Air Logistics America is pleased to welcome C.A.L. Cargo Air Lines third weekly B747 freighter rotation to New York ’s JFK airport which commences February 1 st . This new scheduled operation will add a much-needed Saturday morning departure that compliments C.A.L’s existing Thursday and Sunday flights which service LGG and TLV. Space on both freighters consistently sells-out quickly so the introduction of additional weekend capacity is viewed as a commercially viable step.
“We work very hard to offer JFK shippers a superior product to both Tel Aviv and Europe ,” comments C.A.L’s U.S. Manager, Ronen Regermen. “Our load-factors have been extremely heavy and consistent---we’re turning away cargo regardless of the season which is a problem any freighter airline from JFK would like to have.”
As the General Sales Agent for C.A.L. in the U.S. , Air Logistics America provides sales and service support both at JFK and their network of offices across the country. Managing Director Henry Miller comments: “This is an extremely well run and commercially savvy carrier; it’s no wonder that demand has been so high. Much of this stems from delivering a very consistent product which is carefully managed; from selling the service to loading the aircraft, we watch everything.”
As synonymous as C.A.L. is with top-shelf freighter service to the Israeli market, their stopover connections in Liege , Belgium have made substantial commercial gains. Facilitated by a well orchestrated intra-Europe tucking program, a typical C.A.L. departure from New York will be a well blended load of European destinations that range from The Benelux to France . Additionally, a C.A.L. manifest frequently shows irregular commodities such as aircraft engines, perishables and outsized freight.
Regermen admits this wasn’t always the case, “18 months ago most shippers thought of us as strictly a Tel Aviv carrier and now that’s changed 180 degrees. We’re seeing steady loads into Europe which provide us with a balanced revenue picture from JFK. And service to both regions has been excellent so word is getting around---we get lots of repeat business.”