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Cathay Pacific to launch Dallas and Atlanta freighter service

17 Nov 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated the launch of Hong Kong's first direct freighter service to Dallas and Atlanta, providing faster delivery from Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland to growing markets in the south and southeastern United States.

The three-times-weekly service will commence on 19 November, stopping first in Dallas and continuing onto Atlanta. The new route means that Cathay Pacific will be able to reach any part of the continental US within a day's trucking from its gateway cities. The two new destinations will also bring new opportunities to connect with transhipments from South and Central America.

Cathay Pacific Director and General Manager Cargo, Ron Mathison said during the launch ceremony: "The United States is one of our strongest export markets. Our new Dallas and Atlanta service will extend our coverage of the country, further consolidating Hong Kong's position as the world's busiest international cargo airport and global freight gateway for Chinese exporters."

The new service will take the total number of destinations on Cathay Pacific's freighter network to 26. The airline's freighters already serve Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Vancouver in Canada. With the new service, Cathay Pacific will operate 21 cargo flights a week to North America. Cathay Pacific is currently the world sixth largest air cargo carrier by volume.

The new route is part of Cathay Pacific's ongoing expansion plan. The airline earlier this year launched 12 weekly freighter services to Shanghai. It took delivery of a new Boeing 747-400F freighter in February and then in mid-December will take delivery of the world first converted 747-400 passenger-to-freighter aircraft, the Boeing 747-400BCF, or Boeing Converted Freighter. Cathay Pacific is the launch customer of this new aircraft type and will take delivery of six aircraft in the next 2 years with options for an additional six freighters.

Carolyn Leung, Corp Comm Manager (Public Affairs), (852) 2747-5393, (852) 7901-5393
Maria Yu, Corp Comm Manager (Media Relations), (852) 2747-53638, (852) 7901 5368