Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F and Boeing 777F freighters, becoming the first airline in the world to operate both freighter models.

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Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) took delivery on January 26 of the first of five new Boeing 747-8 Freighters it has on order.

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FedEx Express has ordered 27 Boeing 767-300 Freighters and has exercised existing options for two additional Boeing 777 Freighters.

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The Boeing 747-8F will be operated by Atlas Air ‘s 49 per cent subsidiary, Global Supply Systems (GSS), for British Airways World Cargo through a five-year wet-lease agreement.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter, making the Hong Kong-based carrier the second freight operator worldwide to receive Boeing’s newest freighter.

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After experiencing substantial growth and success in the freight-forwarding industry, National decided to acquire its own airline. In 2006, National acquired Murray Air and re-branded it as National Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Air Cargo Holdings.

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Cargolux is taking delivery on October 12 and October 13 of the first two Boeing 747-8 Freighters to be received by any customer. Deliveries of the two aircraft had initially been scheduled by Boeing for September 19 and September 21.

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Boeing values the order is valued at approximately $1.1 billion at list prices. Ethiopian’s order for four Boeing 777 Freighters was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s website.

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AviancaTaca Holdings unit Avianca has signed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200 Freighters, which will be operated by Avianca subsidiary Tampa Cargo.

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Under a multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance outsourcing contract, the new-production 747-8Fs are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2012 and will enter service for Panalpina upon delivery.

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Amerijet International began scheduled service to Trinidad in 1991, operating two flights a week with a Boeing 727-100 freighter capable of carrying 20,000 kilograms (44,100lb) of freight per flight.

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Global Aviation Holdings, Inc. subsidiary World Airways has extended a contract with Etihad Crystal Cargo to provide two Boeing MD-11F cargo aircraft on a wet-lease basis into 2011, operating on scheduled routes to Europe, Asia and Africa.

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The latest contract increases the airline’s firm orders for the type to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier’s airfreight subsidiary MASkargo.

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Finnair has sold its last two owned Boeing MD-11s to Neff Air, a U.S.-based aircraft leasing company. The aircraft will be delivered to the buyer in January 2011.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Airbus have highlighted the carrier’s status as the launch customer for the world’s newest freighter aircraft, the widebody A330-200F, by ceremonially handing over Etihad’s first A330-200F at the Farnborough International Airshow and displaying the aircraft at the show.

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The Boeing Company is supporting the expansion plans of Italian freight airline Cargoitalia S.p.A. by providing the carrier with its third MD-11 freighter under a long-term lease.

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Qatar Airways has begun cargo operations using the first of three Boeing 777 Freighters the airline has on order, the aircraft departing on its first commercial flight from Doha to Amsterdam early on May 18.

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Finnair will operate all-cargo schedules to Helsinki from Hong Kong and Seoul using a Boeing MD-11 widebody which the airline formerly used for passenger services but which it has converted into a freighter.

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Singapore Airlines Cargo has begun a weekly eastbound Boeing 747-400 freighter service to Atlanta. The flight from Singapore is routed via Hong Kong, Anchorage and Los Angeles, and the return flight is via Brussels and Sharjah.

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