LATAM Cargo operated its debut Miami (MIA) – Florianópolis (FLN) full-freighter service becoming the only airline to launch a direct service from North America to Southern Brazil.
This direct route will initially have one weekly frequency and will be carried out using a B787F aircraft of 53 tonne capacity. Cargo from North America, Europe and Asia will be combined in the United States.
Gabriel Oliva, North America, Europe and Asia’s Commercial VP for LATAM Cargo stated, “This new route will allow us to provide a direct, stable and permanent service between the United States and Santa Catarina; it is a concrete example of our efforts to satisfy our clients’ needs. As strategic partners, we are constantly evaluating routes that promote international trade, bringing buyers and sellers together with the characteristic speed, attention and logistics excellence of our global services network.”
Before the MIA-FLN route was implemented, international cargo entered Brazil through Guarulhos and Viracopos. Hence, it depended on complementary ground transportation in order to reach its final destination.
Kamal Hadad, LATAM Cargo’s Alliances and Network VP said, “In addition to the benefits for Santa Catarina, through this new route we also extend our coverage in the country by totaling ten airports with cargo aircraft exclusive operation. As with this route, we will continue focus on offering more origins-destinations for our international and domestic markets in order to be present in our clients’ relevant markets.”
Due to this route’s importance for Southern Brazil, the initial flight was specially received at the Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport. The ceremony that was carried out included representatives from the state government, the airport, FIESC and LATAM Cargo.
The state of Santa Catarina bases its economy on commercial and industrial imports, used to supply Southern Brazil. Particularly, Santa Catarina demands automotive, metallurgical, food, pharmaceutical and electronic products, among others.