YTO Cargo Airlines, the aircraft operating arm of courier firm YTO Express, has picked Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) as its handling agent for Hong Kong.
Airline operations commenced in September 2015, and the newest route from, which operates four times a week from Wuxi to Hong Kong, started on 29 January, uses a newly acquired Boeing 757-200 Freighter with 30 tonnes of capacity.
Hactl is providing a one-stop-shop ramp and terminal handling service for all flights through Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is YTO’s first international destination, and it plans scheduled flights to the Philippines, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Macau in due course.
YTO Express chairman and president, Weijiao Yu says: “We are very excited about our new services to Hong Kong, marking the beginning of the next stage in our global expansion plans. Hactl’s considerable experience in handling express operators and e-commerce shipments makes it our ideal service partner.”
Hactl chief executive, Mark Whitehead says: “We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to assist YTO Cargo Airlines in this important stage of their development, and look forward to creating a successful partnership.”
Shanghai-based parent company, YTO Express has the second largest network coverage parcel carrier in China after China Post, handling 20 million parcels per day, mainly e-commerce goods.
YTO is one of 14 partners that work closely with Alibaba’s Cainiao logistics subsidiary, which integrates multi-modal transport suppliers and express couriers across China to achieve seamless delivery of express packages.
The Cainiao network now averages around 42 million parcels per day.