A new Atlas Air Boeing 777F freighter in flight.
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Atlas Air takes delivery of first of four Boeing 777F aircraft

LONDON – Atlas Air has announced the delivery of one Boeing 777F set to operate for their customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. The delivery means one of four aircraft delivered under a previously announced long-term ACMI agreement.

The delivery


The Boeing 777F delivered is set to serve for its customer through Atlas Air, MSC Mediterranean Air Cargo, after both companies agreed on a long-term ACMI agreement covering four of the new Boeing 777F (freighter) jets that Atlas Air will operate for them.

The Boeing 777F aircraft will greatly complement MSC’s world-class container shipping solutions, as well as it will greatly expand service to key trade lanes for various industries, and those which traditionally have significant air cargo transportation needs.

With the Boeing 777s great history in efficiency, lower maintenance costs and operating costs, the Boeing 777F also offers a beyond great cargo-space making it an even better choice for the cargo hauls it’s designed to complete.

Statements


John Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide, made the following statement: “We are looking forward to this partnership with MSC, the world’s largest shipping company, as they enter into air cargo.”

“We are pleased that all four of our newly acquired 777-200Fs are placed on a long-term basis with MSC, providing them with dedicated capacity to support their growth and expansion,” he added.

Jannie Davel, Senior Vice President Air Cargo at MSC added a further statement: “We are delighted to see the first of our MSC-branded aircraft take to the skies and we are looking forward to start serving the market with our new Air Cargo solution.”

“We believe that MSC Air Cargo is developing from a solid foundation thanks to the reliable ongoing support of our operating partner Atlas,” he concluded.

Atlas Air’s latest deliveries


Despite this delivery to MSC being the newest one of Atlas’s latest deliveries, the most discussed one is without doubt of their recent 747 deliveries and the last 747 on the production line.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has recently delivered the second to last Boeing 747 aircraft, before the Boeing 747 program comes to an end. Now, only one single Boeing 747-8F remains in the final assembly stage, destined for Atlas Air.

On November 23, Atlas Air confirmed they had received the third of four Boeing 747-8 freighters, which they ordered from Boeing last January.

The delivery to Atlas Air on November 23, was intended for operations for the Swiss shipping and logistics company Kuehne+Nagel, and the last 747 delivery of their order will be no exception.

The Boeing 747-8F in question is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2023, marking the absolute end of the Boeing 747 production line, 53 years after the first example took flight in 1969.

And despite the Boeing 747 programme ending, Boeing will continue the support after deliveries, with Boeing Chief Executive David Calhoun stating the following in 2020:

“Our customer commitment does not end at delivery, and we’ll continue to support 747 operations and sustainment well into the future.”

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