Korean Air Cargo announced yesterday it is expanding its capacity to South America by increasing its freighter service to the continent to three times weekly beginning Aug. 23. The route, operated with a 777F aircraft, will depart from Incheon (ICN) and fly to Anchorage (ANC), Miami (MIA), Sao Paulo (GRU), Santiago (SCL), Lima (LIM) and Los Angeles (LAX) before returning to ICN. The entire route requires around 70 hours to fly and is scheduled to depart from ICN on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The flights leaving Korea will include mainly industrial products, such as mobile phone parts, wireless communication devices, automobiles, electronic parts and aircraft engines for North and South America, the carrier said. On its return from the Americas, the aircraft will be filled with seasonal food and perishable products from Brazil, Chile and Peru including, salmon, cherries, asparagus, mangoes and blueberries.
Ultimately, the expansion of the cargo capacity to South America is intended to create new demand between the markets while strengthening the overseas presence of the carrier. In the future, it plans to expand and strengthen this capacity further, Korean Air Cargo said, but did not provide further detail.
Additionally, according to a local publication, Korean Air and another Korean carrier, Asiana, will suspend some domestic cargo services over low demand on certain routes. The publication said cargo services will be halted from Oct. 1 at regional airports in Daegu, Cheongju and Gwangju.