Briefs

Briefs

Copyright 2003, Traffic World, Inc.

Swiss International Air Lines has changed its route network in an effort to keep financially troubled Swissair afloat. The airline says it is focusing its attention on its profitable and "high-potential" routes. The network changes, which are expected to result in a 27 percent reduction in seat-kilometer capacity, will take place during the 2003-2004 winter schedule, which begins Oct. 26. Swiss is also in discussions with its suppliers over volume and cost reductions.

Purolator Courier Ltd. and PBB Global Logistics Inc. are creating a company to provide Purolator clients with secure customs brokerage services. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Purolator bills itself as the first major Canadian-owned courier company to add advanced customs clearance and trade and regulatory services to its corporate offerings. PBB is based in Fort Erie, Ontario. The new company is called Purolator Trade Solutions Ltd. and is scheduled to begin operations by the end of this summer.

Amerijet International has added scheduled service to the Gulf of Campeche in northern Mexico. The Miami-based all-cargo carrier began flying to Ciudad del Carmen, a town of growing importance in oil exploration. Amerijet officials said the route addition furthers the airline's trend of serving underserved and small markets. The town historically has been known for its fishing and shrimp business, both of which Amerijet predicts also can benefit from the twice-weekly air service. Accion Logistica Integral S.C. is Amerijet's local agent in Ciudad del Carmen.

China Southern Airlines plans to reinstate its third weekly Los Angeles-China flight, suspended earlier this year due to severe acute respiratory syndrome. China Southern operates the route on a code-share basis with Delta Air Lines. The reinstated flight will fly on Sundays on Boeing 777 aircraft. China Southern also has expanded its code-share agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines with an agreement that is slated to take effect in October. The change will allow KLM to serve five new Chinese destinations.