Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee

Amazon dominates June Freighter Aircraft Transactions activity

Amazon dominated the narrowbody freighter aircraft transactions (FATs) recorded by Cargo Facts for the month of June, having taken redelivery of four 737-800BCFs on lease from GECAS and placed them with Sun Country Airlines to be CMI-operated. By number of freighters, this was more than any other carrier or operator had received. Other highlights include […]

Weekly Wrap: Widebody additions and deliveries, and the end of the 747 [VIDEO]

This week, Cargo Facts reported on stories involving widebody aircraft, including: Ethiopian Airlines’ plans to add a 777F and three converted 767-300Fs; the first reconfigured A380 passenger freighter; and Lufthansa Cargo’s expected delivery of two new 777Fs in 2020. But the 747 was also in the spotlight. In the video below, editors Charles Kauffman and […]

Saudia 747-8Fs idled during height of crisis

Saudia Cargo is looking to shed its pair of 747-8Fs, Cargo Facts has learned. Meanwhile, during the unprecedented cargo capacity crunch brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, almost half of the carrier’s freighter fleet is currently inactive. The seven-year-old 747-8Fs (37562 and 37563) have both been parked in Jeddah (JED) since January 2020. In fact, […]

Crisis could diversify next-gen narrowbody leasing market

Minneapolis (MSP) is not a base for all-cargo carriers, and yet a freshly painted 737-800BCF (32605, ex-Hainan Airlines) landed at the airport on June 26, having arrived empty from Everett (PAE). The aircraft had arrived in Everett in early June after conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing in China. In the past three months, GECAS, […]

Hi Fly pilots first A380 freighter-lite

Portugal-based wet lease specialist Hi Fly has become the first airline to modify an A380 into a makeshift freighter by removing seats from its passenger cabin. According to Hi Fly, the reconfigured A380 offers a total volume of 165 cubic meters in the passenger cabin and 133 cubic meters in the belly, with a payload […]

In shuttering 747 program, Boeing shuns consortium’s proposal, Cargo Facts learns

Not only is Boeing abandoning the 747 platform, continuing its trend in recent years of turning away customers seeking to purchase the iconic widebody, the aerospace giant has also declined an offer to acquire the program, Cargo Facts has learned. Efforts to save the 747-8 have failed, requiring the air cargo industry to face the […]

Return to the skies of passengers doesn’t spell the end of passenger freighters

Even as passengers return to the skies, passenger freighters aren’t immediately headed for their demise. The uptick in passenger flights recorded from mid-June onward has not led to an immediate end to the use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only service. Although some aircraft have traded out cargo for passengers — or at least a mix […]

Cargo Facts Connect: Cargo’s role in recovering passenger operations [VIDEO]

This week, Cargo Facts responded to growing reader interest in cargo’s role amid the gradual recovery of the passenger aviation business. In the video below, Cargo Facts editors Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee discuss whether temporary combi aircraft might fly, and look to some of the options available to carriers for maximizing cargo carriage on […]
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