Guam-headquartered Asia Pacific Airlines has added a fourth 757-200F to its fleet [FAT 005652]. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts it had purchased the aircraft (24845, ex-Ethiopian Airlines) at the end of September and expects to have it ready for service by late November.
Unlike the three 757-200PCFs Asia Pacific currently operates, converted from passenger configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions, unit 24845 is a 757-200PF — built as a freighter by Boeing and delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in August 1990. In fact, it was Ethiopian’s first modern jet freighter.
After flying with Ethiopian for almost thirty years, the aircraft was removed from service in 2018 and ferried to Miami (MIA) in November that year for storage.
Asia Pacific, which took its third 757-200PCF (25140, ex-OpenSkies) in June 2019, told Cargo Facts earlier in 2020 that it had been looking for an additional 757F and was even considering adding a 767-200F.
While the first two 757s (27203, ex-Nordwind Airlines and 25441, ex-VIM Airlines), redelivered in June 2015 and April 2017, respectively, are currently operating in Hawaii and the Pacific islands, unit 25140 is flying between Honolulu (HNL), Seattle (SEA) and Los Angeles (LAX) — an operation that appears to have started at the beginning of September on behalf of Northern Air Cargo.
Asia Pacific’s single remaining 727-200F (22462) was sent to long-term storage earlier this year.
Boeing produced eighty 757-200PFs, seventy-five of which are in service with UPS.
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