The airline says it selected the route due to DFW’s economic growth as well as its central US location. The move also complements a strategy of strengthening its Bogota hub by consolidating all cargo from South America for destinations in Europe and Asia.
General managing director of Avianca Cargo Kurt Schosinsky commented: “We see great potential in this new route where we will handle mainly perishable cargo such as salmon and red fruits from Chile, flowers from Colombia, asparagus and mangoes from Peru and flowers and fruits from Ecuador. All these goods are in high demand in international markets."
John Ackerman, EVP Global Strategy and Development at DFW added: “This new service represents a milestone for DFW as the first scheduled South American freighter that will further the Airport’s strategy for developing trade lanes between South America and Asia.”
In a related move, Avianca and United have expanded their current codeshare agreement to include widebody flights that connect Sydney and Bogota with California. The outbound flight from Bogota operates three times a week and connects with United in Los Angeles for Sydney while a daily return flight routes via San Francisco and Los Angeles to Bogota.
“The extension of this codeshare agreement will imprint further dynamism in the relationship between Australia and Colombia,” commented Avianca spokesperson Ana Maria Copete. “This extension provides Avianca with an unprecedented reach, given that this is the first time Avianca´s brand reaches such a distant destination," she added.