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NWA Cargo Freighters Go Green with New Engines and Cargo Containers

clippyrip

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As a part of the NWA EarthCares program, NWA Cargo has replaced engines on five of its freighter aircraft with more fuel efficient and higher performance engines, achieving a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency. This will save the airline an estimated 2.4 million gallons of fuel per year and eliminate over 26,000 tons of carbon emissions.

NWA Cargo also made a progressive environmental move to purchase 4,200 lightweight cargo/luggage containers (LD3s), driving significant fuel savings of up to 1.3 million gallons of fuel per year.

“NWA’s current LD3s were nearing the end of their economic life and this crucial decision to replace them with new lighter weight composite LD3 is an exciting initiative,” said Tom Bach, President, NWA Cargo. “The green element was a key factor in our decision to pursue this major investment."
 

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This makes me think that there may be a future for the freighters after all, or at least the freight division. Otherwise why dump this kinda cash in?
 

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This makes me think that there may be a future for the freighters after all, or at least the freight division. Otherwise why dump this kinda cash in?

I hope you are right. It would be nice to keep that operation if it were profitable, but most cargo outfits have dumped their 742s (except Connie and Southern Air) for 744s or even 767ERs. I have heard that we are keeping it for the NRT slots only. We shall see I guess.


Bye Bye--General Lee
 

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well coming from a 744 training captain about 18 months ago, NWA's plan WAS to dump all the 742's and replace them with the 744's and have the 744's exclusively cargo. The 787 was supposed to have already replaced the 744 passenger flying. Not sure with all the 787 delays and the merger what the current plans are though....
 

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well coming from a 744 training captain about 18 months ago, NWA's plan WAS to dump all the 742's and replace them with the 744's and have the 744's exclusively cargo. The 787 was supposed to have already replaced the 744 passenger flying. Not sure with all the 787 delays and the merger what the current plans are though....
That's exactly what I would suggest they do - the 744 is a good freighter and cargo capacity out of Asia is in high demand. There is plenty of money in cargo - hopefully Delta will continue their focus on it.
 
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