Federal Express Corp is planning to introduce two more frequencies in April to boost its service in the mainland, according to newly appointed FedEx Asia-Pacific president David Cunningham. The additional services would help the company to expand its express coverage in the mainland, he said. Eddy Chan, FedEx regional vice-president for China and the mid-Pacific region, said the two frequencies would be added to Beijing's current three frequencies. 'We [FedEx] are now negotiating with the US Government for more frequencies in 2001,' he said. This depended on China and the United States' bilateral air agreements which allowed for 10 additional frequencies for US carriers. Mr Cunningham has just taken over from Michael Ducker, who returns to Memphis as executive vice-president for international operations from December 1. He said he was confident the new Shenzhen service from Huangtian airport would become popular as 40 per cent of demand for express services was from southern China. Shenzhen municipal vice-mayor Wang Ju said FedEx's services to southern China would help turn Shenzhen into a logistics hub. He was speaking at a ceremony to in augurate the service and the opening of FedEx's dedicated express handling facility. Mr Wang said the authorities were co-operating with FedEx to help it achieve its aims. He hoped that more foreign carriers would use Huangtian airport to help make Shenzhen a shipping and logistics hub.