MIDDLE EAST: Maximus opts for A300-600 freighters

Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest dedicated cargo aircraft operator, announced a significant expansion to its fleet. Three additional Airbus A300-600 regional freighters – each offering 48 tonnes of payload capacity – purchased from Japan Airlines (JAL) and representing a total investment of AED350 million (US$95.3 million) – including conversion, will be introduced to the […]


Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest dedicated cargo aircraft operator, announced a significant expansion to its fleet. Three additional Airbus A300-600 regional freighters – each offering 48 tonnes of payload capacity – purchased from Japan Airlines (JAL) and representing a total investment of AED350 million (US$95.3 million) – including conversion, will be introduced to the fleet in July, September and November this year. “The arrival of these aircraft, which were built in 2000 and 2002 and are the youngest ever to be converted from passenger planes to freighters, comes at an exciting time in the company’s growth programme,” said Maximus Air Cargo president and CEO Fathi Hilal Buhazza. “They will provide strategic support for our ambitious expansion plans which strengthens our positioning as the Middle East’s largest all cargo operator with opportunities to serve the Middle East North Africa (MENA), Asia and European regions. “Furthermore the high utility and high efficiency of this aircraft will help open the next exciting chapter of our development by further facilitating the dual business model of cargo charter and ACMI lease solutions, and will strengthen our organisational readiness for the future,” he added. Maximus realised a 16 per cent growth in turnover to AED430 million for 2010 over the previous year.