UK-based cargo airline One Air has commenced its Boeing 747 freighter operations at East Midlands Airport.

One Air lands at East Midlands Airport

Source: One Air

One Air’s first flight into East Midlands arrived from Hong Kong last week with a 105-tonne payload. The UK airport will now be a regular origin and destination point for the airline’s services connecting Asia and Europe, as well as for ad hoc global charter services.

“East Midlands Airport has a lot of important plus points which make it attractive for all-cargo operations, including the availability of slots and fewer restrictions around night flying compared to other airports,” said Chris Hope, One Air’s chief operating officer.

“East Midlands Airport also has a very understanding and progressive attitude towards freighter operators. As a growing British airline, we look forward to establishing our presence at East Midlands Airport and supporting our freight forwarding, logistics and charter clients moving goods to and from the UK.”

East Midlands Airport’s commercial director, Chris Lane, added: “[One Air] bolsters what is already a highly successful, nationally significant cargo operation which benefits from a strategic central location, fewer restrictions than many other airports, and a team who are totally dedicated to providing a top-class service.”

One Air received its air operators’ certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) during April last year and completed its first B747-400 freighter flight shortly thereafter, transporting a 100-tonne payload from Jinan-Shandong to London Heathrow.

Towards the end of 2023, One Air took delivery of its second B747-400 freighter.