Atlas Air takes delivery of new Boeing 777 freighter
Aircraft is the third Boeing 777 freighter to be operated for MSC’s air cargo solution
Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, has taken delivery of a Boeing 777 freighter, which it will operate on behalf of its customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company as part of a previously announced long-term aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance (ACMI) agreement.
This is the third of four Boeing 777 freighters that Atlas Air will operate for MSC, which will complement the existing weekly service and add an additional route from Hong Kong to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The fourth aircraft is expected to be delivered later this year, says a release from MSC.
“The delivery of this new 777 freighter is a proud moment for Atlas, and testament to our long-term strategic partnership with MSC,” says Richard Broekman, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Sustainability, Atlas Air Worldwide. “We are proud to support the ongoing expansion of MSC’s air cargo solution by providing additional speed, flexibility and reliability to their existing network. We look forward to this third 777 freighter entering into service for MSC, and will welcome the arrival of the fourth later this year.”
Jannie Davel, Senior Vice President, Air Cargo, MSC adds: “This latest 777 freighter delivery accounts for a strategic addition to our MSC Air Cargo fleet, enabling us to address the market's constantly changing demands and reinforcing our commitment to enhancing trade connections for our clients. We are driven by innovation and bound to keep up with digital transformation while offering air freight of top-quality services worldwide."
The 777 freighter has a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) and a maximum structural payload of 235,900 pounds (107 tonnes). The 777 freighter also meets quota count standards for maximum accessibility to noise sensitive airports around the globe, the release added.