Atlas Air has unveiled its fleet plan for the next three years, which will see the airline replacing seven aircraft with its nine new Boeing 747-8Fs.
The carrier took delivery of its first 747-8F on 2 November, and will take delivery two more later this year. Four aircraft will be delivered in 2012, with the remaining two in 2013.
In 2012, Atlas plans to retire its five remaining 747-200 aircraft. By end-2012, the airline will have a fleet of 24 747-400Fs, seven 747-8Fs, four Large Cargo Freighters, or Dreamlifters, that will be customer-owned, four 747-400 passenger aircraft, three 767-300ER passenger aircraft and five 767-200Fs.
In 2013, the airline will take delivery of two 747-8Fs but will not retire any aircraft. In 2014, it will retire one 747-400BCF.
Atlas estimates that it will have three to four aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) contracts up for renewal annually.