Clan Gatherings: Portland on parade

The Port of Portland and Oregon Business hosted Cathay Pacific staff and customers at a gala dinner preceding the arrival of the first freighter of the twice-weekly service to Hong Kong

It was an extravagant evening, with more than 300 guests including customers and forwarders eager to export Oregon’s sports attire, high tech and food products. The following morning the Pacific North West’s often relentless rain held off for the arrival of the inaugural Boeing 747-8F service. Governor Kate Brown said: ‘More than 450,000 Oregon jobs are supported by international trade. When our businesses grow, our economy grows, offering more opportunities for all Oregonians to thrive.’

(l-r)Port of Portland's Bill Wyatt and Curtis Robinhold; Cathay Pacific senior vice-president, Americas Philippe LaCamp; Governor Kate Brown on board
Cathay Pacific cabin crew celebrate the freighter's arrival
Show-stopping stuff at the gala dinner
GM cargo sales and marketing Mark Sutch and Cathay Pacific's director, cargo customer solutions & airline partnership, Americas, Margaretha Laseen
Simon Large wearing his PDX cap with pride
Hugh Link, executive director, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, says: "Our crabs are usually shipped via seattle so the freighter is A big opportunity for us. It will enable us to explore new markets"