National Air Cargo Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary of Delivering the World
BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 14, 2011 - With its first shipment on October 14, 1991 National Air Cargo, a United States air freight forwarder, has emerged into a leading global freight forwarder with presence in Europe, Middle East, Far East and Africa with more than 500 employees. National specializes in express cargo delivery and has developed a global reputation for exceptional customer service and performance moving high priority shipments across the globe. National currently moves over 15% of all cargo in United States Central Command and over 40% of all Intra-Theater commercial cargo supporting the United States Department of Defense. After experiencing huge growth and success in the the freight forwarding industry, National sought to acquire their own airline. In 2006, National acquired Murray Air and rebranded it as National Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Air Cargo Holdings. National now has a fleet of B747-400F's, B757Combi's, B757-200 Pax, and DC-8F's.
Mr. Chris Alf, CEO of National quoted, "Our continued growth stems from our people, who have created a 'can-do' culture and commitment to excellence that is unrivalled in the industry."
On Oct 10, 2010, National announced the expansion of its fleet to suit itself in a very competitive way in the global marketplace. The expansion includes three B747-400 BCFs, which are the first long range wide-body freighters for the company. This move enabled National's transition into a more modern and fuel efficient fleet in order to provide better service to its customers. The inaugural flight for the first B747-400 BCF was on September 9th, 2010 from Frankfurt, Germany to Kuwait City, Kuwait, onwards to Bagram, Afghanistan and then on to Hong Kong, with a return flight to Frankfurt. On April 4th, 2011 National had its first landing at Dubai World Central, Al Maktoum International Airport. To date, National is the leading operator out of Dubai World Central and has completed more than 300 flights. Being part of the expansion, National also acquired five B757-200's, out of which four are undergoing conversion as combi's (with 10 pallet positions and 46 passenger seats) and one B757-200 is in full passenger configuration with 12 First/Business Class seats and 152 coach seats. National Airlines has begun International Passenger Charters and are poised to begin passenger charters in Middle East using the B757-200 passenger aircraft. With its robust freight forwarding arm and a new modernized airline, National currently moves cargo in over 220 countries with a fleet of 33 leased or owned aircraft.
"The challenge of making the impossible happen became a passion within the National team and we continuously look at areas of improvement ensuring our customer a full spectrum focus," mentioned Mrs. Lori Alf, Board Member of National Air Cargo Group on the occasion of National's 20th anniversary.