British freighter airline CargoLogicAir (CLA) will soon resume operations after the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) lifted the suspension of the carrier’s operating license and air operator certificate. The CAA had suspended CLA’s operating license and air operator certificate for three months from Feb. 27, at the request of the airline.
CLA confirmed to Cargo Facts it has conducted a transformation and will relaunch operations this week with both its 747-400Fs (32870 and 33749). In the first phase of its resumption, the carrier will initially be transporting COVID-19 supplies for the U.K. government, but aims to remain a long-term freighter airline, it said.
According to a CAA statement on April 22, the suspension was lifted so the carrier can use its two 747 aircraft on contracts to provide medical supplies. A decision from the CAA had been previously expected April 20.
While CLA’s two aircraft are currently still in Leipzig (LEJ) and haven’t begun flying at the time of publication, unit 32870 last operated a test flight around LEJ on March 5, and appeared to be undergoing ground tests April 15. Unit 33749 doesn’t appear to have flown since it arrived at LEJ from Dubai (DWC) on March 15.
CLA previously had three 747-400Fs and one 747-8F. While the 747-8F (60119) was deregistered Feb. 3 and has since joined fellow Volga-Dnepr Group affiliate AirBridgeCargo, the other 747-400F (35170, ex-AirBridgeCargo) was acquired by Cargolux but is still awaiting a paint job after being ferried to Luxembourg (LUX) in February.