Australia’s longest-serving GSSA, ECS Group subsidiary Wexco Group, signed a GSSA contract with Teleport, the logistics venture of Capital A (formerly known as AirAsia). The contract covers three airlines in one of Asia’s fastest growing airline groups: AirAsia X (D7), Thai AirAsia X (XJ), and Indonesia AirAsia (QZ), for all belly capacity originating from Australia and New Zealand. The contract puts Wexco in charge of filling a total of 43 flights per week out of Sydney (SYD), Perth (PER), and Melbourne (MEL), with an average weekly uplift of 120 tons. With this, both Teleport and Wexco Group can capitalize on the strong movements of perishable cargo, health food supplements, electrical goods, general cargo (consolidations), and mail within the region.
AirAsia X’s 22 weekly flights operated with widebody A330-300 aircraft, include daily services from Sydney (SYD) to Auckland (AKL), and Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Kuala Lumpur is also served four times a week out of Melbourne (MEL), and four weekly from Perth (PER). The airline’s main hub offers a multitude of connections across its vast Asian network, covering prime global cargo hubs such as Taipei (TPE) in Taiwan, and Incheon (ICN) in South Korea.
“We are excited to collaborate with Wexco as a partner, who brings onboard their robust experience and quality customer service to help better serve our cargo customers in this region. This is in line with Teleport’s growth strategy for Australia and New Zealand, where businesses here can also take advantage of our extensive ASEAN network for further distribution into the region” says Francis Antony, group head of cargo commercial at Teleport.
Thai AirAsia X runs seven weekly flights, also deploying A330-300 widebodies: three weekly services from Melbourne (MEL) to Bangkok (BKK), and four weekly flights from Sydney (SYD) to Bangkok (BKK). These flights can be booked to connect to popular cargo destinations within the Asia Pacific region, namely Japan and India, amongst others.
Indonesia AirAsia operates 14 weekly flights operated with narrow-bodies A320 aircraft, twice daily between Perth (PER) and Denpasar (DPS).
“Quality attracts quality. Our success in gaining the AirAsia group as a customer, grew out of an opportunity for Wexco during the pandemic. We began operating charter flights in April 2021, which led to close cooperation with Teleport head-office, and resulted in an invitation to tender. The rest is history! We now enjoy an excellent GSSA contract with 3 very dynamic airlines serving all the major Australian gateways, and offering a great network to New Zealand, South-East and North-East Asia,” says Cedric Millet, managing director of Wexco. “Wexco is the perfect match for AirAsia airlines in Australia, on account of our shared impeccable reputation, our customer centric approach, and our adoption of the latest technologies to ensure optimum revenues.”
Wexco’s focus, since the start of its AirAsia GSSA operations in September 2022, is on solid customer relationships and service quality. This has helped to reinforce the AirAsia brand, image, and reputation across Australia. Wexco’s existing, strong customer base has generated greater traffic towards AirAsia, allowing the airlines to rapidly gain market share in a very competitive post-COVID environment. The GSSA’s goal for 2023, is to develop the year-round perishable shipment flows, as well as increase its agent and commodity mix throughout the AirAsia network.