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Atlas Air Worldwide to acquire another Boeing 747-800F freighter, provides a fleet update

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo) (New York) has agreed to acquire a new 747-8 freighter from Boeing with delivery scheduled for November 2015. Prior to its expected placement in longer-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) service, the company intends to deploy the aircraft in profitable charter operations, taking advantage of the aircraft’s superior fuel efficiency, range, capacity and loading capabilities.

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To meet additional charter demand, Atlas Air Worldwide is also returning an owned and unencumbered 747-400 converted freighter to active service. The aircraft is resuming operations this month. At the same time, the company has entered into a short-term operating lease expected to begin in late June for a second 747-400 converted freighter. This lease is intended to replace a similar aircraft, with a lease that expires this month, on terms that are more favorable to the company.

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In addition, the company has expanded its Titan Dry Leasing portfolio by acquiring two Boeing 767 aircraft. These will be leased to DHL Express following their conversion from passenger to freighter configuration in the fourth quarter of this year. They complement a Boeing 757 Freighter recently dry leased to DHL by Titan following the conclusion of a previous customer lease.

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By year-end 2015, Atlas Air Worldwide’s cargo operations are expected to include ten 747-800Fs and 23 747-400 freighters. It also expects to have two 747-400s and three 767-300s providing passenger service to the U.S. military and other charter customers.

In addition, the company expects to operate at least 18 customer-owned aircraft in its CMI (crew, maintenance and insurance) operations. These operations include four 747 Large Cargo Freighters for Boeing, two VIP-configured 747-400 passenger aircraft for SonAir, eleven 767 freighters for DHL Express, and one VIP-configured 767 passenger aircraft for MLW Air.

In Dry Leasing, the company anticipates its portfolio to include at least 11 aircraft, including six 777 freighters, two 767 freighters, one 757 freighter, one 737 freighter, and one 737 passenger aircraft.

In other news, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced the placement of an additional Boeing 747-400 freighter into ACMI service.Polar Air Cargo logo

The aircraft will be operated by Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. to expand its express network for the benefit of DHL Express. Operations are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2015.

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When the new service begins, Polar’s express network will consist of six 747-8Fs and seven 747-400Fs in ACMI on behalf of DHL and Polar’s other customers. Atlas also will continue to operate a fleet of eleven Boeing 767 Freighters in CMI service for DHL, including nine in North America and two in the Asia-Pacific region.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-87UF N852GT (msn 37571) of Atlas Air taxies at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

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Boeing to cut the 747-8 production rate to only one aircraft per month

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced it will cut the 747-8 Intercontinental production rate by 23 percent from 1.3 aircraft to only one aircraft starting in March 2016 according to Reuters quoting Boeing sources. The company is currently building 1.5 aircraft per month and this was planned to be reduced to 1.3 in September despite a recent order by the Volga-Dnepr Group.

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Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Lufthansa has always been a keen supporter of the 747 and pushed Boeing for the updated 747-8 model. Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-830 D-ABYT (msn 37844) in the 1968 retro scheme lands at Paine Field near Everett.

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Air France moves up the last Boeing 747-400 revenue flight

Air France (Paris) is moving up the planned Boeing 747-400 retirement date (subject to further changes). The last planned Boeing 747-400 revenue flight has been moved from March 26, 2016 to January 10, 2016 according to Airline Route. The last flight is currently flight AF439 departing from Mexico City on January 10, 2016 and arriving at Paris (CDG) the following day at 2:25 pm (1425).

 

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-428 F-GITE (msn 25601) arrives at Miami International Airport.

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Transaero unveils its Boeing 747-400 Siberian Tiger livery on EI-XLN in support of the Amur Tiger Center

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Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has unveiled at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the official presentation of the joint project with the Amur Tiger Center of the new “Siberian Tiger” livery on the pictured 447-seat Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029). The special color scheme is designed to “draw attention of the international and Russian public to the issues of environmental protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.”

The airline continued:

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The project, called “Striped Flight”, has acquired the characteristics and features of the tiger with the nose of the aircraft adorned in the image of the head of the Amur tiger.

According to surveys conducted in 2015, the Amur tiger population in Russia in the wild has stabilized at around 510-540 individuals.

In the coming decade, the fate of tigers and the whole natural complex will largely depend on the concerted action of the international community. The airline and the Amur Tiger Center have joined forces under the motto: “Let’s save nature together.”

In flight, Transaero passengers on “Striped flight” will be able to view the documentaries produced by the Center under the “Siberian Tiger” project.

The Amur Tiger Center, located in Moscow and Vladivostok, specializes in the protection of Siberian Tigers.

All photos by Transaero Airlines.

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A stowaway falls from a British Airways Boeing 747-400 on approach to London Heathrow, another survives

British Airways (London) and other authorities are investigating how two suspected stowaways were able to get on a British Airways Boeing 747-400 flight from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow) yesterday (June 18). One man fell to his death while the Jumbo was on approach to LHR, landing on the roof of a business on Kew Road in Richmond.

 

A second man, who was found hiding in the wheel well of the aircraft, has been hospitalized with injuries, the airline stated.

According to CNN, British Airways also stated it is working with authorities from both countries to get more details.

Johannesburg and London are about 6,000 miles apart. The flight, under freezing conditions in the wheel well, is nearly 12 hours in duration.

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Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLP (msn 24058) approaches the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Volga-Dnepr Group signs MOU for 20 additional Boeing 747-800F freighters

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Volga-Dnepr Group (Moscow) (Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Atran Airlines and AirBridgeCargo Airlines), a world leader in transportation of unique, oversize and heavy cargo, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further the Group’s fleet expansion with 20 additional 747-8 Freighters (above), valued at $7.4 billion at list prices.

The agreement also adds the Antonov-124-100 aircraft (below) to the long-term logistics support for Boeing and its partners.

According to Boeing:

Boeing and Volga Dnepr have a long history of successful partnership. The Group has already supported Boeing in a number of shipments. The unique technical abilities of the Antonov 124-100, along with Volga-Dnepr’s 25 years of global operations and experience gained in transportation of aviation equipment, will further serve Boeing’s logistics needs.

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For Volga Dnepr Group, adding more 747-8 Freighters will allow development of the Group’s scheduled business, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), and keep the airline’s high growth rates. Volga-Dnepr Group was the first to order the Boeing 747-8 Freighter in Russia and took delivery of its first 747-8 Freighter in 2012. These additional 20 airplanes will be acquired through a mix of direct purchases and leasing over the next seven years.

The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its unique nose door.

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Volga-Dnepr Group has represented the Russian airfreight industry in the international market since 1990. The Group, which includes three leading Russian all-cargo carriers – Volga-Dnepr Airlines, AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Atran Airlines – has a multinational team of 3,500 employees in fifteen countries.

Volga Dnepr currently operates 10 Antonov An-124-100s and five Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VDs, all modified under the Group special upgrade program and capable of flying to any point of the world. The fleet also includes 14 Boeing 747s – comprised of five Boeing 747-400ERFs (Extended Range Freighters), three Boeing 747-400 Freighters, six Boeing 747-8 Freighters – and three Boeing 737-400Fs.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-8HVF VQ-BRJ (msn 37670) taxies at Amsterdam.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov An-124-100 RA-82044 (msn 9773054155109) stops at Los Angeles International Airport.

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United Airlines to end New York JFK operations, will move its trans-con p.s. service to Newark

United Airlines (Chicago) is giving up on making a profit at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The carrier has just announced it will end all service on October 25 at JFK, where it failed to make a profit for the past seven years due to the lack of connections to other cities. United is moving it’s trans-continental p.s. service to its Newark Liberty International (EWR) hub. Delta is expected to acquire United’s JFK slots and United is expected to acquire some of Delta’s slots at Newark (subject to approvals).

The airline issued this statement:

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United Airlines, the U.S. airline industry’s trans-continental leader, will bring the airline’s “p.s.” Premium Service to its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport in October. Beginning October 25, all regularly scheduled Newark-Los Angeles and Newark-San Francisco flights will offer:

flat-bed seats in the United BusinessFirst cabin;

premium in-flight service;

more extra-legroom Economy Plus seats than any other carrier; and

modern interiors with in-flight Wi-Fi and personal on-demand entertainment with

individual seatback monitors and power ports for customers in every row.

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With the addition of p.s. service at Newark Liberty, United customers flying on trans-continental flights to and from Newark in the BusinessFirst cabin will, for the first time, enjoy flat-bed comfort for their entire journey when connecting to and from flights across United’s extensive trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific networks.

United will cement its role as the leader in trans-continental flying with more than 1,250 daily flat-bed seats – the most in the New York market – and a 44 percent increase in flat-bed seats year-over-year. The airline will fly up to 17 daily round trips Newark-San Francisco and up to 15 daily round trips Newark-Los Angeles, leading the industry with a total of up to 10,000 round-trip seats offered per day on the two combined key transcontinental routes.

Manhattan business travelers, particularly those who work on Wall Street and throughout lower and western Manhattan, enjoy easy access to Newark Liberty, the most convenient of the three New York-area airports.

With its launch of p.s. services at Newark Liberty, United will cease operations at Kennedy International Airport on October 25. United has entered into two separate transactions: Delta Air Lines plans to acquire United’s JFK slots, and United plans to acquire slots from Delta in Newark. Each transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

In launching p.s. service at Newark Liberty, United will move several Boeing 757-200 aircraft currently allocated to trans-Atlantic markets to p.s. flights. As it does so, the airline will increase the number of widebody Boeing 767 aircraft on trans-Atlantic flights, offering larger United BusinessFirst cabins and, on many flights, United Global First service.

United has already announced plans to introduce widebody Boeing 767 service on Newark flights to and from Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin and Hamburg.

United offers nearly 500 daily departures from the region to more than 150 destinations – the most in North America, the most across the Atlantic, the most across the Pacific and the most to and from Latin America.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-222 N505UA (msn 24626) arrives at JFK International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. United has a lot of history at JFK. It once flew Boeing 747-100s from JFK from its own terminal. Boeing 747-122 N4710U (msn 19755) taxies to the runway at JFK in the past.