Bakkafrost eyes expanding reach in US and Chinese markets as 757 exceeds expectations

Editorial Staff

FarCargo’s current operations include routes between the Faroes and New York, with stopovers in Iceland and Denmark.

Faroese salmon producer Bakkafrost has confirmed that its Boeing 757, operated by subsidiary FarCargo, is operating under a temporary permit while awaiting its permanent permit.

Following a blaze of publicity from company’s inaugural flight to New York in March, there had been apprehension in the Faroese press that the aircraft was tied up in red tape and unable to operate as intended.

Fuelling this concern was the fact that aircraft is much larger than the planes used by national carrier Atlantic Airways and does not yet have permanent permission to fly to Vágar, the only airport on the Faroe Islands.

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In response to an update request from SalmonBusiness, a Bakkafrost spokesperson clarified that the operational issues have been resolved. The Boeing 757 is now flying regularly under the temporary permit, with the Danish Aviation authorities and airport management working together to finalize a permanent solution.

“The airport is still operating on a temporary permit, allowing the 757 to operate to and from the airport,” wrote the spokesperson. “But the Danish Aviation authorities as well as the airport management have put in procedures that allows the temporary permit to stay in place, while they are working on completing the permanent permit.”

Tough north Atlantic conditions

Operations are going well, according to the company, with the aircraft performing well despite the tough north Atlantic conditions. “It is very well suited for our operations, and as we are building performance records landing/departure from FAE, we will be allowed to use more navigation instruments, which will allow the aircrafts to operate in low visibility conditions as well, wrote the spokesperson. “Overall the aviation performance has been really good.”

The aircraft, previously operated by American Airlines for passenger flights, has been modified for cargo operations. It has a range of 7,000 km and a maximum payload capacity of 34 tons, enabling FarCargo to offer services to various destinations, including Europe and the Middle East.

FarCargo’s operations include routes between Vágar airport in the Faroe Islands and Newark International Airport in New York, with stopovers at Keflavik Airport in Iceland and Billund Airport in Denmark.

“The salmon arrives in the market only a few hours after leaving the farming site in the Faroes. This is a game-changing opportunity for our customers, and we are working on different solutions for both the US and Chinese markets, to allow us to have this opportunity for more of our customers.


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