Freight Atlas Air orders four Boeing 777 Freighters

Atlas Air Worldwide has signed a purchase agreement with manufacturer Boeing for four additional 777 Freighter aircraft.

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Originally placed in December 2021, Atlas Air Worldwide and Boeing have now announced an order for a total of four Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft that will be adding capacity to the growing business of the U.S.-American company.

John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide president and CEO, commented: “We are excited to expand our fleet and service offerings for our existing and prospective customers with these four new 777s. With the best team in the industry as well as our focus on innovation and prudent fleet management, Atlas is serving the evolving needs of the global supply chain and delivering value for our customers.”

Currently, Atlas Air is operating with nine Boeing 777 Freighters already, which have an average age of around nine years. The overall fleet age is at over 21 years, so these new aircraft will modernize and optimize Atlas Air´s fleet.

Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, said: “We are honored that Atlas Air Worldwide, as a global leader in airfreight, has once again selected to grow with Boeing and our freighter family. These new 777 Freighters provide Atlas with more capacity, fuel efficiency and operational flexibility for its customers […] As air cargo demand continues to grow, we're confident that the efficiency, capability and flexibility of our freighter family will meet customer needs now and in the future.”

Not only over the course of the pandemic, the E-Commerce segment experienced continued growth across the board. This development reflects in the amount of freighter aircraft ordered from airlines around the globe. Last year, Boeing forecasted that the global freighter fleet will grow by 70% in the next 20 years.

The 777F is based on the passenger version of the 777-200 and has a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometres). The aircraft is capable of carrying a maximum payload of 102 tonnes while operating more efficient and environmentally friendly when compared to previous generation aircraft.

This order rounded up a successful year for Boeing, as the manufacturer had already surpassed its freighter record by November. Boeing received 80 orders for new production freighters and additional 80 for converted aircraft.

Atlas Air is a leading cargo airline and currently operates worldwide services with a fleet of 88 freighter aircraft, including eight Boeing 737s, 45 Boeing 747s, 26 Boeing 767s and nine Boeing 777s. The company was founded in April 1992.

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