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HONG KONG: May 09, 2018. Technology-based trade facilitator Flexport, which secured US$100 million in financing from Chinese courier SF Express last month, is using a Western Global Airlines 747 freighter to operate a twice-weekly service between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

With a third frequency planned for September, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is providing ramp, terminal handling and all documentation for the airline.

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 AirlinesFlexport has already begun notifying its customers to be prepared for Amazon’s ‘Prime Day’ - expected to be around July 11 - when the company slashes prices on thousands of products for its Prime members.

Small businesses (SMBs) sold 40 million items during Amazon’s sale in 2017, more than double the amount in 2016, and Flexport said it is helping the SMB retailer to ensure acceptance by an Amazon Fulfillment Centre (FBA) before a May 14 deadline.

“With our competitive rates and flexible warehousing options, you’ll have your freight meticulously prepared to Amazon standards,” the company is telling retailers. “No hidden charges, easy de-vanning instructions, and a team to walk you through the entire lifecycle of the freight’s preparation; Flexport de-risks Amazon FBAs accepting your freight.”

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.”

Flexport said over 15,000 companies relied on it to ship US$3.8 billion worth of merchandise between 97 countries last year. According to founder and CEO Ryan Petersen, the recent investment by SF Express will let it create more value for companies shipping freight internationally.

SF Airlines, which operates B737, B757 and B767 freighters for the express network to link Hong Kong with Mainland China and other Asian points, acquired two B747-400ERF freighters at auction late last year and is currently running a competition to pick the best new livery. With a top prize of US$50,000 and a seat at the first flight ceremony, the winners will be announced on May 30.

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