Atlas recently welcomed the first of four new Boeing 777-200 Freighters at a special celebration at Boeing’s headquarters in Seattle. Atlas Air will operate this aircraft on behalf of our customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, as part of a previously announced long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) agreement.
John Dietrich stepped up to the podium at the event celebrating the delivery and shared what an honor it is for Atlas to partner with MSC, the world’s largest shipping company, as they enter into the world of air cargo.
“This is the first of four 777s Atlas is taking for MSC Air Cargo,” said John. “We are committed to ensuring MSC Air Cargo is successful, and in turn that Atlas and MSC are successful together.”
Michael Steen, who was also onsite for the delivery stressed the importance of teamwork between Atlas, MSC and Boeing.
“This is a strategic partnership and the first time that MSC is moving into air cargo. We are excited to be a part of that process and look forward to continuing to grow our partnership.”
The 777-200 Freighter will complement MSC’s world-class container shipping solutions and expand service to key trade lanes for various industries, including those which traditionally have significant air cargo transportation needs.
With an established history of twin-engine efficiency, reduced fuel consumption, and lower maintenance and operating costs, the 777 is the longest-range twin-engine freighter in the world, capable of flying 4,880 nautical miles (9,038 kilometers). The 777-200F also meets quota count standards for maximum accessibility to noise‑sensitive airports around the globe.
“We are delighted to see the first of our MSC-branded aircraft take to the skies and we are looking forward to begin 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 a solid foundation, thanks to the reliable, ongoing support of our operating partner, Atlas.”
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