Atlas Air Expands Boeing 777 Fleet for MSC Partnership Amidst Growing Air Cargo Network

Atlas Air has received its third Boeing 777 freighter for deployment in the MSC Air Cargo partnership, part of a four-aircraft collaboration established through an ACMI deal. The fourth aircraft is expected to be delivered in December. Atlas Air intends to use these freighters on existing routes and introduce a new service from Hong Kong to Dallas Fort Worth. Jannie Davel, MSC’s Senior Vice President of Air Cargo, sees this addition as strategically aligning with market demands, reinforcing their commitment to enhancing trade connections.

MSC has been expanding its air cargo network, adding Milan Malpensa and Tokyo Narita in October, and introducing routes from Quito to Liege and Zaragoza to Mexico City in November, covering Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Atlas Air is not only integrating the new 777 freighters into its fleet but has also ordered two more from Boeing, scheduled for delivery in the second half of the following year. This aligns with expectations of increased retirements of older widebody freighters and limited availability of new capacity.

Presently, Atlas Air’s active fleet includes eight 737-800Fs, 51 747Fs, 23 767Fs, and four 777Fs, including those in service with other airlines. The ongoing expansion underscores the companies’ commitment to meeting the evolving demands of the air cargo market.