Effective June 1, Korean Air began three times per week cargo service between Seattle and Seoul/Inchoen.
Seattle houses the Boeing production line as well as the headquarters of Microsoft and Starbucks. Various industries such as vessel and automobile production are also well-developed so the Seattle air cargo market has great growth potential. Moreover, its location between Vancouver, Canada and Portland makes Seattle the perfect American northwest air freight hub.
Korean Air will operate its dedicated cargo service from Seattle to Seoul/Incheon using the B747-400F on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Since June 2005, Korean Air has been providing air cargo service to Seattle on its four weekly passenger flights.“With the addition of our cargo service to Seattle, we have substantially secured the main air cargo hub in the northwestern region of America,” said Jong Hee Lee, Korean Air’s president and COO. “We expect our Korean companies to enhance their competitive powers in exportation and our customers to enjoy more convenient services,” Lee added.
Korean Air’s cargo operation was ranked the world’s largest commercial airline cargo operation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) last year and the airline introduced two state-of-the-art B747-400ERF aircraft this year.