In response to growing customer interest, ‘LATAM Star’ freighter operation expanded to three times per week between HSV and VCP, with connections to other destinations in Brazil and South America

By Will Waters

DSV and LATAM Cargo are expanding their collaboration by increasing the frequencies of their ‘LATAM Star’ Brazil-Huntsville, Alabama freighter route operation to three times per week, just five months after its successful relaunch, in response to growing customer interest.

The initial once-weekly B767 freighter operation on Mondays will see the addition of two more departures on Wednesdays and Fridays, with direct cargo service for DSV Air & Sea from Huntsville International Airport (HSV) to Viracopos, Brazil with connections to other destinations in Brazil and South America. From HSV, DSV has regular chartered freighter services to its European air hub in Luxembourg.

DSV uses Huntsville as the main US hub for its air charter network, describing it as “an optimal origin and destination point for clients as a less congested option to more traditional cargo facilities in the nearby area”.

Mads Ravn, Executive Vice President of DSV with responsibility for the global freight forwarder’s air charter network, commented: “With the addition of two additional frequencies to the DSV Charter Network, we will now be able to offer unmatched transit times from the US South East as well as in-transit cargo from Asia and Europe. LATAM Cargo’s agile approach, to adapt to our customer’s needs in a challenging market, has been instrumental.

“With the option to connect to LATAM’s network in South America, we offer our customers faster transit time and savings on trucking to Miami by stopping at the DSV Hub in Huntsville, Alabama for direct uplift to all of Latin America.”

LATAM Cargo said the implementation of these new frequencies “reaffirms LATAM Cargo’s commitment to adapt to the needs of its customers, taking advantage of its network’s flexibility to offer customized solutions”.

LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates are the largest group of airlines in Latin America, with presence in five national markets in the region – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – in addition to international operations inside Latin America and between Latin America and Europe, Oceania, the United States, and the Caribbean.

LATAM Cargo Chile, LATAM Cargo Colombia and LATAM Cargo Brazil, the cargo subsidiaries of LATAM Airlines, have access to the belly of the group’s passenger aircraft and have a fleet of 15 freighters that will gradually expand until reaching between 19 and 22 freighters by 2023. They operate within LATAM Group’s network as well as on cargo-only international routes.