Atlas Air, Inc. a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. has announced that it has taken delivery of a Boeing 777-200 Freighter, which it will operate on behalf of its customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. As part of the previously announced long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) agreement, Atlas Air operates four 777 aircraft worldwide for MSC, enabling MSC to extend its reach and capacity for its customers. This is the fourth 777 to enter service. The inaugural 777 was delivered in November 2022, with the second and third 777s delivered in July and November 2023 respectively.
The aircraft, which enters service today, will complement MSC Air Cargo's existing weekly service, including one between Hong Kong (HKG) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
"This latest 777 Freighter delivery represents a pivotal moment and milestone for our company, as it marks the completion of our first series of aircraft in partnership with Atlas Air. This new and improved fleet will enable us to enhance our offering, ensure better support for our valued customers and a stronger market presence," said Anders Matikka, Vice President, Air Freight, MSC.
"The delivery of this fourth 777 aircraft we operate for MSC marks an incredibly exciting milestone in our long-term strategic partnership. "said Richard Broekman, Sales Director and Head of Sustainability at Atlas Air Worldwide.
"Since the launch of our first 777 over a year ago, we have enjoyed our ongoing collaboration with MSC as they continue to develop their air cargo solution for their customers. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our strategic partnership.
The 777 Freighter is the world's longest-range, highest-performance twin-engine freighter, renowned for its high reliability, fuel efficiency and low maintenance and operating costs. It has a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) and a maximum structural payload of 235,900 pounds (107 tonnes). The 777 Freighter also meets quota standards for maximum accessibility to noise-sensitive airports worldwide.