Jade Cargo to assist in Chengdu airport's development

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Chinese cargo carrier Jade Cargo plans to assist in the development of cargo facilities at Chengdu's airport.

"We agreed with the municipality and the airport to (provide) our know-how and network in the development of cargo facilities at the airport," says a Jade Cargo spokesman.

He declined to provide financial figures, but said the company will monitor how its services to and from Chengdu fare.

"We will monitor how market demand turns out," he says. "From there the development of the Chengdu airport cargo facilities and the respective contribution of Jade will be decided together with our partners."

Jade Cargo has a twice-weekly service on the Chengdu-Vienna-Amsterdam-Dubai-Chengdu route. It operates a Boeing 747-400ER freighter on the route, and the frequency will increase to three-times weekly at the beginning of 2010.

Jade Cargo is a joint venture between Germany's Lufthansa and Chinese carrier Shenzhen Airlines. According to Flight's ACAS database, it has five Boeing 747-400ER freighters.