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.

Vallair expanding engine portfolio to support narrowbody freighter conversions

Luxembourg-based Vallair, which signed on as the launch customer for A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion programs with both EFW and 321 Precision Conversions, is set to begin placing freighter-converted A321s with Qantas Freight and other carriers next year. Although sourcing suitable engines for 737 NG and A320-family narrowbody aircraft remains a challenge, the leasing and trading company […]

CFS 2019: Delta investment, e-commerce to create opportunities for LATAM Cargo

SAN DIEGO – Despite a weak air cargo market in 2019, Santiago-headquartered LATAM Cargo is optimistic about the long-term prospects for airfreight in Latin America. E-commerce, both domestic and cross-border, will be a major driver for trade requiring expedited transportation, Andres Bianchi, CEO, LATAM Cargo told Chelsea Toczauer, associate editor, Cargo Facts, on the sidelines […]

CFS 2019: Could LATAM Cargo make narrowbody freighters work in its network?

SAN DIEGO – In March 2018, Santiago-headquartered LATAM Cargo offloaded the final two remaining 777Fs in its fleet, selling the pair to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. As a replacement for the 777Fs, the carrier opted to convert three 767-300ERs from its passenger fleet to freighter configuration with Boeing. To date, two 767-300BCFs have been redelivered, […]

GECAS and IAI partner to launch 777P2F program

SAN DIEGO – GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the joint launch of a 777-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversion program yesterday, just as delegates began arriving here for Cargo Facts Symposium 2019. More than just a customer for the program, along with IAI, GECAS is co-funding the development of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the […]


伊努伊特航空公司和柯林斯航空公司在4月份引进一架DASH-8-300(MSN 300)进行大型货舱舱门改装,并预计今年年底完工。 伊努伊特航空公司的销售和内部业务发展部经理大卫·范德兹瓦格向《货运事实》透露,目前,该改装项目正在位于蒙特利尔的伊努伊特航空公司飞机库中进行,一旦完成,该项目预计能在2020年第一季度获批一张STC,之后不久便会重交付给伊努伊特航空公司。 伊努伊特航空公司几年前就已经开发出了自己的小门Q300改装项目,并成功改装了两架自有的飞机。与柯林斯航空公司合作开发的大型货舱门STC将能够装载托盘货物和其他因体积过大而无法通过乘客门的货物。改装后的货机有效载荷约为6吨,与ATR 42F的大致相似。 伊努伊特航空计划从自己的机队中至少再选出两架Q300,使用大型货舱门对其进行改装。

Alaska Air eager to expand freighter fleet, faces delays due to MAX grounding

Alaska Air Cargo is looking to convert at least two more 737s currently operating in its passenger fleet to freighter configuration, but told Cargo Facts the continued grounding of the 737 MAX has made it difficult to secure approval to free up 737 NG conversion feedstock from its passenger fleet.   Following the deployment of three IAI-converted 737-700Fs beginning in September 2017, […]
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