Singapore Airlines Cargo has begun a weekly eastbound Boeing 747-400 freighter service to Atlanta.
The flight from Singapore is routed via Hong Kong, Anchorage and Los Angeles, and the return flight is via Brussels and Sharjah.
SIA Cargo mounted a series of ad hoc charter services to Atlanta in September before deciding on a scheduled service, which began on October 29. The service is scheduled to run until at least March 25.
“This service will directly link Atlanta to its export markets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The greater accessibility to Atlanta will certainly help to promote the city as a major gateway for the freight industry in the Southeastern Region of the US,” says Tan Tiow Kor, senior vice president sales and marketing for Singapore Airlines Cargo.
As flight number SQ7964, the 747-400F service departs Singapore Changi (SIN) at 06:05 a.m. on Thursday (all times local) and reaches Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok at 09:55. It departs HKG at 12:40 p.m.and arrives at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) at 5:10 a.m. the same day, leaving ANC again at 6:30 a.m. to make a 12:30 p.m. arrival at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Changing flight numbers at Los Angeles, the aircraft departs LAX as flight number SQ7881 at 3:30 p.m., arriving at Atlanta (ATL) at 10:15 p.m. The aircraft then departs ATL at 0:15 a.m. the next day (Friday) to arrive at Brussels Airport (BRU) at 3:05 p.m. Leaving BRU at 5:05 p.m., the 747-400F then flies to Sharjah International Airport (SHJ), where it arrives at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. The aircraft leaves SHJ again at 4:15 a.m., arriving back at its home base at SIN at 3:30 p.m. after a round-the-world trip taking nearly nearly 57.5 hours.
Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the state of Georgia, as well as the urban core of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. It is a vital business city and transportation hub and the world headquarters of numerous multinational companies.
Major imports for Atlanta are consumer products such as electronics from Asia. Major exports from Atlanta include heavy machinery parts to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.