(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second-leading airline, began thrice-weekly cargo service from Seoul, South Korea to Miami International Airport (MIA) with its inaugural arrival at MIA just after midnight on September 2.
Asiana is utilizing Boeing 747-400F aircraft for the new service, which includes a fuel stop in Anchorage, Alaska before arriving at MIA and returning to Korea via Atlanta and Portland, Oregon. Miami-Dade Aviation Department officials welcomed the flight crew of the inaugural Asiana Airlines flight with bouquets of flowers and the book Miami: City of Dreams
MDAD Director José Abreu presents gifts to a pilot from Asiana Airlines' inaugural flight crew.
Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) officials welcome Asiana Airlines' inaugural cargo flight to MIA.
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With the addition of Asiana, MIA now has four Asian airlines operating freighter flights to the major international cargo hubs of Taipei, Seoul and Hong Kong. These hubs offer connecting cargo services to 21 destinations throughout China, MIA's leading Asian trade partner both in volume and value of goods. Cargo service between Asia and MIA grew from nine weekly flights in 2009 to 19 weekly flights in 2010, and cargo tonnage between MIA and Asia is up nine percent so far this year. During 2010, cargo volumes between all of Asia and MIA rose 16 percent, while trade values escalated 36 percent for a total of $3.4 billion.