Kansas City, KS – In an unexpected move MetroAir Virtual Airlines has today unveiled its plans to launch a new Cargo Division, MetroAir Logistics later this year. The news broke at a press conference being held at the airlines headquarters on April 1st 2022. Over the last 15 years, Metro has always played down the importance of cargo operations in its business model and has instead always focused on providing a superior passenger experience.
The airlines Chief Executive Officer, William Hogarth said “We all saw what an important role cargo operations have played over the last 2 years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also saw the significant disruption that was caused to the global supply chain as airlines and operators scrambled to pick up on the huge demand. We have decided that now is the time to roll out our own cargo division that can be on hand 24hrs a day to keep the supply chain moving.”
The press conference went on to detail the airlines plans for its new cargo operation: A new base will be established at Charlotte (KCTL) North Carolina in early April 2022 and the airline will take delivery of new dedicated freighter aircraft direct from the Boeing Factory. It is understood that the new cargo fleet will consist of B747-8, B777-200F & B737-800BCF aircraft that will fly initially to cities within the USA and Caribbean.
The airlines new Cargo Operations Director, Jamie Milton said “We looked at many other locations to base our cargo division , particularly at our current hubs and focus cities. However Charlotte provides the room, infrastructure and capabilities that MetroAir needs to launch the new logistics division.”
The new division is set to create more than 500 new jobs at Charlotte Airport as well as positions across the companies network. It will also help to drive up revenue and profitability of the airline which has suffered like many others as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is expected that the new cargo operation will launch in mid to late April initially serving 16 routes.