Florida-based freighter operator Western Global Airlines has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) to handle its first scheduled service into Hong Kong.

The new twice-weekly 747-400F service between Hong Kong and Los Angeles is being operated in partnership with US forwarder Flexport. The airline plans to add a further weekly flight from September. Hactl is providing ramp handling, terminal handling and all documentation for the flights.

Announcing the launch of the joint service, Neel Jones Shah, Flexport’s SVP and Global Head of Air Freight said: “This new partnership allows Flexport to offer predicable, affordable and a custom-tailored service to our customers with guaranteed capacity through seamless, dedicated scheduled service in the important Hong Kong to US markets.”

Western Global’s CEO and Founder, Jim Neff added: “Working with Hong Kong’s leading freighter handler, Hactl, will help ensure that we can provide our customer Flexport with optimum service levels based on highly-efficient ground operations.”

Vivien Lau, Hactl Executive Director, commented: “We welcome Western Global and its partner Flexport to our growing carrier family, and look forward to supporting both with our unrivalled freighter handling expertise, state-of-the-art systems and impressive resources.”

Flexport is a freight forwarder and logistics platform. Founded in 2013, the company moves freight globally by air, ocean, rail, and truck for the world’s leading brands.  Flexport’s software  unlocks efficiencies, improves user experiences, and enables more data-driven decisions, making global trade easy for everyone.

Western Global is an FAA Certified 121 all-cargo airline operating an owned fleet of B747-400 and MD-11 freighter airplanes worldwide for many of the top airlines, express companies, logistics providers, humanitarian and relief organizations, and the US DOD.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is Hong Kong’s largest handler of freighter operators, frequently processing over 100 freighter flights in a 24-hour period through its massive, highly-automated SuperTerminal 1 facility.