Singapore Airlines Cargo (abbreviated as SIA Cargo) is a cargo airline based in Singapore. It is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines and was incorporated in 2001. SIA Cargo operates 13 freighters and manages the bellyhold of all Singapore Airlines and Scoot aircraft. Its head office is in the Fifth Floor of the SATS Airfreight Terminal 5 at Singapore Changi Airport.
SIA Cargo’s warehouse in Singapore, dubbed SIA Superhub 1, was opened in 1995. This warehouse is capable of handling up to 450,000 tons of goods a year. In 2001, the SIA Superhub 2 was opened which increased the capacity to over 1,200,000 tonnes per year.
In July 1992, Singapore Airlines created a cargo division to complement its passenger-carrying business. However, it was not until 1 July 2001, when Singapore Airlines Cargo was incorporated, taking over the air-freight operations of Singapore Airlines as a separate subsidiary. SIA Cargo leased the entire freighter fleet from Singapore Airlines, as well as taking over management of the cargo holds in all of Singapore Airlines’ passenger aircraft. Within a few months, it entered an alliance with Lufthansa Cargo and SAS Cargo Group to form WOW Alliance on 1 October 2001.
Securerider, a premium product for secured shipments was launched on 7 January 2002, including services such as Swiftrider, Timerider and Coolrider targeting general shipments, heavy shipments, and temperature-sensitive cargo, respectively.
The airline garnered its first award as an all-cargo airline by winning the “Best Global Air Cargo Carrier” and “Best Air Cargo Carrier – Asia” at the Asian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA) in 2002, an award the parent company, Singapore Airlines, had already won eight times consecutively. It was named as the “Best Airfreight Carrier” in the inaugural Hong Kong-based Asia Logistics Awards in the same year.
New routes were introduced in the next few years as the airline began to take advantage of liberalised aviation agreements. A round-the-world service was introduced on 31 October 2001, flying from Singapore to Hong Kong,Dallas, Chicago, Brussels, Sharjah, and back to Singapore on Wednesdays, and on the Singapore, Hong Kong, Dallas, Chicago, Brussels, Mumbai, Singapore route on Fridays. It became the first third-country freighter airline to fly direct between China and the United States on 22 May 2003 when flights commenced from Singapore to Xiamen, Nanjing and onwards to Chicago. Return flights are operated from Chicago and Los Angeles to Nanjing.
Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) offers more than 900 flights a week from its Singapore Hub, at Changi Airport, linking more than 70 cities in over 30 countries across 6 continents with its fleet of dedicated B747-400 freighters and 100 wide body passenger aircraft in the SIA Group whose belly hold cargo space SIA Cargo markets. The freighter fleet services 24 destinations in 19 countries. The seven destinations that have scheduled cargo service but do not receive service from Singapore Airlines passenger aircraft are: Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lagos, Leipzig, Nairobi and Sharjah. Sharjah and Amsterdam, and in a lesser extent Brussels, are hubs for the Middle Eastern and European regions respectively.
Additionally, as SIA Cargo manages the cargo holds of all Singapore Airlines passenger aircraft, the company offers cargo product services to all destinations on the Singapore Airlines passenger network.
The Singapore Airlines Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft: