Orlando, Florida - The on-demand cargo and charter operator National Airlines has acquired three Boeing 747-400BCF from Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific.
With these new acquisitions, the US cargo carrier aims to increase its presence on the air freight market.
The new Boeing 747BCFs of National Airlines are registered respectively N729CA (MSN 25068), N756CA (MSN 26547), and N926BA (MSN 27217) that are stored at the Pinal Airpark in Marana, Arizona.
In principle, we have bought three more freighters which are the ex-Cathay Pacific freighters and the first one we’re expecting it to be operational by the beginning of August and the second one towards the end of this year, with hopefully the third one by the second quarter next year, Jacob Chacko, director of Commercial Operations at National Airlines cargo department said.
National Airlines currently has two Boeing 747BCF in service.
That will be a big game-changer in terms of our consistency. It’s a phased approach, we don’t want it to come all at once. And of course, we’re keeping a close eye on the China-US the trade issue, Chacko added.
Besides its 747s, National Airlines also operates two Boeing 757-200s and expect to include in its fleet one Airbus A330-200 soon.
The Florida-based operator is one of the main contractors of the US military for troop transportation and logistics services.