Global supply chain provider Geodis has launched its full cargo weekly service from Hong Kong to Guadalajara, Mexico with a 22-hour real-time transit to the Mexican hub.
In a statement, Geodis said the charter service — to be called AirDirect Mexico — is a completely new, nonstop service in the market and will be operated by a chartered B747-400ERF and MD-11 F aircraft, although it didn't say which airline will operate the flights.
“We have been encouraged by the initial bookings that we have received for our inaugural flight and expect these to rise to a threshold volume where a second, and eventually, a third flight per week, will be established,” Eric Martin-Neuville, Geodis executive vice president for freight forwarding, said.
Geodis said its own and direct flight service between Hong Kong and Mexico “represents one of many initiatives that are being introduced to the market as part of a regional, multimodal growth strategy.”
Onno Boots, Geodis regional president and CEO for Asia Pacific added: “AirDirect Mexico follows the recent launch of our Road Network service in South Asia, providing scheduled services with day-definite transit times to all major destinations in the region.”
As part of this growth strategy, he said that Hong Kong is Geodis’ hub for China and Southeast Asia originated cargoes to Mexico, Latin America, USA and Europe. It also provides daily scheduled intra-Mexican deliveries to all locations in the country.
“Geodis consistency combined with access to premier wide-body aircraft cargo capacity means our clients will enjoy better lead times and a reliable supply chain for dangerous goods, lithium batteries, and general cargo,” Robert M. Krautheim, regional head of sales for freight forwarding in the Americas, said.
“AirDirect Mexico is the newest example of how Geodis continues to offer its customers a truly integrated, end-to-end supply chain solution with focus on day-definite and reliable transit times, complemented by the road network services in Asia and on-carriage solutions in Mexico,” it said.