Thursday, March 4, 2010

Southern Air's New 777's To Enhance THAI Cargo's Air Freight Options

First 777 Freighter User in Southeast Asia
Shipping News Feature

USA / THAILAND – Boeing’s delivery of two new 777 Freighters to US-based operator Southern Air has been cause for celebrations not just the States but also in Thailand.

The new aircraft are to go into service with Thai Airways International cargo arm, THAI Cargo, under charter, making the airline the first in South East Asia to offer the services of dedicated 777 freighters to its customers.

“We are thrilled to take delivery of our first two Boeing 777 Freighters, the most advanced aircraft of its kind, offering unmatched payload, range and fuel efficiency,” said CEO of Southern Air, Daniel J. McHugh.

Though Southern currently operate a fleet of sixteen 747 freighters the arrival of the 777’s has been eagerly awaited for the flexibility the new aircraft offer to air freight operations, with the aircraft being able to carry 102 tonnes of cargo in more than 650 cubic meters of space and the longest range of any twin-engine freighter on the market, which translates into fewer stops, shorter cargo delivery times and lower cargo handling costs for customers.

“The 777s are truly best-in-class planes and will be valuable additions to our cargo offerings,” said Pruet Boobphakam, THAI’s executive vice president.

“We are delighted to be the first in the region to provide this capability to our customers.”