Atlas Air has announced it has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777-200 freighter which the United States company will operate on behalf of its customer MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
The new Boeing 737 is the second arrival of four aircraft that will complement Atlas Air’s existing weekly service for MSC, the world’s largest shipping company.
Currently, MSC is offering around-the-world service to airports such as Mexico City (NLU), Indianapolis (IND), Liege (LGG), Seoul (ICN), and Xiamen (XMN).
“Building on the successful launch of MSC’s Air Cargo Solution, we are very pleased to welcome this second 777 delivery as part of our long-term strategic partnership. We expect our remaining two 777 aircraft to be delivered in the fourth quarter,” said Michael Steen, CEO at Atlas Air Worldwide, in a statement released on July 20, 2023.
Steen added: “We value the trust that MSC has in Atlas Air to support the expanding requirements of their global network and are excited to leverage our expertise and industry-leading solutions.”
In September 2022, Atlas Air, which is a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide, and MSC announced the companies were entering a new partnership.
Under the terms of the long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) agreement, it was agreed that Atlas Air would operate all four of its new Boeing 777-200 freighters on a global basis for MSC.
“The delivery of our second MSC branded aircraft represents another strategic component towards our offering that further connects trade lanes for our customers. In partnership with Atlas Air, we have built a solid foundation on which to expand our air cargo solution” said Jannie Davel, senior vice president Air Cargo at MSC.
According to ch-aviation.com, Atlas Air currently has 76 active planes in its fleet, which is comprised
of entirely of Boeing aircraft.