National Airlines expands fleet
07 / 09 / 2012
NATIONAL Airlines, a subsidiary of National Air Cargo, is to expand its fleet with the addition of three 747-400 BCFs. The aircraft are the first long-range widebody freighters for the company.
The inaugural flight for the company’s first 747-400 BCF was 9 September from Frankfurt (Germany) to Kuwait City (Kuwait), Bagram (Afghanistan) and then on to Hong Kong (China) with a return flight to Frankfurt.
“These new fleet additions are a major capacity expansion for National Airlines,” said Preston Murray, chief executive officer of National Airlines. “We’re pleased our first operations launched on schedule.”
National is part of the US Civil Reserve Air Fleet, which the National Defense Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 dictates must be modernised.
“Our strategy with the new fleet is to help USTRANSCOM [United States Transportation Command] and Air Mobility Command achieve their goals of bringing more modern and fuel-efficient planes into the Civil Reserve Air Fleet,” said Chris Alf, chairman of National Air Cargo.