FEDERAL Express Corp (FedEx) has appointed Beijing Aviation Ground Services Co (BGS) as its ground operator in Beijing. BGS will be responsible for all load control and documentation, all loading and off-loading of aircraft, aircraft and ramp handling, aircraft line maintenance, and aircraft cleaning. The ground operator, which is initially only servicing one express carrier - FedEx - has a 4,500 square metre cargo terminal, with a capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year. BGS begins FedEx service in March as FedEx launches its inaugural flights using FedEx aircraft and crews between destinations in the United States and China. FedEx recently received permits and licences from the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the US Department of Transportation to operate an all-cargo route taken over from Evergreen International Airlines last year. 'We selected BGS because they will further improve our service significantly,' Brooke Harwood, FedEx's managing director and general manager of China, said. FedEx selected BGS after evaluation of several ground-handling companies due to its high standards. BGS is a joint venture between Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) and Singapore Airport Terminal Services (Sats). BCIA is the airport authority in Beijing, and Sats is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore International Airlines. BCIA provides service at Beijing Capital International Airport and is responsible for charting its future as a major aviation hub in China. FedEx is providing extensive training for BGS employees as part of its standard practice. It will also involve BGS in all programmes to fulfil ISO 9001 Total Quality Management standards in China. This agreement with BGS represents one of the many strategies that FedEx is employing to strengthen its services and its commitment to the China market. FedEx earlier appointed EAS International Transportation as a global service participant for China. The express carrier, which first entered the China market in 1984, enhanced its operations in 1994 when it became the first express transportation company to be linked electronically with China Customs. This means information, in many cases, can be transmitted to customs authorities in Beijing and Shanghai before shipments arrive at the airports. 'Long-term plans for the China market include adding service destinations, with the total number of cities directly served in China expected to reach 59 by June 1996. 'Ultimately, we are looking at linking the US-China service to FedEx's AsiaOne network,' Mr Harwood said. The AsiaOne network, launched in September, connects 11 commercial and financial centres in Asia, and provides intra-Asian overnight delivery, using the company's Subic Bay hub in the Philippines. AsiaOne fully integrates Asia into FedEx networks around the world.