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Cathay Pacific launches first Hong-Kong-Mexico freighter service

Cathay Pacific Airways announced Friday that it will launch its first ever destination in Latin America with a new scheduled freighter service to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Cathay Pacific plans to begin the service in the last quarter of 2013, making it the first and only airline operating a freighter service linking Hong Kong and Mexico.

“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,” Cathay Pacific COO Ivan Chu said. “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. At the same time it will help to further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s busiest international airfreight gateways.”

To cater to the anticipated high volumes of auto parts, electronics, garments and perishables coming out of Mexico, Cathay Pacific will operate the new freighter service to Guadalajara twice a week using its newest and biggest freighter, the Boeing 747-8F.

“Air connectivity is a decisive step towards bringing our societies closer to enhance trade, investment and generate all kind of exchanges. This new cargo flight certainly goes along the spirit of a more productive and mutually beneficial Mexico-Hong Kong and Mexico-China relationships that we are experiencing,” Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the secretary of tourism of Mexico, said. “I hope the cargo flights are truly successful and look forward to a passenger one in the short run.”