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Nimble cargo service to speed up deliveries

By Frank Whitman HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Business Journal, May 23, 2011) – Global package delivery and cargo logistics provider, UPS will begin weekly air-freight service to Guam June 12, the Journal has learned.

The Sunday flights on a 747 freighter aircraft will arrive from Honolulu and proceed from Guam to Hong Kong, according to Lyn Baker, president of JL Baker & Sons, the service contractor for UPS on Guam.

The service begins four weeks after FedEx began weekly freighter flights to Guam from its Anchorage hub.

FedEx Express began weekly flights to Guam on May 15. The route is served by an MD-11 freighter aircraft and is scheduled to arrive at the A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport Sundays at 2:48 p.m. and depart for Taipei at 5:20 p.m. From Taipei, the plane proceeds to Hong Kong before returning to Anchorage, according to FedEx officials.

"We’re always looking at our network and optimizing it," said Jeremy Goldstrich, managing director of FedEx Express Japan/Guam/Saipan. "This is an interim stop for an existing schedule, Anchorage-Taipei. Adding this stop helps us to further augment our ability to maintain our service ... We want to make sure that our service is consistent." Goldstrich oversees the Guam operations from his Tokyo office.

The flight will enable the company to deliver documents and FedEx International Priority shipments from the U.S. mainland to Guam in two-to-three business days, according to a FedEx release. It will also improve the delivery time of other FedEx cargo from the U.S. to Guam.

FedEx has 13 employees on Guam and has been serving the island since 1989 with commercial airline partners. The company currently leases a facility from CTSI Logistics Guam. "We provide them the service of clearing the FedEx cargo and doing the sorting," said Danny Lim, general manager of CTSI. FedEx employees deliver the cargo. "We’re looking at expanding this partnership with this new freighter service and we’re looking at becoming also the [general sales agent] for the freighter and selling this to the public."

CTSI is also the GSA for FedEx in Saipan and represents FedEx in Micronesia, Lim told the Journal. CTSI has six workers to handle its FedEx work and Lim said it may add employees depending on the amount of work generated by the new flight.

Ground services for the FedEx plane on Guam are provided by Aircraft Service International Group, which added two employees for the new flight.

The 500,000-square-foot Anchorage FedEx hub is one of seven in the U.S. and 10 worldwide. It opened in 1990, has more than 1,350 employees, and handles more than 500 flights per month and an average of 60,000 packages daily. It is located within 9.5 hours of flight time of 90 percent of the industrialized world, according to the company’s website.

FedEx Express is a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. It provides express delivery to more than 220 countries and territories via more than 375 airports. Its air fleet comprises 697 aircraft, including 62 MD 11s. FedEx Corp. has more than 290,000 employees and annual revenues of $38 billion, according to a company release.

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