United Airlines Suspends HKG-ORD And Drops HKG-GUM…

Chicago-based United Airlines (UA) has announced that their HKG-ORD flight will be suspended effective Tuesday, September 10. The airline blames low passenger volumes and the current political climate in Hong Kong for the suspension. The flight had been operated daily with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The airline also announced it had forwarded the termination date of its HKG-GUM service to October 14. The airline previously announced that the HKG-GUM flight, operated with a Boeing 737, would be terminated later in the year.

The airline will still operate daily B777 service on the HKG-SFO and HKG-EWR routes. The HKG-SFO will be operated twice daily later this year. It is unclear if the HKG-ORD flight will return or if the current situation in Hong Kong was just an excuse to axe the flight. There have been rumors that the flight was under-performing for some time.

ANA Cargo Adds First B777F For Flights To The U.S.

ANA Cargo, the cargo subsidiary of All Nippon Airways (NH), received its first Boeing 777F in May. The airline put the aircraft into revenue service on July 2 on the Tokyo (NRT) – Osaka (KIX) – Shanghai (PVG) route. From August 25, the aircraft will fly nonstop between NRT and PVG. Regional services will continue as pilots and ground staff become familiar with the aircraft. The airline will add nonstop cargo service from Tokyo (NRT) to Chicago (ORD) on October 27 after their second B777F is delivered. Service to ORD with dedicated freighters will allow NH to offer freight forwarders more options for oversized, hazardous materials and special care cargo such as pharmaceuticals.

Currently, ANA Cargo operates 12 B767F aircraft in addition to the 2 B777F they have committed to.

National Airlines Acquires 3 B747-400(F)s From Cathay Pacific Airways

National Airlines (N8), the Florida-based passenger and cargo airline, has agreed to acquire three (3) used Boeing 747-400(F) aircraft from Cathay Pacific Airways. The first aircraft, currently in long-term storage in Arizona, will join the National Airlines fleet beginning in August. The second aircraft will be brought on before the end of 2019 and the last will be added by June 2020.

National Airlines provides the U.S. military with troop and logistics services and also offers short-term ACMI charter cargo capacity to airlines worldwide.

Qatar Airways Orders More B777Fs

Qatar Airways (QR) has ordered five (5) additional Boeing 777 freighters. The order is valued at US$1.8 billion. The 5 additional aircraft will increase the carrier’s fleet by 20%. Qatar Airways currently operates 23 freighters (including 16 B777Fs) and its air cargo operations cover more than 60 worldwide destinations. The Boeing 777 freighter is the world’s largest and most capable twin-engine freighter. It can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometres) with a payload of 224,900 lbs (102,010 kilogrammes).