways that will give UK businesses more courier capacity between the UK and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Matthew Ware, chief executive at CFL said: “We are delighted to formalise this important partnership with Thai Airways. Exporting is vital for the UK economy, and this deal will give UK businesses greater capacity and faster access to an already huge and growing market.”

Thai Airways will gain a strong differentiator by adding a courier product, built around CFL’s express handling capabilities, to its portfolio.

Few of the APAC region’s airlines offer a courier product, so Thai Airways’ additional capacity will create significant potential for regional businesses in Asia looking to trade with the UK.

The two companies have completed data exchange tests and CFL can now begin receiving inbound shipments. Export product handling is expected to start in August.

Ware added: “Thai Airways is already very strongly positioned to service the needs of local and regional businesses. The addition of a courier product increases their global reach by adding fast, reliable delivery of e-commerce products into the UK.

“We have actively pursued a strategy of building relationships with key airline partners in important economic regions, and this deal represents a significant step towards fulfilling that strategy.”

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