LONDON – Atlas Air has announced that it has entered into a long-term, dedicated charter agreement to operate two of its new incoming Boeing 747-8 Freighter aircraft on a global basis for logistical company Kuehne+Nagel. Atlas Air is expecting to take delivery of the new freighters later this year, with the first expected in the third quarter and the second expected in the fourth quarter.
Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Dietrich said: “We are delighted to expand our partnership with Kuehne+Nagel by providing dedicated capacity for their growing global airfreight network,”
“The Boeing 747-8F serves an incredibly important role in global airfreight, with advanced technology that allows for lower fuel consumption, higher capacity, and unique nose-loading capability. We look forward to taking delivery of these two 747s and operating them for Kuehne+Nagel to support their network for years to come.”
The two Boeing 747s that are due to be delivered are the last 747s that Boeing will produce as the iconic jumbo jets production life cycle comes to an end after more than 30 years. Atlas Air ordered the last four 747 production aircraft as it continues to capitalize on the rising demand for air cargo while also focusing on its green and global commitment to producing more environmentally friendly services to its customers and reducing its emissions.
Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, said: “As a market leader in airfreight, Kuehne+Nagel further expands its dedicated charter network to support customers with solutions for long-term planning and high-quality service. We are proud to partner with Atlas Air and include these two new Boeing 747-8Fs in our already extensive global capacity offering.”