By: Chris O'Malley
Posted: November 16, 2010
Indianapolis International Airport has landed its first nonstop cargo flights from China, a move that could lure to the region businesses that want ready access to the Asian economic dynamo.
The nearly daily FedEx flight from Hong Kong to Indianapolis has been underway since at least last month-made possible by new Boeing 777 freighters being placed into its fleet.
For decades, Indianapolis airport and economic development officials have clamored for nonstop cargo links with Asia. FedEx flights between Indianapolis and Asia typically stop in Anchorage, Alaska, instead.
"This is huge," said David Holt, business development director for logistics initiative Conexus Indiana.
"It helps show we have the ability to do that direct flight, with no stops ... I think it will help attract the types of businesses that use this kind of service."
Memphis-based FedEx has not yet announced the non-stop flights from Hong Kong. The company is gradually ramping up its Boeing 777 operations in Indianapolis, explained FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey.
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