Singapore Airlines said its cargo division on Friday launched its first scheduled freighter service to South America, connecting Singapore, Hong Kong, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The return trip to Singapore operates via DFW, Brussels and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
DFW said the new Boeing 747-400 service represents the airport's first direct cargo connection between Asia and South America, and the first all-cargo freighter flight from DFW to the continent.
Singapore Airlines Cargo will expand the flight to twice weekly by the fall. The airline already provides belly capacity for freight on three weekly passenger flights from Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona.
The airline said the new service recognizes the growing importance of Brazil as a major consumer and producer of goods.