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ASL acquires TNT’s airlines

ASL acquires TNT’s airlines

May 24, 2016 at 10:55 am 0 comments

It’s official: as of today, ASL Aviation Group acquired the two airlines formerly owned by TNT Express. When FedEx made its offer to acquire TNT Express, one of the conditions imposed by EU law was that TNT Express’ airlines – TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas – could notRead More

Strong cargo growth at Emirates

Strong cargo growth at Emirates

May 23, 2016 at 10:44 am 0 comments

United Arab Emirates-based carrier Emirates reported net profit up 56% to a record US$1.9 billion in its recently completed 2015/16 fiscal year, with a strong contribution from cargo operations. As has been the case with many airlines in a year of falling fuel surcharges, cargo revenue declined (down 9% to US$Read More

A blast from the (3-engine) past

A blast from the (3-engine) past

May 20, 2016 at 10:34 am 0 comments

We’re taking a video tour down Memory Lane today, with a look the three-engine era — an era from which the only remaining aircraft are in cargo service. We’ll start with the present, and work backwards. Here’s a video assemblage of takeoffs and landings of the current star of the airRead More

Air freight demand on the upswing?

Air freight demand on the upswing?

May 19, 2016 at 10:26 am 0 comments

Many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports have now published their April operational results, and, at least at first glance, the news is good. Particularly in Europe, where Lufthansa and Air France-KLM both reported positive year-over-year growth in air freight demand. However, before uncorking the Champagne, it is worthRead More

Narrowbody freighters: the state of the new P-to-F programs

Narrowbody freighters: the state of the new P-to-F programs

May 18, 2016 at 10:28 am 0 comments

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) booked a firm order for fifteen 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversions, with an option for fifteen more, from an unidentified customer. That order, combined with recent launch order announcements from Boeing and PACAVI, makes this a good time to take a look at the overall stateRead More

The first 737-800 enters conversion at AEI

The first 737-800 enters conversion at AEI

May 17, 2016 at 9:23 am 0 comments

Lessor GECAS ferried a 737-800 (29121, most recently operated by Corendon Airlines) to Miami International Airport, where Aeronautical Engineers, Inc inducted it for conversion to freighter configuration. Redelivery is scheduled for mid-2017. GECAS was the launch customer for AEI’s 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion program (read more on that here), and this isRead More

The express fleet in 2016 – Part II

The express fleet in 2016 – Part II

May 17, 2016 at 8:56 am 0 comments

Yesterday we began an analysis of the jet freighter fleets operated by and for the world’s express companies. In Part I we looked at the fleet as a whole and the way it has changed over the years (you can read that analysis here). Today we turn to a moreRead More

Express fleet continues modest growth

Express fleet continues modest growth

May 16, 2016 at 9:59 am 0 comments

Today we begin a two-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets operated in express service worldwide. Tomorrow we will look at the fleet on an operator-by-operator basis, but here we examine the current makeup of the total fleet, and the way it has changed over the years. At the endRead More