The logistics heavyweight has added Latin America to its network of regular charter operations. Targeting destinations south of the Panama Canal is a first for Deutsche Bahn’s logistics unit. The flights will be conducted once a week (every Sunday) and operated by LATAM Cargo, sources close to the case confirmed to CargoForwarder Global.
With immediate effect, DB Schenker offers the market the capacity of a weekly freighter flight from Europe to South America. The aircraft is a Boeing 767P2F Conversion that flies at a maximum
speed of 850 km/h and can accommodate up to 52 tons per take-off. The new route commences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and heads to Brazil after twice stopping over in the U.S.; first in JFK,
followed by MIA in Florida. After landing in Viracopos, Brazil, LATAM Cargo offers shippers direct transits of their goods to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago de Chile.
“Demand is high,” claims the agent
On the occasion of the announcement, Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker, stated: “To keep economies running, companies require stable supply chains. By expanding our flight network to South America, we provide a new source of reliable capacity to the market. We are happy to say that the demand is already high.”
Wide range of products
According to DB Schenker’s management, automotive parts dominated the first bookings, but the range of products to be flown to South America is quite diverse. The agent points out that, in addition to standard cargo and upon request, temperature-controlled items and dangerous goods can also be airlifted. Within Europe, the flights seamlessly connect to DB Schenker’s extensive road feeder network, the company stresses.
Last Thursday (04AUG22), LATAM Cargo added a fourth P2F converted Boeing 767 (N564LA) to its freighter fleet, which meanwhile consists of 15 aircraft. “This freighter will allow us to strengthen our transatlantic offering, with more capacity from Europe to the USA, and to further connect cargo to multiple destinations in South America through strategic points like our Miami hub. We plan to continue expanding services to and from markets that are relevant for our customers as the remaining freighters included in our growth plan are incorporated into our fleet,” stated Andrés Bianchi, CEO of LATAM Cargo, on the occasion.
It almost sounds like DB Schenker had played a part in that statement.
LATAM Cargo expects the delivery of its next B767 P2F aircraft in September; its 16th unit in total. Perhaps agent DB Schenker will be on board then, again.
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