Freight Southwest Cargo to start international shipping

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Southwest Cargo has announced to begin international cargo shipping in May 2018, pending government approvals. The first destinations are set to be in Mexico.

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Southwest Cargo intends to commence international cargo operations to the Mexican cities Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos. However, Southwest Cargo said that more international destinations are planned for this year.

Matt Buckley, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Cargo and Charters, said: “By offering the cross-border services that our Customers are looking for, we’re able to help meet the needs of businesses throughout the United States and, soon, in Mexico [...] As we enter the international cargo market for the first time, Customers will have more opportunities to experience the friendly and reliable service for which our Cargo Team is known.”

Recently, the carrier has introduced a new point-of-sale system, Southwest Cargo Suite (SCS). The new system will replace the current system in March 2018. Through SCS, customers will have the opportunity to use electronic Air Waybills and to make more specific and advanced bookings.

Southwest Cargo is a 100% subsidiary of Southwest Airlines. For transporting cargo, Southwest uses cargo bins on its Boeing 737 passenger aircraft. According to the carrier, each 737 has the capacity to transport a maximum of 5.476 kilograms (11.422 lbs.) on-board.

Southwest Airlines is a major US-Airline, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The fleet consists of 702 Boeing 737 aircraft, including 737-700, 737-800 and 737-MAX 8. Southwest serves over 100 destinations and carried 120 million passengers annually in the past years.

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