This approval is for Atlas Air to provide Boeing 767-300ER aircraft for passenger airlift services for the Department of Defence.
The twin-jet 767 becomes the second aircraft type in the company’s history, joining an industry-leading fleet of Boeing 747 freighters and passenger aircraft.
To operate the new aircraft family, Atlas Air has also achieved 180-minute Extended Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS) certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, allowing for the aircraft’s optimal routing on trans-Atlantic flights. ETOPS approval requires a rigorous review of the company’s operations and successful implementation of additional operational and flight-crew procedures. Flight crews and maintenance teams operating Atlas Air’s 767 aircraft are qualified and trained for ETOPS.
“The Boeing 767-300ER provides additional flexibility in our fleet as we continue to diversify the services we offer our customers,” said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Office of Atlas Air Worldwide.
“A new aircraft type is an important milestone for our company and complements our growth strategies. As a long-time operator of four-engine aircraft, we’re especially pleased to achieve CARB approval and ETOPS certification for our twin-jet aircraft, demonstrating that our continual focus on safety, reliability and operational excellence transcends aircraft types.”
The company’s 767-300ER (for Extended Range) aircraft, configured for 255 Economy Class seats, will primarily transport U.S. military personnel domestically and internationally. The aircraft, along with two company-owned passenger 747-400 aircraft, are also available for commercial charters, providing customers with flexible seating-capacity alternatives.
Atlas Air expects to place a third 767 into service during the first half of 2012.
Atlas Air initiated B747-400 passenger service for the DoD in May 2011.
With the 767, Atlas Air is the only outsource provider of aircraft and aviation operating services offering the new Boeing 747-8 freighter, 747-400 freighter and passenger versions, and the 767-300ER to its global customers.