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Atlas Air Expands Strategic Partnership With YunExpress, Adds a Second Boeing 777-200 Freighter

Atlas Air has today announced an expansion of their strategic partnership with YunExpress, a subsidiary of Zongteng Group, with the addition of a second Boeing 777-200 Freighter under a long-term charter agreement.

Atlas Air Boeing 777-200F Freighter - Courtesy Boeing

On Thursday (March 28, 2024), Atlas Air announced an expansion of their strategic partnership with YunExpress, a subsidiary of Zongteng Group.  With the partnership expansion, Atlas Air will operate a second Boeing 777-200F freighter on behalf of YunExpress under a long-term charter agreement.  Entering service in April 2024, the second 777 Freighter will operate six weekly routes between China and the U.S., enhancing YunExpress’ international logistics network and serving increasing e-Commerce demand.

In Thursday’s announcement, Atlas Air Worldwide’s CEO, Michael Steen, said,

“We are delighted to expand our strategic and long-term partnership with YunExpress.  Cross-border e-Commerce is driving significant demand for Atlas’ dedicated large widebody freighter capacity.  Through our partnership with YunExpress, we are strengthening our position as the preferred supplier of dedicated airfreight capacity to leading players in the e-Commerce industry. Atlas has unmatched global operating capabilities and high-quality solutions that power our customers’ global supply chains.”

Also commenting on the expanded strategic partnership, Zongteng Group’s President, Wang Zuan, added,

“Last December, YunExpress, in collaboration with Atlas, launched charter service between Xiamen, China and Miami utilizing a 777 freighter, which has been operating with solid performance. The signing of this new long-term agreement further deepens and strengthens the strategic partnership between us. Through YunExpress, we aim to meet the growing demand for airfreight capacity between China, Europe and North America. Looking ahead, we aim to further expand routes and fleet size to provide customers with more convenient and diverse global transportation options, ensure supply chain resilience, and support the steady development and growth of our customers’ international businesses.”

White Plains, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of third-party aircraft and aviation operating services.  Company subsidiaries include Atlas Air and Titan Aviation Holdings.  Additionally, the company owns a majority stake in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide.  Together, the Atlas Air family of companies operate the world’s largest Boeing 747 Freighter fleet.  The company also offers their customers a wide selection of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations. 

Source: Atlas Air Worldwide 


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