May 28, 2015
by Julia Kuzeljevich
KELOWNA, B.C.–KF Aerospace has announced new route structures and a number of key
strategic partners as it re-enters the Domestic and International air cargo services.
“For nearly 40 years we have been Canada’s largest cargo operator and have provided over 99%
reliability to Purolator and Canada Post overnight courier customers,” stated Barry Lapointe,
Founder and CEO of KF Aerospace. “We look forward to providing the same level of regularly
scheduled service to Canadian companies reaching into Europe, USA, Asia and points beyond”.
Based out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, the air cargo services will begin May 30,
world via interline arrangements.
“As a hub airport, Toronto Pearson creates connectivity, attracting business from around the
world, accommodating the growing needs of local communities, and driving trade and foreign
direct investment,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
“The introduction of KF Cargo complements our international cargo capacity to offer more
opportunities for businesses in North America.”
The focal point of the YYZ hub will be the ultra-modern and highly specialized GTA World Cargo
facility. According to Gary Ogden, Vice-President of GTA, “This facility is a game-changing shift
in the Canadian cargo market. We are proud and pleased to be able to offer our specialized
facilities for ‘Pharma’, VAL’s VUN’s and PER’s to KF Cargo”.
Initial KF Aerospace routes will include four times a week service between Toronto and
Europe via Brussels [with a stop in Greater Moncton](DC10-30F), and daily service between
Toronto and Atlantic Canada via Greater Moncton International Airport (B727-200). The
network will expand within two months to include Western Canada via Vancouver and Calgary,
and all of Asia via Anchorage, Alaska.
“Within 8 hours trucking from Brussels, you reach ¾’s of the European market and we offer
connections to almost every corner of Africa”, confirms Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo at
Brussels Airport. “Our central location, efficient services and dedicated handling for perishables
and pharmaceuticals will help KF Cargo in realizing their ambitions. We are proud and pleased
we were chosen as their European gateway and we will support them and their customers
wherever we can.”
“Key to our launching this new service is the local relationships we have forged – such as with
Kales Group, the Brussels Airport Authority, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Midland
Transport Limited, the Greater Moncton International Airport, and GTA World Cargo,” indicated
Tracy Medve, President of KF Aerospace. “These organizations will help any business in Canada,
Europe, Asia, or the USA to move live items, perishables, pharmaceuticals, and other high value
goods seamlessly across North America and into Europe or Asia. In fact, Brussels is already a
natural launching point for cargo reaching in or out of the African continent.”
Kales Airline Services are the general sales agents (GSA) for KF Aerospace in Europe and
elsewhere. “We are proud and excited to be expanding into Canada and being associated with
KF Cargo,” said Peter Kales, Founder. “Both organizations share a strong commitment and
history in delivering outstanding customer satisfaction.”
“Together the Greater Moncton International Airport and Midland Transport Limited provide KF
Aerospace with a well-positioned cargo hub into Atlantic Canada with access to a large eastern
North American catchment via an established transportation network,” stated Bryan
Akerstream, Director of Business Development with KF Aerospace.
“The partnership we have developed in the past months with KF Aerospace and Midland
Transport Limited is a good indication on this region’s prosperity as the Air Cargo hub for New
Brunswick. Our 10,000 foot runway and cargo facilities are the catalyst to drive the air cargo
component. Being a trans-shipment airport for cargo represents a great opportunity for
exporters from the region to access European and Asian markets, mainly for time sensitive
goods; as well as positions us for the importation of products in relation to the upcoming
European Free Trade agreement. “, says Bernard LeBlanc, President and CEO of the Greater
Moncton International Airport Authority.
“The arrival of KF Aerospace’s air freight service is a huge benefit for Atlantic Canadian
companies. It is a service that has long been needed for those looking to grow and export into
new markets,” said Shane Esson, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Midland
Transport Limited. “Adding daily cargo flights out of Greater Moncton International Airport will
be a huge benefit to our seafood customers as well as many other exporters.”
Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999.
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