Aircraft

EFW begins A330 P-to-F conversions in Singapore

EFW begins A330 P-to-F conversions in Singapore

June 9, 2017 at 10:39 am 0 comments

EFW, the Germany-based MRO and conversion joint venture of Singapore Technologies Aerospace and Airbus, ferried an A330-300 (127, ex-Hi Fly) from its Dresden facility (DRS) to ST Aero’s conversion center at Singapore’s Paya Lebar Airport (QPG) for conversion to freighter configuration for DHL Express. DHL is the launch customer forRead More

Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J commercial freighter had a successful first flight, May 25, 2017. by Todd R. McQueen (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Com)

Lockheed Martin’s LM 100J completed its first test flight

May 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm 0 comments

Earlier today, the commercial variant of Lockheed’s popular C-130J “Super Hercules” completed its first test flight, following the same flight path over North Georgia, and Alabama that test pilots usually chart for its military counterpart. Like the Super Hercules, the LM-100J will be capable of operating in rugged terrain unsuitableRead More

HNA Group envisions Xi’an as future “Chinese Memphis”

HNA Group envisions Xi’an as future “Chinese Memphis”

May 24, 2017 at 10:58 am 0 comments

If you read this headline, and thought “wait a minute, isn’t Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines already planning a ‘Chinese Memphis’ in Ezhou,” you are not mistaken. Perhaps China has room for two Memphis-like hubs, or at least a Memphis and a “Chinese Louisville”. Either way, last week Hainan Group establishedRead More

YTO Express Airlines recently ordered ten 737-800BCF conversions from Boeing.

YTO launches massive fleet expansion

May 22, 2017 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Just a few days ago, we posted news that Shanghai-based YTO Express had launched an international expansion program, the main cost of which, according to company VP Hao Wenning,  “will come from buying aircraft to strengthen air freight services.” Our discussion in that post centered on YTO’s likely need forRead More

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

May 18, 2017 at 10:04 am 0 comments

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five yearsRead More

It’s back in the sky!

It’s back in the sky!

May 12, 2017 at 10:51 am 0 comments

UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles resumed test flights of its Airlander 10 hybrid airship this week, after a nine-month hiatus. The program suffered a setback last year after the test aircraft took a nosedive while attempting to land. Although nobody was hurt during the crash, and much of the ship remainedRead More

Dash 8-100 joins the growing list of turboprop freighters

Dash 8-100 joins the growing list of turboprop freighters

May 8, 2017 at 9:33 am 0 comments

In 2014, Canada-based Voyageur Airways, took on the development of a passenger-to-package-freighter conversion program for the Dash 8-100. The move was in response to an RFP “from a courier company looking for a regional aircraft solution to transport small package cargo.” Between then and now, Voyageur has undergone significant change,Read More

A KC-46A refuels an F-16C during the first refueling test flight.

Boeing’s KC-46A tanker achieves another milestone

May 5, 2017 at 8:38 am 0 comments

This week, Boeing announced it had added a sixth aircraft to its KC-46A aerial refueling tanker test program. The newest addition to the test fleet will be used to evaluate the tanker’s resistance to electromagnetic fields. In practice, the KC-46’s electronic systems must prove resilient to potentially disruptive electromagnetic discharges.Read More