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.

Not a November to remember

After phenomenal growth for airfreight demand in November 2017, followed by more tempered increases in 2018, November 2019 is not shaping up to be a month to remember. Among the carriers reporting November 2019 traffic, most operators reported modest declines. This trend was not unanimous – in each of the three regions we cover, at […]

Grounded IAI-converted 737Fs returning to service following approval of interim fix

On Dec. 11, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) informed operators of a manufacturing noncompliance issue with the rigid barrier (9G) systems installed on some IAI-converted 737s freighter causing operators to temporarily ground up to 40 aircraft. On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) approving an interim fix and by Saturday, some […]

Swiftair’s Cygnus Air adds first of three planned 757-200PCFs from Jetran

Spain-based Swiftair added a 757-200PCF this week (24613, ex-American Airlines) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida.  [FATs 00525-005259]. The aircraft was the first of three Swiftair-bound conversions ordered by Jetran and will be operating for Swiftair’s affiliate carrier, Cygnus Air, which the company acquired last […]

LATAM completes fleet renewal with redelivery of 767-300BCF

LATAM Cargo took redelivery of a 767-300BCF (34629) from Boeing [FAT 005254] earlier this month following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing at the ST Engineering Aerospace facility at Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base (QPG). The aircraft was immediately placed on LATAM Cargo Colombia’s AOC and on Dec. 7, the aircraft commenced commercial revenue service […]

Increased 767 production rate boosts Dreamlifter utilization

Spirit AeroSystems delivered the first integrated forward fuselage for the 767 program to Boeing last week. The piece was delivered to Boeing’s Everett factory (PAE) from Spirit’s Wichita facility (IAB) by an Atlas Air-operated 747-400LCF, also known as a “Dreamlifter.” Spirit’s integrated section is a composite of four smaller components the company used to ship […]

AVIC forecasts China’s jet freighter fleet to triple by 2038

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) forecasts China’s jet freighter fleet to more than triple over the next twenty years, growing to 723 units, up from 161 today. While the company expects narrowbody freighters to comprise the bulk of the fleet in 2038 when an expected 330 units will be in service, large and […]

Air France-KLM Cargo’s Frédérique Pelger to speak at Cargo Facts EMEA 2020

Frédérique Pelger, Director Digital Commercial, Air France-KLM Cargo, has joined the Cargo Facts EMEA 2020 speaker faculty. Frédérique is in charge of the digital program of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, focusing on innovation of the group’s online distribution channels. This includes the realization of Air France KLM Martinair’s myCargo platform as well as the […]

Aircraft Finance Germany eyes cargo conversions

Frankfurt-headquartered Aircraft Finance Germany (AFG) created the position “Head of Freighter Lease & Trading,” and has appointed Peter Koster, formerly in charge of business development at Vallair. While AFG does not have a history of holding onto a large portfolio of freighter conversions, the new position signals the company is taking a closer look at […]
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