No summer slowdown detected in August freighter aircraft transactions

Today, three NCA-owned 747-400Fs are operated on a CMI-basis by Atlas Air. Two more aircraft will join the operation before year-end. (Photo: Boeing)

Cargo Facts logged forty-three freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) during the month of August, nearly mirroring the volume of transactions recorded in July – so much for a summer slowdown.

Transactions recorded during the period represent a balanced mix of carrier and fleet types.

There were, however, some notable highlights among non-express all-cargo carriers, including:

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group took delivery of its first 777F (66625) from Boeing [FAT 005539]. The aircraft was ferried from Everett (PAE) to Sharjah (SHJ).

Nippon Cargo Airlines will hand over two 747-400Fs (36783 and 36785, ex-AirBridgeCargo) to ASL Airlines Belgium for CMI operation [FATs 005575-005576]. The aircraft were returned off lease and parked in May.

National Airlines reactivated a second 747-400BCF (27217, ex-Cathay Pacific) [FAT 005569]. The aircraft was ferried to San Antonio (SAT) for maintenance.

For a complete list of FATs recorded last month, see Page 15 of our September issue here.

Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction in Cargo Facts contains a unique FAT code linked to our FAT database. This database is available to subscribers as an interactive tool on our website at

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