Korean Air Cargo expands freighter net, shifts production to SE Asia
KOREAN Air has commenced a twice weekly freighter service between Seoul and Bangkok operated by a Boeing 777 freighter
KOREAN Air has commenced a twice weekly freighter service between Seoul and Bangkok operated by a Boeing 777 freighter. The airline has also resumed twice-weekly freighter flights between Seoul and Manila, also using a B777F.
The airline said that, as companies shift production bases to Southeast Asia, the demand for air freight capacity on the Bangkok and Manila route has been increasingly high. The new flights will carry products such as IT devices, automobile parts and computer hard disks, reported New York's Air Cargo World.
In a separate development, Korean Air recently boosted its South American freighter service from two to three frequencies a week. The flights are operated by a B777F, which flies from Seoul to Anchorage, Miami, Sao Paulo and Santiago, before returning to Seoul via Lima and Los Angeles.
The outbound flight from Seoul mainly carries manufactured goods such as mobile phone parts and automobiles. During the transit in Miami, electronic parts destined for Brazil and aircraft engines are loaded, while the return flight transports fresh produce from Chile and Peru such as salmon, cherries, asparagus, mangoes and blueberries.
This May, the airline opened a freighter route between Seoul and Hanoi via Xi'an, and raised the frequency of its Seoul, Hanoi, Delhi, Vienna and Milan freighter service from three to four flights weekly. With these flights, Korean Air helps transport electronic devices from China to Vietnam, mobile phones from Vietnam to India, and garments from Vietnam to Europe.