Conversions

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

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

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

ACMG releases new, enhanced 20-year freighter forecast

ACMG releases new, enhanced 20-year freighter forecast

April 25, 2017 at 10:01 am 0 comments

SHANGHAI — ACMG, a leading global air cargo consultancy and parent of this newsletter, today released its 20-year Freighter Forecast for 2017 – 2036 with yet more enhancements on top of those unveiled in 2016. The report was released at the 6th annual Cargo Facts Asia event in Shanghai today.Read More

First A330-200 enters freighter conversion

First A330-200 enters freighter conversion

April 19, 2017 at 9:55 am 0 comments

EFW inducted the first A330-200 for conversion to freighter configuration. The Chairman of EgyptAir Cargo (a pilot himself) flew it from Cairo to Dresden. And the plane actually carried revenue cargo on the flight – EFW tells Cargo Facts that with the cabin removed, the aircraft needed ballast, and, rather than useRead More

AEI adds conversion capacity

AEI adds conversion capacity

April 18, 2017 at 10:54 am 0 comments

It’s a well-known fact among Cargo Facts readers that the market for narrowbody passenger-to-freighter conversions is hot, and that customers must queue-up to nab a conversion slot. Yesterday we reported that Bulgarian specialist cargo carrier, Cargo Air has ACMI-leased one of its 737s to a Greek passenger airline while itRead More

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

April 13, 2017 at 10:40 am 0 comments

Today, in Part II of our annual analysis of the worldwide express fleet, we look at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedEx and UPS. We start with TNT, which was acquired by FedEx last year. (You can read Part I here.) As part of FedEx’sRead More