Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Qantas Freight have enhanced their long-standing ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) relationship.
Under the terms of the agreement, Atlas Air will operate two Boeing 747-8 Freighters in ACMI service for Qantas on transpacific routes linking Australia and Asia with the United States beginning in late July 2019. The aircraft will replace two Boeing 747-400 Freighters currently in service for Qantas.
The 747-8Fs will provide additional revenue cargo volume to serve the strong growth in demand across Qantas’ international freight network. The 747-400Fs are expected to enter into ACMI service for other Atlas Air customers.
Atlas Air Worldwide president and chief executive officer (CEO), William J. Flynn said: “Our enhanced agreement builds upon a strong and successful 15-year partnership between Atlas Air and Qantas and will capitalize on the state-of-the-art service solutions provided by our aircraft and crews.
“We look forward to supporting Qantas as it continues to capture market opportunities and enhance its position as a premier international airline.”
Qantas Domestic and Freight CEO, Andrew David said, “Wet-leasing these newer, more efficient Boeing 747-8Fs from Atlas Air will allow us to provide a better service for our customers with additional freight capacity and even greater reliability for time-sensitive shipments.”
The 747-8Fs to be operated for Qantas will be allocated to it following the expiration of an existing ACMI agreement with another Atlas customer.