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Airfreight Industry Finds Asia-to-South America Services Increasingly Popular

In early March, a loaded 747-400 freighter, operated by Atlas Air on behalf of forwarding firm Panalpina, pushed back from the gate in Huntsville, Alabama, and took off at sunset, full of machine parts from the American Midwest. It was the inaugural flight of Panalpina's twice-weekly "Brazil Wings" main-deck service from Huntsville to São Paulo, Brazil. On its return journey to Huntsville from Viracopos International Airport, the freighter flew on to Hong Kong International, with a load of perishable goods from Brazil and other South American markets. The total transit time for the new VCP-HSV-HKA route was less than 40 hours – pretty impressive for a journey of more than 11,300 nautical miles.

The Brazil Wings service was designed for U.S.-based manufacturers to send machinery to the well-established agricultural and mining industries in Brazil. But the Asia-bound leg of the service, from Brazil to Hong Kong – and other cities such as Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul – is becoming increasingly popular as demand grows in Asia for fresh food and other perishables from the South American market.

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The Brazil Wings service was designed for U.S.-based manufacturers to send machinery to the well-established agricultural and mining industries in Brazil. But the Asia-bound leg of the service, from Brazil to Hong Kong – and other cities such as Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul – is becoming increasingly popular as demand grows in Asia for fresh food and other perishables from the South American market.

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