Air cargo operation links China to Portugal and Brazil

A Boeing 747 Cargo aircraft, with the insignia of Beijing Capital Airlines and TAP-Air Portugal, is due this year to launch an operation linking China, Portugal and Brazil, “a kind of fast track between the Far East and Brazil,” the chief executive of the Portuguese airline told online publication Dinheiro Vivo in Matosinhos.

Miguel Frasquilho, on the sidelines of the II International Business Conference and Fair, said the airline intends to take advantage of the synergies resulting from the shareholding of Chinese group HNA, which is part of the private Atlantic Gateway consortium (owner of 45% of TAP).

For now, the Portuguese carrier provides a commercial link with China based on a code-sharing agreement with Beijing Capital Airlines, owned by the HNA group, but the aim is to fly directly to China, with Frasquilho saying that the operation “is already outlined, and should be implemented in the not too distant future, within three to four years.”

Frasquilho also said that TAP-Air Portugal will increase connections from Porto to ten new destinations in the next three years, saying only that they included countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain. (macauhub)