Global logistics giant Panalpina and U.S. cargo airline Atlas Air are strengthening their long-standing partnership in the air cargo industry, with a new five-year agreement which envisages Panalpina expanding its “controlled” network of air cargo services.

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The entire routing for Etihad Cargo’s round-the-world freighter service is Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong-Chicago-Miami-Viracopos-Quito-Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi. The routing is eastbound overall but features one westbound leg, Viracopos-Quito.

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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. Polar 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.

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It is the second Boeing 747-8 Freighter which the Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. subsidiary has put into service for Panalpina under a multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance contract, commonly known in the industry as a wet lease.

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The aircraft, a 747-8 Freighter, was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based logistics provider and supply-chain specialist.

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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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The three early-production freighters were scheduled to be Atlas Air’s first deliveries in 2011. Subsequently, Boeing rescheduled these aircraft to early 2012 and three more recently built, better-performing 747-8 freighters were moved to the 2011 delivery positions.

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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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Cargo carrier Atlas Air has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to operate passenger charter services for U.S. military personnel, complementing the carrier’s long-time status as an operator of military cargo-charter flights.

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A group of 15 airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with two different U.S. producers ― AltAir Fuels LLC and Rentech, Inc. ― for a future supply of alternative aviation fuel.

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