Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Southern Air To Lease Two Additional Boeing 777 Cargo Aircraft

New aircraft to be delivered in 2012 for DHL Express
Shipping News Feature

USA – ACMI operator (aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance) Southern Air today announced that it has entered into leases to add two Boeing 777F aircraft to its fleet. The agreement sees Southern now operating four of the new freighter aircraft – the only ACMI provider to do so.

Once the new 777Fs are delivered in March and April 2012 they will be immediately placed into service on behalf of DHL Express, which became Southern Air’s customer in September 2011. Currently DHL uses Southern Air’s 777F service to connect its hubs in Cincinnati (CVG), Bahrain (BAH) and Hong Kong (HK), giving its customers later pickup times out of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta and next-day delivery into the U.S., Canada and much of the Americas.

Daniel J. McHugh, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Air, said: “We are proud to add two new 777Fs to our fleet. The addition of these aircraft will further enhance the service we provide to our newest client, DHL Express, and further enable our ability to support its environmental objectives, which we share."

The two new aircraft are part of Southern Air’s fleet enhancement program, which also involves adding four Boeing 747-400s to their existing fleet of eleven 747-200s which will, according to McHugh “…benefit our blue chip clients and attract additional ones.”