Mongolia’s MIAT revamps plans to adapt to Covid realities
American Northern Aviation Services is considering the renewal of the B737 Classic
22.11.2021 – 04:08 UTC
Northern Aviation Services, owner of Northern Air Cargo of Alaska (NC, Anchorage Ted Stevens), Aloha Air Cargo of Hawaii (KH, Honolulu) and StratAir of Florida (Miami Int’l), is evaluating options to replace the B737 Classic freighters operated by the two former carriers, President and CEO Betsy Seaton said during a panel discussion at the ISTAT Americas conference.
“We are looking at and starting the process of renewing this fleet… We are looking at B737-800s, -700s and Avions de Transport Régional (ATR). I think there are a lot of opportunities for different types narrow-body freighters that meet specific needs,” she was quoted by CargoFacts.
Northern Air Cargo’s narrow body fleet currently includes one B737-300(F) (30.4 years old), one B737-300(SF) (26.7 years old) and three B737-400(F)s (29, 4 years on average), the ch -Aviation Fleets shows the advanced module. The parent company owns all three -400(Fs), while the -300s of both variants are leased without insurance from Automatic Leasing, according to the ch-aviation fleet ownership module. In turn, the Hawaiian outfit of the holding…
Editorial Comment: Article updated with corrected aircraft ownership details. – 22.11.2021 – 09:00 UTC
Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan International Airport opens to traffic in Mongolia
12.07.2021 – 07:29 UTC
The new Ulaanbaatar International Airport in Mongolia has officially opened for commercial operations in what is being hailed as an important development for the economic growth of this landlocked country in north-central Asia.
Speaking at the opening ceremony on July 4, 2021, Mongolian President U.Khurelsukh said the new airport, located 50 km south of the capital Ulaanbaatar, would boost the growth of the air logistics hub and stimulate tourism and the economy.
The inaugural commercial flight from the new airport was operated by national carrier MIAT – Mongolian Airlines (OM, Ulaanbaatar) to Tokyo Narita, Japan using a B737-800.
Originally slated to begin operations in 2020, the opening was delayed due to COVID-19, with Mongolia only resuming regular international traffic on June 1 since going into lockdown in February last year.
Politically seen as a symbol of Japan’s longstanding economic support for Mongolia, the new airport cost 65.657 billion yen ($595.8 million), 90% funded by a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and 10% by the Mongolian government. The project…