Challenge Group Adds an Extra 747 Freighter

By Jamie Clarke 2 Min Read
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Challenge Group Adds an Extra 747 Freighter
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This month, the Maltese carrier, Challenge Group, has added an extra Boeing 747-400 Freighter to its growing fleet.

This article will cover the details surrounding the Maltese operators newest Boeing 747-400 Freighter addition and what this means for the air freight operator.

Challenge Group Adds One 747 Freighter

The tailplane of a Challenge Airlines aircraft.
Photo Credit: Challenge Airlines

On February 2, 2024, Challenge Group added another Boeing 747-400 Freighter to their growing fleet, becoming the operators fifth Boeing 747 Freighter to join their fleet, marking their ninth overall aircraft.

According to Planespotters, the aircraft registered as 4X-ICK is a near 30-year-old airframe. Originally starting out with Singapore Airlines Cargo back in 1994 before moving to El Al Israel Airlines in 2010, following that the aircraft then moved over to Air Atlanta Icelandic and operating for Magma Aviation, before coming to Challenge Group to operate under their Israeli division.

The Maltese operator consists of three divisions, Challenge Airlines BE in Belgium, Challenge Airlines IL in Israel, and Challenge Airlines MT in Malta. The group operates a now total of nine aircraft, five Boeing 747-400 Freighters and four Boeing 767-300 Freighters.

Commenting on their latest fleet addition, Or Zak, Chief Commercial Officer for Challenge Group, says, “The new 747-400F is a testament to Challenge Group’s commitment to staying ahead of the curve despite industry discussions about overcapacity.”

“It is an ideal choice for transporting commodities such as heavy & oversize, horses, pharma, aircraft engines, dangerous goods, cars and other complex verticals and will enhance our capacity and flexibility, allowing us to tap into new markets as well.”

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