A key cog in the logistics wheelThe Mongol Messenger
Eastern Air Logistics Co (EAL), the freight unit under China Eastern Airlines, has been playing a pivotal role in the transportation of exhibition products during the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) on November 5-10 in Shanghai, according to Wang Jianmin, vice president and chief financial officer of EAL.
The freight unit has already accomplished several tasks related to the inaugural expo, including the delivery of the CIIE’s very first exhibit – a 1,110-kilogram biofuel concept vehicle which costs 30,000 euros that would be displayed at Finland’s pavilion during the event. On Sept 24, EAL also managed the delivery of an exquisite glassware exhibit that was crafted by a Czech artisan.
“More and more exhibits are scheduled to arrive in Shanghai before the CIIE, and EAL will try its best to guarantee the quality and efficiency of its logistics service,” said Wang.
“EAL has formed a work group to guarantee the quality of the cargo service for the expo. In addition, EAL has started a cross-border e-commerce industrial association and will serve as a logistics service provider at the 6+365 one-stop trading services platform of the CIIE.”
Like many other domestic companies, China Eastern Airlines – it is the host carrier for the six-day event – and its subsidiaries have spent the past few months preparing for the historic expo that would host some 2,800 exhibitors from more than 130 countries and regions. Their efforts include receiving its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on Sept 21 which would play a part in transporting some of the expo’s participants to Shanghai.
The jet, which is the first of 15 ordered from Boeing, is equipped with a new-generation passenger service system.
China Eastern service staff have also been honing their service standards to ensure passengers receive best-in-class hospitality.
“We are prepared, and everybody here is proud to be able to showcase the quality service provided by China Eastern and Shanghai,” said Chen Zhiyi, deputy general manager with China Eastern’s ground service division.
EAL had announced in September the establishment of an air cargo service center at the Waigaoqiao bonded area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. According to Li Jiupeng, general manager of Eastern Air Logistics, this air cargo service center operates on a simplified workflow that has helped boost efficiency by 30 percent.
By WANG YING in Shanghai