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National Airlines celebrates 30 years of flying

National Airlines (5th) Boeing 747-446 (F) N936CA (msn 25308) (30 Years) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956628.

National Airlines has announced it has operated its last military supply flight to eastern Europe as tensions rise due to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The National Airlines name has been used five times in the United States. The latest version is expanding with more Boeing 747-400BCFs. It is also looking at new freighter versions by both Airbus and Boeing.

Murray Air commenced DC-8 operations in December 1986. In December 2008 the company changed its name to National Airlines.

National Airlines (5th) (formerly Murray Air) is now celebrating 30 years of flying. The airline issued this look back:

Since its inception, the group is focussed on offering niche solutions for its corporate, government, defense and humanitarian aid customers. The group expanded from being a domestic U.S logistics service provider into Europe in the late 90s. The begin of 2000s witnessed further expansion into the Middle East with the opening of offices in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur respectively. Later it further extended its footprint in the far east by opening offices in Tokyo, Japan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. National Air Cargo group is a prime transporter for the US Department of Defense, supporting the logistical requirements for missions in the Middle East (Iraq & Afghanistan).

Mid 2000s, the group took a bold step forward by acquiring airline operations and constantly focused on modernizing the aircraft fleet from DC-8Fs to Boeing 747-400Fs. With further business diversification, passenger operations commenced with the introduction of Boeing 757-200 and later adding the Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft, offering premium charter services to its government, defense and commercial customers across the globe. Though the two main business division of the group National Air Cargo and National Airlines thrives on its individual growth, nevertheless they also complement each other in projects where the group offers the capability of an integrator.

Over the years, National Air Cargo division expanded its offerings from freight forwarding to 3rd party logistics, multimodal movement, warehousing and ground handling support services. The airline division constantly expanded over the past 2 decades taking the freighter feet of six Boeing 747-400Fs and combination of Boeing 757-200 and Airbus 330-200 in the passenger fleet. With significant investment on infrastructure at the headquarter level in Orlando, the airline has round the clock operations team and crew supporting daily flights serving e-commerce conglomerates, oil & gas manufacturers, automobile industry leaders, electronic manufacturers, FMCG companies and governments everywhere in the world. The group has been a strategic partner to various governments and international aid organizations, including United Nation agencies, to airlift immediate relief supplies to disaster-struck regions. Notably, National’s aircraft airlifted PPE kits, protective masks, oxygen cylinder and other medical supplies to U.S, Europe, Africa and Asia during the COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, the passenger fleet was instrumental in airlifting evacuees to Washington, after the Afghanistan drawdown.

“Over the years what has separated us, is our commitment to deliver the world to our partners and customers each time. A strong vision and adaptability towards the changes in customer and market demands has always been the core competency of the company. We have been creative in offering complete solutions to the business requirements of our customers. During any global emergency, our personnel and aircraft are ready to airlift immediate aid to crisis hit regions. The trust our customers bestowed upon us has been phenomenal and helped us grow over the years. We will continue to offer more effective and personalized cargo and passenger solutions to our customers in every possible region in the coming years”, said Mr. Christopher J. Alf, Chairman, National Air Cargo group.

National Air Cargo group shares the gratitude of the 30th anniversary momentous occasion with all its the customers across continents, government agencies, commercial partners and over 600 employees steering and implementing the group’s missions worldwide.


Top Copyright Photo: National Airlines (5th) Boeing 747-446 (F) N936CA (msn 25308) (30 Years) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956628.

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Photo: National Airlines (5th) Boeing 747-446 (F) N936CA (msn 25308) ONT (Arnd World). Image: 056097.

"Lori", celebrating 30 years with special red/gold livery

Copyright Photo: National Airlines (5th) Boeing 747-446 (F) N936CA (msn 25308) (30 Years) ONT (Arnd Wolf). Image: 056097.

National Airlines unveils a special red livery on Boeing 747-400F N936CA

National Airlines has announced a new “signature livery” on its sixth Boeing 747-400 N936CA.

“Blending Originality with Legacy N936CA is National’s 6th Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft with a livery keeping the original color combinations and blending with 30 years legacy of global business.”

National’s traditional livery colors are blue and silver.

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National Airlines delivers critical COVID-19 relief

National Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighters are carrying out highly critical COVID-19 missions worldwide to quickly deliver urgently needed COVID-19 laboratory testing supplies and protective gear.

The airline continued;

With the World struggling to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, governments across the World are in dire need of masks, gloves, and other relief materials. National has been steadfast in supporting the World in these difficult times by ensuring the supply chain process is maintained, while also moving crucial passenger missions.

(PRNewsfoto/National Air Cargo Group, Inc. )

Among the many relief missions National Airlines has been involved with, the most recent is a flight operated into Mumbai, India with one of its Boeing 747-400 freighters carrying key COVID-29 laboratory testing supplies to identity COVID-19. The second largest country in terms of population has just implemented a complete lock down to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

National has completed several missions and are contracted to perform numerous more from India, Europe, and Chinainto the USA carrying pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies. Chris Alf, Chairman of National, said, “We salute our members, especially the crew who are doing an extraordinary job and accepting the responsibility to fly to world-wide destinations carrying medical supplies and relief materials and braving the challenges we’re all facing today. Delivering the COVID-19 laboratory testing supplies and protective gear are highly time-critical missions in which our fantastic team have accomplished on time.”

USA Air Carrier National Airlines operates a fleet of Boeing 747-400 freighters, A330 and Boeing 757-200 passenger aircraft globally.

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National Airlines adds its first Airbus A330-200

National Airlines has made this announcement:

National Airlines, is pleased to announce the Airbus A330-200 as its newest addition to its fleet, joining Boeing 747-400 Freighter and Boeing 757-200 Passenger Aircraft. This aircraft has been delivered with its N819CA registration in National’s striking livery. The Airbus 330-200 commences its international charter missions in May of this year. The current two-class configuration of 288 seats provides a generous seat pitch while providing onboard entertainment to all seats. National Airlines will be adding an additional A330 by June of this this year and additional aircraft in the future.

National Airlines, a subsidiary of National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc., operates intercontinental cargo and passenger charters for both Government and Commercial customers. Heem Ashar, Vice President Commercial Services along with Robert Perry, Passenger Sales Manager, mentioned that National has been successfully managing its passenger segment of business with its medium range Boeing 757 aircraft, and with the introduction of the Airbus A330-200 allows National to enter the medium and long-range business needs of its customers.

Chris Alf, Chairman of National Air Cargo Holdings said, “National has plans to introduce two additional Airbus A330 family aircraft into its fleet by early 2021. We at National take pride in delivering personalized service offerings to our customers. Fleet improvements are continuously evaluated, and the demand for the passenger business drove us to the decision to acquire the Airbus A330-200, based on its proven history of providing the highest level of safety and performance.”

National recorded positive economic results during the year 2019 in spite of the global economic challenges. Joseph Batten, Vice President of Operations said, “National always maintains a competitive corporate structure, which helps National to service our niche customers globally, while keeping costs at minimum.”

National Airlines helps to bring medical and relief supplies to Monrovia, Liberia

National Airlines (5th) (formerly Murray Air) (Orlando) is helping in the Ebola relief efforts in Liberia. In cooperation with the United States Government, National Airlines, using one of its Boeing 747-400 Freighters, carried a planeload of medical and other relief supplies from New York to the Monrovia Airport.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Air France, Boeing 747-428 (F) N952CA (msn 25238) arrives at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).


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CDC Map of affected Ebola areas in West Africa:

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National Airlines becomes a FAA-designated “Flag/Domestic Air Carrier”

National Airlines (5th) (formerly Murray Air) (Orlando) is celebrating the accomplishment of becoming the latest FAA designated Flag/Domestic Air Carrier. The airline issued this statement:

National Airlines is proud to announce that on February 28, 2014, the FAA approved National to become the United States’ newest Flag/Domestic air carrier.  National Airlines has a long history of supporting governments and militaries around the world — by, among other things, flying ad hoc cargo shipments in and out of crisis areas and also operating charter passenger operations for sports teams in the United States, visitors to/from Cuba, and contractors traveling between the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.  US Flag/Domestic authority will allow National Airlines to expand its services to include conducting scheduled passenger flights throughout the United States and across the globe.  It also provides an opportunity for National Airlines to continue its support of the US government travelers under the Fly America Act, whereby US government funded travelers fly on US Flag Carriers whenever available.

National Airlines maintains the highest standards of safety, security, and compliance.  “This is nowhere more important than in the Middle East, which has been a significant market for National Airlines,” said Glen Joerger, National Airlines’ President.  “This operating authority will further strengthen our position as an emerging passenger carrier of choice for discerning customers seeking US Flag service in the region,” he added. “This tremendous addition to National’s operating certificate reinforces our corporate commitment to serve every facet of transportation and logistics for our key clientele around the globe,” continued Joerger.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-28A N176CA (msn 24543) prepares to land at Dubai.

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The National Airlines name re-enters the Miami market

National Airlines (5th) (Orlando) is a familiar airline name in South Florida. Three previous airlines with that name have operated at Miami International Airport (MIA). The current National Airlines, now based in Florida, is now operating Cuban passenger charter flights for the various Cuban charter companies at MIA.

Travel to Cuba is booming. According to this report by Brandenton.com, 394 charter flights departed MIA for Cuba during December 2013. Charter flights to Cuba are also permitted from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Tampa. National has joined a group of airlines that operate these special flights.

Before the Castro regime took over Cuba in 1959, Havana was Miami’s largest international destination.

The Bradenton.com explains the Cuban Charter business: CLICK HERE

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In other news, National Airlines on February 1 will offer daily public charter service from Dubai International Airport to forward operating bases in Bagram, with service to Kandahar and Bastion in Afghanistan coming soon.

Check the schedule below for current flight options:

Origin Destination Schedule * Flight # Days Effective
Dubai, UAE
Bagram, AF (OAI) 06:25 – 09:40 NCR998 Tu 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Bagram, AF (OAI) 06:45 – 10:00 NCR998 M, W, Th, F, Sa 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Bagram, AF (OAI) 06:50 – 10:05 NCR998 Su 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Bagram, AF
Dubai, UAE (DXB) 11:30 – 14:10 NCR999 Tu 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Dubai, UAE (DXB) 11:50 – 14:30 NCR999 M, W, Th, F, Sa 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Dubai, UAE (DXB) 11:55 – 14:35 NCR999 Su 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
* Schedule is in local time at airport of departure/arrival.

Top Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-236 N169CA (msn 25592) arrives at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: L. Apso. National Airlines is now basing Boeing 757-28A N176CA (msn 24543) in Miami and it is seen on the former National Airlines (later Pan Am) Concourse F at Miami International Airport.

National (5th) 757-200 N176CA (10)(Grd) MIA (LC)(LRW) 1.2.14

National Airlines issues another statement concerning the crash of N949CA

National Airlines (5th) (National Air Cargo) (Orlando) has issued this statement concerning the crash of flight NCR 102 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on April 29. Flight NCR 102 was a cargo flight operated by National Airlines between Bagram and Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai. As we previously reported, the pictured former Air France Boeing 747-428 BCF N949CA (msn 35630) crashed on takeoff from Bagram, tragically killing all seven crew members on board. Media speculation has arisen because of the dramatic video (below) by Live Leak which shows the Jumbo Jet diving into the ground on takeoff.

“National Air Cargo will not speculate as to the cause of the accident involving National Flight NCR 102. With our full cooperation, an investigation by appropriate authorities is under way, and we encourage everyone to join us in respecting that process and allowing it to take its appropriate course.

Here are some facts regarding the aircraft and its movements prior to the accident:

  • National Flight NCR 102 was en route to Dubai from Camp Bastian and had stopped to refuel at Bagram Air Base.
  • The cargo contained within the aircraft was properly loaded and secured, and had passed all necessary inspections prior to departing Camp Bastian.
  • The aircraft landed safely and uneventfully in Bagram.
  • No additional cargo or personnel was added during the stop in Bagram, and the aircraft’s cargo was again inspected prior to departure.

National Airlines lost seven colleagues on April 29, 2013 in the crash at Bagram Air Base.  All seven were dedicated aviation professionals and served National and our country well.  The flight, NCR 102, was carrying military vehicles out of Afghanistan.  The crewmembers on NCR 102 were Brad Hasler, Pilot in Command, Trenton MI; Jeremy Lipka, Pilot in Command, Brooklyn MI; Jamie Brokaw, First Officer, Monroe MI; Rinku Summan, First Officer, Canton MI; Michael Sheets, Loadmaster, Ypsilanti MI; Timothy Garrett, Maintenance, Louisville KY; Gary Stockdale, Maintenance, Romulus MI.”

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. N949CA is pictured arriving at Liège prior to tragic accident in 2012.

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National Airlines’ Boeing 747-400 freighter N949CA crashes on takeoff in Afghanistan, 7 crew members killed

National Airlines’ (5th) (National Air Cargo)  (Orlando) Boeing 747-428 BCF freighter registered as N949CA (msn 35630) crashed today (April 29) on takeoff at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. All seven crew members are believed to have perished in the fiery crash.

The Taliban claimed to have shot down the freighter but coalition forces dismissed the claim.

The airline issued this statement:

A National Airlines Boeing 747-400 cargo plane was involved in an accident at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan on April 29.

At approximately 7 a.m. EDT, National Flight NCR 102 from Bagram to Dubai, UAE, with seven crewmembers on board crashed on takeoff.  None of the crew members survived.   This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard.  Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo.

“Safety is always our top priority at National Airlines,” said National Airlines President Glen Joerger. “This is a devastating loss for our family and we’ll work diligently with authorities to find the cause,” said Joerger. “Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crew members and their families.”

National will release additional information as it becomes available, in cooperation with government authorities.  Our focus at this time is on the family members of those we’ve lost, and on assisting the NTSB and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority in their investigations.  As of now, the cause of the accident is unknown.

Read the full report from the Wall Street Journal: CLICK HERE

Actual video of the crash from Live Leak:

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Ill-fated N949CA taxies at Amsterdam before the accident. The airframe previously flew for Air France.

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