Aircraft

E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

April 12, 2017 at 10:24 am 0 comments

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets of express companies worldwide. We start with some background, and then a look some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. Tomorrow and the day after, we’ll look at the big boys, and conclude with a look into theRead More

ASL Airlines Belgium leased two 747-400ERFs

April 7, 2017 at 11:11 am 0 comments

ASL Airlines Belgium leased two 747-400ERFs (33516 and 35945, both ex-Korean Air) from Altavair [FATs 003780 and 3787]. ASL Aviation Group formed ASL Airlines Belgium to take over the former TNT Airways when FedEx acquired TNT last year, and, along with a large narrowbody fleet, operates two 747-400ERFs (now ownedRead More

UPS goes for 767 conversions

UPS goes for 767 conversions

April 6, 2017 at 10:18 am 0 comments

As I write this in Seattle this morning, a 767-300ER, in Japan Airlines livery, is passing overhead, en route from Tokyo (HND) to Goodyear (GYR) in the US. However, while the livery might make you think this is a JAL aircraft, the registration tells a different story. Until last month,Read More

Another cargo-friendly widebody passenger aircraft takes off

Another cargo-friendly widebody passenger aircraft takes off

April 3, 2017 at 10:13 am 0 comments

Boeing’s newest airplane, the 787-10, took to the sky for the first time last Friday. The blue and white jet took off from Boeing’s South Carolina facility and flew for almost five hours before touching back down. Test pilot Captain Tim Berg said “From takeoff to landing, the airplane handledRead More

BOC Aviation purchases two 747-8Fs on AirBridgeCargo’s behalf

BOC Aviation purchases two 747-8Fs on AirBridgeCargo’s behalf

March 31, 2017 at 10:13 am 0 comments

Earlier this week, Japan-based Nippon Cargo Airlines cancelled its outstanding order for two 747-8Fs (NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders).  Today, the announcement of a firm two-aircraft order from Singapore-headquartered BOC Aviation appeared to soften the blow, but it will have no real impact on Boeing’s backlog, because it is part ofRead More

China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

March 29, 2017 at 10:38 am 0 comments

Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plansRead More

This freighter-converted ATR72 (463) will soon fly for DHL in Solenta Aviation's fleet.

Solenta Aviation to fly newly-converted ATR-72F for DHL

March 28, 2017 at 10:48 am 0 comments

Yesterday, South Africa-based Solenta Aviation took redelivery of an ATR72-200F, converted to large-door freighter configuration by Switzerland-based IPR Conversions Ltd., at its ASI-Maintenance facility in Toulouse, France. IPR holds the STCs to perform both bulk-load and large-door modifications on the ATR72-200 and -500 series turboprobs. The first STC is forRead More

NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

March 27, 2017 at 10:32 am 0 comments

Japan-based NYK Group, parent of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), said it reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel NCA’s two remaining orders for 747-8 freighters. NCA was a launch customer for the 747-8F, placing an order for eight units in November 2005, and upping its total to fourteen in early 2007. However, byRead More