Kuehne+Nagel to charter exclusive-use jumbo freighters

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Kuehne+Nagel has become the latest freight forwarder to operates its own airfreight capacity, signing a long-term dedicated charter agreement with US-based Atlas Air to operate two Boeing 747-8F freighters. The two aircraft are the very last two Boeing 747s ever to be produced, offering a 20% higher payload and 16% lower fuel consumption than the older 747-400F.

Operating the world’s largest fleet of 747, Atlas Air ordered the last production aircraft to capitalise on strong demand.

KN will charter the entire and exclusive capacity of the two new B747-8F aircraft from the third and fourth quarters of 2022. They will support customers on volatile trade lanes, such as the transpacific routes.

KN board member responsible for air logistics, Yngve Ruud, said: “As a market leader in air freight, Kuehne+Nagel further expands its dedicated charter network to support customers with solutions for long-term planning and high quality service. We are proud to partner with Atlas Air and include these two new Boeing 747-8F in our already extensive global capacity offering.”

Atlas Air Worldwide president and chief executive John Dietrich: “The Boeing 747-8F serves an incredibly important role in global airfreight, with advanced technology that allows for lower fuel consumption, higher capacity and unique nose-loading capability. We look forward to taking delivery of these two 747s and operating them for Kuehne+Nagel to support their network for years to come.”

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