Air China Cargo will announce Tuesday a new non-stop air cargo service from Portland International Airport.
Nike, Tektronix, Intel, ESI, Epson and InFocus are some of the local companies that are developing or already have a manufacturing or business presence in China. In 2001, China was Oregon's third-largest air export market with almost 2 million kilos shipped, according to the Port of Portland. China is Oregon's fastest-growing top-10 air export market in Asia. From 1996 to 2001, Oregon's air cargo exports to China increased 200 percent.
The new service will start Oct. 27, according to U.S. Department of Transportation documents.
Airline officials and local government and business executives were scheduled to gather Tuesday afternoon at the Classical Chinese Garden at Northwest Third Avenue & Everett St. in Portland to announce the deal. Dignitaries include Wing Kun Tam, Air China Cargo; Gov. John Kitzhaber; Mayor Vera Katz; Bill Wyatt, executive director, Port of Portland; and Dave Hill, Nike Inc.