Days after receiving the penultimate Boeing 747 already manufactured, Atlas Air celebrated the delivery of its first new 777F. The aircraft will be operated on behalf of the Italian company MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) and will display the customer’s livery.
MSC is one of the world’s largest shipping lines and is expanding its cargo footprint. For this, it will use four 777-200 Freighters, all operated by Atlas Air.
“We are looking forward to this partnership with MSC, the world’s largest shipping company, as they enter into air cargo,” said John Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide. “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.”
“We are delighted to see the first of our MSC-branded aircraft take to the skies and we are looking forward to starting serving the market with our new Air Cargo solution,” said Jannie Davel, Senior Vice President Air Cargo at MSC. “We believe that MSC Air Cargo is developing from a solid foundation thanks to the ongoing reliable support of our operating partner Atlas.”
Atlas Air operates an exclusive fleet of Boeing aircraft, including the 737, 767 and 747, from which it will receive in 2023 the last aircraft produced in history.
MSC, in turn, announced the creation of MSC Air Cargo in September, after several months of studies. The company justified the decision on account of market demand and intends to offer cargo flights from 2023.