Emery Worldwide Airlines, the air carrier affiliate of Emery Worldwide Airfreight, grounded its entire fleet Monday to avoid a Federal Aviation Administration-mandated shutdown owing to maintenance issues raised by the agency.
The parent of both units, CNF Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., said the grounding would not cause an interruption of freight service as Emery would wetlease aircraft from other service providers. Under an agreement with FAA, the Emery fleet will remain parked until “issues raised by FAA are resolved.”
Emery’s fleet of 58 jet freighters–a number of which are parked–includes five 727s, 43 DC-8s, one DC-9, eight DC-10s and one MD-11. In June CNF announced plans to reduce the operating fleet to 38 aircraft and lay off around 900 employees.
Emery Worldwide says it is now substituting additional Ryan Aviation aircraft and other aircraft operators to allow the courier to maintain its service levels and capacity.
“There will be no disruption to your service from Emery,” said Chutta Ratnathicam, CEO of Emery Worldwide.
Ratnathicam stressed that Emery Worldwide Airlines and Emery Worldwide are two separate and distinct CNF companies. Emery Worldwide Airlines has operated a fleet of aircraft for Emery for several years, along with other aircraft operators.Shippers with questions are asked to contact their Emery account manager of the local Emery Service Centre.
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