Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings will place its sixth and seventh Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft into service with DHL Express in the fourth quarter. Atlas Air, Inc. will fly the aircraft under the Polar Air Cargo Worldwide name under an aircraft, maintenance, crews and insurance agreement.
The aircraft will be the first Atlas Air 747-8s to operate under the DHL Express name, flying in Asia and on routes across the Pacific Ocean. They replace two older 747-400 models.
Atlas Air plans to pick up two more 747-8 freighter deliveries in the first half of 2013, bringing that fleet to nine aircraft.