Nippon Cargo Airlines has brought forward the suspension of its service to Frankfurt to 12 September.

The Japanese dedicated freight carrier had planned to suspend the Tokyo-Frankfurt from 25 October, but NCA says that it has brought this forward by just over a month. It did not provide a reason for the move.

With the suspension, Nippon Cargo will stick to two European routes, Tokyo-Amsterdam and Tokyo-Milan.

This is "due to the critical economic environment surrounding the international air cargo business", the airline said earlier.

Last week, Nippon Cargo said that it was exploring a merger with Japan Airlines' cargo business and hoped to complete an agreement by 1 April 2010. In June, it said that it was curtailing its expansion plans as international cargo traffic declined due to the global economic uncertainty.

It is trying to lease out two Boeing 747-400Fs to keep its fleet size at eight aircraft. NCA has 14 Boeing 747-8Fs on order and is due to receive two every year from 2010. These will replace its 747-400Fs as they come in.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news