Tokyo, Japan - The Japanese carrier ANA (All Nippon Airways) introduced the first Boeing 777F to its freighter fleet.
ANA took delivery of its first Boeing 777F on May 24 this year as part of its expansion plan to the North American and Asian markets announced in 2018.
With the arrival of its new freighter aircraft, nicknamed “BLUE JAY", ANA Cargo aims to meet the increasing freight demand between Asia-Pacific region and North America.
ANA Cargo carried out its first freight flight on July 2nd from Tokyo Narita to Shanghai Pudong International with a stop at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. The airline will begin direct flights to the Pudong International from August 25.
ANA will include its second 777F in the fleet soon and will begin to use them for flights between Tokyo-Narita and Chicago O’Hare from Oct. 27, 2019.
Boeing's 777F allows operators to transport large pieces, including aircraft engines, manufacturing equipment as well as payload requiring special care such as lithium batteries and pharmaceuticals.
Toshiaki Toyama, President of ANA Cargo said the Boeing 777F would bring the ANA's fleet to a new level.
These 777Fs are significantly larger than the Boeing 767F models used to ferry cargo in Asia, giving ANA additional flexibility in how the aircraft is used. The aircraft will aid in the expansion of ANA’s services to include a whole new set of customers and increase ANA’s ability to safely transport larger cargo.” said INC, Mr. Toyama added.
Ana Cargo currently operates 12 Boeing 767F. ANA is the first Japanese airline to operate a Boeing 777F.