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Suparna's first 747-400ERF

Suparna Airlines’ growing widebody fleet

Aircraft, Carriers, News September 22, 2017 at 10:39 am

Earlier this week, we reported that Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines (formerly Yangtze River Airlines) leased a 747-400ERF (35235, ex-ASL Airlines Belgium opf Emirates) from Aircastle. We have since learned that the aircraft was not leased, but in fact purchased. In addition, Cargo Facts believes that this was the first of twoRead More

Five recent freighter deals that caught our eye

Five recent freighter deals that caught our eye

Aircraft, Carriers, Conversions, Photos+Videos September 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

The velocity at which freighter aircraft are bought, sold, leased and traded can be quite rapid, especially in a healthy market for air cargo. The past few months have been no exception, and there have been numerous freighter transactions that caught our attention. But just what makes a freighter transactionRead More

Suparna adds 747-400F, ultimately bound for Cargolux’s China venture?

Suparna adds 747-400F, ultimately bound for Cargolux’s China venture?

Aircraft, Airports, Asia, Carriers September 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

Update, 21 September 2017: Cargolux confirmed to Cargo Facts that there is in fact, no connection between Henan Cargo Airlines and Suparna’s recent 747-400F acquisition.  Last month, ASL Airlines Belgium returned a 747-400F (35235) to lessor Aircastle, and today the aircraft arrived in Hong Kong, where it is now onRead More

New ACMI-deals highlight growing demand for 747Fs

New ACMI-deals highlight growing demand for 747Fs

Aircraft, Asia, Capacity & Demand, Carriers, News September 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

This month, Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) will begin operating a 747-400F on an ACMI basis for Deutsche Post DHL Group’s forwarding subsidiary, DHL Global Forwardin. Separately, Orlando-based National Airlines announced it had placed two 747-400Fs with China-based BST Logistics. Do these deals sound familiar? They should. Atlas has recently inkedRead More

Atlas expands its fleet

Atlas expands its fleet

Aircraft, Asia, Capacity & Demand, Carriers, News September 11, 2017 at 10:33 am

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) acquired a 747-400ERF (33515) on lease from Altavair. The freighter was originally delivered to Korean Air in 2003, and has been operated by Korean until now. Altavair acquired it, along with a sister ship, in a forward sale late last year. The second of theRead More

C3 launches A320/A321 P-to-F conversion program

C3 launches A320/A321 P-to-F conversion program

Aircraft, Conversions, News September 6, 2017 at 10:55 am

California-based C3 Aerospace (pronounced “C Cubed”) formally launched passenger-to-freighter conversion programs for the Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft today. C3 did not release technical specifications for either freighter, nor any details about when it expects certification, but did provide some background information. Engineering for both the A320 and A321 conversionRead More

Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Aircraft, Carriers, Conversions, Express, News, Strategy August 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

Yesterday we looked at the sudden drop-off in orders for production jet freighters — despite surging demand for air freight. You can read Part I here (including detailed charts of the orders, deliveries, and backlogs for all of Boeing’s and Airbus’ freighters). Today we turn to an analysis of theRead More

Where have all the orders gone?

Where have all the orders gone?

Aircraft, Capacity & Demand, Carriers, Express, News, Strategy August 30, 2017 at 10:15 am

What has happened to the market for production freighter aircraft? The conversion houses can hardly keep up with demand for narrowbody and medium widebody freighters, the news is full of stories of e-commerce driving big increases in demand for air freight, and airlines the world over are reporting increasing trafficRead More

HNA’s Suparna commits to Xi’an and Hahn as air freight hubs

HNA’s Suparna commits to Xi’an and Hahn as air freight hubs

Aircraft, Airports, Asia, Carriers, News August 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

On 28 August, a Suparna Airlines (previously Yangtze River Express, then Yangtze River Airlines) 747-400F departed the central-Chinese city of Xi’an, and headed for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, where it landed eight hours later, formally inaugurating the carrier’s newest Xi’an – Hahn – Ordos, scheduled cargo route. Although Suparna, inRead More