SWISS introduced earlier this week that it’s additional increasing its cargo operations to 2 intercontinental locations. The brand new freight providers will serve the Peruvian and South Korean capital cities of Lima and Seoul.
Two new routes
Switzerland’s flag service has added two new cargo-only locations from its Zürich hub. It introduced this growth in a press launch printed earlier this week. The brand new routes will complement Swiss WorldCargo’s current community. The locations in query are Seoul Incheon Worldwide Airport (ICN) and Lima Jorge Chávez Worldwide Airport (LIM). SWISS will deploy transformed Boeing 777s on these new routes.
SWISS is including two new locations solely for freight shipments to the common route community of its airfreight division @SwissWorldCargo: Seoul, South Korea and Lima, Peru. Extra Data: https://t.co/KwVhl6R3wJ pic.twitter.com/RfzTRgAIy6
— Swiss Intl Air Strains (@FlySWISS) January 15, 2021
Markus Binkert, SWISS’s Chief Monetary Officer, is vastly optimistic concerning the airline’s growing presence within the cargo market. He said the next within the press launch:
”Due to our freight division, we’re capable of adapt repeatedly and really flexibly to the prevailing market circumstances. On this means, we will make a steady financial contribution and make sure the move of products between Switzerland, Europe, and the world.”
Keep knowledgeable: Join our each day aviation information digest.
The place, when, and what’s onboard?
SWISS plans to launch the Lima route subsequent week, on Tuesday, January 19th. The airline said that the cargo on this hall would largely encompass “pharmaceutical goods, machinery, and spare parts, as well as perishable goods from the region, among others.”
In the meantime, the path to Seoul has already seen its first flight. This departed Zürich on Friday, January 15th. The inaugural service was numbered as flight LX2796, and operated by a Boeing 777-300ER with the registration HB-JNH. In accordance with Planespotters.web, Swiss took supply of this plane in March 2017.
SeatGuru reviews that SWISS’s 777-300ERs usually sport a three-class seating configuration (eight top notch, 62 enterprise class, 270 economic system class). Nonetheless, this plane underwent conversion to function as a specialised cargo plane in May final yr. Such transformed airliners are often called ‘preighters.’ These turned more and more widespread final yr as airways appeared to make the most of plane that had been in any other case dormant as a result of drop in passenger demand as a consequence of coronavirus.
SWISS reviews that “a variety of products will be transported [to Seoul], including general cargo, spare parts, car parts, electronics, and other goods.” Sadly, the primary flight was not as punctual because it might need preferred. Information from FlightRadar24.com means that it departed Zürich over six hours late, though it did make a few of this time up on the 10-hour flight to South Korea. The return leg will make a cease in Beijing, China.
Different long-haul freight operations at SWISS
The 777s are usually not the one long-haul plane that SWISS has been deploying on cargo flights in latest months. Certainly, December noticed Switzerland’s flag service transport greater than 14 tonnes of vaccines from Beijing to São Paulo, Brazil, by way of its Zürich base. On this occasion, the airline deployed an Airbus A340-300, with the registration HB-JMA.
Though instances are presently onerous for passenger-focused airways reminiscent of SWISS, it’s refreshing to see that the service can proceed to make its mark on the airline business with its ever-expanding intercontinental freight community.
What do you make of SWISS’s newest growth to its cargo operations? Have you ever ever flown with the airline? Tell us your ideas and experiences within the feedback.