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Nippon Cargo Airlines
NCA logo.png
Founded September 21, 1978
Hubs Narita International Airport
Kansai International Airport
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Fleet size 10 (+14 orders)
Destinations 20
Parent company Nippon Cargo Airlines Company, Limited
Headquarters Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Tadamasa Ishida (President & CEO)

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 based in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.[1] It operates scheduled cargo services in Asia and to Europe and the North America. Its main base is Narita International Airport outside Tokyo.[2]



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 Global Logistics Investments (55.18%), Nippon Yūsen (13.8%), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (13.19%), Nippon Express (3.13%) and others (14.7%).[2]


Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747 at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in December 2003. As some people might notice NCA livery is still similar to ANA's.

The following are NCA's scheduled destinations. NCA's scheduled routes are from Japan to Asia, and from Japan to North America and Europe via Anchorage (as of July 2009).[4]




North America


NCA 747 taking off from Narita near Tokyo.

The Nippon Cargo Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2009):[5]

Nippon Cargo Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400F 10 0
Boeing 747-8F 0 14
  • On 9 June 2005 Nippon Cargo Airline's first Boeing 747-400F was handed over at Everett, Washington, the first of four on order for the airline.[6]
  • NCA will be one of the launch customers for the Boeing 747-8 freighter.It placed an order for 8 Boeing 747-800F.
  • In June 2006, it has confirmed an order for 2 additional Boeing 747-400F. These aircraft are due for delivery in 2008 and 2009 and will replace Boeing 747-200F. Previously, it ordered 8 Boeing 747-400F.

By May 2009, the 10 747-400 were delivered, but the last two were placed with CargoB, a Belgian operator in wich NCA bought a share. CargoB filled for bankruptcy in May 2009, and since then, the 2 747-400 owned by NCA are stored in the desert in USA.


  1. ^ "Corporate Profile." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Nippon Cargo Airlines, Corporate Profile
  3. ^ NCA (2005-07-12). "Ref: Change in NCA Shareholders" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved 2008-02-28. "News & Topics"  
  4. ^ Nippon Cargo Airlines, Flight Schedule
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines Part 3 (2009)". Flight International: 29–90. 2009-04-14.  
  6. ^ Air International, July 2005

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