Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has taken delivery of its seventh Boeing 747-8 Freighter aircraft and placed it into service with DHL Express.
The company announced Thursday that the aircraft will be operated by Atlas Air Worldwide’s unit, Atlas Air, Inc., in the Polar Air Cargo Worldwide express network under an ACMI arrangement for the benefit of DHL Express and Polar’s other customers commencing immediately. It joins Atlas Air’s sixth 747-8F aircraft, which began service for DHL Express in October. These aircraft are the first of their type to be flown for DHL Express and will operate in DHL’s Asian and transpacific markets. The newest aircraft replaces a Boeing 747-400 Freighter previously in service for DHL Express.
Atlas Air expects to receive two additional 747-8Fs in the first half of 2013, for a total of nine aircraft, completing the delivery of its order program.
Atlas Air Worldwide is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Titan Aviation Leasing (Titan), and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. (Polar). Atlas Air Worldwide also maintains a 49% interest in Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS). Through Atlas and Polar, Atlas Air Worldwide operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.