Eastern Air Holdings and Flexport, the platform for global logistics, have announced a multi-year contract for cargo services that will bring much needed net-new capacity to the global airfreight market. Eastern is expected to begin flying its Boeing 777 Express Freighters, once approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, twice weekly between Chicago International Airport (ORD) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) as well as Chicago International Airport (ORD) and Saigon’s Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN) on behalf of Flexport.
The Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter is the first of its kind to market, designed specifically for eCommerce goods, and provides much needed cargo capacity to the global supply chain with its low-cost, reliable solution. The innovative design converts the main deck cabin of the widebody Boeing 777, traditionally a passenger aircraft, into a true cargo aircraft that will enable Flexport clients – some of today’s most valuable global brands and fast-growing eCommerce companies – to fulfill consumer demand and keep goods moving.
The soon-to-be launched service will join Flexport’s extensive tech-enabled global airfreight, container freight station (CFS) and trucking network. As all shipments are managed via the Flexport Platform, clients utilizing the Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter service will benefit from end-to-end control of their shipments and continuous milestone visibility. Part of a comprehensive supply chain strategy, Flexport clients shipping from Asia hubs into the United States Midwest can use Flexport Platform data to determine high value SKUs and prioritize shipments to control costs and maximize the value of Eastern’s innovative solution.
As passenger travel remains depleted, the cargo constraints impacting the global supply chain continue to persist. Eastern has purchased five Boeing 777s for cargo conversion, with an option to acquire 30 additional Boeing 777s. As eCommerce-driven demand continues to grow, this new capacity provided by Eastern, and partners like Flexport, will deliver an innovative solution to ease the pain.
Eastern Air Holdings announces Eastern Airlines is the newest airline to join The International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Company’s membership will help expand its international network, utilize global best practices, and provide Eastern customers with a continuously improving experience on every Eastern flight.
Eastern Air Holdings Inc. is the privately held parent company of three operating subsidiaries:
(1) Eastern Airlines LLC, a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier operating scheduled and non-scheduled, international and domestic air transportation with a fleet of Boeing 767 and Boeing777 aircraft;
(2) Alta Aero Technic LLC (formerly known as Florida Modification Specialists), a Part 145 repair station providing aircraft maintenance services to a variety of Boeing and Airbus wide body and narrow body aircraft types including Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 aircraft based in Kansas City, MO; and (3) Foxtrot Aero LLC providing P2F STC development and engineering services.
Eastern Airlines has announced that it is expanding into the cargo market. Eastern has secured the acquisition of 35 Boeing 777 aircraft as feedstock for the first-ever P2F (Passenger to Freighter) conversion of the Boeing 777 aircraft into a true, Class-E cargo aircraft.
The Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter is designed to serve the e-commerce express freight market. Accelerated growth of this market has created excess demand for the service.
Subject to STC approvals, the Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter will be a fully certified cargo aircraft with a “Class-E” main deck capable of carrying a full load of volumetric express cargo non-stop between Asia and the US. The Eastern Express Freighter will not be subject to the restrictions on cargo commodities that are imposed on conventional passenger aircraft used as freighters.
Due to enter service in the first quarter of 2022, the Eastern Boeing 777 Express Freighter will be the first to the market. The innovative design converts the main deck cabin of the widebody Boeing 777, the -200, -200ER and -300 series, into a true cargo aircraft. This allows the entire volume of the main deck cabin to hold low-density, express freight cargo.
Eastern Air Cargo will offer general cargo sales, cargo charters, ACMI/wet-leasing and dry leasing.
Eastern Airlines (3rd) is expanding again in 2021. The expanding airline has announced new international routes and inaugural dates.
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