Nippon Cargo Airlines

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Nippon Cargo Airlines
日本貨物航空
NCA logo.png
IATA
KZ
ICAO
NCA
Callsign
NIPPON CARGO
Founded September 21, 1978
Hubs Narita International Airport (Tokyo)
Kansai International Airport (Osaka)
Naha Airport[from August 28, 2013][1]
Focus cities Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport
Fleet size 12
Destinations 15
Parent company Nippon Yusen
Headquarters Narita International Airport
Narita, Chiba
Key people Tetsufumi Otsuki (President & CEO)
Website www.nca.aero

Nippon Cargo Airlines Company, Limited (日本貨物航空株式会社 Nippon Kamotsu Kōkū Kabushiki-gaisha?), or NCA, is a cargo airline with its head office on the property of Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, outside of Tokyo. It operates scheduled cargo services in Asia and to Europe and North America. Its main base is Narita Airport.[2]

History[edit]

Nippon Cargo Airlines was established on September 21, 1978 and started operations in 1985. It was Japan's first all-cargo airline.[2] Over time, their network has grown to include many cities on three continents. Initially, NCA was a joint venture of shipping companies headed by Nippon Yūsen and All Nippon Airways. In August 2005, ANA sold its stake to Nippon Yūsen.[3]

The airline is owned by Nippon Yūsen (100%)

Destinations[edit]

A Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-400F lands at Milan Malpensa Airport (2008)

The following are NCA destinations. NCA's scheduled routes are from Japan to Asia, and from Japan to North America and Europe (as of January 2013).[4]

Asia[edit]

Europe[edit]

N. America[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Nippon Cargo Airlines 747-200 (retired fleet) taking off from Narita near Tokyo.
NCA B747-8F arrived in Narita Airport.

NCA's fleet, with an average age of 5 years, consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2013):[6]

Nippon Cargo Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400F 7[7] 0
Boeing 747-8F 5 9
  • On 9 June 2005 Nippon Cargo Airline's first Boeing 747-400F was delivered in Everett, Washington, the first of four ordered by the airline.[8]
  • NCA was the launch customer for the Boeing 747-8 freighter, with a total of 8 aircraft ordered. However, with NCA's postponement of delivery of the aircraft, the right of launch customer was ceded to Cathay Pacific.
  • In June 2006, NCA ordered 2 additional Boeing 747-400F to 8 that had already been ordered. These aircraft were delivered beginning in 2008 and replaced the Boeing 747-200F. By May 2009, the 10 747-400 had been delivered, but the last two were placed with Cargo B Airlines, a Belgian operator which NCA owned shares of. Cargo B filed for bankruptcy in May 2009, and the two aircraft were placed into storage. Subsequently, both were leased (or possibly sold) to AirBridgeCargo Airlines.[9][10]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Headquarters and major offices[edit]

Nippon Cargo Airlines has its headquarters in the NCA Line Maintenance Hangar (NCAライン整備ハンガー NCA Rain Seibi Hangā) at Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture.[11][12] The hangar is within the engineering and maintenance complex at Narita Airport.[13] The facility has several environmentally friendly aspects, including a light wall, top lighting, naturally balanced wind power vent windows, a garden roof, a solar water heating system, and equipment to use rainwater to wash aircraft fuselages.[14]

In 2007 NCA signed a deal with Nippon Steel Engineering, which historically built hangars for large aircraft, for the construction of a maintenance and engineering hangar at Narita.[15] The building was to have environmentally friendly procedures conducive to maintaining aircraft during the daytime, because NCA has its aircraft maintenance activities scheduled for daytime hours.[13] On April 30, 2009, the construction of the line maintenance hangar was completed. On June 8, 2009, the hangar's operations began.[16]

In July 1978, when the company first began, it operated within a single room inside All Nippon Airways's space in the Kasumigaseki Building in Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo.[17] In March 1997 NCA moved its headquarters from the Shiroyama JT Mori Building (城山JT森ビル Shiroyama JT Mori Biru) to the 10th floor of the New Kasumigaseki Building (新霞が関ビル Shin Kasumigaseki Biru),[18] which had housed NCA's marketing division from 1987 to 1991. In March 2003, due to a demand for more space, the headquarters moved to the Shiodome City Center in Shiodome, Minato, Tokyo when it opened; the move was the fifth time the headquarters moved.[17] The airline had its headquarters and its East Japan sales office on the 8th floor.[19][20]

Regional office facilities[edit]

Currently the airline's corporate Tokyo office is in the Onarimon Yusen Building (御成門郵船ビルディング Onarimon Yūsen Biru) in Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato, Tokyo.[11][12] In 2008 the corporate Narita office was on the fourth floor of the Cargo Administration Building (貨物管理ビル Kamotsu Kanri Biru).[21][22]

Other Japan facilities[edit]

NCA opened a computer center in Koto, Tokyo in 2007, with the opening ceremony taking place on March 12, 2007. Previously the computer operations were done at the ANA computer center.[23][24] On October 9, 2007 the airline established its Global Operations Center at Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport.[25] Some members of the technical section of the flight operations headquarters were immediately moved to the new center. In the northern hemisphere spring of 2008, crew-related sections were to be transferred to the new operations center.[26] In 2007 NCA signed an order with Taisei Corporation for the construction of a crew training center.[15] Construction on the crew center, located in Shibayama, Sanbu District, was to begin in September 2007. The company scheduled for the facility to become operational in September 2008.[13] On May 6, 2011 the airline announced that it was relocating its local Narita offices and its cargo warehouse from Narita's north cargo area to Narita's south cargo area.[27]

Divisions and worldwide offices[edit]

In 2007 NCA established the regional subsidiaries NCA Americas Inc. and Nippon Cargo Airlines Europe B.V.[28][29] Its Americas regional headquarters is on the property of O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.[30] Its Europe regional headquarters at on the property of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.[31] Originally the US subsidiary was to be headquartered in New York.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ANA expanding its air cargo network. Japan Update (2013-05-23). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  2. ^ a b Nippon Cargo Airlines, Corporate Profile.
  3. ^ "Ref: Change in NCA Shareholders" (PDF) (Press release). NCA. July 12, 2005. Retrieved February 28, 2008. "News & Topics" 
  4. ^ Nippon Cargo Airlines, Flight Schedule
  5. ^ Sky Talk: Cargo. Blogs.star-telegram.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines Part 3 (2009)". Flight International: 29–90. April 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ Both JA09KZ(9th),and JA10KZ(10th) aren't operated by NCA at present.
  8. ^ Air International, July 2005
  9. ^ Airframe 36784.
  10. ^ Airframe 36785.
  11. ^ a b "会社概要." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "本社(成田事務所)〒282-0011 千葉県成田市成田国際空港内 NCAライン整備ハンガー" - "本社" means headquarters in Japanese, and "東京事業所 〒105-0003 東京都港区西新橋三丁目23番5号 御成門郵船ビルディング11階"
  12. ^ a b "Corporate Profile." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "NARITA OFFICE NCA Line Maintenance Hangar Narita International Airport Narita-shi, Chiba 282-0011, Japan" and "TOKYO OFFICE : Onarimon Yusen Bldg. 11F 3-23-5 Nishi-Shimbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003, Japan"
  13. ^ a b c "Accelerated progress toward independent operations "Order placed for construction of a crew training center and an engineering & maintenance hangar"." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 20, 2012.
  14. ^ "Ecological Features for Environment Conservation." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 19, 2012. This is linked from "Environment-Friendly Line Maintenance Hanager with State-of-the-Art Technology Completed at Narita International Airport" so we know this has to do with the hangar.
  15. ^ a b "Order placed for construction of a crew training center and an engineering & maintenance hangar." Nippon Cargo Airlines. August 9, 2007. Retrieved on February 20, 2012.
  16. ^ "Environment-Friendly Line Maintenance Hanager with State-of-the-Art Technology Completed at Narita International Airport." Nippon Cargo Airlines. July 2, 2009. Retrieved on February 19, 2012.
  17. ^ a b "Chapter 3. On the path to becoming a member of the incumbent carrier group." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. 59. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  18. ^ "第3章 先発企業グループへの." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. 108. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "1997年3月にコスト抑制を主な目的として、城山JT森ビルから新霞が関ビル10階へと移転した。"
  19. ^ "NCA Worldwide Offices." Nippon Cargo Airlines. August 9, 2004. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "Head Office Shiodome City Center 8F 5-2, Higashi-Shinbashi, 1-Chome, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-7108, Japan" and "East Japan Sales Office Shiodome City Center 8F 5-2, Higashi-Shinbashi, 1-Chome, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-7108, Japan"
  20. ^ "NCA's Support for Relief Supplies Transportation for Philippines Landslide Disaster." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. February 22, 2006. Retrieved on February 18, 2012.
  21. ^ "Corporate Profile." Nippon Cargo Airlines. June 28, 2008. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "NARITA OFFICE Cargo Administration Bldg. 4F Narita International Airport Narita-shi, Chiba 282-0021, Japan"
  22. ^ "会社概要." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "本社(成田事務所) 〒282-0021 千葉県成田市成田国際空港内 貨物管理ビル4階"
  23. ^ "NCA's Computer Center Opens." Nippon Cargo Airlines. March 16, 2007. Retrieved on February 18, 2012.
  24. ^ "NCA's Computer Center Opens." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. March 16, 2007. Retrieved on February 18, 2012.
  25. ^ "Establishment of "NCA's Global Operations Center"." Nippon Cargo Airlines. October 9, 2007. Retrieved on February 19, 2012.
  26. ^ "A step forward in the quest for independent flight operations Establishment of "NCA's Global Operations Center" Some sections of the Flight Operations HQ move to Terminal 2 at Narita International Airport on October 9." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. October 9, 2009. Retrieved on February 17, 2012.
  27. ^ "Relocation of NCA Cargo Handling Facilities in Narita, Japan." Nippon Cargo Airlines. May 6, 2011. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. Japanese version
  28. ^ "NCA's business structure in the United States and Europe." Nippon Cargo Airlines. April 3, 2007. Retrieved on February 18, 2012.
  29. ^ a b "NCA's business structure in the United States and Europe Establishment of NCA Americas Inc. and Nippon Cargo Airlines Europe B.V.." (Archive) Nippon Cargo Airlines. April 3, 2007. Retrieved on February 18, 2012.
  30. ^ "America." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "663 North Access Road, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL 60666,U.S.A."
  31. ^ "Europe." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 17, 2012. "Vrachtstation 5, Pelikaanweg 47,1118DT,Luchthaven Schiphol, The Netherlands"

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