Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings will operate a second 747-400F for Asiana Cargo, the cargo arm of South Korea-based Asiana Airlines. Operations for this second aircraft build on the trans-Pacific ACMI deal Atlas and Asiana made in February 2017, under which Atlas operates a 747-400F on trans-Pacific routes between South Korea and destinations in the United States.
According to Atlas, like the first ACMI-leased -400F, this second freighter will operate between South Korea and several US destinations. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service this month. Asiana also operates four 747-400 production freighters, seven 747-400BDSFs, and one 767-300ERF.
Carriers have been especially keen to add to their trans-Pacific capacity recently to get ahead of seasonal demand before additional tariffs are imposed between the US and China. In another recent transaction involving an Atlas -400F, Atlas acquired a 747-400F (30609, ex-EVA Air), which will enter service with the Atlas subsidiary carrier Polar Air Cargo, operating on behalf of DHL. This leaves EVA with just three 747-400s, two 747-400BDSFs, and one 747-400F left in its freighter fleet. The last production freighter (30608) is in maintenance and has not flown since 7 August. Cargo Facts believes this aircraft will likely be acquired by Atlas Air as well.
Late last month, we at Cargo Facts took a look at idled 747-400Fs likely to return to service – a couple of which we expect to make their way into the Atlas Air fleet, as Atlas has made a recent push to add to its roster of -400Fs. Another 747-400BCF (26557), owned by Cathay Pacific, is also rumored to be headed for the Atlas fleet after being operated by Air Hong Kong since July 2017.
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