MSC Air Cargo Operator Atlas Air Takes Delivery of New Boeing 777 Freighter
Atlas Air, Inc. has announced that it has taken delivery of a fourth Boeing 777-200 Freighter, which it will operate on behalf of its customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.
Under the previously announced long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) agreement, Atlas Air is operating four 777 aircraft on a global basis for MSC, enabling MSC to expand its reach and capacity for its customers.
This is the fourth 777 to enter into operations; the inaugural 777 was delivered in November 2022, with the second and third 777s being delivered in July and November 2023, respectively.
This aircraft, which has entered operations, will complement MSC Air Cargo's existing weekly service, including a route from Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
Anders Matikka, Vice President, Air Cargo, MSC said: “This latest 777 Freighter delivery represents a pivotal moment and significant milestone for our company as it marks the completion of our first set of aircrafts in partnership with Atlas Air.
"This new and enhanced fleet will empower us to elevate our offering, ensuring enhanced support for our valued clients and a stronger presence in the market.”
“The delivery of this fourth 777 aircraft that we are operating for MSC marks an incredibly exciting milestone of our long-term strategic partnership, ” said Richard Broekman, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Sustainability, Atlas Air Worldwide.
The 777 Freighter is the longest range and most capable twin-engine freighter flying, known for its high reliability, fuel efficiency and lower maintenance and operating costs.
It 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.
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