EUROPE & CIS: Third MD11 for Cargoitalia

Cargoitalia – Italy’s sole freighter operator – has taken delivery of its third MD11 freighter aircraft. The aircraft’s arrival marks the conclusion of the carrier’s first phase of development, which began with its successful re-launch under new ownership and management in 2009. Cargoitalia’s latest MD11 aircraft has been newly-converted by SASCO of Singapore, a Boeing […]


Cargoitalia – Italy’s sole freighter operator – has taken delivery of its third MD11 freighter aircraft. The aircraft’s arrival marks the conclusion of the carrier’s first phase of development, which began with its successful re-launch under new ownership and management in 2009. Cargoitalia’s latest MD11 aircraft has been newly-converted by SASCO of Singapore, a Boeing sub-contractor. It embodies a number of design enhancements including an updated flight deck, forward cargo door, improved fuel efficiency, increased range and greater payload. The main and lower deck cargo compartments accommodate a total of thirty-six 96 x 125 inch pallets or ULDs.

After an initial programme of charter flights during July and August, and providing cover for other aircraft during their routine maintenance, the third aircraft will finally enter scheduled service in September, operating the airline’s recently-announced twiceweekly Milan-Shanghai flights. This will be stepped up to three-times-weekly frequency from October.

Since its re-launch of scheduled operations in September 2009, Cargoitalia has already achieved substantial share of the Italy-Hong Kong, Italy-Dubai and Italy-USA markets, it said adding that with a substantial proportion of Italian airfreight still being trucked to other European gateways, the airline has much greater potential as the country’s only indigenous freighter operator.