Air France has completed a scheduled D-check on one of its 777Fs (32966). The aircraft is expected to reenter service this weekend and is scheduled to fly to Chicago (ORD), according to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.
Unit 32966 entered Air France’s MRO facility in Orly (ORY) on 21 July, having been in service for ten years. During its downtime, a Cargolux 747-400F (34235) has been exclusively flying between Paris (CDG) and ORD to cover for the lost capacity under an ACMI deal with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo [FAT 005095].
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo previously told Cargo Facts that completion of the heavy maintenance was expected on 25 August. At the time of writing, unit 34235 was over northern Quebec on its way to ORD and is likely to operate a few more round trips between CDG and ORD until Sunday, with a stop on the eastbound leg in Prestwick (PIK) on Friday and Dublin (DUB) on Saturday.
Air France’s other 777F (32965) completed its D-check last year. In total, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo’s full freighter fleet consists of one 747-400BCF operated by Martinair, three 747-400ERFs operated by KLM, and two 777Fs operated by Air France.