FarCargo, the subsidiary of Faroe Islands-based fish farmer, Bakkafrost, is one step closer to starting its salmon shipments by taking delivery of its first aircraft.
The Boeing 757-200 had been previously operated by American Airlines as a passenger aircraft, but has now been repurposed for cargo operations.
The aircraft is equipped with energy-efficient winglets and RNP 0.13 technology, making it suitable for flight operations to and from the Faroe Islands.
The 757-200’s cargo hull has been modified to hold refrigerated cargo, and is capable of holding up to 35 tonnes or 230 cubic metres of freight.
FarCargo said the aircraft arrived in Copenhagen on January 17, 2024, and will be transferred to the European flight register – from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
FarCargo states that it has agreed with the Swedish airline West Atlantic to operate the aircraft under its AOC, on behalf of FarCargo, until FarCargo can obtain an AOC.
The initial flight operation will be in Europe to allow the flight crews and technical personnel to familiarise themselves with the aircraft, and to obtain all necessary certificates and permits.
Once this is complete, FarCargo will operate between Vágar airport in the Faroe Islands and New York’s Newark International Airport, via Keflavik Airport in Iceland. The return flight will operate via Denmark’s Billund Airport.
FarCargo says the route will gradually expand to multiple departures every week.
FarCargo will offer cargo to European and Faroese customers through local freight forwarders.
The airline has made an agreement with a Nordic GSA that will offer out the cargo space to freight forwarders from Newark to Billund, and to the Faroe Islands.
This new air cargo operation will open up new possibilities for the Faroese market for perishables and other express shipments, and the opportunities for imports from US and Europe is expected to significantly improve.
FarCargo has stated that it will use a share of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its operation, with the goal of increasing that share in the future.
FarCargo currently has eight crew members, with plans to hire additional crew members as the operation ramps up.
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