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MSC receives delivery of its 1st cargo aircraft

MSC has received delivery of the first owned-branded cargo aircraft. The plane, a B777-200 freighter, was built by Boeing and shall be operated by Atlas Air on routes between China, the US, Mexico and Europe.

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According to MSC, the aircraft is the first of four B777-200Fs in the pipeline, which are being placed on a “long-term basis”.

MSC says the plane boasts low maintenance and operating costs as well as a range of 4,880 nautical miles. In addition, it also meets quota count standards for maximum accessibility to noise sensitive airports around the globe.

Commenting on the news, Jannie Davel, Senior Vice President Air Cargo at MSC, said:

“Our customers need the option of air solutions, which is why we’re integrating this transportation mode to complement our extensive maritime and land cargo operations. The delivery of this first aircraft marks the start of our long-term investment in air cargo.”

Davel added:

“Since I started at MSC, I have spoken to numerous partners and customers right across the market and it is very clear that air cargo can enable a range of companies to meet their logistics needs. Flying adds options, speed, flexibility and reliability to supply chain management, and there are particular benefits for moving perishables, such as fruit and vegetables, pharmaceutical and other healthcare products and high-value goods.”