Virgin Atlantic Cargo set to debut in South America

Dominic Kennedy, managing director, cargo, Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo will launch daily Boeing 787 passenger flights between London Heathrow and São Paulo, Brazil, in 2020, its first foray into South America.

The new route will give customers direct access into the continent’s largest import and export market. The airline expects to carry regular shipments of car parts, pharmaceuticals, food and agricultural products.

Dominic Kennedy, managing director, cargo, commented: “São Paulo is a fantastic route for our cargo customers, with high demand for both import and export capacity. Brazil is the Powerhouse of South America and we are excited to be flying to this continent for the first time.”

Virgin Atlantic has embarked on an ambitious growth plan which, in 2019, includes the arrival of the first four of 12 Airbus A350-1000, passenger aircraft which will deliver a 10%-22% improvement in lower deck cargo capacity depending on configuration.

This year will also see the airline move to a new Heathrow cargo terminal, twice the size of its existing operation, and invest in digital technologies to give customers new self-service options and make Virgin Atlantic Cargo “easier to do business with”.

The airline will become a founding member of a new, $13bn transatlantic joint venture with over 300 daily transatlantic flights and 96 non-stop transatlantic routes, alongside Delta, Air France and KLM as well as launching new services from London Heathrow to Las Vegas and Manchester to Los Angeles.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest americas news

CSafe Global launches San Juan facility

By Rachelle Harry

Temperature-controlled container company CSafe Global has launched a new service centre facility in pharma hub San Juan, Puerto Rico. At…

Read More

Share this story

Delta Cargo to offer the CarePod travel carrier for pets in the US

By Damian Brett

Delta Cargo has introduced a new pet travel carrier, CarePod, which offers real-time updates throughout the journey. After five years…

Read More

Share this story

SEKO and AGWorld enter partnership to facilitate links amid trade war

By Rachelle Harry

SEKO Logistics and Air & Ground World Transport (AGWorld) have entered a partnership that will generate opportunities for shippers doing…

Read More

Share this story