JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 6 (Bernama) -- As part of its efforts to boost its aircargo connectivity, Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) signed an agreement with MASkargo on Saturday to provide direct cargo services between Johor and Narita, Japan.
The first flight departed Senai Airport, Johor Bahru on Sunday, Sept 6, 2009 at 0215 and arrived in Narita, Japan at 0955 later the same morning.
For now, MASkargo will fly the 130 tonne B747-400F frieghter once weekly from Kuala Lumpur every Saturday on MH6190 and from Narita every Sunday on MH6191, SATS said in a statement here.
Among the cargo transported are electronic equipment and gadgets, garments as well as perishable items such as flowers and tuna fish.
Managing Director of MASkargo, En Shahari Sulaiman said the new service out of Johor will help strengthen MASkargo's position as one of Asia's best air cargo carrier.
"We have added this new route to meet the growing demand for cargo in the southern region. We see Johor Bahru as having vast potential growth for business and we are assisting the Iskandar Development Region to develop the Southern Economic Corridor."
"This service is expected to complement Singapore Changi while simultaneously tapping into the potential of Batam and Riau," he said.
"Batam is one of the largest islands in the Riau Archipelago, and a major center of international trade, industry and commerce with it being located strategically close to the Malacca Straits" he said.
"As the development of Iskandar Malaysia is envisaged to attract more manufacturers and industries to the area, MASkargo looks forward to working closely with SATS to develop an efficient air logistics hub for Iskandar Malaysia," he added.
He said that MASkargo was also working hand-in-hand with freight forwarders who were previously looking for an avenue to uplift cargo out of Johor Bahru.
"MASkargo hopes to expand the logistics growth in Johor as there has been a leakage of cargo movement via neighbouring countries," said.
At present, MASkargo operates daily truck flights in and out of Singapore by its subsidiary, MASkargo Logistics Sdn Bhd.
The introduction of this KUL-JHB-NRT will allow MASkargo to have a wider presence globally especially in the Orient region. MASkargo is now able to offer customers more direct services and competitive advantage over the other cargo operators of Johor," said Shahari.
The agreement was signed by Shahari representing MASkargo while SATS was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman.
Mohd Sidik said that the demand for air freight services in Johor was projected to grow even further with the dvelopments taking place in Iskandar Malaysia.
He said this was partly due to the potential shown by Johor and Iskandar Malaysia's industrial and manufacturing export sectors.
Mohd Sidik also said that in order to meet the increased demand for reliable air freight services in Johor, SATS would play its part to develop itself into an efficient logistics and regional cargo hub.
"Among others, the development includes the extension of the runway to 3,800 meters, a parallel taxiway and associated high-speed turn-off taxiways to increase runway capacity; and developing a well-equipped cargo terminal capable of handling up to 80,000 tones of cargo per annum," he said.
Source : BERNAMA