Singapore Airlines Cargo has launched weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service to Sao Paulo’s Viracopos-Campinas Airport, its first South American freight route. The service, which will be upgraded to twice-weekly in the fall, is routed through Hong Kong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on the first leg. The plane will return to Singapore via Dallas, Brussels and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
SIA Cargo’s Tan Tiow Kor spoke out about the new route, which complements Singapore Airlines’ thrice-weekly passenger service to Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. He said the decision to add more cargo capacity to the fast-growing economy was strategic. Chief imports into Brazil will consist of machinery, electrical and transport equipment, cotton, automotive parts and accessories, footwear and food products, and chemicals.
“These new freighter services demonstrate our confidence in the growth potential of the Brazilian market and will extend our network coverage to over 70 cities in more than 30 countries,” he said in a statement. “We hope these services will give our customers more choice of flights to ship their freight between Brazil and various markets.”
SIA Cargo’s route also marks DFW airport’s first direct freighter flight to South America and the airport’s first direct link between Asia and South America. DFW CEO Jeff Fegan said he expects this route to propel the airport’s freight operations tremendously and “hopefully lead to more growth at DFW and in support of the Dallas/Fort Worth economy.”