Virgin Atlantic Cargo has launched a
second daily service connecting London and Johannesburg.
launch of double daily Boeing 787-9 flights is also giving a
welcome boost to Virgin Atlantic customers in the US, who now have
access to additional cargo capacity to South Africa over London.
In the first eight months of this year,
US-South Africa volumes have shown the biggest growth, up 8%
year-on-year, while traffic from Johannesburg is 2% higher thanks
to regular shipments of perishables – including pre-packed fruit
salads, vegetables and stone fruits, as well as car parts,
computer components, mining equipment and personal effects. The
route is also popular for courier traffic and customers moving
Ex-UK to South Africa, Virgin is also carrying a
wide range of commodities, from fish and foodstuffs, to
pharmaceuticals, books and magazines, agricultural spares,
electrical components and automotive parts.
Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said, “We are
experiencing a high level of demand for capacity to and from South
Africa, so the launch of a second daily service will go some way
to providing the extra space our customers in the UK, US and South
Africa need. On October 28, our first day of double daily
services, both flights operated with full payloads totalling 34
tonnes and we expect this to continue given the broad range of
goods moving to and from Johannesburg. This is one of our bestever
years on the route, which Virgin has now served for over 22
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