investment fund MatlinPatterson Global Advisers have
ordered six Airbus A330-200 freighters which will be used by affiliated
carriers including Brazil’s
VarigLog and Global Aero Logistics.
engine selection has been given for the freighters. The decision
bring the number of A330Fs on firm order to 72.
MatlinPatterson took over VarigLog
in 2006 when it was still a part of then-Brazilian flag-carrier Varig. Through VarigLog the US
company subsequently pursued the acquisition of Varig.
is also linked to Global Aero Logistics, the parent of ATA Airlines, which last
year took over World Air Holdings, the parent of World Airways and North
MatlinPatterson chief executive David Matlin
says the freighters will allow the company renew the fleets of its airlines,
adding that the A330F’s costs and payload-range capabilities are a “significant
improvement” over the older aircraft that the freighters will replace.
Airways’ and VarigLog’s fleets include Boeing MD-11F
and McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F aircraft while VarigLog
also operates narrowbody freighters such as the
Boeing 757F and 727F.
says the agreement means VarigLog and Global Aero
Logistics will become new Airbus operators.