April 16 - Lufthansa Cargo Charter Agency GmbH has extended the contract which it signed with general sales agent, Platinum Air Cargo covering Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, almost a year ago, to cover additionally California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and

While the first agreement was mainly to cover the oil and gas industry, now a further focus will be put on aerospace, high-tech and otherindustries on the US West Coast, said a statement by the air charter services company.

"Platinum Air Cargo was our first try with the GSA model," says Andrew Morch, general manager the Americas forLufthansa Cargo Charter Agency, and it has proven to be a success. It brings additional business without having totake the risk of taking on own staff. So whatever the economical ups and downs, you stay flexible."

Timothy Pfeil, vice president sales & airline relations, Platinum Air Cargo, adds: "adding our know-how and customer relations to the Lufthansa Cargo Charter expertise makes us a great team. We've done some very good jobs together and will do a lot more now with the extended reach."