Thursday, August 25, 2011

African Air Cargo Carrier Extends Freight Capacity

New Destinations plus a New Aircraft for Togo Based Company
Shipping News Feature

WEST AFRICA - Togo-based Africa West Cargo recently reinforced its fleet with the leasing of a second DC9 Freighter, adding to the company’s list of aircraft currently serving various destinations in West and Central Africa. The cargo airline has also recently added two new destinations to its network – Freetown and Monrovia, which brings the total of scheduled destinations serving freight customers across West Africa to ten, with a number of additional destinations served on request. Additionally, Africa West has a dedicated 1800sqm warehouse in Lome to provide reliable, secure and efficient transfers to onward destinations.

Africa West operates freight services from Europe, Asia and the Middle East direct to Lome, and has recently commenced new direct operations from the USA and Milan with an MD11-F aircraft, with more services and destinations due to be announced in the near future. The company is managed by Dubai-based GSA Global Investments Limited, which recently assumed 51 percent controlling interest of the cargo airline with the acquisition seating logistics veteran Issa Baluch at the helm as chairman.

Yannick Erbs, CEO of Africa West spoke of the company’s expansion saying:

“This additional aircraft will help us in our commitment to continually enhance the services that we provide to our customers. Starting September, we will be able to accommodate increasing traffic and ensure faster connections to several destinations. We at Africa West, believe that Lome will soon become a world-class staging and cargo hub, as well as the gateway to West Africa. Adding to our fleet, and thus boosting our services, is one of our contributions to ensuring that this goal is realized.”