MIAMI — Southern Air will start weekly all-cargo service from Hong Kong to Miami International Airport (MIA), via Anchorage, from April 1.

This new scheduled freighter flights will be operated by a Boeing B777F aircraft.

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With this addition, Southern Air will become the sixth carrier to offer all-cargo operations at MIA, following Asiana Airlines (Seoul); Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong); China Airlines (Taipei); Korean Air (Seoul); and Polar Air (Seoul).

Likewise, Hong Kong is MIA’s fourth-leading trade market in Asia, responsible for over $500 million in freight yearly.

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In 2017, MIA’s trade with the entire Asia world region was valued at $7.8 billion – a 16-percent increase from $6.7 billion in 2016.

“We are thrilled to add Southern Air to our growing route network in Asia,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola, who is returning from a business venture in China and Japan.

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“As the busiest U.S. airport for international freight, it is especially gratifying to welcome additional cargo service from Hong Kong, the world’s busiest freight airport,” Sola continued.

Southern Air, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide, Inc., is the leading full-service global provider of air cargo charter and aviation solutions, offering customers the most versatile and efficient air freighter services worldwide.

Furthermore, it operates a fleet of 10 aircraft, consisting of five Boeing 737-400SF, and five Boeing 777F, all managed by DHL Aviation.