Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to subscribers as an interactive tool on our website, and you can go to it from the “FAT Data” tab at the top of the home page, or directly at http://cargofacts1.wpengine.com/fat/
Below, we include the transactions from recent issues of Cargo Facts Update, and we encourage you to make use of the FAT database here on our website.
Air Atlanta Icelandic ACMI-leased a 747-400BCF (24801) to NAM – a division of the Network Aviation Group – and Astral Aviation [FAT 004492]. The freighter will join Network Airline Management’s managed fleet, which currently consists of a 747-400F ACMI-leased from Air Atlanta Icelandic, and two MD-11Fs wet leased from Western Global Airlines. The BCF will be based at NAM’s European hub in Liège and will be placed in scheduled service as part of its network to Africa.
Boeing and FedEx jointly announced an order for twelve 767Fs and twelve 777Fs in a deal valued at US$6.6 billion at list prices [FATs 00458-4481].
FedEx took delivery of a 777F (41440) from Boeing [FAT 004482]. FedEx now operates thirty-five 777Fs and has fifteen more on order.
FedEx took delivery of a 767-300F (43632) from Boeing [FAT 004489].
Northern Air Cargo acquired a 767-300BDSF (25201, ex-American Airlines) on-lease from Cargo Aircraft Management, the leasing arm of Air Transport Services Group, and will operate the aircraft on an ACMI basis for Strat Air [FATs 004493-4494].
Canada-based Cargojet Airways acquired a 767-300ER (25449, ex-American Airlines) and is having it converted to freighter configuration with Bedek Aviation Group at Bedek’s Tel Aviv (TLV) facility [FATs 004495-4496].
Air Transport Services Group took redelivery of a 767-300BDSF (25446, ex-American Airlines) following freighter conversion by Bedek Aviation Group [FAT 004497].
FedEx removed an A310-300F (449) from service and ferried it to Victorville (VCV) for storage, leaving only four A310 freighters operating in FedEx’s fleet [FAT 004483].
Canada-based Cargojet Airways took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (25730, ex-American Airlines) following its conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the Flightstar facility in Jacksonville (VQQ) [FAT 004490].
SF Airlines acquired a 757-200 (27245, ex-American Airlines) and has ferried it to ST Aero’s Seletar facility for conversion to freighter configuration [FAT 004484-4485].
Airwork Holdings took redelivery of a 737-400F (25371, ex-Blue Air) following conversion to freighter configuration by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. at Dothan (DHN) [FAT 004486].
West Atlantic UK took redelivery of a 737-400F (25429, ex-Volito Aviation) on-lease from Vx Capital Partners [FATs 004487-4488] following conversion to freighter configuration by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.
Luxembourg-based Vallair took redelivery of a 737-400F (27087, ex-City Airways) following conversion to freighter configuration by PEMCO World Air Services at the STAECO facility in Jinan [FAT 004491]. The aircraft was ferried to Montpellier Frejorgues (MPL), but an operator has not yet been announced.
MCS AeroCarga adds maiden 737-300QC (25159, ex-Air Costa Rica) [FAT 004498]. The aircraft will enter service with the Mexico City-based carrier configured as a freighter, joining MCS AeroCarga’s fleet of four CRJ-200Fs. Looking ahead, the airline is said to be considering additional 737 Classics, according to Transponder1200.
MCS AeroCarga was launched in 2015 as a subsidiary of MCS Holdings, a conglomerate with a number of companies that have long been involved in air cargo logistics. The impetus to launch an airline is said to have stemmed from the experiences of MCS Domestic, which provides cargo handling services at Mexico City Airport (MEX). The ground-handling agent witnessed first-hand the shortage of capacity available for the growing number of express parcels, which often have to compete with passenger bags for bellyhold space.