Asiana Cargo made its inaugural scheduled flight between Wuhan, China and Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) marking the entry into Columbus, Ohio, for both the airline and freight-forwarder APEX Logistics. Apex Logistics is a logistics company based in Shanghai, China.
Asiana Cargo’s inaugural flight landed 24 August from China’s Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH), kicking off weekly scheduled flights carrying freight between Rickenbacker and the airline’s global hub in Incheon International Airport (ICN).
“APEX Logistics has a long-term vision to grow and connect Asia directly to the Midwest US market through Rickenbacker and Chicago International Airport,” says Elsie Qian, CEO Americas at APEX.
“Rickenbacker’s unparalleled geography and speed to market, along with the freight-friendly mentality of the region, will set us apart from competitors,” she adds.
APEX Logistics began a three times a week B747-400F freighter service between Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, and Chicago (ORD) in late 2017. The flights were organised by Apex Logistics, with Kalitta Air providing the lift on that service.
Asiana joins AirBridgeCargo, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo which in total operate up to 20 scheduled weekly international flights into Rickenbacker.
Numerous world-class freighter operators also provide regular, on-demand charter services, the airport says.
“By focusing their growth strategy on Rickenbacker, APEX and Asiana Cargo are able to connect China and key Asian origins directly with nearly half of the US and one-third of the Canadian populations from one convenient, reliable location,” says Joseph Nardone, president & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates Rickenbacker.
For a video of the inaugural arrival at LCK see here.