SACRAMENTO, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc., a subsidiary of Matheson Trucking, Inc., signed a freight consolidation agent agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways in October to provide import/export air cargo services at the Portland International Airport for goods transported to and from Oregon and Asian markets.
Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc. currently provides airport terminal handling services for U.S. mail in Portland. The company added eight employees to support twice-weekly arrivals and departures of Cathay Pacific's 747-8F jumbo jet service officially launched November 4. These flights travel between Portland and Hong Kong via Los Angeles and Anchorage. "This is an exciting opportunity for Matheson to once again expand into the international freight arena," said Charles Mellor, Chief Operating Officer for Matheson. "We handled similar services for Asiana Airlines and are proud to be a key facilitator in the partnership between the Port of Portland and Cathay Pacific. Providing consolidation for import/export goods benefits the economy of Portland and businesses in the region." Mellor said Cathay contacted Matheson about providing consolidation services. "We quickly presented a bid and began negotiations. The referral was a result of our previous partnership with Asiana. We have the ramp space to park a 747 close to our hanger, making it more convenient to load and unload the aircraft."