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.

Cargometer wins Cargo Facts EMEA 2020 DEMOvation challenge

FRANKFURT – Austria-based freight-dimensioning company Cargometer beat out four other logistics technology startups to take home the top prize at this year’s Cargo Facts EMEA DEMOvation challenge on Feb. 5. The five startups presented live demos for audience polling and a final judging round conducted by air cargo industry professionals and members of the Cargo […]

Altavair widebody fleet purchase could accelerate A330P2F conversions

Seattle-based Altavair signed a $1 billion agreement to acquire thirty-eight widebody aircraft currently owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. The acquisition includes sixteen 777-300ERs, sixteen A330-200s and six A330-300s. Altavair is considering freighter conversion as an option for the A330s, a move that could quickly accelerate the introduction of A330P2Fs. Although a large market has […]

Kalitta converts freighter into pax configuration for Wuhan evacuation ops

Kalitta Air temporarily installed passenger seats on one of its 747-400Fs in order to evacuate more than 200 Americans from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus. The aircraft (26413, ex-Korean Air) was chartered by the U.S. State Department. At numerous MRO sites around the world, aircraft that previously operated in passenger configuration can […]

737 Combi fleet shrinks for now

Canada-based Avmax took redelivery of a 737-400F (25100, ex-Alaska) following conversion to full-freighter configuration by PEMCO [FAT 005305]. Avmax acquired a total of five 737-400 Ms, or combis, in May 2018 and including 25100, has converted two to full-freighter configuration. While Avmax had been considering full-freighter conversion as an option for the other three combis […]

Turkish Cargo continues to grow fleet

Turkish Cargo took delivery of a production freighter from Boeing on Jan. 23 (64240) [FAT 005297]. Since adding its first 777F in December 2017, the cargo arm of Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown its 777F fleet to seven units. Although both Qatar Airways and FedEx added more 777Fs than Turkish Cargo during the same period […]

UPS grows freighter-converted 767-300 fleet

UPS took delivery this week of a 767-300BCF (25136, ex-ANA Cargo) on lease from Cargo Aircraft Management, or CAM, and put it into commercial service with a round-trip flight between the UPS Louisville (SDF) hub and Manchester (MHT) [FAT 005292]. The aircraft was the third of five freighter-converted 767-300Fs that UPS committed to dry-lease from […]

No sign of December traffic rebound for combination carriers

After a month-to-month uptick in air cargo demand between October and November 2019, there was hope that peak season demand would push annual comparisons into positive territory in December 2019. While anecdotal reports suggest some regions and commodity segments saw an increase in December cargo traffic year over year, combination carriers showed little sign of improvement […]

UPS joins Cargo Facts EMEA roundtable

Jens Poggensee, vice president of transportation procurement at UPS, has been added to the Cargo Facts EMEA 2020 speaker faculty. Cargo Facts EMEA 2020 will be held Feb. 3-5 at the Westin Grand Frankfurt. Poggensee will speak on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 11:30 a.m. at a roundtable panel discussion scheduled to run for 45 minutes. […]
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