China Eastern Airlines, headquartered in Shanghai, has begun operation of an international cargo route with Port of Seattle’s Seattle-Tacoma International Airport air cargo service to Shanghai on June 11th 2014. This route was established just in time to meet the soaring Chinese demand for the high-value and abundant Washington Rainier cherry season. Seattle, being the most direct route to Asia in the continental US, has proven recently to be the air cargo gateway of choice. This has positioned the local economy towards greater success and vitality, by creating more trade and job opportunities. China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777 will be Sea-Tac airport’s seventh cargo plane, and it will be transporting up to 90 metric tons per flight of cargo once a week for 13 weeks.
The port of Seattle understands the positive impact that the increased trade will have on our economy. This year, the Port of Seattle is scheduled to finish a $20 million project to expand, improve, and upgrade the air cargo freighter parking facilities to further increase the efficiency of Seattle’s growing international trade industry. The Port of Seattle’s goal is to make Seattle the premier destination for international trade, by tripling annual air cargo volume to 750,000 metric over the span of the next 25 years. This plan is expected to generate upwards of 100,000 new jobs. The growth of Seattle’s economic powerhouse will be one of the major front runners in sustaining King County’s economy for many future years.