Brazilian cargo start-up Brasmex (Brasil-Minas Express) plans to launch with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F this month.

The airline, headed by Carlos Hamilton Martins Silva, has received $1.2 million of investment to start services between Brazil's largest cargo hub at Campinas and Miami, Florida. Brasmex plans to establish services from other Brazilian destinations such as Manaus and Confins, and international points such as Santiago, Chile. Sabino Freire de Lima, Brasmex's operations director, says the carrier intends to make inroads into the burgeoning South American air-freight market, connecting the continent to Europe and the USA.

Brasmex is leasing its DC-10 from CIT Aerospace, but Sabino says: "We are negotiating two more DC-10-30F leases to be delivered in February or March."

Source: Flight International