Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport has welcomed a new air cargo carrier in the shape of AeroLogic – a joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express.
The weekly freighter service begins started on Friday, and connects Puget Sound with Frankfurt.
The aircraft is a Boeing 777 Freighter operated by AeroLogic, and its fleet is composed of eight Boeing 777F.
Port of Seattle Commissioner, Tom Albro says: “This is about getting the stuff we make, grow and catch to consumers around the world. Air cargo growth brings jobs to Northwest factories, money to Washington farms, and profit to Seattle’s fishing fleet and that is the mission of the Port.”
Sea-Tac handled 332,636 tonnes of airfreight in 2015. The Port of Seattle has a goal to triple that number to 750,000 metric tonnes by 2036.
An estimated $12.7 billion worth of airfreight is exported to domestic and international markets through Sea-Tac yearly, while another $13.6 billion is imported.
Air cargo between Sea-Tac and Western Europe includes components for automotive, aerospace and hi-tech manufacturing; medical instruments and consumer goods.