Aircraft

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

The Comac C919, it flies!

The Comac C919, it flies!

May 5, 2017 at 5:55 am 0 comments

Today, the first narrowbody jet designed and manufactured by Chinese state-owned firm COMAC, the C919, completed its maiden flight with a 90-minute tour in the skies above Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. Although the flight occurred two years later than expected, and initial deliveries have been pushed forward into 2020, theRead More

ATSG forecasts “solid growth into the next decade”

ATSG forecasts “solid growth into the next decade”

May 4, 2017 at 10:37 am 0 comments

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) reported first-quarter net income up 21.5% y-o-y to $10.0 million as net revenue jumped 34.1% to $238 million. Operating income for the quarter was up 15.6% to $17.7 million. Adjusting for the impact of non-cash expenses related to warrants associated with ATSG’s agreement with Amazon,Read More

UPS reports strong all-round growth

UPS reports strong all-round growth

April 28, 2017 at 9:44 am 0 comments

UPS reported first-quarter net income up 2.4% y-o-y to $1.16 billion as revenue increased 6.2% to $15.32 billion. Operating profit for the quarter, however, was down 2.1% to $1.78 billion as fuel surcharge revenue lagged a big increase in fuel expense. In recent years, the quarterly reports from the world’sRead More

China’s B2B express volume to grow dramatically

China’s B2B express volume to grow dramatically

April 27, 2017 at 10:17 am 0 comments

SHANGHAI – The freighter fleets of China’s express companies are growing rapidly as an increasing proportion of retail spending moves online—but that’s only half the reason express companies are adding airfreight capacity as quickly as possible. Yesterday at Cargo Facts Asia 2017 in Shanghai, Peter Huang, director of corporate planning atRead More

PEMCO launches 737-700 conversion programs, books launch order

PEMCO launches 737-700 conversion programs, books launch order

April 26, 2017 at 9:53 am 0 comments

SHANGHAI – At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai today, PEMCO World Air Services formally launched passenger-to-freighter and passenger-to-combi programs for Boeing’s 737-700. PEMCO, which was recently acquired by Air Transport Services Group, also announced a launch order from Bahrain-based Chisholm Enterprises, parent of charter operator Texel Air, forRead More

EFW offers “14 + 10” pallet positions on A321 P-to-F

EFW offers “14 + 10” pallet positions on A321 P-to-F

April 26, 2017 at 9:53 am 0 comments

SHANGHAI: At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai yesterday, Wolfgang Schmid, EFW’s VP Sales & Marketing, announced that the company’s A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion would offer fourteen full-size (AAY) main-deck pallet positions, plus ten LD3-45W positions in the lower hold. This, EFW says, means that its A321P2F will offer theRead More