Singapore Airlines Cargo will begin service to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport today, providing a bright spot in the mostly gloomy air cargo market.
The weekly cargo flights with 747-400 freighter aircraft will operate from Singapore to North America, then to Europe and the Middle East before returning to Singapore.
It’s the first “around-the-world” freighter to fly to Hartsfield-Jackson, according to airport officials.
Singapore Airlines Cargo will be the 12th all-cargo carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson.
Cargo operations have been down significantly this year amid the recession. For the year through July, Hartsfield-Jackson had a 23 percent drop in cargo volume compared with the same period of 2008. Passenger traffic had a much smaller decline of 2.8 percent during the same period.
Hartsfield-Jackson officials have been making an effort to attract more cargo business. They recently joined with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to propose that Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Airways start a cargo route from United Arab Emirates to Atlanta and on to Dallas.
According to the airport, a weekly cargo flight contributes about $10 million of economic impact to the regional economy annually.
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