Thai Airways Cargo to be First in SEA to utilize 777 Freighters

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 4 March 2010

Boeing has delivered two 777 Freighters to Southern Air Holdings, Inc., the first 777s to join the Norwalk, Conn.-based cargo carrier's fleet. The addition of these two airplanes makes Southern Air the world's first aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) operator to feature the 777 Freighter.

"We are thrilled to take delivery of our first two Boeing 777 Freighters, the most advanced aircraft of its kind, offering unmatched payload, range and fuel efficiency," said Daniel J. McHugh, CEO of Southern Air. "The addition of these two airplanes begins a new era for Southern Air, as we are now able to provide a mix of next- and current-generation freighter airplanes to serve our customers' needs. Boeing is a valued business partner and we are proud to celebrate this milestone for our company with them."

Southern Air has entered into an agreement to operate the two 777 Freighters on behalf of Thai Airways International. Thai Airways will utilize the full capacity of the 777 Freighters, becoming the first carrier in Southeast Asia to offer this capability to its freight customers.

"We are delighted to be the first in the region to provide this capability to our customers," said Pruet Boobphakam, THAI executive vice president, Commercial Department and former acting managing director, Cargo & Mail Department. "The 777s are truly best-in-class planes and will be valuable additions to our cargo offerings."

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