Cargolux says konnichiwa to Tokyo with weekly flights to Narita

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Cargolux Airlines International has inaugurated weekly flights to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in the scope of its cooperation agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA).

The weekly service operated in a codeshare leaves Luxembourg on Tuesday evening and arrives in Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon at 16.25h.

The return flight is routed via Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Novosibirsk Airport in Russia, before landing back in Luxembourg at 06.15h on Thursday.

Cargolux and NCA flights are operated on different days of the week, giving additional market opportunities for both airlines on the Europe-Narita sector while promoting competition between the partner airlines.

The Luxembourg airline’s Boeing 747-8 Freighter, registered LX-VCM was welcomed in Tokyo with a traditional water cannon salute followed by celebration events at Narita.

Cargolux chief executive officer, Richard Forson says: “Japan has long played an important role in Cargolux’s Far East network and we are looking forward to supporting Japan’s trade lanes to and from Europe.”

More than two million tonnes of air cargo is handled at Narita Airport each year, making up more than 50 per cent of international air cargo in Japan with major imports including prestige cars, communication equipment, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and electronic components.

Major exports include automobile parts, semiconductors, electronic components and scientific optical equipment.

Cargolux started operating flights to Japan in 1985 and prior to the October 2017 negotiations, Cargolux and NCA had already agreed to strengthen cooperation in certain areas through a codeshare and space-swap agreement granting access to each other’s capacity on certain flights from Europe to Japan.