Cathay Pacific's New Pittsburgh Cargo Flights - One Mile at a Time

Cathay Pacific has started regularly scheduled service to Pittsburgh for the next 12 weeks… but we’re not invited.

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Cathay Pacific’s new Pittsburgh cargo flights

Cathay Pacific has this week launched a new 12-week cargo service to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). The service originates in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), and then stops in Hong Kong (HKG) before continuing the long haul flight.

The twice weekly service will operate on Mondays and Thursdays through November 26, 2020, with the flight number CX8800. For example, the first flight took 2hr2min from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong, and 14hr30min from Hong Kong to Pittsburgh.

As Fred Ruggiero, Cathay Pacific’s VP of Cargo in the Americas, describes this service:

“Cathay Pacific is excited to link Hong Kong, one of the world’s key intermodal airfreight hubs, to Pittsburgh. The city is ideally placed between the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest, home to more than 50% of the population of the United States. Cargo remains a bright spot for the airline during this challenging time. This temporary expansion underscores Cathay Pacific’s commitment to our freight forwarder partners, who requested an expanded cargo service to meet heightened demand. We are pleased to join forces with Pittsburgh International Airport and Unique Logistics and look forward to assisting with future freight needs.”

What makes this flight unique?

Cathay Pacific has a separate cargo division, with a fleet of 14 Boeing 747-8s. These planes already serve 19 destinations in the Americas. For example, I see