One Air, Britain’s new all-cargo airline, has completed its inaugural Boeing 747-400 freighter flight, operating a full charter from China to the United Kingdom for Shandong Glory.
The 100-tonne payload arrived at London Heathrow from Jinan-Shandong on July 24, marking the commercial launch of the new airline.
Chris Hope, chief operating officer at One Air, said: “This is a landmark day for One Air and all our team and partners in the UK, who have worked so hard to prepare for our successful launch since the awarding of our AOC by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
“As well as ad hoc charter flights, we are now also commencing a regular flying programme from Asia Pacific to Europe with two 747F flights per week.”
Hope added: “Work is also under way to add a second 747F to our fleet, which we hope will enter service in early Q4. We are delighted to be open for business.”
One Air anticipates regular demand for flights from the UK to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia regions, with services to China and the US to follow. It is the only UK operator of the Boeing 747 with its dry leased B747-400SF.
In preparation for its launch of operations, One Air has established a team of over 100 aviation and air cargo specialists, based at its headquarters near London Heathrow.
Paul Bennett, chief executive of One Air, said: “It is a proud day for us to operate our first customer flight and marks the start of our strategic development plan to build One Air’s reputation with clients in prime air cargo markets around the world.”
Jacky Wu, general manager of Shandong Glory, said: “We are proud to have shared this milestone with One Air and thank everyone connected with the flight from China for a highly efficient operation and customer experience.
“It is pleasing to see a new British cargo airline take to the air and we wish One Air great success as it works to establish its place in the global market.”
(Picture above – Celebrating in China as One Air’s first commercial flight prepares to depart from Jinan-Shandong)