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Cargolux connects U.S. to Australia and West Africa

By Hpanchal on October 20, 2011

Cargolux launched weekly freight service connecting the U.S. with Australia on October 19, and the carrier will begin weekly cargo service connecting Chicago, New York and Houston to West Africa on October 22.

Cargolux will operate its U.S.-to-Australia route every Wednesday, departing from its Luxembourg hub and routing through Hong Kong before reaching New York and Chicago. From Chicago, the freight carrier will fly directly to Sydney; it will then cross the Pacific once again on its way back to Chicago, routing through Los Angeles. The 75-hour route will conclude with Cargolux returning to Luxembourg on Sunday.

Representatives for Cargolux said this service is one of the carrier’s longest routings.

Cargolux’s new U.S.-to-Africa route promises to cover much ground, as well. Beginning next week, Cargolux will depart from Luxembourg every Saturday, before flying east to Singapore and Hong Kong and touching down in Chicago. The carrier will then make stops in New York and Houston before traveling on to Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana. Cargolux will conclude the route in Luxembourg.

Genaro Pena, director of air service development at Houston Airport System, revealed exclusively to Air Cargo World what the new Africa route means for international commerce. “Shippers and logistics companies will have a new option for improving or developing new supply chains,” Pena said. “We anticipate that this new Cargolux route will expand options for Houston and regional business interests wanting to get their products to West Africa, the Middle East and Europe.”

As the energy capital of the world, Houston is a major producer of oil and natural gas, in addition to biotechnology and nanotechnology solutions. And these sectors necessitate shipments of machinery and special equipment by air, Pena explained. Until now, however, the Houston-to-Africa trade links have been largely untapped.

“A large number of exports from Houston are transported to markets in Europe and the Middle East,” Pena revealed. “The Nigeria market has traditionally traded with Europe, the Middle East and other African nations, so we anticipate this new Cargolux route will open yet another supply chain option.”

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