Freighter aircraft transactions through mid-January

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 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

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.

Boeing reported an order for four 747-8Fs from an unidentified customer [FATs 004763-4766]. Cargo Facts believes the order is linked to a previous order from Volga-Dnepr Group for five 747-8Fs, four of which do not yet appear in Boeing’s order backlog.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced the expansion of its existing strategic agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), under which Atlas will operate NCA’s three 747-400 freighters on a CMI basis [FATs 004760-4762].

UK-based Magma Aviation ACMI-leased a 747-400BDSF (27066) from Air Atlanta Icelandic [FAT 004757]. This is the Chapman Freeborn-controlled specialist cargo management company’s third AAI-operated 747F.

Lufthansa Cargo will lease an additional 777F from Boeing, to be operated by AeroLogic, a 50/50 joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, later this fall ahead of the 2019 peak season [FAT 004770].

A Qatar Airways A330-200F (1350) went off-lease from BOC Aviation and was removed from service [FAT 004756]. The A330-200F lease is the first of three agreements between BOC Aviation and Qatar Airways Cargo that are slated for expiration this year.

Canada-based Cargojet Airways took redelivery of a 767-300BDSF (25449, ex-American Airlines) following its conversion to freighter configuration with Bedek Aviation Group at its Tel Aviv (TLV) facility [FAT 004758].

Cargojet ferried a 767-200BDSF (22319) to Goodyear (GYR) following lease expiry with CAM [FAT 004767]. In November, Cargojet leased a 767-300BDSF (25446) from CAM, and earlier this month took redelivery of another 767-300BDSF (25449) from Bedek.

DHL Express took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29428, ex-American Airlines) following its conversion to freighter configuration at the Flightstar Facility in Jacksonville [FAT 004771].

Guam-based Asia Pacific Airlines acquired a 757-200 (25140, ex-OpenSkies) and ferried it to Jacksonville for conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions [FAT 004772-4773].

GECAS is nearing the redelivery of its first 737-800BCF to Russia-based Atran, and ferried a 737-800BCF (32616, ex-Nok Air) to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) ahead of redelivery [FAT 004768].

West Atlantic Airlines took redelivery of a 737-800BCF (32615, ex-China Southern Airlines) on lease from GECAS, following conversion to freighter configuration at Boeing Shanghai [FAT 004774]. This is the fourth, and final 737-800BCF West Atlantic had on order with GECAS as part of an agreement announced in June 2017, and the first in FedEx colors.

A 737-400SF (28867) arrived at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), destined for Volga-Dnepr subsidiary CargoLogic Germany following that carrier’s soon-expected AOC [FAT 004769].

Germany-based lessor Royal Aero GmbH put a 737-400 (29204, ex-Yamal Airlines) into conversion with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. [FAT 004759]. The aircraft is being converted at Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility in the US, with redelivery expected in mid-April.

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