HONG KONG: Cathay bucks trend and expands cargo services

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will expand its global freighter network with the launch of services to two new destinations in theUS. On 6 March, the airline will add Miami and Houston to its list of US freighter destinations, which already includes New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The […]


Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will expand its global freighter network with the launch of services to two new destinations in theUS.

On 6 March, the airline will add Miami and Houston to its list of US freighter destinations, which already includes New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The new service will follow a Hong Kong- Anchorage-Miami-Houston-Anchorage- Hong Kong routing and will be operated three times a week using B747-400ERF Extended Range Freighters.

The new US services follow on from the addition of Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City to the Cathay Pacific freighter network in January this year. This service operates twice a week on Hong Kong- Jakarta-Ho Chi Minh City-Hong Kong routing using a Boeing 747-400 Freighter and marks the airline’s first scheduled freighter flight to Indonesia. The new service has received a positive response from the market.

In addition to the new freighter destinations, Cathay Pacific will also boost its service to Milan in Italy with effect from 12 February. Three more flights a week will be added to and from Italy’s main commercial hub to make a six-times-weekly service.

Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Rupert Hogg said: “Our cargo business is currently facing a big challenge due to the worldwide economic downturn, making it all the more important to seek out new markets and find ways to develop our business over the long term.