Florida-based National Airlines has acquired a second nose-loading 747-400F that became available as a result of the sanctions on Russia.
National Airlines confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had purchased the 2004-vintage unit 33749 from Aircastle [FAT 008027].
The 747-400F served with Russia-based AirBridgeCargo from 2010 to 2015 when it joined U.K.-based CargoLogicAir (CLA). It was deregistered from the U.K. on Sept. 29, and transferred to National Airlines the next day, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) registry.
Unit 33749, equipped with four General Electric CF6 engines, has been in storage in Marana (MZJ) since March after CLA stopped operations.
It is now the second nose-loading 747-400F in the National Airlines fleet after the carrier acquired unit 35237 in September. That aircraft had also previously served with AirBridgeCargo and arrived at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) on Sept. 28 ahead of its entry into service.
National said after the September purchase of unit 35237 it would continue adding more freighters in the months ahead.
CLA, which told Cargo Facts last year that it was looking at more 747s and even 767s for growth, operated another production 747-400F (32870), which is currently stored at HHN. The carrier was ultimately controlled by Alexey Isaykin, former president of Volga-Dnepr Group.
Apart from the two 747-400F additions this year, National has grown its operational freighter fleet in the past two years by acquiring the Global SuperTanker and reactivating three 747-400BCFs that had been in long-term storage.
National joins other operators in showing continued interest in the 747 freighter. Air Atlanta Icelandic recently began its third factory 747-400F for JetOneX in early September, while Atlas Air, which was recently acquired by Apollo, expects to complete the acquisition of its own leased 747-400Fs by yearend.
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