Subject to government approval, the new service will make Cathay Pacific the first airline to operate a freighter service linking Hong Kong and Mexico, a company statement said.
The service will have twice-weekly flights into Guadalajara to connect Mexico’s second largest city to Cathay Pacific’s international cargo network through its Hong Kong hub.
The company will use its newest and biggest freighter, the Boeing 747-8F, to offer more cargo space to meet the anticipated high demand for auto parts, electronics, garments, and perishables coming out of Latin America and the United States to various points in Asia.
“This is the first such freighter service between Hong Kong and Mexico and is a very important step in bringing two such vibrant economies closer together,” said Ivan Chu, Cathay Pacific chief operating officer.
“With growing demand for direct cargo services between Asia and Mexico, our new freighter service will help to establish a very important trade lane between the two regions,” he added.
The airline recently took delivery of its ninth Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft, with four more to be delivered later in the year.