Cargolux has added twice-weekly, direct service from Hong Kong to Columbus, Ohio, using Boeing 747-8 freighters.
The flights began Sunday, the same day the carrier unveiled new service into Brazil.
Officials expect goods on the route to include cargo associated with the fashion industry.
“We are pleased that we are expanding our North American network by adding Rickenbacker International Airport to our global portfolio of destinations,” Cargolux’s chief executive officer, Richard Forson, said in a statement. “The airport infrastructure and service is very accommodating for air freight operators and well adapted to the needs of the 747-8F.”
Freight forwarder Hellman Worldwide will support the carrier’s activities at Rickenbacker, which saw 22,750 tons of cargo during the first four months of the year.
“The Central Ohio region is gaining a valuable logistics asset with the entrance of Cargolux and their advanced 747-8 freighter aircraft service,” Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s David Whitaker said in a statement. “The expertise, flexibility and reliability that Cargolux is known for creates smart opportunities for businesses in our region and beyond.” - Jon Ross