Panalpina adds second HK-US flight

Global forwarding and logistics group Panalpina has strengthened its own controlled air freight network with the addition of a second direct, weekly cargo flight between Huntsville, Alabama and Hong Kong, from 12 May. The Swiss company said the new weekly flight “strategically enhances the existing Dragon Wings express air service from Hong Kong to Huntsville, […]


Global forwarding and logistics group Panalpina has strengthened its own controlled air freight network with the addition of a second direct, weekly cargo flight between Huntsville, Alabama and Hong Kong, from 12 May. The Swiss company said the new weekly flight “strategically enhances the existing Dragon Wings express air service from Hong Kong to Huntsville, Alabama and further strengthens the Brazilian Wings express service which offers an airport-to-airport transit time of 30 hours from Hong Kong via Huntsville to São Paulo in Brazil.” “The exclusive routing of a second flight from Hong Kong with a turnaround from Huntsville back to Hong Kong offers increased flexibility, reduced transport time and guaranteed delivery on the transpacific lane,” said Matthias Frey, head of Panalpina’s Own Controlled Network. “Using the Boeing 747-400F for this route enables a strong focus on temperature sensitive cargo and pharmaceuticals transport. Coupled with Panalpina’s trusted road feeder service network, we can offer customers stable, own controlled air freight capacity linking Hong Kong with North America and Brazil directly”, added Frey. All of these services are operated on behalf of Panalpina by long-time partner, ACMI operator Atlas Air, using B747- 400F equipment. William J. Flynn, president and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide, said: “We are delighted that Panalpina has added another leg to its own controlled network. We are proud to deliver operational excellence and infrastructure and support Panalpina in delivering new solutions and value to its customers.” Panalpina’s Huntsville Gateway is the hub for its own controlled air freight network in the US, with flights regularly connecting Luxembourg, Dubai, South Africa, Hong Kong, North America and Latin America. Meanwhile, TomTom, a leading global provider of navigation products and services, has renewed its agreement with Panalpina to ship several of its GPS products by air freight from China to the US. Through the agreement Panalpina will also ship the recently unveiled Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom. The SportWatches are flown from Hong Kong with Panalpina’s ‘Dragon Wings’ own-controlled freighter service.