Peachtree City-based airline World Airways Inc. began operating one of Air France’s freighter planes Aug. 31.
Wolrd Airways is to fly the MD-11F plane on routes to several North African destinations and a weekly flight to Brazil, to help the Paris-based carrier meet its cargo requirements in those markets.
This is the second consecutive year the two airlines have partnered on cargo flights to Africa. World Airways also operates cargo flights for Lufthansa Cargo AG of Cologne, Germany, and Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It has a passenger route deal with Sonair Servicio Aereo of Luana, Angola.
World Airways operates its own charter passenger and cargo flights, the largest percentage of which transport U.S. military personnel.
The airline is a subsidiary of Global Aero Logistics Inc., a holding company in Peachtree City that also owns New York-based North American Airlines Inc.
World Airways moved to Peachtree City, about 30 miles south of Atlanta, from Herndon, Va., in 2001.
Steve Forsyth, the airline’s director of corporate communications, told GlobalAtlanta that the move was to tap into the area’s lower operating costs and a pool of experienced airline industry employees.