American Airlines Cargo has begun daily cargo service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong (HKG) from 13 June and from Dallas/Fort Worth to Shanghai (PVG) from June 12. The Hong Kong service is a first for any US-based carrier and it opens up an extensive market to customers in both South America and Asia, the carrier said. 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 customers with a third gateway to and from Shanghai. Currently, American offers service between Shanghai and Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
“This is a major milestone for us,” said Jim Butler, president of American Airlines Cargo. “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.”
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. The primary exports from Shanghai are expected to be electronics and mail. Machinery and equipment and manufactured goods are expected to be the primary imports into Hong Kong and Shanghai.