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FORMED IN 1978 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1985. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
NCA LINE MAINTENANCE HANGAR
NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
TOKYO 282-0011, JAPAN
JAPAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 660, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 377,815, SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 125 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TOKYO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS JAPANESE.
OCTOBER 1993: AS JAPAN'S 1ST ALL-CARGO CARRIER, NIPPON CARGO AIRLINES (NCA) STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1985.
CARGO SUBSIDIARY OF ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA). (ANA) OWNS 21.27%.
MAIN BASE/HUB: TOKYO NARITA AIRPORT.
SERVICES TO AMSTERDAM, MILAN, ANCHORAGE, BANGKOK, CHICAGO (ORD), HONG KONG, LOS ANGELES (LAX), NAGOYA, NEW YORK (JFK), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), SEOUL, & SINGAPORE.
6 747-281F'S (CF6-50E), 4 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) LEASED.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +6% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
SEPTEMBER 1996: 2ND ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) 747-200 TO FREIGHTER, AT BOEING (TBC) WICHITA, THEN TO NIPPON CARGO AIRLINES (NCA) IN 1997.
OCTOBER 1996: ALLIANCE WITH (UPS) OSAKA TO ONTARIO.
JULY 1997: 501 EMPLOYEES.
TAKESHI KURACHI, MANAGING DIRECTOR & VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING, NAMED PRESIDENT ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA)/(IHI) AERO ENGINES. HIS REPLACEMENT IS M SAKAI, EX-(ANA).
1996 = 1.2 BILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (1.1 BILLION).
AUGUST 1997: 1 747-200F RETURNED FROM WICHITA CONVERSION. 1 747-2D3B (22579), EX-ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA).
OCTOBER 1997: 625 EMPLOYEES.
FEBRUARY 1998: TO PORTLAND, & ANCHORAGE (CONTINUED FROM SAN FRANCISCO (SFO).
APRIL 1998: 602 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 1998: TRANSPACIFIC CARGO CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA), OSAKA TO CHICAGO, AND (UPS), OSAKA KANSAI, & TOKYO NARITA, TO CHICAGO.
JULY 1998: WORLD 1997 COMPARISONS: CARGO TRAFFIC (FTK) (BILLION):
13 CHI 2.8; 14 EVA 2.7; 15 DAL 2.5; 16 CLX 2.4; 17 AAL 2.4; 18 PAO 1.9; 19 SWS 1.83; 20 NCA 1.81; 21 MTH 1.78; 22 TII 1.6; 23 ALI 1.5.
OCTOBER 1998: ROUTE TO LONDON, LINKING WITH AMSTERDAM ROUTE.
DECEMBER 1998: CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST CARGO (NWA), OSAKA TO CHICAGO (ORD), & ONTO NEW YORK (JFK).
APRIL 1999: 641 EMPLOYEES. SITA: TYOGAKZ.
MAY 1999: 8TH 747-200 (23698, JA8181) MODIFICATION FROM PASSENGER TO FREIGHTER, BY BOEING (TBC) WICHITA.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = 1.25 BILLION (FTM) (1.17 BILLION).
JUNE 1999: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH (UPS), USA TO JAPAN.
OCTOBER 1999: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 1.59 BILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+14.6%).
NOVEMBER 1999: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$10.95 MILLION (+$28 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
MARCH 2000: 2.22 BILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+12.9%).
APRIL 2000: 670 EMPLOYEES.
JULY 2000: 1999 TOP WORLD AIRLINES CARGO TRAFFIC: (FTK) (BILLION):
1 FED 10.31; 2 LUB 7.07; 3 UPS 6.02; 4 KAL 5.96; 5 SIA 5.48; 6 AFA
4.73; 7 BAB 4.54; 8 JAL 4.42; 9 KLM 4.15; 10 CAT 3.77; 11 UAL 3.58; 12 CHI 3.38; 13 CLX 3.25; 14 EVA 3.15; 15 NWA 3.02 16 AAL 2.51; 17 NCA 2.22; 18 MTH 2.06; 19 DAL 1.98.
1999 = 2.22 BILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+12.9%).
SEPTEMBER 2000: OSAKA (KANSAI) TO ANCHORAGE TO FRANKFURT TO MILAN (MALPENSA) TO ANCHORAGE TO OSAKA (747-200F, WEEKLY).
FEBRUARY 2001: 1 747-281F (23813, JA8182) CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER BY ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA), SOLD TO NIPPON CARGO AIRLINES (NCA).
APRIL 2001: 657 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASES AT OSAKA KANSAI, AND TOKYO NARITA INTERNATIONAL.
JULY 2001: FREIGHTER SERVICE TO CHINA, AND NEIGHBORING ASIAN COUNTRIES, AND TOKYO, JOINT OPERATIONS WITH ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA).
1 ORDER (SEPTEMBER 2002) 767-300ERF.
SEPTEMBER 2001: PARENT, ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA), WILL CONVERT A 5TH 747-200, FROM PASSENGER TO FREIGHTER. NIPPON CARGO AIRLINES (NCA) CURRENTLY HAS A FLEET OF 10 747-200F'S SERVING 17 CITIES IN 12 COUNTRIES.
April 2002: 747-281BF (24399, JA8190), ex-ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA).
June 2002: 2001 Top World Cargo Operators (Billion) (FTK):
1 FED 11.05; 2 LUB 7.08; 3 UPS 5.96; 4 SIA 5.88; 5 KAL 5.57; 6 AFA 5.12; 7 KLM 4.64; 8 JAL 4.19; 9 BAB 4.033; 10 CHI 4.030; 11 NCA 3.93; 12 CAT 3.89; 13 CLX 3.77; 14 EVA 3.28; 15 UAL 2.80; 16 NWA 2.79; 17 AAL 2.56; 18 MTH 2.40; 19 AAR 2.38; 20 DAL 2.31; 21 MAS 1.84; 22 SWS 1.79; 23 TII 1.67; 24 QAN 1.57; 25 AHK 1.55.
August 2002: 1st 767-300F delivery.
September 2002: The government gives the OK for All Nippon Airways (ANA) to start international cargo operations to Seoul with its 767-300F. Will code share with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA).
November 2002: 1st 9 months = 1.7 billion (FTK) freight traffic (+105.7%).
Is considering an order for 747-400F's for delivery in 2005.
July 2003: 2002 TOP 25 WORLD FREIGHT CARRIERS - (Billion) - (FTK):
1 (FED) 13.20; 2 (LUB) 7.16; 3 (UPS) 6.62; 4 (KAL) 6.25; 5 (SIA) 6.08; 6 (AFA) 4.87; 7 (CAT) 4.85; 8 (CHI) 4.60; 9 (JAL) 4.39; 10 (CLX) 4.16; 11 (BAB) 4.12; 12 (KLM) 3.99; 13 (EVA) 3.28; 14 (NWA) 3.24; 15 (AAL) 2.93; 16 (UAL) 2.79; 17 (AAR) 2.75; 18 (NCA) 2.21; 19 (POA) 1.97; 20 (EAD) 1.96; 21 (MAS) 1.92; 22 (BEJ) 1.88; 23 (TII) 1.824; 24 (DAL) 1.823; 25 (ACN) 1.58.
November 2003: 3 orders (February 2005) 747-400F's (CF6-80).
May 2004: 782 employees.
Will renew its fleet of 747-400SF Special Freighters in a new deal with Boeing (TBC), where (TBC) will manage the conversion of 4 747-400 passenger airplanes to special freighters configured with re-delivery scheduled beginning in August 2007.
April 2005: +1 order 747-400F.
June 2005: 781 employees.
1st delivery of 4 orders 747-481F's (34016, JA01KZ).
July 2005: All Nippon Airways (ANA) decides to sell its 27.6% share in Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to fellow major shareholder global logistics company, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), who holds 27.6% of (NCA). (ANA) is selling its stake because it wishes to pursue a different strategy in the cargo market in the future than does (NYK). (NCA) will become a consolidated subsidiary of (NYK). The sale is expected to be completed by the end of August 2005.
August 2005: 747-481F (34017, JA02KZ), delivery.
September 2005: Boeing (TBC) is moving closer to the launch of the 747-400ADV with the announced sale of 4 747-400Fs to Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). According to the manufacturer, the next delivery slots are 747-400ADV airplanes. This year, (TBC) has sold 24 747-400s and now has a backlog of 30 net of 5 cancellations logged in 2005.
Cargolux (CLX) has announced its intention to order 10/20 747-400ADV freighters. Other carriers identified with the program are China Airlines (CHI), Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Japan Airlines (JAL), Singapore Airlines (SIA), and British Airways (BAB).
October 2005: AirBridge Cargo (ABC) and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) signed an agreement to share 747 cargo capacity between Europe and Japan beginning in January. The carriers will market capacity on 2x-weekly flights through (ABC)'s Krasnoyarsk hub.
November 2005: Boeing (TBC) announced the launch of the 747-8 program, formerly designated the 747 Advanced, on the basis of 18 firm orders from Cargolux (CLX) and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). The airplane, which represents the first major upgrade to the 747 platform since the 747-400 rolled out in December 1998, and the 1st-ever fuselage stretch, is being offered in 2 versions: The 747-8I Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8F Freighter. They will be powered by General Electric's (GEnx) being developed for the 787 and will "meet Stage 4 and (QC2) noise requirements."
(CLX) and (NCA) each chose the freighter variant. (CLX), which last summer signaled its intent to be a launch customer, ordered 10 firm airplanes plus purchase rights on an equal number, with 1st delivery in the 3rd quarter of 2009. (NCA) ordered 8 and takes its 1st in the 4th quarter of 2009. Firm orders from the 2 were valued at approximately $5 billion at list prices.
The 747-8F Freighter will maintain the 747-200 upper deck common to the dash 400 and will have winglets. It will be 18.3 ft/5.6 m longer than the 747-400F, with inserts fore and aft of the wing.
The passenger version, for which a customer has not been announced, will feature raked wingtips and stretches fore and aft, one of which will result in a longer upper deck. It will be stretched 11.7 ft/3.6 m compared to the 747-400 to accommodate 34 additional seats in a typical 3-class configuration. Range for the passenger version is 8,000 nm (14,815 km) versus 4,470 nm (8,275 km) for the freighter.
(CLX) President and (CEO) Ulrich Ogiermann said "The Boeing 747-400F Freighter has been a cornerstone of our success, and I have high expectations that the 747-8F will build on that success and expand our capabilities world wide."
The 747-8F Freighter "will be the world's most efficient cargo airplane, which is a key attribute with today's high cost of fuel," added (NCA) President & (CEO) Takuro Uchiyama.
May 2006: Software maker (IBS) said that Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is the launch customer for iCargo, its "next-generation air cargo and logistics management system, that has the functionality to fully support supply chain management from shipper to consignee, in all aspects of cargo logistics."
June 2006: General Electric (GE) revealed that Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is the customer for two 747-400Fs. (NCA) selected the (GE) (CF6-80C2) to power the airplanes, scheduled for delivery in 2008 and 2009. The deal is worth more than $80 million, (GE) said. (NCA) ordered the same powerplants for the two 747-400Fs, it currently operates, and the six it will take over the next two years. "(NCA) has increased its order to better respond to environmental concerns and business opportunities, such as the opening of the new runway at Haneda Airport and the extension of the existing runway at Narita Airport," (GE) said.
July 2006: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) provides scheduled cargo jet airplane services to destinations within Asia and to Europe and the USA.
(IATA) Code: KZ - 933. (ICAO) Code: NCA - (Callsign - NIPPON CARGO).
Parent organization/shareholders: Global Logistics Investments (55.18%); Others (14.7%); Nippon Yusen (13.8%); Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (13.19%); & Nippon Express (3.13%).
Main Base: Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT).
Domestic, freight destinations: Nagoya; Osaka; & Tokyo.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Anchorage; Bangkok; Beijing; Chicago; Frankfurt; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur; London; Los Angeles; Louisville; Manila; Milan; New York; San Francisco; Seoul; Shanghai; & Singapore.
China and Japan reached an air services agreement that provides for a +20% increase in the number of passenger flights between the countries and a doubling of cargo services, "Reuters" reported. 13 carriers from each country will have access, up from the current 6. The number of permitted flights will rise to 547 per week, with Chinese carriers operating 300.
September 2006: 747-281F (23138) sold to Southern Air (SOF).
October 2006: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has taken delivery of the 3rd of 10 747-481Fs (34018, JA03KZ). (NCA) now operates 12 airplanes, including 2 747-100Fs and 7 747-200Fs. (NCA) is also a launch customer for the 747-800F.
January 2007: Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) was awarded a contract by Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to handle freight at London Stansted. The deal coincides with the appointment of Air Logistics as (NCA)'s General Sales Agent (GSA) in the UK. (NCA)'s cargo formerly was sold and handled by All Nippon Airways (ANA), but the carriers now are "pursuing separate cargo strategies," according to (WFS).
747-281F (24576, JA8191), WFU.
March 2007: Boeing (TBC) reached a deal with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to manage "a significant portion" of the carrier's spare parts inventory under its Integrated Materials Management (IMM)program. "This program is an especially good fit for us with our 747-400F [freighters]," (NCA) Managing Director & Senior VP Engineering & Maintenance, Takuzo Nomura said. "It will help us manage our costs." Under (IMM), (TBC) and other suppliers will own parts, that (NCA) normally would keep in inventory. The manufacturer will manage inventory and logistics.
"(IMM) enables carriers to focus on transporting freight and passengers from place to place, rather than managing an increasingly complex set of supplier relationships," said Dan da Silva, VP Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services (TBC). (IMM) customers pay for parts, when they are issued or they sign for support on a flight-hour basis. (TBC) now has (IMM) contracts with 10 customers worldwide.
747-4KZF (34283, JAO4KZ), delivery.
September 2007: Telair International was selected by Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) to supply lower and main deck cargo-loading systems for 14 747-8F Freighters ordered by (NCA).
October 2007: 6 orders 747-8Fs for total 14, to retire 6 747-200Fs by mid-2008 and operate 24 747-400F/747-8Fs by 2015.
Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) currently has 4 747-400Fs, plus 6 on order.
747-4KZF (36132, JA05KZ), delivery.
December 2007: 747-4KZF (36133, JAO6KZ), delivery. 747-281F (23350), leased to Jett8 Airlines Cargo (JT8), registered as (9V-JEB).
February 2008: 747-281F (23919, N783SA) sold to Southern Air (SOF).
May 2008: Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the following policies that will take effect when Tokyo Haneda's fourth runway opens in 2010, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reported: Night curfew will be reduced to 10 pm from 11 pm, to "allow more convenient schedules for USA and European flights," international slots will be restricted to 30,000 until October 2010, and eventually will increase to 60,000, with new slots going to "expansion of Asian city routes where business need is strongest," and domestic slots will double to 20,000 annually.
747-4KZF (36134, JA07KZ), delivery.
November 2008: SEE ATTACHED - - "NCA-2007-TOP-WLD-CARGO."
December 2008: 747-4KZF (36784, JA09KZ), delivered to Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) and wet-leased to Cargo B Airlines (CGB) as registration (00-CBC).
April 2009: Asiana Airlines (AAR), Cargolux Airlines International (CLX) and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) became the latest carriers to reach an agreement with the USA Department of Justice (DOJ) to plead guilty to conspiring to fix air cargo prices and will pay criminal fines totaling $214 million. (AAR), which agreed to pay a $50 million fine, also will plead guilty to "carrying out [an] air passenger price-fixing conspiracy," according to the (DOJ). (CLX) will pay a $119 million fine and (NCA) will pay a $45 million penalty.
15 airlines now have paid or agreed to pay criminal fines totaling >$1.6 billion as a result of the (DOJ)'s ongoing antitrust investigation into air cargo pricing irregularities. (CLX) and (NCA) are the 1st all-cargo airlines to agree to pay the (DOJ) fines. Like (AAR), Korean Air (KAL) also pleaded guilty to fixing passenger fares. Other international authorities also have been conducting investigations and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently commenced legal proceedings against Air France (AFA), (KLM), Martinair (MTH) and Cargolux (CLX).
These plea agreements with the (DOJ) are subject to court approval. Acting Assistant Attorney General Antitrust Division, Scott Hammond said air transport price-fixing has "inflicted a heavy toll on American businesses and consumers. The Department will continue its investigation into this criminal conduct until all co-conspirators are brought to justice."
The (DOJ) said (CLX), (AAR) and (NCA) are charged with participating in meetings with co-conspirators "to discuss the cargo rates to be charged on certain routes to and from" the USA, agreeing on rates to charge and then levying those rates in accordance with the agreements. They also engaged in "meetings, conversations and communications" to monitor and enforce "adherence to the agreed-upon cargo rates," the (DOJ) said. In addition, (AAR) is charged with meeting and communicating with co-conspirators regarding "wholesale and passenger fares to be charged on flights from the United States to Korea" and agreeing to, levying and enforcing agreed-upon fares, the (DOJ) said.
(CLX)'s criminal activity took place from as early as September 2001 to February 2006, (AAR)'s from "at least as early as January 2000 until at least February 14, 2006" and (NCA)'s from "in or about" April 2000 to February 2006, the (DOJ) said.
(CLX) Chairman, Marc Hoffman said that his airline had "cooperated intensively with the (DOJ) and the other authorities throughout the investigation and will continue to do so." He added that the company had "reviewed and reinforced its competition compliance program."
(AAR) said, "Although the fine amount is far less than that of many other airlines, (AAR) is truly sorry to the public and its stockholders for what has happened. (AAR) promises that business practices will adhere to the laws of each and every country it serves regardless of cultural differences."
July 2009: Cargo B Airlines (CGB) halted operations as it ran out of cash. (CGB) launched in October 2007 and flew to Africa and South America with 2 new 747-400Fs. "Volumes held up well, but we could not secure sufficient financing to support the introduction of the 2nd 747 which was delivered half May," President & (CEO) Robert Kuijpers said. Lessor Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) repossessed the airplane. (CGB) will be liquidated.
May 2009: 747-4KZF (36785, JA10KZ), delivered to Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) and wet-leased to Cargo B Airlines (CGB).
June 2009: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) said that it will abandon expansion plans until 2012 at the earliest, deciding to forego adding 16 747F freighters by 2013 as previously planned.
Its current fleet size of 8 747-400Fs will remain frozen through at least March 2012, it said. President, Tadamasa Ishida said "While the cargo industry has seen economic slowdowns in the past, what we are experiencing since the latter half of 2008 is proving to be unprecedented. Lack of consumer confidence worldwide has led to drastically decreased spending, resulting in lower demand for production. And without manufacturing production, airfreight will continue to suffer."
He explained that "adding new routes and expanding our fleet in a time when the markets are already at an overcapacity situation would be unwise and very unprofitable. So we are forced to rethink our strategy and define a new plan." While the company's primary focus will remain on scheduled all-cargo operations, it said it also will operate charter services and lease airplanes.
August 2009: Japan Airlines (JAL) and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) parent, Nippon Yusen said that the (JAL)/(NCA) are in talks to merge (JAL)'s cargo operations with (NCA), according to widespread press reports. The 2 cargo operations reportedly could operate as a merged entity as early as April 1, 2010.
October 2009: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is recruiting 747 First Officers (FC) through Hawaii Aviation Contract Services and applicants can apply online.
November 2009: 747-281F (23139), to Eurex Cargo (ERX) as (4K-KMK).
February 2011: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is not currently recruiting pilots (FC).
April 2011: (GE) Aviation (GEC) announced the launch of the (CF6) TRUEngine program, awarding TRUEngine designation to Nippon Cargo (NCA)'s fleet of 43 (CF6-80C2)s powering its 747s. The TRUEngine status, which was launched for (CFM56)s in 2008 requires engine configuration, overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs to be consistent with (GEC) or (CFM) requirements.
747-481F (34016, JA01KZ), purchased off lease.
July 2012: Boeing (TBC) has delivered a 747-8KZF (36138, JA13KZ) to Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), marking the Japanese debut for the 747-8. The new airplane is (NCA)’s 1st 747-8F on order with (TBC).
“We are excited to take delivery of this new fuel-efficient freighter, which will be a perfect addition to (NCA)’s cargo fleet,” said Takuzo Nomura, Senior Executive Managing Director, (NCA). “The 747-8F Freighter will provide improved economics and efficiency as well as environmental benefits that are all essential in today’s market.”
The airline currently operates 8 747-400Fs with 2 747-400Fs on lease with other airlines.
“Nippon Cargo (NCA) is a longtime partner and valued customer of the Boeing Company (TBC),” said Brad McMullen, VP of Japan and Oceania Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We will continue to work closely with Nippon Cargo (NCA) as they integrate the new 747-8Fs into their all-Boeing (TBC) fleet and help to strengthen their commitment as a market leader.”
The environmentally focused Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) will also undertake its 1st biofuel flight with this milestone 747-8F Freighter delivery. The new airplane will become the 1st 747-8 to use a blend of environmentally progressive biofuels (jet kerosene and used cooking oil) to fly across the Pacific Ocean.
Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), 1 of the launch customers for the 747-8F Freighter in 2005 and also part of a team that helped develop the airplane, plans to begin revenue service with its new 747-8F Freighter by mid-August on Asia and North American routes.
(NCA) will use the new airplanes to expand its network and to eventually replace its existing fleet of 8 747-400Fs.
October 2012: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) will launch 2X-weekly, Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Chicago O’Hare to Dallas to Anchorage to (NRT) 747-400F service on November 5.
August 2013: According to FAPA.aero, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is recruiting pilots (FC) through Hawaii Aviation Contract Services (HACS).
December 2013: 747-8KZF (36136, JA11KZ; 36137, JA15KZ), Sumitomo Mitsui Finance & Leasing leased, ex-(N942BA).
October 2014: (NCA) Nippon Cargo Airlines ((IATA) Code: based at KZ, Tokyo Narita) has reportedly moved to settle its part in the Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation suit for USD45 million. With a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with plaintiffs having now been signed, the payout is now awaiting approval from a New York court.
The "Handy Shipping Guide" newswire reports (NCA) has also accepted a fine imposed by the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) in a separate case. Payment of said fine should then settle (NCA)'s involvement in the long running lawsuit, having appealed the court’s decision on a number of occasions.
Both the USA and South Korea were among many Antitrust Commissions around the world to prosecute a cartel of carriers accused of conspiring to inflate the price of shipping goods by air, by manipulating their fuel and security surcharges over the period January 2000 to February 2006.
Plaintiffs claim the conspiracy increased global shipping prices, costing businesses and individuals that ship goods by air, billions of dollars in losses.
Of the 23 carriers that have already agreed to settlements amounting to >USD1 billion, only 5 have held out including Atlas Air (TLS) subsidiary Polar Air Cargo (PAO), Air China (BEJ), Air India (AIN), Air New Zealand (ANZ), and (EVA) Air.
Nippon Cargo Airlines currently operates 10 airplanes and serves 10 countries, to 17 destinations on 31 routes and 24 daily flights.
December 2014: 747-8KZF (37363, JA16KZ), leased.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Boeing (TBC) and the Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have charted a course to develop sustainable aviation bio-fuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic & Para-Olympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) (a consortium of 46 organizations including Boeing (TBC), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JSA), Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), Japan's government, and the University of Tokyo) laid out a five-year road map to develop bio-fuel by 2020 as a way to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint. Using sustainably produced bio-fuel reduces life cycle carbon dioxide emissions by -50% to -80% compared to conventional petroleum fuel, according to the USA Department of Energy.
September 2015: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) scrapped orders for 4 747-8Fs worth $1.5 billion. The cancellations come as Boeing (TBC) prepares to cut output of the 747-8s to one airplane a month amid waning demand for 4-engine airplanes and an air cargo market struggling to gain lift amid China's current economic turmoil.
August 2017: News Item A-1: Purchase, New York-based air cargo operator Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) will operate a 2nd Boeing 747-400F freighter for Japan’s Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) beginning September 1, the 2 companies said on August 22.
Atlas Air (TLS) initiated its relationship with the Narita International Airport (NRT)-based cargo carrier in December 2016, launching flights for (NCA) in January. The 2 companies indicated additional airplanes may be added to their agreement in the future.
As with the 1st 747-400F, the additional freighter will fly transpacific routes connecting Asia and the USA.
(AAWH) President & (CEO) William Flynn said the move follows the "successful start of the 1st airplane for (NCA) earlier this year and underscores our focus on the fast-growing Asia Pacific market.”
Atlas Air (TLS)’s transpacific routes flown for (NCA) fly an eastward trajectory between Narita (NRT), Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC) and Chicago O’Hare International (ORD). (TLS)’ westward (NCA) flights operate in 3 trajectories: (ORD) to Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) to (ANC); (ORD) to (DFW) to (ANC) to (NRT); and a direct nonstop (ORD) to (NRT) flight.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) is the parent company of Atlas Air (TLS), Southern Air Holdings (SOF) and Titan Aviation Holdings, and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide (POA).
Nippon Cargo (NCA) operates a fleet of 8 Boeing 747-8Fs (all leased) and 5 747-400Fs (1 owned by (NCA), the remainder leased). (NCA) has hubs in Tokyo, Osaka and Kitakyushu, from which (NCA) flies directly to Amsterdam, Milan, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Anchorage, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with connections to Frankfurt, New York (JFK), Chicago O’Hare, and Dallas/Fort Worth.
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NCA-747-8F - 2012-07
NCA-747-8F - 2012-08
0 747SR-8I SF (CF6-80C26F) (559-22711, /82 JA8158), EX-(ANA). WFU 2006-01. FREIGHTER.
1 747-2D3F (CF6-50E2) (514-22579, /81 JA8192), EX-(RJA). FREIGHTER.
2 747-281F (CF6-50E2) (604-23138, /84 JA-8167; 608-23139, /85 JA8168; 623-23350, /85 JA8172; 667-23698, /86 JA8181; 683-23813, /87 JA8182; 689-23919, /88 JA8188), (ANA) LSD. 23138; ST (SOF) 2006-09. 24576; WFU 2007-01. 23919; ST (SOF) AS (N783SA) 2008-02. 23350; LST (JT8) 2007-03. 23139; OPS FOR EUREX (ERX) 2010-01 AS (4K-KMK). FREIGHTER.
1 747-281F (CF6-50E2) (750-24399, /89 JA8190), EX-(ANA) 2002-04, FREIGHTER.
6 747-4KZF (CF6-80C2) (1384-34283, /07 JAO4KZ; 1394-36132, /07 JAO5KZ; 1397-36133, /07 JA06KZ; 1405-36134, /08 JA07KZ; 1408-36135, /08 JA08KZ; 1411-36784, /08 JA09KZ; 1418-36785, /09 JA10KZ). 36784; WET-LST (CGB) AS (OO-CBC). 36785, WET-LST (CGB) 2009-05. 36784; & 36785; RF (CGB) 2009-07. FREIGHTER.
3 747-481F (CF6-80C21F) (1360-34016, /05 JA01KZ; 1363-34017, /05 JA02KZ; 1378-34018, /06 JA03KZ). FREIGHTER.
3 ORDERS 747-400SF (CF6-80C2), PAX TO SF CONV BY BOEING (TBC). FREIGHTER.
6 747-8KZF (GEnx-2B67) (36136, JA11KZ, 2012-07; 1422-36137, /10 JA12KZ; 1431-36138, /11 JA13KZ, 2012-07; 36139; 36140, /11 JA15KZ; 36141; 36142; 36143; 37393; 37394; 37395; 37396; 37397; 37398; 37363, JA16KZ, 2014-12), FREIGHTER.
1 767-381ERF (885-33404, /02 JA601F), 2002-08, JOINT (ANA) OPS. FREIGHTER.
TAKAO KUSAKARI, CHAIRMAN.
TADAMASA ISHIDA, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
NAOSHIGE MAKINO, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR.
YASUTAKA TSURUNO, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR.
MINORU NAGAKURA, MANAGING DIRECTOR & SENIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (TYOOEKZ).
TAKUZO NOMURA, SENIOR EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR & SENIOR VP AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE & SAFETY.
HIDEHARU OKUDA, MANAGING DIRECTOR & SENIOR VP FINANCE & ACCOUNTING.
TETSUFUMI OTSUKI, MANAGING DIRECTOR & SENIOR VP CORPORATE PLANNING.
TORU ICHIKAWA, CORPORATE AUDITOR.
YOSHIO KUNUGI, EXECUTIVE VP MARKETING SALES, TRAFFIC & CARGO 2000.
HIROSHI IMAI, MANAGING DIRECTOR & SENIOR VP GENERAL ADMINISTRATION.
MASAHIRO KINOSHITA, SENIOR VP INFORMATION SYSTEMS (1998-07).
T KANAZAWA, GENERAL MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS SAFETY (TYOOEKZ),
H SHIBUTA, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (TYOMNKZ) (2001-04).
T ASANO, DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
K TOSHIYUKI, DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & ADMINISTRATION (1998-07)