Panalpina upgrades to latest gen B747-8F

Panalpina and Atlas Air have signed a new multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) contract for two Boeing 747-8F.


Panalpina and Atlas Air


Panalpina upgrades to latest gen B747-8F

Panalpina and Atlas Air have signed a new multi-year aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) contract for two Boeing 747-8F. The aircraft will enter service in the first half of 2012 and operate in Panalpina’s own controlled air freight network, replacing the two current Boeing 747- 400F. Compared to the 747-400F, the industry’s newest freighter has 16 per cent additional cargo volume but is expected to have the lowest carbon dioxide emissions in its class. With the new aircraft, Panalpina said it is optimally set up to meet industry specific requirements and the increasing demand for large-freighter capacity, especially in the Healthcare, Hi-Tech, Automotive and Oil and Gas industries. Panalpina said its healthcare clients will be the first to benefit from the newest freighter technology, adding that while there is a high demand for largefreighter capacity in general, healthcare in particular is seeing significant demand for temperature-sensitive cargo. “With the ‘Dash 8’, we can not only provide more capacity, especially for our Healthcare, Hi-Tech, Automotive and Oil and Gas clients, but also more tailored solutions. In Healthcare for example, we are setting a new benchmark for state-of-the-art cold chain services”, said Karl Weyeneth, Panalpina’s COO. The global forwarder said the new Boeing 747-8F will further strengthen Panalpina’s own controlled air freight network. Panalpina is the only freight forwarder with an own controlled network besides regular air freight product offerings and global charter programmes. The own controlled network acts as an in-house carrier to the whole Panalpina network. It has been designed to offer capacities and solutions in routings required by customers across various industries that cannot be covered by commercial carriers in the air freight market. Less than 20 per cent of Panalpina’s global air freight volumes are handled by the own controlled network. The remaining volumes are procured with commercial carriers.