United Arab Emirates all-freight carrier Maximus Air Cargo has acquired its first of three Airbus A300-600RP2F converted wide-body freighters. Increasing Maximus’ fleet of A300-600RP2s to five, company officials said this procurement is an integral part of their AED350 million expansion program.
The A300-600RP2Fs, with a maximum payload of 46 tonnes, offer a continuous range of 2,650 nautical miles, Maximus representatives said. The converted freighters will also reduce carbon emissions due to their increased fuel-efficiency.
Maximus Air Cargo President and CEO Fathi Hilal Buhazza believes these freighters will boost company operations tremendously. “The new aircraft will become a key part of our fleet,” he said in a statement. “The additional capacity will help us significantly expand our footprint in emerging markets, such as Asia and Africa, as well as enhancing our worldwide charter services.”
The new freighters will also help Maximus address the increased traffic in the UAE, company officials said. To Buhazza, it’s all about meeting customers’ needs and maximizing returns.
“In today’s competitive market environment, customers look to suppliers for reliability and cost effectiveness, and this airplane’s proven economics and efficiencies will provide us with a significant advantage in the air cargo market through reduced operating costs, which in turn will allow savings to be passed on to customers,” he said in a statement.