Starting Monday, Nippon Cargo Airlines will operate twice-weekly freight service from its Narita International Airport hub to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, utilizing Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The service, which marks DFW’s first direct trade route with Japan, significantly bolsters the airport’s freight capacity to Asia, according to a press release.
“We are extremely pleased to open new avenues of trade from Texas to Japan,” Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport, said in a statement. “Opening more routes between Texas and Asia provides an excellent opportunity for regional businesses to ship goods quickly.”
Flights from Japan will route through Chicago O’Hare International Airport before reaching DFW airport; NCA will then stop at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on the return leg to Japan. In a press release issued by DFW, the airport said that Japan’s economic growth propelled NCA’s decision to launch new flights.
“We’re excited about coming into the DFW market,” the carrier’s Dave McInerney said in a statement. “With offices already in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth marks the next logical step for the growth of Nippon Cargo Airlines in the United States.”
NCA is also planning to phase in fuel-efficient 747-8 aircraft on the route, according to the press release.