Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. has confirmed it will begin daily non-stop Boeing 747-400 express freighter service between Cincinnati and Tokyo by the end of April.
The new service will complement Polar Air Cargo’s daily Boeing 747-400F flight from the Japanese industrial city of Nagoya to Cincinnati, facilitating next-day deliveries to the U.S. from all major cities and industrial areas in Japan.
Polar Air Cargo also will double the frequency of its widebody freighter connections between the U.S. and Australia, via Japan, from two to four flights per week.
The routing of this service will allow Polar customers such as DHL Express to optimize their intercontinental networks and introduce additional capacity both from the U.S. and from key North Asian markets to Australia, according to Polar Air Cargo.
The increase in Polar Air Cargo’s frequencies on United States-Japan-Australia routes will be supported by the introduction of two new Boeing 767-300F widebody freighters.
“We are very pleased to provide critical uplift connecting Japan and the Midwestern part of the United States – specifically the Ohio Valley – where there is a concentration of Japanese manufacturers who require increased and reliable daily service,” said Thomas Murphy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide.
“In addition to the trans-Pacific trade lanes, we look forward to the continued growth of DHL and our other freight forwarder customers in the intra-Asia region,” said Murphy.
Polar Air Cargo Worldwide’s sister company, Atlas Air, Inc., will provide operating service for the aircraft on the new routes. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of cargo carrier Atlas Air and the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is also the parent company of Titan Aviation Leasing and also maintains a 49 per cent shareholding in Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS), a UK-based cargo carrier which operates three Boeing 747-8F freighters for British Airways World Cargo on a wet-lease basis.
Through Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo, Atlas Air Worldwide operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft, many of which are operated on behalf of other airlines or logistics companies on a wet-lease basis.
By April 2013, the combined Atlas Air-Polar Air Cargo freighter fleet in service and on order included 21 Boeing 747-400Fs; three 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters converted from passenger aircraft; two 747-400 Large Cargo Freighters (also converted from passenger aircraft and owned by and operated on behalf of Boeing); nine Boeing 747-8Fs (including the three operated by GSS); five Boeing 767-200Fs operated on behalf of DHL Express; and two 767-300Fs, also operated on behalf of DHL Express.
New York-based Atlas Air also operates four Boeing 747-400 passenger jets, two on the Houston-Lagos route on behalf of oil operator Sonair and two on ad hoc passenger charter flights; and four Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft, used for ad hoc charter flights.
Atlas, Titan and Polar offer a range of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. These include ACMI service, in which customers receive an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance on a long-term basis; CMI service, for customers which provide their own aircraft; express network and scheduled air cargo service; military cargo and passenger charters; commercial cargo and passenger charters; and dry leasing of aircraft and engines.
While Polar Air Cargo mainly operates its own services (with DHL Express a major freight forwarder customer), Atlas Air operates 747 freighters on a wet-lease basis for Emirates SkyCargo, Etihad Crystal Cargo, Qantas Freight, logistics giant Panalpina and Polar Air Cargo. Atlas Air also operates cargo and passenger services on its own behalf for freight forwarders and other customers.