Air Cargo Global has launched flights between Oslo and Tianjin, supporting demand for Norwegian seafood with twice-weekly services.
Initially the route will depart twice-weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays, leaving Avinor Oslo Airport at 7.15am local time, with the Boeing 747-400F travelling to Tianjin Binhai International Airport.
Peter Scholten, chief commercial officer of Air Cargo Global says: “We aim to step up to three weekly departures from March, if the market responds well to the increased capacity.”
He says: “We have reached an agreement with Fish Forever, a major Chinese trading company that specialises in fish. They contacted us wanting to look into the possibility of importing fresh Norwegian seafood directly to China, because demand for high quality fresh fish is on the increase in the Chinese market.”
Scholten says freight between Europe and Asia is more balanced, saying: “Previously, most of the air freight was from Asia to Europe. However, thanks to Norwegian seafood, among other things, there is a more even balance of freight going in both directions. From a business point of view this is of course a positive development.”
Avinor wants Norwegian seafood to reach markets in a fast and efficient market, with director of cargo Martin Langaas saying: “It is very pleasing that Air Cargo Global is now able to offer direct freight capacity to China, a market that has an ever-increasing demand for supply of fresh Norwegian seafood.
“With this route we contribute to Norwegian exporters getting their products quickly and efficiently onto the market, so that the seafood is served as fresh as possible. This is important for the seafood industry, and will contribute to value creation in Norway.”