National Air Cargo, a United States Logistics Provider, which has emerged into a leading global freight solutions provider with presence in Europe, Middle East, Far East and Africa, has achieved yet another significant milestone by operating the 1000th cargo flight from the Dubai World Central (DWC).
Commenting on the achievement, Mr.Alan White, Vice President Ground Operations Middle East, National Air Cargo said: “This is indeed a remarkable milestone. This achievement demonstrates the efficient and stable operations of our facilities and enhances our reputation as a reliable supplier of cargo worldwide. Our continued growth stems from our people, who share the same spirit of openness and cooperation in all our activities. This accomplishment is a testament to our team’s commitment to excellence.”
The milestone achievement of 1000th cargo flight from the DWC was reached in a short span of one year after the first flight that took place in May 2011. To date National is the leading operator out of DWC. With its robust freight forwarding and airline arm, National currently moves cargo in over 220 countries with a fleet of 33 leased or owned aircraft.
National Air Cargo has been providing high quality and efficient freight forwarding services for many military and industrial customers. The company offers airlift operations with appropriate aircraft with payload options ranging from four tons to 250 tons to countries throughout the world. National specializes in express cargo delivery in domestic and international shipments of over-sized, time-sensitive, and special-handling-required cargo and equipment.
National is been operating from Middle East for more than 10 years now with a strong presence in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan. From regular freight forwarding activities, National emerged into a leading charter operator and now became a specialist in SEA-AIR Multimodal Transportation and Supply Chain Solutions. National also offers Ground Handling Solutions in Middle East.
Having developed a global reputation for exceptional customer service and performance moving high priority shipments across the globe National announced the expansion of its fleet with 3 B747-400F’s to suit the requirements of the global market place. This move enabled National’s transition into a more modern and fuel efficient fleet in order to provide better service to its customers.
Being part of the expansion, National also acquired 5 B757-200’s and one B757-200 which is in full passenger configuration with 26 First/Business Class seats and 144 coach seats. National Airlines has begun International Passenger Charters, and introduced scheduled passenger charters in Middle East using the B757-200 passenger aircraft. In addition to organic assets, National boasts a virtual fleet of subcontracted assets ranging from AN-124’s, B747-200’s and IL-76’s, to L-100’s.
“At National, we always aim to efficiently send and deliver materials and goods all over the world. Our 1000th flight from DWC in a short span of one year is evidence to the experience our company brings. It reaffirms our commitment to strengthening our presence in the Middle East markets while leveraging the strategic advantages of DWC and the UAE in general ”, commented Mr. Jacob Matthew, President -Asia and Board Member, National Air Cargo.
As of today, National has operated 1131 flights out of Al Makhtoum. “We have expanded our warehouse spaces and also the open yards,” Matthew said. “The other important thing for us there is the connectivity between seaports and DWC. Every day we have more than 100 trucks bringing sea containers to connect to air. So the sea-air corridor is working very well for us and that business has also been increasing. So overall, DWC is working very well for us.” For the next two years, National wants to build a plan to get more commercial business. “We are trying to balance between the US military business and the commercial business.” There is a core team in the company that is looking into the commercial side.
Strengthening Dubai’s position as a leading aviation and logistics hub, DWC is a strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai. Strategically located over 140 square kilometers on the southern part of Dubai near Jebel Ali Port, DWC capitalizes sea-to-air transportation and fulfills the Dubai Government’s goal of positioning transport and logistics as major agents of economic diversification and development. Its components include Al Maktoum International Airport, and dedicated districts for logistics and aviation.