New freighter start-up carrier ACE Belgium Freighters received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) on April 18 paving the way for it to start operations.
ACE is set to begin cargo operations from its base at Liège Airport to Tel Aviv and in future it is set to add links to New York City and Atlanta.
ACE’s chief executive officer, Eshel Heffetz said the carrier is seeking approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operations, and following approval, it will start to JFK four to five times per week and to ATL once a week. ACE will now operate charter flights and some Larnaca (LCA)-TLV rotations.
The ACE Belgium fleet includes one 747-400BCF, transferred from the fleet of ACE’s parent, Israel-based CAL Cargo Airlines. ACE reportedly plans to add a second 747F during the second half of this year.
Capacity of the carrier’s freighters will be managed by Challenge Air Cargo which has offices in France, the Netherlands and Belgium, and plans to open one in Germany.