Korean Air resumed cargo flights to Bangkok,
Thailand last month, and to Manila, Philippines in May.
Both flights are operated two times per week with Boeing 777F aircraft.
While Korean Air
had previously used passenger aircraft to transport freight on the Manila and Bangkok routes, the demand for air cargo has shown a
continuous rise as global companies are shifting their production bases to Southeast Asia.
Against this backdrop, the
airline decided to operate dedicated cargo flights on these routes to seize
the rising demand of air cargo, including items such as IT
devices, automobile parts, and hard disks.
addition, on 23 August 2019 the airline increased its South America
service from two to three flights per week.
America- bound B777F departs Incheon and returns to Incheon via
Anchorage, Miami, Sao Paolo, Santiago, Lima and Los Angeles. The
route is the longest distance among Korean Air flights, taking
nearly 70 hours to return to Incheon after departure.
The outbound flight from Incheon will ship mostly manufactured
goods such as mobile phone parts and automobiles. In Miami during
transit, electronic parts bound for Brazil and aircraft engines
will be loaded. The returning freighters are filled with fresh
cargo from Chile, Peru bound for Asia such as salmon, cherries,
asparagus, mangos and blueberries.
In addition to
its route to South America, Korean Air will also focus on
exploring overseas cargo markets by actively utilizing the Fifth
Freedom, beyond the air cargo demands formed around Korea.
In May 2019, Korean Air expanded its cargo capacity,
launching a freighter route between Incheon - China (Xi’an) -
Vietnam (Hanoi) and increasing the freighter frequency between
Incheon - Vietnam (Hanoi) - India (Delhi) - Europe (Vienna ·
Milan) from three to four times a week.
The added frequency has
expanded air cargo transportation on these routes, carrying items
such as mobile phones from Hanoi to Delhi, garments from Delhi to
Vienna and Milan, and electronic devices from Xi’an to Hanoi.
To cope with global economic uncertainties such as the
prolonged trade dispute between the U.S. and China, Korean Air
will continue to strengthen its competitiveness in the cargo
business by developing new markets and attracting new demands.
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