In response to a rapidly growing demand for cargo and passenger charters, Orlando-based National Airlines has expanded its fleet with three more Boeing 747-400Fs and an Airbus 330-200 passenger aircraft.
National Airlines’ current fleet includes two Boeing 747-400Fs and one Boeing 757-200. 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.
National had acquired three B-747-400Fs two years back and because of 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.
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, making a total fleet of five B-747-400Fs.
Commenting on the latest fleet expansion 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.”
Mr. Alf added that it was strategically important for National 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,” he said.
The Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft, the only wide-body passenger aircraft in National’s fleet, is one of the most reliable and modern twin aisle wide-body aircraft providing passengers with an exceptional amount of personal space and travel comfort. National’s A330-200 has 288 seats in a two-class configuration with fourth generation inflight entertainment at each seat.
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 B747-400Fs are flying between USA into Middle East, China, and Hong Kong on a daily basis.
National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida, owns National Airlines and National Air Cargo, Inc. National Airlines is a US FAA certificated Part 121 air carrier, with a fleet of B747-400F’s, A330-200, B757 providing global cargo and passenger solutions.
National Air Cargo provides international freight forwarding, sea-to-air multi-modal transportation and logistics solutions worldwide. Established in 1990, the global reach of National are maintained via strategically located offices around the world in Germany, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.