Cargoitalia arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Aviation General Manager Louis Miller, City Councilman C.T. Martin and nearly 40 guests were on hand February 3 to welcome Cargoitalia, the newest all-cargo airline to serve Hartsfield-Jackson.
The inaugural flight, which carried a black Ferrari and the latest Italian designer leather goods and fashions, came in at about 9 a.m. Pilots brought gifts for the mayor and Miller to thank them for the partnership with the Milan, Italy-based carrier.
Reed described meeting with Roberto Gilardoni, commercial director for Cargoitalia, at the International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in November. He said that he promised Gilardoni at the time that, if Cargoitalia began flying to Hartsfield-Jackson, the mayor would be present for the first flight.
“[Our] relationship with Roberto and Cargoitalia is very important to me because it shows that Atlanta is taking another step to be a leading cargo airport destination, and that’s important,” Reed said.
Cargoitalia will have two weekly flights between Atlanta and Milan that will have an estimated $15 million economic impact on metro Atlanta.
Textiles, manufactured goods and agricultural products are expected to make up the bulk of the cargo flown from Atlanta aboard the Cargoitalia flights. According to Airport data, total air cargo grew by 17.05 percent between 2009 and 2010 — from 563,139 metric tons to 659,129 metric tons. International air cargo increased by 24.22 percent — from 310,055 metric tons to 385,136 metric tons.
Cargoitalia is the 15th all-cargo airline to serve Hartsfield-Jackson and the region. Other cargo carriers to begin operating in Atlanta recently are Asiana Airlines, which began cargo service in September 2010, and Singapore Airlines Cargo, which began scheduled service to Atlanta in September 2009.
“Atlanta is one of the most important air cargo gateways in the U.S.A., and we consider it a must-have city in our growing network,” Gilardoni said. “The facilities [in Atlanta] are impressive, and we greatly appreciate the help and support they have shown to their newest guest airline. We have great optimism about our potential in this market.”
Click here to see more photos of the event on Hartsfield-Jackson’s Flickr page.
The first Cargoitalia flight to Hartsfield-Jackson touches down.
Aviation General Manager Louis Miller (left) and Mayor Kasim Reed check out the cockpit of the MD-11 freighter.
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