National Airlines has expanded its fleet with three more B747-400Fs and an A330-200 passenger aircraft in response to the rapidly increasing demand for cargo and passenger charters.
The first of the three B747-400Fs will join the fleet this first week of October and will begin commercial operations. This will be followed by the second joining in later this month and the third will join in November this year.
The Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft, which has already joined the fleet, is deployed primarily for charters and contract flying for its corporate and government customers.
With the new additions, the carrier’s current fleet will include five B747-400Fs and one A330-200 and B757-200 respectively.
In 2018, National had acquired three B-747-400Fs, however, the declining demand for airfreight all of them had been parked in Arizona. Current market conditions have prompted National to pull them out of storage now and quickly induct them into service after completing all the required maintenance checks.
Chris Alf, Chairman of National said, “We always had a plan of bringing out the parked airplanes into service right at the beginning of the year but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. We felt the urgency to bring on these aircraft to support the demand for moving the urgent relief supplies in support of governments and global aid agencies. It was strategically important for us to bring in additional cargo capacity since there is a huge constraint because of the pandemic taking away the belly capacity on passenger operations. We are happy to offer our global customers with an additional three B747-400Fs.”
National currently supports the demand for passenger charters from the US Government with its B757. With the new addition of the A330-200, National is now able to enhance its service to its existing customers with high passenger capacity and longer range.
National’s B747-400Fs are currently flying between USA into Middle East, China, and Hong Kong on a daily basis.