LATAM Cargo has begun a new direct weekly freighter service for Panalpina, between the cities of Bogota, Colombia, and Huntsville, Alabama from 2 December.
The new BOG-HSV route comes in response to Panalpina’s interest to cut down cargo transit time from South to North America and LATAM Cargo’s commitment to meet the needs of its customers, it says. As a result, the LATAM Group’s team assessed the feasibility of implementing this new destination to bypass transiting through Miami.
“The sustainability of LATAM Cargo’s relationship with its customers is founded on trust and collaborative work,” says Andrés Bianchi, CEO of LATAM Cargo Group. “We are continuously supporting them with their projects by offering the best alternatives possible. This allows us to fulfil our desire to be perceived as strategic partners and to expand their business together,” Bianchi adds.
With this flight, Panalpina will reach Huntsville in approximately four and a half hours, cutting down distribution time and simplifying the logistics process, LATAM says. The freighter aircraft will have the capacity to transport some 50 tonnes of cargo per flight.
“At Panalpina, we get extremely satisfied when we reach such strategic level of cooperation with our partners,” says Roberto Schiavone, senior vice president head of Airfreight / Americas Region Panalpina.
“During the design process LATAM Cargo worked very closely with us to bring this innovative product into the market. This new flight, supported by our exclusive and recently inaugurated Perishable Center in Huntsville airport, will bring a competitive advantage to our customers.”
Schiavone adds that the global forwarder will also tap LATAM passenger flights from other countries in South America to feed its freighter out of Bogota, for not only flowers from Colombia, but for all other perishable markets from the entire region.
“Together with LATAM Cargo, we are creating a new logistics import hub for the South American perishable products into USA market”, adds Schiavone.
Over the last three years, the LATAM Group has launched 67 new routes to connect the region to the world, with more than 140 destinations in 25 countries.
In 2018 alone, LATAM opened 27 routes that include seven new destinations: San Jose (Costa Rica), Boston, Las Vegas, Pisco (Peru), Rome, Lisbon and Tel Aviv; and five new cargo-only routes: Miami-Brussels, Brussels-Montevideo, Amsterdam-Madrid, Madrid-Guarulhos-Santiago, Miami-Antofagasta-Santiago, plus the all-new Bogota-Huntsville service.