Southern Air to begin fleet replacement

SOUTHERN Air, a US-based cargo carrier, will put the first freighters in its fleet renewal programme into service later this year.

The company aims to replace most of its 14 747 freighters over the next three years with 747-400s. The carrier also operates two 777Fs with four more on order.

Southern Air has committed to leasing five 747-400SFs, with two to be delivered this year and three next year. The carrier is also looking at a potential third aircraft for 2011 and a fourth for 2012.

The 747-400s will primarily operate for wet-lease customers. Southern also expects the new fleet to be used on charters, including military.

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