Hong Kong Air Cargo has launched a new e-commerce route from Hong Kong International Airport to London Stansted Airport, the first UK route.
The airline will operate this route with an Airbus A330-200F widebody all-cargo aircraft, offering full cargo flight services between the two cities.
The first flight, RH364 departed from Hong Kong International Airport at 00:05 HKT on February 4 and landed in London at 11:50 GMT.
Captain Clifford Hung, president cum chief operations officer of Hong Kong Air Cargo, said: “We are delighted to launch our new e-commerce route to London Stansted, a key milestone for our international expansion plan 2024.
“This route will provide our customers with more choices and flexibility for their air cargo logistics needs and create more value and opportunities for our stakeholders and partners.
“We are grateful for the support and cooperation from the Hong Kong International Airport, the London Stansted Airport, and the relevant authorities in both cities.
“We look forward to strengthening our collaboration and friendship with them.”
Hong Kong Air Cargo states the new e-commerce route is a strategic move as it aims to tap into the growing demand for online shopping and cross-border trade between China and Europe.
The route is also expected to enhance the connectivity and convenience for cargo shippers, as London Stansted is one of the largest cargo airports in the UK, with easy access to London and other major cities in Europe.
The route will also boost the economic cooperation between Hong Kong, China, and Europe, as Hong Kong serves as a global hub for air cargo logistics and a gateway for goods entering and exiting the mainland.
Established in 2017, Hong Kong Air Cargo is an emerging cargo carrier in the region with a vision to become a leading global cargo airline.
The airline has a modern and diverse fleet of six all-cargo aircraft, including five A330-200Fs and one wet-leased A330-300P2F.
The airline has a comprehensive network of routes covering Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, connecting major destinations such as Almaty, Bangkok, Chennai, Delhi, Dubai, Hanoi, Istanbul, Manila, Milan, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, and London.