Nippon Cargo Airlines-NCA (Tokyo) has announced it will launch new freighter flights connecting Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and DFW International Airport, starting November 5. Nippon Cargo’s twice weekly flights will be the first direct freighter connections for the Dallas/Fort Worth area into Japan, and will bolster DFW cargo lift capacity to Asia while also providing a new connection to a strategically important destination.
Nippon Cargo Airlines will operate the route from Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare, then to DFW Airport, Anchorage, Alaska, and then back to Narita. Nippon Cargo Airlines will fly 747-400 aircraft on the route, and the carrier ultimately plans to phase-in 747-8’s, the most fuel-efficient planes in the industry.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 747-481F JA04KZ (msn 34283) in the special “NCA Green Freighter” scheme climbs majestically away from Anchorage International Airport.
Nippon Cargo Airlines-NCA (Tokyo-Narita) has taken delivery of its first new Boeing 747-8F Freighter, marking the Japanese debut for the 747-8F. The new airplane is NCA’s first 747-8F Freighter on order with Boeing.
The airline currently operates eight 747-400F Freighters with two 747-400F Freighters on lease with other airlines.
The environmentally focused Nippon Cargo Airlines will also undertake its first biofuel flight with this milestone 747-8F Freighter delivery. The new airplane will become the first 747-8F to use a blend of environmentally progressive biofuels (jet kerosene and used cooking oil) to fly across the Pacific Ocean.
Nippon Cargo Airlines, one of the launch customers for the 747-8F Freighter in 2005 and also part of a team that helped develop the aircraft, plans to begin revenue service with its new 747-8 Freighter by mid-August on Asia and North American routes.
The 747-8F Freighter will provide double-digit improvements in fuel burn, operating costs and lower emissions over the 747-400F Freighter. The 747-8F Freighter also provides 16 percent more revenue-generating cargo volume and boasts a significantly improved environmental performance. Per tonne-kilometer, its carbon dioxide emissions are 16 percent lower than those of the 747-400F Freighter. It also reduced its noise footprint by more than 30 percent.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. As previously reported, the pictured Boeing 747-8KZF JA13KZ (msn 36138) departing from Paine Field near Everett is also ushering in a new livery for Nippon Cargo.
The "NCA Green Freighter" stops at Anchorage. Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten.
NCA-Nippon Cargo Airlines (Tokyo) is the first Japanese airline company to adopt an innovative new paint system, developed by Mankiewicz Gebr. and Company of Germany. The company will operate an “NCA Green Freighter” with its nose painted in two shades of green.
The newly painted Boeing 747-481F freighter JA04KZ (msn 34283) named “NCA Pegasus” became operational as the Green Freighter on Friday, May 8, taking off for Shanghai.
The improved paint, which incorporates new ingredients, covers the base material of the fuselage with thin layers of paint, effectively reducing the weight of the fuselage by around 45kg per aircraft. This reduction in weight will cut the amount of fuel consumed by about 42 drums per year.
The new paint is also weather-resistant, making it less vulnerable to rain and exposure to ultra violet rays, which cause degradation in color and gloss, while there is less paint stripping than with existing paint systems. This will extend the working life of the aircraft’s paint. It also reduces the amount of cleaning agent to be used and the polluted water that is discharged as it requires less frequent washing. The new paint system has a number of positive effects that help preserve the environment.