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Gieri Hinnen to become Head of Global Cargo Sales from 1st February 2023
Zürich, 7 October - Gieri Hinnen, currently Head of Labour Relations & HR Steering at SWISS, has decided to take on a new challenge within the company: he will become Head of Global Cargo Sales on 1 February 2023. In his new capacity, Gieri will be in charge of Swiss WorldCargo’s commercial division. He succeeds Alexander Arafa, who will be entering early retirement at the end of 2022 after 28 years working in various roles at Swissair, SWISS and Lufthansa Group.
Gieri began his SWISS career when he joined the External Affairs unit in 2009. He then went on to take over SWISS Strategic Communications, before holding his current position as Head of Labour Relations & HR Steering within Human Resources since 2017.
In his new function, Gieri will work with Swiss WorldCargo sales organisation to continue to provide best-in-class airfreight services and solutions to our cargo customers worldwide, helping the division achieve its ambitious revenue and contribution margin objectives. As a member of the Cargo Management Team, Gieri will also contribute to defining Swiss WorldCargo’s future strategic direction concerning sustainability, forward-looking innovations and digitalisation in our airfreight activities.
“I am really pleased that we have secured Gieri’s services for this role,” says Lorenzo Stoll, Head of Cargo. “And I am convinced that, with his broad knowledge and solid experience within SWISS and the airline sector, he will play a vital part in giving our business a successful and sustainable future.”
Swiss WorldCargo also takes the opportunity to thank Alexander Arafa for his outstanding dedication and valuable work in the past years.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s largest air carrier. With one of Europe’s most advanced and carbon-efficient aircraft fleets, SWISS is a premium airline that provides direct flights from Zurich and Geneva to keep Switzerland connected with Europe and the world. Its Swiss WorldCargo division offers an extensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value, time-critical and care-intensive consignments. As The Airline of Switzerland, SWISS embodies its home country’s traditional values and is dedicated to delivering the highest product and service quality. The company has also committed to the ambitious climate goals of halving its 2019 net carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and making its operations entirely carbon-neutral by 2050, particularly by promoting the use of sustainable aviation fuels. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline network.
Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo expand joint business agreement to include Swiss WorldCargo
Zürich, 31 May - Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo announce today the entry of Swiss WorldCargo into the airlines’ joint business agreement, providing cargo customers with more direct connections, more flexibility and more time-saving.
The entry of Swiss WorldCargo builds on the joint business agreement signed in 2016 between Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo which enables the two airlines to cooperate in terms of sales, pricing, contracts, and the handling of shipments between Hong Kong and Europe.
Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo already have a close collaboration on international lanes via their hubs in Hong Kong and Germany, while the handling of cargo in Hong Kong is coordinated under one roof at the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal of Hong Kong International Airport.
Under the expanded joint business agreement, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa Cargo, and Swiss WorldCargo will work closely together on network planning, as well as on sales, IT and ground handling. Initially, the airlines will cooperate on traffic from Hong Kong to Zurich and Frankfurt, with traffic to and from Hong Kong and the rest of Europe planned to be included later this year.
Cargo customers will be able to access the entire joint network via the booking systems of all three partners.
Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Tom Owen said: “We are delighted to welcome Swiss WorldCargo into our joint business agreement. Cathay Pacific is always looking for more ways to give our cargo customers greater choice and more options for shipments whenever they fly their goods with us.
“The addition of Swiss WorldCargo’s flights to the already large combined network of Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa will further bring Hong Kong, the world’s busiest air cargo hub, closer to Europe and strengthen one of the world’s great trade lanes.”
Lufthansa Cargo CEO Dorothea von Boxberg said: “We are very pleased about the trilateral cooperation just starting, bringing three well known cargo carriers to the table and making our customers an even more attractive offer. Cargo customers will appreciate the opportunities for quicker and easier shipping. The expanded joint venture will generate numerous benefits for our customers because our networks, our hubs and our fleet complement each other effectively.”
Swiss International Air Lines Head of Cargo Lorenzo Stoll said: “We are very excited to be entering this joint business agreement between Lufthansa Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo, thanks to which we can not only strengthen our already close collaboration, but also expand our network offering to our customers, while staying true to our high quality and flexibility.”
The joint activities will be carried out in full compliance with all applicable laws, including the competition rules of the European Union and Hong Kong.
About Swiss WorldCargo
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s largest air carrier. With one of Europe’s most advanced and carbon-efficient aircraft fleets, SWISS is a premium airline that provides direct flights from Zurich and Geneva to keep Switzerland connected with Europe and the world. Its division, Swiss WorldCargo, offers an extensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value, time-critical and care-intensive consignments. As The Airline of Switzerland, SWISS embodies its home country’s traditional values and is dedicated to delivering the highest product and service quality. The company has also committed to the ambitious climate goals of halving its 2019 net carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and making its operations entirely carbon-neutral by 2050, particularly by promoting the use of sustainable aviation fuels. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline network.
Swiss WorldCargo and its partner Fischer Road Cargo have extended their joint collaboration
Zurich Airport, 13 April – Swiss WorldCargo and its partner Fischer Road Cargo share a longstanding partnership and joint history, which dates back to the existence of SWISS, both being strongly committed to continue their good collaboration for the years to come.
Fischer Road Cargo started to transport luggage for SWISS, marking this way the first collaboration and continued with the creation of a dedicated air cargo trucking service, serving as an expansion of the network. To this day Fischer Road Cargo connects the major airports in Europe on a daily schedule with Full Truck Load (FTL) and Less Truck Load (LTL).
Fischer Road Cargo shares the same values as Swiss WorldCargo when it comes to providing premium logistic services to their customers and offering top-quality road transportations across Europe. Since its foundation in 1946 it has become a strong transport partner in road feeder service and transports for industries such as pharmaceutical and life science, AOG, perishables and many more. Fischer Road Cargo views its clients as partners and therefore always strives to establish a lasting, reliable relationship with them, based on solid improvement and new optimisation opportunities. The same applies to Swiss WorldCargo, a division, which has continuously invested in the optimization and improvement of its offerings and services to meet the customer’s needs and to provide premium customer service, a standard that can only be met by joining forces with good partners.
“We highly appreciate the longstanding collaboration with our Partner Fischer Road Cargo and their continuous efforts for keeping the highest transportation standards and certifications also in the field of pharma transportation, which underlines both our efforts in maintaining highest quality and jointly enhancing our current offerings”, says Lorenzo Stoll Head of Cargo for Swiss International Air Lines.
“It’s a true honor to have such a long-term partnership with Swiss WorldCargo. Trust, know-how, precision like a swiss clock, and service beyond the normal unites the attributes of both companies and make this partnership so unique and successful. We are delighted to further extend our collaboration,” says Peter Hauser Managing Director of Fischer Road Cargo.
Swiss WorldCargo is the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). Headquartered at Zurich Airport, Swiss WorldCargo offers a comprehensive range of logistics solutions for transporting high-value and care-intensive consignments to some 130 destinations in over 80 countries. Its extensive network of airfreight services is supplemented by daily truck connections between key business centers. As a reliable and innovative service provider within the Lufthansa Group, Swiss WorldCargo is consistently committed to delivering Swiss quality to its airfreight customers and makes a substantial contribution to SWISS’s overall profitability.