Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Southern Air Lease 747 Freighter to Saudi Cargo

ACMI Agreement Signed
Shipping News Feature

AMERICA / SAUDI ARABIA – Freight airline and aircraft lessor Southern Air has signed a deal with Saudi Airlines Cargo to operate one of their Boeing 747 freighters on behalf of the Middle Eastern airline. The ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) deal will see the aircraft painted in Saudi’s livery and commence this month.

Southern Air's Chief Executive Officer, Daniel J. McHugh, commented:

"We are proud to add Saudi Airlines Cargo to our client roster. Leading carriers continue to recognize the value that our outstanding operating platform and decades of global experience can bring to their own businesses. We look forward to establishing a long-term relationship with Saudi Airlines Cargo and are committed to exceeding their expectations by delivering excellent results and service."

Saudi Airlines Cargo has just announced that due to the high demand for air cargo from Asia to West Africa they have increased their capacity from 3 weekly flights to daily B747 freighter flights to Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos flights operate from Saudi’s Riyadh hub and connect with the carrier’s weekly 25 freighter flights from the Far East and Europe.

The deal is the latest success for Southern Air who recently opened a new office in Germany to deal with increased demand for services in their European markets.

The company currently operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 747 and two new 777 freighters.