Atlas Air steps up DHL flights

DHL B777F

Atlas Air Worldwide has stepped up its flying programme for DHL Express after the express carrier awarded operation of the first two of its new Boeing 777-200 Freighters to its Southern Air unit. Further aircraft could be added to the programme when DHL awards the remaining 12 deliveries in its 777 aircraft order.

The DHL deal further expands Atlas’ crew, maintenance and insurance (CMI) operations with the two CMI aircraft becoming the seventh and eighth 777s to be operated by Southern Air for DHL. They will be flown on key global routes are expected to begin scheduled operations in June and July.

Atlas’ operations for DHL have grown from six aircraft in 2008 to 40 aircraft today.

Atlas Air president and chief executive William J. Flynn said: “We are very pleased that DHL Express has chosen to expand its partnership with us. By growing our CMI operations, we continue to diversify our business mix and to drive more predictable revenue and earnings streams.”

Meanwhile, two 747-400 freighters currently operating for DHL Express will begin flying for other customers. Atlas Air unit has also entered into an agreement to add a third 747-400F for Asiana Cargo and to begin a long-term 747-400F charter program for a technology company.

“We are delighted to continue expanding our strategic partnership with Asiana Cargo and to start a new relationship with a major technology company,” Flynn added. “Like DHL, these customers take pride in providing reliable, high-quality service, and we are very pleased to be chosen to manage a large and important part of their international networks. We look forward to providing them and their customers with unmatched service and a platform for future expansion.”

Asiana Airlines Cargo executive vice president, Kwang Suk Kim, noted: “We are pleased to continue our close cooperation with Atlas Air and to add a third 747-400 freighter. Our growing partnership with Atlas Air will enable us to expand service for our customers and to pursue additional strategic opportunities.”

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