Swiss WorldCargo, the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines, will begin nonstop services to Osaka, Japan (KIX) and Washington, US (IAD), in March 2020. Flights to the two destinations will be operated by an A340-300 and Airbus A330-300, respectively.
Swiss WorldCargo will fly to Osaka five times weekly, while servicing Washington daily during its summer timetable, and five times weekly during its winter timetable.
The carriers ays the new destinations will create nonstop connections between Japan’s third-largest city and the capital of the US, while offering a weekly payload of 100 to 150 tonnes in each direction.
Kansai Airports says the airline will fly the route for the first time in 18 years since the 2001 summer schedule. The new service will make Zurich the sixth European destination from Kansai, increasing KIX’s connections to Europe.
Additionally, the carrier will also begin operating a B777-300ER on daily flights to Tokyo, Japan, and Miami, US. Both destinations are already well-established and important routes within the Swiss WorldCargo network, currently flown with smaller A330 and A340 equipment.
The Zurich-Tokyo route will be operated with B777-300ERs from February 2020 onwards, and the Zurich-Miami route will switch to all-B777-300ER service from Summer 2020. The larger-capacity B777-300ERs will offer an increase in payload.
“We are very excited to announce our new destinations for 2020, which allow us to expand our reach within strategic global markets,” said Alexander Arafa, head of Global Area & Contribution Management.
“By increasing capacity to and from major locations in Japan and the US, we are able to further meet the needs of our customers in these cities and their surrounding regions,” Arafa says.
Flights and schedule changes will begin going into effect following the arrival of two new B777-300ER to the SWISS aircraft fleet.