RAYA AIRWAYS TAKES DELIVERY OF ITS FIRST B757-200 FREIGHTER
Monday, November 2, 2015
Raya Airways took delivery of its first B757-200 freighter on the 12th of October 2015. This is Raya’s 4th Boeing freighter in addition to its Boeing 767-200F and two Boeing 727-200F. Bearing the registration of 9M-RYA, it is the first of type aircraft under Malaysian registration. The Boeing 757-200F is part of the re-fleeting programme that will allow Raya Airways to offer newer and more efficient solutions to our customers. This will also allow Raya Airways to expand its network to other international markets and continue to offer customers a solution to their logistics needs.
The delivery highlights the growing demand for capacity to serve Intra–Asian region in particular, with a commitment to operate a modern and efficient fleet. This is an important step in keeping the revenue potential on the positive while controlling our cost levels.
The Boeing 757-200F has a maximum payload of 32 tonnes with a maximum non-stop flight range of 7 hours. The aircraft is well known to be superior to our current B727-200F in terms of fuel efficiency, operating costs, and payload capability. This includes a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption from new engines, plus an additional 10 percent from aerodynamic improvements, versus preceding B727.
The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW 2037 engines which produces 37,000 pound-force of thrust supplied by our engine partner, Aeroturbine, one of the largest provider of certified engine and airframe components. Aeroturbine has continuously delighted Raya with their innovative engine solutions.
The aircraft is suitable to transport freight of all kinds and can provide a temperature control range from 4° to 30° degrees Celsius. Thus livestock and horses, perishables, pharmaceutical and humanitarian, and relief aid can be transported in an optimal manner on top of odd-sized cargo and oil and gas equipment.
Raya Airways as Malaysia’s National Cargo Carrier, plans to expand its fleet to 6 aircraft by end of 2016, through the addition of another Boeing 757-200F and Boeing 767-200F respectively, thus reinforcing our position as one of the major logistics services provider in South East Asia.
Raya Airways is prepared to enhance its network with these additions and plans to launch services to Japan, India, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China and Indonesia while adding frequency to Hong Kong and Singapore.
Raya Airways plans to leverage on the increasing trade between Intra–Asia countries especially with Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. Intra-Asia cargo movements are on the increase, especially with the migration of lower-end manufacturing from China to some of these countries. India’s growing pharmaceutical products, automotive and engineering products will be Raya Airways’ main targeted market segment.