Singapore Airlines Cargo
airline = Singapore Airlines Cargo
logo_size = 270
fleet_size = 14
destinations = 36
IATA = SQ
ICAO = SQC
callsign = SINGCARGO
parent = Singapore Airlines Limited
founded = 2001
Chew Choon Seng( CEO)
Singapore Changi Airport Sharjah International Airport Brussels Airport
website = http://www.siacargo.com
Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Singapore Airlinesand was formed in 2001. SIA Cargo is the world's third-largest cargo airlinein terms of international freight tonne kilometres (FTK) cite journal |year = 2008 | month =November | journal = Airline Business | title = Cargo Rankings 2006. It has a dedicated flight network spanning 36 cities in 18 countries, [cite web |url=http://www.siacargo.com/SEA.pdf |title=Cargo Quick Reference Timetable - South-East Asian |accessdate=2007-05-11 |format= |work= ] cite web |url=http://www.siacargo.com/USA.pdf |title=Cargo Quick Reference Timetable - North American |accessdate=2007-05-11 |format= |work= ] cite web |url=http://www.siacargo.com/NA.pdf |title= Cargo Quick Reference Timetable - North Asian|accessdate=2007-05-11 |format= |work= ] cite web |url=http://www.siacargo.com/SWP.pdf |title= Cargo Quick Reference Timetable - South-West Pacific |accessdate=2007-05-11 |format= |work= ] cite web |url=http://www.siacargo.com/EUR.pdf |title=Cargo Quick Reference Timetable - European |accessdate=2007-05-11 |format= |work= ] cite web |url=http://www.siacargo.com/WAA.pdf |title=Cargo Quick Reference Timetable - West Asian & African |accessdate=2007-05-11 |format= |work= ] managing an 8-billion-tonne-kilometre capacity through a fleet of 14 all-cargo aircraft and the cargo holds of 96 passenger aircraft operated by Singapore Airlines.cite web | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = | title = Singapore Airlines Cargo Fleet | url = http://www.siacargo.com/fleetauld_fleet.asp]
The airline is part of the
WOW Alliance, which also includes Lufthansa Cargo, SAS Cargo Group, and JAL Cargo as members. The airline owns a 25% stake in Great Wall Airlines, a new cargo airline based in Shanghai. Great Wall Airlines leased two Boeing 747-412F from SIA Cargo to operate its first route from Shanghai's Pudong Airport to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
Singapore Airlines Cargo was incorporated in
1 July, 2001, taking over the air-freight operations of Singapore Airlines as a separate subsidiary. SIA Cargo leased the entire freighter fleet from Singapore Airlines, as well as taking over management of the cargo holds in all of Singapore Airlines' passenger aircraft. Within a few months, it entered an alliance with Lufthansa Cargoand SAS Cargo Groupto form WOW Allianceon 1 October, 2001. [ cite press release | title =Lufthansa Cargo, SAS Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo - Alliance Enters the Market | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 26 September 2001| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news260901.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ] Japan Airlines Cargojoined the alliance later on 5 July, 2002. [ cite press release | title =New Partner for WOW: Japan Airlines Cargo Joins Lufthansa Cargo, SAS Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo in Air Cargo Alliance | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 5 July 2002| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news050702.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ]
"Securerider", a premium product for secured shipments was launched on
7 January 2002, [ cite press release | title =Singapore Airlines Cargo Launches Securerider | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 7 January 2002| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news070102.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ] including services such as "Swiftrider", "Timerider" and "Coolrider" targeting general shipments, heavy shipments, and temperature-sensitive cargo, respectively.
The airline garnered its first award as an all-cargo airline by winning the "Best Global Air Cargo Carrier" and "Best Air Cargo Carrier - Asia" at the
Asian Freight Industry Awards(AFIA) in 2002, an award which parent company Singapore Airlines had already won eight times consecutively. [ cite press release | title =Singapore Airlines Cargo Wins Again At Asian Freight Industry Award | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 14 March 2002| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news140302.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ] It was named as the "Best Airfreight Carrier" in the inaugural Hong Kong-based Asia Logistics Awards in the same year. [ cite press release | title =Singapore Airlines Cargo Wins Top Logistics Award | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 29 November 2002| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news291102.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ]
New routes were introduced in the next few years as the airline began to take advantage of liberalised aviation agreements. A round-the-world service was introduced on
31 October, 2001, flying from Singaporeto Hong Kong, Dallas, Chicago, Brussels, Sharjah, and back to Singaporeon Wednesdays, and on the Singapore, Hong Kong, Dallas, Chicago, Brussels, Mumbai, Singaporeroute on Fridays. [ cite press release | title =DFW Welcome Singapore Airlines Cargo | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 31 October 2001| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news311001.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ] It became the first third-country freighter airline to fly direct between Chinaand the United Stateson 22 May, 2003when flights commenced from Singaporeto Xiamen, Nanjingand onwards to Chicago. Return flights are operated from Chicago and Los Angelesto Nanjing. [ cite press release | title =Singapore Airlines Cargo Commences Direct China-US services | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 22 May 2003| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news220503.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ]
In March 2004, a weekly
New York City- Brussels- Kuwait- Colombo- Singaporerouting was introduced. [cite press release | title =SIA Cargo Expands Freighter Fleet and Service Network | publisher = Singapore Airlines Cargo | date = 15 March 2004| url =http://www.siacargo.com/news150304.asp | accessdate = 2007-05-10 ]
Singapore Airlines Cargo operates dedicated cargo flights to 36 destinations in 18 countries, of which 25 are served by both Singapore Airlines passenger aircraft and SIA Cargo aircraft. The airline also has scheduled cargo flights to 12 destinations, which do not receive service from Singapore Airlines passenger aircraft, namely:
Nairobi, Xiamen, Macau, Kuwait City, Sharjah, Brussels, Anchorage, Chicagoand Dallas. Sharjah and Brussels serve as hubs for the Middle Eastern and European regions respectively.
Additionally, as SIA Cargo manages the cargo holds of all Singapore Airlines passenger aircraft, the company offers cargo product services to all destinations on the Singapore Airlines passenger network.
When incorporated in 2001, all nine
Singapore Airlines' Boeing 747MegaArk freighters were transferred to the new cargo start-up at market value, and henceforth, all new freighter purchases were to be made from the new company's books. All cargo-hold spaces in the Singapore Airlines' passenger planes are also managed by the new company.
SIA Cargo currently operates 14
Boeing 747-400FMegaArk freighters. The Boeing 747-400 MegaArk freighter, with a 110-tonne payload and 8,245 km range, can carry more payloads further than any other commercial cargo aircraft, and feature typical capabilities such as front loading from the nose, temperature control and pressure-regulation systems. The average age of the freighter fleet was 6 years 5 months as at 31 March 2008cite web |url= http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/docs/company_info/investor/financial/NewsReleaseFY0708.pdf|title= Annual Report 07/08|accessdate=2008-05-18 |format= |work= ] .
In addition, the company manages the cargo holds of 100 passenger aircraft operated by Singapore Airlines. These offer 9-23 tonnes of cargo capacity per plane depending on aircraft type.
* [http://www.siacargo.com Singapore Airlines Cargo]
* [http://www.aircargoworld.com/archives/feat1_jul01.htm Article about the airline's formation]
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