Formed in 2004 and started operations in 2005. International, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
PO Box 35367
Plot 87, West 47, 25th Street
Sheikh Rashid Bun Al Maktoum Road
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) (AL IMARAT AL-ARABIYA AL-MUTTAHIDA): POPULATION: 3.5 MILLION. A FEDERATION OF 7 SHEIKDOMS, UNDER BRITISH PROTECTION UNTIL 1971, THE (UAE) HAS ROCKETED IN A GENERATION FROM RURAL AND POOR, TO URBAN AND OIL-RICH. THE MEMBER STATES ARE ABU DHABI, AJMAN, DUBAI, FUJAIRAH, RAS-AL-KHAIMAH, SHARJAH, & UMM-AL-QIWAIN. A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE ARABIAN PENINSULAR, THE (UAE) IS NOTABLE FOR ITS LARGE POPULATION OF GUEST EX-PATRIOT WORKERS, MANY FROM INDIA AND PAKISTAN, AND ITS GENERALLY PROGRESSIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN. THE (UAE) COVERS AN AREA OF 83,600 SQ KM AND ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ABU DHABI. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC. SEE ATTACHED MAP - - "MXU-MAP."
Established as "Experts Air Cargo" by the (UAE) Ministry of Defense. Initially operated using its own airplanes and its own Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and crews of other carriers.
April 2005: Experts Air Cargo was acquired by Fathi Buhazza.
September 2006: Was re-branded as "Maximus Air Cargo" (MXU).
December 2007: 2 A300B4-622s (767; 788), Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) wet-leased.
October 2008: Maximus Air Cargo (MXU) provides outsize and general cargo jet airplane services worldwide.
Employees = 90.
(ICAO) Code: MXU (Callsign - CARGO MAX).
Main Base: Abu Dhabi Bateen airport (AZI) and Abu Dhabi International airport (AUH).
Abu Dhabi International's 2nd runway is operational following completion of construction in early September. The new AED1 billion/$272.1 million, 4,100-m runway is located 2 km north of the 1st runway. The project includes development of the airstrip, 2 major taxiways, 2 cross-field taxiways, and 2 fire stations.
November 2008: Abu Dhabi Aviation announced the acquisition of a 95% stake in Maximus Air Cargo (MXU), which flies 8 freighters on charter and wet-lease (ACMI) operations for commercial customers and the (UAE) government. Maximus (MXU) said 9-month revenue rose +227% year-over-year to $86.4 million.
February 2009: Maximus Air Cargo (MXU) reported 2008 sales revenue of $110.8 million, up +134% from the $47.3 million posted in 2007. It expects to reach $130 million this year "as we continue to secure additional short- and medium-term airplane wet-lease contracts," President & (CEO) Fathi Hilal Buhazza said. It flew 347,785 (FTK)s freight traffic last year, up +156% year-over-year. Its 8-freighter fleet comprises An-124-100s, A300-600RFs, Il-76TDs and 2 Lockheed L382Gs.
April 2009: (AIMS) reached agreements with Maximus Air Cargo (MXU), Centurion Air Cargo (CHA) and (MTA) for use of its airline crew management, operations control and commercial planning system software.
November 2009: The October traffic figures for Abi Dhabi International Airport showed a strong growth throughout 2009 with a +7% increase in passengers. In October itself there was a +2.8% increase in passengers and surprisingly, considering the recent downturn in freight, there was a +24.3% increase in cargo. This may have been caused by the Formula One Racing Car Grand Prix held locally and the associated high volume of F1-related collateral shipped by air freight.
January 2011: 3 A300B4-622Rs (797; 836; 837), bought from Japan Airlines (JAL) for conversion to freighters and re-delivered in the 2nd half of 2011. 2 earlier A300B4-622RF freighters (767, TF-ELE; 788, TF-ELA), have been wet-leased to Etihad Crystal cargo (EHD).
August 2011: Maximus Air Cargo (MXU) took delivery of the 1st of 3 newly acquired A300-600RP2F airplanes, which was converted at (EADS) (EFW). The airplane, which was built in 2002, is the youngest passenger airplane ever to be converted to a freighter, according to (MXU) President & (CEO) Fathi Hilal Buhazza, who noted the airplane gives the best product for maximizing returns and will provide reliability and cost-effectiveness. “Because it is more fuel efficient than the older variant of A300-600, we can reduce our operating costs and pass savings on to customers,” he said.
The airplane joined 2 other A300-600RP2Fs, which were also converted at (EADS) (EFW) in 2007.
(MXU) in January purchased A300-600s from Japan Airlines (JAL) as part of an AED350 million/$95.3 million expansion program. The 2nd airplane entered the (EADS) (EFW) facility and is scheduled for completion in September, while the 3rd has arrived in Dresden waiting to enter the production line and is scheduled to enter service by the end of this year.
September 2011: A300B4-622RF (836, A6-SUL), delivery after conversion to freighter by (EADS) Dresden.
June 2013: (UAE) cargo specialist, Maximus Air (MXU) has grounded its Airbus A300-600RF fleet and has decided to leave the wet-lease (ACMI) side of the business.