Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, announced Thursday that it has joined SkyTeam Cargo, making it the first airline in the country to partner with the only global airline cargo alliance.
CAL Senior Vice President James Yu said at the International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition in Atlanta that membership of SkyTeam Cargo means that the carrier will be able to expand its shipping network from 84 destinations in 27 countries to 864 destinations in 174 countries.
"By exchanging business expertise with other member airlines, CAL will further enhance its overall international competitiveness," said Yu.
Yu said that as part of the alliance, CAL and carriers such as Delta Cargo, China Southern Cargo and Air France Cargo will be able to share resources such as terminals and ground handlers, which means faster connections for customers.
Such coordination will not only reduce the airline's operational costs but will also raise the total volume of air cargo transported to or transited through Taiwan, Yu said.
On the other hand, CAL also has something to offer the alliance, said Tony Charaf, senior vice president of Delta Air Lines, representing the SkyTeam Cargo executive board.
"With its extensive route network throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, and strong exposure in the cross-Taiwan Strait market, CAL will certainly enhance the network and opportunities of the alliance," Charaf said.
Launched in 2000, SkyTeam Cargo aims to ensure seamless cargo coordination and delivery throughout the alliance's global network.
CAL has also since last year been a member of SkyTeam Alliance, a grouping of 18 members comprising a passenger flight network that offers more than 15,000 daily services to 993 destinations in 186 countries.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)