July 15, 2016: Cathay Pacific Airways expands freighter services in the Americas with the addition of a twice-weekly scheduled service to Portland in Oregon, the United States, from November 3, 2016, subject to government approval.
The new Portland service will operate on a Hong Kong – Anchorage – Los Angeles – Portland – Anchorage – Hong Kong routing every Thursday and Saturday, using Cathay Pacific’s newest and biggest freighter, the Boeing 747-8F.
The service will meet growing demand to move a wide range of commodities from the Pacific Northwest and the United States to various parts of Asia.
The Boeing 747-8F aircraft offers more cargo space to carry the anticipated high volumes of semi-finished footwear and apparel, electronics, and perishables from Portland and its catchment area into Asia.
Portland is also one of the fast growing hubs for e-Commerce related shipments for the Pacific Northwest region.
Cathay Pacific was the first Asia Pacific airline to take delivery of the Boeing 747-8F in 2011 and currently has 13 of this aircraft type in its cargo fleet. The Boeing 747-8F employs innovative technologies to bring about significant efficiency improvements to the airline’s ultra-long-haul freighter services, particularly on North American routes, and at the same time reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
Simon Large, director Cargo, Cathay Pacific, said, “The Americas is a very important market for Cathay Pacific and we are delighted to add Portland to our expanding freighter network. We are committed to providing the best cargo services connecting Asia to this important manufacturing region, and at the same time boosting Hong Kong’s standing as one of the world’s key international airfreight hubs.”