Air Canada Cargo adds Chicago to freighter network

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Air Canada Cargo will add Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to its freighter network from June 2.

The service will operate three times per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) with a Boeing 767 freighter, connecting Air Canada Cargo’s global hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with its self-handled warehouse operation at ORD.

Jon Turner, vice president, Cargo at Air Canada, said: “We are excited to add Chicago to Air Canada Cargo’s robust network, achieved through the strategic use of our freighters and the global reach of Air Canada’s extensive passenger network.

“In Chicago, we also leverage our extensive trucking network to extend our reach, adding to Air Canada Cargo’s competitive edge.  

“As a true global combination carrier, adding Chicago further expands on our commitment to provide consistent capacity to our valued customers and respond to the demands of the market.”

Earlier this month, Air Canada launched four Boeing 787-9 flights a week connecting Vancouver and Singapore Changi airports, with SATS providing cargo handling services at Singapore Changi.

The airline is yet to release its first quarter results, however, Air Canada’s full year 2023 cargo revenues declined 27% year on year due to reduced air cargo demand and a loss of capacity in the form of temporary passenger freighters (preighters).

The airline said the decline of C$342m was partially offset by increased operations of purpose-built freighters in Air Canada Cargo.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]