Atlas Air starts Dreamlifter services

ATLAS Air has launched its Dreamlifter service for Boeing. This follows the previously announced nine-year agreement that abruptly took the contract away from Evergreen.

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.

“The first flight of our new Dreamlifter fleet service for Boeing marks an exciting start to a long-term partnership with the world’s leading aerospace company,” said William Flynn, chief executive officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings.

Evergreen is less excited and is suing Boeing. It alleges that Boeing transferred the contract as compensation to Atlas because of the delayed delivery of 12 747-8 freighters that Atlas has on order. The compensation would have cost Boeing nearly US1$ billion.

“Boeing dropped Evergreen in favour of Atlas to avert the multi-million dollar disaster that was looming over the 747-8 program,” said Evergreen’s chairman, Tim Wahlberg. “Atlas has 12 747-8 freighters on order, with options for another 14. A Boeing employee informed an Evergreen employee that Boeing’s liability for penalties to Atlas approached $1 billion. By at least October 2009, Atlas had made a claim with Boeing for refunds resulting from Boeing’s failure to meet delivery guarantees to Atlas.”

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest uncategorized news

Robots help Munich Airport step up automation

Robots are helping Munich Airport step up automation and efficiency in its operations through a project that aims to embed…

Read More

Share this story

AAT deploys automated tractors for cargo at Hong Kong International

Hong Kong handler Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) has introduced Autonomous Electric Tractors (AET) to its terminal in Hong Kong. The…

Read More

Share this story

Runway work restricts Maastricht’s air cargo volumes in 2023

Maastricht Aachen Airport saw its air cargo volumes decline last year due to work being carried on its runway but…

Read More

Share this story

Air Cargo News

Air Cargo News
Established in 1983, Air Cargo News is the leading source of news, information, interviews, analyses and reports to the global airfreight industry. Our leading portfolio includes print, digital and events that give businesses in the airfreight industry the ability to connect with decision-makers in this sector.