Cathay Pacific Airways to launch Portland-Asia cargo service

Cathay Pacific Airways to launch Portland-Asia cargo service

Air cargo carrier Cathay Pacific Airways announced on Thursday that it would launch twice a week service to Portland, offering a new route for Asia-bound exports.

The carrier said its cargo planes would stop in Portland two times a week as part of a route that starts and ends at its hub in Hong Kong. The plans would also be scheduled to stop along the way in Los Angeles.

Cathay Pacific will likely carry semi-finished footwear, apparel and electronic goods; and sports goods maker Nike, tech giant Intel and Columbia Sportswear are expected to be major customers for the company.

Phillipe Lacamp, the company's senior vice president for the Americas, "You'e got an extraordinary ecosystem here. We've been carrying from this region out of our other hubs. It really comes down to the likes of Nike in particular and Columbia Sportswear."

Apart from footwear, apparel and electronics, the service will shuttle a number of perishable goods like cherries, blueberries, Dungeness crab and oysters from Portland to Asia using wide-body Boeing 747-8F planes.

However, the new service is still waiting for regulatory approvals. If approved, it will be launched on November 3, 2016.