Freight Nippon Cargo Airlines delays resumption of operations

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Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has announced that it had to delay the resumption of its cargo operations.

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A week ago, NCA announced that it had to temporarily suspend its operations and to ground the entire cargo fleet due to an inappropriate maintenance record in the log for JA14KZ, a Boeing 747-8 Freighter of the airline. The grounding was to provide time to verify that all maintenance records are correct.

Now, the carrier updated the case, stating that the suspension of the operation would last another week. In a statement, NCA wrote: “[…] The verification of the records will take longer than originally expected. Since we will not restart the network until we can conclude the record checking process, the first aircraft will resume operation in more than another week.”

As soon as the safety of the first aircraft in operation is confirmed, NCA will resume its whole operations. The grounding will further cause a noticeable capacity shortage for transpacific trade links between the U.S. and Japan.

Nippon Cargo Airlines´ fleet consists of 11 freight aircraft, including eight Boeing 747-8F and three Boeing 747-400F cargo aircraft. The average fleet age is around 7,1 years. The aircraft provide cargo services to 20 destinations worldwide.

NCA was founded in September 1978 and commenced operations in 1985. The carrier was the first all-cargo airline in Japan. NCA has its headquarters at Tokyo Narita International Airport.

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