Third MSC Boeing delivered to Atlas Air

Atlas Air operates 777F on MSC’s behalf

Atlas Air, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., has taken delivery of a Boeing 777 Freighter, which it will operate on behalf of its customer Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) SA.

This comes 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 (HKG) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The fourth aircraft is expected to be delivered later this year.

MSC took delivery of its first branded aircraft as part of its Air Cargo solution almost precisely a year ago.

“The delivery of this new 777 Freighter is a proud moment for Atlas and testament to our long-term strategic partnership with MSC,” said 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,” Broekman added.

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“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,” said Jannie Davel, Senior Vice President, Air Cargo, MSC.

“We are driven by innovation and bound to keeping up with digital transformation while offering air freight of top-quality services worldwide,” Davel continued.  

MSC enters the air cargo industry with reportedly the longest range and most capable twin-engine freighter flying, known for its high reliability, fuel efficiency, and lower maintenance and operating costs.

The 777 Freighter has a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometres) 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.

In August this year, MSC announced it had acquired a majority stake in AlisCargo Airlines, a Milan-based air freight carrier, with the transaction being the first step towards MSC acquiring 100 per cent of AlisCargo Airlines.

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