Press Release

TPG adds new boeing 737-300F to TNT Express European Air Network

Publish Date : 1 July 2003 at 09:45 CET - Mail, express and logistics company TPG N.V., has today successfully started operation of a new Boeing 737-300F aircraft in its TNT Express European air network.

It is the first time TNT Airways will be using B737 aircraft as part of its air fleet operations. The B737 is a very popular, safe and reliable jet aircraft that meets ICAO Annex 16, Chapter III aircraft noise certification, and provides the right size, capacity and unit cost to integrate seamlessly with TNT Express' existing air network.

TNT Airways has signed a two-year lease on the aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), with an option to extend the agreement for a further three years. The B737 will incrementally add to the capacity of the TNT Express Air network and to the capacity of the fleet.

The company's decision to undertake this lease is part of its continued network development and commitment to providing the fastest and most reliable service for TNT Express customers.

The aircraft has been converted by GECAS into full freighter capabilities offering a payload of 16.5 metric tonnes and will be the first Boeing 737 freighter aircraft in the world to have 9 rather than 8 ULD (Unit Loading Device) positions.

A second Boeing 737-300F will come into operation next autumn.

Page publication date: 1 July 2003 at 09:45 CET