Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Air Freight Services from US Cargo Carrier

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US – CHINA – This week sees the commencement of two new air freight services for American Airlines Cargo which is scheduling daily import and export flights between its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth to and from both Hong Kong (HKG) and Shanghai (PVG), the world's third largest air cargo airport. AA Cargo says the Hong Kong service is a first for any US based carrier, and will open up an extensive market to customers in both South America and Asia. The non-stop service will be operated with a B777-300ER, the airline's first use of the long-range aircraft in Asia.

The new Shanghai service will be operated with a B777-200 aircraft and will provide AA Cargo customers with a third gateway to and from Shanghai. Currently, American offers service between Shanghai and Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD). Outbound from both Hong Kong and Shanghai, American is targeting customers with traffic destined for Dallas/Fort Worth as well as those with freight continuing to Central and South America. The primary exports from Hong Kong are expected to be electronics and computer parts whilst from Shanghai mail ranks alongside the inevitable electronics. Machinery and equipment and manufactured goods are expected to be the primary imports into Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In Hong Kong, American will be handled by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) and represented by GSA Antares International. In Shanghai, American will be handled by Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co. Ltd. (PACTL) and represented by GSA Pan Asia Express. Jim Butler, President of American Airlines Cargo, commented:

"This is a major milestone for us. Building our presence in Asia is a key component of our long-term network strategy. Including these two new routes, we're now able to connect Asia to 68 different cities across Latin America, creating hundreds of routes where shipments can start and end their journeys."

Daily service schedules are:

DFW-HKG AA137 leaves DFW 13:45 Arrives next day 18:05

HKG-DFW AA138 leaves HKG 13:30 Arrives 16:30

DFW-PVG AA127 leaves DFW 10:55 Arrives next day 14:55

PVG-DFW AA128 leaves PVG 16:50 Arrives 18:10