All cargo carrier WGA set to launch
03 / 11 / 2015
US start-up all cargo carrier Western Global Airlines plans to launch operations with MD-11 freighters after receiving an air operator certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington.
Founder and chief executive Jim Neff, said: “As the first newly certified US based wide-body air cargo operator in almost a decade, WGA is poised to offer the global marketplace a new large-scale, customer-oriented platform, focused on low cost, flexible service and high reliability.
“We also expect to benefit from the relative shortage of wide-body cargo carriers in the market today.”
Neff also serves as chief executive and chairman of Helsinki based Nordic Global Airlines (NGA).
His career in air cargo includes positions with Flying Tiger Line, Continental Airlines, Emery Worldwide and Burlington Air Express. He was the founder and chief executive of Southern Air from 1999 until 2010.
Neff added: “I believe that the current global economic reality calls for freighter services to be both lower cost and more responsive to customers. This is the driving force and the vision behind WGA.”
The company will begin operations with a fleet of MD-11Fs leased from Neff Air, an affiliated leasing company which owns ten GE powered MD-11Fs and two GE powered 747-400BCFs "directly and without debt".