Charles Kauffman and Jeff Lee

Pax freighters: There go the seats

Air cargo capacity was first to go, and seats are now following. At least twenty-two carriers have now removed seats on at least sixty-six passenger aircraft in order to create additional space for cargo carriage. As of May 14, Cargo Facts has recorded more than 1,300 passenger aircraft that have been operated in cargo-only service, […]

Boeing delivers first freighter since production restart

Boeing has delivered its first production freighter aircraft since it resumed production of all its commercial airplanes April 20. The aircraft, a 767-300F (65791) for UPS, was ferried from Everett (PAE) to San Antonio (SAT) on May 12 [FAT 005410]. The COVID-19 pandemic led Boeing to a fourteen-day suspension of production in the Puget Sound […]

JD restarts dedicated freighter operation

Chinese e-tailer JD.com has chartered a 737-300F to improve its parcel delivery services across the country. The aircraft (27518, ex-Air China) has begun flying between Shenzhen (SZX) and Wuxi (WUX), operated by Zhejiang Loong Airlines (or Loong Air). JD told Cargo Facts the aircraft, with JD Express branding, is dedicated to the route at this […]

Lufthansa Technik nabs customer for A380 freighter-lite

Lufthansa Technik has secured a contract to reconfigure an A380 as an “auxiliary freighter” capable of transporting cargo on its passenger decks. The experiment, prompted by the ongoing capacity crunch induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, will yield an aircraft that is the closest to an A380F the world has ever seen.  While Lufthansa Technik has […]

Cargo Facts launches passenger-freighter database

Cargo Facts made available today a new passenger-freighter module within its popular freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) database. Since late March, Cargo Facts has been compiling a list of the aircraft that airlines have deployed on cargo-only missions during the COVID-19 crisis, based on information shared by airlines, handlers, forwarders, charter brokers, etc.; special cargo-only timetables; […]

Narrowbody fleet shaped by feedstock and FAA constraints

The year since we last tallied the narrowbody fleet has been full of unexpected twists and turns that have affected both certification timelines for new programs and feedstock availability. A U.S. government shutdown that began Dec. 22, 2018 and spanned thirty-five days left the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) without the resources to expeditiously certify new […]

IAI receives STC for 737-800BDSF

On April 2, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its 737-800BDSF freighter conversion program, Cargo Facts has learned. IAI has completed two aircraft at its facility in Tel Aviv (TLV) – unit 30498 (ex-Transaero Airlines), which began flight tests in March 2019, and unit 28619 […]
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