Charles Kauffman

Charles Kauffman

Senior Editor

Charles Kauffman is the Senior Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts and weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. He holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, and an MA in International Relations from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Charles speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

American’s Tyler to discuss cargo-only ops and more at CFS

Cargo Facts is pleased to announce that Jessica Tyler, president of cargo and vice president of airport excellence of American Airlines, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Tyler will join other distinguished industry peers on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Refiling air cargo’s flight plan: Growth opportunities and obstacles in airfreight,” on Tuesday, […]

Raging fires require larger tanker conversions

Against the backdrop of raging wildland fires across many Western states in the U.S., a diversifying fleet of converted air tankers is being called into action. This year, a 737-300 (27700, ex-Southwest Airlines) reconfigured by Canada-based Coulson Aviation as an airtanker or “Fireliner” entered service on behalf of the USDA Forest Service as part of […]

Aviation slump does little to slow part-out interest in narrowbody feedstock

Competition for narrowbody feedstock from the part-out market remains strong despite an unprecedented aviation slump, according to APOC Aviation, an aircraft part-out company based in Rotterdam. The prospect of lower feedstock acquisition prices has catalyzed interest in newer narrowbody conversion types from participants in the freighter market, but interest from part-out companies continues to attract […]

First factory-built ATR 72-600F commences flight tests

The first new-build ATR 72-600F took to the skies over Toulouse (TLS) today and completed a two-hour flight test. Unlike the existing ATR freighter fleet, which is comprised of freighter-converted passenger units, this is the first program from the Airbus and Leonardo joint venture to deliver aircraft in cargo configuration, with a large cargo door […]

Delivered: Eighth Lufthansa 777F

Lufthansa Cargo has taken delivery of its eighth 777F (66911) from Boeing [FAT 005587]. The aircraft departed the Boeing facility in Everett (PAE) on Aug. 30, and was ferried directly to the carrier’s hub in Frankfurt (FRA). The freighter is one of two new-build 777F deliveries the carrier is expecting this year as part of […]

Freighter values resilient amid COVID-19

Although values for some older vintage passenger aircraft models could decline by as much as 45%, freighter values are expected to hold stable through the current COVID-19 pandemic-induced downturn, according to a revised forecast from aircraft valuation firm Avitas. The resilience of freighter values stems from conditions prevalent in today’s market including, “The shortage of […]

Avitas’ Kelly on 747 values as production fades: Industry Pulse

Historically, ending production for an aircraft drags down values. However, that’s not the case with the 747-8F, which Boeing last month decided to formally end production on.   In this episode of Cargo Facts’ monthly webinar series, Industry Pulse, Doug Kelly, SVP of asset valuation at Avitas, discusses the value trajectory for the 747 freighter now that an end to the line is […]

KF Aerospace’s Tracy Medve to speak on CFS conversion panel

Tracy Medve, president of KF Aerospace, has joined the Cargo Facts Symposium 2020 speaker faculty. Medve will discuss the outlook for narrowbody freighter conversions amid the pandemic on a virtual roundtable session titled, “Narrowbody freighters: Prospects for conversion and fleet expansion.” The session will be broadcast live on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11:00 a.m. EST. […]
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