Car go? No, but Austin to London cargo one-way trip pays offCar go? No, but Austin to London cargo one-way trip pays offhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=41592014-05-27T07:54:00Z2014-05-20T06:15:00Z

Austin - Everything from computer equipment to Mexican peppers and Norwegian salmon is being shipped in cargo to London Heathrow.

As 200 or so passengers fly directly to London or return to Austin each day, about 25,000 to 30,000 pounds of freight goes with them.

The trans-Atlantic passenger flight is giving international shippers an alternative to trucking goods to airport hubs in Dallas or Houston — as well as direct access to London’s Heathrow Airport, one of Europe’s major cargo hubs that serves markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

It also will help reverse a 13-year decline in air freight at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and, if it succeeds, make the case for the city’s first trans-Pacific flight.

“This is the biggest story in logistics since the airport was built,” said Ray Brimble, who helped build Austin’s cargo port in the mid-1990s. “It changes where Austin sits in the global supply chain.”

The arrival of British Airways 787 Dreamliner and IAG Cargo, the freight arm of British Airways and Iberia, is expected to grow Austin’s international market.

IAG Cargo officials say the route already is successful. They said the cargo holds are 90 to 95 percent full — both ways.

Unlike passengers who tend to fly from and return to the same airport, cargo is a one-way trip.

The 787’s technical advantages make the Austin-to-London route possible. With only a couple of hundred passengers, it is easier to sell out than larger planes, but its wide-body structure helps airlines realize 20 to 45 percent more cargo revenue than similarly sized airplanes, according to Boeing.

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