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15/11/2005
First for AHK as it operates Beaujolais charters from Macau

Air Hong Kong moved temporarily into the wine business last weekend, operating two special Beaujolais charters from Macau (MFM) to Kansai Airport at Osaka.

The flights took place on 11 and 12 November, after European freight carrier MK Airlines had first carried a consignment of the new-release wine from LUX to MFM.

We operated two MFM-KIX flights using A300-600GF freighter with a total of around 90 tons of wine being transported.

The business was acquired by our GSA, CX Cargo Hong Kong Sales team through agent Panalpina. We also wish to express our special thanks to CX Cargo Services Team and CX Engineering for providing on-site support in Macau to ensure a smooth operation.

Every year thousands of bottles of the latest Beaujolais are shipped over to Japan, where there is a huge interest in the wine.

AHK used to operate Beaujolais charters with its B747F in the past. The carrier didn't operate last year so this was the first such charter in the AHK livery and also the first time to carry the wine ex-Macau.

The following picture shows Director Flight Operations, Capt Graeme Ogilvie the flight commander during the loading in Macau Airport.