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China Airlines joins forces with int'l SkyTeam Cargo

TAIPEI -- China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, announced yesterday that it has joined SkyTeam Cargo, making it the first airline in the country to partner with the world's only global airline cargo alliance.

CAL Senior Vice President James Yu said at the International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition in Atlanta that membership of SkyTeam Cargo means the carrier will be able to expand its shipping network from 84 destinations in 27 countries to 864 destinations in 174 countries.

“By exchanging business expertise with other member airlines, CAL will further enhance its overall international competitiveness,” said Yu.

Yu said that as part of the alliance, CAL and carriers such as Delta Cargo, China Southern Cargo and Air France Cargo will be able to share resources such as terminals and ground handlers, which means faster connections for customers.

Such coordination will not only reduce the airline's operational costs but will also raise the total volume of air cargo transported to or transited through Taiwan, Yu said.

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