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Eastern to operate its Boeing 777F freighters from Chicago O’Hare to Asia for Flexport

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.

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Eastern Airlines moves into cargo in a big way with plans for 35 Boeing 777Fs

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 3 is coming

Dynamic International Airways (2nd) Boeing 767-233 ER N770JM (msn 24145) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403680.

Dynamic International Airways (Greensboro, NC) exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 8 after its reorganization plan was approved by the bankruptcy court. The carrier is requesting to do business as (dba) Eastern Air Lines (3rd). The Eastern name was retired by Swift Air with the folding of the second version of Eastern. The Eastern 737s were absorbed by Swift Air.

Eastern 2 operated its last revenue flight on September 14, 2017 with flight EA 3148 between Havana and Miami operated with N276EA (below). The Eastern 2 AOC was retired.

The last revenue flight for Eastern Air Lines (2nd) was operated by N276EA

Above Copyright Photo: Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8AL WL N276EA (msn 35070) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 925479.

The third version of Eastern is proposing to operate its Boeing 767s under the Eastern brand. The company wants to grow the 767 fleet to around 10 aircraft.

The first Eastern-branded 767 is expected soon once all approvals have been obtained.

Sister airline Swift Air will continue to operate a fleet of Boeing 737s. The common link between the two companies is owner Kenneth Woolley who owns a portion of Swift Air.

Copyright Photo: Dynamic International Airway

s (2nd) Boeing 767-233 ER N770JM (msn 24145) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403680.

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