ANA Cargo said that its second 777F (65757), which was delivered and ferried to Tokyo Haneda (HND) almost a month ago, is now ready for service and that it would be deploying this frame from today. Flight tracking data shows that this is indeed the case, with unit 65757 having departed Tokyo Narita (NRT) for Osaka (KIX) just before 22:00 local time.
The carrier began operating its first 777F (65756) on July 2, after that aircraft was delivered from Victorville (VCV) to HND in May. ANA told Cargo Facts that unit 65756 has had a smooth first week of operations and that ANA is satisfied with its performance. A 777F is scheduled to fly NRT-KIX-Shanghai (PVG)-NRT five times per week. According to ANA Cargo, it carried mostly consolidated freight during the first week of 777F flights on the route, including electric components, machine parts and textiles.
ANA is still on track to begin flying the 777F on the carrier’s first own-operated trans-Pacific freighter route to Chicago (ORD) starting this October.
The carrier added that it does not have plans to place any orders for more 777Fs for the time being. Given that cargo moving between China and the U.S. is a major source of traffic for the carrier, and with the outcome of the current trade conflicts between the two countries in flux, Cargo Facts isn’t surprised. Still, we would still expect to see more 777Fs joining ANA’s fleet in the longer term, alongside the current two 777Fs and twelve 767-300Fs.