GENEVA : MSC Cargo’s latest freighter has been delivered and will be put into action on the transpacific. The newbuild Boeing 777F was this week delivered to lessor Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and is the last of four aircraft to be delivered for its long-term ACMI agreement with MSC.
The inaugural 777F was delivered in November 2022, with the second and third 777Fs being delivered in July and November 2023, respectively.
Atlas said the freighter would complement the existing weekly service, including a route from Hong Kong to Dallas Fort Worth.
Anders Matikka, Vice President, Air Cargo, MSC, said: “This latest 777 Freighter delivery represents a pivotal moment and significant milestone for our company as it marks the completion of our first set of aircraft in partnership with Atlas Air.
“This new and enhanced fleet will empower us to elevate our offering, ensuring enhanced support for our valued clients and a stronger presence in the market”
Atlas Air Worldwide chief commercial officer and head of sustainability Richard Broekman added: “The delivery of this fourth 777 Freighter that we are operating for MSC marks an incredibly exciting milestone of our long-term strategic partnership.
“We value our partnership and look forward to building upon our relationship with MSC as the company continues to grow its air cargo solution for its customers.”
MSC has been busy expanding its air cargo network over recent months. In October the carrier added Milan Malpensa and Tokyo Narita to its service operating between Europe, Asia and North America.
Then in November, the airline added a connection from Quito (UIO) to Liege twice per week, in addition to Zaragoza to Mexico City on a weekly basis, to its service covering Europe, Asia and Latin America.