Pittsburgh gains new chartered cargo flights from Asia

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New York freight forwarder Wings Logistics has selected Pittsburgh International Airport as a distribution point for chartered cargo flights from Asia.

The company has tapped Southern Air to operate an average of one weekly Boeing 747-200 cargo flight from Hong Kong to Pittsburgh through August.

Service began 11 April, says the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), which runs the airport. Flights from Shanghai and Vietnam are also expected to be added to the schedule.

"The reasons for selecting Pittsburgh included efficiencies of airfield operations, location to other cities for truck delivery and the time saving in transit. In many cases the amount of time saved from 'wheels up' in Asia to customers' distribution centre is up to six days versus using traditional cargo gateways such as Chicago and New York," says Wings Logistics CEO Marc Schlossberg.

The ACAA has been actively pursuing cargo growth at Pittsburgh. The airport "has a great deal to offer freight forwarders including excellent access to interstates, cooperative teamwork with US Customs and Border Patrol in facilitating timely clearances and a terrific geographic location to 80% of the North America's population and business centres", says ACAA chairman Glenn Mahone.

Wings Logistics conducted a cargo charter from Hanoi to Pittsburgh last fall.