Atlas Air (New York-JFK) operates the fleet of four Boeing 747 Dreamlifters under contract for Boeing, ferrying parts for Boeing between its various supply points.
Last night (November 20) a Drealifter operated by Atlas Air was inbound for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. However the modified Jumbo landed instead at the nearby Colonel James Jabara Airport run by the city of Wichita according to this report by Reuters.
The pilots had taken off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport but mistook the GA airport for the air force base.
The Colonel James Jabara Airport (ICAO: KAAO, FAA LID: AAO) has only one runway that is 6,101 feet long with an ATC control tower and is about 9 miles (14 km) from McConnell.
Atlas Air has reassured airport officials the runway is of sufficient length to permit a safe departure today.
Atlas Air (New York-JFK) has launched DreamLifter fleet service for Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) pursuant to a previously announced nine-year agreement that significantly expands Atlas Air’s outsourced CMI (crew, maintenance, and insurance) service offering. The service will provide key supply-chain support for the production of Boeing’s new commercial jetliner, the 787 Dreamliner.
Starting with its inaugural DreamLifter flight from Wichita, KS to Everett, WA on July 20, Atlas Air will commence operation of the remainder of Boeing’s DreamLifter fleet of four 747-400 aircraft during the balance of 2010. The Dreamlifter aircraft have been specially modified by Boeing to transport major assemblies for its 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to Boeing production facilities in the United States.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 747-409LCF DreamLifter N780BA (msn 24130) stops at New York (JFK) is part of a fleet of four aircraft.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. announced that Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has selected Atlas Air (New York-JFK) to provide key supply-chain support for the production of Boeing’s all-new commercial jetliner, the 787 Dreamliner. Beginning toward the latter part of 2010, Atlas Air will operateBoeing’s Dreamlifter fleet of four 747-400 aircraft that have been modified to transport major assemblies for the 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to Boeing production facilities in the United States.
The parties have structured the nine-year agreement in a manner consistent with the outsourcing business model under which Atlas Air typically operates. Under that model, Atlas Air will receive contractually determined revenues for the operation of the Dreamlifter aircraft, with Boeing assuming responsibility for certain direct costs, including fuel. Under the CMI arrangement, Boeing will provide and maintain ownership of the aircraft assets.
AAWW is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. and Titan Aviation Leasing, and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Through Atlas and Polar, AAWW operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Ex-China Airlines Boeing 747-409LCF N780BA (msn 24130) was converted to a Dreamlifter on February 16, 2007. It is pictured at New York (JFK).