Atlas Air Mulls New Aircraft Order

An Atlas Air Boeing 777 freighter in flight.
Photo Credit: Atlas Air Worldwide

This week it has been revealed that Atlas Air is in the latter stages of conversations for a new freighter order.

This article will cover the details surrounding Atlas Air’s potential new aircraft order that we could see in the coming months.

Atlas Air New Freighters

Atlas Air Boeing 747-8 Freighter. Photo Credit: Boeing.
Photo Credit: Boeing

It has been reported that the American operator, Atlas Air, is in the advanced stages of negotiations with major manufacturers for a new aircraft order.

The U.S. operator is in these negotiations with both Airbus and Boeing for an order with either Airbus’ A350 Freighter or Boeing’s 777-8 Freighter.

Surfacing from Bloomberg, following an interview earlier this month with the carrier’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Steen, in Hong Kong.

The new order is set to compliment the operator in the freight market as it sees a significant opportunity for growth.

The operator is still needing more clarity on aircraft delivery timescales before making a final decision for its order. The Airbus A350 Freighter will likely be delivered in 2026. Whereas, the Boeing 777-8 Freighter will likely be 2027. However, the operator is still concerned with the 777X timeline due to the delays that programme has suffered.

Atlas Air’s Current Fleet

Atlas Air currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 93 aircraft. Within its fleet, the carrier operates services on for Amazon Prime Air, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Flexport, Boeing, Kuehne+Nagel, Apex Logistics, MSC Air Cargo.

Firstly, the carrier has eight Boeing 737-800 BCFs that all operate for Amazon Prime Air.

35 Boeing 747-400 Freighters of which three operate for Nippon Cargo Airlines, one for Flexport.

Five Boeing 747-400s for passenger charter services.

Four Boeing 747-400 Dreamlifters that operate for Boeing transporting manufacturing parts for aircraft around its global facilities.

Nine Boeing 747-8 Freighters, of which one operates for Kuehne+Nagel, and one operates for Apex Logistics.

Five Boeing 767-300s for passenger charter services.

22 Boeing 767-300 Freighters, of which 17 operate for Amazon Prime Air.

Lastly, the carrier has five Boeing 777 Freighters, of which four of these operate for MSC Air Cargo.

Recent Atlas Air News…

Furthermore, in recent news, the U.S. operator has seen the following –

  • The NTSB has released its preliminary report into an inflight incident involving an Atlas Air Boeing 747 freighter aircraft. This was in Miami on January 18, 2024. Citing that a loose plug was in the subject engine. Read our article here.
  • It has emerged that an Atlas Air Boeing 747 freighter suffered a runway incident in Anchorage, prompting a go-around. Read our article here.

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