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Atlas Air Takes Delivery of the First of Four Boeing 777-200 Freighters to Be Operated for MSC

Atlas Air has taken delivery of the first of four Boeing 777-200 Freighters on order, which will be operated on behalf of behalf of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA. The new aircraft supports the previously announced long-term ACMI between the companies.

The first of four B777-200Fs for MSC takes to the skies - Courtesy Atlas Air Worldwide

On Monday (November 28, 2022), Atlas Air announced the delivery of the first of four Boeing 777-300 Freighters on order, which will be operated on behalf if their customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, as part of a previously announced long-term aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) agreement. The new freighter will complement MSC’s container shipping solutions and expand service to key markets including trade routes which traditionally have significant aur cargo transportation needs.

In Monday’s announcement, Atlas Air Worldwide’s Chief Executive Officer, John Dietrich, said,

“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.”

Also commenting on the new freighter delivery, MSC’s Senior Vice President – Air Cargo, Jannie Davel, said,

“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.”

The Boeing 777 Freighter offers an established history of twin-engine efficiency, including reduced fuel burn, as well as lower maintenance and operating costs versus previous generation aircraft. The aircraft is currently the world’s longest range twin-engine freighter, with the capability of flying 4,880 nautical miles (9,038 km), and also meets quota count standards for maximum access to noise sensitive airports worldwide.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a global leader in transportation and logistics. The privately-owned company was founded by Gianluigi Aponte in 1970. The company has 675 offices in 155 countries worldwide, with the MSC Group employing over 150,000 team members. With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport across the globe, MSC prides itself on delivering worldwide service with local knowledge. The company’s shipping line sails on over 260 trade routes, with over 500 ports of call.

Representatives from Boeing, Atlas, and MSC participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony - Courtesy Atlas Air Worldwide

Purchase, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW) is a leading global provider of third-party aircraft and aviation operating services. Company subsidiaries include Atlas Air, Southern Air Holdings 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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