Maximus Air Cargo receives first Airbus freighter
Maximus Air Cargo has received its first Airbus A300-600 converted freighter from EADS EFW.
The cargo operator, based in Abu Dhabi, has placed an order for three Airbus A300-600 passenger aircraft to be converted in freighters as part of a AED350 million expansion programme.
The first delivery, which arrived in Abu Dhabi this week, is reportedly the world's youngest airbus passenger plane to ever be converted into a freighter and has a non-stop range of 2650 nautical miles at maximum payload.
At a ceremony in Germany, Maximus Air Cargo CEO Fathi Hilal Buhazza formally received the aircraft from Dr Andreas Sperl, CEO of EADS EFW.
"The new aircraft will become a key part of our fleet. It is expected to make a major contribution to building the strength and network of our business," said Buhazza. "The additional capacity will help us significantly expand our footprint in emerging markets such as Asia and Africa, as well as enhancing our worldwide charter services."
Buhazza added that the entry into service of the new aircraft comes at a time when there are positive signs that freight traffic is gaining significant momentum in the UAE.
"This aircraft gives us the best product for maximising returns. In today's competitive market environment, customers look to suppliers for reliability and cost effectiveness, and this airplane's proven economics and efficiencies will provide us with a significant advantage in the air cargo market, through reduced operating costs, which in turn will allow savings to be passed on to customers,” he said.
"Moreover, 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."
The second of the three Airbus A300-600RP2F acquired by Maximus Air Cargo in January (A6-SUL) has already entered the EADS EFW facility and is scheduled for completion in September 2011, while the third (A6-NIN) has arrived in Dresden waiting to enter the production line and is scheduled to enter service by the end of this year.